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Domesticated cat plays with and feeds adopted baby lynx after its own mother rejected it


Motherly love! The cat had recently given birth to kittens and adopted the little lynx as a part of her own brood
A domesticated cat has adopted a baby lynx after its own mother refused to feed it.

A worker at the Novosibirsk Zoo in the city of Novosibirsk, Russia, noticed that the young lynx Nika was not being correctly cared for by its mother.

The lynx had refused to feed the cub because it was the runt of the litter and the zoo needed to find an innovative solution for the problem.

An employee at the zoo then decided that she would bring her cat into work with her to act as a surrogate mother.

Her cat had recently given birth to kittens and it was hoped that the feline would adopt the little lynx as a part of her own brood.


Ponies swim channel from Assateague to Chincoteague Island, 90th annual event

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Hundreds of spectators gathered yesterday to watch the 90th annual Chincoteague pony swim. For those of you who haven't read Misty of Chincoteague in a while, here's a refresher on why the ponies swim the channel from Assateague to Chincoteague Island off the coast of Virginia every year.


Baby elephant chases swallows over South African road


"Such a cute video of a tiny new-born elephant trying to chase away the low flying swallows that are around him," the video's description on the Kruger Sightings YouTube channel reads.
An African elephant calf was caught on camera wandering into a road and chasing sparrows at a South African national park.

The video, posted to the Kruger Sightings YouTube channel, shows a newborn elephant calf wandering in a road inside Kruger National Park and running after birds surrounding it.

"Such a cute video of a tiny new-born elephant trying to chase away the low flying swallows that are around him," the video's description reads.

The elephant fails to catch any swallows, but appears to succeed at having a great time trying.


Cuteness overload: Fox Village is home to 200 playful wild foxes

There's a wonderful, little place in Japan called Zao Fox Village. Opened in 1990, this fox sanctuary is home to over 200 wild foxes.

Comment: See also:
The domesticated silver fox (marketed as the Siberian fox) is a domesticated form of the silver morph of the red fox. As a result of selective breeding, the new foxes became tamer and more dog-like.The result of over 50 years of experiments in the Soviet Union and Russia, the breeding project was set up in 1959 by Soviet scientist Dmitri Belyaev. It continues today at The Institute of Cytology and Genetics at Novosibirsk, under the supervision of Lyudmila Trut.
and: Fetching faces and friendly foxes: Selective breeding of foxes reveals why with humans, beauty rules

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South African pastor commands congregation to eat live snake that allegedly turns into chocolate; gets arrested for animal cruelty

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Self-styled South African prophet Penuel Mnguni, 24 (l) feeds a snake to one of his congregants.
A 24-year-old self-styled South African prophet who allegedly commanded a snake to turn into chocolate, then had his parishioners feast on the reptile as a show of their faith in God's power, was arrested for animal cruelty over the weekend.

Photos posted to the Facebook page of End Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve, South Africa, led by the controversial young prophet Penuel Mnguni, show several of his congregants being fed what appear to be snakes as others look on with squeamish expressions.

Accompanying the photos was a message quoting Scripture and testifying of the alleged conversion of the snake into chocolate.

"‪#‎Demonstration‬ of God's Power, Romans 14. Those with small faith eats (sic) only vegetables but the ones with a great faith eats (sic) everything. During service Man of God commanded a snake to change into a chocolate and it obeyed. People ate it and enjoyed it. To God Be The Glory!" noted the message.

Mnguni was reportedly an understudy of another controversial South African pastor, Lesego Daniel, who convinced his followers to eat grass and drink petrol last year.

South Africa's Eyewitness News reported that Mnguni was arrested over the weekend after the country's animal rights group, the SPCA, charged him with animal cruelty. He was later released on bail as local courts try to find a date for his next appearance.


Juice Rap news: Global challenge of immigrants. Donald Trump and Tony Abbott

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Mass exoduses of people - refugees, asylum seekers, and migrant workers - are taking place all over the planet, causing tensions and tempers to rise. But are these really the kinds of immigrants we should be worrying about?

And how do border-crossing corporations and global treaties like TPP, TTIP and TISA fit into the picture? Join Robert Foster as he sets out to shift our perspective and broaden our understanding of this epoch-defining phase of the great human journey.


Universal Pictures sends DMCA notice to itself, demanding take down of "pirated" Jurassic World movie

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Universal Pictures France appears to have tracked down one source of pirated copies of dino-flick Jurassic World: the loopback address of one of its own boxes.

In a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice obtained by Chilling Effects, an entity called TMG on behalf of Universal's French limb demanded that Google remove from its search results links to, and in order to prevent access to allegedly purloined copies of the disaster flick.

Also on the list is As most Reg readers will know, the IPv4 address is reserved for the computer you're working from, aka the "localhost." Which means the "pirate" link Universal wants to squash is in its very own bit barn.

While at first glance there are plenty of wholesome chuckles to be had at the prospect of Universal France thinking it pirates its own properties, chances are the IP address was turned up by an automated scanner as content owners are known to use such tools to ease the task of finding unauthorized copies of their properties.

If Universal's scanners are so unsubtle as to finger its own networks as the source of pirated flicks, what other errors might they have made? And what consequences have those errors created?


The Onion predicts the future with satire on US offer of missiles to Israel

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Satirical publication The Onion has, on occasion, fooled many into believing its headlines are true. But a joke from earlier this month about soothing the Israeli prime minister's fears over the Iran nuclear deal was realistic enough that it ended up coming true.

"US Soothes Upset Netanyahu With Shipment of Ballistic Missiles" read a headline posted on the Onion last week. The article went on to describe Washington's attempts to provide Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with assurances that the Iran deal would not result in a nuclear apocalypse.

"Bibi always gets a little cranky when he sees us talking to Iran, but a few dozen short-range surface-to-surface missiles usually cheer him right up," the Onion wrote, quoting an imaginary State Department official.

Of course, we try not to spoil him by giving him a new whole new tactical ballistics delivery system every single time he throws a fit," the same supposed official continued.

This article was, of course, a joke. It's what the Onion does best: writing satirical articles like "Study: Employees Happiest When Pretending to Work From Home" and "Idiot Zoo Animal With Zero Predators Still Protective of Young."

But only one day later, in a rare case of art not only imitating, but predicting life, an article emerged from Israeli newspaper Haaretz, quoting actual US officials with an eerily similar plan.


SATIRE: Massive alien mothership 'the size of Idaho' has parked near the Sun: Spotted in NASA images by ufologists!


A massive alien spacecraft, around the size of the US state of Idaho, has been spotted near the sun by ufologists in recent NASA pictures. They say the object definitely has a structure.

The video released by Youtube user Streetcap1 shows the original NASA image of the sun captured by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) on July 15, 2015.

"This UFO is awesome! Every time I try to ask NASA about these UFOs on Twitter, they ignore me. They have never answered me and refuse to talk about these giant UFOs near our sun," said a statement from the UFO Sightings Daily, a website devoted to possible UFO detections on or above our planet.

Comment: Maybe the aliens will invite us for dinner? Possibly we can even ask them if the corporate psychopaths are their pets and if so: Kindly take them back please!


Dog helps rescue baby dolphin washed up on Welsh beach


Dog's life: Leia, a working cocker spaniel had been on a walk on the beach in Gwynedd with her owner who was taking some video and pictures of the beautiful coastal scenery on Sunday morning
This dog's keen nose may have saved a dolphin's life after finding it beached in Wales and making 'a right old fuss'.

Leia, a working cocker spaniel had been on a walk on the beach in Gwynedd with her owner who was taking some video and pictures of the beautiful coastal scenery on Sunday morning.

But Rich Wilcock, 42, suddenly noticed that Leia was making a lot of noise by the water on the shore and sniffing the ground and making a 'right old fuss'.

Mr Wilcock told the Daily Post: 'She kept coming up to me, barking and nudging me, she must have smelt the dolphin from a mile off.

'At first I thought it was a baby shark, it was only about one and half foot but on a closer inspection I could see the blow hole on top of his head and realised it was a dolphin.

'I combed the beach for a while afterwards and stayed for an hour or so to make sure he made it back out to sea.'


Something fishy? Rich Wilcock, 42, suddenly noticed that Leia was making a lot of noise by the water on the shore and sniffing the ground and making a 'right old fuss'