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Litter of puppies found dumped by Texas roadside: "poor babies"
Joy Bastow told Newsweek the five dogs were left out in 80-degree temperatures and could have died had she not intervened.
Abused dog unrecognizable after 4 pounds of severely matted fur shaved off
Larry, who is thought to be a poodle or Maltese, could barely walk or see.
Hearts melt as rescue puppy makes first journey home: "Love at first sight"
"We had an instant bond and understanding," the dog's loving owner told Newsweek.
Watch bear run through Walmart parking lot while being chased by cops
New Mexico Game and Fish authorities were called out to capture the bear, but it disappeared before they found it.
Dumped family dog infested with parasites and fleas gets new lease of life
"He's a very independent dog, and he had been taking care of himself pretty well on the streets, but I knew that I needed to help him," the owner told Newsweek.
Rare albino anteater spotted in Brazil
Alvinho the albino giant anteater might be the only one of his kind, with the first and only other albino of the species having been found dead in 2021.
"It was horrendous": Man drowns trying to save dog in fast-flowing creek
The man was walking the dog with his wife shortly before 9 p.m. when the canine entered the water and got swept away.
Cockapoo stages daring escape from her puppy pen in hilarious video
Sophie's other interests include soccer and chew toys. She also watches television but hates Tucker Carlson.
Shock as Oregon woman finds alligator in her driveway
Officers said they used lessons learned from watching the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin on TV to capture the creature.
The battle to fight chlamydia in koalas
Over 80 percent of koalas are estimated to be infected with a strain of chlamydia, which can lead to blindness, infertility and even death in the marsupials.
Blind cow rescued from dairy farm after 19 years thanks owner in cute clip
"Worked long and hard hours and now enjoying her retirement," wrote one user, while another posted: "Oh my gosh they're literally like big giant adorable dogs."
Senior rescue dog who looks just like a puppy melts hearts: "The ears"
Several users on TikTok swooned over the rescue dog, with one writing that "she looks like a bear."
Tears as woman drives 645 miles to save dog, aged 14, dumped at shelter
"How can someone surrender a dog they have had 13 years? I just don't get it," commented one TikTok user.
Dolphin calf in critical condition rescued by police
An off-duty sheriff's deputy found the dolphin swimming in circles off the coast of Hudson, Florida, without its mother and unable to breathe.
Rescue dog who survived pick ax to head finds new forever home
Niall Harbison said King Whacker is lucky to be alive. "If the wound had been 1mm deeper, it would have killed him," he said.
Sleepy bear emerges from den in very relatable video: "Me on a Monday"
Viewers of a viral video have been able to empathize with groggy-looking Himalayan brown bear Chada as she starts the day in a sanctuary in Ukraine.
How man earns trust of stray cat over 9 months shared in endearing clip
"I feel like this is how the first human who domesticated a wild cat did it thousands of years ago," commented one user.
Shelter hilariously resorts to drawing animals for adoption: "Camera broke"
The shelter's spokesperson told Newsweek that the sketches have sparked renewed interest in some of the animals featured, including Addison the giraffe pug.
Deadly 7-foot black mamba snake spotted trying to get in front door of home
The black mamba is a large snake native to parts of sub-Saharan Africa known for its size, speed and extremely potent venom.
Litters of endangered red wolf puppies born in North Carolina zoo
Nine pups were born over the past week in the zoo, which will help bring the critically endangered species back from the brink of extinction.
"Scared" rescue dachshund finally plays with toys after a year in new home
After being used as a breeding dog for years, Coco was nervous and quiet when she arrived at her new home.
Hearts melt as 5 'terrified' rescue dogs enjoy their first pamper session
The RSPCA recently discovered that animal re-homing rates across England and Wales have dropped by 8 percent.
Elephant rescued after 35 years in captivity finds forever home
The elephant, known as Mundi, was orphaned at a young age and later captured from the wild. She was then sold to a zoo where she lived in isolation for decades.
Tears as tiny kitten survives being set alight: "lucky boy to be alive"
The feline rescue story has melted the hearts of users on TikTok, with one writing he is a "beautiful resilient lil' kitten."
"Scared" rescue dog melts hearts as she finds true happiness in new home
"She's gorgeous, thanks for rescuing her," commented one user about Effie, while another wrote that "you guys gave her safe space to let her joy come through."
Driver saves kitten stuck under truck after hearing meow at stop sign
It was "very unusual" to see a kitten trapped in this position "just inches" from the wheel, the San Diego Humane Society told Newsweek.
Dad and daughter praised for rescuing stray cat during tornado: "Kidnapped"
"Cleaning himself up to make a good impression so [he] can stay! I hope u can keep him," one user said.
Dog gets first toy after being chained up for 8 years: "Crying"
"This is so cute! My boy rips up plushies like a mass murderer," one user said.
Lion found "skinny and hungry" in Ukraine is rescued
The lion had been living alone on private property as heavy shelling took place in the surrounding area.
Video shows python hiding inside car: "Look at the size"
The snake had wedged itself behind the front wheel of a car and had to be dragged out by a local snake catcher to be released back into the wild.