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Wallenda walks tightrope high over Ariz. gorge

Posted: 06/24/2013 - Nik Wallenda studied the plunging walls of the Little Colorado River Gorge before stepping out on a quarter-mile tightrope cable. "Whoo! That's an amazing view."

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Cat nurses orphaned pit bull puppy in Ohio

Posted: 06/20/2013 - Sharon Harvey of the Cleveland Animal Protective League said Wednesday that Lurlene the cat welcomed Noland the puppy to her "unusual little family."

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Fluffy cows: Old beauty practice gains attention

Posted: 06/20/2013 - Grooming cows so they look like unusually large poodles is a well-known beautification practice in the show cattle industry. But although it may be decades old, it's just now getting attention on the Internet.

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Ed Koch's tombstone engraved with wrong birth date

Posted: 06/18/2013 - The engraver, Tommy Flynn, of Flynn Funeral and Cremation Memorial Services, says it was "an inadvertent error" and that he feels "terrible." He says he'll correct it.

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Morris the cat runs for mayor of Mexican city

Posted: 06/17/2013 - Morris, a black-and-white kitten with orange eyes, is running for mayor of Xalapa in eastern Mexico with the campaign slogan "Tired of Voting for Rats? Vote for a Cat.

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Bear with head stuck in jar is rescued in Pa.

Posted: 06/17/2013 - Four central Pennsylvania residents said they used only a rope and a flashlight during a wild chase to rescue a young bear whose head had been stuck in a plastic jar for at least 11 days.

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Thai pet shop owner with 14 rare lions arrested

Posted: 06/11/2013 - Thai police found 14 albino lions imported from Africa and hundreds of other protected animals in a warehouse near Bangkok and have arrested a pet shop owner.

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Philippine town honors dog injured saving 2 girls

Posted: 06/10/2013 - Kabang, who lost half her face after jumping in front of a motorcycle to save the lives of two girls, received a rousing welcome Monday in Zamboanga, a city in the southern Philippines.

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Swedish male train drivers wear skirts to work

Posted: 06/10/2013 - Commuters on a train line in northern Stockholm were met with an unusual sight this week: male train drivers and conductors wearing skirts to work.

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Mom gives birth in minivan in hospital driveway

Posted: 06/10/2013 - The suburban Chicago mom was heading to the hospital to give birth. She got as far as the hospital's driveway, but her daughter just wasn't going to wait any longer to come into the world.

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Alligator takes pit stop near Calif. intersection

Posted: 06/07/2013 - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was suspicious. When he heard two women were spotted near a Lancaster, Calif., intersection, and one of them was holding an alligator, he didn't buy it.

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Doctor, guide rescue baby moose from Montana river

Posted: 06/07/2013 - A Pennsylvania doctor on a guided fishing trip in southwestern Montana went home with an amazing tale of hauling in a 25-pound lunker — a baby moose she helped rescue from a rushing river.

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Runner's pain is no pulled muscle; it's a baby

Posted: 06/06/2013 - An aspiring half-marathon runner in Minnesota attributed her unbearable back pain to a two-hour training session. A day later, she was cradling a newborn.

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Gator taken from Ohio home, video showed taunts

Posted: 06/05/2013 - A 7-foot alligator found in an Ohio man's basement is malnourished, has bone disease from a lack of sun for 15 years and was being taunted by teenagers on a regular basis, authorities said Tuesday.

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Cat detained on illegal mission at Russian prison

Posted: 06/05/2013 - Guards patrolling a prison colony in Russia's north saw a feline on the fence and it seemed to be carrying something. On a closer look, they found a few cellphones and chargers taped to the cat's belly.

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Law change kills German's longest word

Posted: 06/03/2013 - A tweak to state laws in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to conform with current EU regulations has caused an unexpected casualty: the longest word in the German language.

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