Pet Scoop: Baseball Team Adopts Abandoned Puppy, Lab Found 700 Miles From Home

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The Savannah Bananas are hoping Daisy will grow up to be their bat girl.
The Savannah Bananas are hoping Daisy will grow up to be their bat girl.

Puppy Found in Stadium Parking Lot

At 7 weeks old, a sweet puppy was found crying in a parking lot at Grayson Stadium in Savannah, Georgia, this week. She was rescued by a staff member of the Savannah Bananas, a collegiate-league baseball team that plays at the park — and she quickly became part of the team. Daisy was adopted by the Bananas’ president, Jared Orton, and his wife, and she now goes to work for the team each day. Daisy didn’t have any identification, and a veterinary exam found that she was healthy — just hungry and dehydrated. “It was just meant to be that we’d have a team dog as part of our staff,” Orton said. “We aren’t sure how big she’ll get, so it’s hard to say if she’ll be able to pick up a bat or just coach first base but as she grows, she’ll be a fixture at the ballpark.” — Read it at the Washington Post

Rare Sumatran Rhino Born

A critically endangered Sumatran rhino gave birth to a female calf at an Indonesian sanctuary early Thursday. It’s the second baby for Ratu, whose name means Queen, and the new baby was up walking around and nursing within a few hours. There are only an estimated 100 Sumatran rhinos left in the world, so the birth is considered a major step forward. This is only the fifth time a Sumatran rhino has been born in a breeding facility. The animals have been hunted by poachers for their horns. — Read it from AFP via Yahoo News

Study: Climate Change Is Shrinking Shorebird

A new study finds that the red knot shorebird, which is about the size of a robin, is getting even smaller because of arctic warming — and that’s making it harder for them to survive. “It’s even worse than we thought,” said Michael Reed of Tufts University. “This is going to increase their extinction risk, and the red knots are already in the highest risk category.” They found that warming is contributing to the malnutrition of red knot chicks in the Arctic, which leads to shorter bills and smaller body sizes. Those changes are reducing their survival rates. The study was published in the journal Science. — Read it at National Geographic 

Brownie was happy to be reunited with his owner in San Diego.
Brownie was happy to be reunited with his owner in San Diego.

Lost Lab Reunited With Owner

When he heard his missing Labrador Retriever was found 720 miles away, three years after he was lost, Ricardo Dominguez drove non-stop through the night to be reunited with his pal. Brownie disappeared from Dominguez’s New Mexico horse ranch and was found wandering the streets in San Diego last week. When Dominguez got the news that he’d been found, he was working at a job site in El Paso, Texas. Now 7 years old, Brownie clearly remembered his owner when he arrived to pick up him from San Diego County Animal Services. “He looks up through the door at me in my cowboy hat, and his eyes were, wow is that you?” said Dominguez. “His eyes went wide, and he went wild, started dragging the person on the leash, and he came and jumped on me and went crazy!” It’s unclear how Brownie wound up in San Diego, but Dominguez is happy to have him back home. — Watch it at NBC San Diego

Mother Goose Gets Police Help for Baby

Somehow, when one of her goslings became tangled in the string from a Mother’s Day balloon, a mother goose knew how to get her baby help. Cincinnati Police Sgt. James Givens said he was parked in his cruiser on Monday when he heard pecking at the door. “It kept pecking and pecking and normally they don't come near us. And then it walked away, and then it stopped and looked back, so I followed it and it led me right over to the baby that was tangled up in all that string," he said. The SPCA couldn’t get there fast enough, so Spc. Cecilia Charron came to the rescue. “It was like they communicated. The mother goose didn't bother her. So ... Charron came and untangled it. It took her awhile because it was all wrapped up." Once the gosling was free, the relieved mother and her baby headed for the nearby creek. — Watch it at Philadelphia’s 6 ABC


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