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    A shocking video of a Swiffer Floor Mop being used to help a man remove an owl that had nested in his doorway is destined to be the cutest -- or most terrifying -- thing you see all day.

    It all depends on how you feel about owls.

    Here's the story: A man finds an owl -- a LIVING owl -- hanging out in his kitchen (OMG!). He becomes a wee bit hysterical. He grabs his Swiffer mop (as one does) and miraculously uses it to remove the bird gently and efficiently. Say what?!

    Even more miraculous? The whole thing was caught on video ... which has since gone viral. See below:

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    I don't know about you, but when I think of cats' relationship to their owners, certain words come to mind. Words like aloof, stoic, and indifferent. Cats are the kind of pet that seems generally disinterested in people (that is, unless they want something), while dogs are known more for their love of their masters. There's a reason why dogs are called "man's best friend," after all. But cats can surprise us. They can be just as loving and caring as the average dog.

    This clip of a long-haired kitty waiting for his military "daddy" to come home proves it.

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    Can animals fall in love? We bond with our pets and we see how much they love and depend on us. But I'm talking about romantic love. Can an animal have a love affair -- with a human? A scientist and his assistant taught a dolphin how to speak, and then the most surprising thing happened: The dolphin appeared to fall in love with the trainer. They didn't mean for it to happen, but it did. What happened next will utterly break your heart -- and infuriate you.

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    You know that phrase, "don't knock it 'til you've tried it"? Well, you're going to want to pull that phrase out of your back pocket, because I'm about to knock something many people hold dear to their hearts: Sleeping with animals. I'm not talking about co-sleeping with toddlers. I'm talking about sleeping with your dogs and cats. HOW? How do you do this? I can understand a small dog or a cat snoozing at the foot of your bed, on top of the covers. But people who sleep with their pets next to them, under the covers. Ugh! That sounds like the worst -- and I'm not the only one who thinks so. Science backs me up.

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    Dogs hold a special place in our hearts. They aren't called man's best friend for no reason! Dogs are loyal, funny, smart, and love nothing more than cuddling up beside you for a session of napping and maybe some butt-scratching. Dogs = the greatest. Your argument is invalid.

    You can love a dog all you want, but when they seem to be barking constantly, all the love in the world won't help. In order to help solve your dog's problem, you've got to identify it. Once you've figured out what's causing the behavior and learn how to address it, the whole barking dilemma is a thing easily solved!

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    When I recently learned that a study had found that 'cat people' were smarter than 'dog people', I'd be lying if I didn't say I chortled. While I love dogs, I'm known for my passionate love of all things feline. I'll also take any excuse to have my ego stroked, and if loving cats means that I am some sort of evil super genius, I'll take that and run with it -- gladly. 

    Sadly, upon closer inspection, the 'study' in question just barely holds up. It only polled 600 college students and, based on that data, determined that dog people were more extroverted and that cat people were more introverted. Their argument for both? Cats like to stay inside, so people who own them must also like to stay inside. Dogs, on the other hand, enjoy the out of doors -- so the people who own dogs must also feel the same way. I'm not sure any of that follows, really. 

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    U.S. Marine Deano Miller had one source of comfort that kept his spirits up during those long and difficult days and nights serving in Afghanistan: Thor -- his faithful yellow Labrador Retriever. Thor stuck by the 25-year-old's side for seven months in 2010. The canine proved so special to Miller that he has been trying to adopt him for the last four years. He was finally reunited with his pooch at a Seattle airport -- and, lucky for us, the heartwarming reunion was caught on video!

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    It's Super Cat to the rescue! Sounds like an animated series on the Cartoon Network, but an incredible feline actually DID save a small boy from a dog attack!

    Roger Triantafilo's son was riding his bike outside his home in Bakersfield, Calif., when a dog ran after him, lunging at the child and pulling him to the ground. Then, out of the blue, the family's black cat jumped on the dog and chased him away.

    You know what makes this SO unbelievable?

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    And the hits just keep on coming. This baby bull elephant was discovered mourning the body of his dead mother. And at that, my heart broke into a million pieces. Rescuers tried to intervene, but the poor little orphan was distraught and wouldn't let anyone near him or his mother's remains. I can't with this. It's too damn sad. How did the rescuers manage through the veil of tears?!

    But the story, while tragic, isn't entirely without hope. The rescuers let the baby stand watch throughout the night. The next morning, with a bigger team in place, they tranquilized him and removed him to a rescue group for other milk-dependent elephant orphans. He was badly dehydrated and probably reeling -- but the other orphaned calves surrounded him and he tentatively reach out to them! GAH! The sad! The cute! It's like a movie, only more tear-inducing because it is reaaaaal!

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    I see lost and found cat flyers around my neighborhood all the time. You, too? It's the saddest thing -- so many domesticated cats left to fend for themselves, so many owners missing their pets. And often, it's a cat who lost through no fault of the owners. What happens when a natural disaster tears an animal and its family apart? In 2011 the Yamagishi family lost their beloved cat during the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. But this story has a happy ending: After three years the cat was reunited with its family! Here's how it happened.

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