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25 Animals Who Look Like They Were Made In A Lab That We Can’t Stop Staring At

When I look at my sweet little pug, I know that while he is the most perfect and precious thing in my eyes, most people wouldn’t be able to tell him apart from most other pugs. I mean, obviously he’s the most handsome one, but his coloring is pretty much exactly like every other fawn-colored pug out there.

However, some animals end up with a crazy and unique pattern that looks as though they have been tailored made in a lab in an attempt to make the most bizarre looking animal possible.

In the animal kingdom, a lot of the time having a unique look isn’t the most preferable option. Most of the time their colors have evolved as a form of camouflage or to help them find a mate. Often these striking and beautiful displays of color are actually not the animal’s desired look, but it’s still pretty impressive to see.

Whether they want it or not, they become these incredibly breathtaking creatures that we just can’t stop looking at.

1. This really is a horse of a different color

2. It looks like whoever was in charge of painting this zebra’s stripes may have gone for a more “modern art” approach…

3. Hmm, this cheetah sure is missing something isn’t she?

4. This dog’s going for a Eugene Levy/Peter Gallagher inspired look with those luscious brows

5. Some people wear their heart on their sleeves, others have it right there on their chest

6. He’s just going through his rebellious phase, he’s going to grow out of it…(he won’t)

7. A dashing and debonair fellow whose eyes could melt your heart and a mustache that would make Tom Selleck jealous

8. That classy cat is going to need a pal to share all of his mustache grooming tips, and this sweet little buddy is the perfect protege

But mustaches aren’t the only adorable coloring options…

Therapy Dogs Line Up To Help The Students Come Back To Class After Horrific School Shooting

The Parkland shooting in Florida was a tragic event, but now that two weeks have passed the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are starting to get back to their normal routine.

In an attempt to make the transition back to school a little more comfortable, principal Ty Thompson arranged for a special treat for the students. He brought in a fleet of therapy dogs to provide comfort to the students who have been through so much, and the results are hard to argue with.

Thompson has been extremely active on Twitter since the event, and his focus has been first and foremost the emotional well-being of his students. As the students began returning, Thompson had arranged to have several therapy dogs on hand, ready to support the teens who have been through so much.

He has stated “the focus is on emotional readiness and comfort not curriculum” so that the students of MSD can begin to “reclaim the nest.”

The kids were welcomed by a fleet of smiling golden retrievers and each classroom had a different visiting support animal inside. A bunch of sweet dogs were cuddling the kids, helping them adjust to being back after the traumatic event.

After the first day, Thompson decided that what this school needed was more therapy dogs. He has increased the number of dogs every day that they’ve been back and the kids are thrilled.

As he helps to bring all the kids gain the strength they need to heal and carry on, Thompson has found a way to bring them a little bit of joy in this trying time.

The dogs have come from the Human Broward’s Animal Assisted Therapy, and they are happy to help. The dogs “participated in classes all day, made lots of new friends and provided unconditional love and comfort” according to their Instagram, and they are honored to be able give their support to these kids.

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Photographer Captures Rare Glimpse Of Reindeer Riding Tribe In Stunning Pictures

Our world is such a big place, we sometimes forget how different people can be across this beautiful planet.

While we drive to work, talk to each other on our cell phones, and surf the internet, there are cultures that still live much like they did hundreds of years ago.

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The Dukha people of Mongolia are one of those cultures.

Also known as the Tsaatan, or “reindeer herders,” the Dukha live along Mongolia’s Russian border.

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For generations, the tribe lived as wandering nomads, using domesticated reindeer for transportation and hunting animals like moose and deer to feed themselves.

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Now, there are less than 300 Dukha living in just over 40 families, and their way of life is slowly changing with the times.

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Photographer and researcher Hamid Sardar captured a rare, close-up glimpse of life among the reindeer herders.

Sardar explains that the Dukha have a deep, spiritual relationship with the reindeer they herd.

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“The deer is a totem and each person in the tribe is connected to one spirit deer which protects that person, absorbing all disease,” he told The Independent.

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“The Dukha do not have enough reindeer to use them for meat, so the only time they eat deer is when the spirit deer dies”

But as the Dukha’s reindeer herd shrinks, their way of life is changing quickly.

Olympic Skater Adopts Dog On Its Way To Be Butchered For Meat

Many Asian countries still eat dog meat as a common meal, despite efforts to end the practice. It’s a controversial topic, with some saying that it is a cultural tradition which should not be looked down on. Others say it’s inhumane to eat creatures that we value so much.

Not all Asian countries still partake, with Taiwan implementing a law that prohibits the consumption of cats and dogs. The law was included as an amendment to a previous law introduced in 2011, which prohibited the sale of dog meat. The new law means fines of between $1380 USD and $7000 USD. Repeat offenders are subjected to “public shaming” and a fine of up to $138,000 USD. The new law also makes it illegal to “walk” your dog by having them run beside your car or scooter, as it led to too many injuries in the dogs.

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However, countries like South Korea still consume dog meat on a daily basis, and it became a big topic of conversation as the Olympics drew closer. Almost two million dogs each year are bred on dog meat farms for human consumption. PyeongChang officials asked that the 12 restaurants that serve dog meat in the city change their menus while the games are on in order to avoid bad press. Not everyone has complied, however.

“We’ve faced a lot of complaints from restaurant operators that we are threatening their livelihood,” county official Lee Yong-bae told AFP. “Some of them initially shifted to selling pork or things instead of dog meat only to find their sales plunging sharply. They then switched back to dog meat.”

Many animal activists called to boycott the Olympics because of the dog meat trade, but eventually it seemed that people stopped caring.

Not everyone did, though.

10 Impossibly Strange-Looking Animals That Don’t Even Seem Real

Sure, we all love walking down the street and seeing our neighbors walking their huskies and German shepherds, and even that one random person who got a cat to walk with a leash.

However, have you ever seen an animal that just made you stop in your tracks and go “what is THAT?!” Well, I can guarantee you if you saw one of these 10 critters in the wild, you definitely would.

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The Bergamasco is an Italian dog known for getting hair mattes that grow to the point of looking like giant scales. Looks uncomfortable, right? Well actually, it’s not! The dog’s mattes are quite natural, and actually help shield it from wind and the cold.

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There are plenty of bioluminescent (meaning they generate their own natural light) creatures in the ocean, but it’s only been in the last few years that researchers have found a species this huge. They think the glowing turtles use their light either as camouflage, or to communicate with each other.

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The bedlington terrier looks like a poodle’s older cousin who moved to the big city and got really into punk rock, thanks especially to their naturally-forming mohawks. On the downside, they have the personalities to match, as they’re apparently known for being less than friendly with other dogs.

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This basically looks like an armadillo and an anteater had a baby who’s really, really into heavy metal. Found throughout Asia and Africa, the Pangolin has a long tongue used to eat ants and termites, and it’s covered in a heavy keratin shell – the only mammal in the world to have this!

The critters just get more unreal from here…

5 Essential Things Every Pet Owner Needs To Give Their Best Furr-iends A Perfect Life

Owning a pet is basically the highlight of anyone’s life. They bring so much joy and happiness to any household, and they really don’t ask for much in return. They just need your love, a few belly rubs, and some tasty kibbles.

Even though they don’t really need much, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t spoil them. Every single dog and cat is a very good dog and cat, and they deserve a special treat for being so wonderful. They just want to spend time with you, and these amazing products can help you get the quality time with your pet that they deserve. Trust us, it’s what they really want.

Walks are probably the biggest highlight of a dog’s day. They spend a bunch of time in the house, waiting for you to come home that the moment you get them outside they can’t wait to explore the whole town. The problem is that eventually it gets dark. It’s hard for the cars to see your best friend.

It can be really dangerous to walk out at night, even when you’re on the sidewalk, because if your dog happens to get off leash and runs out into traffic, cars may not see them until it’s too late. If you want to keep them safe while also helping them look a lot more stylish, an LED collar is the way to go.

There are so many kinds of collars that will help your pooch make a statement, but honestly, it’s one of the smartest buys you will ever make for your dog and you’ll be happy you did it.

These types of leashes are great for dogs who pull because they help you use your entire body weight to control them as opposed to just your arm. It’s perfect for the person who wants to get a run in with their ultimate workout buddy.

It doesn’t just have to be for workouts though, stronger dogs do great with these types of leashes because it forces them to stay with you. The elastic leash is great because it’ll help prevent your dog from pulling so hard it chokes them, but you’ll still maintain enough control so that they don’t accidentally hurt themselves.

Those aren’t the only things your pet is begging you for…

Petition To Make Food Stamps Applicable To Pet Food Gaining Traction

Animal rights always need to be defended. The poor innocent creatures can’t fend for themselves, so it’s up to us to make sure they have the care and love they deserve. Recently, more and more legislation has been put in place to not only protect the animals, but also punish those who hurt them.

A number of United States jurisdictions implemented an animal offenders registry, which publicly reveals the names of known animal abusers in the area, similar to how sex offenders are registered.   Currently, Tennessee is the only state to have an animal offenders registry, but other cities like New York and Cook County, Illinois have them at a local level.

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In addition, Connecticut introduced a new animal advocacy program.

Eight volunteers, seven lawyers and one law professor along with her students, are part of an experimental system that will allow prosecutors and defenders to request an animal advocate for their cases. The hope is that the advocates will give animals a voice they wouldn’t otherwise have, and make animal cruelty charges more likely.

“Every state has the problem of overburdened courts that understandably prioritize human cases over animal cases in allocating resources,” said University of Connecticut professor Jessica Rubin, a specialist in animal law. “Here’s a way to help.”

The volunteers are considered an official part of the investigation and are able to conduct interviews with witnesses or professionals who are relevant to the case. This can save the prosecutor’s time and end up helping the case.

Jessica Rubin and her student Taylor Hansen prepare to present arguments as animal advocates in a dog fighting case.Fox News

But now, people are signing a petition to allow a crucial financial service to extend to pets, and it’s a little controversial.

5 Ways You Can Actually Get Your Dog To Help Around The House

The dream for every dog owner is that their sweet and precious pup finally picks up the slack and helps out around the house. Sure, their job is to look cute and love us unconditionally, which they obviously do, but wouldn’t it be nice if they would start vacuuming or doing the dishes?

Well apparently some dog owners are more clever than the rest of us, because they’ve actually figured out how to get their dogs to help around the house with a few canine-friendly chores. Here are some of the genius tricks that some dogs have learned to do that you might be able to teach your dogs as well.

Trying to wake everyone up in the morning is a hassle. Somehow they always manage to sleep through their alarms, and it becomes your fault that they aren’t up. Well, now you can just send the dog! You just need to teach your dog how to identify all the people in your home, and if you can get them to learn the command “go find [person’s name]” then you are all set!

Start by getting them to find the people all in the same room, then slowly put them further apart. Eventually you can have everyone in different rooms and your dog will still go running to find their friends, hopefully dragging them out of bed in the process.

We lose it daily, so wouldn’t it be nice if our dogs could just find it for us? The remote seems to always end up in the strangest of places, but if you can teach your dog to either “find” or “touch” or “pick up” then you might be in luck. Getting them to learn what a remote is might take some practice, but imagine how useful this would really be?

Those aren’t the only things we can teach out dogs…

Science Finally Explains Your Dog’s Nastiest Habit

It’s the dirty little secret that all dog owners know, but wish they didn’t.

Some dogs just love to chow down on their own poop. And no matter what we do to stop them, it can seem like there’s no way to curb this gross behavior.

They look so innocent…but they love to gross you out.Loiter

While dog owners around the world have witnessed the behavior, vets and animal experts are still trying to figure out why our pets do it in the first place. A new survey may provide some answers, as well as sound advice on how to break your pet’s poop addiction.

The scoop on this bad behavior comes from the journal Veterinary Medicine and Science. Researchers compared two surveys: one of 3,000 dog owners, and a smaller group who say their dogs regularly eat poop.

The results aren’t for the faint of heart, but they are illuminating:

  • 60% of owners in the second survey say their dogs eat poop every day
  • The other 32% say they do it at least once a week
  • A dog’s age, sex, and training don’t seem to make a difference when it comes to this behavior
Poop eating is unhealthy, but not that risky.A Letter To My Dog

While the habit isn’t very dangerous, vets warn it has been known to cause diarrhea and other diseases.

Thankfully, the survey identifies the best way to prevent your dog from eating poop once and for all.

10 Reasons Why Every Dog Owner Spends Their Day Howling With Laughter

It’s no secret that dogs are one of the greatest things on the face of the Earth. We all know that it’s true. They are the most pure and kindhearted creatures that you will ever come across. The other accurate fact about dogs is that they are total goofballs.

No matter what they are doing, dogs manage to bring a smile to your face. These 10 videos prove that beyond any doubts.

They just can’t seem to figure out how legs work. I mean, to be fair they have four of them which must be a lot more to figure out than we have to.

Does it taste good? Does it feel good on their weird little tongues? Why do they do this? Seriously, I want to know, my windows haven’t been clean in years…

I’m not sure that anyone will ever be able to understand what’s going through their heads, or even if we could, I doubt we would want to know the truth.

Seriously, if you are bored just show your dog a mirror and watch what happens.

I get exhausted just looking at them.

Those aren’t the only dogs that will make your heart feel all warm and fuzzy…

Betty White Reveals She Wanted A Very Different Career

It’s hard to imagine Hollywood without the iconic Betty White. The cheerful actress has been a fixture in the entertainment industry over the last seven decades, and despite being in her late 90s, she has no plans to retire anytime soon.

But what many people don’t know about White is the fact that acting wasn’t really her first choice when it came down to picking a career.

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Just like many little girls, White dreamed of becoming a lot of things, including a singer.

“I took very serious singing lessons,” she said. “My mind and heart were set on an operatic career. Unfortunately, my voice had no such plans. This didn’t deter me one total!”

When she realized she didn’t have the voice of an angel, White decided to pursue writing. “I wrote the graduation play at Horace Mann Grammar School in Beverly Hills,” explained White. “And, of course, as any red-blooded American girl would do, I wrote myself into the lead.”

She received standing ovation at the end of the show, and she claims that “that’s where the ham in me first showed.”

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Motivated by the success of her first play, White decided to try her luck in showbiz, but Hollywood didn’t initially welcome her with open arms. It would take another couple of years of taking on unpaid roles, modelling, and reading commercials before she got her big break. She landed her own radio show and became the co-host of Hollywood on Television alongside Al Jarvis in the late 1940s.

In 1951, White received her first Emmy Award nomination for Best Actress on Television, and she has since starred in hundreds of television and film projects, and broke a number of world records.

Despite all her success, there was another, much different career path that White wanted to pursue well before she even started taking singing lessons.

Newly-Proposed Florida Bill Would Ban Orca Whale Shows And Breeding

What was once a massive source of tourist revenue for the state of Florida has only drawn more and more scrutiny recently, and it looks like that scrutiny might lead to an outright ban.

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For decades now, orca whales (also known as “killer whales”) have been a popular attraction in Florida, especially at the SeaWorld amusement park, where they’re trained to perform shows for an adoring crowd. However, thanks to recent information revealed documentaries like Blackfish and other leaked facts about the park, it has come to light that these creatures are being kept in some pretty horrific conditions.

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In response, SeaWorld officially announced last year that it would stop breeding orcas in their facilities, but for some people that wasn’t enough. The orcas are still being trained to perform for food (and are denied it when they don’t perform), and plenty of folks are demanding an end to this, as well as the official outlawing of orca breeding.

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Well, it looks like their wish might be granted: the Florida House of Representatives has tabled a bill that would outlaw both the breeding of orcas and the performance of orca shows entirely…

Vets Warn The Dog Flu Is Deadly This Year – Here’s How To Protect Your Pet

Veterinarians are warning pet owners to watch out as America experiences a serious dog flu outbreak.

The dog flu, or canine influenza, has been identified in 46 states and even Canada, and animal experts worry pet owners don’t know enough about the condition.

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The disease has been common in Asia for years, but only spread to the United States from South Korea in 2015. Since then, there have been a number of large outbreaks, including when 1,000 dogs from the Chicago area caught the virus.

Jodie Strait, a dog show competitor whose pets caught the virus, called the disease “unreal.”

Six of Strait’s seven dogs caught the virus.Fox News

“It was the worst nightmare that could ever happen,” she remembered. “I went to a dog show with my dogs and I almost killed them.”

Until now, only owners like Strait who competed in large dog shows had to worry about the canine flu. But now the disease is spreading through the country’s kennels, dog parks, and from pooch to pooch.

Vets are warning owners to learn the signs of dog flu, and how to prevent your pet from catching it.

Pet Rescue Center Gives A Second Chance To Pets, Addicts, And Disabled Workers

To some of us, there’s nothing more precious than the feeling we get from being good to our pets. Whether it’s taking our favorite puppy out for walkies, getting our precious kitty some catnip, teaching our pretty bird to talk, or even feeding our tiny little hamster (because our parents wouldn’t let us get anything bigger), we love our furbabies like nothing else.

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Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for everyone who takes on the responsibility of owning a pet. Too often, we see animals abused, neglected, abandoned to fend for themselves, or even straight up killed by people who either can’t handle the task, or even worse, outwardly hate these furry little angels.

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Fortunately, there are plenty of organizations worldwide that are dedicated to the protection, preservation and rehousing of all these precious creatures. These organizations do great work, but unfortunately also often need all the help they can get in order to stay afloat.

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For the A1 Wheatbelt Dog Rescue in Australia, the solution to this problem was simple: hire recovering addicts and disabled people who have a hard time getting work!

You Are More Likely To Die From These 8 Animals Than From A Terrorist Attack

In 2016, it was discovered that Americans’s top fear is terrorism, but the fact is that terrorists pose a very small threat in the U.S.

The likelihood of someone being killed in an terrorist attack from a refugee is 1 in 46 million and an illegal immigrant is 1 in 138 million, according to the National Safety Council and the National Center for Health Statistics.

Although heart disease, cancer, and motor vehicle accidents are bigger causes of human deaths than animals, you’d be surprised by the dangers they pose annually.

When we say animals we’re not talking about your fear of sharks or snakes, we’re talking about the more common animals you see on a yearly basis.

These flying insects are responsible for hundreds of deaths per year in the U.S. Chances are you probably know at least one person who is allergic to bees, so those are the people who are at risk of dying from anaphylactic shock after a sting.

That last thing you want to hear is that these loyal animals have made the deadliest animals in the U.S. list. According to statistics, depending on the year, dogs kill about 20 to 200 people annually which means that you’re more likely to die from a dog than a shark attack.

These seemingly calm and complacent creatures are one of the most stealthy animals ever. A report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that cows kill about 20 people a year. The victims were mostly farm workers.

The deadliest mammal in the U.S. is not the animal you would expect to cause the most deaths. Keep reading to find out!

A Cold War “Death Zone” Has Found New Life As A Wildlife Refuge

With the guns still barely silent after the end of the Second World War, Germany, and especially Berlin, quickly found itself split in half by countries who had just recently been Allies in the fight against fascism.

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As the USSR did its best to spread communism to the West, forces from America, Britain and France responded by blockading the western half of Germany against the Soviet forces, effectively splitting the country into two separate ones: West Germany, and East Germany.

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It was the dawn of the Cold War, a war fought with espionage, deception, and above all else, the lingering threat of nuclear retaliation to any perceived threat. It was a conflict that lasted for nearly half a century, ultimately coming to an end with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1989. Both sides felt a significant impact because of it, but above all else, Germany felt the tension the most.

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The division of Germany into two separate entities separated families, lovers, and friends from each other, and there were many who attempted to flee the East in the face of the brutal Soviet regime. Some were able to escape thanks to bribery, coercion, and a little bit of luck, but others weren’t so fortunate, and many lost their lives in the attempt.

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Nowhere is more reflective of this than the formerly guarded “Death Zone” that ran for an incredible 870 mile length between the countries, but today, the area serves an entirely different, and much friendlier purpose…

Luke Bryan’s Exotic Christmas Gift For His Wife Will Leave You Yelling “Crikey!”

Luke Bryan is a thoughtful, but still fun-loving guy. For someone who has been through as much tragedy as he has, it’s always great to watch him live life to the fullest.

Seventeen years ago, Bryan lost his older brother, Chris, in a car accident. He put his musical aspirations aside in order to stay with his family, but his dad, Tommy, pushed him to pursue.

“I said, ‘You know, if you’re going to pursue your music career, you need to pack your truck up and move to Nashville,'” Tommy said.

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Seven years later, Bryan’s sister, Kelly, died unexpectedly in her home. Then, seven years after that, Kelly’s widower, Ben, died, leaving behind their three children. Without hesitation, Bryan and his wife, Caroline, stepped in to take the kids into their home.

“We never thought twice about it,” Caroline said. “You know, it was never something that he and I had to sit down and talk about. ‘Should we take this on?’ We just did that.”

In 2017, Caroline’s niece, Brett, died when she was just seven months old. As a way to honor her, Caroline “hijacked” one of Luke’s barns, naming it “Brett’s Barn”, and filled it with llamas, ponies, and other animals for kids with illnesses to come and visit.

This year, as a gift for both Caroline and Brett’s Barn, Luke decided he wanted to add some exotic pets to the group.

When An Officer Was Killed In The Line Of Duty, Another Gave The Man’s Family A Christmas Gift To Help With Their Loss

While there’s been no shortage of controversy surrounding police officers in recent times, there’s been just as many incidents of officers reminding us that the majority of them are men and women who just want to serve and protect the public. Some have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help out their local communities, and we’ve loved seeing their stories unfold online.

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Unfortunately, being a police officer does mean putting yourself in the line of fire at some point or another, and while many officers are able to return home after bad situations come up, not all of them do. While these fallen officers often draw a pension that provides some level of security for their loved ones, that still does very little to help out with the sheer amount of grief that their family must go through after their passing.

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Such was the case with the family of Matthew Edwards, a Taylor, Michigan officer who was shot six times while investigating a breaking and entering report. Edwards passed away from his wounds, and left behind his wife Shannon, and two children, Luke and Moriah. After hearing about their situation, Danny McWilliams, an officer from Texas, knew exactly what he had to get them for Christmas…

Blind Cat Figures Out How To Ask For More Water

Cats are pretty good at letting you know when they need something. They’ll claw, meow, and knock things over just to get your attention. My cat knows exactly when she’s supposed to be fed, and she’s relentless until it happens. If she sees the bottom of her food dish, it’s game over.

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For little Winnie, however, she can’t use her sight to tell when she needs things. Winnie was the runt of a litter, and when rescuers found her, they realized she was blind.

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Winnie gets around pretty well, considering she can’t see anything. Her owner, Kristopher Smith, says the little cat can sometimes run into things, but other than that she’s pretty normal.

“She’s actually the best in the house at catching flies, and I’m not sure how,” Smith told The Dodo. “She meows normally but also has a chirp that she uses when she starts running around or when she gets excited, which makes me think she uses it almost like sonar or echolocation.”

Winnie quickly became a family favorite, and when her new mom had to have brain surgery, Smith snuck Winnie into the hospital to comfort her.

“I got the nurse to let me sneak Winnie into the ICU to visit her and she did amazing,” Smith said. “I would have never imagined a cat being easygoing in a situation like that, let alone a blind cat. She fell asleep on the hospital bed with her momma until we had to leave.”

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Because of her setback, Winnie has had to find a different way than her animal siblings to communicate with her family.