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Just before her concert at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Wednesday night, facility staff members who knew singer Ariana Grande was a dog lover greeted her with eight dogs from the Animal Rescue Foundation Tulsa. But Grande, who’s 22, turned the surprise on them: she fell for one of the dogs, a Yorkshire Terrier named Strauss, and adopted him. And she didn’t stop there. She also paid the $150 adoption fees for the seven other dogs she met, and for 12 other pooches at ARF, helping them to find forever homes. Before the end of the night, Grande’s mom adopted a dog named Typhoon and her DJ adopted one named Beethoven. “I'm covering the fees for a bunch of pups at @ARFTulsa to be adopted ... I hope I can help these sweet angels find some wonderful homes asap,” she wrote in an Instagram post. "We came just to let her love on dogs and never imagined three dogs would get adopted this evening," said ARF’s Claire Glossop. "We've saved lives today and there's nothing better than that!" — Read it at News OK
Theoretically, elephants should be hit hard by cancer because they live a long time and grow so much. Cancer tends to happen as we grow older, and all of their growth involves a lot of cell division, which provides opportunities for genetic mistakes. But, cancer is relatively rare in pachyderms. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that’s because elephants have 20 times as many copies of key cancer-fighting genes as humans. Humans usually have two copies of a tumor-blocking gene called TP53. But elephants have 40 copies of the gene, which plays a vital role in preventing cancer. — Read it at USA Today
The iconic orange-and-black butterflies have been spotted by park rangers in Mexico, along the border with Texas, as part of their annual migration to Mexico for the winter. The butterflies come from the U.S. and Canada, and their migratory route can be 3,400 miles long. It’s still unclear to scientists how monarchs find the route to Mexico each year. — Read it from the AP via ABC News
Last month, a brushtail possum joey was found alone and brought in to the Taronga Wildlife Hospital in Australia. Since then, Bettina has gotten around-the-clock care from keeper Felicity Evans, who’s served as the 4-month-old’s surrogate mom. “She’s feeding really well and is quite a vocal little thing. She’ll sit in the spare room next to me and call out when she’s ready to feed,” said Evans. Bettina has adopted a cuddly stuffed kangaroo that’s perfect for clinging to while she feeds and sleeps — just like she would have done with her mom. The sweet joey will stay at the wildlife hospital until she’s ready to be transferred to a wildlife caregiver, and will eventually be released back into the wild. — See photos at Buzzfeed and check out more cute baby animal photos
Bei Bei, the nearly 7-week-old panda cub at the National Zoo, gets more adorable with each photo. At his last weigh-in on Oct. 1, he was up to about 5 pounds — and had gained a pound in just a week. The zoo reports that his eyes are partially open and his teeth beds are developing. His ear canals are still closed, but his keepers say he should be able to hear some noises. You can follow the zoo on Instagram to catch cute pictures of Bei Bei. — See photos at Washington’s WJLA
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