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Blue whales encounter ships in the Gulf of California. Photo credit: Robert Harding

Ships Strike Whale Populations

(OCEANS/BLUE WHALES) CALIFORNIA — Blue whales are sadly facing threats to their population numbers once again. Blue whales commonly swim in waters, or “hot spots,” off of the coasts of Los Angeles and San Francisco—areas that intersect with busy United States shipping lanes.

Whales are hit by large commercial ships that overlap with whale “hot spots,” resulting in fatal accidents. With the blue whale population currently at numbers as low as 2,500, even the death of a single whale is critical. Experts in the field are hopeful that new satellite tracking data will help minimize crashes between whales and ships in the area, however, rerouting the ship traffic away from the whales would pose numerous challenges. Read on to learn more about protecting the blue whale population. — Global Animal

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Parrot Woos His Bird With Serenade

(CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO/BIRDS/PARROTS) The domestic green parrot has developed an interesting mating ritual over the years. The male parrot will sing a familiar hip-hop song in order to woo his partner. If the female looks annoyed and slightly confused, you know that she’s really into it. — Global Animal

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Is Rat Poison A Threat To Your Dog?

(PET CARE/DOG HEALTH) We know that rat poison is deadly, but how bad is it for your pooch? Ciara Black is a Global Animal contributor from the Dog Help Network, a resource for dog health related websites. Read on for must know information for all dog guardians about keeping your pet safe from rat poison. — Global Animal

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Who Knew?! Amazing A To Z Animals Facts

(ANIMAL FACTS/ABOUT ANIMALS) Here’s a list of weird and wild animal facts—from aardvark to zebra—and other creatures in between, courtesy of the amazing animal kingdom. We all know cats land on their feet and dogs wag their tails when happy. But do you know which animal has hairy eyes or what to call a pre-pubescent eel? Test your wildlife trivia here and tell us how many you knew. Or share other animals facts of your own in the comments section below. — Global Animal

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Kitten Dozes Off Watching TV

(CUTE KITTENS/CATS/BABY ANIMAL VIDEO) Sometimes the constant action on TV grows a bit tedious, no matter how interesting the Law and Order rerun. We’ve all dosed off on the couch, and this kitten is no different—only much, much cuter. — Global Animal

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Joanie Loves Chachi: A Best Friends Story (GALLERY)

(DOGS/ANIMAL FRIENDS/PICTURES OF ANIMALS) Is there any better love story than a beautiful friendship between two unlikely companions? A group of police officers in Savannah, Georgia found a stray pit bull wandering the streets with a Chihuahua in her mouth. The little dog had an extremely infected eye, so occasionally the pit bull would put her friend down to lick her wounded eye clean. Shortly after finding these two adorable friends wandering the streets alone, the officers took them to the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Animal Control Shelter (SCMAC), where the two were separated for a few days while the Chihuahua underwent emergency eye surgery. After their reunion, there was no denying that these two are best friends and deserve to spend the rest of their happy lives together. In fact, the shelter even named these pups “Joanie & Chachi” due to their close bond. According to the Joanie loves Chachi Facebook page, the shelter is still looking for their perfect forever home. Check out the gallery below to see exactly how much Joanie loves Chachi. — Global Animal

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(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) Try these potato and pea samosas for an appetizer.

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Potato & Pea Samosas

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) These savory samosas are a healthier version of the traditional Indian dish because they are baked instead of deep fried. The potato and pea filling is flavorful and a tad spicy. If you enjoy more spice, add in more chili powder. Try serving them as an appetizer or enjoying them as a snack any time of day! — Global Animal

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Lion King All Hugs For Lady Who Saved Him

(WILDLIFE/LIONS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO) Watch how this lion envelopes his rescuer in a loving embrace, wrapping his paws around her in a mega-hug. And that smile!  The queen of this lion’s heart saved him from an abusive life in the circus, and this king of the jungle has no problem showing his gratitude. — Global Animal

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