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April 7, 2014: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.
Boomer wasn’t caught in last month’s deadly mudslide in Oso, Wash. But last week, he went missing and was found wandering around the dangerous debris field. The 15-year-old Golden Retriever was found on Wednesday night by two people who were searching for their own missing dog. Boomer suffered injuries to his legs and hips after walking through the rough terrain for three days. He lives three miles from the site of the disaster, with the sister of his original owner. His first owner was lost in the slide, and some people speculate that Boomer went to the area to look for him. Even though he wasn’t a slide survivor, finding him brought some happy news to search crews working in the area, where at least 30 people have died. “He recovered beautifully,” said vet technician Kellie Bartlett of Arlington Veterinary Hospital. “When Boomer saw his owner, he was wagging his tail. It’s a happy ending for someone who’s lost a lot.” — Read it at the New York Daily News
A pink and yellow frog covered in sharp spikes was found high in the remote mountains of Vietnam. The Gracixalus lumarius, which was named in a new study published in the journal Zootaxa, are found only on Mount Ngoc Linh and surrounding peaks above 5,900 feet. The thorny tree frogs are about two inches long, and the backs and heads of the males are covered in a layer of spikes that “feel just like sandpaper,” said researcher Jodi Rowley. Rowley believes the spikes help females identify males. The frog is particularly vulnerable to habitat loss and climate change. — Read it at National Geographic
She was already grumpy. So, now that she’s 2 years old, watch out, world! Grumpy Cat, aka Tardar Sauce, celebrated her birthday on Friday by touring New York City. The unhappy feline has accomplished a lot in her two years. She has a movie in the works, on top of her endorsement and licensing deals for products like Friskies Party Mix treats and her Grumppuccino coffee line. What will the next year bring for Grumpy Cat? — Read it from AP via Yahoo
The family of a firefighter in New Jersey is giving a second chance to a dog who was rescued from a cliff two weeks ago. The 4-year-old pooch was badly matted and dehydrated when emergency responders saved her from a ravine. The Animal Clinic of Morris Plains cleaned her up, and revealed a happy little dog, who hundreds of people were clamoring to adopt. The Second Chance Pet Adoption League decided Paul DiFalco, a firefighter who’s a coworker of the crew who rescued the dog, could offer her a good home with his family and their Miniature Schnauzer, Ashes. They brought the pup home on Sunday. In a nod to the Lenten season, the DiFalco family decided to name their new dog Easter. Her middle name will be Paterson, in honor of the fire department that saved her. — Watch it at CBS New York
The claws are coming out. March Madness comes to an end tonight with one of the oldest rivalries in the book: cats against dogs. The University of Connecticut’s Huskies will face off against the University of Kentucky’s Wildcats tonight in the NCAA final at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It’s also a battle of the underdogs, as the teams — No. 7 and No. 8 — busted everyone’s bracket on the way to the championship game. — Read it at the Los Angeles Times
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