Pet Scoop: Coast Guard Helps Rescue Rare Seal Pup, Jaws of Life Used to Save Kitten

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A Hawaiian monk seal pup was named Kilo, which means "sassy" in Hawaiian," was rescued Monday.
A Hawaiian monk seal pup was named Kilo, which means "sassy" in Hawaiian," was rescued Monday.

Abandoned Monk Seal Pup Airlifted

An endangered Hawaiian monk seal pup has been named Kilo — which means “sassy” in Hawaiian — after being rescued from Ni'ihau Island. The pup was found abandoned and emaciated by NOAA officials during a monk seal survey of the island Monday. She was flown by helicopter to Kauai, where the Coast Guard received her and flew her to Kona International Airport. Kilo is the first monk seal from the main Hawaiian Islands to be treated at Ke Kai Ola, the new monk seal hospital run by The Marine Mammal Center. The hospital has treated eight young seals so far, but they’ve all been from the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. Six have been released so far, and two more will return to the wild this weekend. The feisty new patient will be returned to her home, too, once she’s deemed ready. With only 1,100 of the seals left in Hawaii, each female is considered vital to the future of the species. — See photos from The Marine Mammal Center via Facebook

East Coast Shark Numbers Hit Historic High

A new survey by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center found a huge jump in the number of sharks. They captured, tagged and released 2,835 sharks from 13 species. That’s up from 1,831 sharks just three years ago and represents the most sharks ever counted in the survey, which has been conducted every two to three years since 1986. "It is very good news for shark populations and for the ecosystem,” said Karyl Brewster-Geisz of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Highly Migratory Species. Among the sharks they tagged was the first bull shark to be found by the survey since 2001, and three white sharks. No white sharks were found during the last survey, in 2012. — Read it at Discovery News

Automated Cameras Capture Photos of Colorado Lynx

The elusive lynx has rarely been seen or photographed in the 16 years since it was reintroduced to Colorado. But now automated cameras mounted in trees in the San Juan Mountains have captured new photos of the cats. Researchers are using the cameras to try to determine how much of their potential habitat the lynx are occupying. The animals’ reintroduction began in 1999. The first residents were captured in Canada and Alaska and released in the San Juan Mountains, and began having kittens in Colorado by 2003. — Read it from the Associated Press via Yahoo

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to free a 2-week-old kitten stuck between two bricks.
Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to free a 2-week-old kitten stuck between two bricks.

Kitten Wedged Between Bricks

A tiny 2-week-old kitten fell between two bricks behind a home in Johnston, Rhode Island, and was stuck for two days before he was freed Wednesday. Firefighters were called in to use the Jaws of Life to separate the bricks enough for rescuers to pull him out. “He fell where the back of the bricks were, you could tell it was a bigger of a gap,” said Johnston Animal Control Officer Erin Medeiros. “He probably fell down there, and being scared, he kind of tried to scurry his way out and ended up getting stuck.” The kitten was dehydrated but is adapting well in his new foster home. “He’s strong, that’s why we named him Soldier,” she said. “He’s going to be our little trooper.” Soldier has already been adopted and will head to his permanent home in November. — Read it at Rhode Island’s WPRI

Cop’s Cat Is a “Kleptokitty”

When Dave Kempas, a police sergeant in West Linn, Oregon, started finding strange items around his house including hats, gloves and trash, he had a suspect in mind: his cats. But he has several, so he wasn’t sure which one was the culprit. He decided to investigate, and his night vision cameras caught Tigger red-handed. Lucky for Tigger, Kempas didn’t charge him with a crime. Instead, he’s been amused by the cat’s antics and has posted photos from the trail cameras on Facebook. — Read it at the Portland Tribune


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