Pet Scoop: Dog’s Friend Finds Him Trapped in Well, Rare Baby Gorilla Surprises Keepers

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Bruno the chocolate Lab is recovering after being trapped in a well for 27 days.
Bruno the chocolate Lab is recovering after being trapped in a well for 27 days.

Lab Survives 27 Days in Well

Bruno, a chocolate Labrador Retriever, disappeared from his home in Saskatchewan, Canada, last month. His owners, Cindy and John Billesberger, searched desperately for him for four weeks until Oct. 14, when they were out for a walk with their two other dogs. That’s when yellow Lab Esme stopped in one spot and wouldn’t budge. It turned out that she was standing near an abandoned 10-foot well — and her pal Bruno was trapped inside. They got Bruno out and rushed him to the veterinarian. He was in rough shape — dehydrated, skinny and suffering from deep rashes from the wet environment. But the 7-year-old dog has defied expectations and is doing “much better” this week, said the family. “He’s pretty goofy ... he got in ‘trouble’ today for chasing a cat in the [vet] clinic, which they were happy to see,” said the owners’ daughter, Jill Desautels. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Gorilla Birth Surprises Keepers

Keepers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park discovered a new Western lowland gorilla in the troop when they arrived for work on Wednesday morning. The critically endangered, 4-pound baby girl was born to mom Kokamo. The keepers were able to examine the mom and baby and found they were both doing well. Kokamo is an experienced mom — the baby is her seventh offspring — and the staff reports she’s been very protective and attentive. — See photos from the San Diego Zoo

Hero Dog Saves Owner From Fire

Neighbors say Andrea Bulat survived a blaze that consumed the first floor of her Philadelphia row house thanks to her 10-year-old dog, Che. “The dog's really protective of her,” said neighbor Anthony Daly. “If you go past her house it's 'Bark, bark, bark, bark!' and that kind of stuff.” But when Che’s barking woke neighbors up at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, they knew something was wrong — and saw flames coming the home. Firefighters found Che lying on top of Bulat, and they were both unconscious. “The dog stayed on her chest the whole time, which prevented her from being burned totally,” said another neighbor, Adele Butler. Bulat was rushed to a hospital for treatment and is in critical condition. Her loyal dog was resuscitated by firefighters and is being treated for smoke inhalation. Vets are hoping Che will pull through, but recovery may be difficult at his advanced age. — Read it at Philadelphia’s ABC 6

 Former Miss Delaware Kate Banaszak and her Irish Wolfhound make a perfect Wayne and Garth.
Former Miss Delaware Kate Banaszak and her Irish Wolfhound make a perfect Wayne and Garth.

Pair Make Perfect Wayne and Garth

We’re not worthy of a Garth this great. Former Miss Delaware Kate Banaszak is dressing up for Halloween with her Irish Wolfhound, Kellan — and they make the most excellent Wayne and Garth. So it’s no surprise that when Banaszak shared a photo of them in costume as the characters from the beloved “Saturday Night Live” skit (and later movie) Wayne’s World, it went viral. “Kellan really is like Garth Algar. He’s just enjoying the heck out of every moment and making people laugh without trying,” Banaszak said. Party on, Garth! — See photo at Today

George Clooney Spotted Carrying His Dog Up Stairs

When you’re a Basset Hound with famously stubby legs, some steps can be challenging. In a sweet moment captured on camera, actor George Clooney swept his 5-year-old rescued Basset, Millie, off her feet and gave her a lift up the steps to his trailer. Millie was keeping Clooney company on the set of his upcoming movie, Suburbicon. Clooney and his wife, Amal, adopted Millie almost a year ago from the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society. — See photo at People Pets


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