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An Albuquerque, N.M., woman put her puppy in a Ziploc bag and held it up for the camera, in an attempt to show Facebook friends how small the dog is.

We know, we can't believe it either ... that someone would really do that, that she'd be stupid enough to post it online, or that this person has any friends.

Mary Snell, 44, and her son, Britton James Engel, 21, were both arrested in Bernalillo County last week once a tipster alerted police to the photo, CNN reports.

Engel allegedly took the photo of Snell holding up the the eight-week-old Chihuahua, named Baby, in the bag, which was just big enough to envelop it.

She later told reporters that she realized this stunt was wrong, but, well, she "couldn't get the little guy to hold still any other way," according to KRQE-TV.

Deputies said that the position of the poor puppy - face and nose pressed up against the sides of the bag - could have easily deprived it of oxygen.

Both Engel and Snell were charged with felony animal cruelty. Baby is doing fine and, thank goodness, now lives with another family member.

See the original pic after the jump:

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Jose Canseco got pulled over by the police for speeding this week.

Pretty regular circumstance, right? Not exactly worthy of a celebrity gossip post? Perhaps it will be now:

The former Major League Baseball star and admitted steroids user was transporting a pet goat in the backseat at the time.

Canseco had Tweeted early on Wednesday that he and girlfriend Leila Knight has purchased a few fainting goats, asking followers for name suggestions.

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It's now just the recent Macy's racial profiling scandal that has that company under scrutiny. Now it's a SeaWorld float in next week's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The controversy surrounding the new film Blackfish, a documentary about the SeaWorld whale that killed a trainer in 2010, is not helping the company's cause.

Animal activists including PETA are protesting the float's inclusion. Its float, called "Sea of Surprises," commemorates the famous park's 50th anniversary.

A PETA rep says of the planned SeaWorld float, "It shows orcas swimming in a majestic sea alongside their families, and this couldn’t be further from the truth."

"SeaWorld deprives them of [this]. They confine them to concrete tanks and take them from their families. The picture that this float presents is absurdly false."

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It started with a shark cat on a Roomba.

Then, a regular, non-costumed dog took a ride on this household cleaning appliance.

And now the adorable phenomenon has taken off! It's spread from kitchen to kitchen, hardwood floor to hardwood floor around the nation. Animals simply won't stop riding Roombas, people!

And it's totally awesome. Watch a video compilation of these pets gliding around happily now:

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Melissa Bachman, a Minnesota hunting show host, is causing global controversy, and debate, thanks to picture of herself posing with a lion she killed.

“An incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion,” Bachman tweeted along with the photo below. “What a hunt!”

Melissa Bachman, Lion Photo

The response was swift, including Facebook group devoted to “stopping” Melissa Bachman and several petitions, both in the United States and abroad.

“She is an absolute contradiction to the culture of conservation, this country prides itself on,” one petition from South Africa, where the kill took place, reads.

“We demand she no longer be granted access to this country and its resources.”

Although African lions aren’t considered endangered, conservationists are still up in arms over actions they feel are potentially devastating to the ecosystem.

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Jon Byler Dann survived the devastating tornado that struck Washington, Ill., by hunkering down in the basement with his four children, ages 8, 5, 2½ and 1½.

An important member of the family was still in harm's way, however.

Before the storm, as debris started to hit his house, Byler Dann says he had tried to coax the family dog, Maggie, into the safe room with the family.

The skittish animal refused to leave her kennel.

After the storm passed, Byler Dann emerged from the basement to find that his home of five years had been destroyed above him. Totally leveled.

Maggie was missing and presumed dead.

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A North Carolina photographer found himself getting up close and personal with one of his subjects on a recent trip through the Great Smoky Mountains. 

James York was taking pictures of elk in Cataloochee Valley when one of the animals on whom he had trained his lens objected to the intrusion. Or he was camera shy. Or he was just, you know, being an animal in the wild.

The elk approached York peacefully but then began to nuzzle the photograher's head, which he kept down while he was repeatedly rammed by the animal.

"He was prancing and digging his hooves in the ground and then bouncing back and forth and lowering his horns down and coming at me fairly aggressively" York told reporters.

"I'm thinking, 'Don't show him fear.'"

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We are fewer than two weeks away from the release of Catching Fire.

How are you preparing for this opening? By re-watching the original? By viewing the Catching Fire trailer 27 times per day? By entering into a competition with your friends in which only one person comes out alive?

We really don't recommend the latter.

But we do recommend the following: it's a video of cats recreating The Hunger Games by using cardboard. What else do you need to know?!?

Forget Katniss for a moment, people, and focus below on CAT-niss:

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It's a tough week for animals.

A 20-pound carp in Michigan got clobbered in its attempt to run for city council, some fatal spiders hatched out of a banana in Great Britain and the poor tiger in the following video wasn't able to play with his new friend.

In an adorable video posted on Halloween, we see a two-year old named Marshall having some fun with a cub named Kali at the the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Washington.

Oh, and little Marshall himself is dressed like a tiger.

We told you it was adorable! Click Play now:

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Teen Mom 3's Mackenzie Douthit McKee is facing some criticism for posting a photo of herself, her family and a dead deer that they killed on Instagram.

While the shared pic is pretty graphic and may upset those with weak stomachs, some people have accused her of "exposing her toddler to violence."

That's pushing it a little bit, don't you think, haters?

Mackenzie Douthit, Deer

While PETA and vegetarians won't be fans, and are entitled to their valid opinion, so is Douthit for teaching her kids that food comes from somewhere.

Mackenzie Tweeted: "We were all raised a different way, so why judge one another? I was raised an OK. girl I hunt & fish for food and married a bronc rider."

In her mind, hunting as a way of life. It may be for sport to a degree, but there's a difference between hunting deer to eat it and senseless "violence."

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