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A TV news crew came across a bobcat kitten huddled in the brush near a
550-acre wildfire in southwest Florida Friday and called officials from Florida Fish and Wildlife. They examined the
1-month-old kitten, gave it water and returned it to the area where it was
hiding. "It did have a little singeing in its
fur, and it did have a little blister on his foot. But it did survive and was
just trying to hide in some of the vegetation that hadn't burned yet,"
said FWC biologist Mark Lotz. "Chances are the mother is going to come
back looking for that kitten.” The officials have been checking on the kitten
and say it’s still calling for its mom every so often. Lotz said it’s not
uncommon for a bobcat mom to leave its kittens for days at a time, so they
still have hope that there will be a reunion. — Watch it at Florida’s ABC-7
More than 200 diamondback
terrapins washed up on the eastern end of Long Island, New York, in the last
month. Necropsies show they were poisoned by saxitoxin, a biotoxin produced in
algae blooms that has been found in the water at 10 times the normal level. The
poison collects in shellfish, which are eaten by the turtles. The reason for
the unprecedented levels of saxitoxin isn’t clear. “This has never happened
before. It's an alarming thing," said Karen Testa, executive director of Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons. — Read it
When a panicked 911 called came in to Kent County Animal
Control in Michigan reporting a tiger in a backyard, the officer who
responded said he was “completely cynical,” until he saw it for himself. "I stop on the street, I look down the driveway and I see its
backside... At that point... I could totally see how someone would call this
in," said Joe Dainelis, who has worked in animal control for 11 years. “I thought
it was real.” He called for backup, but when another animal control officer
arrived, she put his fears to rest: the dangerous tiger was actually a stuffed animal.
"I can't blame the caller because it had
me," Dainelis said. The officers took the stuffed tiger into
custody, and no one has claimed it yet. — Watch it at ABC
A baby boy is part of the third generation of an Asian elephant family at the
Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. The calf weighed 281 pounds when he was born to 18-year-old mom Mali and 17-year-old dad Doc on May 12, and made his public debut last week. His grandmother and “aunties” are expected to help look after the calf, and the
zoo is running a naming contest for him. The community had the chance to submit their ideas, and the
zoo is now narrowing them down to five top choices. The public will get the choice to vote on those five names later this month. — Read it at
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Get your camera ready. A
dog food company has an easy way for you and your dog to help shelter pups. If you post a photo of your dog’s paws on Instagram and include the hashtag #DOGforDOGpaws before June 2,
Dog for Dog will donate a meal to a shelter dog. The idea seems to be inspired by a recent promotion by Tom’s Shoes, where that company donated a pair of shoes for each picture of human feet. Dog for Dog generally donates a product to a
dog in need for each product they sell. — Read it at
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