The Water Bowl: Miley Cyrus Gets a Piggy Birthday Present

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updated 11/08/2012 AT 6:00 PM ET

originally published 11/28/2012 AT 12:15 PM ET

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received a very special – and likely, squealing – gift for her 20th birthday: a pig. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sponsored a rescue pig in her name to mark the milestone. “She is so cute I can hardly stand ittttttt!!!! Cyrus Tweeted. –Huffington Post

Japanese electronics company Fujitsu is helping pet owners become dog whisperers themselves with a new management service launching Wednesday dubbed “Wandant.” The device lets owners keep track of their canine counterpart’s stress levels, surrounding temperature and every step. –Wall Street Journal

With German lawmakers due to introduce a new statute outlawing sexual acts with animals, “zoophilia” advocates are speaking out against the legislation. “We see animals as partners and not as a means of gratification,” says the chairman of pro-animal sex group Zoophile Engagement for Tolerance and Information (ZETA). –Time

Tech-savvy cat lovers, look no further: iPet Companion is an online service that invites users to remotely control feline toys when away from home. The service costs $349.95 plus postage for the cat version and $395 plus postage for dogs, in addition to a $4.95 monthly fee for an interactive website. –Mashable