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It was seven years ago that B.A. got spooked by a thunderstorm and took off from his Raleigh, N.C., home. So, when owner Dan Kesler, who now lives in Arizona, got a call last month from the Durham County Animal Shelter saying that B.A. had been identified by a microchip, he was shocked. “Oh my God, it’s my dog!” Kesler said. “Did I think he’d be back? I can’t say yes, but I never gave up hope.” B.A. favors one leg from what the shelter’s veterinarian believes was an old injury, but is otherwise healthy, and was recently flown out to Arizona to be with Kesler. “There was some angel watching out for this dog for seven years,” said shelter director Shafonda Davis. “That is one lucky dog.” — Watch it at CNN
Gudrun Mastriano was walking through a Kissimmee state park in Florida last week with Dante, her daughter’s 3-year-old dog, when a cottonmouth snake lunged at Mastriano. Before it could bite, Dante intervened, grabbing the snake in his teeth and tossing it. The snake then turned on him. Fortunately, the local SPCA has a new hyperbaric therapy unit, where Dante was treated. He’s now doing well and is getting ready to be reunited with his owners who are stationed in Spain with the Navy. “He's my hero," said Mastriano. — Read it at Georgia’s WALB
Much like a tree, lobsters and other crustaceans grow one ring per year, according to new research. Found in hidden-away internal spots, these rings can determine how old the crustaceans are — something that was previously determined by guessing based on size. The findings of Canadian researchers, published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, could help scientists better understand the crustacean population and assist industry regulators. — Read it at AP via the Huffington Post
Tardar Sauce, also known as Grumpy Cat, garnered instant fame for her cranky disposition once she hit the Internet — even making it to a Today show appearance with her family over the weekend. “We think she looks so grumpy you can’t help but feel happy when you look at her,” said one of her family members, Bryan Bundesen. Now the cat’s scowl is available on merchandise including T-shirts and Christmas cards — and part of the proceeds go to an animal shelter, which may even be enough to make Grumpy Cat smile. — Watch it at Today
The San Diego Zoo’s 4-month-old cub, Xiao Liwu, or “Little Gift,” is becoming more difficult to measure at his weekly checkups. "What I've learned in working with him is he really does not like to hold still … I try to work around him,” said Jennifer Parsons, an associate nutritionist at the zoo. New pictures of him from his latest exam catch the wiggly 10.8-pound bear showing off his growing belly. — See photo at Live Science
Snuggling up to mom for warmth, an adorable, newborn seal pup leaned in to give her a quick kiss. The sweet moment between the pair, who are part of a larger colony in Scotland, was captured by a photographer. — See photo at People Pets
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