If, during the San Francisco Giants' magical postseason run, you felt like the Giants were getting some sort of otherworldly assistance, you may have been correct.

As it turns out, when the Giants were down 2-0 to the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS, an orange-headed Francois langur monkey was born at the San Francisco Zoo. The Giants won three games in a row against the Reds, recovered from a 3-1 deficit to the Cardinals in the NLCS and went on to sweep the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.

All langurs are born with orange hair, but it's hard not to appreciate the timing of this primate's birth.

"Things have turned literally since she's been born," said Abigail Tuller, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Zoo. "She seems to have her strongest powers when the Giants are behind."

The zoo even placed a sign outside the infant's enclosure that reads "Lucky Langur lives here." People have started touching the Giants logo on the sign for good luck.

The monkey remains unnamed, but the zoo is holding a contest on Facebook to determine the most popular name. Current frontrunners are "Posey," for Giants catcher Buster Posey, and "Scutaro," for San Francisco infielder Marco Scutaro.

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It didn't take long for one sly fox to suffer from robber's remorse after snatching the purse of a British woman recently.

Jeremy and Anna Clark of West Sussex, England were standing in their driveway this week when a 1.25-foot red fox sauntered up to them.

"He looked at me for a few seconds before letting out this feeble yelp," Jeremy said of the fox. "Next thing I knew he had my wife’s handbag in his mouth and was running towards the bushes."

Jeremy screamed at the fox to return with Anna's purse, which had her phone, keys, money and more. The fox trotted on and into the bushes.

A few minutes later, however, the fox returned. It dropped Anna's purse at her legs and ran off. Needless to say, the Clarks were shocked.

"I have no idea why, we couldn’t believe it," Jeremy said. "We see the fox around quite a bit. I think people feed it."

(H/T to Huffington Post)

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An apparent prank went horribly awry recently at a North Carolina high school.

The Shelby Star reported that about one dozen goats were released in the football stadium of Burns High School either late last Thursday night or early Friday morning. The animals, which are owned by the school and used in Burns' agricultural program, did not get on the field but were congregating near the scoreboard and on the track.

Not only did the goats cause a mess around the stadium, but a recent E. coli scare in the area gave health officials concern. Even though the animals had been cleared by 9:30 a.m., health officials determined that all afternoon activities planned on the field should be cancelled or relocated.

As a result of the prank, the planned Senior Night activities were postponed and the football game against Rutherfordton-Spindale Central High was moved to nearby Crest High School.

"I got in touch with the Fallston Fire Department and they came and washed it (animal feces) down a drain," George Falls, an equipment manager at the high school, told the Star. "It ticks me off, but I know kids will be kids."

A soccer match and a junior varsity football game scheduled for this week have also been moved to another high school.

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One month ago we showed you this video of a few gorillas staring in awe as a caterpillar made its way around the door to their enclosure.

And now, a new group of primates is going viral after a strange interaction with another animal at the zoo.

On a recent afternoon, an unfortunate raccoon found its way into the chimpanzee area at the St. Louis Zoo. The chimpanzees were not sure what to make of their visitor, so they tormented the raccoon before letting it escape. That punishment included tossing the poor animal across the cage and poking its underbelly repeatedly.

So much for hospitality.

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The last thing extreme rower Charlie Head expected to see during a recent 600-mile trek was a puppy stranded at sea.

So when Head came across Bam Bam, a small Shih Tzu, alone and shivering on the rocks off of England's Kent coast, he couldn't believe his eyes.

"I was gobsmacked," Head said. "He was just sat there wondering what the hell to do. He was absolutely terrified. In about ten minutes the rock would have been covered with water. I managed to paddle out to him and then get him on my board. He was terrified when I picked him up but I think he soon realised I was trying to help. And when he felt safe he snuggled up between my legs and we headed back to shore. It is incredible that he was able to get out there - this is not a big tough dog. It is the sort of animal people carry around in their handbags."

Head is training for a 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean, and in preparation he has been rowing for several months. Fortunately he was equipped with a camera, and his video of the rescue has gone viral.

Upon rescuing Bam Bam, Head brought the dog to the local Hampton Inn pub, where the landlord and bartender have been caring for him.

It is unclear how Bam Bam got stranded, and authorities are trying to contact the dog's owners.

(H/T to Viral Viral Videos)

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Dogs, Outdoors

Always looking for the next great brew, many coffee aficionados have turned to a vulgar-sounding but delicious blend that originated in southeast Asia: kopi luwak, or "cat poop coffee."

The beans are gathered from the feces of the civet, a cat-like species whose digestive track provides a sort of natural fermentation process for the coffee beans. Business Insider labeled kopi luwak the "biggest trend in luxury coffee," and according to NPR, the coffee can cost as much as $60 for 4 ounces of beans.

However despite the price, some say the drink may not be all it is cracked up to be.

"It tasted just like...Folgers. Stale. Lifeless," critic Tim Carman wrote in the Washington Post. "Petrified dinosaur droppings steeped in bathtub water. I couldn’t finish it."

One expert says the coffee is becoming so expensive not because of its taste, but because of its scarcity.

"It's incredibly expensive because it's so rare," coffee historian Mark Pendergrast told NPR, "not because it's such a wonderful coffee."

Amazingly, there is actually a sizable market for "animal feces coffee." In addition to cat poop coffee, both bird poop (Jacu Bird) and elephant dung (Black Ivory) coffee have made headway into the international market in recent years.

(H/T to The Huffington Post)

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The Windsor Star is reporting that some people are questioning the dog bylaws in Windsor, Ontario, after the city's licensing commissioners recently slapped a three-pound teacup chihuahua with a "dangerous dog" designation.

The chihuahua, Molly, is accused of biting a postal worker as she was delivering mail to Molly's owners, Jason and Mitzie Scott. Jason Scott said he offered the postal worker a bandage but didn't see any blood. The postal worker continued on her rounds after the incident.

The postal worker said she was required to report the incident to her manager, who told her to file a complaint with the police. The police directed the city's bylaw department to dispatch an enforcement officer to the Scott residence to inspect the dog, and although the officer said he felt "kind of weird" after meeting Molly, he said he had to label her a "dangerous dog." The bylaw states that if a dog causes injury to a person or other domesticated animal, it is deemed dangerous.

As a result, the Scotts must obtain a $1 million liability insurance policy for Molly as well as attach a leash and muzzle whenever she leaves the house.

"I don't even know if they have muzzles that size," Mitzie Scott told the Windsor Star. "I just think it's kinda silly, to the extreme."

The Scotts appealed the ruling, but to no avail.

Jason Scott called the ruling "a joke," while the Star is reporting that a local humane society is calling for changes to the bylaw.

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One Russian dog's heartbreaking display of grief has led locals to burst into tears and is quickly capturing the hearts of people all over the world.

Several weeks ago this dog's mate was killed by a car in the Perm region of Russia. He proceeded to drag her body to the side of the road, where he has sat guard ever since. According to the Daily Mail, this canine "pats and paws at his mate, and tries to keep her warm with his own body, waiting for a miracle that will never come."

Despite the efforts of locals to provide treats or to persuade the dog to move so they can bury his mate, he doesn't budge. Witnesses described the dogs as "Romeo and Juliet," and said they would adopt the mourning dog when he is done grieving.

(H/T to Daily Mail)

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The Ukrainian Navy's newest weapon is not a man or a machine. It's a dolphin.

According to recent reports from Russia's state-owned news agency Ria Novosti, the Ukrainians are training dolphins to attack enemy combatants by attaching knives and pistols to their heads.

"We are now planning training exercises for counter-combat swimmer tasks in order to defend ships in port and on raids," a source told Ria Novosti.

While the idea of training dolphins for combat purposes is relatively new, the U.S. Navy has employed dolphins for decades in different capacities. Dolphins' use of echolocation has made them extremely helpful in locating underwater mines and explosives, and the U.S. Navy has used the animals for that purpose.

During the Vietnam War, a group of dolphins was used to protect against enemy swimmers near the Army ammunition pier in Cam Ranh Bay.

The U.S. Navy still operates the Marine Mammal Program in San Diego. According to a 2011 ABC News story, there are about 100 animals in training in San Diego, with sea lions and dolphins being the only ones ready for combat.

"The dolphins have a very high-level biological sonar, so finding objects like mines, for example, they have no problem finding them," said Ed Budzyna, a spokesman for the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center. "They can be buried in the ocean floor or floating around or anywhere."

The use of dolphins hasn't been entirely without controversy, however, as some activists believe that animals should not be used in situations deemed too dangerous for humans.

"Dolphins are particularly intelligent and sensitive," Kathy Guillermo, the vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) told ABC News last year. "But dolphins don't make war and I don't think they should be used to fight our wars."

The U.S. Navy claims that its animals are never used in combat situations:

"The Navy does not now train, nor has it ever trained, its marine mammals to harm or injure humans in any fashion or to carry weapons to destroy ships," reads the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program's website. "Since dolphins cannot discern the difference between enemy and friendly vessels, or enemy and friendly divers and swimmers, it would not be wise to give that kind of decision authority to an animal."

For more information on the U.S. Navy's use of dolphins and other marine animals, see here.

(H/T to Geekologie)

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A Georgia pit bull accused of attacking a 5-year-old boy last summer has been appointed legal representation, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The dog, named Kno, assaulted Wesley Frye last year while the boy was playing inside his home. Frye's injuries required two surgeries, and the right side of his face remains paralyzed.

Immediately after the attack, Kno's owners, Larry A. Long Jr. and Julie Long, brought the dog to an animal shelter and relinquished ownership.

With a hearing set for Oct. 25 to determine whether the dog should be euthanized, Judge William E. Woodrum Jr. appointed attorney Claude M. Kicklighter to represent Kno. Woodrum said the appointment was "in the interest of justice," and the work will be pro bono.

Bruce Wagman, a San Francisco attorney specializing in animal cases, told Reuters that he knew of only two cases in which animals had received legal counsel. One of those instances was NFL star Michael Vick's 2007 trial for participating in an extensive dogfighting ring.

(H/T to The Huffington Post)

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