Pet Scoop: Baby Monkey Could be Secret to Giants’ Success, New Ladybug Discovered

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The San Francisco Giants have had good luck since this "Lucky Langur" was born at the city's zoo.
The San Francisco Giants have had good luck since this "Lucky Langur" was born at the city's zoo.

“Lucky Langur” Roots for San Francisco Giants

This baby monkey may be the San Francisco Giants’ lucky charm. The monkey, a François’s langur whose fur sports the team’s orange and black colors, was born at the San Francisco Zoo just before the team came back from a 3-1 series deficit to advance to the World Series earlier this month — and the Giants have gone on to win their first two championship games against the Detroit Tigers. "Things have turned literally since she's been born," zoo spokesperson Abigail Tuller told the Los Angeles Times. The baby even "seems to perk up when she sees people with Giants logos on," Tuller said. Though the monkey has yet to be named, the zoo has put up a sign in front of the primate’s enclosure reading "Lucky Langur lives here."

The François’s langur is an endangered species. Babies are born with orange heads and black bodies, and the baby’s head will change to black in the next three to six months, the zoo said. In the meantime, fans are hopeful she'll bring enough luck for the Giants to win the Series. The team has its next two games against the Tigers over the weekend. — Read it at Discovery News

Rare Ladybug Acts Like a Turtle

A newly discovered ladybug can tuck its head into its throat, much like a turtle tucking its head into its shell. The insect, known as the ladybird beetle, is a new genus, or classification of plants and animals. Only two of the insects have been found, one in Montana and one in Idaho — making it the rarest species in the United States. The first was discovered by Ross Winton in 2009, when he was student at Montana State University, and it was formally described recently in the journal Systematic Entomology. “It's quite the exciting little beast," said Montana State University entomologist Michael Ivie. — Read it at the Christian Science Monitor

British Army Dog Gets High Honor Posthumously

Theo, a bomb-sniffing Springer Spaniel, died from a fatal seizure in March 2011 — on the same day his soldier partner, Lance Cpl. Liam Tasker, was killed in a firefight with insurgents in Afghanistan. Tasker’s mother, Jane Duffy, said the two were inseparable, and she’s convinced the canine died of a broken heart. On Thursday, Theo was honored in London with the Dickin Medal, Britain's highest award for bravery by animals. — Read it at AP via Yahoo

Polar Bear Knut Immortalized at Berlin Zoo

A polar bear who became an international celebrity when he was rejected by his mother and raised by keepers at the Berlin Zoo is being remembered in a statue called “Knut the Dreamer,” which was unveiled at the zoo this week. Knut was born in 2006 and died unexpectedly last year at age 4. He holds a special place in the hearts of Berliners. — Watch it at Today

Panda Cub Gets a Belly Rub

The San Diego Zoo’s baby panda doles out his weekly dose of cuteness in his latest checkup video. The crawling, squeaking cub is making it a little harder for the panda team to take his measurements at his weekly exam — but the roly-poly bear will happily hold still for a belly rub. — Watch it on YouTube


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