Pet Scoop: D.C. Zoo Will Name Cheetah Cubs After Olympians, Shelter Pets Hit Capitol Hill

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Brother and sister cheetah cubs explore their yard at the National Zoo.
Smithsonian's National Zoo
Two cheetah cubs at the National Zoo will soon be named after Olympians.

D.C. Zoo Plans to Christen Cheetah Cubs With Olympian Monikers

A pair of 3-month-old cheetahs recently explored their new yard at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., where they will greet the public for the first time this weekend. The duo's debut coincides with the start of the Olympics in London, and since cheetahs are known for their amazing speed and agility, the zoo plans to name the male and female cubs after the fastest American male and female runners in the upcoming 100-meter dash. — Read it at the National Zoo

Plus: Read about seven other amazing animals who could beat summer Olympics record holders

Adorable Puppies and Kittens Descend on Capitol Hill

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals brought more than 50 cuddly ambassadors to Capitol Hill this week to teach Congressional staffers about the benefits of adopting shelter pets. "These animals provide companionship and comfort to Democrats and Republicans alike," said Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., who introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives condemning the use of gas chambers in shelters.  — Read it at the Huffington Post

Chicken Coop Tour, Anyone?

Some parts of the country are featuring a new kind of tourist attraction — tours of local chicken coops. In Davis, Calif., a $15 ticket gets you admission to 18 coops on a 16-mile Tour de Cluck, which includes a Lysol spritz for your shoes. — Read it at The New York Times

Miranda Lambert hands off the last of her foster pups to her new family.
Miranda Lambert hands off the last of her foster pups to a new family.

Miranda Lambert Places Her Last Foster Puppy

The country crooner definitely knows about the importance of pet adoption — Lambert recently rescued, fostered and found forever homes for six German Shorthaired Pointers. "Just dropped the last puppy with her new family in Jersey," she Tweeted this week. The star, who has several pets, has been encouraging people who didn’t get to take home one of her puppies to adopt other animals. — Read it at People Pets

Baby Birds Duke It Out for Food

A pair of tiny Harris’ hawks spend more time pecking at each other than at their food. Watch them squabble over what’s on a plate in this cute video at Today

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