Pet Scoop: Cat Surprises Reporter During Live Broadcast, Golden Eagle Chick Survives a Fire

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A stray cat jumped on Fox 17 reporter Nicole DiDonato's shoulder during a live shot.
A stray cat took this Fox 17 reporter by surprise during a broadcast.

Cat Pounces on Reporter During Live Segment

Nicole DiDonato of Fox 17 clearly wasn’t expecting a stray cat to hop onto her shoulder as she reported on the opening of a new microbrewery in Grand Rapids, Mich. But DiDonato acted like a pro, keeping her cool until the spot ended — and then she broke out in laughter. “Can never take yourself too seriously!” she tweeted. — Watch it at the NY Daily News

Golden Eagle Survives Wildfire

An eaglet who’d been recently given a tracking band was injured when his nest burned in a Utah wildfire. The baby, who was too young to fly, was found alive and is now being rehabilitated — with the hope that he can be released back into the wild. — Watch it at CNN

Canada’s Inuit Battle Move to Protect Polar Bears

Conservation groups want the U.S. government to back an agreement that would ban most international trade in polar bear parts, but Inuit leaders in northern Canada say that the agreement could destroy the region’s economy, and pose even larger threats to polar bears. — Read it at the LA Times

Starkey the dolphin and her newborn calf swim together at SeaWorld Orlando.
SeaWorld Orlando
Starkey and her newborn calf swim together at SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld Orlando Welcomes a Baby Dolphin

A dolphin calf was born on June 30 at SeaWorld Orlando. The park says that the calf, whose gender is not yet known, has been nursing and bonding with mom Starkey — both signs that the baby, who is Starkey’s sixth, is doing well. Visitors can see mom and baby at the park’s dolphin nursery.

Pet Hotel Thrives in South Korea

In a country where older generations didn't regard dogs as pets, a luxury resort for critters is flourishing in Seoul, South Korea, where younger Koreans have no reservations spending money on their canine companions. — Read it at AFP via Yahoo

Lucky the Kitten Rescued From a Recycling Truck

Two workers heard the cries of a 3-week-old kitten, aptly named Lucky, coming from a recycling truck in England. She was brought to a vet, where she got a clean bill of health — and a new home with the company’s managing director. — Read it at the Huffington Post

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