Pet Scoop: Facebook Plea Earns Kids a Puppy, Blind Sea Lion Pup Has New Home

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The Cordell kids were successful with their Facebook plea.

Who Wouldn’t "Like" This?

Late last year, Cadence and Emerson Cordell, who live outside of Boston, heard about a nearby family who promised the kids a cat if their photo asking for one got more than 1,000 likes on Facebook. The Internet quickly over-delivered. So the girls bargained with their dad: if a photo of them with their three younger brothers asking for a puppy got 1 million likes, they could get one. Their dad, Ryan Cordell, agreed, thinking it would never get anywhere close, and their mom, Evie, set up a Facebook page for her daughters, Twogirlsandapuppy. In just 12 hours, the photo had topped 1 million likes, and mom was on to a different website — Petfinder — where she’s started looking for a young Labrador or Golden Retriever to adopt. "They didn't quite believe it had happened so quickly," Evie Cordell said of the girls’ reaction. "My youngest daughter thinks every million we reach we should get another puppy, which is not going to happen." — Read it at ABC News

White-Nose Syndrome Found in Kentucky

Officials say White-Nose Syndrome, the fatal disease that’s decimated millions of bats in eastern North America, has now reached Kentucky’s  iconic Mammoth Cave National Park. Tests confirmed that a northern long-eared bat in the park’s Long Cave, which stretches for 1.3 miles, was found to have White-Nose Syndrome. "It grieves me to make this announcement," said Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead. — Read it at USA Today

Rare White-Cheeked Gibbon Born at N.Y. Zoo

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo has announced that the gibbon, the first of its species to be born at the zoo in more than a decade, made its arrival on Nov. 24, 2012. Its parents are first-time dad Milton and 35-year-old mom Christine, who’s had 10 other babies. The zoo hasn’t yet determined the baby’s gender. White-cheeked gibbons are listed as critically endangered. — Read it at Live Science

Brenna Hernandez, Shedd Aquarium
Cruz, a sea lion pup, is blind in both eyes.

Aquarium Rescues Two Sea Lions

The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has taken in Cruz, a blind pup who was found alone in Santa Cruz, Calif., in July, and a 5-year-old male, Tanner, who comes to the aquarium through a government effort to relocate dozens of sea lions to protect endangered salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest. X-rays show that gunshot wounds in Cruz’s skull likely caused his blindness. He’s just 1 year and 9 months old. “Unfortunately, Cruz’s story is indicative of a problem that is similar to many stranding situations,” said Ken Ramirez, Shedd’s executive vice president of animal care and training. “Several animals are targeted for practice or shot with malicious intent by area fishermen for cutting into their catch or profit, or by boat owners.” He is the first blind marine mammal Shedd has taken in.

Dog Waits on Thin Ice for Owner’s Rescue

While out duck hunting on Tuesday, an unidentified 60-year-old man walked out onto thin ice on the Colorado River and fell through. Witnesses called 911 and say that his chocolate Labrador Retriever refused to leave his side, pacing back and forth while trying to reach him for 30 minutes in 14-degree temperatures. Finally, help arrived and a firefighter swam out on a board to rescue the man, who was treated for hypothermia. — Read it at Yahoo Shine

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