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Is it raining cats and dogs? Eduardo Rodriguez, a weathercaster for Miami Univision station WLTV, had an unexpected feline visitor walk right on camera while he was giving his forecast during Friday’s 11 p.m. broadcast. Video of the blooper, which features a studio full of off-camera reporters and crew bursting in laughter while Rodriguez — without wavering — continues giving his report, has gone viral. The station says several stray cats live around the studio — and they sometimes sneak inside. — Watch it at YouTube
A new study finds that the world’s largest predators complete a full 360-degree roll in order to eat as much krill as possible, before the fish can spot them and escape. It’s quite a move for the species, which can weigh close to 400,000 pounds and be 100 feet long. Other types of whales can only make turns up to 150 degrees, found the study, which was published in the journal Royal Society Biology Letters. It’s an "ambush strategy," explained lead author Jeremy Goldbogen. — Read it at Discovery News
Yesterday, we told you about how the first dog was called on to inspect the White House Christmas tree. Since then, Michelle Obama has revealed that Bo was an inspiration for part of the home’s holiday decorations for a second straight year. They include 40 “Bo-flake” ornaments that feature cutout images of the Portuguese Water Dog scattered throughout the house, a life-size replica of the dog with a string of lights in his mouth in the East Garden Room, and an outsized statue of him standing next to a gingerbread version of the White House. “He's almost as big as the house," said the first lady. "He is such a huge personality." — Read it from AP via the San Francisco Chronicle
Two Orphaned Manatees Cared For Around the Clock
At the Miami Seaquarium, the staff is doing double duty, caring for two baby manatees. The first, Ray, was found swimming alone in Key Largo in July. With bottle feedings five times a day, she’s nearly doubled her weight since then, but it will still be a few years before she can be released. Right before Thanksgiving, she was joined by a 1-year-old manatee who was also found off Key Largo, and aptly named Pilgrim. He was suffering from injuries after being struck by a boat, but his health is already improving. “You can’t even fathom that they’re going to live through it, and then they do and are able to be released again. It’s pretty amazing,” said keeper Jodi Tuzinski. — Watch it at CNN
While we know some cats who live in the lap of luxury (like Karl Lagerfeld’s Choupette), a study by the market research consulting firm Spectrem Group finds that when it comes to animal companions, millionaires prefer dogs to cats. Fifty-eight percent of millionaires reported having a dog, while only 37 percent reported having a cat, the group found. — Read it at the Huffington Post
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