Pet Scoop: Cat Beats Pros at Picking Stocks, Sloth Bears Born in Idaho

Jan. 16, 2013: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.

Stock Trader

From Feline to Fund Manager?

A cat who picked stocks with the flick of his toy mouse has beat several professional money managers in the Guardian’s 2012 investment challenge. “While the professionals used their decades of investment knowledge and traditional stock-picking methods, the cat selected stocks by throwing his favorite toy mouse on a grid of numbers allocated to different companies,” reports the Guardian. Orlando garnered about $650 more than the pros in the year-long contest, proving that chance plays a big part in stock market picks (or that cats are innately smarter than humans). — Read it at Time

Horses Help Kids Unplug

Can’t put down your smartphone? Try some horse therapy. That’s what some kids in South Korea are doing, where the government says about 10 percent of the population between the ages of 10 and 19 is addicted to the Internet. Experts say the connection between humans and animals helps address emotional issues, which are the real source of the addiction. — Read it Discovery News

Missing Dog Found After Two Years

The Hertzogs, a Florida family who thought their beloved Mastiff, Endo, had been attacked by a gator in their Cape Coral neighborhood after getting loose two years ago, got a surprising phone call from an animal shelter in Duluth, Minn. Endo had been living with a family up there on a farm after being passed from owner to owner over a span of 2,000 miles in the 24 months he had been gone. The shelter found him when he ran away from the farm and scanned his microchip, linking him to the Hertzogs. "Now that he's four years old, he's had a really fun adolescence and now he gets to be an adult again, and he's retiring in Florida," said Tucker Carlson, one of the men who cared for Endo along the way. — Read it at NBC 2

Zoo Welcomes Sloth Bear Cubs

The Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls announced the surprising birth of two sloth bear cubs on Nov. 29. Just one week before the birth, keepers had performed an ultrasound and found one heartbeat, so they expected only one cub. The addition is exciting as sloth bears are rare in North American zoos. — Read it at Zooborns

What’s That Sound?

Ever wonder what an elephant seal sounds like? Wonder no more. An archive of tens of thousands of various animal sounds has gone online, thanks to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The site has an emphasis on birds, but includes other animal recordings, from elephants to rattlesnakes. — Read it at Live Science

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