24 hours through the lens
April 26th, 2012
05:10 PM ET

The CNN Daily Mash-up

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We'll top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs. Your comments, as always, are welcome.

Get your 'aww' fix right here

Local TV stations affiliated with CNN have found a number of different animals in distress, but at least there are some happy endings. Take, for example, affiliate KCPQ's report on the nine - NINE! - baby great horned owls being raised at Washington State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital after their nests were destroyed.

If that's not aww-inspiring enough, how about CNN affiliate KPHO's story about an 8-week-old puppy who is recovering after getting stuck in a desert cactus plant? A passer-by rescued "Cactus Jack," who has had all the needles removed and is waiting to go to a new adoptive home. (Warning: The pictures may make your face hurt.)

And then there's affiliate WHAM's report on poor Rosko, a hardworking police K-9 officer in Geneseo, New York, who is being laid off because of a budget squeeze. No one is sure how this is going to work out for Rosko, who is considered city property and may be auctioned off to the highest bidder, the station reports. Stay tuned.

Dalai Lama has normal animal instincts

The Dalai Lama may be the spiritual leader of millions of Buddhists, but he's still made of flesh. Even though he's taken a vow of celibacy, the Dalai Lama told CNN's Piers Morgan that he still can feel temptation when he sees women. But he never lets his thoughts wander too far.

Oh yes, sometimes (I) see people (and think) oh, this is very nice. (But) I'm Dalai Lama. I always remember, I am monk, I am always monk.

User comment: You go, Lama

It appears as if a few of our readers were facing internal struggles of their own. One calling himself joe2cents said this about the Dalai Lama:

I was tempted to write something immature and silly based on his temptation to women and trying alcohol. But I held back and re-read the article and began appreciating the brother for his words and sense of security and peace about who he is. I admire him and am inspired.

iReport: Turtle rescue off Oman

Even CNN's iReporters got into the act, as iReporter notemapez (a college professor named Raymond Anthony Montoya) submitted a video of himself rescuing a sea turtle entangled in a fishing net in the waters off Oman. Montoya also shared his opinion on careless fishing practices.

Video: Furry faces

Sticking with the animal theme, it seems some men have too much time on their hands, not to mention too much hair on their faces:

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On the horizon: Running of the Colts

The NFL's Indianapolis Colts will formally introduce their quarterback of the future, Stanford's Andrew Luck, to fans and local media with a "draft party" Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. Luck was announced as the first pick in the NFL draft, taking place Thursday-Saturday in New York City.

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  1. Istrt

    They couldn't find a more horrible pic of Michelle Obama?

    April 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • TDiddy

      She looks just as confused as her clueless husband!!!

      April 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. edmundburkeson

    More like confused!

    April 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dorothy

    It's good to see she is as human as the rest of US I bet she puts her pants on one leg at a time just like me and YOU


    April 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • carla

      I bet she does to. I bet her blood is the same color. :0)

      April 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rebecca

    It depends on what she was saying at the time the picture was taken.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jean Sartre

    @ Dorothy

    Please keep your GOD off of the blogs, Michelle is doing a great job without...THAT...

    April 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • dalee

      Jean one day you will find out you too can do nothing with him! Without him we really can't do anything. Love you in Jesus!

      April 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    @ Jean Sartre, The same right that gave you the freedom to post that remark is the same right that Dorothy has... My dear!

    April 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mjk

    Seriously, who the hell thought this picture was the winner in the editing room? Clearly, this was on purpose.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dalee

    Without HIm!!!!

    April 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    The look she has is what I thought of her when I first saw her.

    April 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cain Igbambe

    She looks, well great...! This is a spontaneous shot that captures her essence, her personality. There is a confidence she exudes that suggests a lack of self-consciousness that many of might feel in that situation. She reading to kids, so she's animated, engaging them at their energy level. Guys (and gals) lighten up. It doesnt have to be a glam shot all the friggn time. People are just too superficial these days... 🙂

    April 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dee

    Did you see what she wore to present at the Kids Choice awards?

    April 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. performer

    Why did you use that photo? and you guys are supposed to have a liberal bias? It doesn't matter how often you insult him or his wife. He's still gonna win.

    April 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Opinon: CNN is biased

    Opinion: Why CNN will campaign for Obama and why you should like it
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    Opinion: Should CNN say something positive about the Republican campaign...short answer...NO...end of Opinion
    Opinion: Why CNN should forget the news and just force more pro-left opinions down your throat.

    April 26, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JomoDaMusicMan

    The 1st lady is entertaining children and she is great at it. The children really enjoys her and I adore her and to those of you who do not like her. YOU CAN JUST GO TO HELL!

    April 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jerry

    She looks just as clueless as her husband. It must run in the family. My guess is that today she might be proud to be an American.

    Go figure...

    April 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
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