Pet Scoop: Dog Rescued on Highway Reunited With Owner, Rare Mexican Wolf Pup Born

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Summer the Labrador Retriever was rescued from a Phoenix highway and reunited with her owner.
Summer the Labrador Retriever was rescued from a Phoenix highway and reunited with her owner.

Lab Reunited With Owner

A Labrador Retriever evaded police for 30 minutes while running loose on a Phoenix freeway Monday morning. The Arizona Department of Public Safety stopped traffic while drivers and police attempted to catch the dog, who wasn’t wearing a collar. Finally, a Good Samaritan managed to get ahold of the scared pooch and hold on to her until state troopers could get to her. The dog didn’t have any identification, but luckily her owner saw coverage of the rescue in the media. Kelly Nichols said Summer had escaped through an unlocked gate on Friday night, and she was on the run for two days before finding herself on the highway during the morning commute. Both Nichols and Summer were thrilled to be reunited on Tuesday. "I am super happy she is in one piece, I'll be able to take her home, and she won't go without her collar and her information ever again," said Nichols. — Read it at Fox 10 Phoenix

Baby Bison Handled By Tourists Put Down

National Park Service officials are warning tourists to stay 25 feet or more from wildlife after a sad incident with a newborn bison calf in Yellowstone National Park. On May 9, tourists who said they were concerned that the calf looked cold loaded it into their SUV and brought it to a park facility. They were cited for touching wildlife and fined $110. Approaching wildlife is dangerous, and it can cause mothers to reject their offspring. Park rangers brought the newborn back to where it was picked up, and tried several times to get it back with its herd, without success. “The bison calf was later euthanized because it was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway,” the park said in a statement. — Read it from the AP via the Los Angeles Times

Activists Call for Fishing Ban to Save Porpoise

With only 60 of the world’s smallest porpoise left in the wild, the World Wildlife Fund is calling on Mexican authorities to ban all fishing in the upper Gulf of California. Scientists have warned that the vaquita marina could face extinction by 2022. Their decline has been linked to the illegal catching of the totoaba. The 5-foot porpoises have been victims of bycatching by those trying to catch the totoaba. There has been a two-year ban on the gillnets used to catch the totoaba by the Mexican government, and the decline in the porpoises has come despite the navy patrolling their habitat. — Read it from the AFP via Yahoo

A critically endangered Mexican wolf pup was born at the Wolf Conservation Center in New York.
A critically endangered Mexican wolf pup was born at the Wolf Conservation Center in New York.

Pup Boosts Species’ Tiny Population

A rare Mexican wolf pup has earned the nickname Trumpet for the boisterous noises he makes. The critically endangered cub was born at the Wolf Conservation Center in New York on May 4. He joins a species with only 97 animals left in the wild. The Mexican gray wolf is one of the most endangered animals in North America. They actually went extinct in the wild in the 1980s but were reintroduced in the 1990s. Just last week, we told you about the birth of a red wolf, which is also a critically endangered population. — Read it at  Discovery News

Dog and Cat Rescued From Apartment Fire

A woman named Jessica was relieved to find firefighters giving her soot-covered dog oxygen outside a fire that destroyed 12 units in her Houston apartment building. The firefighters had found the little dog burrowed inside a wall where the insulation had fallen out. Jessica was thankful to the crew for saving Suzaku — but she was worried about her missing cat. Thankfully, the firefighters found the cat 15 minutes later, hiding in a mattress in her apartment. Both animals were given oxygen and reunited with Jessica. — Read it at Houston’s KHOU


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