Pet Scoop: Frantic Rescue for Young Manatee, Rescue Cat Sets Loudest Purr Record

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Crews rescued a 1-year-old female manatee who was stuck under a pumping station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Crews rescued a 1-year-old female manatee who was stuck under a pumping station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Trapped Manatee Rescued

A 1-year-old manatee is being nursed back to health at the Miami Seaquarium after a complicated rescue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Wednesday morning. Crews from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation and the local fire department worked for hours to get her out safely from under a water pumping station where she was stuck. The 250-pound manatee was scraped up in the incident but wildlife caregivers were happy with her progress, and she was eating and socializing with other manatees not long after her arrival at the Seaquarium. “Seeing everything that went into this rescue with everybody involved and how she was able to make it here, I think it’s a good outcome and it’s actually not a bad day,” said the Seaquarium’s Jodi Tuzinsky. Officials expect the manatee to be ready to be released quickly, and they’re thinking of naming her Piper because she was found stuck under a drainage pipe. — Watch it at Miami’s Local 10

Elephants Finally Arrive at Oklahoma Zoo

After a detour at the San Diego Zoo because of bad weather, Asian elephants Bamboo and Chai arrived safely at the Oklahoma City Zoo at around 3 a.m. Wednesday. They’d departed from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo in April after a federal appeals court declined to block the transfer. Opponents to the move wanted the elephants to live out the rest of their days in a sanctuary instead. The Seattle zoo chose the Oklahoma zoo as the home for the 48- and 36-year-old elephants after it decided to close its own elephant exhibit. — Read it from the AP via Yahoo

Bee Die-Offs for Past Year Near Record High

U.S. beekeepers said 42.1 percent of the bee colonies they managed have died in the last year. That’s the second highest annual loss ever recorded, according to the Bee Informed Partnership. Oklahoma saw the highest number of losses at 63.4 percent while only 14 percent of the colonies in Hawaii died. The group gathered data from 6,128 beekeepers in the U.S. for the report. Winter die-offs were reported to be at 18.7 percent, which is much better than the 9-year average total loss of 28.7 percent, but bees don’t only die in the winter months. Bee colony failure is an ongoing problem in the U.S. While the cause isn’t completely clear, pesticides are widely considered to be one of the biggest reasons for their deaths. — Read it at Discovery News

Merlin 13, takes the Guinness World Record for the loudest purr in a domestic cat.
Merlin 13, takes the Guinness World Record for the loudest purr in a domestic cat.

Cat Sets Record for Loudest Purr

Merlin, a 13-year-old rescue cat who lives in the U.K., took the Guinness World Record for the loudest purr by a domestic cat when he reached 67.8 decibels during a recent filming of a British TV show. He squeaked by the previous record holder, Smokey, who registered a 67.68 decibel purr in 2011. “Occasionally when he’s really loud I have to repeat myself,” said Merlin’s owner, Tracy Westwood. “When you’re watching films you have to turn the telly up or put him out of the room, if he’s eating he’ll purr loudly. I can hear him when I’m drying my hair.” Merlin’s purr was described as being as noisy as a conversation or an air conditioner. Westwood says he’s at his loudest when he’s cleaning himself or eating. — Read it at Guinness World Records

Adorable Jaguar Cub Needs a Name

The San Diego Zoo’s 2-month-old jaguar cub has gained quite a fan club — and now the zoo wants you to help them select his name. The cub was born March 12 to mom Nindiri, and he’s been keeping her on her toes. The zoo has seven names to choose from, including: Xingo, a river in Brazil (pronounced "shing-goo"); Manchado, which means "spotted" in Portuguese; Machupo, the name of another river in Brazil; Javari, the name of a river in Bolivia; Tankani, which is a mountain in Brazil; Patafe, which means "rascal" in Portuguese; and Valerio, a boy’s name that means “powerful, strong and healthy.” — Read it at Zooborns and cast your vote


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