Athletic Animals: Dog That Jumps Rope, and More

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As people, they'd be more impressive than many. That they're animals will blow you away.

These crowd-pleasing critters do everything: They dance, they paint, they even save lives.

They break records, they make history and they find friends in the most unfamiliar places.

Amazing Athletic Animals at the Columbus Zoo

"Good Morning America's" Sam Champion visited the Columbus Zoo, in Powell, Ohio, where he got a sneak peek at some amazing, athletic animals that are part of the "Animals on Safari" exhibit. Have you ever seen a terrier jump rope ... or a cat tackle the high jump?

VIDEO: Sam Champion meets wild and tame animals at the Columbus Zoo.
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The superstars on stage at the exhibit -- which premieres at the zoo on July 4 weekend -- are all rescued shelter animals that were brought to the zoo and trained by the staff.

Whistling Orangutan Releases CD

Even some humans can't do it. But Ujian, a 14-year-old ape at Germany's Heidelberg Zoo, is such an accomplished whistler, he just cut his first CD. He reportedly taught himself how to whistle last summer.

"Ich Bin Ujian" ("I Am Ujian") will go on sale at the zoo in June, Germany's Der Spiegel reported earlier this week. The fun, pop-rock song with a bit of a reggae influence, combine's Ujian's whistling with lyrics sung by Tobias Kämmerer.

The chorus includes the lines: "I am Ujian the orangutan. I am so cool, man, I'm a star."

Bird Boogies to the Beat

In the YouTube universe, this bird is a big star. A video of Snowball rocking out to the Backstreet Boys has been viewed more than 2 million times since it was posted in 2007.

The video also inspired a first-ever study on how animals "dance" to the music that was published by the journal Current Biology in late April.

The article said that the animals shared with people some ability mimic sounds they hear, the Associated Press reported.

Dog Gives Birth to 20 Puppies

Call her the Nadya Suleman of the canine world. A super-fertile Florida dog named Dixie gave birth to 20 puppies last week.

"It's been around-the-clock feedings" said Dixie's owner, Deanna Stewart. "Because she has so many, she can't do it on her own, so we're having to bottle feed just to make sure they're all rotated and everything's fine with that."

Dixie fell just short of the world record, which is 24 puppies. But her owners have their hands full.

"It's a hard job. We have to go every three hours and feed them," said Deanna's son, Braxton Stewart.

A Pachyderm Picasso

Her work isn't for sale yet, but an African elephant at a British safari park already has more than 50 paintings in her portfolio.

Five, a 16-year-old elephant at the West Midland Safari Park in Bewdley, Worcestershire, first demonstrated her penchant for painting when zookeepers left a paintbrush in her enclosure one day, the BBC reported.

She picked up the brush and appeared to be painting.

Now, when her keeper says, "paint," Five picks up the brush. And she puts it down when she is told, "Okay."

A spokeswoman for the safari park told the BBC that Five continues to paint in different colors until she appears satisfied with her masterpiece.

World's Oldest Dog

In dog years, she's at least a centenarian. In human years, Chanel, the world's oldest dog, is 21.

Last Wednesday, she celebrated her 21st birthday, according to Reuters. The dachshund, from Port Jefferson, N.Y., received a certificate from Guinness World Records marking the occasion.

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