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SMILING BIRTHDAY DOG
He looked like he was smiling. He looked like he might have been enjoying a little extra something along with his cookie. He was wearing a birthday hat. Everybody exploded.
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PAUL THE OCTOPUS
He was the prognosticating cephalopod that could, and did. From his cushy tank at the Oberhausen Sea Life aquarium in Germany, the one they called Paul the Psychic Octopus correctly called a fitting eight games in this year’s World Cup, including the championship, which was won by Spain. He retired after his perfect run, and then, just before what would have been his third birthday, he died.
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Before Jesse James and his reputation took a turn for derided, he was the stoic, macho guy behind West Coast Choppers who had Sandra Bullock’s back. When his pit bull CinnaBun went missing in late January, James embarked on a dedicated search for his pooch, offering up a large reward. Cinny came back, 15 lbs. lighter, and then James’s life turned upside down – for different reasons.
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DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL
After a drilling rig exploded in April, more than 200 million gallons of oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico during the ensuing three months. The unwitting victims of the enormous spill were the thousands of animals living in the region, including wildlife, fish and even pets. People from all over the country mobilized to help, including one 11-year-old girl from New York who drew pictures of birds in an effort to send money to the Audubon Society.
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SALMA HAYEK IS AFRAID OF SNAKES
The actress, who has enjoyed a decades-long international career, completely fell apart during a TV interview in June … at the sight of a snake. Climbing all over her co-stars and screaming, “No! Somebody do something! Noooo,” Hayek gave us a totally unscripted glimpse of her fear of snakes.
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VANESSA CARLTON GETS BITTEN BY A DOG
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DELTA LOSES DOG
Paco almost had a new life with two Canadians who rescued him after they found him wandering around Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The duo adopted the dog, boarded a Delta flight headed for home, but the airline lost the dog –who never returned.
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