animals: May 2012 Archives


We've previously met Maru, the Japanese cat who became an internet star by modeling haircuts with the aid of a cardboard box.


Videos of the hit moggie have each been viewed more than a million times and he has more than 10,000 Facebook fans and 15,000 followers on Twitter.

So when it became time to celebrate his 4th birthday, there was only one way to do it… with a compilation video featuring his highlights of the past 12 months.

As such you can see him fighting himself in a mirror and playing with paper bags and cardboard boxes. Happy Birthday Maru!

275x250.jpg It's no secret that some pet owners spoil their animals, whether it's giving them the best food, constant belly rubs or £1,200 beds to sleep in … wait what?

A range of designer pet beds has gone on sale for pampered pooches and pussy cats which are made by master cabinetmakers and cost more than most furniture for humans.

The pet furniture from Cedel Pets and Style -- which is miniaturized versions of typical bedroom furniture -- can cost up to £1,200

Many models even include little pillows, duvets and tiny bedside tables, though we can't imagine what a cat keeps in a bedside table.


Have you ever seen an ostrich running down a busy road? No, well you should probably rectify that pretty sharpish by clicking play on this video.


This quick-footed bird is understood to have escaped from a farm in Saudi Arabia before heading onto a busy road where it (mostly) dodged cars.

It is not known whether the feathered critter managed to escape or was apprehended by authorities and returned to the farm… or went on to star in a cartoon.


This dramatic video shows the horrifying moment a lorry was sliced in two by a speeding train, seconds after the truck driver had escaped.

The incident happened at Kings Mountain, North Carolina, when a truck got stuck on the level crossing at exactly the wrong time - as a train hurtled towards it.

Luckily the driver of the lorry and a passenger managed to escape before his vehicle took the impact and despite the cotton cargo being spread everywhere, no-one was injured.

At least five police cars attended the scene and the intersection has been temporarily shut while a barrier is installed. The 'Absolutely No Truck Crossing' signs obviously weren't doing the job.


A pair of Welsh tourists who stole a penguin after breaking into an Australian theme park -- where they also swam with dolphins -- have been fined $1,000 (£637).


Rhys Owen Jones and Keri Mules appearer at Brisbane magistrates where they admitted the bizarre theft from Sea World on Queensland's Gold Coast.

It's said the duo woke up the morning after the crime bleary eyed and heavy headed to find the 13-inch tall seven-year-old fairy penguin named Dirk in their apartment, not knowing quite how he got there.

It turned out the pair, who were in Australia on working holidays, had broken into Sea World where they jumped in and swam with dolphins, let off a fire extinguisher in a shark enclosure and p-p-picked up the penguin.

275x250.jpg When a man in Birmingham spotted a deadly-looking corba slithering on his patio he called the RSPCA for help… but he soon wished he hadn't.

That's because in his blind panic he hadn't noticed the 'slithering' snake was in fact a harmless plastic toy.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said the snake-phobic man had been so scared that he hadn't got close enough to realise how daft he was being.

The red-face gent from Moseley is said to have been incredibly apologetic about his gaffe. It's not known where the fake snake came from.


There are plenty of products on the market which promise to stop crooks from stealing your bike… but we don't think many can compete with Li Li.

The golden retriever has become something of a minor celebrity in China after standing guard when his owner goes to run errands -- and then jumping on the back when it's time to go.

More than 100,000 people have viewed a video of the dog (known locally as Bike Hugging Dog) sitting upright on his hind legs and holding the bike. That's better than any bike lock we've ever seen.


Visitors to the University of Colorado campus had to be on the watch for an unusual hazard recently, flying bears… or to be more precise, falling bears.

That's because a 200-pound male black bear had wandered onto the site, climbed up a tree and decided to get comfortable -- leaving staff and police wondering what to do.

Eventually after cops and Colorado Parks and Wildlife were called and after a couple of hours the beast was shot with two tranquiliser darts.

After a short wait, he fell 15ft from his perch onto mats which had been placed on the ground. The dazed bear was then moved into a large cage and transported to the mountains west of Boulder and released.




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