US releases proposed rule to ban emotional support animals on planes

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking to ban emotional support animals from airplane cabins, reports Roll Call. Under the proposed rule, only specially trained dogs that assist disabled people would be permitted on planes.

From Roll Call:

The rule comes amid a spate of high-profile stories of airplane passengers trying to bring support animals, including miniature horses, capuchin monkeys and peacocks, on airplanes. Airlines facing such menageries had little specific guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration.

"Airlines want all passengers and crew to have a safe and comfortable flying experience, and we are confident the proposed rule will go a long way in ensuring a safer and healthier experience for everyone," said Nicholas E. Calio, CEO of Airlines for America, a trade association.

Cats, rats, capuchin monkeys and any animal other than a dog would not qualify as a service animal under the rule, which would limit the number of service animals a passenger can bring to two.

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Australia fires: Air-dropping veggies to feed wallabies [NEW VIDEO]

The massive scale and force of the ongoing bushfires in Australia is hard to comprehend. Read the rest

When police respond to call of a neighbor screaming "Let me out!" laughter is had by all

When a woman heard someone at her neighbor's house repeatedly screaming "Let me out!" she did what every good samaritan would do and promptly called 9-1-1. Read the rest

Massive sea lions commandeer small boat

Two big sea lions kicked back aboard a small, empty anchored boat in Eld Inlet at the southern end of Washington's Puget Sound. Josh Phillips of Spawn Fly Fish captured this delightful moment two weeks ago. “It looked a little off and we got closer and closer and realized there were two massive animals on board,” Phillips told The Olympian.

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Volunteer "stick library" is a hit with neighborhood dogs

Andrew Taylor lives in Canterbury on New Zealand's South Island; when he grew frustrated with the local park's lack of good throwing sticks with which to amuse his dog, he created a "stick library" -- a engraved box with a dozen throwing sticks pruned from his home trees, smoothed down and readied for throwing. Read the rest

Will a cat walk on aluminum foil?

In this experiment, aluminum foil is spread out on the floor of a hallway. The only way for this cat to walk down the hallway is by walking on top of the foil, something cats are known to dislike. What will happen???

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Puppy vibe check

This video shows a labrador puppy receiving his D&D alignment examination prior to being put up for adoption. King is adorable. King is a tabula rasa. He'll be two years old now —I wonder how he's doing?

King is a 6 week old male AKC yellow lab from Sadie's 2017 litter who will be ready to go home as early as 10/28/17. Read more about our pups and approach to temperament testing at highdesertlabradors.com/new-owner-infomration.html

If this wasn't enough, here's a video of a stray kitten getting its first bath.

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Puma loses 3 cup shuffle game, but it turns out fine in the end

This adorable puma is willing to play a game with its human, as long as it receives the prize, win or lose.

Puma reasoning skills on display, 3 cup shuffle from r/Magic

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Someone is putting hats on pigeons in Las Vegas

Pigeons with hats have been spotted and filmed in Las Vegas, prompting a search for whoever is putting them there.

Pigeons in Las Vegas have been spotted wearing tiny little cowboy hats. It's not clear how the pigeons got the hats on their heads. Some people found it funny, but other are wondering if this is a case of animal cruelty.

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This website gives you a scrollable tour of sea life from the surface to the inky depths

Scroll your way to the bottom of the ocean. The deeper you go, the weirder the creatures become, with names to match: headless chicken fish, zombie worm, cosmic jellyfish, stoplight loosejaw, faceless fish. Read the rest

Cattle guard doesn't work

Cattle guards are designed to keep cows from crossing them. They don't work if the cow is as smart as this one.

When it's not your first cattle guard

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Feline scientist investigates refraction

Cue "Thus Spoke Zarathustra." We've found Moonwatcher of the feline world.

Cat Scientist from r/likeus

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Man helps beaver carry branch

This kind man assisted a beaver with a heavy burden. Read the rest

Two cats fight over a steak while a third cat eats it

While two cats engage in a tug-of-war for a cut of meat, an interloper helps itself. Given this situation and your knowledge of game theory, what should each cat do to get as much meat for itself as possible?

Hunger Games from r/AnimalsBeingJerks

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Dog tries to eat $250,000 Porsche

The Google Translation of this Instagram post: "And you wake up in the morning to discover that Firulais entertains himself by biting your $250,000.00 Porsche in this house."

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Y te levantas en la mañana a descubrir que Firulais se entretiene mordiendo tu Porsche de $250,000.00 en esta casa hoy se come perro caliente 🌭 #malinois #facebook #chrispuls Que harían ustedes con Firulais luego de semejante muestra de afecto?

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Nice people catch a baby bear falling from a tree

This little bear got stuck in a tree and was about to fall. Fortunately, three men with a blanket just happened to be there to break its fall.

To catch a falling bear

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Mouse deer, thought to be extinct spotted for first time in 30 years

A species of mouse deer called the silver-backed chevrotain was thought to be lost to science after 30 years of no sightings, but a video camera in a Vietnam forest captured one as it foraged for food.

From The Guardian:

The pictures of the rabbit-sized animal, also known as the silver-backed chevrotain, are the first to be taken in the wild and come nearly 30 years after the last confirmed sighting.

“We had no idea what to expect, so I was surprised and overjoyed when we checked the camera traps and saw photographs of a chevrotain with silver flanks,” said An Nguyen, a scientist and expedition team leader at Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC).

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