Two important animal stories in the news today.
Germany's Nazi government was so angry about a dog trained to imitate Hitler that it started an obsessive campaign against its Finnish owner, according to newly discovered documents.
The dog, Jackie, was a mutt owned by Tor Borg, a businessman from the Finnish city of Tampere. Borg's wife Josefine, a German citizen known for her anti-Nazi sentiments, dubbed the dog Hitler because of the strange way it raised its paw high in the air like Germans greeting the Fuehrer with a cry of "Heil Hitler!"
On January 29, 1941, German Vice Consul Willy Erkelenz in Helsinki wrote that "a witness, who does not want to be named, said ... he saw and heard how Borg's dog reacted to the command 'Hitler' by raising its paw."
Borg was ordered to the German embassy in Helsinki and questioned about his dog's unusual greeting habits.
Then, perhaps more imporantly:
LEMUR makes a turtally amazing leap - over a fellow critter blocking its path.
It had to take evasive action when the turtle got in its way on a log.
So the ring-tailed lemur performed its own version of a triple jump.
The stunt was captured by Cindy Bendush at Indianapolis Zoo in Indiana, US.
And the turtle showed no sign of shell-shock after all the excitement.