animals: June 2012 Archives

275x250.jpg Mugly, a Chinese Crested dog from the United Kingdom has been named the World’s Ugliest Dog after beating off competition from 28 other weird-looking pooches at an event in California.

The win at Sonoma-Marin Fair was secured for the 8-year-old rescue dog thanks to a combination of his short snout, beady eyes and white whiskers.

Mugly receives a trophy and $1,000 in prize money, along with a photo shoot from Nuena Photography, a VIP stay at the Sheraton Petaluma, and a year’s supply of the dog cookies, Doggie Dollar$.

His owner Bev Nicholson said of the win, "I couldn't speak when they announced Mugly's name. I didn't know which way to look. I was shaking as much as the dog."

When his pet cat Orville was killed in a road accident Dutch artist Bart Jansen could have given him the usual pet burial. He didn't … he turned Orville into a flying work of art.

Working with radio controlled helicopter experts, Jansen a propellers to each of the paws on his deceased and stuffed pussy and Orvillecopter was born.

Currently the dead flying moggy (not a phrase I ever expected to write) can only sustain flight for a few seconds. Though that hasn't stopped it going on show at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam.

Jansen says Orvillecopter will soon be fitted with more powerful engines and larger props. We can't wait to see.

Fishermen are know for their "It was this big!" tales of monster catches. But Wayne Comben and Graeme Pullen - who claim to have netted the largest ever shark caught in British waters - have video proof.

The pair had been fishing off the coast of Cornwall when they caught a 10ft long Porbeagle
shark which reared its head out of the water by their boat.

It's claimed the beast dragged the two men and their 17ft boat for about a mile as they spent 90 minutes trying to reel it in.

Footage shows the men battling with their line to pull in and tag the fish which they claim was easily 550lb, the previous record for a shark caught in British waters is a 507lb. 

A family in California couldn't believe their eye when they spotted a bear taking a dip in their luxury infinity swimming pool.

This being 2012 they instantly reached for their smartphone and started recording the impromptu swim session, before posting the clip to YouTube.

In the footage - shot by Rachel and Valerie Gasparini - the bear can be seen enjoying the posh pool and appears to be taking in the panoramic views across the Golden State.

"It's really good at swimming," the sisters can be heard saying. "It's like looking out at the view, taking a nice swim you know, what they hell!"

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