Pet Scoop: 50 Cent the Goose Is a Survivor, Scientists Say Gorillas Are Good at Baby Talk

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Goose named 50 Cent survives being shot 7 times
50 Cent the goose is one tough bird.

Goose Survives Seven Pellet Shots

This waterfowl has serious street cred. After being shot seven times by a pellet gun, a goose was taken to a northern Arkansas animal hospital, where employees named the bird 50 Cent — after the rapper who was infamously shot 9 times and survived. Now, 50 Cent (the goose) is waiting to be adopted. — Read it at The Washington Post

Plus: Speaking of 50 Cent, the rapper (not the goose) named his dog Oprah. He explains why in an upcoming interview with the media mogul that airs this Sunday on OWN. — Read it at People Pets

National Zoo Announces the Birth of Twin Fishing Cats

The furry new additions to the National Zoo are the first ever fishing cats to be bred in D.C. — an important milestone since the endangered species' population has decreased by 50 percent in the past 18 years. For now, scientists are closely monitoring the pair, but the cats should make their public debut late this summer. — Read it at MSNBC

Pain May Be at the Root of Some Dog Aggression

Researchers in Barcelona have found that sudden episodes of aggression in dogs can often be explained by undiagnosed pain. The most common culprit: Hip dysplasia, which affects more than 40 percent of Golden Retrievers, Labradors and Rottweilers. — Read it at Science Daily

Gorillas Have Their Own Form of Baby Talk

A recent study published in the American Journal of Primatology found that adult gorillas use modified gestures when communicating with baby gorillas, suggesting that they understand an infant’s lower maturity level and adjust for it. “We were surprised that  . . . [gorilla] infants are addressed differently," said study co-author Dr. Eva Maria Luef. The scientists were the first to identify the phenomenon — called “motherese” — in Great Apes. — Watch it at the Huffington Post

Scientists Create a Social Network Site — For Birds

In an effort to study the social activities of Wild Great Tits, researchers attached transponders to thousands of the birds to track their movements over two years. They then posted the more than one million observations on a Facebook of sorts, identifying the most popular gathering events, as well as which birds flocked together most often. The findings support the scientists' hypothesis that "birds not only visit the feeder as part of such small flocks but also have a preference to the members of the flock they choose to forage with." — Read it at Live Science

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