Fast Friday: Animals Take Center Stage

Pulse Fast Friday is a feature of commentary from the week that was. We scour the digital world to show you the things that caught our eyes recently on the web; trending topics you may have missed, the hottest gadgets, new apps and more. What’s recently caught your eye? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Witness the Chincoteague Pony Swim

For the 90th recorded year, the wild ponies of Chincoteague made their swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island and thousands of people traveled to witness the event.

The ponies are believed to be descendants of 17 Arabian Horses that survived a shipwreck and landed on Assateague more than 300 years ago. Author Marguerite Henry made the ponies famous in her 1947 book Misty of Chincoteague although the annual swim has occurred since at least 1925. Every year the volunteer Saltwater Cowboys round up the herd of about 150 horses, decide which horses will swim then be auctioned off at a fundraiser for the Chincoteague Fire Department. The swim is part of a weeklong festival and is something that should be on your to-see bucket list.

Kimmel Mourns Cecil

Jimmy Kimmel usually has us ROTFL with his monologues, but on Tuesday, the late night funnyman held back tears as he expressed his outrage over the death of 13-year-old Zimbabwean lion Cecil. Kimmel started with some of his usual brand of witty jabs, suggesting Dr. Walter J. Palmer, a dentist and hunting enthusiast from Minnesota who actually paid more than $50,000 to lure Cecil out of his sanctuary in a national park and kill him, take Viagra to “save himself from being the most hated man in America who never advertised jell-o pudding” (a reference to Bill Cosby). In the end, Kimmel couldn’t help but get emotional as he encouraged viewers to donate to It’s probably better than slamming Palmer on his practice’s Yelp page, though some of the scathing comments are worthy of five stars.

Grumpy Puppy is the New Grumpy Cat

Sunday funday!

A photo posted by Earl (@earlthegrumpypuppy) on

Anyone who has ever been bored at work has seen the cats stealing dog beds video on YouTube, but one pup is striking back on behalf of all dogkind. Meet Earl, the five-month-old puggle from Iowa who looks strangely like Grumpy Cat and just might end her reign as the Interweb’s favorite grouch. Earl’s human, Derek Bloomfield, posted a photo of him on Reddit that has gotten more than 2 million views. You can follow Earl as he navigates life with a sullen face on Facebook and Instagram. Good-bye, work productivity and maybe even Grumpy Cat. Her reaction to this entire ordeal is probably something like this:

A photo posted by Grumpy Cat (@realgrumpycat) on

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Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.