Pet Scoop: Blind Rescue Dog Gets New Home, Rare Male Pygmy Hippo Born in Europe

May 28, 2013: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.

Tessa, who was rescued by the Bill Foundation in Los Angeles, spent the holiday weekend with her new adoptive family.
Tessa, who was rescued by the Bill Foundation in Los Angeles, spent the holiday weekend with her new adoptive family.

Tessa Starts Life With New Family

Earlier this year, Tessa, a little dog who was blind and unable to walk, made headlines with the remarkable transformation she made after she was rescued from a shelter in California. A video made by the Bill Foundation detailing her story went viral, and many have watched for more than three months, hoping the group would be able to find the right home for Tessa. Well, we have good news to share. This weekend, Tessa kicked off the summer by officially moving in with her new family. She spent several weeks “dating” the family to make sure they were a good fit. She was slowly integrated into the home with the retired couple, who had past experience in caring for a special needs dog, and had to other dogs to keep Tessa company. “She's already learned to navigate the living room and kitchen like a champ and has proven to once again be the toy thief amongst her siblings!” said the Bill Foundation’s Annie Hart on Facebook. — Read it at Adopt a Pet

Camera Trap Captures Rare Javan Leopard

When he placed 30 cameras throughout Gunung Halimun Salak National Park for 30 days, a researcher thought he might capture images of wildlife walking through the rainforest in West Java, Indonesia. But he didn’t expect to capture footage of a rare Javan leopard in candid poses, yawning and rolling around on the ground like a dog. — Watch it at Paw Nation

Rats See the World in Double Vision

Using miniaturized high-speed cameras and high-speed behavior tracking, researchers in Germany discovered that rats move their eyes in opposite directions when running around. An analysis found that the rats do not fuse the information into a single image like people do. Instead, their eyes move in a way that puts the space above them in permanent view. Researchers believe this is to watch for the threat of predatory birds. — Read it at Science Daily

The newborn calf hangs out with his mom at the Krakow Zoo.
The newborn calf hangs out with his mom at the Krakow Zoo.

Significant Hippo Birth in Poland

About 60 percent of endangered pygmy hippos born in captivity are female. So, when parents Quinces and Rafa had a third baby boy in April at the Krakow Zoo in Poland, it was especially significant for future breeding efforts. In the last year, four other pygmy hippos were born in Europe, and three of them were females. The whole hippo family made their public debut at the zoo earlier this month. — See photos at Zooborns

A New Puppy for Kellie Pickler

The country crooner took home more than the famed mirror ball trophy when she won Dancing With the Stars last week. Pickler’s husband, Kyle Jacobs, surprised the singer with a tiny Maltese puppy in celebration of her big win. “We were sitting out there on the dance floor after everything was over and (Kyle) comes over and he's carrying this little bag and he opens it and there's this little Maltese in there and I was like, 'What's this?' And he's like, 'It's for you.' I was like 'Awww!'" Pickler, who had to give up her cat Pickles when she married Jacobs because of his allergies, named the pooch Tango for the ballroom dance that earned her a perfect score. — Read it at Contact Music


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