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A German Shepherd who was adopted two months ago is being hailed as a hero for protecting his family’s 7-year-old girl from a rattlesnake in their Florida backyard. Molly DeLuca’s grandmother was watching them play in the backyard last week when she saw Haus jump in front of the little girl and rear up several times.The venomous Eastern diamondback bit Haus three times, but the dog wouldn’t back down.When they ran inside, the 2-year-old dog was bleeding and the familybrought him to Tampa’s Blue Pearl Emergency Veterinary Clinic, where it was determined he was bitten by the snake. He was given antivenin and painkillers, and is recovering well. “It shows you that a rescue dog, for us, paid it forward by protecting my family,” said Molly’s dad, Adam. “He just exceeded our expectations all the way around.” Haus is still in the intensive care unit but was taken off the antivenin Sunday afternoon and is “doing great,” Molly’s mom posted in the Save Haus Facebook group. She said donations for the dog’s treatment have been overwhelming, and any additional contributions will go to the rescue group that helped Haus. — Read it from the AP via the Chicago Tribune
On the heels of the announcement that a 30-year-old Siamese cat from Texas was the world’s oldest came the sad news that the cat had passed away. Scooter officially won the title on April 8 but the news was revealed last week. On Friday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the cat’s owner said Scooter had died sometime this spring but declined to say when. “He was so special,” said owner Gail Floyd. “I don’t think I’m ever going to get over this.” Scooter had taken the title from a 27-year-old Maine Coon named Corduroy, who lives in Oregon. — Read it from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A resident whose home was destroyed in the Fort McMurray wildfire in Canada said firefighters inspecting the rubble found her cat inside a stove. Jody Lishchynsky said firefighters think an explosion inside the home might have blown out the stove glass and Tux crawled inside. Something else then caused the stove to topple over, trapping the black cat but also protecting him from the blaze. After seeing photos on Facebook of firefighters cradling Tux, she went to the Lac La Biche Humane Society last week and was reunited with him and another of her cats, Sky. — Read it at Canada’s Global News
After staying by their handlers’ sides throughout the Invictus Games in Disney World, the service dogs who help the wounded veterans got the best reward: a chance to compete in an adorable, friendly swim race. The dogs — many of them water-loving Labs — got to dive in and swim a few laps as the games ended on Thursday night. Prince Harry created the games in 2014 for servicemembers with life-changing injuries. He was there to help the wet dogs out of the pool before the closing ceremonies. “The dogs are providing a huge service to these guys,” said retired U.S. Air Force Sgt. Leonard Anderson, who was at the games with his dog, Azza. “She's the reason I'm here.” — Watch it from ABC News via Facebook
The Akron Zoo is showing off its 2-month-old snow leopard triplets. One female and two males were born to mom Shanti on March 5, and they’re staying together in a private cubbing area. This is Shanti’s third litter but it’s her first litter of triplets. They were about 1 pound each at birth, and they’re healthy and developing right on track. They’ve been climbing and playing, and they recently started tasting meat. Snow leopards are endangered in the wild. — See photos at Zooborns
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