World’s Ugliest Dog

It’s that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete to be the World’s Ugliest Dog. This year’s winner? A 2-year-old mutt named Peanut, whose wild white and brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth belie his sweet, energetic personality. Peanut’s owner, Holly Chandler of Greenville, North Carolina, says he was seriously burned as a puppy and she wants to use her pet to raise awareness about animal abuse. She plans to use the $1,500 prize to pay for other animals’ veterinary bills.

The contest, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, is in its 26 year. The dogs are scored by a three-judge panel in several categories, including special or unusual attributes, personality and natural ugliness.

Peanut, a two-year-old mutt is held by Holly Chandler, the owner after winning the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, Friday, June 20, 2014, in Petaluma, Calif. Chandler and Peanut are from North Carolina. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

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Swimming with Alligators

Daredevil Christopher Gillette writhes around with a huge alligator he has saved from death. He works at a Florida sanctuary that rescues the wild beasts if they stroll into neighbourhoods where residents can legally kill them. To raise cash for the centre at Homestead, staff put on shows to feed and wrestle the alligators. Photographer John Chapa, 41, and girlfriend Adriana Canargo, 30, took these shots.

He said: “Gators only eat once a week and are placid. They know what is and is not food but they are in no regard tame – you cannot tame a gator. If a gator shows up at somebody’s house or at a BBQ or anywhere else in the state of Florida more than a couple of times then the state will deem it a nuisance. There are around 7,000 nuisance alligators reported each year and legally people can then just go out and kill that animal. Chris and Ashley will then try to rescue it by hand to avoid hurting it. It’s a completely non-profit organisation – they do it all just to save the animals”.

Underwater photographer John Chapa gets up close with a wild alligator on his first ever dive with the animals. (Photo by John Chapa/Barcroft Media)

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Alpacas Attract Beijingers to World Cup

Two alpacas, a kind of animal little known and mysterious to many Chinese, appeared in Sanlitun, Beijing, on Tuesday for a World Cup-related business promotion. Their cute look attracted large crowds. Brazil, where the 2014 Cup is hosted, is also an important habitat for alpacas. The alpacas will stay in the city while the World Cup games are being played. They are said to cost the organizers 7,000 yuan ($1,120) per day in upkeep. (Photos: CFP)

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Furry Footie Fans

A sheep dressed in a jersey in the colors of the Colombian national soccer team is seen during a exhibition in Nobsa, Colombia June 1, 2014. The sheep is named Falcao, after the Colombian player. REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez

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Baby Zoo Animals, Part 2

This April 9, 2014 photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo shows baby Gladys holding onto MíLinzi at the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gladys, a baby gorilla initially raised by humans acting as surrogate parents, has been successfully introduced into a social group typical for the species at the Cincinnati Zoo. (AP Photo/Cincinnati Zoo, Michelle Curley)

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Baby Zoo Animals, Part 1

A lion cub nuzzles up to its mother, 4-year-old Kashifa, rear, while she keeps an eye on her five cubs, Thursday, June 5, 2014, as Zoo Miami officially introduces the family to the public, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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The Cat House on the Kings is the Largest Cat Sanctuary

Have you ever heard of the term “cat lady?” Usually this phrase has a negative connotation. Visualize a person who adopts way too many cats and ends up having too much focus on their kitties – that’s what a cat lady is typically supposed to be like. Someone with just a few cats can be called that term, but what about someone with over 700?

Lynea Lattanzio has over hundreds of cats on her property… and a dozen dogs and a handful of goats. She’s not crazy, though. She is running one of the largest lifetime adoption cat sanctuaries, The Cat House On The Kings, in photos by Christina Gandolfo.

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“Alien” Creature Mystery Solved in South Africa

Locals in South Africa were baffled when Llewellyn Dixon, a national park ranger, discovered what appeared to be the body of an alien creature lying in the grass. The mystery was solved when a local veterinarian performed an autopsy, identifying the creature as a baby baboon. Photos from Llewellyn Dixon.

A man measueres the mysterious creature’s wingspan using a tape measure. The creature was later identified as a baby baboon. (Photo Llewellyn Dixon/Yahoo News)

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World Cup: Dogs in National Football Team Jerseys


The hilarious gallery features dogs wearing the colors of their countries. Sporty hounds kitted out in their national team strips include a bulldog in an England shirt, a Brazilian Mastiff in iconic yellow and a Chihuahua wearing a Mexican football jersey.

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Orphaned Kangaroo and Wombat Became Friends

Cute baby animals, kangaroo Anzac and wombat Peggy became stars on the Internet. Both orphans wound up in a cage in the wildlife rescue center in Victoria, Australia. And there they became friends.

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These Thought Provoking Photos Show Why We Need To Improve The Standard Of The Worlds Zoo’s

These sad images are of a Berlin zoo taken by photographer Elias Hassos. These depressed and downright lifeless animals are clearly in emotional distress living in small cages. – And this is Berlin zoo – one of the worlds most highly commended. Many zoo’s around the world are trying to adopt recommended practices to make the life of their animals much more enjoyable but it just doesn’t seem to be enough.

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Heartwarming Photographs Capture The Bond Between Homeless People & Their Pets

Its an unfortunately common sight to see homeless people with animals for companions. The unconditional love and affection that a feline or Kanine partner can give to someone facing terribly hard times can quite literally be a lifesaver. Photographer Norah Lveine addresses that in her latest series of images she titles “Lifelines”.

The Liflines project states: “Regardless of the reason for their situation, the homeless rely on their pets for many things—most importantly—companionship. Many homeless pet owners use what little resources they do have to provide care and sustenance to their animal; food, bedding, etc., because their love and reliance on their pet surpasses all other priorities in life, they have little left for their own material needs.

The mission of the Lifelines project is to depict the bond between people and their pets, and document a relationship that has existed for thousands of years across all walks of life. The project’s purpose is to share the images and unique lifestyle of the pets of the homeless with the community of Austin.”

Rose with Junior

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Adorable Baby Goat Takes First Steps with Tiny Wheelchair

Frostie, an adorable disabled baby goat that has a tiny wheelchair to help it get around, will warm the cockles of your heart.

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Aren’t You a Little Short to be a Stormtrooper

20 Phenomenal Macro Photos Showing A Magical World Of Frogs


Photographer Vil Mijer is preoccupied with the small things … the little creatures. This love is led to a series of phenomenal photos.

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