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  • A six-month-old Bornean orangutan is taking small, sweet steps with his new, surrogate mom.

    Kecil, which means "little" in Indonesian, was born at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio then transferred to the Milwaukee County Zoo, where he still wasn’t able to adapt. He ended up at the Brookfield Zoo, connecting with 53-year-old Maggie, who has been a surrogate before. The two met Sunday and have been arm in arm. 

     "It takes this whole zoo community and all their combined experience to make this type of situation work," said Jay Petersen, curator of primates and carnivores at the Chicago Zoological Society in a video on YouTube

    The multiple moves don't seem to have discouraged or negatively affected the baby orangutan, who seems to be more settled, now comfortably nestling in Maggie's arms. 

    "We are all hoping that Brookfield Zoo will be his last move for a while," Petersen said.

    Kecil and Maggie won't be on exhibit for zoo guests for at least a few months. Although many visitors may hope to catch

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  • When people are passionate about their position on politics, a debate can get very heated... Maybe turn into a hot enough brawl that chairs are thrown, and more.

    A live back-and-forth on Jordanian TV channel Josat put outspoken journalist Shaker al-Johari on one side of the spectrum and pro-Syrian regime activist and lawyer Samih Khrais on the other.

    After sitting down to discuss the Syrian civil war, al-Johari threw a water bottle at his opponent and then hurled a chair. The moderator had to play monkey in the middle before a producer stepped in to stop the hot-tempered talker from using a pen as a dart.

    The journalist has wildly acted on his disagreements before. He previously verbally sparred with another newsman, Al-Mustaqbal al-Arabi editor-in-chief Mohammed Al-Jayousi, on another channel. Then the tables were turned (lifted actually) and the set came apart.

    What's the worst fight on TV you've seen? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.

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  • These snapshots might have been their last. Cellphones and the Web have been tracking the lives of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, shot down in eastern Ukraine last week:

    • Fifteen-year-old Gary Slok and his mother, Petra, were going on a dream vacation and snapped a photo before departure.

    Gary Slok and his motherGary Slok and his mother

    • In one video, there's audible preparation for liftoff from Amsterdam.

    • A picture of the Boeing 777 on the runway quickly went viral after it was uploaded to Facebook. Dutch musician Cor Pan joked about its possible disappearance, referencing missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. He and his florist girlfriend, Neeltje Tol, were supposed to go on a trip together. Friends and family had sent their well-wishes on the online post.

    Facebook photo uploaded right before takeoffFacebook photo uploaded right before takeoff

    Social media have also been active in the aftermath of the tragedy:

    • Vine videos document the mass destruction.

    • A soccer star had to apologize for posting a selfie on Twitter while on the same route to New Zealand but on a different day. Two fans of

    Read More »from Social Media Posts Show Last Moments of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Victims
  • Lay's #dousaflavor campaign received 14 million entries. The most popular taste inspiration was bacon.

    The four finalists were revealed this week:

    • Cappuccino

    • Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese

    • Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger

    • Wavy Mango Salsa

    Chad Scott of Las Vegas came up with the cappuccino flavor. The sociologist is also a self-professed coffee lover who told Yahoo Trending that he was surprised he was chosen. Scott thinks he's in good culinary company but hopes that people support his flavor (#saveCappuccino), thinking of it as a breakfast or dessert chip. It does not contain caffeine.

    We enjoyed the smooth finish of the chip. As for the others, the bacon smell was intoxicating, the wasabi hit the spot, and the mango was sweet.

    All four flavors will be on store shelves in late July. The winner receives $1 million, so there are a lot of chips at stake! Go on and get social media active with the crowd-sourced chips by voting here.

    Last year, Cheesy Garlic Bread came out on top.

    Read More »from Meet the Inventor of the Cappuccino-Flavored Lay's Chips
  • Arturo the polar bear calls Argentina home. His address is the Mendoza Zoo, where he has a small pool to cool off. But he's out of his natural habitat in the Southern Hemisphere, where summer temperatures can get up to 90 degrees.

    Arturo is the last bear left in Argentina after his longtime companion, Pelusa, died at age 30 in 2012. They had been mates for two decades, and she had given birth to cubs, though none of them survived. Ever since, experts say he has become increasingly more "depressed." He's alone. He looks sad. And he appears uncomfortably hot.

    That doesn't sit well with online protesters, who are calling on Argentina's president to improve living conditions for the over 850-pound polar bear. So far more than 180,000 people have signed a petition to move Arturo to Canada.

    Cher has cried foul about Arturo's plight over Twitter, and even Newt Gingrich is raising awareness with his sad face on Instagram using #freearturo.


    Read More »from #FreeArturo Aims to Get "Depressed" Polar Bear Out of Argentine Zoo


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