Pet Scoop: Baby Boom for Puget Sound Orcas, Lagerfeld’s Choupette Makes $3 Million

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The fourth baby orca of the season was spotted Monday in Washington's Puget Sound.
The fourth baby orca of the season was spotted Monday in Washington's Puget Sound.

Fourth Baby Orca Spotted

On Monday, whale-watching crews saw an endangered newborn killer whale in the waters off Washington State — the fourth baby orca documented since December. This baby was a member of the J-pod, which is one of three whale families of orcas that are protected in Washington and Canada. "This one looked quite plump and healthy," said Ken Balcomb, a senior scientist with the Center for Whale Research, which keeps an official census of the whales for the federal government. "We're getting there. We wish all these babies well. They look good." Still, the orca population is dangerously low, numbering just 81, and the survival rate for calves is 50 percent. "We're going to keep a careful watch on these babies and our fingers crossed," said Michael Harris of the Pacific Whale Watch Association. — Read it from AP via ABC News

Endangered Bighorn Sheep Moved to Two National Parks

Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back in their ancestral range in Yosemite and Sequoia national parks for the first time in 100 years. "We've got the sheep where we want them on a broad geographic basis, which is a huge milestone," said Tom Stephenson, a biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The species’ numbers hit a low of 100 across the state before they were placed on the federal endangered species list in 1999. They now number about 600 in California, which is about three-quarters of the amount called for in the state recovery plan. — Read it from AP via Yahoo

Likely GOP Candidate Faces Big Challenge: Dog Allergy

So far, only one Republican has officially declared he’s running for president in 2016. But there’s a crowded field of potential candidates. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who’s likely to run, faces a big hurdle: he’s allergic to dog dander. A piece in The New York Times today looks at the importance of a love of dogs in a presidential contender. “It humanizes them,” Claire McLean, the founder of the Presidential Pet Museum, told the paper. “It shows that they are just like me and you, with the kids and the dog.” — Read it at The New York Times

Karl Lagerfeld's Choupette poses in a German car ad.
Karl Lagerfeld's Choupette poses in a German car ad.

Karl Lagerfeld’s Cat Made $3M

In an interview with New York Magazine, the designer disclosed that his famously spoiled fluffy white cat, Choupette, brought home $3.22 million last year from just two modeling jobs. “One was for cars in Germany and the other was for a Japanese beauty product. I don’t allow her to do foodstuffs and things like this. She’s too sophisticated for that,” Lagerfeld said. (That commentary may make Grumpy Cat, who hawks Friskies, even more unhappy.) — Read it at Time

Puppies Predict Final Four Winner

Our favorite prognosticators were back on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night, this time to predict the results of the NCAA Championship games between the Final Four contenders. The seven unbearably cute Golden Retriever puppies had four bowls of kibble to choose from, labeled for the Kentucky Wildcats, Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan State Spartans and Duke Blue Devils. The majority of the pups went for the Michigan State bowl. “There it is right there, Michigan State is the winner!” Fallon declared. “Michigan State will be crowned the 2015 National Champs. You heard it here first.” — Watch it at the Tonight Show

 

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