Pet Scoop: Bobcat Kitten Rescued From Brush Fire, Tiger Stuffed Animal Fools Officers

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Wildlife officials rescued and released a bobcat kitten who was found near a Florida brush fire.
Wildlife officials rescued and released a bobcat kitten who was found near a Florida brush fire.

Bobcat Kitten Waiting for Mom

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

Water Toxins Blamed for Turtle Deaths in New York

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 from AP via Yahoo

“Tiger” in Michigan Terrifies Neighborhood

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 News

A male Asian elephant made his debut at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in New York last week.
A male Asian elephant made his debut at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in New York last week.

Baby Elephant Makes Debut

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 Zooborns and see more cute zoo baby photos

Paw Photos Help Dogs in Need

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 BarkPost


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