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21+ Of The World’s Biggest Animals

Leslie Tander

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Just how big can an animal get? You might be surprised. We’ve got a collection of the most gigantic cats, rabbits, fish and snails to be found on the planet. Prepare to be stunned.

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1  That’s some pig! Weighing in at nearly a ton at 1,984 lbs, this stuffed pig can be found at the Liaoning Provincial Agricultural Museum. It lived to be just five years old. He certainly enjoyed eating!

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2 The size of the Easter Bunny! Flemish rabbits were bred in Europe during 1500’s to provide an easy-to-raise food source.  You can still find these big boys today, though usually in a hutch, not the stew pot.

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3 Are you afraid of a fish? If you lived in China, you might worry about the Mekong catfish which can grow up to 10 1/2 feet long. Used in traditional Thai dishes, they have been overfished and are now on the endangered species list.

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4 So fluffy! This feline isn’t a special species of cat.  He’s known as a Ragdoll, which are known for their docile nature and silky soft, long fur. Big-boned, they can weigh up to 20 pounds, almost doubling the size of your average house cat.

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5 What a handsome horse! The Percheron is a breed from the draft horse category. These muscular beasts were bred to be able to pull heavy carts, plow fields and provide horsepower for construction sites. This beautiful black example stands almost 19 feet tall!

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6 It’s a Stingray! Normally we see these seacreatures “flying” through the crystal clear waters of tropical oceans. In Indochina you can find them in muddy rivers. They hunt smaller fish and eat eels and snakes.

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7 Is it Dracula? No. This brown furred flying creature is known as a Great Flying Fox and it never drinks blood, living on fruits and nuts for the most part. The largest one was measured at 4′ 11″ tall–almost as tall as an adult human.

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8 Moooo! Now, there’s a whole lot of beef.  Chilli lives in England at an animal sanctuary and is simply an ordinary bovine with a few extra inches on his person. Guesstimates have him weighing in at about 2,750 pounds, but the scales at the farm don’t go that high.

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9 It’s a Coconut Crab. These crustaceans belong to the same family as lobsters, but it’s not their shell you hear cracking.  Coconut crabs like to crush coconuts which can be the size of a football and eat the soft, sweet flesh inside the fruits. You wouldn’t want to lose your hand to those claws!

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10 The Nomura Jellyfish is for real and weighs several hundred pounds out of the water. Now you know why sailors spoke of sea monsters able to eat men whole.  Because they really exist!

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11 You won’t find this under your downspout! Yes, it’s a salamander, just like the ones found around your back yard.  It’s just six feet long! Found in China, their numbers are dwindling due to loss of their native habitats. They like to live in small streams and eat insects and fish.

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12 It’s a whale! No, a shark! No…it’s a Whale Shark! And one of the gentle giants of the ocean. These sea monsters can grow to fifty-feet long, yet don’t have large teeth needed to eat big prey–like other fish or people. They get along eating plankton by sifting it through their curious gigantic mouths.

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13 The Cinereous Vulture. Like the smaller versions we see at home, this bird with a wingspan of up to 10 feet spends most of its time looking for dead and dying creatures. Living in eastern Europe and Asia, this bird stays alive by cleaning up what other predators leave behind.

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14 Truly a Titan  The Titan Longhorn beetle is not found in North America, thank goodness! It lives in South America. Growing to over 6 1/2 inches long, it can cut small branches and little fingers in two with its front mandibles. Curiously, the adults don’t eat anything but simply search for a mate.

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15 It’s a very pretty shell.  You don’t have to go to the beach to collect these. The African Giant Snail lives in urban areas. Also known as the Tiger Snail due to its colorful exterior. Tourists like to take them home, which is a problem as the snail is invasive and causes ecological harm in new habitats.

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16 Get out your crackers! Look at all the 41 pounds of crab yumminess! Japanese Spider Crabs are very popular as a main course in the island nation and anywhere their white flesh can be obtained.

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17 Call the Cops! Oarfish can grow up to lengths of 56 feet, yet are rarely seen in the ocean. They are most often found washed up dead on the shore where beach-goers often identify them as a sea monster or alien when they call the authorities.

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18 The Blue Whale is the largest animal on Earth. 98 feet long. 420,000 pounds. It is easily larger than many boats. Wow.

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19 The Maine Coon Cat is nothing but a big, fluffy kitty cat. Over time they have been bred to reach sizes of up to 25 pounds. They earned their name as in the dark their silhouette looks a lot like a rummaging raccoon.

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20 G’day Brutus! This is a saltwater crocodile name Brutus, who enjoys snacking on buffalo meat provided by tourist boats. What else would fit into that mouth?

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21 The Great Dane: Gentle George, standing at 43 inches tall, who do you think he shared a bed with?

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NYPD Solves a High-Profile Turtlenapping

Mackenzie Freeman

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The New York City Police Department makes headlines every day, but it is not every day that the NYPD makes headlines for solving a turtle kidnapping case. But kudos go to the NYPD for solving the disappearance of a beloved resident of Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, 100-year-old African spurred tortoise, Millennium.

A Century of Millennium at Alley Pond

Millennium could have been a youthful, 11-year-old turtle when the 655-acre Alley Pond Park was acquired by the City of New York in 1929. When Millennium found his, her, or its way to the park, the Alley Pond was the source of water that the town of Flushing used for, well, flushing. Millennium survived the construction of the Long Island Expressway across the park, the creation of a golf course, and the founding of the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Queens in 1972.

Or maybe Millennium wasn’t around for any of those events. Although Millennium undoubtedly weighs about 100 pounds, and is larger than many of the children who come to visit him every day the park is open, the turtle rescuers who found the intrepid animal believe he could be a mere 17 years old or possibly as much as 100 years old. Either way, visitors to the park regularly ask to see him. And that is how they learned he was missing.

A Shocking Tortoise Disappearance

When visitors asked to see Millennium on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Millennium was nowhere to be found. The attendants had no difficulty locating Millennium’s companion turtle Mini-Me, but even checks of video surveillance cameras showed no sign of the celebrity turtle. We think of tortoises as moving slowly, but actually they can move quickly, blending in with trees and grasses, so the park staff held out hope that Millennium might just be taking a little vacation looking for a different source of grass and grubs. But when there was no trace of Millennium the next day, they had no choice but to call the police. They were afraid they had a Code 597, abuse of an animal.

Millennium Returns from Connecticut

Fortunately, a Connecticut resident with a conscience made the reunion of Millennium with his young fans possible. And helped the police nab the turtlenappers’ accomplice Shawn Waters in the process.

Thirty-seven year old Shawn Waters loves turtles. He kept small turtles and other animals in the apartment he shared with his mother in Queens. On the afternoon of July 18, Waters was approached by two men who had cut a hole in the back of Millennium’s enclosure and absconded with the famous reptile. They made a deal with Waters to sell him the stolen turtle, and Waters started to take Millennium home in a stolen shopping cart. But no sooner did he have Millennium in his clutches than he realized his mother would never let him keep Millennium at home.

Waters hatched a plan to cover up his crime and get a smaller turtle his mother would approve. A man in Stamford, Connecticut had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell his musck turte. Waters struck a deal to swap reptiles and get $300 cash in the process. (Ordinarily, a turtle of Millennium’s 2 foot by 2-1/2 foot size and gentle watermelon-eating habits would have fetched about $2500, according to park officials.) Waters, who does not own a car, took a commuter train with Millennium to Connecticut, where he sealed the deal.

But by this time the police were checking turtle transactions on Craigslist. They located the buyer, who surrendered the turtle, which was returned safely to Alley Pond Park.

Waters was arrested and later sentenced to six months in jail at Rikers Island. His mother reports that he hopes to get his license to work as a security guard back when he gets out of jail.

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Strange Sounds Coming From the Walls Reveal a HAUNTING Surprise to New Homeowners!

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No matter where you are in the country, every town has a story about that house. You know the one. The house that looms above all, lending urban legends and stories to people in the community. Well, today, we are going to introduce you to a home in Germantown, Tennessee, as well as the mysterious sounds that emanated from its walls. Let’s dig in because this story is going to make you want to check your own walls!

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Airline Passengers Attention Please: Avoid Wearing These Items While You Fly!

Leslie Tander

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With the state that the airline industry is currently in, flying comfortably can be a challenging quest to undertake. Despite how uncomfortable flying can be, air travel has become the beating heart that connects every nation on our planet. Knowing that air travel is so important, we felt that it was vital to understand what best to wear during our travels. Today, we are going to highlight everything that airline passengers should avoid wearing while flying!

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