Pet Scoop: Dog Family Gave Away Returns Home, Hand-Raised Red Panda Makes Debut

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The Sloan family was happy to give Carrot a second chance.

Kids Excited to Have Pup Back

Three years ago, when the Sloan family in Cincinnati was overwhelmed with two small children and two dogs, they made the tough decision to find another home for Carrot, a mixed breed dog they’d adopted as a rescue. After finding someone to take Carrot, who is blind in one eye, Kristen Sloan drove her to her new owner’s home, 15 minutes away. On Tuesday, two years after they gave Carrot up, the Sloans got a call from a pet clinic saying the pup had been found walking alone on a nearby street, and her microchip had led them to her first adoptive family. Now better able to care for Carrot, Kristen Sloan brought her home and surprised her 6- and 8-year-old children, who’d never stopped asking about their dog. “The kids were already asleep and then one woke up and Carrot jumped on the bed and wagged her tail. I think she recognized the kids,” Sloan said. “They both started crying. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them so excited before, even at Christmas time.” Sloan said the family is happy to get a second chance to give Carrot a good home. — Read it at ABC News and watch it at Cincinnati’s WLWT

Bees Create Electric Fields to Communicate

A new study suggests that the electrical charge that bees create as they buzz around allows them to talk to each other. The electric fields deflect the insects’ antennae, which then provide signals to their brains through specialized organs at their bases. Fred Dyer, a behavioral biologist at Michigan State University, called the research team’s findings “very significant.” The findings were published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. — Read it at Science Now via the Huffington Post

Sea Lion Pups Dying at High Rate in California

Following the warnings of animal rescue groups, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice Wednesday saying that more sick and dying sea lion pups have become stranded on California beaches so far this year than in the previous five years combined. Scientists are investigating the cause for this “unusual mortality event,” but they don’t yet have an answer. "We anticipate this will get worse when the pups begin to wean from their mothers and have to forage on their own," said Sharon Melin, a wildlife biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service, which is part of NOAA. Born in the summer, pups usually stay with their mothers until April. — Read it at Reuters via the Chicago Tribune

Chai was rejected by her mom but is thriving under her vet's care.

Panda Cub Ready For Public

Chai got off to a tough start after being rejected by her mom at just six days old. But now 4 months old, the red panda cub has become a healthy handful for the veterinarian and keepers who have raised her by hand at the Mogo Zoo in Australia. The cub likes to wrestle with her stuffed animals and has been known to playfully bite her keepers. “We’ve become very fond of her mischievous nature and look forward to seeing her interact with the public,” said the zoo’s veterinarian, Dr. Sam Young. The zoo planned to introduce Chai to zoo visitors this week after her final cub vaccination. — Read it at Zooborns

Brown Bears Break In for Chinese Food

When Justin Lee of Monrovia, Calif., heard his dog barking louder than he ever had before, he rushed downstairs from his room. There, he found the sliding door of his home open and the doggie door ripped apart — and he came face to face with a large brown bear. Lee grabbed his dog, Melo, and ran upstairs to call 911. Authorities scared the bear, and his pal who was waiting outside, off by shooting bean bags — after the animal had helped himself to some homemade Chinese food that Lee’s mom had just made, and what was left in Melo’s bowl. — Read it at LAist

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