Pet Scoop: 36 Rescued Goldens Arrive in U.S., Puppy Surprises News Anchor on Live TV

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The Atlanta-based Adopt a Golden flew 36 abandoned Golden Retrievers from Turkey to the U.S.
The Atlanta-based Adopt a Golden flew 36 abandoned Golden Retrievers from Turkey to the U.S.

Dozens of Dogs Saved From Turkey

An Atlanta-based non-profit rescue group helped bring 36 Golden Retrievers to the U.S. from Turkey over the weekend. Lauren Genkinger, president of Adopt a Golden, got a call from a shelter in Istanbul asking for help with overcrowding. The breed was once a status symbol in Turkey, but they have lost their popularity, and the shelter rescued the dogs from the streets. Adopt a Golden flew them to the U.S. with their own interpreter. They arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport late Saturday night after a long journey that included 12 hours of flying time and a 7-hour layover. But on Sunday, they got lots of time to relax and play in the grass at the Pet Lodge, where they’re staying until they are ready to be adopted. Genkinger said that will likely be in early June — after they’ve adjusted and learned some English. — Watch it at Atlanta’s WSB-TV

Endangered Status Considered for Gulf Whale Species

Federal regulators say a unique species of baleen whale that lives in the Gulf of Mexico could get special protection because it may be facing extinction. National Marine Fisheries Service is considering giving the small population of Bryde's whales endangered or threatened status. The whales are found in tropical waters in many places but the Gulf’s population has been found to be genetically separate, and scientists think there are fewer than 50 of them in the Gulf. "There are so few of these animals left there is no doubt that they are at risk of extinction," said Giulia C.S. Good Stefani, an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, which filed a petition seeking the whales’ protection. "They really are down to the last individuals." — Read it from the AP via Yahoo

Kangaroo Joey Stolen From Mom’s Pouch at Zoo

Authorities in Wisconsin are trying to find a baby red kangaroo who was snatched from the safety of its mother’s pouch at the Special Memories Zoo in Greenville. The zoo’s staff noticed the baby was missing Wednesday morning and said the mom was injured in the incident. Four Nigerian dwarf goat babies were also taken. “If you don’t know what you’re doing, you only have a couple of days at the most” for the babies to survive without their moms, said keeper Gretchen Crowe. — Watch it at NBC News

Thistle the puppy had a little accident when KENS 5 anchor Mat Garcia was holding him on live TV.
Thistle the puppy had a little accident when KENS 5 anchor Mat Garcia was holding him on live TV.

Puppy Surprises TV Anchor

When you bring a puppy on live TV, it’s always a little risky. Mat Garcia, a morning news anchor for KENS 5 in San Antonio, Texas, found that out the hard way on Friday. Just after he and his co-anchor were handed Daffodil and Thistle, an adorable sister and brother pair of puppies, Thistle had an accident. "He's a Rottweiler and Shepherd mix, he is so cute... and he's peeing all over me! Oh no!" Garcia said, handing the pup back to a producer. "I love the dogs, and it happens, but I'm going to let you finish" he told his co-anchor, Sarah Forgany, as he left the set to clean up. “Thanks for being a good sport, Mat!” the San Antonio Humane Society posted on Facebook. The group is looking for homes for the puppies. — Watch it at San Antonio’s KENS 5

Moose Dodges Police and Takes Off

A moose made its way to freedom after a brief run-in with the police in Newfoundland, Canada. The wayward animal was wandering through a mall parking lot when the cops started trailing it. When it saw the police car, the moose made its way across the parking lot, climbed a set of stairs and fled up a hill, with the police in pursuit. Luckily, it seems to have made its way to a better place for a moose. — Watch it at Buzzfeed


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