It has been said that the elephant is a friend to man more than a dog, but few knew they could compete with humans on the pitch.

Meet Donna, a young Asian elephant with enough talent with a soccer ball to make English Premiere League stars jealous.

The 2-year-old pachyderm showed off her expertise as she smoothly kicked the ball around the field at England's ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Baby elephants are "very similar to young children," Lee Sambrook, Whipsnade's assistant curator of elephants says (Via People). "They like to play and run around and roughhouse. It gives us a great opportunity to just increase our bond with them, really."

In addition to the bond, the large mammals get lots of exercise running after the soccer ball.

"They're naturally very playful, very inquisitive animals, Sambrook disclosed. "Once they've actually overcome any kind of concerns about the ball, obviously when they first see it, it's this weird object in their enclosure. When they realize they can run around and push on it and kind of jump on it, then playing just comes naturally to them."

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is the UK's biggest zoo. No word on Donna's plans to follow David Beckham into the MLS.

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When a Chinese college student stopped to feed a stray mutt during a long-distance bike ride in Sichuan province, she probably thought she'd never see him. But we all know what happens when you feed a stray animal -- you make a friend for life.

After the energizing snack, the pup was ready to join the ride. Bearing a slight resemblance to Benji, the little white dog followed -- and sometimes even led -- the cyclists on their more than 20-day ride, covering more than 1,000 miles and some challenging mountains. The cyclists named him "Xiaosa" or "Little Sa," and one even started a blog to chronicle its journey, amassing 40,000 followers.

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Perhaps the best news? The dog's days of homelessness are over. According to CBS, one of the cyclists plans to adopt Little Sa. Hopefully his new home comes with a protein shake and an ice pack.

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We're not sure exactly why this dog is so excited at the prospect of going for a walk. But let's put that issue aside for a moment and just marvel at its astonishing vertical game. As basketball coaches will tell you, it's not just how high you can jump, it's how quickly you can jump again.

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Let's face it. We've all seen amusing pet videos online and after a while they all start to look the same.

Not this time.

Meet Norman, a two-and-a-half year old Briard dog that has learned how to ride a bike.

You know how some kids are slow to master the art of two wheels?

The Daily Mail reports it took the pooch just 10 weeks to master the art of riding his personalized bicycle.

I'm not kidding. Man's best friend can now ride a special designed bike around his South Carolina neighborhood.

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This dog clearly takes its job seriously. It doesn't wait for the ball to be struck to take off. It's like the dog wants to be an outfielder and be in position to make a play on the ball. Must be good coaching.

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Dogs, Golf

For those who decide the answer to this question is "yes," we hope you will make Animal House part of that network.

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This clip is from nearly two years ago, but it's a new one on us, and hey, it's not every day you see a dog go one-on-one with a fawn.

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