World's Ugliest Dog Dies….:(

The ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ has died at age 17 following a career in show business. Miss Ellie, a small, bug-eyed Chinese Crested Hairless dog whose pimples and lolling tongue helped her win Animal Planet’s “World’s Ugliest Dog” contest in 2009, died according to reports on Thursday.The Mountain Press reported that Ellie starred in shows at the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge.

She also appeared on US TV’s Animal Planet cable show “Dogs 101″ and was on billboards and in a commercial.Pigeon Forge Mayor Keith Whaley proclaimed Nov. 12 as “Miss Ellie Day” for her owner’s efforts to raise money for the local humane society. Over the years, Ellie helped raise more than $100,000 for the Sevier County Humane Society.
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The Zorro Cat

The standing cat is back and he’s brought his friend.

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World's Biggest Bunny

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Annette Edwards is the owner of Amy a three-year-old bunny – the largest bunny in the world. She is 4 ft in length and weighs 56 pounds and thanks to her appetite she is certain to beat the previous record holder. Roberto owned by Mrs Edwards .

In her quest to breed the world’s biggest rabbit, Annette Edwards has struck 24-carrot gold.Three-year-old Amy, a Continental Giant, now weighs three and a half stone and is 4ft from the tip of her nose to her bumper bobtail.Huge: Amy the rabbit, from Worcester, weighs in at almost three stone – making her the world’s biggest. She is pictured with her owner Annette Edwards

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Thanks to her huge appetite, she is almost a stone heavier and six inches longer than the previous record holder Roberto, also owned by Mrs Edwards.Both of them dwarf a previous pretender to the throne, a German chap nicknamed Herr Rabbit which was officially a mere 22lb and 3ft 1in.It won’t be long, however, before Amy has to surrender her title.She and Roberto have been busily breeding in their reinforced hutch at their home in Worcester, and Mrs Edwards is confident that one of their 32 offspring will turn out even larger.
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World's Biggest Bunny

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Annette Edwards is the owner of Amy a three-year-old bunny – the largest bunny in the world. She is 4 ft in length and weighs 56 pounds and thanks to her appetite she is certain to beat the previous record holder. Roberto owned by Mrs Edwards .

In her quest to breed the world’s biggest rabbit, Annette Edwards has struck 24-carrot gold.Three-year-old Amy, a Continental Giant, now weighs three and a half stone and is 4ft from the tip of her nose to her bumper bobtail.Huge: Amy the rabbit, from Worcester, weighs in at almost three stone – making her the world’s biggest. She is pictured with her owner Annette Edwards

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Thanks to her huge appetite, she is almost a stone heavier and six inches longer than the previous record holder Roberto, also owned by Mrs Edwards.Both of them dwarf a previous pretender to the throne, a German chap nicknamed Herr Rabbit which was officially a mere 22lb and 3ft 1in.It won’t be long, however, before Amy has to surrender her title.She and Roberto have been busily breeding in their reinforced hutch at their home in Worcester, and Mrs Edwards is confident that one of their 32 offspring will turn out even larger.
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World's Largest Rodents Get Their Own Capybara Spa In Japan

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Ahhh … That’s the sound these capybaras (above) are probably making as they step into the new traditional Japanese hot spa that the Saitama Children’s Zoo set up for them. Ahhh! That’s the sound we made when we found out these furry critters are the largest living rodents in the world!

Zookeepers came up with the idea of pampering these semi-aquatic creatures with a traditional hot bath that warms up to a sweltering 104 degrees — not only are the animals enjoying a little rub-a-dub-dub, but the spa spectacle has become pretty entertaining for visitors, too. On its Web site, the zoo, which is outside Tokyo, encourages people to reach out and touch them from behind a fence!

The zoo’s family of capybaras, who live near water in nature and tend to hang out in groups, waddle together into the bath filled with Japanese rocks and water from a bamboo faucet, according to MSNBC. The trouble with a bath that’s this soothing? One capybara had a hard time staying awake!

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World's Largest Rodents Get Their Own Capybara Spa In Japan

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Ahhh … That’s the sound these capybaras (above) are probably making as they step into the new traditional Japanese hot spa that the Saitama Children’s Zoo set up for them. Ahhh! That’s the sound we made when we found out these furry critters are the largest living rodents in the world!

Zookeepers came up with the idea of pampering these semi-aquatic creatures with a traditional hot bath that warms up to a sweltering 104 degrees — not only are the animals enjoying a little rub-a-dub-dub, but the spa spectacle has become pretty entertaining for visitors, too. On its Web site, the zoo, which is outside Tokyo, encourages people to reach out and touch them from behind a fence!

The zoo’s family of capybaras, who live near water in nature and tend to hang out in groups, waddle together into the bath filled with Japanese rocks and water from a bamboo faucet, according to MSNBC. The trouble with a bath that’s this soothing? One capybara had a hard time staying awake!

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World's First Test-Tube Camel Born In UAE

It took researchers at the Abu Dhabi Camel Research Centre in Suwaihan four years to produce the camel, who was born on Wednesday.”After 1 year and 22 days of pregnancy, one healthy calf was born. It was a male camel and its weight was 38 kilograms,” said Dr Abdul Haq Anouassi, chairman of the breeding section at the centre.

“In-vitro fertilisation is a technique that involves retrieving eggs [oocytes] and sperm from the bodies of the female and male and placing them together in a laboratory dish to facilitate fertilisation.”Fertilised eggs are then allowed to develop in vitro and after several days are transferred into a female’s reproductive tract, where implantation and embryo development can occur.

“Ovaries were obtained from adult females that were slaughtered in Khazna camel abattoir. Oocytes were recovered by aspiration of all follicles more than five millimetres. The selected oocytes were matured. Semen was collected using a bovine artificial vagina on the day of in-vitro fertilisation.”Following in-vitro fertilisation, the zygotes obtained were placed on monolayer cells. After 24 hours of culture, the zygotes were examined under the microscope and the first oocytes [two to eight cells] were observed.

The embryos obtained were kept in co-culture up to nine days, before their transfer to recipients.”Good-quality embryos were deposited in uteri of recipient camels.”

The centre has 14 in-vitro fertilisation pregnancies, Dr Hadj Khatir said. Four camels are expected to give birth

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World's First Test-Tube Camel Born In UAE

It took researchers at the Abu Dhabi Camel Research Centre in Suwaihan four years to produce the camel, who was born on Wednesday.”After 1 year and 22 days of pregnancy, one healthy calf was born. It was a male camel and its weight was 38 kilograms,” said Dr Abdul Haq Anouassi, chairman of the breeding section at the centre.

“In-vitro fertilisation is a technique that involves retrieving eggs [oocytes] and sperm from the bodies of the female and male and placing them together in a laboratory dish to facilitate fertilisation.”Fertilised eggs are then allowed to develop in vitro and after several days are transferred into a female’s reproductive tract, where implantation and embryo development can occur.

“Ovaries were obtained from adult females that were slaughtered in Khazna camel abattoir. Oocytes were recovered by aspiration of all follicles more than five millimetres. The selected oocytes were matured. Semen was collected using a bovine artificial vagina on the day of in-vitro fertilisation.”Following in-vitro fertilisation, the zygotes obtained were placed on monolayer cells. After 24 hours of culture, the zygotes were examined under the microscope and the first oocytes [two to eight cells] were observed.

The embryos obtained were kept in co-culture up to nine days, before their transfer to recipients.”Good-quality embryos were deposited in uteri of recipient camels.”

The centre has 14 in-vitro fertilisation pregnancies, Dr Hadj Khatir said. Four camels are expected to give birth

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Camel Beauty Pageants

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Ten thousand of the world’s finest pedigree camels are competing for $9 million in prize money.
Even though camel breeding is a cultural tradition that goes back centuries, the oil-rich Arab emirate had produced the world’s first test-tube camel and races have recently been conducted using remote-controlled robot riders.

“It’s just like judging a beautiful girl,” said Fowzan al-Madr, a camel breeder from the Kharj region southeast of Riyadh. “You look for big…eyes, long lashes and a long neck — maybe 39 or 40 inches.”As he spoke, Madr was surveying the offerings at Saudi Arabia’s largest camel market, on the outskirts of Riyadh.

The days are long past when camels were crucial to life, a chapter lost in increasing urbanization and technology. But there is still pleasure in raising them, sometimes for milk and meat, for racing and, yes, for their beauty.
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White Gators – The Rarest Creatures In The World

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At just a foot long, these white gators are two of the rarest creatures in the world.They were found in swamp land by a Louisiana fisherman and have now been given a new home in a New Orleans Zoo.Weighing in at just over 14 pounds, the creatures are not albino, but are born with a genetic condition known as leucism, which means they have a reduction in all types of skin pigment.

Rendering them white in appearance bar a few freckles, these gators now join the other 10 white gators at Audubon Zoo, which is home to the total number known to exist in the world.’The gators have been named Canal-igator and Chomp-itoulas and are named after Canal and Tchoupitoulas streets in New Orleans,’ Sarah Brunette, Audubon Zoo’s director of communication, said.
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