Pet Scoop: Cats Bunk Together in Ultimate Playhouse, Second Giraffe Born at Tampa Zoo

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Friskies playhouse
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Ten lucky cats will spend the next two weeks in this luxe playhouse.

Felines Take Over Interactive Friskies Playhouse

Consider it a reality show — for kitties. Cat food company Friskies is hosting 10 cats for two weeks in a residence that sounds like a feline’s dream come true. It features a built-in aquarium, a touch-floor for playing games and plenty of places to climb. You can get in on it, too. On the company’s Facebook page, people can take turns playing with the cats by controlling three mechanical toys.  — Read it at CNET

Mastiff Mama Adopts a Baby Chimp

When a Russian zoo worker brought home a baby chimpanzee who'd been rejected by his mother, the employee's Mastiff — who had a young litter of puppies — made the chimp one of her own. — See the photos at the NY Post

Trove of New Species (365 of Them!) Uncovered in Peru

The Wildlife Conservation Society announced that researchers have discovered 365 undocumented species in southern Peru’s Bahuaja Sonene National Park. The list includes 30 new bird species and 50 species of reptiles and amphibians. — Read it at Science Daily

Baby giraffe
Courtesy Busch Gardens

Baby Giraffe Born at Tampa Zoo

Dad Jafari and mom Cupid welcomed a female giraffe at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The calf, who's already over 6 feet tall, is the second one to be born at the zoo in a month. The baby will join other animals within the park’s Serengeti Plain in about three months.

Wild Goat Chase in Australia

A goat dubbed Houdini gave police a run for their money in Melbourne, Australia. The lightning-fast animal eluded officials for hours as she ran through traffic. When Houdini was finally captured, authorities brought her to a local dog pound, where she’ll stay until they find her a new home. — Watch it at the Huffington Post

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