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What The Shell? Meet Jonathan, The 182-Year-Old Tortoise

(WILDLIFE/TURTLES) Meet Jonathan the 182-year-old tortoise. A resident on the tiny British island of Saint Helena, he may be the world’s oldest living land creature. Born ten years after the death of Saint Helena’s most famous resident, Napoleon Bonaparte, Jonathan has outlived 38 American administrations, 51 British Prime Ministers, and has been around long enough to witness Haley’s Comet three times. Read on to learn more about the rare Seychelles Giant’s past, present, and future. — Global Animal

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Putin On A Show: Vladimir Putin’s Animal Misfires (GALLERY)

(OP-ED/ANIMAL WELFARE) UKRAINE — At the center of the current crisis in Crimea stands Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former KGB man is no stranger to conflict and controversy in the foreign policy arena, and it should come as no surprise that he is certainly no friend to animals either—though his PR campaigns attempt to say otherwise. From attempting to lead a flock of endangered Siberian cranes, to his unwarranted dislike of small dogs, here are some reasons President Putin was inducted into our Animal Cruelty Hall of Shame. — Global Animal

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15 Favorite Unusual Animal Families

(ANIMAL PICTURES/ANIMAL FAMILIES) We often hear stories of people adopting abandoned baby animals, but how often do you hear of a tiger who adopted piglets, or a gorilla who adopted a kitten? This beautiful photo gallery showcases the special relationship between inter-species families. From MSNBC’s Today, meet furry, four-legged moms who adopted, nursed and nurtured animals of completely different species. — Global Animal

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Ultimate Underdogs: Kids & Shelter Pups Teach Each Other (GALLERY)

(DOGS/ANIMAL WELFARE) Stray dogs and at-risk kids are fighting for a second chance, together! Through the Underdog Project, an animal-assisted therapy organization in Cape Town, South Africa, the two underdogs are paired-up to help each other live better lives. The group teaches the kids to train the pups while promoting responsibility and a non-violent community. The […]

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Humpback Whale Gives Thanks To Divers

(OCEANS/WHALE RESCUE) PACIFIC OCEAN — When a humpback whale became entangled in hundreds of yards of nets and fishing line, she was lucky to be spotted by a caring fisherman. Rescuers arrived and spent hours cutting her free. Read below to see how the whale thanked each diver individually! And from all of us here at Global Animal, we hope you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who help you get untangled from anything that binds you. And may you always know the joy of receiving and giving love to animals around the globe. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! — Global Animal

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When Cops Kill The Vulnerable: Force Or Failure?

(OP/ED) Cases of police brutality on the innocent are surfacing all over the United States. Whether cops shoot dogs and the mentally ill over concern for their own safety, or because they have itchy trigger fingers, doesn’t change the emotional impact these incidents emit. Protecting the public should be priority number one on a police officer’s agenda, especially the most innocent members of our community: pets, animals, and mentally disabled humans. But police officers using excessive force on the vulnerable have been prominent news stories in recent months, with the majority ending in tragedy. — Global Animal

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This soldier returns from Afghanistan to be greeted by her faithful dog. Photo Credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0zMzfegs5s

Tissue Alert! Videos Of Dogs Greeting Soldiers

(DOGS/ANIMAL VIDEOS) This Veteran’s Day, our heartfelt appreciation goes to the men and women who have served in the U.S. military. The profound sacrifices of military families are felt in this tear-jerking video series. Each video clip captures an emotional reunion between a returning soldier and his/her dog(s). What’s unmistakable is the intense connection between these soldiers and the dogs who loyally awaited their safe return. We salute our brave members of the Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army, and National Guard, and their canine companions! — Global Animal

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