Pet Scoop: Blind Lab Has His Own Guide Dog, Tiny Cat Hits the Big Screen

March 8, 2012: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.

Eddie, a Lab, and Milo are best buddies.
Eddie, a Lab, and Milo are best buddies.

Dog’s Pal Becomes His Eyes

Eddie, a 7-year-old Labrador Retriever, and Milo, a 6-year-old Terrier mix, have always been buddies. But last year, their owner, Wales resident Angie Baker-Stedham, realized that Eddie was losing his eyesight. Soon afterward, Milo took it upon himself to become the Lab’s guide dog. Now, the little dog wears bells on his collar so that Eddie can always find him — but Baker-Stedham says the two rarely leave each other’s sides. "Milo really cares for Eddie,” she says. “He always licks his face; they sleep in the same room and spend all their time together. Without Milo, Eddie would be lost." — Watch it at Yahoo

Caffeine Helps Honeybees’ Memory

Who doesn’t need a little caffeine to jog the brain? A new study found that bees that fed on caffeinated nectar, which occurs naturally in the nectar of coffee and citrus flowers, were three times more likely to remember a flower’s scent than bees that fed on sugar alone. "Remembering floral traits is difficult for bees to perform at a fast pace as they fly from flower to flower, and we have found that caffeine helps the bee remember where the flowers are," said study leader Geraldine Wright of Newcastle University in the U.K. The findings were published in the journal Science. — Read it at Live Science

Prairie Dogs Disperse When Kin Disappear

Most animals pack up and leave a territory to avoid competition with nearby relatives, like their mom or siblings. But a new study of three species of prairie dogs at national parks in Arizona, South Dakota and Utah finds they are more likely to disperse when their close kin have disappeared from their home territory. Researcher John Hoogland of the University of Maryland hypothesizes that for prairie dogs, the benefits of cooperation among kin in digging their burrows and alerting each other to predators outweighs the costs of competition among kin. This study was also published in the journal Science. — Read it at Science Daily

"Lil Bub and Friendz" will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
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"Lil Bub and Friendz" will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

“Lil Bub” Film to Premiere at Tribeca

She’s already conquered the Internet. Now, the tiny cat is preparing to steal hearts at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, where her documentary, “Lil Bub and Friendz,” will debut. The film, which looks at the phenomenon of feline Internet stars, also features some other top talent, including Grumpy Cat. The festival is scheduled for April 17-28, but there’s no word yet on a specific date for Lil Bub’s premiere. — Read it at PawNation

Fat Cat Gets a Forever Home

There’s good news for Biscuit, the 37-pound shelter cat we told you about earlier this week. He has a new home — with a second fat cat! After the St. Louis, Mo., cat’s ordeal made national headlines, there were more than 100 offers to adopt him. The shelter chose Ed and Lisa Pyatt, who live in Missouri. The Pyatts have experience in caring for another dieting kitty, Max, and the shelter’s staff thought it would be good for Biscuit to have a buddy. The 4-year-old cat will head off to his new home next week, with instructions to stay on his strict diet. — Read it at AP via The Christian Science Monitor

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