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Midwest Furfest 2015

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 12, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Eccentrics, Pets, Public Indecency, Fetishes, Foreign Customs

What Am I?

This unusual little guy is considered an exotic pet. Take your guesses in comments, the answer is in extended. More >>
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Sep 18, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Animals, Pets

Polly Wants Rescued

Firefighters rushed into a burning home to rescue whoever was screaming FIRE! and HELP! To their surprise instead of people they discovered parrots. I guess the birds do understand some of what they are saying after all.
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Apr 20, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Pets

A Pet Well Loved

Would you pay 'a few hundred dollars' for high risk brain surgery on a gold fish? Well, this pet's owner felt it was worth the expense. George came though just fine. If you'd like to see more pictures they are available on yahoo images.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Sep 18, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Pets, Fish

Tombstone for a Trout

Mrs. Keyte of Blockley, Gloucestershire had a pet trout that would eat worms from her hand. When it died in 1855, she erected a tombstone in its honor. That tombstone remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Blockley. And it's perhaps the only tombstone for a trout in the world. [National Geographic, 1917]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jan 07, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Obituaries, Pets, Fish, Monuments, Sightseeing, Nineteenth Century

William Hamilton Bones, Washington Goat


Here is a picture of a goat who came to live among high-powered Washington, DC, politicians in the year 1929.


You can read the full story of the goat's dazzling ascent to power here.

But like many Washington insiders, he had an unwholesome addiction that led to his downfall. Find out what it was here.

I think we need a goat today in DC to add a proper sense of absurdity to proceedings.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 28, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Pets, Politics, 1920's

Tattoos for Dogs

The newest fad in canine fashion -- tattooing your dog. Note that these aren't permanent tattoos. They're airbrushed on using a special pet-friendly dye. Still, it's a great way to make your dog look ridiculous. Link:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat May 12, 2012 | Comments (19)
Category: Animals, Fashion, Pets, Dogs

Dogs and Their Dog-Fur-Sweater-Wearing Owners

Photographer Erwan Fichou took a series of photographs of people wearing dog-fur sweaters and coats, made from the fur of their own dogs. One image is below, but check out his site for the full series. (I can't link directly to the series, because he's got his site configured with flash, but click on "Dogwool" once you arrive at his site.)

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Feb 21, 2012 | Comments (12)
Category: Animals, Crafts, Fashion, Pets, Dogs

Bad News for British Anchormen?

That staple of the “and finally” news item is under threat in the UK today, after a local council handed down an £80 ($130) fine to the owner of a skateboarding dog.

Jonathan Fell of Brighton, England says that his Lakeland Terrier, called Bodhi, likes nothing more than riding his board round the town’s streets, but in doing so he is violating local by-laws that insist all dogs must be kept on a leash. Previously, the council has threatened Fell with an ASBO (a civil restraining order) for failing to control his pet, now he has 14 days to pay the fine or face a court appearance and a potentially much larger fine (Newslite).
Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Wed May 11, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Government, Pets, Dogs

Weird Animals - Och Aye The Roo!

The week saw the publication of the 2010 Eden Wildlife Report, which tracks the numbers of foreign species introduced to the UK over the past century. Compiled by Dr. Toni Bunnell and a team from the University of Hull, the report mentions wallabies thriving in Scotland, scorpions setting up home in Kent and aardvarks that have somehow emigrated from Brazil to Cumbria (Telegraph).

Of course, this won’t be news to one member of Britain’s thriving rod-fishing community, who this week caught a piranha in his local pond (Guardian).

Another place you might not expect to see exotic creatures is on your lunch menu, but that didn’t stop one restaurant owner in Mesa, AZ from putting “lion burgers” on the menu to celebrate soccer’s World Cup. Cameron Selogie of the Il Vinaio makes his “mane course” with genuine lion meat imported from South Africa, earning him the ire of local animal rights groups and several death threats, but not a reprimand from health officials. According to an FDA spokesman serving lion meat is perfectly legal, as long as it’s not roar (Scotsman).

Slightly luckier than the lions, one cat who has fallen on his feet is Oscar, a housecat from the Isle of Jersey in the UK, widely billed as the “bionic cat” after successfully receiving two artificial hind legs to replace the ones he lost in an altercation with a combine harvester (BBC News).

You might think pitting a rodent like mammal against a 12 tonne Triceratops makes for an equally one-sided match up, but evidence emerged recently that our primitive ancestors occasionally feasted upon dinosaurs. Seventy-five million year old “gnaw marks” of a kind characteristic of early mammals, and belonging to a creature not much bigger than a squirrel, have been found on the fossil bones both of Tricerotops and the crocodile-like predator Champsosaurus (LiveScience).

Sadly today the nearest we get to dinosaur flesh is turkey or chicken, but not all birds were prized solely for their meat. The huia bird of New Zealand for example, was once used to make the feathered head-dresses of Maori chiefs, until predation from accidentally introduced species drove it to extinction around 1907. But if the bird has gone its feathers have not, and one recently became the most expensive feather ever when it sold at auction for NZ$8000, i.e. $4000 American (Telegraph).

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