Pet Scoop: Dog Nurses Kitten Along With Puppies, Bear Found Relaxing in Hammock

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Roadhouse the kitten cuddles with her puppy littermates.
Roadhouse the kitten cuddles with her puppy littermates.
Mama Dog Adopts Orphaned Kitten

A Maltese named Coco was brought to New York City’s Animal Haven shelter from a hoarding situation three weeks ago and gave birth to three puppies the day after she arrived. Meanwhile, the shelter had taken in a “rough-and-tumble” black kitten named Roadhouse who was found orphaned on the streets of Manhattan. The tiny kitten didn’t want to take a bottle. "We said, 'What would happen if we put the kitten with Coco,' and it was instantaneous," said Kendra Mara, the shelter’s associate director. While the kitten will now take a bottle, too, “she seems to do much better with Coco." Offers to adopt Roadhouse and her canine siblings have been pouring in, but they won’t be ready for adoption for several weeks. — Watch it at NBC New York

Jerky Treat Makers Agree to $6.5 Million Fund

Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Waggin' Train LLC, two of the nation’s biggest makers of jerky treats blamed for the deaths and illnesses of thousands of pets, agreed to create a $6.5 million fund to compensate dog owners who believe their pets were harmed by the treats. The agreement is part of a settlement announced Friday in a class-action lawsuit. If the settlement is approved, it would require Nestle Purina to take “enhanced quality assurance measures” with treats made in China. Neither company admits fault in the settlement. “All parties entered into the agreement only to bring the litigation to a prompt and certain resolution,” lawyers for the companies said in a statement. The deal comes two weeks after the FDA said more than 1,000 pet deaths had been linked to jerky treats, but the specific cause is still under investigation. Pet product retailers PetSmart and Petco said last month they plan to stop selling treats made in China. — Read it at Today

Plane Diverted After Dog Poops on Board

A U.S. Airways flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia made an unscheduled landing in Kansas City, Missouri, last week after a service dog pooped twice in the aisle. The smell was so strong that it was making some passengers sick. According to Missouri’s KCTV, the flight had been delayed for two hours in L.A. Although the crew tried to clean up the messes, they ran out of paper towels. Jim Kutsch, president at The Seeing Eye guide dog school in New Jersey, said that although incidents like this are rare, dogs sometimes get sick on planes like humans. A passenger said the remorseful owner wanted to send all of her fellow passengers Starbucks gift cards as an apology. She and her dog were rebooked on another flight. — Read it from the AP via the Huffington Post

A black bear stopped to take a rest in a relaxing hammock in Florida.
A black bear stopped to take a rest in a relaxing hammock in Florida.

Florida Bear Relaxes in Hammock

A black bear surprised Daytona Beach, Florida, residents when he decided to kick back in a comfortable hammock Thursday night. "He got in the hammock like he was a tourist or something," homeowner Vincent James told CNN affiliate WESH. Neighbor and photographer Rafael Torres snapped pictures of the bear from a safe distance. He said the animal sat in the spot for about 20 minutes before running away — but James said he came back half an hour later to enjoy the hammock again. The bear has been spotted multiple times in the neighborhood recently. Although some residents were amused by the sighting they know having a bear around is dangerous. James has removed the hammock and he and his neighbors are being more careful with their trash so the bear doesn’t keep coming back. — Watch it at CNN

Rare Snow Leopards Born in Ohio

Two 6-week-old endangered snow leopards are beginning to walk and even climb at the Akron Zoo. The adorable cubs were born to mom Shanti on April 14. The brother and sister cubs weighed about 1 ½ pounds each at birth and are now up to about 6 pounds each. The Akron Zoo is one of a handful in the country where the mother snow leopard has been trained to allow staff to perform ultrasounds and X-rays while she’s awake to follow the cubs’ development. This eliminates the need to anesthetize Shanti for the procedures. The cubs are doing well but will remain off exhibit with their mom for several more weeks. — See photos at Zooborns and see more cute zoo baby photos

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