Each week, we bring you the top 5 amazing, ridiculous or just plain awesome pet and animal stories from around the web. We call them, the Furry Five:

5. World’s Weirdest Father Frog

This slippery, slimy cousin of Kermit definitely demonstrates some pretty weird parenting. As shown in this National Geographic video, the male Darwin frog’s begin their developmental stages in their father’s vocal sac. From there, he physically coughs them out of his throat and they are born into this world.

image via pollywogsworldoffrogs.com

4. Jazz Band Hamsters

3. Why Having a Dog Keeps Kids Asthma-Free

According to a new study, research suggests that children who are closely in contact with dogs while they grow up are less likely to develop allergic reactions and/or asthmatic symptoms. Researchers found conclusions that the exposure of people to animals at a young age, allowed for them to be less susceptible to a common virus known as the respitory syncytial virus.

image via explow.com

2. Dolphin Kisses Dog

1. Certain Hospitals Now Allow Pets to Visit

Pets have become such a big part of people’s lives that it’s no wonder certain hospitals are now letting families bring in their furry friends so that they can bring smiles to the faces of the patients. Besides being able to bring your own pet in, many hospitals around the country offer a “pet therapy” program in which a trained owner-volunteer will bring a dog to the hospital for patients to enjoy. These programs have had much success in rehabilitating the mind and spirits of the patients that utilize them.

image via yahoo.com

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