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With Hurricane Harvey still devastating Texas, it’s nice to hear stories the stories of heroes and survivors of this terrible tropical storm. One such story is of a Houston cab driver and his new feathered BFF, now nicknamed Harvey the Hawk. The cabbie William Bruso was grabbing supplies when the hurricane was rolling in last Friday and when he returned he found a new passenger waiting for a ride.

Hurricane Harvey has wrecked havoc on Texas, but one resourceful pup managed to make the tropical storm work in his favour. Otis, a mixed breed dog, disappeared from his owner Salvador Segovia’s home during the tropical storm and didn’t return empty-pawed. Local resident Tiele Dockens snapped this photo of Otis, casually walking down a street in his hometown Sinton, Texas following the initial blows of Hurricane Harvey.

Have you ever been as excited as this dog is for school? There’s a doggy daycare in Oregon called Doggie School Bus and this pup cannot wait to get there. The video shows a Bernese Mountain Dog named Rudy racing to get on the school bus.

Fiona the baby hippo is only six months old, but has already won summer with her fun attitude and amazing story story that has inspired countless fans around the world. Her life didn’t get off to the best start, making us all lucky to be able to bask in her positive glow. She was born six weeks premature in January 2017 at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Hundreds gathered in Michigan to salute and say goodbye to a true four-legged hero. Cena was a 10-year-old black labrador and a US marine who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan. In 2009, Cena served his first tour as a bomb sniffer with human marine Jeff DeYoung and again in 2010.

You won’t find many young South Koreans who support the archaic traditions surrounding the Bok Nal Days. Nara Kim from the Humane Society International (HSI) is one citizen who opposes the dog meat trade and antiquated Bok Nal practices. She’s an outspoken animal rights activist who helped a Korean dog meat farmer rescue 148 pups destined for the meat market.

We all love wolves for being the wild relatives of the doggos we’re proud to be best friends with. While wolves are already awesome, there is a rare group of extra badass “sea wolves” found on Canada’s Vancouver Island. Genetically distinct from the usually land-based wolves, these wolves swim from island to island and hunt sea animals for around 90% of their diet.

It’s still a mystery how these lucky porkers retired to a leisurely life on a tropical island, but we do know we’re super jealous. Found on Big Major Cay in the Exumas islands of the Bahamas, there are two theories on their origin. Bunch of pigs 🐷 A post shared by The Swimming Pigs (@theswimmingpigs) on Jun 20, 2017 at 5:56am PDT 🐽 A post shared by The Swimming Pigs (@theswimmingpigs) on May 27, 2017 at 10:27am PDT One is they were left many years ago by pirates, who planned to return and bbq them.

Still championing environmentalism from the grave, Steve Irwin (you may know him as the Crocodile Hunter) will be posthumously honoured on the 2018 Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television. Alongside his wife Terri, Irwin was the face of the documentary nature show The Crocodile Hunter, subsequent Crocodile Hunter films and the owner/operator of the iconic Australia Zoo in Queensland. Steve Irwin was a dedicated conservationist who was known internationally for his television persona.

Animal lovers can celebrate a huge win this year; in certain US states and counties, animal abusers are now registered in an online database, much like sex offenders. The law has been growing in popularity across the country, while some states have voted no, Illinois, New York and Tennessee are amongst the first to enact the registries. Tennessee adopted a statewide animal abuse registry in 2016, while New York and Illinois are implementing them on a county level.