Pet Scoop: Bear Cub Orphan Gets a Zoo Home, Dog Walks Zuckerberg’s Bride Down the Aisle

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Aldo the Black Bear
Carli Davidson
The Story of Aldo the Bear Cub Has a Happy Ending

An Oregon family thought that they were helping an orphaned, 2 ½-month-old black bear cub last month when they brought him home, but they quickly realized that they couldn’t care for him. A keeper from the Oregon Zoo stepped in to care for the cub, which meant that he couldn’t be released back into the wild.

This week, Aldo, who’s only about the size of a Labrador puppy, arrived at his permanent home at the NEW Zoo in Wisconsin, where he’ll be a companion for an adult black bear — when he's big enough. Although Aldo’s story has a happy ending, officials urge people not to take in wild animals, and contact authorities, instead. — Read it at Today, and watch the video at YouTube

Plus: Anori, a 5-month-old polar bear cub at the Berlin Zoo (she's Knut's half-sister), romped around in front of a crowd for the first time with her mom. — Watch it at YouTube

Kentucky Derby Winner's Trainer Is Suspended

The trainer of I’ll Have Another, the horse who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, received a 45-day suspension for exceeding the limit allowed for carbon dioxide levels in one of his horses, which is a sign of an illegal performance enhancer. Doug O’Neill will still be allowed to saddle I’ll Have Another for the upcoming Belmont Stakes, when the horse has a chance to become the 12th Triple Crown champion. — Read it at The New York Times

Priscilla Chan holds Beast, who walked her down the aisle at her wedding last weekend.
Priscilla Chan holds Beast, who walked her down the aisle at her wedding last weekend.

Puli Plays a Big Part in Mark Zuckerberg's Wedding

When Priscilla Chan walked down the aisle at her surprise nuptials to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg last weekend, she had a four-legged escort: Beast, the couple’s Puli. Beast has already been a star on Facebook, with 572,000 fans. — Read it at the Daily Mail

Device Could Allow Humans to Chat With Dolphins

Scientists have developed a prototype of a speaker that can project the full range of sounds that dolphins emit, potentially allowing humans to communicate with the animals. — Read it at Live Science via Yahoo

Israeli Man Divorces His Wife Over Her 550 Cats

A woman who owns 550 cats chose her felines over her husband. In divorce papers, the man complained that the cats took over the couple’s house, blocking the entrance to the bathroom, and stealing his food at mealtime. — Read it at the Huffington Post

How Pop Culture Often Inspires Bad Pet Ideas

Earlier this week, we told you about the hundreds of owls who've been abandoned in the U.K. now that the Harry Potter craze has ended. But this isn’t the first time that people have been inspired to get a pet who turns out to be a questionable idea after seeing the critter in the movies or on TV. The Atlantic Wire remembers other trendy pets. — Read it at The Atlantic via Yahoo

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