Squinty possum, Pink Meanie jellyfish, Manatees at heater and a tour of other animal news.

German loves Heidi, a cross-eyed North American possum. Gulf of Mexico has new species: pink meanie jellyfish. Parrot does math for seeds. Manatees huddle in fake warmth.

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Daily AnimalTourist: Horsemeat, Nazi Dog and Ohio Bear Pets

Horsemeat lovers unite, Nazis hated dog who did Hitler salute and OH finally bans exotic pets.

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Welsh cat claims to be 39, making it world's oldest

A tabby in Wales inherited from a relative turns out to be 39–and still playful but deaf.

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Wikileaks shows Japan obsessed with Sea Shepherd

Wikileaks shows Japan obsessed with Sea Shepherd and US willing to “take action” against the anti-whaling group by taking away its non-profit status.

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This Week in Great Animal Videos

Best Friends vid has dogs happy at Christmas with their families–and with human hands. Also Santa visits Wolf Park and a penguin escapes to whale-watching boat

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Singing Dogs–really a rare dingo–population soars because of PA hoarder

The known population of New Guinea Singing Dogs went up by at least one-third with the discovery of a PA hoarder with 86 of the rare dingo subspecies.

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Tasmania hopes Southern Right Whales recover so Hobart becomes a whale nursery again

Right whale calf born in Derwent River, Hobart, Tasmania

Tasmania wants to become a whale watching destination and thinks recovering Southern Right Whale numbers will help, the Mercury reports. The population is about one-tenth its former size, but the first calf born in the Terent River in 190 years in August is offering some hope.

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Thylacne Pelt Stirs Excitement, But Doesn’t Get Us Closer to Live Thylacine

Since the pelt is at least 30 years old, it doesn’t help us find a live thylacine, which is what everyone wants.

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Bradt Australia Wildlife Doesn’t Send You on A Wild Platypus Chase

The latest Bradt guide, Australia Wildlife, shows why more Americans should consider this British publisher of eccentric and eco-friendly guides to big and obscure places around the planet

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Animals Have a Busy Weekend Coming Up

Jolly Meets a Horse

Happy World Animal Day and World Farm Animal Day. Around the world, in places you didn’t even think cared about animals, people will demonstrate; party; preach; walk; collect money, food and toys for animals.

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