Pet Scoop: Bear Cub Spends Night at Police Station, Groups Rush to Help Balkan Animals

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An orphaned bear cub spent a night with police in Myrtle Creek, Oregon.
An orphaned bear cub spent a night with police in Myrtle Creek, Oregon.

Orphaned Cub Brought to Police

A 12-pound bear cub was “very well behaved” (according to police chief Don Brown) while spending the night at the Myrtle Creek, Oregon, police station Monday. A teenage boy and his mother brought the cub to the station in a large plastic bin. The boy said he’d found the cub whimpering in the bushes outside his family’s home, and the mother was nowhere to be found. Police went out in search of the mom but couldn’t find her. While the police appreciated the good intentions of the family, they are reminding people that it was dangerous for the boy to pick up the cub because the mother bear could have seen him and attacked. “If you encounter a wild animal, especially a bear, in the city, the best thing to do is to leave the area, get away, and call authorities and let the professionals come and handle it,” said officer Kevin Taggart. The cub is getting a veterinary checkup and will then be placed in a new home at a local zoo. — Read it from the AP via ABC and watch it at USA Today

Balkan Flooding Leaves Thousands of Animals Stranded

Epic flooding in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia has left at least 50 people dead and killed thousands of animals. Many more pets and livestock have been left in desperate situations after their owners fled in packed trucks and boats in panic, leaving their animals behind. World Vets is deploying help to the devastated region while other groups in the area are stepping in, too. Volunteers in the Serbian town of Obrenovac have set up a network to feed and rescue animals who are seen roaming the streets, and other groups are using social networking to reunite owners with their missing pets. — Read it from the AP via Yahoo

Three Humpback Whale Species Found

A new genetic study found that humpback whale populations from around the world may actually belong to three separate species. "Humpback whale populations are actually more isolated from one another than we thought. Their populations appear separated by warm equatorial waters that they rarely cross," said study co-author Jennifer Jackson, a researcher with the British Antarctic Survey, in a statement. The whales from the North Pacific, North Atlantic and the Southern Hemisphere oceans all make long migrations but the subpopulations tend to stick to separate routes, researchers said. The study, which was published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggested that the groups in the three oceans are evolving independently and should be classified as distinct species. — Read it at Discovery News

Actress Quvenzhané Wallis poses with a dog for Armani Junior.
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Actress Quvenzhané Wallis poses with a dog for Armani Junior.

Quvenzhané Wallis Poses With Pup

The 10-year-old actress, who’s known for her signature puppy purses, is now stepping it up a notch. Wallis is the new face of Armani Junior, the designer’s line for children and teens. And in a photo shoot for the campaign, the adorable star of the upcoming movie Annie poses with a dog on her shoulder. “Thanks Mr. Armani. I had fun ‪#armanijunior,” Wallis’ parents Tweeted on her behalf Thursday. Wallis was the youngest-ever Oscar nominee for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild. She has two dogs of her own at home. — Read it at the Hollywood Reporter

Rescued Calf Gets High-tech Prosthetics

Earlier this year, we told you the story of Hero, a calf from Virginia who suffered frostbite and was brought to Texas A&M University, where he had a life-saving surgery and was fitted for prosthetic hind legs. But recently the 15-month-old, 600-pound English Charolais calf outgrew that set of prosthetics. On Wednesday, he was fitted for a new pair of high-tech devices made by Hanger Inc., an Austin-based national prosthetics firm. It was the first time the firm had created limbs for a cow. Hero’s rescuer, Kitty Martin, estimates she’s spent about $40,000 to save him. "It makes my day," Martin said of his new devices. "He's got a very bright future right now." — Read it from the AP via the College Station, Texas, Eagle

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