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With her family about to move out of the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama took some time to admire the special place she’s called home for the last eight years — with her family’s adorable dogs. On Wednesday morning, @FLOTUS Tweeted a short video of herself (and Bo and Sunny) with the caption, “Taking it in on one last walk through the People's House.” The family got the Portuguese Water Dogs during Barack Obama’s presidency, so the White House has been their only home so far. The family is headed to a large private home not far away in Washington, where they’ll liveuntilSasha finishes high school. — Watch it from @FLOTUS via Twitter and see our tribute to the first dogs
The makers of the upcoming movie “A Dog’s Purpose” are facing a backlash after TMZ posted a video Wednesday that appears to show one of the movie’s canine actors performing under duress. In the disturbing video, a trainer looks to be forcing a terrified German Shepherd into a pool of rushing water for a scene. The video then appears to show the same dog sinking as one crew member yells “Cut it!” and others rush to help the dog. PETA called for a boycott of the movie, which opens on Jan. 27. Movie sets with animal actors are monitored by safety representatives from the American Humane Association. The AHA said in a statement it was “disturbed and concerned” by the footage, and that the rep has been placed on administrative leave while they investigate. — Read it at USA Today
A comprehensive review of ape, monkey, tarsier, lemur and loris populations finds that 60 percent of all primates are now threatened with extinction, and about 75 percent are facing dropping numbers. “It is possible that some primates will go extinct in our lifetimes if we don't increase our [conservation] efforts dramatically,” said Russell Mittermeier, president of Conservation International. The study was published in the journal Science Advances. — Read it at Seeker
Ten-year-old Izzy moved to an assisted living community in Kingston, Tennessee, with her owner in the fall, and quickly made friends with the staff and other residents. When Izzy’s owner passed away and family couldn’t take the dog, the Brookdale Kingston community stepped in to adopt her. “We realized her home was here with us and so she has stayed,” said Lesa Fuller, Brookdale Kingston’s sales and marketing manager. “She is part of the family here now. The residents always want to know where Izzy is and what she’s doing. There’s never a shortage of people to pet her.” Izzy, a senior herself, is the home’s “official welcome greeter,” and happily attends parties and social gatherings. — Read it at People Pets
The Washington, D.C., zoo is preparing to say goodbye to its 3-year-old panda cub, Bao Bao, this winter. The female cub will move to a Chinese research base as part of an agreement to move any cubs born at the National Zoo to China by the time they are 4 years old. Bao Bao will turn 4 in August. “She’s captured the hearts of people all over the world who watched her grow up on the panda cams,” said Brandie Smith, associate director of animal care sciences, in a statement. “We are sad to see her go, but excited for the contributions she is going to continue to make to the global giant panda population.” The zoo is planning a series of farewell events but hasn’t announced an official date for Bao Bao’s big move. — Read it at the Washington Post
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