Pet Scoop: Adorable Puppy Stuck in Storm Drain, Rescued Kitten Gets a New Home

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Puppy saved from Miami storm drain
This adorable puppy was freed from a storm drain after passersby heard her cries for help.

Couple Hears Puppy’s Cries

A couple driving down a Miami street heard a puppy crying desperately for help Thursday night. They followed the sound and discovered a little black puppy trying to climb out of a storm drain. They called firefighters, who were able to lower a ladder into the drain and save the scared puppy at about 11 p.m. “This was the kind of rescue that we like — they’re right there, we can grab them,” said Miami Department of Fire-Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll. “A lot of times we’re not as lucky. They may get scared and they run down the drain.” Everyone has fallen in love with the sweet, feisty puppy. A family that lives nearby offered to take her in for now and try to find her a home — if they can give her up. They said they’re already getting attached to the cute little girl. — Watch it at Miami’s Local 10

Jia Jia Set to Tie Record for Oldest Panda in Captivity

Jia Jia, a giant panda who lives at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, turns 37 this summer. The previous Guinness record holder for the world’s oldest panda in captivity, Du-Du, died in 1999 at age 37. "It's probably equivalent to someone, a human person, who would be over a hundred years of age," said Grant Abel, the park's director of animal care. Jia Jia’s caretakers don’t know her exact birthday because she was born in the wild, but they celebrate it in the summer. They said she’s remarkably healthy despite her advanced age. — Read it from Reuters via Yahoo

Team Frees Badly Entangled Whale

Scientists from the Center for Coastal Studies spotted a humpback whale off the coast of Massachusetts Saturday, floating near the surface and “hogtied” by a rope. A shark was circling the vulnerable whale. The marine response team worked from the boat to cut the rope from the whale’s mouth, allowing it to swim again. Once the shark left the area, the team moved to a dinghy. They worked to remove the rope from the whale’s tail while the whale towed them through the water. The whale “sped off” as soon as it was completely free of the rope. — Read it at New England Cable News

The kitten saved from a pickup truck's engine after a 28-mile ride got a new home Sunday.
The kitten saved from a pickup truck's engine after a 28-mile ride got a new home Sunday with this little girl and her family.

Kitten Rescued From Truck Engine Gets a Home

Last week, we told you about the tiny kitten who survived a 28-mile ride in the engine of a pickup truck before being saved in the parking lot of the Mars Chocolate factory. Now, there’s happy news for the little orange kitten named Mars: he has a new family. A couple and their young daughter adopted him from the Common Sense for Animals shelter Sunday at a ceremony that included the Hackettstown, New Jersey, police officer who helped free the kitten. The Mars subsidiary Mars Petcare had offered to supply the kitten with a year’s worth of food, but his new family donated the food to the shelter that cared for Mars. — Read it at

Two Rare Foals Born Within Hours at U.K. Zoo

July 4 was a big day at the Chester Zoo in the U.K. Two critically endangered Onagers were born to two different moms just hours apart. “Onagers are the rarest equid species in the world and one of the rarest animals that we have here at the zoo, so we were absolutely delighted to havetwo foalsarrive — one male and one female — during same night!” said Tim Rowlands, the Chester Zoo’s curator of mammals. Onagers were once abundant in the deserts of Mongolia, China and Iran, but in the last 16 years, their numbers have declined by 16 percent. — Read it at Zooborns


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