Pet Scoop: Firefighters Adopt Pup Found in Rubble, Tugboat Rescues Pit Bull From River

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A puppy rescued from the rubble of an earthquake is adopted by firefighters who saved him.
A puppy rescued from the rubble of an earthquake is adopted by firefighters who saved him.

Rescued Puppy Has a New Job

A puppy who was saved from the rubble of the 6.6-magnitude earthquake in Norica, Italy, last month has a loving new home — with the firefighters who saved him. The Collie was reunited with his original owners after he was found, but later given back to the firefighters, who decided to train him as a fire service dog. They named him Terremoto, the Italian word for earthquake, and he’s making quite a splash already in his new gig. The animal rescue group Enpa Onlus has been sharing adorable photos of Terremoto on Twitter, including this one of him being “fussed” over as he gets a kiss from a visitor. — Read it at People Pets

Study: Birds Drawn to Smell of Plastic

A new study from the University of California, Davis, finds that albatrosses and other seabirds might be attracted to the small pieces of plastic they find in the ocean because it releases a smell similar to their prey. The birds naturally prey on krill, which have been found to give off the chemical dimethyl sulfide when it is eaten by a predator or breaks down in the ocean. The study finds that the chemical is also given off by tiny pieces of plastic, often because they’ve been colonized by algae that then dies or is eaten by other organisms. The study was published in the journal Science Advances. — Read it at The New York Times

Lost Dog Found After 10 Years

Lucky lived up to his name this week when he was reunited with his owner 10 years after he wandered away from his California home. The Maltese was only a puppy when he disappeared in 2006. Ventura County Animal Services believes Lucky was found and kept by the same owner for years without being checked for a microchip. It was discovered when the owner surrendered the dog to the shelter, possibly due to his age. But his original owner was thrilled to have him back after all those years. “Look how good he looks, that's amazing,” the owner said as Lucky was reunited with him and introduced to his 10-year-old son. The happy ending was streamed live on social media on Saturday. — Read it from NBC Los Angeles

A Pit Bull named Gypsy was rescued from a Florida river by workers in a tugboat.
A Pit Bull named Gypsy was rescued from a Florida river by workers in a tugboat.

Boaters Pull Pit Bull From River

Gypsy was in her Florida backyard when she apparently jumped off a sea wall Monday and swam for an estimated two miles before being rescued. Two workers in a tugboat on the New River spotted the 18-month-old Pit Bull struggling to get ashore. “There was a tree blocking her and then she couldn't get up a [sea] wall, so she finally realized she could come over to us,” said Ryan Little, one of the workers. “When she got close enough we picked her up.” With the help of social media, the boaters reunited Gypsy with her family that afternoon. “Holy moly, I can't believe that dog made that trek in the water,” said owner John Calia of his pup, whose legs are only about six inches long. “Absolutely crazy.” — Read it at Florida’s Sun Sentinel 

Internet Obsesses Over “Werewolf”

Perhaps in need of a distraction from election coverage, the Internet has a new debate: whether Atchoum looks like a cat or a dog. It turns out that the subject in the photos is a hairy Persian cat from Canada who’s become Internet famous. Atchoum, 2, was adopted by a groomer in Quebec and has a rare congenital condition called hypertricosis (also known as werewolf syndrome), which causes fast and continual hair growth. “Some people say my wild furs and intense amber eyes make me look like a dog, an owl, a mad scientist, a Gremlin, Lorax or the Grinch but I'm happy to be me,” Atchoum says on his web site. “I'm well cared for by a veterinarian who will monitor my health,” he noted. — See photos at the U.K.’s Telegraph


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