Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar started his private zoo with hippos, three female and one male. After the confiscation of his Hacienda Napoles in the early 90s the hippos were left in a swampy lake where they multiplied to more than 60 and started roaming as far as 155 miles terrifying fishermen, destroying crops and killing young cattle.
Lions and tigers were Heriberto Lazcano, Zetas drug gang leader, animals of choice. While most lions eat an average of 95 lbs a day, Lazcano over-satiated their appetites by hurling his victims’ bodies into pits built specially for these carnivores. Most the victims were alive. His felines now get served their meals at the county zoo in Mexico.
El Chapo Guzmán of the Sinaloa Cartel was a fan of kitties – the kind that roar. Panthers, lions and tigers were found in his mansion after he was captured in Feb. 2014. His pride and joy was his white, stripe-less tiger. For every 10,000 tigers that are born, there is only one that doesn’t carry red and yellow pigments. If that’s not intimidating enough, these tigers grow up to 500 pounds by the time they’re 3.
Although cute squirrel monkeys don’t look as intimidating as 500-pound tigers, they’re still not ideal pets. They bite. They scratch. And, no matter how hard you try, they are never entirely potty trained. If you think your dog humping your friend’s leg is embarrassing, try having a monkey masturbating in front of them. All the time. When Jesus “The King” Zambada of the Sinaola cartel was incarcerated in 2008, his three (horny) pet monkeys were also thrown in cages until authorities figured what to do with them.
Zambada clearly had a thing for annoying pets and irritating his neighbors. Peacocks represent royalty, but there is nothing royal about their screeching and pooping everywhere. Their constant shrieks can be heard half a mile away. Zambada’s neighbors no longer have to wake up to the hollering peacocks. They now live in the Zacango Zoo in Toluca, Mexico.
We all love our puppies. There’s a reason they are called man’s best friend. They are adorable, loyal and sweet little pals who only want our affection and attention. However, giving them that much-deserved affection can sometimes backfire in a life-changing way — as it did for one Ohio woman earlier this year.
After nine days in the hospital, a woman woke up to find her hands and legs amputated and the reason behind their loss was a rare infection caused by puppy kisses.
The nightmare started after the woman returned home from a vacation to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
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When Marie Trainer returned from her trip, she experienced a backache and nausea that caused her to take time off of work. Soon, her temperature began fluctuating wildly — spiking and dropping sporadically. The sudden changes to her temperature and her worrisome symptoms landed her in the local emergency room on May 11.
When first admitted, Trainer was delirious and she soon fell unconscious. Doctors first suspected that the problem was some sort of tropical disease picked up from her travel to the Caribbean. However, this wasn’t the cause. It took the hospital seven days to eliminate that possibility and find the real cause of Trainer’s illness.
Trainer had contracted a rare infection from the bacteria Capnocytophaga canimorsus.
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Doctors say bacteria was probably introduced into Trainer’s body when her German shepherd puppy, Taylor, licked an open cut somewhere on her body. As the infection took its course, the Ohio woman’s skin began quickly changing to a purplish-red color before progressing into full-blow gangrene in her extremities. She soon developed a blood clot that threatened Trainer’s life. The discoloration also spread to the tip of her nose, ears, and face.
While being hospitalized at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, Trainer was treated by Dr. Margaret Kobe, the medical director of infectious disease. Kobe shared with CNN the process of identifying and treating Trainer’s illness.
“It was difficult to identify, We’re kind of the detectives,” Kobe explained. “We went through all these diagnoses until we could narrow things down. She didn’t lose parts of her face. But her extremities is what she had to have surgery on. This is off the scale, one of the worst cases we have seen in terms of how ill people become with infections. She was close to death.”
However, Trainer’s family wanted to get a second opinion before they made the life-changing decision to amputate.
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Hoping to save Trainer’s legs and hands, her family reached out to see if they would get a less severe diagnosis. However, the damage was too extensive and had already corrupted the tissue in her extremities. Doctors confirmed the diagnosis of Capnocytophaga through the use of blood tests and cultures.
Trainer’s family then gave permission for her treatments. Trainer has now had eight surgeries and will soon be fitted for prostheses on her arms and legs. Gina Premier, Trainer’s step-daughter and a nurse at the same hospital she was treated at, spoke with CNN about the prognosis
“That was a pretty hard pill for us to all swallow,” she admitted. “To say she was fine a couple days ago on vacation and now she’s actively getting worse by the minute and now her hands and feet aren’t alive, like this doesn’t happen, it’s 2019.”
While this is a cautionary tale for all dog-owners, Trainer’s cause is a rare one.
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This news has us seriously rethinking how we show our pups affection and vice versa. According to the Center for Disease Control, the bacteria is present in as many as 74% of dogs. However, most people who come into contact with infected dogs and cats don’t get sick themselves. The bacteria poses a greater risk to people with weakened immune systems, the elderly and children. Once contracted, symptoms of the infection usually manifest in three to five days. Three in ten of those who develop a severe infection will die because of Capnocytophaga.
Though changed forever, Trainer is grateful to still be living and is ready to move on to the next chapter of her life.
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Though the bacteria was introduced via one of her dogs, Trainer has no intention of giving her pups away. In fact, she was eager to see them while she was still hospitalized. She asked doctors if her two furry friends could visit and they were happy to accommodate the request.
“They brought them here two times at the hospital so I can see them and that just put the biggest smile on my face,” Trainer told CNN.
It just goes to show that nothing can stop puppy love — not even a major bacterial infection.
OK, so you’re a sorry person you might be wondering what the heck a “bodega cat” is, right? Well, a bodega cat is a special and hard-working kind of kitty who often lives in a ship or has taken a stroll away from home to find comfort in strangers…. and by comfort we mean food, comida, la papa. If you want a longer def, then you can find one here (and of course, remember gatitos are the kings and queens of the Internet). These kitties are often found near delis, lonjas mercantiles or anywhere that sells food. As we said, sometimes bodega cats actually live in the shop and will do anything within their means to get some abracitos y mimos from the customers! They often become legendary dwellers of their hoods.
They will employ their best gatito de Shrek antics to get a slice of pastrami or a little bit of queso, or perhaps a little cuddle, and like any good cat, they will just ignore you once their feline cravings have been satisfied. Just so you are prepared next time you encounter one of these, this is what we mean by gatito de Shrek (yes, we know he is the Puss in Boots, but us Latinos call him differently):
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And without further ado, these are some of the most tiernos y descarados bodega cats on the web:
This New Yorker who has made the streets his paradise
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Just look at the masterful way that this bodega cat seductively twists and turns around Elly Belle’s ankle. Hard to say no!
Mayor Tom, a sus ordenes
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Tom is laying the law of the land straight away: if you want anything you will need to pay him some attention, and some respect. He will be by your ankle, tus tobillos, of course! Are we the only ones who think cats were put on this planet to be the stars of the Internet?
Want a B&J ice cream? Well, too bad, I am just cooling here!
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Good luck to whoever wants to grab an helado in this shop. That bodega cat is not going anywhere. Do we blame him?
Just woke up from my long siesta
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Just look at that rico bostezo. This cat found the perfect nap spot behind the Premium crackers. Just be careful next time you visit the shop: you don’t want to unleash hell by waking him up!
This cat found an ally!
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Very cute. These two seem to have hit it up. This animal defender will surely visit this bodega cat often, and perhaps bring some fishy treats with him. This kitty struck gold: a co-dependent lifelong friendship with a human.
Do not disturb, por el amor de Dios
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That bag of Book Chicka Pops seems to be the best pillow ever. This cat is just so comfy we even feel like peeping toms looking at this picture!
The guardian of the chelas
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This minino knows that when new boxes of cerveza arrive, it is of the uttermost importance to guard them. Just look at the serious and committed expression on its face. Well done, chaparrito.
This is one aristocratic cat
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Everything in the dweller of this bottle shop screams class: from the long whiskers to the furry chest to the aristocratic way in which he yawns. Perhaps some sherry, my lord?
Cats of anarchy!
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According to common lore, if you cross a black cat you will face bad luck. But this one is just so cute on that motorbike. Or, is he part of a biker gang? Shall we call Ron Perlman and ask if he is part of Sons of Anarchy?
Ready to jump! Watch out!
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This cat by the name of Max seems to be ready to jump on the first customer that walks in. We wonder what is going through his animal mind? Sardines, perhaps.
No, kid, no chocolate today!
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We love, and are terrified by, the judgmental look on this fluffy face. No chocolate for you today, escuincle. Or perhaps he is shaming an adult cliente for having a Kinder huevito every day.
Cat not for sale
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Cats and boxes are like chicken and rice, peas and carrots… we just want to clarify that this cat was not being sold! He just loves to spread sus patitas open wide in this box.
Guardia de lujo
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No, he is not a criminal. This cat is there as a customer service liaison for the shop and is ready to assist you if you have any questions in regards to the operation of the Automatic Teller Machine. Ha.
This gatito de bodega sure strikes a pose!
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Just look at how professional this cat’s modeling is. It captures the golden hour perfectly, and that look towards el horizonte near the Yucateco sauce bottles and the Cholula sauce box would surely make a spreadsheet in a fashion magazine. Miau!
We want this on a t-shirt, like as of yesterday!
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What a cool design. It is influenced by pop art and yet captures the magnificence of bodega cats. Can we buy a t-shirt or poster now, please? Take our money
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Ohh la la! No bad luck at all bumping into this amazing New York scene, with fresh tulips and a gorgeous black cat. Can it get more urban chic than this?
Ask Nelson, if you can wake him up that is
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Nelson seems to have an appointed role in customer service, but he also seems to not give a damn. Good for him. Long, restful periods of sleep are important for any employee.
Come back soon, have a nice day!
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We would totally come back to this shop if this awesome one-eyed cat was there to bid us goodbye. We love that he is having a happy life, as evidenced by his lovely panza. We just want to scratch his tummy!
Bodega cat in training
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This kitten has all the necessary attributes to become a great bodega cat: the posture, the intensity in his gaze and a very healthy dose of cuteness. We can’t wait to see where his career takes him!
Hipster bodega cats, of course, giving us all the High Fidelity vibes
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This super hipster gatito lives in a record store that sells vinyl and of course wears a jeans vest. He has that Marlon Brando air about him and is plain awesome. Can someone sign a sponsorship deal with him already?
Last but not least: the smart cat who found summer relief in the fridge
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New York can get pretty hot in the summer, and muyhumid, so Fernando found the perfect spot inside the fridge. If it is beer o’clock he can just crack open a Red Stripe and feel the sweet flavors of Jamaica travel his furry body.
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