The Water Bowl: Russia Olympics Mascots are Animals! Plus, British Prime Minister's Cat is Lazy

03/01/2011 at 10:30 AM EST

The Water Bowl: Russia Olympics Mascots are Animals! Plus, British Prime Minister's Cat is Lazy
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A snow leopard, polar bear and hare are the new mascots for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said his favorite was the snow leopard. –Gawker

Larry, the resident housecat at 10 Downing Street, the British prime minister's official residence, was adopted –or hired, so to speak –to help relieve the mouse problem on the property. Alas, Larry has proven to be a rather lazy mouser and would rather be sleeping than catching mice. –msnbc.com

A chicken in Iowa has laid a giant egg. It weighs nearly twice as much as a jumbo egg and has a circumference of 6 1/2 inches. –Des Moines Register

Roadrunner is a cat who runs. She trains like an athlete and is known as "America's only long distance running cat." –Asbury Park Press

The San Clemente Island fox is native to the location in its name, and the island is also home to a military training facility. The foxes are endangered by the presence of moving vehicles, so military personnel are being trained to take better care around the animals. –Los Angeles Times

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