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Image by Property#1
This image was shot at Jungle Cat World located in Orono, Ontario. It was as if he knew I wanted his picture for he stood and posed without moving for almost ten minutes.

The gray wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the timber wolf or, simply, wolf, is a mammal of the order Carnivora. The gray wolf is the largest member of the genus Canis. Its shoulder height ranges from 0.6 to 0.9 meters (26–36 inches) and its weight typically varies between 32 and 62 kilograms (70–135 pounds). As evidenced by DNA sequencing and genetic drift studies, the gray wolf shares a common ancestry with the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris).

The gray wolf was once abundant over much of North America and Eurasia. However, as a result of habitat destruction and widespread hunting, it now inhabits a very limited portion of its former range. In some regions, gray wolves are listed as endangered or threatened, although considered as a whole, wolves are regarded as a species of least concern for extinction according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Wolves are still hunted in many areas of the world for sport and as perceived threats to livestock. Kazakhstan is currently thought to have the largest wolf population of any nation in the world, with as many as 90,00, versus some 60,000 for Canada, which is three and a half times larger.

Underwater observer
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Image by Konabish ~ Greg Bishop
California sea lions are intelligent and playful - and their noisy barking (ARR-ARR-ARR-ARR!!!) is unmistakable. Here among the fishing boats in San Pedro many lounge around waiting for a fisherman to use them as nature's scrap fish disposal.

Color ranges from chocolate brown in males to a lighter, golden brown in females. Males 850 pounds (390 kg) and seven feet (2.1 m) in length. Females grow to 220 pounds (110 kg) and up to six feet (1.8 m) in length.

They have a "dog-like" face, and at around five years of age, males develop a bony bump on top of their skull called a sagittal crest.

Pet of the Week: Lucy, 14404374
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Image by LollypopFarm
Lucy is a super sweet 7-year-old German Shepherd/Beagle mix who weighs 62 pounds. Her family was moving and Lucy did not get to go with them. She’s a wonderful mellow girl who walks nicely on a leash and seems to have a smile on her face all the time!

Lucy loves attention and going for car rides. She has lived with both cats and dogs before and gets along well with everyone. A home with children over the age of six is recommended due to her age.

Lucy is available in the Seniors-for-Seniors program, so adopters age 60 and older can take her home free of charge. Please come out and meet her, she is just a doggone good dog!

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