Groomers' World of 'Extreme Poodles'

We’ve seen dogs groomed to look like camels, buffalo, roosters and more — but what about the steps it takes to transform dogs from, well, dogs, to completely different creatures?
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Five Unique Birds From Around The World !

With a world full of flight taking creatures there are bound to be some that are out of the ordinary. There are birds that are deemed beautiful by avid bird watchers, because of the way they take flight or their plumage and then there are birds we catch and raise in captivity that can be deemed just as beautiful. From parakeets to cockatoos and even macaws these birds are all raised in captivity and beautiful. There are also birds that can be deemed as the weirder bunch of birds.

Resplendent Quetzal
This bird is found in the Mexico and western Panama regions. This bird is only fourteen inches long and an added twenty five inches for the tail when they are male. They only weigh about seven ounces. They have what looks to be a puff ball on their heads and they come in a variety of colors.


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Gay Swans Set Up Nest At World's Only Swannery In Dorset

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Two male swans have ruffled feathers at the world’s only swannery in Dorset after they set up a love nest together.
The happy couple at Abbotsbury Swannery are the only homosexual swans among more than 1,000 birds at the reserve.They are believed to be only the second male pair ever to hook up at the reserve. The pair show no interest in their female companions and only have eyes for each other.

Dave Wheeler, from the swannery, said: “The two birds both hatched in 2002 and are sort of together.”They have been together for several nesting seasons and basically keep territory as if they are a nesting pair.”The twosome flock together at the start of the nesting season in March and perform rituals associated with a breeding couple.Manager of Abbotsbury Swannery, John Houston, said: “The swans have been nesting together like this for several years and they get together every nesting season and form a nest together.

“They sit on the nest and act in every way as if they were a pair expecting to lay eggs.”It is quite sweet.”Like most couples, the swans are known for the occasional lover’s tiff, but are quick to sort out their differences.”They just always stay together and I hear that they have some spectacular fights with each other, but they always make up and get back together,” said Mr Houston.”We have more than a thousand swans here in the reserve and they are the only two doing this. We don’t know of any others acting in this way in the area.
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World's Largest Rodent As a House Pet

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Caplin Rous relishes snuggling in bed, going to the pet store with his owner and doing tricks like sit and shake for treats.He might sound like your typical dog, but guess again. He’s actually a capybara, otherwise known as the largest rodent species on earth.”People hear the word rodent and they think it’s some kind of a dirty word,” Caplin’s owner, Melanie Typaldos, “But many of them are very smart, clean, loving animals.”

Caplin Rous, (his second name an acronym for “Rodent of Unusual Size,” a reference from the movie The Princess Bride) is all those things — although Typaldos warns that she wouldn’t recommend him as a pet for just anyone.Although he’s extremely loyal and a perfect gentleman in public, he can be territorial at home, sometimes trying to bite visitors he doesn’t like. He also requires a very large grazing area because he munches on grass most of the day and the semi-aquatic animal requires daily dips in a pool or other body of water. (Check out some zoo dwelling capybaras, here.)

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World's Largest Rodent As a House Pet

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Caplin Rous relishes snuggling in bed, going to the pet store with his owner and doing tricks like sit and shake for treats.He might sound like your typical dog, but guess again. He’s actually a capybara, otherwise known as the largest rodent species on earth.”People hear the word rodent and they think it’s some kind of a dirty word,” Caplin’s owner, Melanie Typaldos, “But many of them are very smart, clean, loving animals.”

Caplin Rous, (his second name an acronym for “Rodent of Unusual Size,” a reference from the movie The Princess Bride) is all those things — although Typaldos warns that she wouldn’t recommend him as a pet for just anyone.Although he’s extremely loyal and a perfect gentleman in public, he can be territorial at home, sometimes trying to bite visitors he doesn’t like. He also requires a very large grazing area because he munches on grass most of the day and the semi-aquatic animal requires daily dips in a pool or other body of water. (Check out some zoo dwelling capybaras, here.)

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Meet The White And Blue-Eyed Alligator

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With his piercing blue eyes and pale skin this rare alligator stands out like a sore thumb.Weighing over 500 pounds, Bouya Blan is one of only 12 white alligators in the world.The 23-year-old, whose name means white fog, lives along with three other giant leucistic alligators at the world famous Gatorland theme park in Florida.‘People are awestruck when they see them, and just one look into those icy, blue eyes will give you chills,’ says Mark McHugh, President & CEO of Gatorland.

We’re excited to bring these thrilling animals to Florida.’Collected from deep in a Louisiana swamp, the ivory reptiles were part of a clutch of seventeen infants recovered by workers from the Louisiana Land and Exploration Company while surveying the area in 1986.The group later brought the hatchlings to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans where only a few of the rare reptiles survived, before they were brought to Gatorland last year.
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See, Hear, Taste And Smell The World As A Dog Does

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Neither rain nor unfinished holiday shopping could keep crowds away from the American Kennel Club’s “Meet the Breeds” event on December 12 and 13 in Long Beach, Calif. Held in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, thousands of spectators braved unseasonably cold rains for the chance to meet some 160 different purebred dog breeds, and even to experience the world as a canine.

A dog sensory exhibit sponsored by Eukanuba gave people the chance to see, hear, smell and taste as a dog does. “I’ve always wondered what my dog smells,” said one man, sniffing at glass beakers filled with varying intensities of spearmint scent to compare a canine’s sense of smell to a human’s. Dogs have 125 to 220 million olfactory receptors, says Eukanuba, while humans have a mere 5 million. Bloodhounds have an estimated 300 million olfactory receptors. It means a dog’s sense of smell is 1,000 to 10,000 times stronger than a human’s.

“Everything’s so blue,” marveled a little boy looking through special, computer-enhanced sunglasses at the dog-vision exhibit. “A video camera provides a live feed into a color corrector that manipulates colors to represent a dog’s color blindness,” a Eukanuba rep, Matt Fasano, explained . Looking through the glasses, one could see people milling about the convention center, but everything was awash in a bluish tone, with some spots of greenish yellow. So how does a dog see — at least during the daytime? Not as well as humans!

It’s not surprising that a dog’s ears are almost bionic compared to a human’s. At a display, spectators put on headphones to hear what a dog hears. By clicking on various parts of a monitor displaying a typical city park scene — tall buildings in the distance, towering trees and people sitting on the grass — one could suddenly distinguish specific sounds from the general noise: birds singing in the trees, the sounds of car traffic, and conversations of picnickers. “Dogs can direct their hearing,” explains the Eukanuba rep. “That’s why they tilt their ears.”

When it comes to food, whose sense of taste is keener — dog or human? If you guessed human, you’d be right! “Dogs have only about 1,700 taste buds,” states Eukanuba, “while humans have 9,000.” To illustrate the point, spectators were given a tiny cup of fruit punch to drink from a jug marked “human.” It tasted like normal punch. Then spectators were given fruit punch to drink from a jug marked “dogs.” It tasted watery and diluted. Keep that in mind the next time you feed your dog and worry he won’t like his dog food.

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