Rescued dogs have found their poster pup!
A once-homeless dog named Rupee is believed to be the first canine to make it to the base camp of Mount Everest at 17,000 feet.
Rescued by Joanne Lefson from a garbage dump in Northern India, Rupee was malnourished, dehydrated and on the verge of death when she found him.
"When I saw him on that dumpsite, he couldn't have had more than an hour to live. He couldn't even walk 10 meters without collapsing," Lefson, an animal activist, said in the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
Giant George, formerly the world's tallest dog, passed away last Thursday.
"It is with a heavy heart that we announce Giant George died last night. George passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones; one month before his eighth birthday," his owners David and Christine Nasser announced on Facebook.
Measuring 3 ft., 7 in. from paw to shoulder, Guinness World Records crowned the Great Dane the Tallest Living Dog and Tallest Dog Ever back in 2010. Even though he weighed in at nearly 250 lbs., "He's just the sweetest, kindest dog, and he doesn't realize what all the hoopla is about," Guinness spokesperson Jamie Panas told PEOPLE at the time. "I was completely awestruck."
Talk about having nine lives!
After her home in Stratford, east London, caught fire, Gert, a 4-year-old pet cat, was found lying motionless by firefighters who responded to the blaze on Sept. 28. Her owner, Michael Morrison, begged responders to save his cat's life, and lucky for him, some quick thinking managed to do just that.
"It was horrible. I collapsed on the floor crying," Morrison said. "They were all huddled around her and even took my oxygen mask off for her."
For Simon Cowell, it's the more, the furrier!
The 53-year-old introduced two new puppies he recently adopted Thursday over Twitter, asking fans, "Any suggestions for names?"
Cowell, who is expecting his first child with girlfriend Lauren Silverman, has spoken out in the past about the importance of adopting a dog rather than buying it from a pet shop. Last month, he sent out a message that he was looking to expand his family.
Who says superheroes aren't real?
When a Milton, W. Va., home caught fire, trapping a kitten inside, it was Batman and Captain America who came to the rescue.
A 100-pound python blamed in the strangling deaths of two Canadian boys apparently escaped from its pet store enclosure, slithered through a ventilation system and fell through the ceiling into the room where the young brothers were sleeping, the shop owner said Tuesday.
A snake expert said it was possible that the python was spooked and simply clung to whatever it landed on.
Autopsies on the brothers, ages 5 and 7, were being performed Tuesday. They had been visiting the apartment of a friend above an exotic pet store in Campbellton, New Brunswick, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Const. Julie Rogers-Marsh.
You think you get sunburnt easily?
Well clearly you've never met Delta-Mouse, a dwarf rabbit who began balding at birth and requires SPF 50 sunscreen to protect his skin.
When Delta-Mouse was born in owner Debbie Ikin's home six weeks ago, everyone thought the tiny and hairless bunny was just the runt of the litter. But soon his condition prompted further investigation.
"I worried he wasn't eating properly, but he was living and just looked a bit different, especially compared to other rabbits," Ikin, who lives in Horwich, England, tells The Daily Mail.
Toss him the ugly stick!
A beagle/basset/boxer mix named Walle ran off with the top prize at Friday's 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest, the marquee event at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif.
The 4-year-old dog's unusually large head, hump back, and duck-like waddle – courtesy of extremely short legs – all helped him nab the coveted title, which includes $1,500 and a trophy.
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Known for being a little cat crazy, the Asian country is celebrating Cat Day, also known as Nyan Nyan Nyan Day, on Feb. 22. "Nyan" is the Japanese sound used to describe a cat's meow, and the Japanese word for the number two is "ni," close enough to "nyan" so that Feb. 22, which can be read as nyan nyan nyan, was designated Cat Day. –Washington Post
Results from an experiment conducted by researchers from France's National Veterinary School showed that dogs are capable of recognizing their own species. When presented with a random sample of photos of dogs and non-dog species, the test subjects were able to identify fellow dogs, even when presented with differing breeds. –International Business Times
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Once again, Leonardo DiCaprio is speaking up for elephants: The actor is advocating for Thailand to ban all ivory trade within the country. Collaborating with the World Wildlife Fund, DiCaprio is encouraging people to sign a petition pressing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to outlaw the trade in an effort to save African and Asian elephants from illegal poaching. –AP
Reunited and it feels so good! After 10 years, a Nashua, N.H., man is back home with his dog Ginger, whom he hadn't seen since he got a divorce a decade ago. After his ex-wife first surrendered the dog to the Humane Society, an elderly couple adopted Ginger. The pooch was then taken back to the shelter last October when the couple could no longer care for her. When Ginger alas reunited with her original owner, who was looking through the Humane Society's website on a whim, she started licking his face. –ABC News
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