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Mesker Park Zoo to Euthanize Donna the Hippo Today [Video]

This is so sad.  Mesker Park Zoo announced yesterday that "with heavy heart" they have to euthanize Donna the Hippo today.  At 60-plus years-of-age, Donna is the oldest hippopotamus living in captivity.  But, over the last few months, her quality of life has declined siginificantly and Mesker officials were forced to make a painful decision.  Today, Wednesday, August 1st, 2012, Donna will go to sleep for the last time.  But she leaves behind generations of adults and children who marveled in wonder at her playfulness and spirit.  In case you never got to see Donna for yourself, here's some video captured by some folks who became instant fans when they got to meet her.

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Ellis Park Saturday: Camels, Ostriches, ‘Horses and Hope’ and a Dave Spencer First [VIDEO]

Saturday was a great day at Ellis Park. For starters, after a week of sweltering heat and stifling humidity, the weather was terrific--warm but not very humid at all. And folks came from everywhere to watch the camels and ostriches.

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Photo by Dave Spencer
Photo by Dave Spencer
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Has Cicada Season Begun in Kentucky? [VIDEO]

I'm no entomologist, Lord knows, but I do know a cicada shell when I see one. And THAT'S a cicada shell. And that can only mean there was once a cicada in it.

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Category: Animals, Weather
PhotographerGirl/Flickr Creative Commons; xikita/Flickr Creative Commons
PhotographerGirl/Flickr Creative Commons; xikita/Flickr Creative Commons
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Camels and Ostriches Come to Ellis Park Saturday

It'll be like a scene from Madagascar--camels and ostriches joining the thoroughbreds for live racing action at Ellis Park this Saturday afternoon! No penguins, though.

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Sea World Killer Whale Attack Video Released [VIDEO]

I went to Sea World a few times when I was a kid. I never really got into it. Of course, a lot has changed with the theme park since then, I'm sure. However, the one thing I DID enjoy was the killer whale show.

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Category: Animals, News
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Meet Ashleigh & Pudsey from Britain’s Got Talent [Video]

This is the COOLEST dog on Earth!  I am a huge fan of America's Got Talent and was tuned into the results show last week.  And I am so happy that I was.  We were introduced to Ashleigh and Pudsey, the reigning champions of Britain's Got Talent.  Being a huge fan of circus acts, I have see a lot of "dog and pony" shows in my day, but I have never seen a dog like this!  Pudsey not only dances . . . he learns choreography and, with his owner/trainer Ashleigh, pulls off elaborate Vegas-style production numbers.  YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS!!

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Meet Evan: WBKR’s SPARKY Pet of the Week

How cute is this little guy?  This is Evan, a 6-year-old pomeranian, who came to SPARKY from the Hancock County Animal Shelter.  In fact, Evan ended up in the care of SPARKY along with his brother, Owen

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Former Evansville Reporter’s Cat Attack Video Goes Viral [VIDEO]

Okay, I've said it before, and I'll say it again, cats cannot be trusted. Former WFIE reporter Nicole DiDonato, found that out in a live shot Thursday morning. I cringed and of course I laughed, and, I sympathized. NEVER make eye contact!

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No Flies on Dave…Well, Almost [VIDEO]

I don't know how I missed it. It hangs down so low, I had to walk around it. And, yet, there it was  stuck in my hair. What is IT? Well, IT is a fly strip used in the office at J&M Fireworks in Reo for obvious reasons.

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Category: Animals, Humor
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My Dog Wilma The Schnauzer HATES The Hair Dryer! [Video]

We all have things we hate, right?  I mean, I shake like the New Madrid fault line everytime I see a snake, a clown or cottage cheese.  Dave Spencer trembles uncontrollably when he sees large rabbits.  Moon quakes in his pants at the thought of sobriety.  And Jaclyn gets nervous when she has to be on time for something.  Luckily for her, I guess, she never is.  But my poor dog Wilma is a basket-case.  She HATES taking a bath.  If she hears the water and sees me grab a towel, she completely freaks out.  She can shake and quake with the best of 'em.  But the real kicker is the hair dryer.  When she sees it, she won't even flinch.  She essentially plays DEAD!!  This is hilarious (and slightly pitiful)!

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A Bug Flew Into My Ear; It Must Be Tuesday

What is the deal with Tuesdays, the insect world, and my face? Two weeks ago, some nondescript bug--I think it may have been a lightning bug--went straight up my nose! Now, I ask you, what, seriously, is the point in that?

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(Image from Oprah.com)
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Oprah Confronts 50 Cent About His Dog Named Oprah [Video]

Uh oh!  I am is SO much trouble.  Apparently Oprah doesn't take too kindly to people who name their pets after her.  Case in point . . . 50 Cent, who recently sat down to chat with O on Oprah's Next Chapter.  In the interview, Oprah asked "Fiddy" if it is true he has a dog named after her.  Immediately uncomfortable (like he was about to be kicked out the book club), 50 Cent squirmed in his seat, shifted his eyes away from Oprah like he had just piddled in the floor and she was holding a rolled up newspaper, and then made the confession that his schnauzer was christened with the same name as the former queen of daytime TV.  WATCH THIS!!  Oprah doesn't seem very flattered . . . at all!  In fact, she acts like she just stepped in a big pile of schnauzer poo.

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