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VIDEO: Tokyo temple displays collection of 1,000 'lucky cat' figurines

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TOKYO (UPI) -- A visitor to an unusual temple in Tokyo captured footage of the 1,000 "lucky cat" figurines on display there.

The video shows footage from the Gotoku-ji temple, where a collection of 1,000 "lucky cats," white feline figurines with one waving paw upraised, greet visitors.

The lucky cats come in a variety of different sizes and ...Read more

VIDEO: Kitten survives near miss with car tire on Russian road

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NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia (UPI) -- A dashboard camera on a car in a Russian city captured a kitten's heart-stopping near miss with the tire of a car that nearly squashed the tiny feline's head.

A video posted to YouTube by user Anastasia Gubaidulina shows the dashcam footage from a car driving on a busy road in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk.

A ...Read more

VIDEO: Man punches kangaroo to save dog from headlock in Australian outback

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CONDOBOLIN, Australia (UPI) -- An Australian zookeeper on a pig hunting trip in the outback was filmed punching a kangaroo in the face to rescue his dog from a headlock.

Greig Tonkins, a zookeeper at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubba, appears in a video posted online running up to a kangaroo that has his dog, Max, in a headlock.

The video, ...Read more

Mysterious sounds from car engine lead California police to trapped kitten

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (UPI) -- Police in California discovered a small kitten trapped in a car engine after hearing strange sounds emitting from the vehicle.

Santa Cruz Police Department shared a photo of an officer holding the tiny, stranded kitten after it was rescued from the parked car.

"SCPD Police Officer Gomez heard a desperate meowing ...Read more

VIDEO: 'Houdini' dog brought to shelter after escaping capture for two years

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SAN PEDRO, Calif. (UPI) -- An animal rescue group in California spent three days attempting to catch a dog that had escaped capture for more than two years.

Rescue group Hope for Paws chronicled the elaborate rescue attempt in a YouTube video as they attempted to corral the canine lovingly dubbed "Houdini."

The rescuers placed a trap for the ...Read more

VIDEO: Cat stuck in ice puddle rescued in Russia

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ZLATOUST, Russia (UPI) -- A Russian couple acted quickly to help rescue a stranded cat whose paws had become stuck in a frozen puddle.

Video shared to YouTube showed the cat, covered in snow, sitting among a shallow pile of snow with its paws frozen in a puddle of ice underneath.

A woman quickly rushed to grab a green bucket full of warm water...Read more

Police seek owner of Chihuahua found wearing Christmas sweater, blue pants

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BELLEVUE, Wash. (UPI) -- A Washington state police department is seeking the owner of an unusually-attired Chihuahua found wearing a Christmas sweater, blue pants, and a bad attitude.

The Bellevue Police Department posted a photo to Twitter and Facebook of the tiny dog snarling at an officer's catch pole in Robinswood Park.

The Chihuahua was ...Read more

Feline 'cat burglar' found trapped in British bank

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NOTTINGHAM, England (UPI) -- A curious cat was found trapped alone on the inside of a glass door in a bank in England after hours.

Twitter user Jaimee shared photos of the stranded cat peering longingly out of the clear bank door on Tuesday night.

"Out walking through town and we've just found a cat stuck in a bank," Jaimee said.

The trapped ...Read more

VIDEO: Friendly fox joins man for nighttime walk in London

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LONDON (UPI) -- A man taking a nighttime walk in London encountered a friendly fox that strolled by his side and at one point tried to take his backpack.

Henry Hoffman posted a video to YouTube showing the fox he encountered while walking through the Hampton Wick area.

"So, I'm just chilling out with this fox right now," Hoffman says while the...Read more

Missing Florida dog found in New Jersey three years later

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (UPI) -- A missing Maltese Pomeranian mix from Florida was reunited with her owner after turning up in New Jersey three years later.

Bill Gerstein of Fort Lauderdale shared a photo with his newly found dog, Bella, to a Facebook page dedicated to finding the beloved pet.

"Almost three years later, miracles do really happen...Read more

Talking dogs: Taking the stress out of getting into car for pup

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Q: My 10 month old puppy refuses to get into the car on his own. I have to lift him up, and he is getting too big to continue with this method. Once he's in, he's fine and likes to ride with me. Anything I can do to change this?

-- Doug

A: Sure, Doug, this is fixable. Your dog's behavior suggests that he isn't comfortable with some aspect of ...Read more

VIDEO: 'Piqapoo' dog bag clip offers hands-free poop clean up

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NEW YORK (UPI) -- A crowdfunded silicone clip is looking to help dog owners clean up after their pets without using their hands.

The Piqapoo clip, funded by Kickstarter, is used to attach a plastic dog bag to the pet's tail to collect their feces while they walk.

"The Piqapoo has a soft clip and a durable collection bag beneath, that ...Read more

Kitten rescued from car's undercarriage hides out in Florida fire station

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MARGATE, Fla. (UPI) -- Florida firefighters said they had to search for a kitten twice after it was freed from the undercarriage of a car and fled into the station.

Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue said a woman drove to Fire Station 58 Tuesday and told firefighters there was a kitten lost somewhere inside her vehicle.

"Crews were able to ...Read more

'Fat Boy' the cat rescued from electrical pole after nine days

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FRESNO, Calif. (UPI) -- Fire crews in California scaled an electrical pole to rescue a pet cat who had been stuck near the power lines for nine days.

Residents in the Fresno neighborhood spent days seeking help to rescue the black and white cat named Fat Boy before assistance finally arrived to bring the cat to safety, Fox 26 reported.

Two ...Read more

VIDEO: Kitten gets the hang of horseback riding in Sweden

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden (UPI) -- A Swedish horse enthusiast shared video of a kitten learning the basic skill at the heart of horseback riding -- not falling off the horse.

Ida Lisberger shared a video online of the young kitten standing on the back of an adult white horse.

The kitten appears to struggle to keep its balance, while the horse appears ...Read more

Baby bobcats visit Iowa hunter in his tree stand

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SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (UPI) -- An Iowa hunter captured photos of the unexpected visitors he received in his tree stand -- a trio of bobcat cubs.

Wendell Van Beek of Sioux Center said he was out hunting in the woods last month when he climbed up to his hunter blind in a Woodbury County tree.

Van Beek said the deer started to come out and he soon ...Read more

Pet owners use cannabis to relieve animal ailments

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Every July 4, Augie, a 4-year-old Chihuahua mix, would go into freak-out mode. He trembled. He refused to eat, sleep or let anyone pick him up. His owners tried giving him Xanax for his fireworks phobia.

"He would act like your worst drunk friend at a bar who picks fights with everyone," said Liz Hughston, an emergency ...Read more

Fire crews rescue puppies from Florida cemetery

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MIAMI (UPI) -- Fire crews in Miami discovered an adorable surprise when they found a group of puppies in a local cemetery.

The three frightened puppies were found in healthy condition under a concrete box in a Northwest Miami-Dade cemetery, according to WSVN.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews were informed of a faint sound coming from beneath the ...Read more

'You can't be mean when you look at Riley's face'

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WICHITA, Kan. -- For those who frequent the Riley Leroy Pitts Military and Veteran Student Center at Wichita State University, there's a new therapist who has become quite a hit.

The therapist doesn't charge a fee, ask about childhood memories or give advice. She does, however, offer free cuddles and a respite from the pressures of college life...Read more

VIDEO: Polar bear petting dog caught on camera in Manitoba

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CHURCHILL, Manitoba (UPI) -- A tour guide in Canada discovered that man's best friend has pals elsewhere in the animal kingdom when he captured video of a polar bear petting a dog.

David De Meulles said he was taking a pair of North Star Tours clients on a polar bear watching expedition during the weekend in Churchill, Manitoba, when the group ...Read more