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. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @14. performer
    April 26th, 2012 8:06 pm ET
    It doesn’t matterhow often you insult him or his wife. He’s still gonna win.

    JF: When you literally take the taxpayers money in the tune of almost $600 million dollars and make a gauranteed loan to a company that not only didn't profit to pay it back to the government, but rather went bankrupt. That becomes part of an unscrupulous spending record, that's tearing this economy apart. If you want another four years of that, plus the worst unemployment rate in recent history, that's your business pal.

    April 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr. Smith

    Unemployment rate has been decreasing if you hadnt heard. But....It started the uphill climb to the worst in history BEFORE OBAMA became POTUS! So jeff franks, if you had become POTUS in 2008, what would you have done to repair the damage done by BUSH?

    April 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mr. Smith

    I would like to add, WITHOUT the help of congress of course! Wouldnt be fair to0give you an advantage that was not given to the present POTUS.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. liberal tree hugger

    Obama is doing a great job cleaning up the mess lil g w bush made. All bush was concerned with was sending millions of troops over to end terriorism and steal oil while pres obama was smart and did things covertly with a handful of well skilled special forces....bush was the worst prez ever and mr obama the best..Dont pull reagan out of ur butt cause we all know how bad he was

    April 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Honestly

    @mentally challenged environmentalist tree hugger who causes people to pay more money for such necessities as gas and water and who, by his actions and foolish beliefs, is creating a bigger gap between the poor and rich (people should come before trees really).

    Obama is definitely NOT the best president. He is not even in the top 20. What did he do? Oh, he had a Muslim guy killed (who, by the way, there was no physical evidence to tie to the 9/11 bombings). He collected a peace prize for sitting back and watching the world burn and he got elected because of the color of his skin and the support from Oprah (because of the color of his skin). Yeah, great president alright.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    The alternatives are downright scary. At the point in time that we find ourselves standing at (barely) I think President Obama is a better bet.
    The mind set we saw emerging during the GOP debates(circus) if given control of our destiny, would surely take us to the brink.

    April 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
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