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Beluga Whale Plays Fetch With Rugby World Cup Ball in Incredible Video

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SEATTLE (TMZ) — Ever seen a Beluga whale play fetch in the open seas before??? Now ya have … ’cause the Seattle Seawolves just posted video of the adorable mammal retrieving a rugby ball from deep in the ocean — and it’s incredible!!

Great to see a fellow marine mammal enjoying a bit of catch-pass with one of the @RugbyWorldCup balls! The #Beluga seems to prefer the offload instead of the spin pass.

The 74 seconds of awesome begins with some people on a boat pulling a ball out of the Beluga’s mouth … and then they hurl the sphere about 20 yards away.

That’s when the whale swims out and grabs it … AND THEN BRINGS IT BACK TO THE BOAT!!! It’s seriously amazing.

Unclear why the guys decided to have the impromptu game of catch … but the Seawolves were stoked to post the footage Thursday.

“Great to see a fellow marine mammal enjoying a bit of catch-pass with one of the @RugbyWorldCup balls!” the team wrote. “The #Beluga seems to prefer the offload instead of the spin pass.”

FYI, the Seawolves’ season starts in a few months — which means there’s definitely enough time to make a nickname change to the Belugas …

Just sayin’.

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‘Sexy Vegan’ Sentenced, Loses Dogs Over Butt Licking Incident

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LOS ANGELES — A 37-year-old man entered a no contest plea today in connection to a video he posted with a dog, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Sexy Vegan, aka Hansel DeBartolo III, of West Hollywood entered the plea to one misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace in case 9SC03436.

Deputy District Attorney Bradley Lieberman said Vegan was immediately sentenced to two years of summary probation, 100 hours of community service and 52 weeks of a sexual offender program.

In addition, the defendant’s dogs which were previously seized will not be returned and he will be prohibited from owning any new animals during his probationary period. 

On Sept. 5, 2019, Vegan posted a video on a social media account depicting a pit bull licking the defendant’s rear end, the prosecutor said.

He initially pleaded not guilty on September 27 for allegedly sexually assaulting his dog, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced at the time. He was charged with one misdemeanor count each of sexual assault on an animal and posting obscene matter.

He was facing up to one year in county jail if convicted on the initial charges.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department.

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Mother & Daughter Plead No Contest to Stealing Dog From Elderly Man

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Sgt. Dave Schilling holds dog recovered from home in South Gate and undated photo of Chewie (Credit: Long Beach Police Department)

LOS ANGELES — A woman and her mother each pleaded no contest today to stealing a dog from a 72-year-old man in Long Beach in April, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Erika Juarez Trujillo and Patricia Juarez, both of South Gate, entered the plea to one misdemeanor count each of petty theft.

They were immediately sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Daniel Lowenthal to three years’ summary probation, 30 days of community labor, modified animal neglect classes, an online animal cruelty course and a 100-yard stay-away order from the incident’s location.

In April, the victim was walking a small dog when Trujillo pushed the victim, grabbed the dog and fled in a car drive by Juarez, prosecutors said.

The case was investigated by the Long Beach Police Department.

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Lucky Owl Escapes Chimney Just Before Being Roasted

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Owl Gets Stuck in Family's Chimney, Almost Goes Up in Flames

NEW YORK (TMZ) — Santa Claus isn’t the only one coming down the chimney this Christmas as one household learned in dramatic fashion … ya gotta watch out for those night owls too.

This is pretty nuts … a family in upstate New York wanted to light a fire in their fireplace this past weekend for a holiday party but heard fluttering noises from inside their chimney. They figured it was a bird or an animal, so held off on lighting up for the moment.

By Sunday, we’re told the noises had stopped … so the fam figured whatever was in there had gotten out and scrammed. Naturally, they went ahead and started that fire they wanted to get going the night before.

To their surprise … things ended with an unexpected visitor dropping in (literally) and almost getting burnt to a crisp. Luckily, no animals were harmed in the making of this story.

A fully-grown screech-owl fell down the chimney and was frantically trying to escape the flames. The people inside obviously noticed and immediately cut off the fire … and eventually got a hold of the little guy, who might’ve been a little toasty, but wasn’t injured.

We’re told the family called animal control, which came through and took possession of the owl and took it to a shelter, where it was given fluids due to dehydration. It’ll be released in a few days, and yes … it should be A-OK for Christmas.

Just a lesson for the kids … ya never know who’ll pop in for Xmas. ‘Cause it ain’t always ol’ Saint Nick.

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