When a baby gets on a scale, it's often a milestone of growth – and it's no different for the San Diego Zoo's newest hippo calf, 5-month-old Adhama, who last weighed in at just under 500 lbs.
The zoo's star baby has been captivating visitors since he was born (this, too, happened in front of an audience). He's been performing water ballets and exhibiting play behavior like biting his mother's face, which helps the teething process.
"All I ever wanted was a cat, and my mom wouldn't let me have one," says Lynea Lattanzio. Now in her early 60s, Lattanzio has not just one cat but nearly a thousand of them.
Lattanzio is the founder of Cat House on the Kings, a no-kill, no-cage sanctuary and adoption center in Parlier, Calif., that has been dubbed the largest cat rescue on earth. Her sprawling facility currently provides care for more than 700 cats, employs 25 people and is the only sanctuary of its kind on the West Coast.
To play Gargamel, the villainous sorcerer determined to destroy the lovable Smurfs, Hank Azaria had to put on fake bushy eyebrows, practice his evil grin – and act alongside a cat.
"If I wasn't a cat person before this film, I became one during the course of shooting," Azaria tells PEOPLE of his feline costar, who plays Gargamel's sidekick, Azrael. "One thing I can tell you about the cat? Cat's a good kisser."
Miranda Cosgrove, the 18-year-old star of Nickelodeon's iCarly, has had the same best friend for the past 12 years: her toy poodle, Pearl.
So when the actress and singer was about to embark on her first concert tour this summer, she debated whether to let her petite gray pup tag along. "I wanted to bring my dog on tour really badly, but she's very old and I wasn't sure if she would be able to handle touring life," Cosgrove tells PEOPLE.
Comedienne Susie Essman may have played a cat in Disney’s Bolt, but her heart is going to the dogs.
"Dogs, I think, are the greatest creatures in the entire world," says the Curb Your Enthusiasm star. "The only bad thing about dogs is that they have a short life span."
How does Blake Lively face her greatest fears?
By looking them square in the face – while safe behind the bars of a cage.
The actress told Jay Leno that she went shark diving while on location for The Green Lantern in South Africa.
"On the plane, I was hearing these flight attendants talk about shark diving. They said, 'You can go cage diving with great white sharks,' and I'm terrified of sharks," Lively said. "So, I said, 'That sounds like a horrible idea – let's do it!'"
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