America’s sweetheart, Taylor Swift, shares her name with a 1-year-old Eastern bongo living at the Sacramento Zoo. The bongo, which is a type of antelope, was able to escape her enclosure. While the whole incident only lasted 15 minutes thanks to the Sacramento Zoo staff’s quick action, it gained national attention.
Pablo Escobar may be long gone, but his hippos live on. The Colombian drug-lord was shot in 1993, leaving the government to take control of his northwestern Colombian estate. That estate included four of Escobar’s favourite hippopotamuses.
French photographer Vincent Flouret has been working on an incredible photo series called Maxdonna. The series features Flouret’s 6-year-old golden retriever-labrador mix, Max, recreating some of Madonna’s most iconic music video scenes and album covers. Flouret got inspiration for the project from his work volunteering with City Shelters in L.A.
Ever heard of @WeRateDogs? If you have, you know it’s the pinnacle of dog-rating accounts. If you haven’t, you need to follow them immediately.
Sweet Tart, aka the Olivia Pope of felines, just became the mayor of a small Michigan town. Sweet Tart purred her way to the top of the votes, beating out another cat, 13 dogs, a peacock, a goat and a chicken. The peacock, whose name is Bert, stated: “Peacocks have very good brains, I know everything.”
Drake’s song In My Feelings has created a dance challenge, inspiring some pretty hilarious – and tragic – viral videos. But, as always, we like the ones with four-legs best. The In My Feelings Challenge is also called the Keke Challenge or The Shiggy Dance Challenge.
Leaf, a mini-horse living in Japan, was found on top of a residential roof following record-breaking floods. Rescuers searched for Leaf for three full days before finding the mini-horse perched on a rooftop. Japan’s floods have reached devastating heights, the death count’s now well over 200.
You might think you’re chill, but you’re nowhere near as chill as this bear sipping a margarita in a jacuzzi. The California heatwave has got everyone – animals included – looking for a way to cool down. Mark Hough, an Altadena, California local, left his unheated hot tub uncovered during the hot weather, accidentally inviting in an unwanted guest.
A flamingo was spotted in the wild in South Texas by Ben Shepard, an intern with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Quickly ID’d as notorious fugitive Flamingo No. 492 who authorities report has been on the lam for thirteen long years. In 2005, forty flamingos travelled from Tanzania to the Wichita County Zoo in Kansas.
A killdeer bird, known for its distinctive “kill deer” cry, is holding up a major music festival in Canada. While not endangered, the killdeer is a protected species, with a new mother killdeer and her nest discovered directly where the main stage will go for Bluesfest in Ottawa, one of Canada’s biggest music festivals. Unlike what we expect of most birds, Killdeer spend a lot of their time on the ground, where they also build their nests, instead of in trees.