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    An English bulldog has fetched the crown in the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California. >> PHOTOS: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog wins World's Ugliest Dog Contest According to The Associated Press, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old pooch from Anoka, Minnesota, won the pageant Saturday, beating out more than a dozen less-than-pretty pups for the $1,500 grand prize. >> PHOTOS: 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contestants >> 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest: Contestants, how to vote and past winners According to the event's website, Zsa Zsa 'was a puppy mill dog for five years in Missouri, and instead of placing her in a loving home at her end of breeding, she was put in a dog auction.' After Underdog Rescue saved the uncomely canine, current owner Megan Brainard found her on Petfinder and adopted her. >> Read more trending news  Check out some memorable moments from this year's contest below: Read more here.
  • An adorable video of a bear jumping with a 5-year-old boy at Tennessee's Nashville Zoo is going viral. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  According to WZTV, Patrick Parker recently took his son, Ian, to the zoo, where they saw an Andean bear named Luka. Ian jumped happily when he saw Luka, who copied Ian's moves from the other side of a glass divider. >> Read more trending news  The video, which Parker shared on Facebook, has been viewed more than 250,000 times. Read more here. >> Click here to watch
  • A raccoon's captivating climb up the side of a 25-story Minnesota high-rise came to a happy ending Wednesday after the fuzzy daredevil was released back into nature after reaching the top of the building. Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 13: Officials with Wildlife Management Services, a pest control business based in Brooklyn Park, said they released the raccoon Wednesday afternoon on private property in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. The company shared a short video of the raccoon’s release. It darted away from rescuers after only a small amount of prodding. Update 9:45 a.m. EDT June 13: Officials said they plan to release the raccoon 'somewhere safe' after it was lured into a trap baited with cat food on Wednesday morning at the top of St. Paul’s UBS Tower, the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Tad Vezner reported. Reports surfaced earlier Wednesday that the climbing raccoon had been caught after spending hours scaling UBS Tower. Update 8:45 a.m. EDT June 13: The raccoon was trapped by 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Nelson. Earlier Wednesday, Nelson reported that animal control officers had placed cat food in a trap at the top of the 25-story UBS Tower in an attempt to catch the critter. A representative of the Paige Donnelly Law Firm, situated on the top floor of the high-rise, wrote Wednesday morning on Twitter that building management said the raccoon was “safely in a cage.” >> PHOTOS: Raccoon’s captivating climb up 25-story skyscraper goes viral Original report: According to Minnesota Public Radio, the raccoon's harrowing journey began after it got stuck on a ledge of St. Paul's Town Square building. After maintenance workers tried to rescue the frightened critter, it ran to the roof, fled to the neighboring UBS Tower and started climbing.  >> WATCH: Woman rescues ducklings from storm drain in heartwarming viral video The raccoon slowly made its way up the building Tuesday, taking occasional nap breaks on ledges. It eventually reached the 23rd floor, reported MPR's Tim Nelson, who documented the animal's trek with the now-trending hashtag #mprraccoon.  >> Game warden saves fawn's life with emergency C-section on highway Late Tuesday, the raccoon began to descend the building, taking a breather at a 17th-floor ledge. But it shifted course again early Wednesday, climbing until it reached the roof about 3:30 a.m. EDT. Although many concerned onlookers had called for help, city officials said saving the animal could be risky for rescuers and the raccoon, which could get scared and fall, according to the Pioneer Press. Instead, animal control workers placed a food trap on the roof, a city Department of Safety & Inspections spokeswoman told the newspaper. >> Read more trending news  Another challenge: Employees who work at UBS Tower said the building's windows do not open, the Pioneer Press reported. Read more here or here.
  • An Oklahoma game warden saved a fawn’s life after responding to a report of a deer hit by a car on Highway 123. >> Heartwarming video: Scared baby deer is rescued from road by mama According to the Oklahoma Game Wardens Facebook page, Game Warden Ryan Walker arrived at the scene to find a doe and fawn dead on the road. He reportedly noticed movement around the doe’s stomach and realized the deer was pregnant and still had a fawn trapped inside. >> Read more trending news  Walker performed a Caesarean section on the doe and got the fawn out within seconds. It was taken to a rehabilitator in Osage County.  >> See the Facebook post here  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news 
  • A Tennessee woman has gone viral for all the right reasons. >> On Fox13Memphis.com: WATCH: Couple unknowingly plan to propose to each other at zoo on same day Shara Fenell told WHBQ that she was walking in downtown Memphis on Memorial Day near the Peabody Hotel when she heard a noise. She said she wasn't sure what the noise was at first or where it was coming from, until she looked in a storm drain. >> Watch the video here When Fenell looked down, she saw about eight ducklings. She and her friend noticed the mother duck walking around the drain trying to do something. >> On WPXI.com: Ducklings fall into sewer, officer climbs in after them What Fenell decided to do next made her go viral. She jumped into the drain and saved the ducklings. She lifted them one by one to a good Samaritan. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Fenell told WHBQ that she made sure the ducklings and their mother crossed the street safely. Great work, Shara Fenell! >> See her Facebook post here
  • Viral sensations are often forgotten about after a few days — the Mannequin Challenge comes to mind — but there’s a new one that a future dog owner or two will remember forever.  >> See the Facebook post here >> Yanny or Laurel? Viral audio clip leaves internet divided The Atlanta Humane Society jumped at the latest trend sweeping the internet by naming one puppy Yanny, the other Laurel. People have been hotly debating which one of those words can be heard in a short audio clip, similar to the great “What Color is this Dress” debate of 2015. >> On AJC.com: These metro Atlanta dog adoption events won’t be held at shelters Yanny, formerly known as Irving, is a 2-month-old male Chinese shar-pei mix. Laurel is a 3-month-old beagle mix who used to answer to Lillian. The puppies can be adopted for $295 each from the Howell Mill location.  >> Yanny or Laurel debate: This is what you heard and why This isn’t the first time the shelter has seized such an opportunity. The organization once named a puppy after the attention-capturing April the Giraffe. The post of Yanny and Laurel, thought up by marketing manager Amanda Harris, garnered hundreds of likes in a couple hours. Harris said these kinds of tactics often lead to successful forever homes for the puppies, in addition to boosting awareness about AHS. >> Read more trending news  “We love engaging with our social followers and friends with content that is fun and relevant to what’s happening on social media,” Harris said.  One person joked in the comments: “When you call one, the other will come.”
  • Fiona — the Cincinnati Zoo’s celebrity hippo — was recently spotted giving her mom hugs and kisses. >> Hippo photo bombs engagement proposal Videos from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden show Fiona interacting with her mom, Bibi. >> Click here to watch Fiona was born premature in January 2017 and received around-the-clock care. She weighed 29 pounds, which zoo officials said is well below a baby hippo’s typical weight. Hippos can grow to be 3,000 pounds. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  When Fiona became dehydrated, specialists from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center helped give her an IV. >> Read more trending news  Henry, Fiona’s father, was euthanized in October. Henry had been struggling for several months with health issues and had lost hundreds of pounds, the zoo said.
  • When the human's away, the dogs will play. >> Read more trending news  According to ABC News, some photogenic pups at an Ohio doggy daycare recently gained online fame after their adorable 'selfie' went viral on Facebook. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  The playful pic, posted March 30 by Go Fetch Dog Daycare and Boarding in Cincinnati, shows dozens of pups posing for the camera. Although an employee took the photo, many commenters joked that one smiling pooch in the foreground appeared to be snapping a selfie. >> See the image here The image has been shared more than 7,000 times. Read more here.
  • A Michigan man may face animal cruelty charges after he admitted on camera to amputating his dog's leg, WXYZ reported. >> Read more trending news  The dog's owner, Charles Wofford, told WDIV that he thought he was doing the right thing. He said his dog Blackie developed an infection in his leg after a dog fight. The owner told WDIV that he couldn't afford to take the dog to a veterinarian, so he removed the leg himself with a clean steak knife. He told WXYZ that he used dental numbing cream before the amputation and the dog did not appear to be in pain, but instead was 'relieved' after the leg was removed. The Michigan Humane Society is caring for the dog after it was picked up Wednesday after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen, WDIV reported. Humane society officials believe a kitchen knife and garden shears were used to remove the dog's leg. The dog has undergone surgery and his prognosis is good, according to humane society officials. The Michigan Humane Society told WDIV that it is working with authorities in hopes of animal cruelty charges being filed in the case. Wofford told WXYZ that he hopes people can forgive him and that he loves his dog.
  • A stray dog who lingered around a former Publix grocery store in metro Atlanta for a year has finally found a loving home. The story behind the adoption is heartwarming. The animal shelter PAWS Atlanta posted Publix's story Friday on its Facebook page. Shelter staff said a woman came rushing to the office Thursday as it was closing, asking if they had Publix. >> Read more trending news  Publix was a dog that shelter staff and concerned residents had been trying to rescue for a year. In December, shelter staff were able to rescue the dog and house him at the shelter. The woman who visited the facility Thursday evening knew the dog well; she called him Buddy. She said the dog would visit her shop and she would feed him, and the two had developed a close bond. When the dog disappeared in December, she had feared the worst. The woman was overjoyed to learn that the rescue organization had Publix, after a friend alerted her when she saw the photo of the dog on the shelter's Instagram feed. Shelter staff said Publix was thrilled to see the woman who had been so kind to him, and that they'd never seen Publix so happy or animated. The woman decided to adopt Publix, making for the happiest of endings for all involved. In an update posted on Instagram Monday, the happy new owner said that Publix is her “little shadow,” and goes to work with her each day.