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How To Wrap A Cat For Christmas

(CATS/PETS/FUNNY ANIMAL VIDEO) Still wrapping your Christmas presents? Wanna have a little fun with your leftover wrapping paper? Watch this guy successfully wrap his cat and make an interesting Christmas present. Luckily the kitty was very calm and cooperative. — Global Animal

Palin Disses First Dog Bo In White House Christmas Card

(EDITORIAL) Sarah Palin, in her embarrassing grab for attention and headlines, has put the White House Christmas card, showing Bo Obama curled up by the fireplace, on her latest hit list. Apparently too much dog and not enough 'family.' We disagree!

An Everyday Ingredient That’s Killing Orangutans

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Palm oil is now present in more than half of consumer packaged goods found in grocery stores across the U.S., including chips, cookies, cake mix, canned soup, baby formula, and more. The market's increasing demand for palm oil has threatened the existence of rainforests around the world, specifically those located in Southeast Asia. Destruction of what may be our last saving grace in preserving the earth's ecosystem also means endangering the lives of iconic species including the red-listed Sumatran and Borneo orangutans. Orangutans are said to be among our closest kin in the animal kingdom, and we're slowly killing them off without even realizing it. Read on to learn how you can prevent their currently inevitable destruction. — Global AnimaL

Horse Tragedy Or Low Ratings? HBO Cancels Luck

(TV ANIMALS) Three horses died during the HBO filming of the TV show Luck, but do we know the whole story? Buzz Bissinger dives into the horse tragedy taking on Luck's writer and director team David Milch and Michael Mann, as well as HBO. The show may not have been cancelled for the death of three horses, but instead for its low ratings. Read the article below and tell us what you think. — Global Animal

California Wildfire Relief: Here’s What Your Gift To Animals Looks Like

(HELP ANIMALS/DISASTER RELIEF) Earlier this month, four major wildfires broke out within 24 hours in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The outbreaks forced over 200,000 people to evacuate, and thousands of firefighters were summoned to help. The still-raging Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara County is now the largest fire in California history, burning 273,400 acres and destroying 775 homes since it began on December 4. So far, the Global Animal Foundation has raised over $3,000 to help the hundreds of pets and other animals displaced by the fires as committed animal rescue organizations work around-the-clock to save and keep animals safe and healthy. -- Global Animal

Paws Up! Military Salutes Working Dogs

(MILITARY DOGS) When commemorating veterans, it's important to remember canine veterans, too. Dogs, who have served our nation for decades, were honored Monday for their efforts. Their tasks include search and rescue, bomb sniffing, and drug detection. Read on for more on dogs' military duties and what is being done to treat them as heroes. — Global Animal

Meet Roomba’s Greatest Predator, Woodsie The Pit Bull

(DOGS/PIT BULLS/FUNNY ANIMAL VIDEOS) There's no doubt that cats and dogs absolutely hate vacuum cleaners. This pit bull is no exception. Watch as Woodsie faces off against his worst enemy, the Roomba. -- Global Animal

Intimate Secret: Banana Spider’s Venom

(EXOTIC MEDICINE) The banana spider, a highly venomous arachnid, is now being studied in hopes of finding a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). The venom of the Phoneutria nigriventer is known to cause loss of muscle control and breathing problems that can result in paralysis and asphyxiation. But most importantly (in this case), the venom causes priapism, painful prolonged erections. Scientists are not just going to let this embarrassing and painful effect hide under the covers. Read on for more on animal aphrodisiacs. — Global Animal

Dog Tastes Super Sour Warhead

(FUNNY DOGS/PIT BULLS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) Watch what happens when a pit bull tastes a super sour Warhead candy. His reaction is priceless! -- Global Animal

500 Dogs Rescued From Puppy Mill

(ANIMAL WELFARE) CANADA — More than 500 dogs were rescued from a Montreal puppy mill this past weekend in what may be the largest animal cruelty case in the province's history. Quebec is dubbed the puppy mill capital of North America, and this most recent rescue is just the latest in a series of disturbing cases. It's a bittersweet victory, knowing thousands more dogs await their rescue in the area. Read on about what Quebec's government is planning to do to end the abuse. — Global Animal

Life with dogs, and the relationships with our pets.

Is Your Dog A Mind Reader?

(AMAZING ANIMALS) Your pooch may not be exact, but dogs certainly have a sixth sense when it comes to understanding people. It comes as no surprise to most dog lovers but a new study shows that dogs have the ability to predict their guardian's actions. Using tests involving eye tracking, Joseph Topal and his collaborators discovered that dogs understand what people are trying to express in a similar way a six-month-old human infant would. Perhaps this is the reason why so many of us treat our animal companions like family. Read on to find out more details about this discovery.— Global Animal

Headless Goat & Roosters: Victims Of Religion?

(CULTURE) Miami's South Beach residents were in for a scary surprise when a blue bag containing decapitated roosters and a goat was found floating by  luxury condos. The security guard who spotted the bag called Richard Couto, an animal activist and investigator, to look into the bizarre incident. Couto concluded that the animals are most likely victims of Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean religion popularized in Cuba and brought to Florida by immigrants, which oftentimes involves animal sacrifice. Read on to find out more about this cruel practice. — Global Animal

The loggerhead sea turtle is just one of the animals benefiting from military assistance. Photo Credit: National Marine Life Center

Giving Tuesday: Help Sea Turtles This Holiday Season

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/SEA TURTLES) Amidst heavily commercialized days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, let's not forget about Giving Tuesday, a day focused on charity. Taking place today, December 3, 2013, Giving Tuesday inspires the public to give back to the community—or, in this case, the environment. The Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) is just one of the many animal rights organizations participating in this global movement with a unique and meaningful mission to protect sea turtle populations. Their conservation efforts include patrolling critical nesting beaches off the coasts of Florida, as well as organizating sea turtle lighting projects that help save thousands of hatchlings every year. Continue reading below to see how the STC plans to help these endangered animals this holiday season. — Global Animal

Pawmazing First-Aid Kits Help Pets In Crisis

(CATS AND DOGS/PETS) April is Pet First-Aid Awareness Month, and in celebration, Denise Fleck, author of Don't Judge a Book by its Cover, is introducing new products to her Sunny-dog Ink line. Sunny-dog Ink and Fleck created the veterinarian-approved safety kits for both dogs and cats, and offer first aid kits for different occasions and scenarios. Continue reading to find out more about the kits and how to keep your pets safe. — Global Animal