Pet Scoop: Animal Carnival in Brazil Goes to the Dogs, Lions Live in Fear in Botswana

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Dog at Carnival parade
This festive pup celebrates Rio's animal version of Carnival, Blocao.

Pets Hit the Parade Route in Rio

Hundreds of dogs (and even a few cats) in Rio de Janeiro donned costumes and took to the streets for Brazil’s annual “Blocao” parade — a street party for four-legged revelers. “The animal excitement is taking over Copacabana,” said a parade organizer. — Read it and see the photos from the AP via Daily Mail

Uggie Takes Home a Pawscar

The star of The Artist took home the top prize at the American Humane Association’s Pawscars last week. The Jack Russell Terrier received the Pawscar for Best Scene Stealer. — Read it at People Pets

Artificial Beaks Boost India's Hornbill Population

India’s tribal Nyishi people were at first uncertain about the idea of using fiberglass hornbill beaks in traditional headgear, instead of the real thing. But as tribal elders warmed to the idea, hornbill populations began to rebound. — Read it at the Huffington Post


King of the Jungle Often Lives in Fear

A conflict between lions and humans has developed in Botswana, where land that's been set aside for grazing livestock surrounds a wilderness area inhabited by lions. Researchers have found that the risk of run-ins with humans has been driving lion behavior, affecting how the cats perceive their environment. — Read it at Discovery News

Man Crawls Over Ice to Rescue Dog

A man in the U.K. stripped down to his underwear and inched his way across ice to save a dog who’d fallen into a river. The man fell through the ice himself, but he managed to rescue the pup. "He put his clothes back on and carried on," said a witness. "It was a foolish act of bravery.” — Read it at the BBC News

Pet Airways Faces Financial Troubles

The pet-only airline seemed like a brilliant idea, but the company has been upsetting customers with cancelled flights that have left some furry travelers stranded. One customer had to fly across the country and then drive back just to bring her dog home. “We have ups and downs, but we are keeping our eyes on the long-term goal of providing a safe and comfortable transportation option for the pets,” said the company’s co-founder. — Read it at The New York Times

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