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Bertie, the Agoraphobic Owl

16 Bertie, the Agoraphobic Owl

Three-year-old tawny owl, found abandoned by its owner, is agoraphobic. Multi-skilled Bertie also likes to help Mr Middleton make a cup of tea – and is fond of sitting on top of the kettle. Mr Middleton said the domesticated owl, which he adopted after it was left abandoned on the ground, hates the outdoors. The domestic owl casts a watchful eye over Mr Middleton’s handy work. The creature was found by the organic farmer abandoned on the ground.

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Pretty Lovely One-Eared Kitty is Looking for the New Home

1 Pretty Lovely One Eared Kitty is Looking for the New Home
Her name is Fenechka. She is young and playful kitty. And she is looking for the new home. Photographer – Nastya Busheva.

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Animal Rights Activists Intercept Truck Carrying 350 Cats

1301 Animal Rights Activists Intercept Truck Carrying 350 Cats
A truck load of around 350 cats destined to be taken to a meat processing factory has been intercepted by animal rights activists in the Putuo district of Shanghai on Wednesday. The cats were mostly strays from around Shanghai city but also included stolen pet cats with some of the animals still wearing collars and tags around their necks. The vehicle was reportedly headed to Guangzhou in South China to a ‘fake meat’ factory where the cat meat would have been treated and sold as pork/lamb. However, before it was able to leave activists stopped the truck and rang the police. The driver was detained on the grounds he had no livestock license for transportation. (Photo: Jonathan Browning/REX)

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Preening Panda, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1288 Preening Panda, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Eight-year-old Xing Xing entertained the crowds at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday. Xing Xing is one of two Chinese pandas loaned for ten years to Malaysia to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The panda was formerly known as Fu Wa but in an announcement made Wednesday he and his partner were renamed as Xing Xing (prosperity) and Liang Liang (pretty) following a national naming contest. (Photo: AHMAD YUSNI / EPA)

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The Pugs Of Westeros: Three Pugs Re-enact Game Of Thrones

Roxy, Blue and Bono are three cute pugs from California that love being dressed up and photographed by their owners – Phillip Lauer, 57, and his wife Sue, 47. Eventually, the couple was contacted by streaming service Blinkbox with an offer to make a short video of their adorable pug trio re-enacting the iconic TV show ‘Game of Thrones’.

Since Sue Lauer is a professional photographer and designer, the family couldn’t resist the challenge. Not only did the short video turn out amazing, the pictures look wonderfully funny as well.

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Robb Stark, Ned Stark and Jon Snow

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World’s First “Liliger” Born in US

1207 Worlds First Liliger Born in US
Newborn liliger cubs (female left, male right) at GW Interactive Zoo on May 31, 2014 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma (Photo: CFP)

A private zoo in Oklahoma celebrated the birth of what they call the world’s first male liliger cub. A liliger is the offspring of a male lion and a ligress. The adorable cub and his little sister make up American second litter of the rare hybrid animal. Their parents are Simba, the lion, and Akara, female liger gave birth to 3.5 pound, 11.25 inch long cubs on May 31st at the GW Interactive Zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Zoo president Joe Schreibvogel and his team of researchers say they are studying the DNA and genetics of the animals to educate the public about crossbred animals.

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Bali Zoo Welcomes Adorable Newborn Javan

1198 Bali Zoo Welcomes Adorable Newborn Javan
A week old baby Javan Langur monkey (Trachypithecus auratus) is fed by a zoo keeper at a nursery at the Bali Zoo in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, June 19, 2014. The Javan Langur is found on and endemic to the island of Java, Indonesia. (Photo by Made Nagi/EPA)

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Lorenzo The Cat by Joann Biondi

1193 Lorenzo The Cat by Joann Biondi

For 20 years, Joann Biondi worked as a freelance writer. Then one day she adopted a kitten that had been tossed in a garbage can and left for dead. That kitten had an unusual quirk; he liked to wear clothes and pose for the camera. So Joann started shooting, and then she got serious about photography.

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BooBoo the Guinea Pig

1186 BooBoo the Guinea Pig
Meet Booboo, the 2-year-old guinea pig. Her hobbies included eating chicory and posing for pictures. Described optimistically as ‘spirited’ by owner Megan, she can generally be found knocking about with her guinea pig crew, Titi and Teddy. But don’t worry, these gangsta guineas are lovers not fighters (didn’t the chicory give you a clue?). In fact, they’re pretty cerebral, often to be found quietly reading a book, or staring contemplatively into the distance next to a sprig of lavender, that kind of thing.

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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.

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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”.

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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

1152 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

198 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

177 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

170 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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