Pet Scoop: Bunnies Show Off at Rabbit Grand National, Pet Store Pardons Puppy Thieves

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Rabbit jumping race
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A bunny competes at the Rabbit Grand National.

Rabbits Strut Their Stuff at a U.K. Jumping Competition

Hop to it! There were 10,000 people on hand to watch the second annual Rabbit Grand National in the U.K., where a dozen bunnies competed in a jumping race. The winning rabbit made it through the course in 11 seconds. — Watch the must-see video at the BBC News

Scotland Zoo's Panda Pair Recovering From Colic

Yang Guang and Tian Tian — whose names mean Sunshine and Sweetie — were temporarily removed from their Edinburgh Zoo display to be treated for colic, a common condition in giant pandas. A zookeeper said the animals, who arrived in Scotland in December, are likely adjusting to eating different bamboo from what they munched on in China. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Virginia Family Captures Rare Albino Hummingbird on Film

Four Virginia brothers, whose parents publish Nature Friend Magazine, took stunning pictures of the rare hummingbird. — See the photos at Discovery News

Woman with Chow

Pet Store Won’t Press Charges Against Puppy Thieves

Cameras at a California pet store caught a man and a woman breaking a lock on a cage to make off with a $700, 3-month-old Chow Chow. But when the thieves showed remorse by attempting to send $600 and a note of apology, the store’s owners chose not to press charges. — Read it at Today

Zanesville Leopard Dies at Ohio Zoo

A male leopard — one of only six animals to survive after his owner released dozens of exotics before killing himself — died after an enclosure door fell on him at the Columbus Zoo. — Read it at USA Today

Most-Shared Facebook Stories Are About Animals

Maybe it won’t come as a surprise to you that three out of the top 10 most-shared articles on Facebook last year were about critters. — Read it at

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