Otto! Near 21, He’s Now World’s Oldest Dog


This old dog may not be learning any new tricks, but he now holds the title as the world’s longest-lived pooch.Otto, a dachshund-terrier mix, is 20 years and 8 months old — that’s about 145 in dog years, his owners estimate — and he is being recognized for his great age by Guinness World Records.

Lynn Jones, 53, of Shrewsbury, England, has owned Otto since he was six weeks old. She and her husband, Peter, contacted Guinness after the previous record-holder, Chanel — also a dachshund mix — recently died at age 21. So what’s Otto’s secret for longevity? Love, good food and regular trips to the vet, the couple say. Still, the pet now suffers from arthritis and is no longer as active as he was in his younger days.


Training Crows To Clean The Planet


How much do you actually know about crows? Other than they are loud and sit on the tops of trees and make a bunch of noise? They always seem to lurk around and stare you in the eye a little too long for comfort, right? Well, turns out they are much smarter than you might think, and they may even be one solution to our garbage problem. Inventor Josh Klein started doing experiments in 2008 showing that you could train crows to use a vending machine, and not just that, but that they were smart enough to pass the training on to each other. Knowing this, how can we use crows to our advantage instead of just seeing them as local pests or flying rats?

Creators Josh Klein and partners came up with the idea and design back in 2008 and essentially showed that you can easily teach a crow to take a coin and put it in a machine in exchange for peanuts. Then building on this, they switched the experiment and the crows picked up random, abandoned coins and put them in the same machine in order to get peanuts. Spooked yet? Well, from there, the crows then taught each other and their young to put coins in machines for peanuts. (If you want to find out more about the vending machine experiment, Klein also appears on TED – the video is available on CrowBox).

Oldest Cat, Caterack, Dies At 30

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How does one cope with the death of a beloved pet who’s been a constant companion for 30 years? “I have made myself stay real busy to adapt to it,” Alisa Morris, the owner of Caterack, a 30 year-old cat who died last Thursday, told Paw Nation. “It’s been hard and I miss her terribly. I’ve had several animals in my life, but Caterack was the icing on the cake.”

In 1979, Morris adopted a 5-week-old feral kitten found near her mother’s house in Texas. Morris’s mother claimed that there was “something special” about the kitten that was blind in the left eye, and begged Morris to adopt it. Morris agreed, and named the kitty Caterack.Sadly, as Caterack got older she developed kidney problems, then arthritis. Morris started feeding Caterack wet food because it was the only thing the elderly cat could keep down, reports In Caterack’s final days, “she wasn’t doing good,” Morris said. “She wasn’t bathing herself or keeping herself clean and she laid down real slow.”

Baby Tasmanian Devils At The Taronga Zoo


Somebody call Maury Povich: these Tasmanian Devils need to find their baby daddy! After these joeys (in Australia, “joey” can mean any baby animal) were born in captivity to mother Martha, Taronga Zoo zookeepers have narrowed down the possible father to Tex and Theo, the only other two devils with whom Martha could possibly have mated. Just remember, Tex and Theo: You have to be there for these babies no matter how much Martha sleeps around!

Tasmanian Devils are native to Tasmania, are endangered, are the largest carnivorous marsupial, and have the strongest bite of any living mammal. They also like to speak in gibberish, spin themselves into destructive tornadoes, and pester wise-cracking rabbits. As ferocious as they are, they’re still adorable, so make sure you ooh and ahh over each photo in this gallery.