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Unusual companions: Tiger makes friends with goat intended for lunch

A Siberian tiger was supposed to have a guest for lunch, literally. 

But a goat, intended to be a meal for the big cat, has turned into a companion.

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The bullheaded goat didn't show fear when it entered the tiger's enclosure. Instead it looked directly at the cat and took over its shelter, moves that park workers have said was "very brave" on the part of the goat. 

The oddest of animal couples

Posted by Daily Mail on Friday, November 27, 2015

The cat has been seen sitting on top of the rocks since the goat moved into the covering, The Siberian Times reported.

"The brave goat not only saved his own life. He kicked the tiger out of his bedroom and is sleeping on Amur's 'bed' for the fourth night," workers told The Siberian Times.

They have named the goat Timur.

Workers said that the unlikely pair take walks together every day.

"Timur the goat has taken Amur for a leader and follows him everywhere."

You can see it for yourself:

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:22:08 -0500

Art for the blind and visually impaired, thanks to 3D printing

Few people get to see the Mona Lisa firsthand and even fewer people have had their hands on the painting itself.

For blind and visually impaired people, who are heavily reliant on touch, neither luxury has been much of a realistic possibility.

But that may soon change thanks to Unseen Art, an Indiegogo campaign committed to allowing "blind and visually impaired people to experience art."

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The Finland-based group wants to re-create two-dimensional paintings into 3D models via a printer and provide them via free distribution to anyone with the proper printing capabilities around the world. 

In a video made by the group, a voice describes witnessing the Mona Lisa for the first time.

"Her nose is kind of long. ... But it's the expression that's the most mysterious here. It's a little bit enigmatic. ... My fingers are excited!" the blind woman can be heard saying.

Click here to learn more about the campaign.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:55:24 -0500

Thousands pour into area malls, stores for Black Friday deals

Black Friday shopping is in full swing as thousands of shoppers pour into malls across the Charlotte area.

Channel 9 reporter Joe Bruno caught up with shoppers early Friday morning at Concord Mills, where doors opened Thanksgiving night.

Mall officials told Channel 9 they had a surge of customers Thursday evening but that crowds tapered off around 3 a.m. They were prepared for another rush at 7 a.m.


Security was ready as well. Channel 9 saw plenty of security officials moving around the mall and staying alert. Both local and national law enforcement officials were also on hand to make sure everything went well.

Mall officials were taking extra precautions this year in the wake of terror attacks abroad as well as previous Black Friday incidents across the country.

With thousands of extra customers in the mall at any time, officials wanted to make sure shoppers were having as great of an experience as possible.

“We work very close with local law enforcement to make sure we provide a safe shopping environment and, you know, basically what we try to do is just provide a comfortable shopping situation for shoppers,” said the mall’s general manager, Ray Soporowski.

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There were plenty of great deals worth coming out for and early reports for Black Friday sales showed a record number of people shopped online -- and they used their phones to do it.

USA Today was reporting people spent about $1 billion already -- that's up more than 20 percent compared to last Thanksgiving.

The most popular items have been Star Wars merchandise, video game consoles and 4K televisions.


The National Retail Federation expects even higher online sales with Cyber Monday just a few days away.

If you plan on joining the crowds this Friday, officials want you to do a couple of things. Attorney General Roy Cooper advises that shoppers do their research ahead of time. Sometimes stores are having sales all week and the deal you're paying for isn't that special.

Buy from stores you know and make sure you check out each company's return policy so you don't run into any trouble if you decide you don't want the gift.

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There are a lot of great deals online, but make sure the websites are legitimate. Never purchase from a site that isn't secure and look for a web address that starts with “https.”

Channel 9 was out at the Southpark Mall Thursday night and spoke to shoppers about why they keep shopping on Thanksgiving or Black Friday each year.

“This is kind of like the big secret, you do your shopping Thursday night, you get it over with, you get your sizes, you get what you want,” said Greg Faulk.

Around 5 a.m., dozens of people lined up outside Bass Pro Shops at Concord Mills for a special sale. Channel 9 saw some people in blankets braving the cold temperatures just to snag some deals, and spoke with one shopper who had been waiting outside for four hours.

"I was at Walmart, Target and Best Buy earlier,” said Dylan Fugitt. “Now I’m here. Every year, same thing."

Fugitt said he wants to buy a drone and that the store was offering it at 50 percent off.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:28:07 -0500

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