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Dachshund and Paralyzed Cat Are Best Friends

If you're an animal lover and you haven't seen this video floating around online, it will be well worth two minutes of your day to watch.

Meet "Ruth" the cat and "Idgie" the dog.  Ruth is paralyzed and Idgie has taken on the role of protector - and best friend

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Cute Video Of A Dog Too Plump To Get Up

Saw this on Facebook earlier and thought it was cute.  It's a video of an overweight dog who struggles to get up because of his extra padding.

This is what the owner said in the post: Meet Ivan the

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Momma Duck and her Babies Try to Make it Across the Highway (video)

 

This is a "hair-raising" video if I've ever seen one.

Momma duck and her babies are crossing a busy highway.  Believe me, it will take your breath away.

Oh, man, what a trip. Can you believe they mad

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This is one Smart Sea Otter! (video)

I'm always posting cute dog or cat videos.  You know, the ones where they're doing something very smart, very dumb or very cute.

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Video-of-the-day, Rescuing Bear Cubs (video)

Here is my video-of-the-day.

And, it just proves there are still some nice, kindhearted, caring people in the world.

For example, these folks who took the time to rescue some bear cubs from a dumpster.

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Muskegon Man Sentenced for Beating Puppy

While we at The River often try to make your day better by sharing fun videos of animals being their adorable selves, we also want to update you on cases in Michigan involving the mistreatment, or possible endangerment of our animal companions

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John Ball Zoo Keeps Growing with New Exhibits and Fun

Every day is an exciting day around the John Ball Zoo.

Not only are people and families enjoying the exhibits and beauty of the zoo, but they're discovering the new fun.  The zoo is wrapping up phase 1 of a multi-million dollar construction project this week that took roughly 2 years of planning and construction for what will be a $12.8 million investment.

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John Ball Zoo Adds Funicular Cars, Funicular? It Sounds Like Fun!

Funicular, now there is a word I have never heard before.  At first I thought it may have been a made up word.  But no, it's for real.  Funicular: is a motorized tram on a track and it just came to the John Ball Zoo.

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West Michigan’s John Ball Zoo & Binder Park Zoo Are Now Officially OPEN

This is the closest many of us will ever get to seeing animals in a somewhat natural habitat.  At least they are protected and won't be hunted down like so many animals in the wild. Rhino's in South Africa were the animals most recently in the news.

So if you want to see animals that are protected, loved, and nurtured we have two zoos in our area that are now officially open.  The John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids and the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek.

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Kent County Animal Shelter Needs Your Votes!

The Kent County Animal Shelter is competing in a nation-wide online contest and needs local support to win funding for their animals.

The KCAS submitted an application and was accepted to the ASPCA/Rachel Ray $100K Challenge.

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Are You A Dog Person Or Cat Person?

Dog?  Cat?

Which person are you?  It is pretty clear that each of us lines up as a fan of a dog or cat, but usually not both.

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‘Grand Rapids For Animals’ Protests Circus

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus played Van Andel Arena over the weekend and you may have seen some protesters out in front. The name of the group is "Grand Rapids For Animals".

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