Boo, The World’s Cutest Dog, Has Passed Away At The Age of 12

Rest in treats, Boo.

Boo, the Pomeranian who was once dubbed the ‘world’s cutest dog’, has passed away at the age of 12.

Earlier this afternoon, his owner announced to Boo’s 16 million Facebook fans that Boo had passed away in his sleep.

His passing comes after the death of his best friend and fellow Pomeranian Buddy in 2017. Boo’s owner wrote, “Shortly after Buddy died, Boo showed signs of heart issues. We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us.”

Boo and Buddy were both Pomeranians, but Boo’s particular cut made him resemble a teddy bear, which definitely contributed to his success.

Boo was one of the first dogs online to gain a following, quickly amassing millions of fans, which led to book deals and a partnership with Gund, the toy manufacturer. He’s also the star of his very own Facebook sticker collection.

Boo was born in 2006 and joined his family that spring, and started gaining attention on social media in 2008. He had previously been the subject of a death hoax in 2012.

We’ll miss you, Boo. ❤️

Convicted Deer Poacher Sentenced To Jail Time That Includes Watching Bambi Once A Month

Can a Disney movie help him see the error of his ways?

A man convicted of illegally killing deer in the US state of Missouri has been sentenced to a year in prison, and included in his sentence is the requirement that he watch Disney’s 1942 classic, Bambi.

Over the course of nine years, David Berry and his two sons, David Berry Jr. and Kyle Berry, killed an unknown number of deer in southern Missouri. They would usually kill the deer at night, cut off their heads and antlers, and leave them to rot. Since they evidently weren’t hunting them for food, authorities said it was mostly about ego and the “thrill of the kill”.

Randy Doman, the division chief of the Missouri Department of Conservation, told the Springfield News-Leader:

“Taking just the heads is their version of obtaining a ‘trophy’ and leaving the carcass behind is merely an afterthought. While there are some cases where poachers go after the antlers for profit, with this bunch it was more about the thrill of the kill itself.”

That’s pretty sick, and frankly quite disturbing, and clearly Judge Robert George agrees.

Judge George included in David Berry Jr’s sentence the stipulation that Berry:

“is to view the Walt Disney movie ‘Bambi,’ with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least one such viewing each month thereafter, during Defendant’s incarceration in the Lawrence County Jail.”

He was sentenced to a year in prison, so that’s 12 viewings of Bambi. 12 times he’ll have to watch the scene that  has traumatised generations of children.

It’s a pretty creative punishment, clearly put in place in the hopes of teaching Berry some empathy for other living creatures. Considering how many defenceless animals he’s beheaded, I’m not sure how effective it will be, but it’s probably better than making him watch The Deer Hunter.

Seals Keep Getting Eels Stuck Up Their Noses And Scientists Are Perplexed

Looks like he needs more sealant.

The Hawaiian Monk Seal Research program shared a photo earlier this week of a seal with an eel stuck up its nose, and we have questions.

So do the scientists, apparently, who don’t yet know how this keeps happening.

The Guardian spoke to Charles Littnan, lead scientist at Noaa’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program, who said:

“We’ve been intensively monitoring monk seals for four decades and in all of that time nothing like this has happened. Now it’s happened three or four times and we have no idea why.”

They first noticed this phenomenon in 2016, and it has since happened enough times that the program has developed specific guidelines for how to safely remove the eels.

According to Littnan:

“They get stuck in there really snug, so you have to restrain the seal and give the eel a firm tug to get it out. One of them was really far in so it was like a magician’s handkerchief trick, we just had to keep pulling and pulling.”

The eels could cause infections for the seals or even affect their ability to dive and catch fish, so it’s important they’re removed promptly. In Littnan’s words, “Having a rotten fish inside your nose is bound to cause some problems”.

One theory about why this is happening is that since seals often regurgitate their meals, some are throwing the eels up through their noses. Another theory is that startled eels get stuck there while attempting to swim away from the hungry seals.

Like all good things on the internet, the seal quickly became a meme.

And don’t worry: all of the seals are fine. I’m not sure the same can be said for the eels, though.


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