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March 13, 2012: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.
Bo Obama Surprises Camera Crew
Everyone’s favorite Portuguese Water Dog ran across his front yard . . . and right into a TV camera shot as a Univision reporter was taping a promo for an interview with President Barack Obama. Just last week, Bo made news when he appeared in a White House video dressed as the Easter bunny. — Watch the Univision clip at the Huffington Post
Janet Batten’s cat knew something was wrong before she — or her doctors — did. "He constantly smelled my head on the right side,” she told The Northern Virginia Daily. “Sometimes he would really push to get into my head. He began to make this sound I had never heard before.” Several months later, a CAT scan showed Batten had a life-threatening brain aneurysm. — Read it at Petside
Wild boar, which are typically found in the southern and western parts of the country, are causing trouble near the Adirondacks. The pigs carry disease and can be aggressive toward humans — and they aren’t holding back as they feast on farmers’ crops and animals. Plus, the pigs are nocturnal, making them very difficult to hunt. — Read it at The New York Times
The performer, who appears as a judge on The Voice with his fluffy cat, talked about the fabulous feline star on Live With Kelly. "Quickly she's become quite a character: 40,000 Twitter followers, she's dating aggressive male cats," he said. — Read it at the Huffington Post
Gigi, a 7-year-old Pit Bull mix, finally had a loving new home after spending 7 months at a New Mexico shelter. But Gigi had other plans. Just minutes after arriving in her new backyard, the dog jumped the fence. She turned up three days later — five miles away at her old shelter. "We're thinking the shelter must be a pretty nice shelter if our dogs are coming back to it," said Beth Lotosky, a volunteer at the Eastside Animal Care Center. Gigi’s now back with her new family. — Read it at KRQE
After the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, Lawrence Anthony rushed to the Baghdad Zoo, where he worked to help the 35 animals (down from 650) who remained at the zoo. The U.S. Army’s Third Infantry Division honored Anthony with a medal for his efforts to save the lions, tigers and brown bears. He died at age 61 in South Africa, reportedly of a heart attack. — Read it at The New York Times
The famed Jack Russell Terrier made the A-list for yet another black-tie event. This time, the star of The Artist has one of the hottest tickets in Washington: next month’s White House Correspondents Dinner. But the four-legged guest won’t be seated at a dinner table. — Read it at Politico
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