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Millie the Security Guard Cat Patrols Toy Factory

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Millie the Security Guard Cat Patrols Toy Factory

Originally posted 06/22/2012 04:30 PM

Workers at the Bandai factory in Southampton, England, have found the purr-fect solution to their security needs: Millie, the Bengal cat.

As the factory starts receiving shipments of what will be this Christmas's most wanted toys, employees thought it best to add an additional security measure. Millie caught their attention while roaming around the warehouse, and was immediately deemed the best possible new hire as a result of her excellent climbing and hearing abilities and telltale meow.

"Millie has always had a very vigilant personality," said her owner. "I'm not surprised she took up a career as a security guard. The toys are lucky to have such an attentive guardian."

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Keira Knightley Fought a Dog for Screen Time | Keira Knightley, Steve Carell

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Keira Knightley Fought a Dog for Screen Time

Originally posted 06/21/2012 09:45 AM

Keira Knightley found herself in a dogfight – for screen time – when her four-legged costar in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World turned out to be more of a screen hog than a screen dog.

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Trunk Show! Baby Elephant Plays Soccer

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PHOTO: This Baby Elephant Is Playing Soccer – Yes, Really

Originally posted 05/30/2012 08:00 PM

Let's kick it!

A young Asian elephant named Donna showed off her athletic prowess while playing with a soccer ball at England's ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Donna displays considerable dexterity when it comes to kicking the ball around, not only with her feet, but with her flexible trunk. Not bad for a 2-year-old!

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Kickin' It's Leo Howard: My Bulldog Skateboards Better Than I Do

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Leo Howard, star of Disney XD's Kickin' It, is an actor, model and martial artist who does most of his own stunts, but for all he's tried, he cannot skateboard. His 3-year-old bulldog, Bella, however, is a different story.

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Dogleg! Golden Retriever 'Valet' Fetches Golf Cart Keys

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Dogleg! Golden Retriever 'Valet' Fetches Golf Cart Keys

Originally posted 08/23/2011 08:00 AM

Whitetail Golf Course in Charleston, Me., has a very special amenity: Kayleigh, a 7-year-old golden retriever, acts as the golf cart valet.

Yes, for every golfer whose tired legs could use a break after driving around nine holes in a cart, Kayleigh is there, at your service. The friendly and energetic pup (and pet dog of Whitetail's owners, Scott and Shari Duthie) will meet you by your cart, take the keys and run them back to the clubhouse, saving you an extra trip – and earning herself a treat.

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Skydiving Pug Is the New George H. W. Bush

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Skydiving Pug Is the New George H. W. Bush

Originally posted 08/17/2011 05:00 PM

Looks like George H. W. Bush has some competition!

The former president of the United States has famously jumped out of planes to mark his birthdays, including his 85th in 2009. Perhaps taking a cue from our 41st leader, a 10-year-old pug named Otis has been making tandem skydives into his senior years as well. His latest, over Acampo, Calif., on Monday marked his 64th jump!

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Calculating Dog Does Math Tricks

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Calculating Dog Does Math Tricks

Originally posted 08/17/2011 04:00 PM

Who needs a calculator when you've got a dog?

Beau, a 12-year-old Labrador retriever, can help you solve all your math problems. What's the square root of 9? Ask him, and he'll tell you in barks – even if his owner, Dave Madsen, isn't nearby.

Madsen, of Missoula, Mont., started teaching his intelligent dog how to count when Beau was a puppy, and now Beau can answer a variety of complicated questions involving addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and more.

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Photo: Flying Dog Bends Through Space

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Photo: Flying Dog Bends Through Space

Originally posted 06/20/2011 06:15 PM

Nice catch!

Seemingly defying the rules of physics (but maybe not gravity), an acrobatic border collie went flying through the air to catch a frisbee at the Shyhoundz Disc Dog European Championship in Hungary.

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PHOTO: Zebra Jumps Like a Horse!

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PHOTO: Zebra Jumps Like a Horse!

Originally posted 06/10/2011 04:30 PM

Are those racing stripes on that horse? Wait, that's not a horse, it's a zebra who can jump!

Having worked as a horse trainer since the age of 14, Sammi Jo Stohler was looking to move on to an animal a little more challenging.

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5 Things to Know About Crystal the Hangover Monkey

5 Things to Know About Crystal the Hangover Monkey

Originally posted 06/03/2011 05:00 PM

The biggest comedy of the summer season includes a few familiar faces – and one you might not know is so familiar. Here are five things you might not know about Crystal, the scene-stealing monkey of Hangover 2:

1. In real life, she doesn't smoke.
Director Todd Phillips jokingly said that after training Crystal to play a chain-smoking drug mule, he had "PETA after me because the monkey's become addicted to cigarettes." Phillips later had to clarify that he had been joking. Crystal's trainer, Thomas Gunderson, worked with his 17-year-old monkey so that she could hold a hollow prop that looked like a cigarette (the smoke effects were added later through CGI). She also learned how to use several different kinds of lighters (that didn't have real flames).

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