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July 9, 2012: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.
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
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
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
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.
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
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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