Pet Scoop: Baby Seal Naps on Couch, Liz Taylor’s Dog-Chewed Pearl Sold at Auction

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Baby seal on couch
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Adorable Baby Seal Sneaks Into New Zealand Home

What does a baby seal do when it breaks into a home? Well, this one decided to curl up on the couch for a nice nap. "I thought 'I'm hallucinating, this is just wrong,'" New Zealander Annette Swoffer told the New Zealand Herald about finding the seal in her home. "Then it looks at me with those huge brown eyes. It was so cute." The pup had to make it through a residential area and across busy roads before entering the house through a cat door. It’s no wonder he was tired by the time he climbed some stairs to get to the couch.

Swoffer contacted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which tracked down someone at the Department of Conservation, where employees were already searching for the wayward fur seal. — See photos and video at the Huffington Post

Pearl Chewed by Liz Taylor’s Dog Fetches $11.8 Million

Among the items of precious jewelry formerly belonging to Elizabeth Taylor recently put up for auction at Christie's was a pearl that sold for $11.8 million — which was once chewed by her dog. Known as “La Peregrina,” the drop-shaped 50.6-carat gem was given to the late actress by husband Richard Burton in 1969 but had belonged to Spanish kings between 1582 and 1808. The night Taylor was given the pearl as a Valentine’s Day gift, she lost it in her Las Vegas hotel room. Her white Lhasa Apso dog was found under a chaise, munching on the gem. — Read it at Business Week

Chris Colfer

'Glee' Actor Draws Animal Pictures to Benefit Lab Rescue

Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt Hummel on the Fox TV program Glee, made adorable pictures of a cat and a dog to be auctioned off on eBay. All proceeds will go to benefit Labrador Rescuers in California. — See the pictures at eBay

Butterflies Head South for the Winter

Monarch butterflies are enjoying the warmth of central Mexico after their annual 2,500 mile migration from Canada. They will make their return back north in March. — See photos at Today

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