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southwest eagle cam goes live on youtube with bald eagle nest footage
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Stressed? Anxious? Worried? It’s quite common to be filled with existential dread this time of year, what with the holidays and New Years and all. It can be a lot. 

Well, it’s time to get back to basics and remember what it’s all about. Take anywhere from 10 seconds to the rest of your life checking out the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam, which is live right now on YouTube.

This should be enough to chill you out and get through the rest of this hellhole of a year.

cbc reporter questions squirrel about damaged christmas lights in toronto
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Councilman John Filion believes that the squirrels are behind this. He said the city will be installing some squirrel-proof lights so citizens can get “the warm fuzzies.”

The free press marches on.

Journalists speak truth to power — no matter how nuts their subject might be.

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That’s the case here, when a Canadian reporter tried to talk to a squirrel regarding some damaged Christmas lights. Apparently, squirrels have been chewing through the lights in Mel Lastman Square in Toronto, leaving the area in a holiday blackout. Finally, the citizens of Toronto and Whoville have something in common. Still the pen is mightier than the tooth, and one brave journalist vowed to get to the bottom of this. Watch below as CBC reporter tries to get some answers from this "furry grinch."

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giant snake eats wallaby on austrailian golf course
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If you spot a python on the golf course, you should probably go to the next hole. Too bad no one told this wallaby that there's a snake in the grass.

According to Yahoo, a 13-foot python was spotted on a golf course wrestling a wallaby on the 17th hole of the Paradise Palms course in Queensland, Australia on Saturday. The days of the golf clap are over. Now is the time of the golf hisssssss.

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"It had (the wallaby) in a vice-like grip and it was swallowing it," said Robert Willemse, golfer and witness, who later heard that the python finished the job.

Willemse went on to say that while wildlife is common in the area, giant snakes were not. 

"It looked like it might have dropped out of a tree, got a hold of (the wallaby), then there was a bit of a struggle and it rolled into the middle of the fairway."

Is no place safe from these monstrous snakes?

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picture of giant huntsman spider eating a lizard
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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.

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Nightmare of the Day: This Mom Dressed Up Like Her Dog and Now None of Us Are Sleeping Tonight

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