Pet Scoop: Beachgoers Help Carry Rescued Sea Lion, Rare Baby Zebra Born in Chicago

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Beachgoers helped rescuers from the Marine Mammal Center lift a stranded sea lion up the stairs to their truck.
Beachgoers helped rescuers from the Marine Mammal Center lift a stranded sea lion up the stairs to their truck.

Sea Lion Carried to Safety

After rescuers from the Marine Mammal Center in California got a 150-pound stranded sea lion into a carrier, they faced a dilemma. How could they lift the animal up a steep set of stairs at Pismo Beach to get him to the center for treatment? That’s when nearby beachgoers stepped in. Two men on the beach left the sand behind to pitch in. “Our crews are always capable of performing their duties unassisted. But often, people get so excited to help. We definitely appreciate the assistance carrying the animals to the truck once they’re safely stowed away,” said the center in Facebook post Thursday. The sea lion, who was named Pizmoe in a nod to the beach where he was found, will likely be released after he’s been rehabilitated. — Read it from the Marine Mammal Center via Facebook and see more photos at Flickr

Escaped Monkey Back Home at Zoo

After two days on the run, a guenon monkey named Dizzy is safely back in his enclosure at the Forest Park Zoo in Springfield, Massachusetts. An employee who was cleaning the 12-pound monkey’s enclosure Tuesday stepped out to help a visitor, and that’s when Dizzy saw his opportunity. The zoo said Dizzy twisted a doorknob and let himself out. Officials had a hard time trying to apprehend the escapee because of the large numbers of visitors and media on the scene. Once they closed the zoo, though, they were able to capture the monkey. The zoo’s expected to reopen on Friday. — Read it at Boston’s WCVB

Video Shows Sea Turtle Nesting

For the first time in five years, a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle has been spotted nesting at North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore. She was caught on video patting down the buried nest site before heading back to the ocean. While loggerhead and green sea turtles tend to nest at night, the large Kemp’s Ridley more typically nests during the day. Because the nest was located so close to the high tide line and in an area highly susceptible to erosion, her 141 eggs were relocated to a safer nesting area near the dunes. — Watch it from Cape Hatteras National Seashore via Facebook

An endangered Grevy's zebra was born last weekend at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo.
An endangered Grevy's zebra was born last weekend at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo.

Rare Zebra Born in Chicago

An endangered Grevy’s zebra foal was born on Saturday at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. The animal care staff arrived at work to find the newborn standing next to her mother, Adia, in their outdoor yard. The baby girl is the first offspring for 5-year-old dad Webster, and she arrived just in time for him to celebrate his first Father’s Day. She’s the third baby for her 9-year-old mom. Adia’s most recent offspring, 4-year-old Kito, lives in an adjacent yard. — Read it from the Chicago Sun Times

Dogs for Democracy in the U.K.

As Brits headed to the polls for their historic vote on Thursday, photos of many dogs at polling places around the U.K. were shared on Twitter. Unlike the cats and dogs who drew battle lines before the vote on social media, these pooches kept their feelings private and were just happy to witness their owners’ right to vote, with the hashtag #dogsatpollingstations. They were pictured waiting outside polling stations with captions like “She loves democracy,” and “#iVoted should I stay or should I go now.” Britain shocked the world with its vote to leave the European Union. — See photos at Buzzfeed

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