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The American Kennel Club is welcoming
a cute new face to the Herding group: the Pumi. The energetic dog is “amusing
and fun-loving.” The Pumi originated in Hungary, where he was bred to herd
sheep and cattle. The quick learner is extremely willing to work and sports
hair that forms corkscrew curls all over the body. The breed will be officially
recognized on July 1. To become an official AKC breed, there must be a minimum
number of registrations distributed geographically across the U.S. “This lively, adorable dog makes a wonderful companion for a family
willing to provide lots of exercise and mental activity,” said AKC Vice
President Gina DiNardo in a news release. — Read more from the AKC and get to know the Pumi in
our breed guide
A new study finds that clever mother brown bears have figured out they
can sometimes use unwitting humans as shields to protect their cubs from males
who are not their father. The researchers found that moms with cubs were
seeking to settle closer to more populated areas — and their plan worked. Those
mothers greatly increased their cubs’ chance of survival. “Successful mothers were more likely to use humans as protective
associates, whereas unsuccessful mothers avoided humans,” the researchers
wrote. The study was published in the journal Science Advances. — Read it
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The first panda cub twins of the year were born Monday at a Chinese panda
research base. The sisters, who weighed 144 grams and 113 grams each, were born
to first-time mother Yali. “The
twins are quite healthy, their voices are quite clear, relatively speaking
their fur and physical traits are all quite healthy,” said Tang Juwen, who
feeds them at the Chengdu base. There were seven panda cubs born at the base
last year. — Read it at Australia’s ABC
Animal advocate and actress Denise Richards shared a sweet farewell to her beloved
Boston Terrier Nana on
Instagram Tuesday. “Our beloved Nana passed away over the weekend. Thank u
@bostonbuddies for bringing this beautiful girl into our life. We love her so much & miss her terribly.
#sherescuedus,” she wrote with a black and white photo of herself cuddling with Nana. Richards has joked she has “too many
dogs to count.” Recently, she shared a photo of her garage, which she and her father had transformed a few years ago into a beautiful space for her fosters and rescues. Condolences for her loss poured in from the actress’s fans. — Read it at
As Britain heads to the polls today to vote on whether to remain a member of the European Union, cats and
dogs have drawn their battle lines on Twitter. Thousands of cat owners who want Britain to remain in the E.U. posted photos of their
cats looking depressed or irritated, with the hashtag
#CatsAgainstBrexit. That quickly led to
#DogsAgainstBrexit, and the opposition,
#DogsForBrexit. At least on Twitter, the
cats opposed to leaving the bloc are winning by a large margin. We’ll see if they’re a bellwether for the humans when the results come in for the historic vote. — Read it at
The New York Times
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