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Bunny and Fawn Romping in Nature Prove Bambi Is Real Life

Disney's film was a documentary

Correction appended, Aug. 13

A baby deer and an adorable bunny playing together sounds like the stuff of Disney films (Bambi, specifically), but a new video proves that animation might be closer to reality television than we think.

A recent video taken by Bryan Knowlton at Colorado’s YMCA of the Rockies shows what may be the most adorable meet-cute ever. The fawn cautiously approaches the rabbit on the lawn, giving the bunny a good sniff before jumping back playfully. When the rabbit makes a little leap of his own, the game is afoot. Soon the bunny and fawn are zipping around the lawn. While the little deer seems to be having a blast, the bunny looks a little defensive and perhaps a bit frightened by the gangly creature literally fawning all over him. Luckily, the bunny’s not scared enough to run away, letting our Bambi fantasies live on.

Correction: The original version of this story misstated who filmed the video. It was Vicky and Steve Johnsen.

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Florida Dog Found Beaten to Death With Note Taped to Body

This undated photo provided by Ronald Boisvert shows his dog Fox, who went missing from his south Florida condominium on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. The dog's owners found its body outside their home the next day, and a veterinarian confirmed that it had been beaten to death. The Pembroke Pines Police Department is investigating the incident. (Ronald Boisvert via AP)
Ronald Boisvert—AP This undated photo provided by Ronald Boisvert shows his dog Fox, who went missing from his south Florida condominium on Aug. 7, 2015.

Police say the dog died of blunt force trauma

A Florida dog was found beaten to death with a cruel note taped to his body, Pembroke Pines police said on Monday.

Foxx, a 13-year-old Pomeranian, had left his owners’ condo on Friday night and was found dead on Saturday morning near the building, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. According to the police report, a note was taped to the dog’s body that read: “WE BEAT IT 2 Death lol! (smiley face) HAHAHA!” An animal hospital confirmed that Foxx’s injuries were consistent with blunt force trauma.

Foxx’s owners, Verline Barthelemy, Ronald W. Boisvert, and their 4-year-old son Vernon, said they hoped their beloved Pomeranian had not suffered for too long. “I’m hoping that after the first hit, he was already gone and didn’t feel what came next,” Barthelemy said.

Police said the incident appears to be isolated and there is no evidence other animals in the Miami area are in danger. The case remains under investigation.

[Sun-Sentinel]

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Absolutely Nothing Can Come Between This Bulldog and His Beloved Cardboard Box

Walking into walls is 100% worth it

 

Yesterday, we shared the story of Rose, a Boston Terrier who showed incredible determination and poise while playing with a balloon. Today, we’d like to share the story of Diesel, an equally determined (albeit slightly less graceful) bulldog, who has demonstrated deep love for a cardboard box.

He walks around for a solid three minutes with the box around his head, walking into walls and generally struggling to be at all functional. Eventually, his owners take a break from laughing at him to remove the box from his mouth. This seems heartless, but they don’t want him to hurt himself.

Sadly, we never get to see Diesel attempt to sit in his box, like this other bulldog you might remember:

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This White Tiger Could Be Too ‘Shy’ to Mate

A White Tiger
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We've all been there

BBC News reports that a white male tiger at the Alipore Zoo in Kolkata, India, is too “shy” to mate, according a retired veterinary officer, Dayanarayan Banerjee, who is consulting on the case.

Even after the 10-year-old big cat Vishal was “dewormed” and given Vitamins D, A, and E, plus drugs to enhance his libido, he has shown no interest in the eight-year-old tiger Rupa, Banerjee told the news outlet. He could be “too old,” but Banerjee said the zoo will try introducing him to a Bengal tigress named Rani. Here’s hoping he gets over those nerves.

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Cat Walks On Stage During Classical Concert, Everyone Just Carries On

Why is no one freaking out about this?

A group of musicians were performing a lovely classical concert at the American University of Beirut when, out of nowhere, a cat wandered onto the stage. You’re probably thinking that everyone in the audience started giggling in delight or at least acknowledging that there was a cat on stage, but everyone pretty much just carried on like this was totally normal.

As the Daily Dot points out, the university has a large cat population and a subsequent list of policies. So maybe people there really are just totally accustomed to cats making appearances at cultural events.

Eventually, the feline interloper disappeared backstage, but be sure to watch the video all the way to the end to see his encore.

(h/t Daily Dot)

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This Dog’s Commitment to Keeping a Balloon Afloat Is Truly Admirable

Watching this will get you through the day and possibly through the week

Everyone, meet Rose. She’s a Boston Terrier who has a few incredibly admirable traits, including but certainly not limited to her boundless energy, her commitment and dedication, her ability to entertain herself and her wonderful showmanship.

Rose covers a whole lot of ground as she dashes around a yard playing a very intense game of Don’t-Let-The-Balloon-Touch-the-Ground. She does it with great energy, dexterity and enthusiasm through the entire minute-and-a-half clip.

The anchors at the Today Show were curious if this game is really as fun as Rose makes it seem, so they decided to play too:

Clearly, they just don’t bring the same level of enthusiasm as Rose.

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Lions Thriving Again in Rwanda After Being Wiped Out 15 Years Ago

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Stephanie Aglietti—AFP/Getty Images A lion brought from South Africa walks in Akagera National Park in the east of Rwanda on July 1, 2015, after being reintroduced.

A pride of lions from South Africa introduced into the wild are doing well, a conservation group reports

A pride of lions is thriving in the wild in a Rwandan national park, according to a conservationist group that introduced the animals back into the country 15 years after they were hunted to local extinction.

Lions died out after the Rwandan civil war and the subsequent genocide of the early 90s, National Geographic reports, often poisoned by returning refugees settling in Akagera National Park and other protected lands who were determined to protect their livestock from the predators.

Akagera is serviced by African Parks, a conservation group tasked by the Rwandan government with restoring and managing the park. The space provides a habitat for jumpstarting the country’s wild lion population, from 0 to 6.

Rwanda’s new pride consists of four females, donated by the Phinda Game Reserve in South Africa, and two males, volunteered by the same country’s Tembe Elephant Park. The conservationists at Akagera have faced some criticism for failing to source East African lions for introduction into Rwanda. But according to African Parks regional manager Andrew Parker, it’s difficult finding lions whose genes match up perfectly for reintroduction.

“Securing lions from East Africa would certainly have been first prize,” Parker said. “But after spending more than 12 months investigating possibilities and trying to secure lions out of east Africa, and given the subtle genetic distinctions, we decided to move forward in the name of progress, and of conservation of lions.”

The lions made the 2,000-mile journey to Rwanda in June, the longest distance wild lions had ever been moved in Africa. They were greeted by thousands of people eager to catch sight of the pride.

[National Geographic]

 

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This Dog Reunited with His Family After 9 Years and His Reaction Is Everything

"He was always in our hearts. We never forgot him"

Sometimes the road home is a long and confusing one.

On Saturday, after nine years away from home, Boozer the boxer was reunited with his family at the Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, Colorado, reports 9News.

The 10-year-old dog ended up at the shelter after his latest owner, unable to continue caring for Boozer, made the tough decision to surrender the pet to Foothills.

As part of its routine, the shelter scanned Boozer for a microchip. The staff found one linked to a family in Tennessee and decided to follow up. The listed address led them to Lloyd Goldston, an Alabama man who lost his dog nine years ago while moving away from Tennessee.

After seeing photos of the boxer sent from the Colorado shelter, Goldston was so certain his beloved missing Boozer had been found that he and his two kids drove 18 hours to see the dog again.

“My reaction when I found out was I cried. Especially when they sent the first picture of him,” Goldston said.

The tears kept flowing when the Goldstons embraced their gentle giant of a dog once again. In the video of the reunion, Boozer seems to recognize his family instantly and rushes to greet them.

“I’m happy,” Goldston said. “He was never gone. He was always in our hearts. We never forgot him.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Watch This Golden Retriever Puppy Try to Figure Out How Rain Works

The struggle is real

Gene Kelly went singing in the rain, Milli Vanilli blamed it on the rain, Prince had a purple rain. It seems like everyone from Missy Elliott to Bob Dylan to the Eurythmics wrote a song about the rain — and it seems that Jack the Golden Retriever puppy has listened to none of them.

In a new video making its way around the web, Jack the puppy has never seen rain before and is completely confounded by the concept of water falling from the sky. Clearly the only thing to do is try and catch it — every single drop of it. The pup quickly gets the handle of it and seems to be enjoying himself in the rain. Seems like he has found the perfect activity to entertain himself while he updates his playlist.

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See the 2 Baby Skunks That Went on an Adventure in the NYC Subway System

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They're "odor-able"

(NEW YORK)—There are plenty of smells in New York City’s subways. But skunks?

The New York Post said Saturday police and a transit worker rescued two baby skunks that had strayed into a Bronx subway station last weekend. They were taken to a veterinarian’s office to be examined.

Police Transit Bureau Chief Joseph Fox tweeted plaudits to the officers and worker for helping the animals and, in his words, “getting far closer than I would have.”

The city Parks Department notes that skunks are native to New York and “part of NYC wildlife.”

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