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More search and rescue efforts are expected in Colorado today, where at least eight people have died and hundreds are missing in historic flooding. At least 12,000 people have already been evacuated, many by helicopter, over the hundreds of square miles of affected areas, reported NBC News. Among those rescued have been hundreds of animals, including dogs, cats, goats, horses, cows and more. In Greeley, Colo., for example, Good Samaritans worked together to rescue animals and calm them from the storms before bringing them to shelters where they could get the care they needed. "Our victims advocates told me tonight there were almost as many pets as people getting off the evacuation helicopters today," the Larimer County Sheriff's Office posted on its Facebook page on Saturday. — Find resources for displaced animals at the Examiner and see how to help at the Denver Post
The municipal zoo in Montevideo, Uruguay, which lacks the funds to create a better environment for its tigers, is planning to send them to a sanctuary in the United States. The zoo had been under pressure from animal rights groups to provide a better habitat for the animals. The zoo’s director said no one wanted to see a repeat of what happened at a zoo in Atlantida, where a group opened 16 cages, letting the animals go in July. Many of them quickly died when they were hit by cars or from stress, and many others disappeared. "I would like it if zoos did not exist, but they exist and have many animals that cannot be introduced back into nature. We try to help these animals have the best quality of life," said Eduardo Etcheverry, spokesman for the Uruguay group Animals Without Homes. — Read it from the AP and see Vetstreet’s coverage of Costa Rica’s plan to close two zoos
Cornelius, the monkey formerly known as the Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay, is putting down roots. After four years on the run from officials in Pinellas County, Florida, he was captured nearly a year ago and has been living at Dade City’s Wild Things since December. Now, officials there say they’ve found a good female companion for Cornelius after a nationwide search. They wouldn’t say where his partner came from, but said she’s about his age — 17 — and is a good match for his social habits. She’s in quarantine now and will be introduced to Cornelius in about 30 days. — Read it at Tampa Bay News
Firefighters in Santa Monica, Calif., found Stella, a Boxer, behind a mattress in a burning apartment building on Saturday morning. “If you walked in there and looked at it the first time through you wouldn’t see it,” said Captain Jeff Furrows. “But she was obviously trying to get away — that’s what her instincts told her to do.” Authorities pulled her from the blaze and spent 15 minutes using an oxygen mask to revive her. A crowd gathered, and they cheered and applauded when Stella finally came around. She’s now recovering at a local animal hospital. — Read it at Life With Dogs
Bubbles, an orphaned elephant, and Bella, a Labrador Retriever, don’t have a lot in common. But the two have become best friends at a wildlife park in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Bubbles came to live at the park 30 years ago, when she was rescued as a calf. And lately, one of her favorite activities has been to play with Bella. The unusual pair enjoys playing ball together — and then curling up to rest. — Watch video at Paw Nation and see photos at Buzzfeed
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