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. Baby Parrot Rejected by Parents for Being Ugly
Every year during the Sonoma-Marin County Fair the humans get together and hold the “World’s Ugliest Dog Contest”. It looks like dogs may not be the only animals being judged this year after a recently hatched kea parrot (Nelson) was rejected by his parents because of his looks.
Nelson was born a month ago at the Bergzoo in Germany. Out of the three eggs his mother laid, Nelson was the only baby who hatched and survived. Yet the new parents still turned poor Nelson away. The hatchling has been under the zoo’s loving care, kept in an incubator for the the past four weeks. Now out in the world, Nelson is still receiving 24-hour attention from zoo workers.
4. 400 Turtles Seized At Bangladesh Airport
Holy turtles! Bangladesh customs agents seized more than 400 tortoises being smuggled in three suitcases through the country’s main airport on Tuesday, an official said. Two Indian citizens were arrested in connection with the seizure at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital Dhaka, customs officer Showkat Ara said.
“The tortoises were carried in three suitcases. They were smuggled to Bangladesh from India and were being taken to Bangkok,” Ara told AFP.
3. Real-Life “Pink Panther” Spotted in South Africa
Tourists on a safari in South Africa were in for a big surprise when they spotted a real-life “Pink Panther” during their tour. Photographer and safari guide Deon De Villiers was able to snap the fashionable feline on camera. While the leopard’s spots help to camouflage him while stalking prey, this feline’s strawberry tint surely makes him a stand-out.
2. DogTV Channel Set to Expand to More Four-Legged Viewers
Two months after its San Diego debut, canine cable channel DogTV is headed for national distribution, an executive for the enterprise said on Tuesday.
Billed as the first channel of its kind, the advertising-free programming is aimed at stay-at-home pooches whose work-a-day masters fret about the separation anxiety their pets suffer, and the trouble they get into, when left unattended for long stretches of time. The content is specifically tailored for four-legged audiences, with even the sound, colors and camera angles adjusted to make them more appealing to canines.
“They love watching other dogs being active on the screen, and other animals,” said Beke Lubeach, head of marketing for DogTV, adding that birds, monkeys and zebras have proven popular as well.
Last week, the channel began offering online streaming from its website, dogtv.com, for $9.99 a month. On-demand viewing over Cox and Time Warner cable systems in San Diego remains free for the duration of test-marketing, which is expected to run another two months at least, she said. Lubeach said DogTV hopes to have a national distribution deal in place in the next couple of months.
1. Bunny Needs Gamblers Anonymous
A rabbit at a Worcestershire pub has become addicted to a slot machine. Ian Randall, landlord at the Newtown road pub, moved the rabbit into the bar two weeks ago to escape the cold weather. Mr Randall said his bunny hasn’t bugged the locals by hogging the slot machine and most drinkers have been amazed by his bizarre behaviour. “He’s quite an inquisitive rabbit, and he keeps on looking at the flashing lights and reaching up to press the button.
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