A rescue pit bull is so convinced he's a cat he even climbs up on the fridge

Pit bulls and cats aren't exactly nature's best buddies. Pit bulls are terriers with a very strong prey drive, can be prone to aggression, and are bred to kill rodents.

The difference between a cat and rodent is negligible in the eyes of a pit bull, so they have been known to be aggressive, and even kill, felines.

Of course, it goes without saying, that with the proper training, cats and pit bulls can not only coexist but develop loving bonds with one another.

While a cat and pit bull being besties isn't exactly newsworthy, there's a pit bull that gets along with his two cat buddies so well, his owners believe he thinks he's a cat.


When Bethany and Samantha Callister went to a local pet rescue to adopt a dog, Mako, a pit bull at the shelter, made it very clear that he had just found his forever family.

"We joke that we didn't really pick him, he picked us," Bethany told The Dodo. "When we went to the rescue shelter he had his back against the cage so we started petting him and he looked over his shoulder and gave direct eye contact and we just fell in love with the little guy."

They were immediately smitten with Mako but were a little afraid he'd have a clash of personalities with their two cats, Pecan and Gizmo. The shelter told them Mako would be just fine with the cats, but they had no idea just how great they'd end up getting along.

"We initially kept the cats in a separate part of the house because we wanted to slowly introduce them to the new dog," Bethany told Bored Panda.

But soon, the dog and the two cats became close friends, and Mako started imitating them, by climbing to places only cats would dare. He would jump on top of tables, cabinets and even make his way to the top of the fridge.



"Whenever Mako sees the boys on the counters or cabinets he hops up to join them," Bethany said. "He really just wants to be around the cats all the time. If he is not in the room with one of us humans, he's with the cats."

The Castillers realized that they had a very unusual dog, but it didn't matter one bit.

"We went online and found a dog toy that looks like a cat one so we go to the backyard and he chases and jumps after it like the cats," Bethany said. "He also likes to lay on the tables with my cats and look out the window at the birds with them. When he sees one of my cats lay on their backs for a tummy rub he comes over and does the same thing!"

Mako goes to show that just as you shouldn't judge a person by their race, you shouldn't judge a dog by its breed. Heck, you can't even judge an animal by its species. The Castillers went to the rescue to find themselves a dog and accidentally wound up with a cat.

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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