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. Medical Marijuana Is Not Just For Humans

It seems like every week a new medical marijuana shop opens on a street corner in Los Angeles. Humans have been smoking the green grass for years to help alleviate pain and anxiety. But what about dogs? They have pain? They can get anxiety, right?

Turns out, plenty of vets who practice in states where medicinal marijuana is legal have major reservations about the possibility that owners will abuse pet meds. Moreover, they worry that prescribing this drug will make it more likely that the DEA will come calling, making sure that all controlled drug use is perfectly recorded.

We’re on the fence on this one.

 

4. Overweight Shelter Cat Weighs Almost 40 Pounds!

Meow is one fat kitty! This orange-and-white tabby weighs in at almost 40 pounds. According to The Associated Press, the big guy has to waddle to get around due to his weight, but is trying to drop some of the extra cushioning so he can be adopted. Shelter workers say that the 2-year-old tabby loves to cuddle  and that he will certainly make a great companion. The big kitty must drop 10 pounds before he moves on to a permanent home.

3. Purple Crabs Found In The Philippines

Four new species of freshwater crab, bright purple in colour, have been discovered in the Philippines. The tiny crustaceans burrow under boulders and roots in streams, feeding on dead plants, fruits, carrion and small animals in the water at night, said Hendrik Freitag of Germany’s Senckenberg Museum of Zoology. Found only in small, lowland-forest ecosystems in the Palawan island group, most have purple shells, with claws and legs tipped red.

 

2. Cow Orders Burgers At McDonald’s Drive-Thru

Darcy the cow from Brush, Colo. normally is well behaved, according to owner Sandy Winn. But lately, Darcy has had an unusual appetite for some McDonald’s hamburgers.

1. Real-Life Jurassic Park? Expedition To Seek Living Dinosaurs In Africa

A young Missouri man has turned to the Internet in search of investors for his expedition into the remote jungles of Africa seeking to document undiscovered flora and fauna. That is not so unusual, but one of the creatures he hopes to find is: a living dinosaur.

The region Stephen McCullah, the organizer of the expedition, has chosen to explore is the reputed home of the Mokèlé-mbèmbé, a dinosaur-like creature said to be up to 35 feet long (11 meters), with brownish-gray skin and a long, flexible neck. Many locals believe that it lives in the caves it digs in riverbanks, and that the beast feeds on elephants, hippos and crocodiles.

McCullah posted his pitch on Kickstarter.com asking for $27,000 in donations so that he and his friends can launch the Newmac Expedition, “one of the first expeditions in this century with the goal of categorizing plant and animal species in the vastly unexplored Republic of the Congo.” The preliminary four-man venture is slated to launch June 26.

In his Kickstarter pitch, McCullah noted that there have been several previous expeditions to the Congolese jungles in search of large unknown animals (including Mokèlé-mbèmbé), and yet they all failed to find good evidence. He believes that his group’s youth and enthusiasm will help them succeed where others have failed. The arsenal of cutting-edge technology they plan to bring should help as well: “We will be utilizing satellite images, trail cameras, a Thermal camera to track animals, and sonar to search through the murky waters.”

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