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'Mermaids' swim with sharks in South Carolina Aquarium

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Most people have been to an aquarium by the time they're in middle school.

But you've probably never seen an attraction like the one that's soon to be at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston.

The World-Famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids will entertain guests at the aquarium March 28 through April 3.

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Hailing from Spring Hill, Florida, the mermaids swim among hundreds of animals, including fish, manatees and 8-foot-long sharks.

During each show, the mermaids delight guests with a highly technical and choreographed routine to musical numbers.

The mermaids travel nationwide, but they usually perform at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida.

At the upcoming exhibit at the South Carolina Aquarium, a limited number of guests will be able to experience a special date night event, Mermaids & Me, designed for all ages and featuring an exclusive mermaid performance in the aquarium's Great Ocean Tank. Each attendee will have the opportunity to meet and take a photo with a friendly mermaid on the land.

A mermaid kiss. #mermaniaPosted by South Carolina Aquarium on Friday, March 27, 2015

Posted by Weeki Wachee Springs on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Impatient baby kangaroo begs human dad for milk

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A baby kangaroo couldn’t wait a moment longer for lunch.

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A video posted on Facebook by The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia shows Scarlett the kangaroo with her caretaker, Chris Barnes.

While Barnes walks around a kitchen mixing a milk formula for the joey, the young animal hops around, clinging to her caretaker’s leg and looking up at him longingly.

The sanctuary's photo caption is the perfect imagination of what Scarlett would say if she could talk: "But mum! I want my milk now!"

The video has been viewed on Facebook more than 200,000 times. 

But mum! I want my milk now!!!* For licensing / permission to use: Contact - licensing(at)jukinmediadotcomPosted by The Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Seattle Aquarium cancels octopus mating event, fears cannibalism

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To celebrate Valentine's Day, officials at the Seattle Aquarium wanted to allow visitors to watch a live mating between two octopuses.

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The annual octopus mating event is open to the public and was set to take place at noon on Sunday. 

But aquarium workers couldn't find an appropriate mate for Kong, a 70-pound octopus. They canceled the "blind date" event because they feared that he would eat any female octopus with whom they could potentially pair him. All the female octopuses whom they had considered weighed 30 to 40 pounds -- half Kong's weight.

Instead, divers swam with the giant "bachelor" octopus while visitors watched.

According to Huffington Post, giant Pacific octopuses like Kong live between 3 and 5 years. They can grow to be 150 pounds and up to 20 feet long, according to the aquarium's website. 

The eight-legged cephalopods are terminal breeders who die soon after mating and reproducing. 

We’ve made some changes to our #OctopusWeek event! At noon on February 14, instead of our octopus blind date event,...Posted by Seattle Aquarium on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Join us at noon today to see divers swim with Kong, our male giant Pacific #octopus, in the Window on Washington Waters...Posted by Seattle Aquarium on Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Valentine's Day #OctoFact—you might want to kiss a red octopus but we don’t advise it: their venom can cause very painful local effects. #OctopusWeekPosted by Seattle Aquarium on Sunday, February 14, 2016

With arm spans reaching up to 20 feet across, giant Pacific octopuses can more than wrap their arms around you—and give you triple the love with their three hearts. #ValentinesDay #OctopusWeekPosted by Seattle Aquarium on Sunday, February 14, 2016

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Puppies, animals compete in special 'Super Bowl' games

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While the Super Bowl draws in millions of viewers, another game has captured the hearts of tons of furry fans -- the Puppy Bowl.

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This year, Puppy Bowl XII will be aired on Animal Planet on Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. ET and will re-air multiple times throughout the day.

The game involves shelter puppies who compete on a mini football field. A halftime show will be performed by kittens, and chickens will act as cheerleaders. There's also a “rufferee,” a sideline reporter and special effects like slow-motion replays, a water bowl cam and a kiss cam.

In its inception a decade ago, the first Puppy Bowl drew in 150,000 viewers. Last year, at least 10 million people watched at least portion of the game.

“We’ve upped the absurdity of it all,” said Melinda Toporoff, an Animal Planet executive producer for the Puppy Bowl.

One change the Animal Planet team has made includes naming the two participating teams -- Fluff and Ruff. The teams have a chance to score touchdowns by pushing a chew toy into the end zone. There's even a fantasy football league for the furry athletes.

Wanting to see some other animals compete in other fun games? 

Catch “Kitten Bowl III” at 9 a.m. on Sunday on the Hallmark Channel and “Fish Bowl III” at 3 p.m. on NatGeoWild on Sunday. Both will replay multiple times throughout the day.

Older dog cries at shelter when owners leave with younger pup

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An aged dog was abandoned at a shelter when her family decided to take home a younger dog. 

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Cookie the cocker spaniel, who's believed to be between 10 and 15 years old, and a Labrador retriever were turned into the City of San Bernardino Animal Control after they were found wandering the city streets. 

When the family that owned the dogs went to the shelter to pick them up on Dec. 30, the owners chose to take the young Lab home and left Cookie. 

Confused and scared, the older companion cried and howled as the owners walked out of the building and walked out of her life. 

According to one dog-related website, this happens all too often; owners leave older dogs at shelters and trade them in for younger pups. 

But lucky for Cookie, word of her story spread quickly. 

It wasn't long before an organization called OC Small Paws So UT helped find a foster mother for Cookie.

Cookie has medical conditions that require special attention, and she has already undergone surgery for cancer. OC Small Paws So UT has pledged to maintain her health and well-being and has documented her journey on the group’s Facebook page.

The organization wrote that they "have made the collective decision to not adopt her out. She will stay under the care of the rescue for the rest of her life in a local forever foster." 

We are reposting this since we keep getting emails and calls asking us why we gave the people a new dog. Please read...Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Monday, February 1, 2016

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.3";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>Cookie is feeling much better now that she is almost healed from her first surgery. She is eating well and enjoys...Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Friday, January 29, 2016

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.3";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>Cookie is relaxing and recovering. She is feeling ok considering the big surgery that she had yesterday. Thank you to or...Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.3";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>COOKIE UPDATE:She actually has 12+ tumors. He got most of them off except the one in her vaginal area. There is no way...Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.3";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>Cookie got blood work today and it came back pretty good for this old lady. He said that she is cleared for surgery...Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Monday, January 11, 2016

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.3";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>Cookie is set to get blood work tomorrow to make sure she is in good enough shape to do surgery. She had multiple tumors...Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Sunday, January 10, 2016

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.3";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>Cookie had a spa day and is enjoying her toys!;notif_t=feed_comment_replyPosted by OC Small Paws So UT on Monday, January 4, 2016

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.3";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>More of Cookie in her foster home.Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Monday, January 4, 2016

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.3";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>Cookie is doing well in her foster home.Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Sunday, January 3, 2016

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.3";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>UPDATE:With all of the misinformation going around on Cookie we are going to clarify a few things.1) Cookie and...Posted by OC Small Paws So UT on Saturday, January 2, 2016

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Wildlife officials rescue otter pups found at Florida construction site

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Three North American river otter pups have been in the care of the Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary for the past two weeks.

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The 5-week-old pups have remained highly dependent on their caretakers since they were found at a residential construction site in Titusville, Florida.

When the den was found, an adult otter ran off and didn’t return, WFTV reported.

"(They’re) doing well, but their condition could change at any moment," said Tracy Frampton, the hospital’s executive director. "No matter how hard we try, Mom does a better job than we do."

>> Photos: Rescued otter pups

If the otters survive the critical early period, they’ll be moved to an outdoor enclosure with a pool and fed live food sometime around July or August.  

Frampton said the hospital is in need of donations. The cost of raising each otter is about $2,300.

"If you find otter pups in the wild, leave them alone," Frampton said. "As tempting as it is to intervene, their mom is probably nearby and returning shortly."

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