In weird animal news this week, it was revealed that Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin "had a close encounter with a bear, four bears to be exact," he told the Associated Press. Shumlin tried to defend his backyard birdfeeders from hungry bears, when one nearly chased him down.

He revealed, "I sleep like many Vermont boys, without too much clothing at night. I'm not a big pajama person. The bottom line is: The bears were dressed better than I and they could have done some real damage."

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez also made the news this week, speaking out against a proposed horse slaughterhouse in her state. AP reported that Martinez plans to send a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, requesting it to deny a permit for the slaughterhouse in Roswell.

She said in a statement, "Despite the federal government's decision to legalize horse slaughter for human consumption, I believe creating a horse slaughtering industry in New Mexico is wrong and I am strongly opposed."

In other animal news, scientists recently completed a satellite imaging survey of Antarctica's emperor penguin population. It was revealed that the population numbers around 595,000, "nearly double previous estimates," reported Reuters.

In case you missed them, be sure to check out these clips of a dog that is a double dutch jump rope master and this kitten eating ice cream.

Below, check out some of the cutest and coolest animal photos from around the world this week.

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