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The Library is for Everyone – Even These Three Animals

Libraries are wonderful places, so it’s no wonder these animals wanted to get in on the action. Maybe they wanted to finally find out why everyone loves Good Omens so much, or maybe they needed to make email accounts. Maybe it was just for the AC. We wouldn’t judge. Whatever their interest in the library was, these. animals. are. VALID.

 

 

A moose in Utah

 

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Get this woman a library card. Though, she may be too tall and her horns too wide to get through the door, she’s a book lover in her heart, so bring them out to her if you have to. With all that lavender around her and the perfect photo lighting she’s looking good! What a friend.

 

 

Four little raccoons in New Jersey 

 

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These kits were actually born in the walls of the library and had to be gently extracted, but they don’t mind. They were just itching to start reading their first book anyway. Talk about goals! Their mom sure knows what’s up giving birth to them so close to all that knowledge. If she has any questions, she can just find them within the books of their local library.

 

 

This bear, also in New Jersey

 

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Sure, he may have taken a detour into this tree, but it’s just outside the library. He’s doing his best people. Plus, this is a good place to perch and consider the last book he finished. Taking his time. We should all support him.

 

 

Racoons, a bear, and a moose, oh my! It seems like libraries are bringing more than just human beings together. Peace, unity, and books for all!

 

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5 of Literature’s Most Epic Pets

Everybody loves animals, even fictional ones. Whether they’re surviving fires or starting them, biting or putting up with the protagonists, or really good sports about villainous mistreatment, these animals are in it for the long haul. Here are some of our favorites, in no particular order.

 

1. Buttercup – The Hunger Games

 

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This cat’s been through a lot. Bombings, attempted murder, living underground. I’ve never even known a cat who could stand a closed door. Nothing impresses Buttercup. All he wants is to have his head pet and maybe some fresh entrails.

 

 

2. Drogon – Game of Thrones

 

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Who doesn’t want a dragon? Personally, I’d rather be able to breathe fire myself, but this is a close second. Our boy got LORGE. Plus, he survives the game of thrones. What’s not to like? I’d ask where my dragons are, but there’s no missing them.

 

 

3. Hedwig – Harry Potter

 

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She bite! Sure, Hedwig might not be the cuddliest of pets, but she can find anyone on the planet earth, and isn’t that worth more? Dignity, messengerial integrity, spots, she’s got it all. Plus, she survives longer than about half the human characters. Too soon? It’ll always be too soon.

 

 

4. Toto – The Wizard of Oz

 

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Have we left Kansas? Doesn’t bother her. Tornadoes, witches, Toto’s not afraid of anything. It’s also revealed in later books that Toto, like most animals in Oz, is capable of speech. She’s just not much of a talker. Still, her tendency to bite witches speaks loudly enough.

 

 

5. Max – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

 

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Has any pet ever put up with more? From the indignity of having to wear just one large antler, to the logistical challenge of having to pull an entire sleigh, Max always does his best to make the Grinch happy. One hopes he got a large helping of roast beef for his trouble.

 

 

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‘The Lion King’ Official Trailer Released!

Hakuna matata! Disney fans rejoice, for the studio just dropped the first full trailer for The Lion King which showcases more glorious live action shots of the animated classic. The animation looks beautiful, rendering characters like Simba, Mufasa, Scar, Timone, and Pumba as realistic animals in all their glory. Speaking of Scar, we finally get to hear him speak and he looks glorious, creepy while retaining the slimy menace that made the original such a beloved Disney villain.

 

The menacing Scar, a scraggily lion towers over a hyena against an African rocky backdrop

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Other tantalizing images include glimpses of a young Simba exploring his kingdom, including chasing a stag beetle around, as well as glimpses of Nala, Rafiki, Zazu, and the iconic duo of everyone’s favorite duo: Timone and Pumba. Iconic shots from the original look to be recreated exactly, including the sequence where Simba grows from cub to adult and the wildebeest stampede. Speaking of, we don’t know if we can relive Mufasa’s death in live action, especially with James Earl Jones returning to once again voice the lion.

Speaking of the cast, this one is very promising, a mix of iconic talent with Donald Glover as Simba (as well as JD McCrary as his younger self), Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumba, Beyonce as Nala, John Kani as Rafiki, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and John Oliver as Zazu. The trailer itself is set to the spine tingling score of the original, punctuated by Mufas’s narration and utterly breathtaking cinematography.

This one is a must see for sure. Are you excited? The Lion King roars into theaters July 19th.

 

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Chelsea Clinton to Release New Book About Endangered Animals

Chelsea Clinton’s next step as a children’s author is to promote the plight of endangered animals.

 

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The daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton is the author of It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World and Start Now! You Can Make a Difference.

 

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Penguin Young Readers have announced that she will be collaborating with illustrator Gianna Marino. The book is titled Don’t Let Them Disappear and is to be released on April 2nd. The book will feature a variety of animals like elephants, whales, tigers and many more and how to contribute to saving their lives.

 

 

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The Lorax

Scientists Discover the Animal that Inspired Dr. Seuss’s ‘The Lorax’

Dr. Seuss’ colorful imagination and memorable stories have entertained readers for generations. The author is widely known for his ability to create a variety of quirky characters and therefore when it came came to the iconic orange Lorax, many readers may have assumed that the inspiration came from the author’s own head. But, researchers say differently.

 

Researchers believe they have found the inspiration behind the Lorax: the Patas monkey.

 

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In a report published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers explain how they pieced together the fascinating backstory behind Dr. Seuss’ recognizable character.

 

While doing research in Kenya anthropologist Nathaniel Dominy came across the Patas monkeys and was struck by their similarity to Seuss’ the Lorax. During a formal dinner, Dominy informed his colleague Donald Pease about this resemblance. Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor at Dartmouth, revealed that Dr. Seuss lived in Kenya the 1970’s, during which he wrote 90% of The Lorax. 

 

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Throughout their research, the team found out that a physical resemblance was not all that the Lorax and the Patas monkey shared. Like the Lorax, Patas monkeys have a strong connection to trees and depend on the whistling thorn acacia tree for food. After similar traits seemed to line up, the duo were able to get a more accurate assessment with the help of facial recognition used by anthropologist James Higham. Unsurprisingly, the results confirmed their suspicions.

 

“These findings support our hypothesis that Geisel drew inspiration from a cercopithecine monkey and its ecology,” their study states. “When put together with the fact that the book was written while on safari in Kenya, the coincidence seems striking.”

 

While their findings help to put an end to the mystery behind Dr. Seuss’ beloved character, it offers something greater for the researchers.

 

“It would be great if this work raises visibility for this animal and the ecosystem,” says Dominy. “If people are more conscious about it, that could encourage more conservation.”

 

 

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