This cool cat is not into the water, but he is definitely into these dolphins. Who knew these two creatures would get along so swimmingly? They are so sweet with each other. I especially fell for the nuzzling kiss at the end.
Or, at least, a couple thousand Facebook fans! This adorable baby dolphin at the Minnesota Zoo has been having an identity crisis since her birth in July, but luckily, the zoo’s Facebook fans stepped in and submitted their votes to give the bottlenose calf a name. Taijah, the winning name with 37 percent of the votes, is four feet long and 60 pounds — some baby! — and the zoo describes her as "spunky, inquisitive, bold, and sassy."
Check out more photos of Taijah after the break!
Dolphins' natural diets usually consist of fish, but one dolphin in China's Hangzhou Polar Ocean Park Zoo decided to try something new and exciting — a pool mat! We all know how dangerous it is when your pets eat something they shouldn't, and the same goes for sea life. After the popular dolphin stopped eating and seemed slow and sluggish, the staff at the Chinese zoo had an x-ray taken of the mammal's tummy and discovered that he had eaten a pool mat from one of his tanks!
After a few failed attempts at reaching the mat in the dolphin's stomach, zookeepers decided that instead of performing surgery, they would call in one of China's top basketball pros to help out. Zhang Youliang — coming in at over seven feet tall — has exceptionally long arms, and was able to reach in the dolphin's tummy and pull out the pool mat. Thankfully, the star performer (the dolphin, not the basketball player) is recovering nicely.
Apparently this isn't the first time a dolphin has needed to be rescued by a long-armed savior find out more after the break.
For those of you still holding out for the existence of unicorns and winged fairies — there is hope after all! A pink dolphin (actually an albino) was spotted last year in a lake in Louisiana. Boatman Erik Rue found it and has been studying it ever since. "I just happened to see a little pod of dolphins," he said, "and I noticed one that was a little lighter." (I never knew that groups of dolphins were called "pods." Adorable. And is it just me, or does Pinky up there seem to know he's special?) Click here to read more and to see a closeup pic of Pinky!
Nearly one year after Hayden Panettiere joined animal activists in the rescue mission to stop a dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, the actress has a new tactic to save the whales — she's joining forces with SocialVibe to petition this annual event. Watch the video below to learn how you can get involved:
Check out pictures of her speech and rally when you read more
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so I wanna hear it from you: do you think this bulbous-headed snub fin dolphin is properly called the "world's ugliest dolphin?"
At first glance, it made me think of a victim of a Looney Tunes random act of violence where an animal gets somehow smushed up but still lives to go on. What do you think about the species?
When Fuji, a 37-year-old dolphin, in Okinawa, Japan came down with a kind of necrosis (death of cells or tissues through disease), her future looked pretty bleak. In order to save her life, local doctors had to amputate 75 percent of her tail – but she got a brand-new $83,000 one instead. What's it made of? Watch the video and see!
I know I'm not the only one that was curious to follow what happened after we saw Hayden's Save the Whales Again! rally at Dupont Circle and her attempt to talk with Barack Obama at American University so when PetSugar reader, zoorph, sent me this pic, I couldn't resist sharing it with all of you! Lucky gal, she happens to be a graduate student at that school attending the event backstage – kudos for this great case of right-place-right-time and quick snapping! Regardless of whether face time between the senator and the starlet will help Hayden's cause (or his presidential campaign), this 18-year-old sets a good example of tenacity, activism, and an interest in politics for those other young voters out there!