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Last week, a family brought the
dog they called Cocoa to the
KC Pet Project in Missouri to find him a new home because they didn’t have a fence and he kept escaping from their home. The staff scanned the
Doberman for a microchip, and found that he was registered to someone other than the family that relinquished him. They called the number and got Allen Williams, who was shocked to hear from them. He said the dog, who he called Titan, had escaped from his backyard three years ago and he never been able to find him. "I always thought he was still alive," he says. He thought someone else had decided to keep Titan. Williams went to the shelter the next day, where he was greeted by his very excited dog. "Our staff said that Titan saw his owner and immediately started jumping and wiggling. It took a very long time to get their picture because Titan was wiggling so much," said the KC Pet Project’s Tori Fugate. — Read it at the
New research finds that orange-spotted filefish protect themselves using a disguise that’s new to science. Scientists found that the fish, which feed exclusively on Acropora corals, ingest chemicals that make them smell like the scent of their food. That helps them hide from their own predators, including cod. Study leader Rohan Brooker of the
Georgia Institute of Technology said it’s the first time scientists have found an animal that chemical camouflaged itself using its diet. The study was published in the journal
Proceedings of the Royal Society B. — Read it at
Bryce Vucekovich, 27, surprised the staff at the
Dallas Animal Services shelter Saturday when he arrived with a truckload full of pet food, kitty litter and other supplies that he’d purchased with the $500 he won on a scratch ticket. Vucekovich adopted his three-legged dog, Fred, there last Christmas, and has been wanting to give back to the shelter. “I don’t think anybody wants to adopt a three-legged
dog, but I made a bee-line for him,” says Vucekovich, who also had a one-eyed dog. “That’s my goal in life is to have a bunch of adopted rescue dogs.” Shelter manager Teresa Cleek said the shelter was grateful for the donations to help their 600 dogs and
cats. — Read it at
CBS Dallas-Fort Worth
We have another happy — and quirky — reunion to tell you about. Police
in Omaha, Nebraska, got an unusual call Sunday night from a homeowner who
reported that there was a sheep wearing a Christmas sweater in his yard. The
police contacted the Nebraska
Humane Society, which has gotten some unusual calls in the past, but “this was a first," said spokeswoman Pam Wiese. The group
posted a photo of Gage in his green and red knit sweater on their Facebook page and Twitter. The #christmassheep
quickly went viral — and led to the dapper animal’s reunion with his owner,
Margaret Vazquez, Tuesday night. In order to prove the Gage belonged to her,
Vazquez brought along clear evidence: photos of Gage dressed up for other
occasions, including Halloween. — Read it at ABC
Giant panda mom Juxiao
finally got the chance to meet her trio of little ones Tuesday at China’s
Chimelong Safari Park. The world’s only
known surviving panda triplets were born on July 29. They were immediately
separated from their mom because in previous cases of triplets, not all of the
babies have survived. In a video of the meeting released by the park, Juxiao
can be seen cradling two of the cubs affectionately. She left the third alone
because it was sleeping. With each of the cubs now weighing in at about 17
pounds, their keepers said they’re strong enough to be in the enclosure with Juxiao.
Read it and watch it at the U.K.’s Independent
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