animals: March 2012 Archives

275x250.jpg The world’s first stair lift for dogs is being trialled after research revealed a worrying rise in number of porky pooches.

It has been found that if obesity levels in dogs continue to rise at the current rate over half of all pooches will be severely overweight (52 per cent) by 2022 and unable to carry out basic tasks.

As a warning to pet owners, MORE TH>N has designed a prototype of the world’s first stair lift for dogs, a product that could become common in British homes unless we change our approach to our dogs’ diets.

Based on a conventional stair lift, the ‘Stair of the Dog 2022’ concept has been in development for the best part of six months and has a number of high tech mutt-modifications that make it dog friendly. 


This playful golden retriever is Tom and despite being a dog, he likes nothing more than playing in children's parks.

Specifically the thrill-seeking pup loves going down a slide -- as this video so wonderfully shows.

In the clip Tom looks excited as his owner asks him "Would you like to go on the slide?" and then runs over to a helter-skelter and up the steps.

He then slips down the slide before bounding over to his owner safe in the knowledge he has just become an internet star.


A snowboarding opossum has become an online hit after demonstrating his skills on the slopes of a Pennsylvania ski resort… obviously.


Little Ratatouille -- who was wearing a stripy jumper and ski pass -- can be seen tearing up the slopes on his Burton Riglet Snowboard

Using his long tail for balance the marsupial snowboarder even appears to grin at a video camera mounted to the front of his snowboard.

275x250.jpg A Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix dog dubbed 'The World's Ugliest' has died at the age of 15, her owner has announced.

Yoda -- who won the title in the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog contest at Sonoma-Marin Fair -- is said to have died in her sleep on Saturday night.

The 1.8 pound pooch was praised by judges for her wiry hair, protruding tongue, gangly legs and the scruffy fur between her toes and was an audience favourite.

Contest organisers say Yoda will keep the title 'World's Ugliest Dog' until a new ugliest dog is crowned in June.


A gorilla and rabbit have become best friends at a US zoo… yes you read that correctly a gorilla and rabbit really have become best friends.

Officials at a Pennsylvania zoo say the best buds have become inseparable since being introduced to each other last month.

Panda the Dutch rabbit had been put in the same enclosure as Samantha, a 47-year-old western lowland, because she is too old to be paired with another gorilla.

But while staff hoped seeing the rabbit would provide Samantha with a bit of stimulation, they did not expect her to start caring for it an sharing meals with it.


Everyone has seen news footage using the White House as a backdrop -- it's always the same, a reporter stood talking in front of the 'static' garden and building.


Or at least it normally is, but Spanish-language station Univision recently offered something different… when Barack Obama's dog Bo video-bombed a live report.

Reporter Adriana Arevalo had been talking to the camera when Bo -- the resident White House dog -- darted across the lawn behind her.

We don't know what Arevalo was saying in her report, but we do know it was made considerably more interesting (and cute) by the appearance of the Portuguese Water Dog.


Because everyone likes an interspecies intermingling to brighten up their morning... here's a one-eyed cat making friends with a squirrel.


Not that you need any more information, but Mikey from New York apparently likes nothing more than sitting on the windowsill and watching the world go by through his one working eye.

And not too long ago the ginger tabby was doing just this when a plucky nut-eating squirrel appeared on the other side of the window and wanted to become his friend.

We say 'become his friend' though we're not exactly sure that was his plan, but that's what we want to believe.


Passengers onboard Delta Flight 486 from Atlanta to New York would have been forgiven for thinking they were imagining things when they heard the captain enquire: "Is anyone here allergic to penguins?"


But then, when a pair of foot-and-a-half tall penguins waddled down the aisle of the plane cruising at an altitude of 30,000 feet, they probably realised they weren't.

Pete and Penny -- aged 6 and 12 -- were travelling from Atlanta to New Yorkt to the premiere of "Frozen Planet," a new Discovery Channel documentary.

One passenger said: "This is video proof that penguins CAN fly -- and that they have absolutely no fear of flying at all! 

275x250.jpg A man from Kent was reportedly mugged by a fox, which forced him to hand over his dinner.

Civil servant Seb Baker said the wily fox recently followed him into an alleyway before getting aggressive and circling him like prey.

The 29-year-old says that after the animal made several attempts to snatch his shopping bag he realised he was going to have to hand over his food.

So he offered the fox a garlic loaf he'd just purchased in Tesco and it must have been enough because the animal scampered off.

Wildlife experts say that fox attacks on humans are very rare… and that even they didn't know foxes liked garlic bread.


A talented pooch has become an online hit after being filmed playing the piano and singing at the same time.


Okay, so in the interest of factual accuracy we feel obliged to point out that the the dog is more pawing at the keys (rather than playing) and howling out of tune (rather than singing)

That said with more than a million view online, it really has become an online hit. Bonus points to anyone who can name that song.


We've always been of the opinion that no matter how good your photo of a lion is, it's no use if you had your head bitten of three seconds after taking it.


That's why we're impressed by the ingenuity of nature photographers William and Matthew and Burrard-Lucas who came up which a canny way of not going home from Kenya minus their noggins.

The brothers very wisely decided that the best way of getting near to the lions would actually be to keep their distance and just send their DSLRs to capture shots including a male feasting on wildebeest on the plains of the Masai Mara.

So they set about creating a device known as BeetleCam -- a DIY contraption which is remote controlled and houses their DSLRs -- and could be operated from the safety of an open-top Land Cruiser.




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