Therapy Pig Gets Airport Job

The WAG Brigade is a group of certified therapy dogs that the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals take to the San Francisco airport to greet passengers. They provide comfort, entertainment, and smiles to weary and stressed travelers. Most of the dogs also have duties at hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities that could use a friendly, people-oriented pet. The newest member of the WAG Brigade is different. She's a pig, named LiLou, who is a certified Animal Assisted Therapist (AAT)  and loves to interact with people. LiLou also has an extensive repertoire of tricks she performs for appreciative audiences.

According to the SFSPCA, "At a minimum, AAT pets must be solicitous and fully comfortable with handling. In other words, pets must be interested in and eager to approach people and accept handling, regardless of the person’s age, gender, race, size, mobility equipment usage, and apparel." LiLou nailed her training and is now dispatched to the airport once a month.

Read more about LiLou at SFGate. And see more of her at Instagram.


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Man Punches Kangaroo To Save Dog, Controversy Ensues

Kangaroo bucks can be mighty aggressive, threatening the lives of people and pets and scaring the wits out of anyone they hop after, which is why people pack heat when they're out in the wilds of Australia

But zookeeper Greig Tonkins clearly doesn't need a gun to handle himself, and when his dog's life was threatened by an ornery kangaroo he came to the dog's defense and boxed the 'roo right back.

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Now it's easy to judge Greig for punching the kangaroo, but consider this:

a) kangaroos have been known to kill other animals

b) Greig has worked with kangaroos for six years at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo so he knows a thing or two about dealing with kangaroo bucks

c) the roo had his dog in a headlock, so he reacted as if his dog's life were in danger.

d) many Australians would have simply shot the thing even after the dog was freed, since Australians "cull" about 5 million kangaroos a year to keep the population managable,

As you can see, there is no black and white when it comes to Greig's actions, and I don't know about you but I would have done the same thing in a heartbeat to save my dog's life.

-Via Complex


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Squirrel Wanted For Stealing 150 Christmas Lights

Margaret Rican of Seattle is having a hard time this year, as her Christmas lights keep disappearing.  A squirrel has been making off with the bulbs one by one. The brazen thief pulls off his heists right in front of her sometimes, while other capers are recorded from a distance. She uploaded a compilation of his trips to chew off and abscond with the bulbs one by one.


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Is he trying to decorate his nest with the colorful bulbs? HuffPo asked an expert.

“This kind of behavior is reported each year as squirrels see the bulbs as similar to an acorn or fruit,” John Koprowski, a University of Arizona professor and noted squirrel expert, told The Huffington Post. “While hard to know if this indicates a difficult winter for food, this behavior is likely just the result of being an industrious squirrel and caching a bounty of potential food to be used over the course of the winter.”

Koprowski says that squirrels usually bury more food than they really need for the winter, and even forget where some of it is, so he should be fine.


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Mom Calls Out Her Daughter For Eating The Cat's Vanilla Ice Cream

Kids are silly about their relationship with their pets and love to treat them like their furry babies, but their moms can take that same furry baby silliness to a whole new level of strange.

When Imgur user kelllbelll callously ate Coco the cat's vanilla ice cream Mom was quick to call her out on the theft.

Kelllbelll stuck to her "this is stupid" defense and remained undisturbed by the thought of eating CoCo's ice cream, so Mom had to step up her guilt trip game.

The moral of the story? Cats can't go to the store and buy their own vanilla ice cream, so drag your butt to the store and buy your own pint, because CoCo never forgets...

-Via FAILBlog


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This Couple's Parents Bugged Them About Having Kids -So They Did A Puppy Baby Photoshoot

Married couple Abby and Matt were sick of being harassed by their parents about having a baby, so when they went to adopt a puppy, they had a brilliant idea about how to get their family to leave them alone.

They had their photographer friend Elisha Minnette take typical, cheesy baby photos with them and their precious new puppy.

One thing's for sure, this loving family sure has a beautiful, bouncing bundle of joy.

Check out more photos from the shoot on Facebook.

Via Someecards


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Guy Gets Revenge On His Cat For Waking Him Up In The Middle Of The Night

Cats act like they don't know the difference between day and night, but those little furry bastards definitely know the difference- and they know the middle of the night is the best time to get our attention.

So we get frustrated with them, wage a cold war and freeze them out until they do something cute and wind up right back on our good side.

But Nick T didn't pussyfoot around after his chatty tabby Italic had woken him up every night for a week straight- he meowed for vengeance.

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People were so concerned about Nick T's cat that he made a follow up video to show the world that his feline is fine. (barely NSFW due to language)

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So fine, in fact, that Nick T felt compelled to make another video to show how footloose and fancy free Italic is now that he knows the internet is on his side. They've unleashed a beast!

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-Via I Can Has Cheezburger?


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Fun Pictures of Kitties Loving Christmas

Cats and Christmas are a great combination -especially when it involves Christmas trees.

Naturally the trees make great climbing posts, but even when they aren't climbing the trees, kitties still seem to be pretty darn happy with the holidays.

Even fake, unclimbale trees are enough to put a smile on a feline's face. And if you're looking for something to put a smile on your face, look no further than this great Buzzfeed article filled will all kinds of cute kitties celebrating the holidays!


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Big Fluffy Clyde

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This is Clyde, a fluffy blue point Himalayan cat. He's super friendly and super cuddly, as he canoodles with his boy. See more of Clyde at Instagram.  -via Tastefully Offensive


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Watch These Two Dachshunds Play Golf on a Lazy Sunday

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Personally, I can't stand golf -both playing it and watching it. But I could watch Crusoe and Oakley hit the links all day in these dapper outfits. Sadly, they not only look better playing than I do, I think they're better at golf than I am. Then again, I'm pretty sure they're violating some rules of play there by chasing and catching the balls.

Via Incredible Things


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The Cat Ark

Look at this homemade cardboard cat castle! Just look at it! It's got rooms, stairs, a ramp, a balcony, plenty of holes and doors (some even slide), drawers, a basement to crawl under, and a turret that's shaped like a dragon's head, teeth and all!

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Dinni the cat loves his new digs! Sam and Natalia, together called prefabcat, have closeup photos and more details about the Cat Ark at their website. Previous towers Sam built for Dinni are impressive, too. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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This Pooch's Maternity Photos Are the Best

Kennedy Sorensen's dog Chanel recently had puppies and rather than let the memories slip past, Kennedy thought it might be fun to capture the beauty of her preggo pooch before the puppies were delivered. 

Like many expecting mothers, Chanel looks a little embarrassed by her full-figured frame, but she's still beautiful no matter how she feels. And just look at that healthy glow.

As was only fitting, the maternity shoot was then followed up by a photoshoot for the eleven beautiful, bouncing puppies. 

You can see more pictures from the maternity shoot and the puppy photos on Kennedy Sorensen's Facebook

Via Today


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This Beaver Went Christmas Shopping at the 99 Cent Store

Everyone gets so into the Christmas shopping rush this time of year -even critters. This cute little furball was discovered browsing the Christmas aisles of a Dollar General in Maryland on Monday. Unfortunately, he didn't seem to find anything he was looking for, so instead he just messed up some of the shelf displays and left. I guess they just don't sell quality wood at Dollar General. 

He was eventually caught by Animal Control and released back to a wildlife rehabilitation center -though I have to wonder if they would have let him keep shopping at local strip malls if he actually bought some items like a civilized creature. 

See more pictures of the busy beaver over at the Daily Mail


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Domesticated Violence

People take their allergies very seriously these days, and if you try to feed them something they can't eat the militantly allergic will attack, and trust me- you don't want that.

It's even worse when your cat or dog is trying to tell you the food you bought ain't agreeing with them, because they can't express themselves with words- only violence.

Better to heed the warning set forth by this Cheekylicious comic and consult your cats and dogs about any special diets they may have before you feed them!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Sneaky Cats Stealing Money

Cats are even smarter than we realized. Of all the things they could take from a purse, a drawer, or a backpack, they go for the currency. And sometimes coins.

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They know they better make a quick getaway with their filthy lucre, too! -via Tastefully Offensive


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These Birdhouses Are Decorated From the Inside

Everyone has seen nicely decorated birdhouses before, but have you ever seen one that looks good on the inside? Artist Jada Fitch takes plain cardboard boxes, decorates them on the inside, fills them with bird seed and then tapes them to her windows.

The result is a charming set of images featuring all types of birds in quite cozy cottages complete with furniture and birdie portraits. You can keep up with her newest works on her Facebook.

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A Timid Gibbon Needs Help From His Mom To Shoo Away A Wayward Rat

Nobody likes their home to be full of rats, even if they enjoy an indoor-outdoor lifestyle, so watching a gibbon struggle to get rid of a rat that has invaded his enclosure is something we can relate to.

Of course, if I were a gibbon I'd simply use my monkey kung fu skills to dispatch the rat and toss it to the nearest predator as an offering.

But the timid little gibbon in this video appears to have given up on his kung fu training- so he has to ask his mom for help.

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This video was shot at the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park in the English West Midlands, which may explain why the gibbon is so timid- he's not used to roughing it among the rats!

-Via Laughing Squid


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You've Never Been As Chill As This Husky

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Most dogs' natural instincts kick in when they hit the water, even if they're wearing a life jacket, but this husky is just too chill for that.  He may be failing his swim class, but he's winning at life. I mean, why waste energy swimming when you can just float on?


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Fascinating Facts About Ravens

Humans have always had an uneasy relationship with ravens, and for every civilization that thought of them as pure evil there was one who saw the raven as a powerful deity or nature spirit.

But despite what some bird haters will have you believe ravens don't want to watch the human world burn- they want to be a part of it.

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Ravens are one of the smartest animals on Earth, they can imitate human speech much like parrots, and scientists believe they communicate by using nonvocal signals and may even feel empathy for their fellow ravens. 

Ravens also roam around in gangs during adolescence, love to trick other animals out of their food and roll around on ant hills, so perhaps their bad reputation isn't pure superstition after all.

Read 10 Fascinating Facts About Ravens at mental_floss


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Footage Of Cows Happily Playing With Bales Of Hay

Cows are more intelligent and graceful than most people think, but they're also simple creatures who don't mind spending their days standing around in fields munching grass with the rest of their herd.

But just like in human society the herd isn't enough for some cows, and these lone wolves of bovine society are always looking for a chance to slip away from the herd and have a bit of fun on their own.

And while bales of hay look like hard work to most humans the cow in this video shared by Redditor ibru sees it as the perfect cure for bovine boredom.

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But as it turns out playing with hay bales isn't just a sport for loners, and sometimes whole herds like to kick up their hooves and get silly with a bale of hay, as shown in this video posted by Jennifer Muzzall of 3 Sisters Beef in Coupeville, Washington.

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Who knew frolicking cows would be such a great cure for the blues?

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Cats Getting Stuck in Things

When a curious cat gets his head stuck in something, his first instinct is to walk backwards away from it. That doesn't help a bit, as the thing just goes with the cat. Lucky for these cats, there's someone right there with a camera to help out -after they get a bit of footage first.

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What's even funnier is when a cat finally gets unstuck and the first thing they do is go right back to that object again to satisfy their curiosity! -via Tastefully Offensive


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The Dog Frisbee Pioneer

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How one whippet changed canine athletics (and got his owner arrested in the process).

IT WAS THE TOP OF THE EIGHTH. The Los Angeles Dodgers were pla}dng the Cincinnati Reds in a game being nationally broadcast by NBC on August 5, 1974. Alex Stein, a scruffy 19-year-old clad in shorts and a T-shirt, walked from the parking lot into the ballpark with a dog following a few feet behind him. Dogs were not allowed on the premises. The security guard eyed Stein. “That your dog?” he asked. “Never seen him before in my life,” Stein answered.

As the guard took the trespasser by his collar and shooed him into the lot, Stein found his seat in the top row near the exit. A few moments later, with the guard’s attention drifting elsewhere, the dog joined Stein and settled in under his seat. In fact, he did belong to Stein, and he had followed his owner’s scent into the bleachers. Everything was going according to plan.

Stein watched the changeover as the Dodgers came up to bat. Then, just as the game was about to resume, he ran down 26 steps to the retaining wall that separated the seats from the field, stopped, and tossed a Frisbee 40 yards. The dog, named Ashley Whippet, bounded over the 3-foot wall and sunk his teeth into the Frisbee before it could touch the ground. The animal seemed to linger in the air like Jordan off the rim, his muscled hind legs propelling him skyward. The crowd roared, and as cameras trained their lenses on the spectacle, the outfielders sat down on the grass and watched.

With 50,000 people cheering in the stands and millions watching at home, Stein and his dog effectively invented the phenomenon known as dog Frisbee.

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Duck Costume Comforts Goat



Leanne Lauricella runs the rescue group Goats of Anarchy. One of her recent rescues is a blind, underweight goat named Polly, who has other medical issues and severe anxiety. She goes into a panic when Lauricella is out of sight. They tried several things with Polly, including a Thundershirt, a swaddling coat that calms dogs. Nothing worked, until Lauricella brought home a child's Halloween costume made up to resemble a duck. When she put the costume on Polly, she immediately calmed down.



It must be the texture. Lauricella bought other costumes, and they also have a calming effect on Polly, although she loves the duck costume the best. There is more to the story, which you can read at The Dodo. -via Metafilter


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Meet Furrdy

Just look at this lovely cat! Neatoramanaut Ally from Melbourne, Australia, shares her beautiful Furrdy with us. His story is not your everyday pet adoption tale.

After weeks of him hanging about our property at night meowing, we caught him in a council cat trap, intending to give him to our local authorities to dispose of. We opened the cage that night expecting to find a mangy stray and instead stepped back in surprise and said, "Oh! Our apologies dear sir, we didn't realize you were a gentleman. Please be our guest."

After checking with our local council, who searched for his owner to no avail, we were able to welcome him home where he typically resides on our velvet footstool. His name is Hector Furrdinand Van Humboldt the First, known as 'Furrdy'. He enjoys fine salmon, fresh cream and, when slumming it with the lads, hot dogs. He also has a quirky penchant for eating balloons and sleeping underneath blankets on the bed.

Except for the part about eating balloons, that lifestyle would appeal to any of us. Since Furrdy was a stray, his lineage is not a sure thing. However, Allie thinks he may be at least part Maine Coon, since he has several of the breed's distinguishing traits: 'snow shoe' tufty paws, enormous size, a waterproof fur coat, unusually tiny meow, and a desire to play with water. -Thanks, Allie!

 


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The Origin Of Our Misguided Hatred Of Pigeons

Pigeons hang around our cities eating stuff off the sidewalks, pooping on statues and cars and people and generally just being an urban bird that has adapted to life in the concrete jungle.

But for some reason city folk find the mere presence of pigeons offensive, calling them "rats with wings" and cursing their existence when they spot them strutting around town.

Ask these people why they hate pigeons so much and they probably won't have much to say because, as NY Times writer Jon Mooallem said, "The full scope of our disdain and distrust for the birds is impossible to quantify, It’s hard even to explain.”

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Sociologist Colin Jerolmack got pooped on by a pigeon in Greenwich Village back in 2005, and that crappy encounter inspired him to investigate how people came to hate city pigeons so much.

Colin studied how animals and humans interact in NYC in an effort to discern whether the enmity originated from something the pigeons did directly to us humans or not.

His conclusion- humans feel pigeons are out of place in the city, a feeling they interpret as hate:

The pigeon-as-pest, he thinks, is a symptom of people’s idea that the environments we build are separate from natural ones. In what sociologists call our “imaginative geography” of cities, there’s a border that separates clean, orderly civilization and wild, uncontrolled nature. “That doesn’t mean there’s no nature, but ideally, the city is the place where we invite nature in in ways that we control,” Jerolmack says. “We cut out little squares in the concrete, and that’s where the trees belong. We don’t like it when grass and weeds begin to grow through cracks in the sidewalks, because that’s nature breaking out of those boundaries that we want to keep it in.”

See The Origins Of Our Misguided Hatred For Pigeons here


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This Man and His Cat Recreate Famous Movie Scenes and It's Wonderful

When a man loves a kitty very, very much, sometimes he has to celebrate that love in strange ways -no, get your mind out of the gutter, it's not like that! David and Sarah (his human partner and photographer) are the peopole behind the wildly entertaining Movie Cats Instagram

So far the couple has only done five of their movie parodies, but the couple promises that they will continue adding more pictures every few weeks. You can't blame them for taking their time either when you see the incredible amount of detail they put into every image.

So keep up with their adventures on Instagram.

Via The Dodo


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Angry Peacock At The Petting Zoo Charges In To A Photoshop Battle

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Peacocks are absolutely beautiful birds, with a colorful tail full of fancy feathers meant to woo mates and mesmerize foes, but peacocks are great big jerks too.

They'll come after you if you so much as look at them funny, and since they're often allowed to roam freely in zoos they often get to pick on somebody their own size- innocent children.

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So whaddya do when a peacock attacks your kid and ruins an otherwise splendid day at the petting zoo?

You submit a pic of the incident for a Photoshop Battle, so Photoshoppers can make it all better. 

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Redditor bwaxse submitted a photo of the traumatic incident in order to give his daughter a chance for retribution, and she totally ran with it.

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-Via FAILBlog


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Dog Pictures That Will Make You Feel Better About Life

We all have bad days -sometimes even bad weeks. When you feel down though, dogs can cheer you up and this Buzzfeed article is filled with all kinds of dog pictures sure to make you smile.

Yes, dogs are beautiful souls and their pure nature (and occassional stupidity) are all you need to cheer up.

I don't know about you guys, but I'm bookmarking this page to help me feel better on those truly terrible days.


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Rabbit Hash Has a New Mayor

A very important Kentucky election flew under the national news radar because of the presidential race, but the scoop is out now. Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, has a new mayor. The small community has been under the watchful eye of Mayor Lucy Lou for the past eight years, but beginning in 2017, the mayor will be a pit bull named Brynneth Pawltro, or Brynn for short.

Rabbit Hash has had previous dog mayors. Three of them before Brynn, in fact, starting in 1988 with the inauguration of Goofy Borneman — a pup "of unknown parentage," according to his official bio, who served several years before dying in office at the age of 16.

The position, as you may have guessed, is largely ceremonial. The elections serve as fundraisers for the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. Participants pay $1 per ballot, and are encouraged to vote early and often.   

Lucy Lou is retiring from the job, which consists mostly of sitting on the porch at the general store and greeting visitors. That will make her the first canine mayor of Rabbit Hash to survive her tenure in office. Not that the job is deadly; it's just that Rabbit Hash mayors tend to be re-elected. You can keep up with the new mayor's activities at her Facebook page.

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Watching Bears Scratch Themselves is Entirely Too Amusing

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Everyone occassionally gets that one itch they can't scratch -even bears. While it's annoying to deal with your own unreachable itch, it's quite delightful to watch bears reach for those scratches. 

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Nursing Home Residents Put to Work

Pima Animal Care of Tucson, Arizona, has teamed up with Catalina Springs Memory Care nursing home to care for orphaned kittens. It's a win-win program, with kittens receiving round-the clock care from numerous volunteer nursing home residents, and the residents feel wonderful doing it. Rebecca Hamilton is the nursing home's Health Service Director, and has fostered kittens for years. She was the one who instigated the new partnership.

“To some it may seem peculiar at first: Residents who are in need of around-the-clock care themselves, given the task to care for these young kittens,” Catalina Springs Memory Care Executive Director Sharon Mercer, said. “But there are skills, emotions and needs that do not just leave a person with Dementia or Alzheimer’s. The desire to give love and receive love remains. The kittens have given us the opportunity to nurture this human condition that lies in each and every one of our residents.”

The first kittens fostered at the nursing home were Peaches and Turtle, each weighing only seven ounces. The kittens quickly gained weight under 24-hour care and feeding, and will soon be ready for adoption. Read more about the program at the Pima County website, and see more pictures at Facebook. -via Fark

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