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Animals are multicellular, eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Animalia (also called Metazoa). The animal kingdom emerged as a clade within Apoikozoa as the sister group to the choanoflagellates. Animals are motile, meaning they can move spontaneously and independently at some point in their lives. Their body plan eventually becomes fixed as they develop, although some undergo a process of metamorphosis later in their lives. All animals are heterotrophs: they must ingest other organisms or their products for sustenance.

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monterey aquarium

The southern stingrays at Monterey Aquarium have large, flat, diamond-shaped disks. Southern stingrays aren't aggressive, but have venomous spines with serrated barbs on the bases of their tails.

Contributed by Elizabeth Segovia

Busted

This little fellow was the mascot of this nice little cafe in Hawaii. He's so well-known that the waitresses will say where he's possibly in, which is normally in this spot where they leave pieces of food for him!

Contributed by Hannah Estrella

First New Canine Found in 150 Years

It turns out the golden jackal which lives in East Africa and Eurasia is actually 2 different species and one of them is actually a new species of wolf now known as the African golden wolf. Scientists have wondered whether golden jackals were more than one species for years.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Did you know that the arctic tern is the farthest migrating animal in the world flying from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back? or that chameleons actually change color to show their emotions rather than blend in with their surroundings? or that most humans can't smell water but elephants can from several miles away and they can be pregnant for nearly 2 years? or that polar bears have black skin underneath their fur? 20 other interesting animal facts as well

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Spanish Town Gives Cats and Dogs Equal Rights to Humans

A Spanish town became the first in the country to recognize dogs and cats as "non-human residents" and giving them equal rights to those of their humans. The animal bill of rights was approved anonymously by the town council and also states that "no non-human resident should be exploited for the pleasure or recreation of man." The main reason behind the bill is actually to ban bullfighting rather than the concerns of household pets as it prohibits "any action that causes the mutilation or death of a non-human resident." I think more towns and even countries should do the same.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Penster the Rat Eating Ice Cream

Another cute rat (the girlfriend of the one below) about given an ice cream cone

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Rat Eating Ice Cream Cone

Just a cute photo of a rat named Finn eating an ice cream cone

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

first learning to eat with her hands

this is her first time ever touching food with her hands (even though it's baby food)

Contributed by Jennifer Hopper

So this is what summer looks like in Alaska and it sounds like it could make for a children's song.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

It sounds like the beginning of a joke. Definitely something you don't see everyday.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

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