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Nature is a cruel beast. If you aren’t doing the eating, you’re the one being eaten.

Wish someone had told this lizard that, though.

Another one doing the eating that night was Melanie Jade Ottaway, who sat down to eat dinner when she noticed this gigantic huntsman spider about to chow down on a gecko. The spider sat patiently on a glass door with the lizard hanging out of its mouth. Nature is terrifying.

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She told The Daily Mail, “'We just sat down to have dinner at the dining table and noticed something massive on the glass sliding door. I got up to have a closer look and there it was, a huge huntsman with a gorgeous little gecko in. It was too late to save him, so we let nature take its path.”

Nature, your cruel ways are a mystery to us all. We march on in fear.

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Webster’s dictionary defines hero as a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability.

We define hero as someone who punches a kangaroo in the face to save their dog.

Welcome to Australia. The harsh reality of living down under includes worrying that a kangaroo is going steal your dog, and sometimes you have smack a ‘roo to get the dog back. That’s exactly what happens in the video above, which some are calling the most “Austrailian video of all time.”

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According to The Daily Telegraph, the footage is of zookeeper Greig Tonkins, who rescued his dog Max from the clutches of a mean old kangaroo by showing the animal what for. This was actually a hunting trip from last June put together for a “sick young man called Kailem who passed away from cancer,” the trip’s organizer Mathew Amor told The Telegraph.

“Basically Kailem wanted to catch a boar,” he said.

The video has been viewed by millions already, but those on the trip had a different interpreation of the event.

“It was funny because the guy who did it is the most placid bloke. We laughed at him for chucking such a sh*t punch.”

Now, that’s the most Australian thing ever.

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23 pound canadian lobster king louie freed
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The idea of a giant lobster should send a shiver down your spine. It should have you sharpening your pitchfork and lighting a torch to get this monster as far away from the countryside, where its reign of terror knows no bounds, as possible.

But that’s not how they do things in Canada. When they have a monster lobster problem, they do the nice thing, the polite thing, the Canadian thing: They set it free.

King Louie, the giant 23-pound, 100-year-old lobster, was just lucky enough to be caught in Nova Scotia, and because of his local celebrity, he was purchase and freed yesterday. Never to be glazed in butter nor kill innocent victims with his hefty pinchers, King Louie returned to the deep to stalk.

Costing roughly $230, King Louie was purchased by a compassionate woman who wanted to see this lobster go free. It was polite, yes, but also dangerous. For somewhere, out in the deep, this ancient beast waits for his next victim.

Sure, parents are annoying — what with the “pick up your room,” “what are you doing with your life,” and “no, you cannot turn the garage into something called the ‘Chill Zone.’”

But sometimes, they’re just really scary — like when they threaten to throw away your velvet painting of Hendrix wailing on his axe because you won’t just “move out already.”

Meet Zoë Baumann, for instance. According to her Twitter, her mother dressed up like her dog. While this might be just a way to get her to “clean the pot after making mac and cheese at 4am,” or, simply, this is a Halloween costume, Zoë, nevertheless, brought her personal punishment to Twitter, who had a field day with this.

Check out some of the best responses to Zoë's mom dressed as her dog. 

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Move over, “Man,” because dogs have found a new best friend, and it’s polar bears.

Yup, in spite of everything happening to polar bears right now, such as losing their homes and attempting to jump from one melting ice sheet to the next, this polar bear took time out of its busy schedule to comfort a dog.

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Putting aside their differences for even just a few moments, this polar bear and dog, who we will now refer to as “The Power Friends,” sat and enjoyed each other’s company in Northern Manitoba, Canada last weekend. Local hero David De Meulles caught the whole exchange on his phone.

"I had no idea what was going to happen, and then sure enough he started petting that dog, acted like he was a friend," David De Meulles said. "I just so happen to catch a video of a lifetime."

"It was a beautiful sight to see, and I just can't believe an animal that big would show that kind of heart toward another animal."

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There’s a lot we can take away from this monstrous beast repressing instinctual its urge to kill long enough to take in the natural beauty and splendor of another living creature. Even if it’s unable to put together rational thoughts or express its feelings orally, on some level this polar bear thought, “I fear not this small creature but understand it has wants and desires like me.” So to the dog must think, “This is my friend, and I want to play with my friend.”

And play they did.

Run free, “Power Friends.” Run free and may we all learn from your connection

bald eagles stuck in sewer
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The animals are always the first to know.

In what some are considering a bit of symbolism for our country going down the drain, two bald eagles in — you guessed it — Florida decided to hammer home that metaphor by getting stuck in a drain. With their talons feet from being washed away by the waste water below, the two eagles cried out for a help as a nation looks on in horror, powerless to do anything.

Many are probably wondering, how did those eagles get in that storm drain? What were they doing so close to that storm drain? Don’t they know that storm drains are dangerous? Don’t they know that just because a storm drain hosted a reality TV show that doesn’t make it a qualified world leader? Questions that, you know, could only be applied to a situation in which two bald eagles get stuck in a storm drain.

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Luckily, authorities from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission intervened and rescued the trapped metaphor. One of the eagles was taken to Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland to treat its injuries. The other was released, presumably to search out more storm drains because no matter how perfect this metaphor is, it’s worth repeating over and over.

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There’s a lot to worry about in the world, but if you live Sri Lanka, meet your worst nightmare. The Wildlife Department found a huge, HUGE crocodile in Matara, Sri Lanka, and it could probably swallow you whole. Lucky for you, it would probably chew quite a bit, making this thing all the more scary.

Weighing close to a ton, this croc was found stuck in a canal off the Nilawala River, all 17 feet of it. That’s right, 17 feet. How tall are you? 5’5? 6’5? Even if you were Shaq reading this — which if Shaq is reading this: Hello, Shaq — you’d still be about 10 feet smaller than this bad boy.

The Wildlife Department pulled the crocodile out and sent it on its way. So long, gigantic crocodile. May your next meal not be a person.

 

Pictures by Krishan Jayaruk

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