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Cheddar the orange tabby is back with his family in Virginia Beach, 2 ½ years after he disappeared. Amy Lutz-Sexton was carrying Cheddar into the veterinarian’s office when she accidentally dropped the carrier. It broke, and her scared cat took off. Her two young children, who were with her, were devastated. Lutz-Sexton searched the area with the help of the vet’s staff, knocking on doors and putting up flyers. As it turns out, a woman who lived nearby had taken Cheddar in, and never had him checked for a microchip. Last week, as she was entering a nursing home, her caretaker brought the cat to the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center. There, he was scanned for his chip, and Lutz-Sexton finally got the call she’d been waiting for. She rushed right over to get Cheddar, who’s now 9 years old, and reunited him with his canine siblings. Her children, who’d been away for the weekend, were excited to get to see their cat when they returned Sunday. The shelter is reminding the public to report strays and to have them checked for a microchip. — Read it at the Virginia Pilot
After questioning more than 1,200 cat owners about their daily interactions with their cats, researchers found that cats who were black and white, tortoiseshell and white or gray and white were the most likely to show aggressive behavior. Kitties who were black, gray, white or tabby were more often docile. Veterinary scientists at the University of California, Davis, also found that certain interactions, such as visiting a vet, provoked bad behavior in black and white, gray and white and tortoiseshell and white cats as well. The study was published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. — Read it at the U.K.’s Telegraph
Klondike, the oldest polar bear in the U.S., passed away Friday at age 34 at the Philadelphia Zoo. The zoo decided to put the bear down after a sudden deterioration in her condition over the last two weeks. "We are very sad for this loss. Klondike was a very popular resident at Philadelphia Zoo," said curator Kevin Murphy. "She received great care from her keepers and the veterinary staff during her long and very healthy life here. She will be greatly missed by our staff.” The zoo is also home to another 34-year-old female polar bear, Coldilocks, who was a companion to Klondike. That’s about 10 years more than the typical lifespan for polar bears in zoos. — Read it from Agence France Presse via Discovery News
A trio of chirping cheetah cubs was born to mom Sanurra on Oct. 16 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia. The first-time mom is considered one of the most genetically valuable female cheetahs in the U.S. She’s been very attentive to her babies, whose eyes and ears have now opened. Both Sanurra and her cubs appear to be doing well. The animal care team has been watching the family via closed-circuit cameras, but hasn’t yet had the opportunity to do an exam. — Read it from the National Zoo and see more cute zoo baby photos
“Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco, who’s recovering from the breakup of her marriage to tennis star Ryan Sweeting, has added another pup to her animal family to help comfort her. She introduced Chester via Instagram Friday, saying she adopted him from the California animal shelter Paw Works, and including the hastags #couldnthelpmyself #savethemall and #iblamemymomforshowingmehispicture. Chester joins the 29-year-old star’s two other dogs at home. — See photos at People Pets
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