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Rescued Calf Gets New High-tech Prosthetics

“The 600-pound English Charolais calf known as Hero became what may be the nation’s only double-amputee calf with prosthetics on Wednesday when fitted for a new pair of high-tech devices attached to its back legs. It’s the latest step in a year-long effort that has taken Hero’s caretaker, Kitty Martin and the animal from Virginia, where she rescued it last year from an Augusta County farm where it succumbed to frostbite that claimed its hooves, to Texas. Animal surgeons at Texas A&M University treated Hero for several months and affixed the initial prosthetics that the calf now had outgrown.

“This is our first cow”, Erin O’Brien, an orthotist and prosthetist for Hanger Inc., an Austin-based national firm that makes prosthetic limbs. She was among a team of about eight people working on the project for about two weeks. “We did a lot of study of photos and video of cows just regular walking to see what it looks like and see if we can mimic that biomechanically”, O’Brien said. “It’s unusual, yes, but an opportunity”.

Martin figures she has spent nearly $40,000 to save the calf. “I don’t know how to explain it”, she said. “I’m an animal rescuer. And he had everything against him”. Hero’s hooves are custom made of urethane and titanium, the connecting components are titanium and carbon fiber and the sockets that attach to his legs are carbon fiber and acrylic resin. Martin and O’Brien declined to discuss the cost, but estimated that similar devices for humans go for between $4,000 and $8,000 apiece.

Martin, 53, a former veterinary technician and retired truck driver originally from Dalhart, in the Texas Panhandle, is moving with her husband from Greenville, Virginia, to Cameron in Central Texas. She’s hoping Hero, who could grow to 1,500 pounds, can be a therapy animal for wounded veterans and special needs children. “It makes my day”, Martin said. “He’s got a very bright future right now”. – Associated Press

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Kitty Martin, right, snuggles Hero after he was fitted with new prosthetic legs Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Houston. Martin rescued the abandoned calf from a Virginia farm a year ago, brought him to Texas and got him permanent prosthetics to replace back hooves that had to be amputated because of frostbite. (Photo by Pat Sullivan/AP Photo)

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Polar Bear Came To Play

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A young female polar bear came to the vessel, which was stopped and shut down in fast ice on the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard Archipelago, Norway. She was playing right in front of cameras entertaining people.

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Living with Tigers

With six-inch fangs and weighing in at 600lb, Saber and Janda are no ­ordinary house cats. Yet these huge Bengal tigers live in Janice Haley’s suburban garden and are treated like ordinary pets. They are fed by hand, get strokes and cuddles, and white male Saber goes to sleep sucking on her finger. Janice’s life changed 20 years ago when she spotted an advert for a tiger training course in her local paper – and two years later arrived home with her first cub. Then in 2002 she bought Janda, who is now 12.

After her first tiger died in 2007 little Saber – who was only two weeks old at the time – was introduced to the family. Janice, who lives in ­Davenport, Florida, says: “They pretty much look at me as being their mother. As far as I’m concerned they are my big four-legged furry kids. We have a very special bond – they rub my face and let me kiss them on the nose, we can cuddle with them and hug them”. After a full day of play and feeding, Janice lies down with the tigers to help them go to sleep. She says: “I don’t know of too many places where you can cuddle with a full grown tiger and we’ve been doing this with them for years”. Janice and husband David work around the clock to care for the tigers and spend all of their income on food and care.

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The pair are best of friends. (Photo by Ruaridh Connellan/Barcroft Media)

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Meet Millie – The Adorable Adopted Cat Is The Most Adventurous Feline Climbing Buddy


Meet Millie. Millie is one of the worlds most awesome cats. Unlike most cats she is one of the most brave and adventourous pets ever. So much so that she loves going on climbing adventures with her owner Craig.

Craig said: “She literally loves to climb things… if there’s high-ground she’ll seek it out,” Armstrong said in an interview with Bored Panda. He had nothing but praise for the tenacious little athlete: “Generally she does best on slabby routes where she can scramble from ledge to ledge. She’s an incredible athlete but steep juggy routes just aren’t her thing. When bouldering, though, she’s done some pretty amazing gaps and dynos.” and “Millie has all the qualities a good climbing partner should have. She never complains, no matter how bad it gets. She takes big risks and doesn’t complain when they don’t pan out.”

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Hero Cat, Tara, Throws Ceremonial First Pitch – Sort Of


Hero cat Tara held by owner Roger Triantafilo leaves after throwing the ceremonial first pitch before the start of Bakersfield Blaze and Lancaster Jayhawks Single A baseball game at Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield, California May 20, 2014. Tara, which became a YouTube sensation after being caught on video saving Triantafilo’s son Jeremy from a dog attack, has been invited to “throw” the first pitch at a minor league baseball game, Bakersfield Blaze officials said. (REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian)

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British Pet Dog Gets Co-Pilot License


Graham Mountford with pet dog Callie inside the aircraft. A pooch pilot with more than 250 flying hours has become the only dog in the United Kingdom to have her own crew card.

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‘Biggest Dinosaur Ever’ Discovered

It’s not exactly small at 30feet long (9 meters), but you might want to call this newlyidentified dinosaur the littlest giant.

Scientists in Argentina on Wednesday announced the discoveryof the fossilized remains of a unique member of the famous long-necked, plant-munching dinosaurs known as sauropods, the largest land creatures in Earth’s history. The dinosaur, named Leinkupal laticauda, may be the smallestof the sauropod family called diplodocids, typified by thewell-known Diplodocus, which lived in North America, they said. It also is the first of them found in South America. Itlived about 140 million years ago, millions of years afterscientists had previously thought diplodocids had disappeared, according to Argentine paleontologist Pablo Gallina, one of theresearchers.


Argentine paleontologist Pablo Gallina casts a shadow on a projector screen showing the found bones of a newly identified South American dinosaur named Leinkupal laticauda in Buenos Aires May 15, 2014.

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Not Quite Thigh High


A technician lies next to the femur of a dinosaur – likely to be the largest ever to roam the earth – in southern Argentina. Paleontologists have discovered fossils of a creature believed to be a new species of Titanosaur, a longnecked, long-tailed sauropod that lived some 95 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. (PHOTO: MUSEO EGIDIO FERUGLIO VIA AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE)

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Scotland’s Fattest Hedgehog Refuses to Go Back to Nature


Edinburgh, Scotland’s fattest hedgehog, has refused to return to the wild because she loves home food so much, May 16. The spiny mammal, seen next to an average sized contemporary, made headlines in July last year after tipping the scales at an astonishing 2.3kgs. (Photo: IC)

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Orangutan Brothers Damai and Rizki


Rizki, 10 months orphaned Bornean orang utan starts learning to bite and eating leaves at Surabaya Zoo as he prepares to be released into the wild on May 19, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. The two baby orangutans, brothers, were found in Kutai National Park in a critical condition having been abandoned by their mother on May 14, 2014. The Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) have since been nursing the animals back to health, treating them for malnourishment and 16 wounds predominantly to the feet and hands. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

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Miniature Donkeys Are The Best Friend Anyone Ever Had


15-month-old Jack Johnston gets caught up in a cuddle sandwich with micro miniature donkeys called ‘Snuggle Pot’ and ‘Livingstone’ at Amelia Rise Donkeys. (David Caird / Newspix / Rex USA)

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Animal Gatherings in Photographs


Here is a small selection of photographs showing various species of animals gather in some kind of swarms.

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Wildlife Photography by a British Gamekeeper


Adam Tatlow lived his entire life in a rural area, since his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon back in 1969. His free time Adam spent studying the nature.

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Fisherman Catch Record Breaking Mako Shark

A fisherman caught a record-breaking 805lb Mako shark – and then barbecued and ate it with his friends. Joey Polk, 29, and his two cousins Earnie Polk, 43, and Kenny Peterson, 21, battled the 11ft predator for more than an hour before finally hauling it onto the beach. They normally tag and release their catches for conservation but were unable to resuscitate this one and instead made it the main course at a jumbo-sized family barbecue. The huge shark, caught at a secret location on the Florida Panhandle on April 15, beat a previous weight record set by Earnie for a mako weighing 730lbs, set in February 2009.


Joey Polk, 29, holding open the jaws of the 11ft mako shark. (Photo by Joey Polk/Barcroft Media)

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A Cat Cafe in New York

The first Cat Café in North America has New Yorkers “feline” groovy. City-dwellers and tourists alike flocked to the Purina ONE Cat Café in the Bowery on Thursday morning for their chance to spend some quality time with some furry friends, while caffeining up on the pop-up’s signature Cat’achino, a cappuccino with a foam feline on top. All of the kittens were provided by North Shore Animal League, the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption shelter in the country.


Cat lounges and makes itself at home at the new Cat Café by Purina ONE on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision for Purina ONE/AP Images)

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