Pet Scoop: Firefighters Save Cat With CPR, Tiny New Mammal Found in Africa

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Soldier the cat was revived by firefighters in Columbia, South Carolina, Wednesday.
Columbia Fire Department
Soldier the cat was revived by firefighters in Columbia, South Carolina, Wednesday.

Cat Revived After Blaze

Firefighters in Columbia, South Carolina, found an unresponsive cat in a house fire Wednesday. They brought the cat outside and began doing chest compressions and gave him oxygen with a pet oxygen mask that was donated to the department. He regained consciousness after several minutes. The crew nicknamed the gray cat Smokey, but they soon found his grateful owner and discovered the cat’s name is Soldier. Soldier is recovering. “ Columbia Fire Department takes it serious when we save any life, whether that’s two legged or four legged,” said a fire department spokesman. — Watch it at South Carolina’s WLTX

Faces Keep Guenon Monkeys From Interbreeding

Guenon monkeys have some of the most colorful faces of all primates, and a new study finds that the species might rely on their unique patterns to avoid interbreeding with other monkey species. There are as many as 35 guenon species, and the monkeys tend to spend time foraging in groups of two or more species. If they mate across species, their offspring could be infertile or have other health problems. Researchers from the United Kingdom found that facial patterns are remarkably similar within each guenon monkey species. Their findings were published in the journal Nature Communications. — Read it at Live Science

New Elephant Shrew Found in Africa

Scientists from California have discovered a tiny new mammal in western Africa. The previously unknown species of elephant shrew is about the size of a mouse with a long nose. It lives in an ancient volcanic formation in Namibia, and its red fur helps it blend in with its surroundings. Although it only weighs about an ounce and is just 7.5 inches long, it has closer genetic ties to elephants than to shrews. The research was published in the Journal of Mammalogy. — Read it from Reuters via Yahoo

A beluga whale has been spotted recently in the Taunton River in Massachusetts.
A beluga whale has been spotted recently in the Taunton River in Massachusetts.

Beluga Travels to Massachusetts

Beluga whales are normally found in the Arctic and sub-Arctic, but one young beluga seems to have taken up residence much further south, in Massachusetts’ Taunton River. Pictures of the white whale started popping up on social media earlier this month, and now the International Fund for Animal Welfare has confirmed that the visitor is a beluga. “When do you backpack across Europe or road trip across the country? When you’re young. Sea animals have the same sort of ambitions as humans,” said Tony LaCasse of the New England Aquarium. For now, the adventurous whale seems happy in his vacation spot. The IFAW is monitoring him but says it won’t intervene unless his health begins to deteriorate. — Read it at Today

Zookeepers Hand-rear Baby Wallaby

Keepers at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Nebraska are caring for a 7-month-old Tammar wallaby named Liv. The joey was found outside of her mother’s pouch one morning, which means the mom had stopped caring for her. She was immediately rescued by her keepers. They have been carrying her in a makeshift pouch to mimic the body warmth and shelter that her mother would have provided. "It's a time-consuming effort,” says the zoo’s president and CEO John Chapo. “The zookeeepers were feeding her eight times a day, adjusting the formula to provide the accurate amount of fat content a mother would supply and getting it switched over to solid food." She’ll be carried in the pouch for a couple more months before she is ready to venture out on her own. — See photos at Zooborns and see more cute zoo babies

Vetstreet Board Member Wins Prestigious Award

Vetstreet Veterinary Advisory Board member Dr. Ann Hohenhaus won a DeBakey Journalism Award in the online category for the article "Dogs Go to Bat Against Lou Gehrig's Disease," which appeared on Vetstreet in March. Hohenhaus is certified as a specialist in veterinary oncology and small animal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She is also on staff at the Animal Medical Center in New York City where she treats patients with cancer. The award, which was presented to Hohenhaus earlier this month in Washington, D.C., on June 18, is considered the Pulitzer Prize of biomedical reporting. “ is honored to have such a distinguished contributor and advisor on our team, and we congratulate Dr. Hohenhaus on her award,” said Dr. Beth Thompson, medical director and publisher of and Healthy Pet magazine. — Read more at Market Watch


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