The Georgetown community was rocked Wednesday by the unexpected announcement that the school's mascot-in-training, a bulldog named Jack Jr., will no longer be associated with the Hoyas after a 15-month training period.

The school announced the move in a press release, which read in part:

In April of 2012, our community welcomed Jack, Jr. (J.J.) to Georgetown as mascot-in-training. We housed the young puppy while consulting with trainers and experts to ensure that he was adjusting to life on campus.

"Since that time, J.J.’s caretaker and walkers have worked to orient him to campus and train him for mascot duties. We also worked with professional trainers to help J.J. learn about life on a busy college campus. Recognizing that the lifestyle of a mascot is exciting and hectic, involving many people, thousands of screaming fans, and regular appearances at events both on and off-campus, we wanted to ensure that our puppy would be happy with this unique lifestyle.

After 15 months of monitoring and training, in consultation with these experts and the breeder, we determined that returning to a home environment is what is best for J.J."

Georgetown spokeswoman Rachel Pugh told the Washington City Paper that an incident in the fall in which J.J. injured a small child was one of the reasons the school chose to remove him as mascot-in-training. But there was more to the decision.

"It’s really not just about his behavior with children," Pugh said. "It’s about broadly, is the job of a mascot good for J.J., is he happy as a dog?"

The move came as a shock to most people, including J.J.'s caretaker, Georgetown theology professor Christopher Steck. Steck released a statement with his reaction:

"As you may have heard, Georgetown has decided that JJ will not be the next university mascot. The university’s decision is a surprise and disappointment to me. I genuinely believe that JJ would thrive as the next university mascot.

Nonetheless, I admit that I am not at all certain of my judgment on the issue. It is based on an interpretation of JJ’s behavior and mannerism that could be mistaken."

It does not appear that the university discussed the decision with students, either. Neve Schadler, head of the Jack Crew, a group which cares for the bulldog, was as shocked as Steck to hear the news.

“I did not see this coming," Schadler, head of the Jack Crew, told The Hoya. “If a student were to have been consulted, it would have been me.”

Georgetown has had a live bulldog as mascot since 1999, but with J.J.'s departure it is unclear whether that tradition will continue.

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The cat cannot speak for itself, so we are willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, despite the title on the original YouTube video "Crazy Cat Attacks Horse."

Was it really on the attack?

Perhaps the cat was just looking for a free ride. Or trying to be friendly and say hello at eye level.

But there is no doubt that this is one of the more uncommon animal interactions you'll ever see:

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The gasp from one of the onlookers makes this even more of a classic.

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We're pretty sure that someone could come up with a very funny joke in which a hillbilly, a raccoon and Aretha Franklin walk into a bar. But we're just confident that it wouldn't be quite as hysterical as this video, which stars a hillbilly, a raccoon and Aretha Franklin (sort of).

So here it is ... a Tennessee man with a Santa-like beard named Mark Brown who shakes and shimmies on the porch with his favorite raccoon to the beat of "Chain Of Fools" by the Queen of Soul.

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Now, how does Mark not get bitten by the raccoon?

Hannah Montana body spray.

Seriously.

Or in Mark's vernacular, Hannah Montana coon repellent.

More Animal House: Kangaroo Shows Boxing Skills At Zookeeper's Expense

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Elliott Gould has starred in some major Hollywood hits including M*A*S*H, American History X and Ocean's Eleven. One of Gould's less memorable projects was the 1978 film called Matilda in which he portrays the manager of a boxer ... who just happens to be a kangaroo.

As you might suspect, the movie bombed. But perhaps the premise wasn't that far-fetched when you consider the video footage just shot from a zoo in China.

There isn't much context provided aside from the video's title "Kangaroo fights back after being slapped by zoo keeper for no apparent reason."

But the kangaroo shows it has skills and no fear (or the ability to hide it well) as it expertly works the zookeeper into the corner.

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It's not really a fair comparison because Matilda featured a man wearing a kangaroo costume, but here's the trailer:

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For Cowboys wide receiver Dwayne Harris, the world is his training ground. Harris, who checked into camp this year down about nine pounds from a year ago, told ESPN Dallas his trick was just chasing random animals.

"I'd just go out, man, and look for stuff to run after," Harris told the website. "All kinds of stuff. Rabbits. Cats. Everything. Especially when I was back at home with my mom [in Stone Mountain, Ga.]. We live in the woods, so there was a lot of stuff running out there."

He also chased after his dog, Polo.

"I'd chase after him because he doesn't want to come home," Harris said.

Harris, who averaged 13.1 receiving yards last season, also said he ate better.

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Darnell Dockett, he of the bizarre social media pursuit of Katherine Webb, appears to be training for a post-NFL career as a zookeeper.

Two years ago the Arizona Cardinals' defensive tackle showcased his pet gator on Twitter and even tried to bring it to training camp. PETA, for one, was not happy with Dockett.

And now the 32-year-old Dockett appears to have purchased a new exotic animal, which he reportedly tried to bring to training camp. In an interview with Phoenix's Fox Sports 910, Dockett said he recently brought home a 60-pound baby tiger named Little Buddy.

"It's the coolest thing ever," Dockett said.



Dockett tweeted that when he tried to bring Little Buddy to training camp, the security guard was dumbfounded.

"You got to be f------ kidding me, that's amazing" the guard reportedly said.

As it turns out, Little Buddy wasn't the only animal Dockett has been interested in. He also tweeted that he was close to purchasing a monkey named Skeeter, and even offered a breeder $30,000, but he was turned down.

"The dude would not sell it," Dockett told Fox Sports 910. "I offered him a price that the only other person who would offer him that much is probably Michael Jackson, rest in peace, but he wouldn't even entertain my offer when it came to the monkey."


It's a shame that Dockett was rebuffed in his attempt to buy Skeeter, because it sounds like he had big plans for the primate.

"Could you picture that on game days? I'm coming to the game, I have my monkey with me, he has my jersey on," Dockett said. "Think about it. After the game, the fans see me with the monkey, ticket sales go up, Dockett jersey sales go up. Why? Because they all want to see me with the monkey."

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Roger Federer received a special present for his late entry into the Swiss Open on Tuesday: A cow named Desirée.


Desirée, who didn't seem incredibly thrilled to be there, was given to Federer in an elaborate ceremony captured on video (below).

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She is, as pointed out by SI.com, not the first cow that Federer has ever received.

He was given one in 2004 by the same tournament's organizers, named Juliette.

She, according to reports, is no longer with us.

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Remember in the original Rocky when Adrian gives him Butkus the dog, so he can have company when doing his roadwork? As part of the training for his title bout against Apollo Creed, Rocky pounds the pavement in the streets of Philadelphia with his faithful bull mastiff.

But Butkus never showed any (or maybe he just wasn't given the chance) boxing skills. And that brings us to this dog, who is apparently a very determined shadow boxer. Or shadow stomper.

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When Miguel Cabrera smashed a solo shot to right center field against the Tampa Bay Rays recently, the fact that Cabrera's ball landed in The Rays Touch Tank was an afterthought for most fans.

The Touch Tank is an area at Tropicana Field where fans can feed and pet cownose rays. And even though Cabrera's ball landed in the tank, no rays were harmed in the making of his home run.

Still, the long ball seems to have angered the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). In a letter to Tampa Bay Senior Vice President John P. Higgins, PETA's Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement, Delcianna Winders, urges the team to close the tank:

"Because rays require such specific conditions in order to live safely and comfortably, a "touch tank" is not anything to be proud of: 41 of 43 rays died in the Calgary Zoo's touch tank, and 18 of 19 died at California's Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Nineteen of 34 rays died in the Brookfield Zoo, and 11 of 18 died in the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park. Please do not let the Rays sentence their namesake to the same fate."

Cabrera's ball is just the second in eight years to hit the tank, but that's not what's bugging PETA. It's the condition of the rays and how the tank is maintained that seems to be bothering the organization. In a statement released to the media, Winders slammed the Rays for their handling of the animals.

“The rays held captive at Tropicana Field not only were traumatically taken from their vast home waters but also are subject to harassment, loud crowds, and even baseballs capable of seriously injuring them. When it comes to compassion, the Rays are batting .000.”

No response yet from the Rays.

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If only fishing were this easy.

In a new video posted by the YouTube user Douglas Owen, a portly man who bears a strong resemblance to Santa Claus asks his wife what she would like for dinner. She says she'd like fish.

So the man jumps into the lake and within seconds pulls out a trout. Just like that.

Check it out:

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