Pet Scoop: China Shows Off 10 Cuddly Panda Cubs, 9/11 Search Dog Turns 16 Years Old

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One of 10 panda cubs born at a China research center leans over its basket to greet the one next to it.
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One of 10 panda cubs born at a China research center leans over its basket to greet the one next to it.

Panda Cubs Snuggle in Baskets

Lying in baskets and on baby blankets, the 10 adorable panda cubs born this year at Ya'an Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan province, China, made their first public appearance Friday. The oldest fluffy black-and-white bear is just 2 months old. The youngest, who was kept in an incubator, is one week old. This was the first time all of the cubs born at the center this year were together as a group, and their photos are helping them gain lots of adoring fans from around the world. — See more photos at the Huffington Post

Plus: Meanwhile, keepers at the National Zoo are working around-the-clock to help Mei Xiang with the newest panda cubs in the U.S. Mei gave birth to twins on Saturday. The staff has been trying to follow a common panda protocol by swapping the twins, allowing them each time with mom and time in the nursery. But they said Tuesday that Mei has not been cooperating with swapping the cubs since Monday afternoon. She won’t put the larger of the two cubs down, so the staff has been bottle-feeding the smaller cub. They are concerned about the cub’s fluctuating weight but they’re watching it closely. — Get updates from the National Zoo via Facebook

Last Sumatran Rhino in U.S. Leaving for Indonesia

Big changes are in store for another rare animal living in a U.S. zoo. Harapan, the last critically endangered Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemisphere, will depart in the next several weeks for Indonesia in the hopes that he will mate, the Cincinnati Zoo announced Tuesday. Nearly all the remaining 100 members of the species live in Indonesia. The zoo has been a pioneer in breeding the “hairy rhinos” and produced the first three born in captivity. “It’s a huge loss for us, said the Cincinnati Zoo’s Terri Roth. “But it's the right thing, to at least have Harapan able to contribute to survival of the species." Harapan will have a long flight to Jakarta and will then be taken by ferry to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. — Read it from the AP via Yahoo

Bretagne served at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Penn Vet Working Dog Center
Bretagne served at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

9/11 Search Dog Turns 16

Bretagne, a Golden Retriever, celebrated her sweet 16 th birthday Tuesday. The search and rescue dog worked at Ground Zero in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. She’s now enjoying retirement with her handler, Denise Corliss. She’s one of only two living 9/11 search and rescue dogs still participating in the Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s study of the health and behavior of dogs who worked at the site of the attacks. Bretagne and Corliss then went on to work at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “Denise is somebody who’s served from the heart — her whole life is about service,” Dr. Cynthia Otto, who founded the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, told Vetstreet last year. “Bretagne really is the same way.” — Read it from the Penn Vet Working Dog Center via Facebook

Cat Gets His Own High School ID

Bubba the cat spends so much time at Leland High School in San Jose, California, that he now has an official school ID card. The orange and white cat was adopted six years ago by Amber Marienthal and her family, and has made himself such an integral part of the communities at both Leland High and the nearby middle school that he’s been featured in the high school’s newspaper and yearbook. He also has his own Facebook page, which now has more than 35,000 followers. — Read it at CBS Sacramento


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