animals stories

So your dog is a bit overweight. Maybe so overweight that your best friend can't get around without some assistance. Apparently, this is really common, so much so that someone has designed a stair elevator to carry your vertically challenged pet up and down the stairs for you.
Earth is running out of animals. Or rather, Earth is suffering from an overabundance of some animals (namely humans and cows) and a serious lack of others. Brazil is taking some initiative by starting a program to clone animals from species at risk of going extinct, including black lion tamarins, maned wolves, and jaguars.
Just last month we told you about a whale with the ability to mimic human speech, but apparently that was just the beginning. An elephant with the ability to actually speak distinct words has now been discovered in South Korea.
Man has long warred against man, bringing all manner of bloody machination to rend the opposition limb from limb. For as long as man has been capable of throwing stones, he has also brought with him all manner of beast. You will likely recall stories of courageous horses, mules, dogs and perhaps carrier pigeons, but animals have "enjoyed" far stranger uses in battle. Here, commonplace creatures have been called upon to fulfill the strangest of roles. Here's our list of the 17 strangest, most under-sung animal war heroes ever called to battle.