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I just walked downstairs and... 11 posts and 4 image replies omitted. Click to view.
I just walked downstairs and witnessed this. When I first saw them, they were clutched in the fiery bonds of insect fornication, but by the time I grabbed my phone for a picture they started to break apart. What will come of this? Often times subspecies can in fact create crossbreeds, but just don't. Is this true for these star-crossed lovers? Will the children be the first of a new race of cockroach, part American and part Oriental? Or are their efforts fruitless? I caught them and put them in a Tupperware container for scientific potential.
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So I found this little sparrow. She can't fly, and only jump pretty retarded. I think a car might have hit her. I'm thinking it's a she because when I found her, an adult sparrow was already trying to rape her. (So much for animals don't rape, btw.) I've been feeding her with sugar-water (I have grape-sugar-water now, that's supposedly better), and also offered sunflower seeds, bird food for budgies, dead flies, and cat food soaked in water. I think so far she hasnt touched any of the solid food. The vet opens in 8 hours. But I could reach the zoo within 1 hour. The zoo is also the wild bird rescue station. There was a report on the newspaper about how they raised a black stork lately (some qt did it), but let's face it, this is a sparrow. They'll probably decide it's cheaper to feed her to the owls. Won't they? Should I go to the zoo or the vet?
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So, my girlfriends dog keeps pissing and shitting on the floor, like, every fucking day. I recently moved in with her, and she keeps telling me it's out of her character and that she hasn't done it since she was a puppy, but since I moved in it's been every fucking day. I have been a dog owner my whole life, I'm 28 now, and none of my dogs ever behaved like this, even when I got new girlfriends, moved houses, or really shook up their routine. She treats the dog like a child, she cuddles her on her lap and gives her almost constant attention, picks her up and kisses her, lets the dog lick her, she was letting her on all the furniture and into the bed until I put my foot down and said I wasn't okay with it. I always treated my dogs well, but there was a balance, if they acted up I would discipline them, and they grew out of chewing shit up and crapping and pissing on the floor as soon as they were no longer a puppy. I feel like the fact she treats the dog like a human is the cause of this behavior. The pissing and shitting only happens when we are together, and usually when we are being intimate and the dog is being ignored. She's started walking her every 3 hours, so that she doesn't have enough piss stored up to do one when we are intimate... I just feel like this isn't a solution. It's obviously behaving out of spite, but I can't discipline it, because its not my dog. Oh, and more recently, because she couldn't go for a piss, she chewed up two of my socks. I really like my girlfriend, but her dog is seriously trying my patience... What can I do to stop it from being such a fucking cunt? I don't know how popular this board is, but if I get no replies, I guess I'll take it to /b/ and ignore the 'HURRR U SHUD RAPE IT' type comments.

Help me identify what I saw

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Hello /an/ this is my first time posting on this board, hopefully you can help me. Yesterday I was swimming in a beach in Fort Lauderdale FL with my gf and her cousins. The water was very clear and there were large masses of floating sea weed coming to the shore from the deeper water. Her cousins and I investigated them to see if there was any fish. There was plenty of small fish and crabs hiding in the seaweed, as well as some larger predatory fish like needle fish swimming around the seaweed. Eventually we ended up on a sandbar that was about 25 ft way from the beach shore. The area between the shore and the sand bar had the largest concentration of small fish. There was several different species of fish but that's when one of my gf's cousins saw something strange. He called me over the check it out, I put on my goggles and stuck my head under water, it was about 3 ft deep at most. I saw a small benthic fish, about the size of my index finger that looked similar to pick related. It's body was a bit longer and was colored beige with orange stripes. It had 2 large fan like pectoral fins and one large fan like dorsal fin. The part that was odd was that it had legs located right in front and ruining below the pectoral fins. The legs were arthropod like, long and thin similar to a shrimp. There was about in total I believe, and the walked across the sand as the fish swam. I was able to get within in a few inches of the fish as it swam for about a minute and a half before my gf''s cousin attempted to grab it and frightened it away, it swam just as fast as any other fish. I spent the next hour looking for more but couldn't find any. Can anyone identify what the fuck I just saw, Google was no help.
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It's wrong to keep birds in a cage 24/7, right? My parents want to get two Parakeets and I can't convince them otherwise. I know I'm gonna hate this because they're not great pet owners. They're never gone take them to the vet or play with them. We had two parakeets a few years ago and they both died within a year
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Alright, /an/, maybe you can help. For the past year or so now my male cat has been shitting on the floor. He always does it in the night, leaving me to find it in the morning. I've tried everything I can think of, but so far nothing's worked. I've brought him to the vet and he's gotten a clean bill of health (though he is fat), he's been vaccinated and fixed, and he's an indoor cat, so I'm not worried about him catching something from outside. I've had him for about two years now, since he was a kitten, and for the first year he was completely fine. He easily learned to use the litterbox from my older female cat, who has never had any problems like this. So far I've been punishing him like a dog every time he does it, rubbing his nose in it and smacking him. I keep the litterbox completely clean, and he still pisses in there regularly. But still he insists on making my house smell like shit. I'm at my wit's end with this and I've started considering putting him up for adoption if he continues to do this.
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So I really want to get a pet this summer. I've been thinking about one or two rats but I don't want to commit without doing my research. An unreliable source discouraged them, saying most rats die of tumors because they are inbred from pet stores and they spray their pee too much. If anyone could share personal experiences about pet rats that would be great.
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Rate my cat.
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I need some help /an/. My cat (who is old) keeps on urinating outside of the litterbox. (It's always in a few select areas, which is in the bathroom, front door and most recently, the kids room.) She still uses the litterbox and has lived with another cat for a few years (In 2008) already and she has never done it until recently. We've tried the vet and everything and she still does it. I need a solution quick because I can't stand hearing my mother running around trying to beat her with a broom, which is not only abuse of a pet who has been with me since the Age of 5, but also a disruption of peace. I've googled, went to the vet, everything, /an/. I...just don't know.
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I put a tad of deoderant on my cat will she be ok?
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I've been reading the Pedigree Dogs Exposed blog and it's depressing what's happened to many breeds. Even cats are screwed up. A cat shouldn't have a nose like that. I'd love a 1900s style Bull Terrier but no one can breed them apparently. Some breeds like GSD and Collies have a clear difference between the working and show lines but others are just one style. I know some people are breeding Bulldogs to be less stocky and short nosed but they're still the same in general
Would you adopt an ex-lab rat... 14 posts and 2 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Would you adopt an ex-lab rat that has been genetically modified to grow to the size of a large housecat given the chance? For that matter, what do you think about GM pets? Longer lives, fewer heath problems, smarter and tamer ect.
My beagle is completely... 8 posts and 1 image replies omitted. Click to view.
My beagle is completely obnoxious. He's just over a year, and while he's very intelligent, he's an asshole. He constantly bites hands or feet, and yelping in pain, pulling away, or completely relaxing only makes him bite harder. If I discipline him at all, or move into another room, he starts howling extremely loudly. He's also extremely prone to frustration biting. Along with all of these problems, he also eats everything. He'll climb under the bed and eat the wooden frame, eat toilet paper, bugs, leaves, and most recently, the soles of shoes. Taking any of these things away, of course, brings him right back to ear-piercing howls. For his safety, we take them away anyways. Do you guys now what to do? I've dealt with a lot of dogs, but I've never had one this difficult. I've been thinking about bark collars, but that's only a last resort. Thank you for any and all advice.

Sick/Hurt gerbil

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My gerbil Daisy has a very swollen paw. It doesn't seem to be affecting her much, she's eating and drinking and digging and doing her normal gerbil things, but it's been like this for about a month and seems to be growing ever so slowly. I called the local vet but he says all he can do for such a small animal is to put her to sleep if she's suffering. Any ideas on what this could be /an/? or how to help her? pic related
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>tfw no fox pet

Creepy animal sounds

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Stuff that sends chills down your spine I'll start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzAn8fyQ418
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I want to transplant a fern. Possibly from the side of a road or something. I live in an apartment in the city and don't feel like paying 15 bucks for a small Boston or a Kimberly Queen. What would be my chances for successful transplant into a really big enough planter.
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How do I get rid of a fly infestation? I imagined to get a fly infestation by being a lazy fuck and not doing dishes for like two weeks. Does store-bought fly bait actually work?

How do you guys deal with pet allergies?

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I'm allergic to cats but I want one. I don't know what my reaction is since I've never actually touched a cat. I think a cat that a store owner had got close to me once when I was 6 and I had to stay home from school for a week though. I can't remember what happened but I think it was asthma related rather than a skin reaction. I'm allergic to dogs but they just give me rashes. I work as a dog groomer and I've owned dogs so it doesn't irk me too much as long as I wash my handsl I know there are vaccines for this deal.
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Hey /an/ What kind of bug is this? Long Horn beetle? I found it in FT Hood, TX.
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