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A Texas couple has their 17-year-old teacup Chihuahua to thank for saving them from a fire that destroyed their home last week. Todd and Debbie Mills said they were asleep when the fire started in the kitchen, and smoke detectors failed to go off. “This dog, Bebe, barked real harsh and loud, and I knew something was wrong,” said Todd Mills. The Mills got out of the burning home but in the chaos, they realized their hero dog was still inside. Luckily, firefighters saved Bebe, who’s blind in one eye. “She’s our hero,” Todd said. “We lost everything, that can be replaced, but lives can’t. Even that dog, that’s our family.” — Read it at People Pets
With ice audibly breaking around her, firefighters in Ohio came to the rescue of a deer stranded on a partially frozen pond Sunday morning. In video footage of the rescue, firefighters can be seen standing in areas where the ice is thicker and using a long red line to guide the deer toward the shore. The rescuers can be seen getting a selfie with the deer before she runs off into the woods. — Read it at UPI
Out in Arizona, it was a puppy who needed rescuing. Last week, an emergency animal medical technician from the Arizona Humane Society responded to a call from a Good Samaritan who heard a 10-week-old puppy’s cries coming from a storm drain. The rescuer was lowered 6 feet into the drain and crawled through the dark to locate the lost puppy. She wrapped him in a towel and brought him up to safety. Trotter’s mom was found waiting nearby, and both of the dogs were brought to the humane society, where they’re doing well. They’re expected to be up for adoption later this week. — Read it at ABC 15 Arizona
The animal care team at the Cincinnati Zoo is providing critical care to a female Nile hippo who was born Tuesday, but wasn’t expected until March. The calf was just 29 pounds — about 25 pounds less than the lowest recorded birth weight for her species. “We are giving her fluids and keeping her moist and warm,” said the zoo’s Christina Gorsuch. “Her little system is underdeveloped, and getting her to a healthy weight will be a challenge. Vets and animal staff are doing everything they can to get her through this critical time.” The baby is drinking a combination of her 17-year-old mom Bibi’s milk and other supplements from a bottle. The team is hoping to get her strong enough to stand and be reunited with her mom. — Read it from the Cincinnati Zoo
When the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons take the field in Houston on Super Bowl Sunday, some (arguably) cuter athletes will face off, too: kittens! Beth Stern, a well-known animal activist and wife of shock jock Howard Stern, introduced some of the rescue “cathletes” who will appear in Kitten Bowl IV on Access Hollywood this week. She brought three of the stars, Oliver, Maya and Theo, to the set of the talk show for cuddles with the hosts. The Kitten Bowl airs on the Hallmark Channel on Feb. 5 at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT. — Watch it at Access Hollywood and see the contenders at the Hallmark Channel
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