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7 Songs That Will Bring out the Animal in You

What is it about songs inspired by animals that make you dance your butts off? Let’s be honest, even if you’re usually tame, you become a beast on the dance floor whenever you hear one of these songs.

“El Baile del Perrito” by Wilfrido Vargas

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Animal featured in song: Dogs.

Can we just recognize that the Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out” ain’t got nothing on “El Baile del Perrito”? It’s actually more fun to dance to this Spanish-language jam and shout “jua, jua” than “who, who, who, who?!”

“El Gato Volador” by El Chombo

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Animal featured in song: A flying cat.

This song doesn’t really make sense, but it’s all kinds of danceable. It talks about famous cats like Felix, Sylvester and of course, “el gato voladoooor.” Thankfully, you don’t have to get it to dance to it.

“El Venao” by Los Cantantes

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Animal featured in song: Deer.

Well, you may not want to feel like the venao in this song. This poor guy is just tryin’ to go about his business, but all the chismosos keeps calling him “el venao, el venao.” It’s not because he resembles a deer, but because his lady le puso los cuernos.

“El Tiburón” by Proyecto Uno

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Animal featured in song: A shark.

You know how it is when you’re at the club tryin’ to pick up on ladies and a shark keeps carp-blockin’ ya.  Dayum, “se la llevo el tiburón!”

“El Caballito de Palo” by Joseph Fonseca

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Animal featured in song: A horse (sorta).

OMAIGA, “se soltaron los caballos” and you know you’ve got to hoof it up with your “pacata pacata pacata pacata pacata pacata pacata pacata” en la pista. Feel free to spank yourself while you’re at it because you know you want to.

“El Baile del Gorilla” by Melody

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Animal featured in song: Gorillas.

This adorable “rumbera salvaje” has got the gorilla-like dance moves to make you forget your blues while you sing along to this: “Las manos hacia arriba, las manos hacia abajo y como los gorilas ¡uh,uh,uh,uh!”

“La Cumbia Del Gavilan” by Aniceto Molina

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Animal featured in song: A sparrowhawk.

There is always a metaphorical gavilan whose grave you would like to be dancing on and this song lets you do it joyfully.

BONUS: “Rata de dos Patas” by Paquita la del Barrio

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Credit: Taco Placero/Paquita la del Barrio/Musart

Animal featured in song: A rat with two feet.

Although it’s not a get-up-and-shake-your-pompis jam, it’s a great song to throw on at the end of the party when you’ve had one too many copas. When you’re exhausted from dancing, there’s nothing more fun than singing about a “rata con dos patas.”

READ: These Songs About Food Are Pretty Dirty And You Didn’t Even Realize It As A Kid

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Politician Behind Anti-Immigration Bill Loses Her Cool When Confronted About Anti-Immigration Bill

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Politician Behind Anti-Immigration Bill Loses Her Cool When Confronted About Anti-Immigration Bill

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“Could you please stop referring to us as ‘these people’?”

On Monday, a coalition of immigrant advocacy groups paid a visit to Pennsylvania State Representative Martina White (R-Philadelphia) to discuss a bill she wrote that would undermine sanctuary cities and municipalities. Things did not go well.

The TL:DR version of White’s bill is twofold:


1. Sanctuary municipalities would be held financially responsible for any damage caused by an undocumented immigrant charged with a crime.

2. Sanctuary municipalities could not restrict local law enforcement from communicating and passing on information to federal authorities (namely Immigrations and Customs Enforcement). Further, police would have the right to ask people about their immigration status.


If passed, municipalities would have to file reports on the regular, showing that they are in compliance. Noncompliance would result in the municipalities’ loss of state funds.

Which brings us to why members of advocacy groups Juntos, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizen Coalition, the New Sanctuary Movement, and Make the Road PA, visited State Rep. White at her office. Though uninvited, White brought the group into her office to discuss the bill. Things were off to a fine start until one of the advocates pointed out that White’s bill is laced with racist rhetoric. Once the R-word got dropped, White became apoplectic and defensive. Shortly thereafter, White told the advocates to GTFO of her office.

Here’s the thing, though: The pro-immigration groups have a point. There are a lot of problematic aspects to White’s bill. For starters, it implies that undocumented immigrants are committing so much crime that actual legislation needs to be passed to address it. Time and time again, data has proven that the opposite is true. Then there’s the provision that would give police the authority to ask for people’s immigration status if the officer suspects that person undocumented. Given that the majority of undocumented immigrants are either Latino or Asian, it’s difficult to see how this would not result in racial profiling. That will surely be a headache for the close to 900,000 Latinos (or 6.6 percent of the total population). that call Pennsylvania their home.

Then there’s the difficult-to-ignore fact that State Rep. White cited a study conducted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) as justification for her bill. The Souther Poverty Law Center — a non-profit civil rights organization that identifies hate groups nationwide — labeled FAIR a hate group for spewing anti-immigrant rhetoric.

For her part, State Rep. White has defended her bill and denies any claims of racism:

Today I released the following statement in response to a video released by pro-illegal immigration activists who…

Posted by PA State Rep. Martina White on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

READ: Activists in San Francisco and Los Angeles Stop Traffic to Protest Immigration Raids

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