We've seen before that cats have some pretty impressive climbing abilities. The felines in this popular video may only be kittens, but they are already well on their way to becoming acrobatic experts.

The cats, named Pumpkin and Squash, are desperate to get out of their enclosure. So they begin to scale the small fence, slowly but surely reaching the top.

During the kittens' adventure their mother comes to check on them, and apparently satisfied with what she sees, she decides it's O.K. to walk away while her offspring is flailing from the top of the fence.

Both of the kittens make it successfully over the fence, although the second one looks to have a little remorse after completing the journey. He or she looks back into the enclosure as if to say, "Maybe the grass isn't greener on the other side after all."

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What do you get if you present a panda cub with a ball?

One extremely cute video.

Xiao Liwu is a 20-week-old panda at the San Diego Zoo who recently was filmed during a routine check-up, and the video has gone viral.

At the checkup Xiao Liwu was given a plastic ball to test his strength and coordination. Xiao Liwu, whose name means "little gift," loved his new toy.

"He was really enjoying hugging it and rolling on it and doing those kinds of 'rolly-tumbly' things that panda cubs are so notoriously cute for doing," said veterinarian Beth Bicknese.

The resulting video is adorable, and it has been viewed more than half a million times in less than two weeks.

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Xiao Liwu hasn't appeared in public yet, but if you'd like to see what the little guy is up to right now, you can check out this panda cam.

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They say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. A new and trending video on YouTube proves that the same is not true of mice.

The video is called "Trickmousing," and it was posted this week. The owner of these mice has made several compilations before, but this one seems to be especially popular, with nearly 75,000 views in less than a week.

In the video the rodents do things that you may not have thought these animals would ever be able to do. Jumping over hurdles, for example. Or skateboarding.

Not bad for animals with brains that are smaller than peanuts.

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If you enjoyed this video and would like to see more of these mice, click here. If you want to see how these mice stack up against some of the other top animal moves of the year, see this slideshow.

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While Miami Heat center Chris Bosh may get overlooked thanks to the starpower of his teammates, we've seen before that he has a lighthearted side of his own.

Bosh showcased his goofiness in a hilarious holiday card he posted online this week.

In the photo, which is above, Bosh is wearing a Santa cap which reads "Feliz Navidad" while holding what appear to be three dogs. Somehow, the combination of the 7-footer, the three pooches and all the decorations adds up to a hilarious image.

This was a special Christmas for Bosh, as it was his first holiday as an NBA champ. And the big man performed well in Miami's solid win over Oklahoma City -- coming off a cold that benched him over the weekend, Bosh scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds.

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Unfortunately, as of now, dogs do not know how to skateboard.

So filming a video of a pooch cruising through the neighborhood requires some serious creativity. In a recently released clip, one man combines a neat idea with some solid video editing skills to create a cool stop-motion film.

It appears as though this pug is leading him around town when really the video is just a series of photographs. But it never hurt to pretend, right?

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Who says you need opposable thumbs to paint?

A racehorse-turned-painter in northern Maryland is proving that when there is a will to draw, there is surely a way.

The horse's name is Metro, and he tallied 8 wins and $300,000 in prize money as Metro Meteor, a star racehorse. But creaky knees ended Metro's career, and he was adopted by Ron and Wendy Krajewski.

The Krajewski's introduced Metro to painting, and it was love at first stroke.

But it wasn't only Krajewski's influence on Metro that got the horse interested in art. After all, you can lead a horse to a canvas, but you can't make it paint.

Metro himself had to have some desire to draw, and Krajewski says it's evident in his body language.

"You can see how impatient he gets when he doesn't have a brush," Krajewski told WHP-TV news.

And Metro's paintings, all of which are abstract, have done well on the market. Krajewski says Metro's pieces sell for $40-$300, with all of the proceeds going to care for horses like Metro that are put up for adoption.

To see Metro's artwork, check out his Facebook page.

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A family in Modesto, Calif., escaped from its burning home, and they may have their dog to thank for saving their lives.

Jessica Horne, her father and her 6-year-old son were sleeping when they heard their dog, Brick, begin to whine and bark loudly. Brick also jumped on Jessica's father's bed.

Once the Hornes realized the fire was coming from their garage, they rushed out of their house.

"None of us smelled smoke," Jessica told KCRA News. "We could've slept right through it and it probably would have been a lot worse than what it really did. So yeah, he's definitely considered our hero."

While Jessica, her father, her son and Brick made it out alive, their other dog, Buddy, wasn't so lucky.

"I feel grateful that we're all and here," Jessica said. "It sucks that we lost a dog in the process, but at least we're all here, we're all alive."

The family said it had taken down the fire alarms in the house because it was being redecorated.

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Several months ago a stray dog and a motherless deer in Kansas City formed an unlikely friendship that warmed the hearts of residents across the town.

And they met in a cemetery, of all places.

The deer, named Ella, was born at Elmwood Cemetery around Memorial Day 2011, and she lost her mother to a traffic accident. She has roamed alone ever since, and sometimes shows up at funerals.

But now the bond has been broken, as the dog was taken away by authorities in hopes of finding it a better home.

Bruce Mathews, a trustee at Elmwood Cemetery, photographed the two animals and their unlikely companionship.

"It breaks my heart that they have to be separated, but they must," Mathews wrote in an email to friends of Elmwood, obtained by the Kansas City Star. "Am I sorry they found each other? Absolutely not! I believe they became friends to teach us a lesson, however we each might interpret it."

There was a growing concern that the dog would not survive the winter in the cemetery, so authorities arranged to bring it to a local shelter. This week a van came to take the pooch away.

Matthews solemnly recounted the moment Ella and the dog were separated.

"Ella just stood there and looked at the van that was taking the pooch off," Matthews said. "And Ella came up and it was like she was saying goodbye to her."

Matthews says the companionship between Ella and the stay dog can be seen as a lesson in the values of working together, and he hopes the gridlocked legislators in Washington D.C. take note.

"I have thought about all of the Republicans and Democrats who are in Washington who are supposed to be working from the common good," Matthews said. "They could come here and take a lesson from Ella and the dog."


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The Cincinnati Bengals are full of surprises this year.

A season-opening 31-point loss to the Baltimore Ravens had many Bengals fans fearing for the worst, but Cincinnati has rallied to a current total of seven wins, with impressive victories over the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants.

On some days quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green look unstoppable, while in other games they look merely mortal. Really, it's nearly impossible to tell what you'll see with the Bengals this year.

That lesson proved truer than ever for some Bengals fans on Sunday.

During Cincinnati's game against the Dallas Cowboys, a baby raccoon turned up in one section of the upper deck at Paul Brown Stadium. Amazingly, everyone kept calm and the animal was carefully escorted out of the stadium.

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They say that Ikea has everything a shopper needs. And for one Canadian Ikea, that apparently includes monkeys.

On Sunday a stylish 5-month old monkey got loose at an Ikea in Toronto, and images of the animal soon exploded on social media. The monkey, identified as a male Rhesus macaque named Darwin, was wearing a shearling coat and a diaper.

Bronwyn Page, an associate producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), happened to be at Ikea and tweeted several photos of Darwin.

"It was running between people," Page told CBC Radio's Metro Morning. "They were trying to call it towards them. It was really scared. They were trying to get away from cars. We realized it didn't belong to any of those people. It was disbelief at first. We thought it was a fake toy monkey. It was very unexpected to see it at Ikea. It seemed nervous. It was coming to anyone. It seemed pretty scared. There was a lot of people around. It was doing some monkey screaming, like jungle noises."

Darwin was eventually captured and brought to Toronto's animal services department, where he was in "good health." Authorities believe he escaped from his owner's crate before wandering around the parking lot.

Mary Lou Leiher, who works for the animal services department, confirmed that Darwin will be confiscated from his owners and given to a local animal sanctuary. Despite the fact that monkeys are prohibited as pets in Toronto, charges will not be filed against Darwin's owners.

"We want to make sure [Darwin] goes to a place where they're knowledgeable about how to care for him," Leiher said. "He's a baby, he's a little bit sensitive."

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