Pet Scoop: Dog Rescued After Racing Train in N.Y., Study Finds Sea Otters Can Get the Flu

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Tie was rescued from train tracks in Harlem after trying to race a commuter train.
Adam Lisberg, MTA
Tie was rescued from train tracks in Harlem after trying to race a commuter train.

Police Save Pup From Tracks

A stray dog was rescued on Tuesday morning after running for a mile and half alongside a Metro-North commuter train on electrified tracks in New York City. “She was just running like she didn’t have a care in the world,” said engineer Joseph Delia. The pooch met the train in the Bronx, and ran on a parallel track until she passed the train when it stopped at a red signal. Delia slowed the train way down, alerted other engineers in the area to watch out for the dog and called the MTA police for help. Two officers and a station worker at the train’s next stop in Harlem headed for the stairs to try to lure the dog from the tracks. She walked right into their arms as the passengers on the train and the crowd gathered at the station clapped and cheered. “At first she appeared frightened, but started wagging her tail,” said officer Luis Alvarez. “Having a dog of my own, I could tell she was very friendly.” MTA workers named the 3-year-old Shepherd-Collie mix Tie, after the railroad ties she ran along. Tie had a reunion with her rescuers on Wednesday. New York’s Animal Care & Control is searching for her owner, and will put her up for adoption if one isn’t found. — Read it at the New York Post

Researchers Say Sea Otters May Host H1N1

A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey and the CDC finds that northern sea otters living off the coast of Washington state were infected with the same H1N1 virus that caused a pandemic in 2009. Antibodies from the virus were discovered in 70 percent of the sea otters that were studied. While none of the animals were visibly sick, the presence of the antibodies means that they were previous exposed to the virus. "Our study shows that sea otters may be a newly identified animal host of influenza viruses," said Hon Ip, a USGS scientist and co-author of the study. Researchers aren’t sure how the otters could have become infected with influenza because they live so remotely. The study was published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. — Read it at Science Daily

Huge Alligator Snapping Turtle Freed

Baton Rouge, La., resident Travis Lewis says he started “screaming and hollering” for his friend’s help when he spotted a 4-foot-long alligator snapping turtle in a canal outside his home. When his friend Martin LeBlanc arrived at the scene, the two realized that the turtle was stuck in a drainage culvert. "He was wedged in a culvert and one of our friends actually climbed in the culvert and pulled the turtle out. He was wedged in real tight," said LeBlanc. The men planned to release the turtle into a safer spot. — Watch it at Yahoo News

A jaguar cub was born at the Tulsa Zoo on March 26.
Dr. Jen Kilburn, Tulsa Zoo
A jaguar cub was born at the Tulsa Zoo on March 26.

Jaguar Cub Born in Oklahoma

The cub was born to mom Ixchel and dad Bebeto at the Tulsa Zoo on March 26. The cub is doing well but, sadly, its sibling was stillborn. This is the second time this jaguar pair has bred successfully. The little one’s first 30 days are critical to its survival, and the animal care team is closely monitoring Ixchel and her cub via remote cameras to make sure it’s developing well and nursing. — See photos at Zooborns

Luxury Cat Hotel Opens in U.K.

Your cat may have better accommodations than you if he stays at the Meadow Cat Hotel in Cornwall, England. The hotel’s feline guests are treated to velvet sheets, soothing music and “catnip bubble play sessions.” The menu features only the finest Scottish salmon fillet and Atlantic king prawns, and a limousine service can transport your pet to and from his vacation. You can watch your cat on a web cam, and will even get personalized emailed postcards with updates on their stay. “I think all cats deserve to be treated and pampered and it doesn't matter who they are or where they come from,” says owner Gemma Machin. — Read it from the U.K.’s Daily Mail

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