Several recent sightings in northern Russia suggest that myths of Bigfoot, or creatures like it, might not be so far-fetched.

The Daily Mail is reporting that three separate yeti sightings have emerged out of Siberia's Kemerovo region in recent weeks. The Yeti, which has been called the "Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas," stands about 7-feet tall and is thought to resemble a bear. The animal has proved elusive to scientists, but previous expeditions have given researchers reason to believe, and several recent sightings seem to provide confirmation that the species is indeed roaming around Siberia.

Two Russian fisherman separately claimed they saw and tried to communicate with distant figures who were walking upright.

"We shouted to them -- do you need help?," said Vitaly Vershinin. "They just rushed away, all in fur, walking on two legs, making their way through the bushes and with two other limbs, straight up the hill."

A forestry inspector also says he encountered a Yeti in the Tashtagolski district.

Igor Burtsev, Russia's leading 'Yeti' expert and head of the International Centre of Hominology, told the Daily Mail that an international conference and expedition in search of the yeti is convening next month. Burtsev believes the yeti may be the link between Neanderthal man and modern human beings.

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Two gorillas at the Calgary Zoo recently had their minds blown.

They were minding their own business when, all of a sudden and out of nowhere, a caterpillar appeared. For most humans, this occurrence would not be a big deal. But for these animals, the caterpillar sighting made their afternoon.

One gorilla spots the caterpillar on the door to their enclosure, but he or she is pushed out of the way so others can get a glimpse of the creature. Eventually, several gorillas surround the caterpillar.

So what do you have when you combine two gorillas and a caterpillar? One adorable YouTube video.

(H/T to Viral Viral Videos)

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Sometimes it takes a pet to remind us of the joy in life's simple pleasures.

In a video published recently, a man places his bulldog, Mudd, on a backyard trampoline. And Mudd is in love at first bounce. He has the time of his life running, jumping and generally frolicking on his new toy.

This is absolutely precious.

Mudd is not the only dog that enjoys spending time on trampolines. If you enjoyed that video, you'll probably love this one.

And it should be noted that dogs enjoy trampolines for more than just exercise. There is actually a small but significant trampoline dog bed market. Doesn't that look comfortable?

For only $26, Mudd's owners can give him another gift of a lifetime.

(H/T to Viral Viral Videos)

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If you thought it was weird when a cow beauty pageant was held in China a few weeks ago, wait until you get a load of this.

The inaugural International Goldfish Championship took place last weekend in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, with more than 3,000 fish competing in 12 categories for the title of "World Goldfish Queen". According to Ye Qichang, a member of the judging panel, the fish were judged on breed, body shape, swimming gesture, color and overall impression.

No winner has been announced, but there appears to be a frontrunner. A giant goldfish weighed in at 1.75 kg (3.9 pounds), and is drawing rave reviews.

"I have been raising goldfish for some 40 or 50 years, and this one is the biggest I have ever seen," Ye said. "Many factors such as breed and breeding method may affect their size. A goldfish cannot grow into that size if it suffers any hardship or major illness during the breeding. So it is a very rare one."

As bizarre as this beauty pageant may seem, at least it didn't have bikini-clad women mulling around the fish.

(H/T to Huffington Post)

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A Colorado man who abandoned his dog during a hike on a mountain has agreed to give the dog to one of her rescuers as part of a plea deal.

Anthony Ortolani went hiking with a friend and his German Shepherd-Rottweiler mix, Missy, in early August on Mount Bierstadt. A turn of bad weather forced Ortolani to turn back, but Missy was having trouble walking because her paws were blistered. Ortolani tried to carry the 112-pound dog, but he says Missy fought with him and he eventually dropped her, only further injuring the K-9. With Missy bleeding and unable to walk, Ortolani decided to leave her behind as he and his friend sought shelter.

Ortolani called the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office when he got back to inform them of Missy's status on the mountain, but they told him a rescue mission would be too dangerous. Missy spent eight days on the mountain before help arrived in the form of a rescue team.

Ortolani was charged with animal cruelty for leaving Missy behind, and according to 9news.com, he recently reached a plea deal. As part of the agreement, he will give Missy to one of her rescuers.

It was clearly a gut-wrenching call for Ortolani, who says he has spent $5,000 in vet and boarding bills for Missy, to give up his dog. But he has come to terms with the decision.

"I don't want to give her up," Ortolani said. "I love her, but those people risked life and limb to get her out of there, and that has got to be worth something."

Before their disastrous hike in August, Ortolani had taken Missy out on plenty of excursions. Had they been able to summit Mount Bierstadt, it would have ben Missy's sixth summit of one of Colorado's famed 14er mountains. But Ortolani has shouldered responsibility for the mistake and apologized for taking the dog with him on the August hike.

(H/T to Off The Bench)

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You've heard about people "speaking" to horses and even cats, but you'd be hard-pressed to find someone with a talent akin to that of Falcons placekicker Matt Bryant.

In a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bryant discussed his unique and extremely impressive talent: He can communicate with alligators.

Bryant taught himself to mimic an alligator's distress call, and he has learned how to draw the animal out of the water and lead it around. He honed his skill at a retention pond behind his home in Tampa, and it comes in handy to trick friends on the golf course.

"I've had fun with it," Bryant told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bryant, who is in his fourth year with the Falcons and is 4-for-4 on field goal attempts this year, showed off the skill to some teammates during a golf outing earlier this year in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Someone noticed an alligator in the water and encouraged Bryant to communicate with it. Sure enough, Bryant made the call and the animal came flying out of the water.

"I’ve never seen anything like that," said Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. "… I didn’t wait to see how close it was going to get. There were some bushes there about 25 yards away, and I didn’t wait for it to get any closer. I got behind someone else so it would eat them before me."

A warning to Bryant's future golf partners: Remember to never shave strokes or move the ball, there could be dire consequences.

(H/T to Deadspin)

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A group of Denver Broncos fans has been the regular recipients of a disgusting downpour at Sports Authority Field, and they're getting fed up.

Several fans at Sunday night's contest between the Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers said they were repeatedly hit with pigeon poop by birds stationed in the stadium's rafters.

The situation became so bad that people had to resort to covering their heads with towels and using popcorn bags as drink covers. Fans alerted authorities, who said this was not a new problem and had actually been occurring for several years. In fact, at one point authorities put a plastic owl in the rafters in an attempt to keep the pigeons away. But the pigeons kept coming back.

And the worst part of all of this is that the seats weren't exactly cheap.

"These were $250 seats," Allison Harden said. "[We're] sitting there trapped in this kind of a situation. Any moment a pigeon [will] poop on you."

Andy Gorchov, general manager of the group that is responsible for maintenance at Sports Authority Field, released the following statement:

"We strive to ensure that all fans have a positive experience during Broncos games, and their safety and comfort is our No. 1 priority. Unfortunately, outdoor stadiums do sometimes have issues with birds. When these circumstances occur, our stadium staff is instructed to respond immediately and resolve the situation in the most timely and appropriate manner possible. We encourage all guests to contact us if they have an unpleasant experience at our stadium to allow us to provide the absolute highest level of service to them."

This is not the first time this year that NFL fans have been the victims of rogue birds. Baltimore Ravens fans may have been exposed to rabies by a bat during a recent game at M&T Bank Stadium.

Maybe the players shouldn't be the only ones wearing helmets.

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We've all seen how pet owners show love for their animals. Some people buy their pets special food, toys and even clothes. But chances are you've never seen anything like this.

Billy Browne, an Australian commercial and music video director, built a huge maze for his cat as a reward for its suffering through weeks of painful ear drops. Browne's cat, Rufus, recently contracted an ear infection that required Browne to put drops in his ear every night. The process ended after two agonizing weeks, and Browne wanted to find a way to thank Rufus for his perseverance. Knowing Rufus loves boxes, Browne built the cat a humongous and extremely intricate maze out of 40 boxes.

Check it out:

If that's how Browne thanks his cat, I'd love to see the presents he gives to his friends and family.

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We've heard of soccer games disrupted by weather, people and even rockets.

But this may be a first.

Recently a cow ran onto the field during a Polish soccer match. The animal initially evades his owner, then scares off the goalie and runs wild on the field. Finally the cow is chased off the field, but not before having some fun.

Animals have been on the loose at sporting events lately. A black cat recently ran across the field during a Toronto FC game, a squirrel stopped action at the U.S. Open, a skunk scared off an entire high school football team and another cow interrupted a soccer practice in Australia.

(H/T to Off The Bench)

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This little scrap between a dog and a cat is all the more adorable when you consider the burger for which they're battling isn't even real.

Of that doesn't really matter to them. It is the principle of it.

The cat is giving up several pounds in this matchup, which ultimately works against it. But give the cat props for stifling the dog for a while with a surprisingly effective jab.

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