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February 16, 2012: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.
Baby the French Bulldog is an “uber-mother,” says a worker at Berlin’s Lehnitz animal sanctuary, where the 8-year-old dog adopted six orphaned wild boar piglets who were brought in from the cold. "She thinks they're her own babies," said the sanctuary's Norbert Damm. It’s not the first time that Baby has played mom to another species: She’s also helped out with raccoons and cats. — Read it at Today
Plus: In other inter-species harmony news, a ram and a deer celebrated Valentine’s Day with a wedding at a zoo in China. — See the photo at Jezebel
After traveling to Alaska from Germany with her sled dogs for the Iditarod, Silvia Furtwangler realized that Whistler, a 3-year-old dog with bright blue eyes, was missing. Word got out that he was in the Anchorage area, and four days after he’d escaped from a box used to transport sled dog teams, a woman was able to lure Whistler into her workplace by using a trail of roast beef. — Read it at the Alaska Dispatch
Speaking of luring animals with tasty snacks . . . When a kitty's owner let him out of his cage in a bathroom at the Rocky Mountain Regional Airport in Denver, the Bengal cat hopped onto the sink and crawled through a hole in the ceiling. After hours of trying to get Achilles to come down, owner Mary Palmer and her husband had to fly back to Baltimore. It wasn’t until that night that “he succumbed to the aroma of the tuna” in a live trap. He’s staying with Palmer’s family in Colorado. — Read it at 9News
Ruff Ruff, a Catahoula Leopard puppy, suffered terrible burns in an Illinois house fire last month, and the community rallied and raised $8,000 for her medical bills. Now the 9-month-old dog is expected to make a full recovery. “It's almost like she knows she's been saved. She's a very happy dog,” Cassie Szplett of the PAWS Animal Shelter told CBS. — Read it at the Huffington Post
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