Pet Scoop: Dog in Viral Photo Reunited With Owner, Elusive Pandas Caught on Camera

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Susie, whose photo went viral after she was found, was reunited with her owner on Wednesday.
Susie, whose photo went viral after she was found, was reunited with her owner on Wednesday.

Emotional Reunion for Dog, Owner

Thanks to social media, a dog who was found mud-covered and standing by the body of a man who’d died in Monday’s devastating tornado in Moore, Okla., has been reunited with her owner. The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office tweeted her photo on Monday, and shared it on Facebook on Tuesday, with the post: "Man's best friend to end. The dog was standing guard over a deceased individual, possibly its owner..." The office followed up saying one of its deputies would be interested in adopting the dog. Millions viewed and commented on the moving photo — including Sheila Collins, who told the office that the dog’s owner, her brother, was actually alive, and desperately searching for Susie. The 12-year-old Schipperke-Border Collie mix and her owner, Curtis Collins, had an emotional reunion on Wednesday. Susie and Curtis Collins live about a half-mile away from where she was found, and didn’t know the man she was found with. Collins has asked anyone who was touched by their story to consider making a donation to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society to help in the aftermath of the storm. — Read it at Ohio’s Toledo News Now, see more reunion stories from Today and learn how to help in Oklahoma

More news from Oklahoma:

  • Texas Task Force 1 found two dogs safe in a crate under a pile of rubble they were searching through on Wednesday and carried them to safety. — See photo on Facebook
  • The American Humane Association has mobilized its Red Star Rescue Team, and is teaming up with Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation and several other partners to help animals in Oklahoma
  • K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs, who’ve been on the scene in Newtown, Conn., and Boston recently, have been offering support at churches for tornado victims — Follow them on Facebook

New Bill Would Allow Pets on Amtrak Trains

Two members of the House of Representatives introduced the Pets on Trains Act of 2013 on Tuesday. The legislation, which is supported by the Humane Society of the United States, would require the government-subsidized Amtrak to allow domestic cats and dogs on certain trains. Currently, only animals traveling with people who have disabilities are allowed on the trains. “Allowing families to bring their animals with them will facilitate transportation and efficiency while also providing a much-needed source of revenue for Amtrak,” said Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), a co-sponsor of the bill with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). — Read it at the Huffington Post

Bozie, an Asian elephant, will soon join the herd at the National Zoo.
CC Lockwood, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Bozie, an Asian elephant, will soon join the herd at the National Zoo.

New Elephant Arrives at D.C. Zoo

Bozie, a 37-year-old Asian elephant, traveled more than 1,100 miles in a truck from the Baton Rouge Zoo to her new home in Washington, D.C., arriving on Wednesday afternoon. Bozie was transferred because her only companion in the Louisiana zoo died in March. At the National Zoo, she’ll join a herd with three other elephants: females Ambika, who’s 65, and Shanthi, 38, and Shanthi’s 11-year-old male offspring, Kandula. Records show that Bozie and Shanthi lived briefly in Sri Lanka together as young calves. “Social interaction is key to an elephant’s mental and physical well-being,” said Don Moore, associate director of Animal Care Sciences. Bozie will spend 30 days in quarantine before meeting her new friends. — Read it from the National Zoo

Hidden Camera Captures Wild Panda Footage

New video footage of giant pandas in their natural habitat has been released by the World Wildlife Fund. The images come from more than 100 automated infrared camera traps set up in the Sichuan province of China. They show the endangered bears with other threatened species, including Asiatic black bears and red pandas. The images “truly reflect the conditions of those species in the wild," said Jiang Zeyin of WWF-China. There are an estimated 1,600 giant pandas left in the wild. — Read it at Live Science


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