Pet Scoop: Giant Cat (33 Pounds!) Needs a Home, Duchess Kate Adorns Dog With Clovers

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Wheels the cat
This is no laughing matter: Wheels is the Humane Society's largest ever feline.

Shockingly Overweight Cat Up for Adoption in Oregon

The Oregon Humane Society is trying to find a home for Wheels, a 14-year-old, 33-pound cat who needs a good trainer. The group — which located a home for another portly kitty earlier this year, a 28-pound cat named Walter — says Wheels needs to lose weight slowly and steadily. — Watch it at Fox 12 Oregon

Plus: Read why Vetstreet's Dr. Marty Becker doesn't think fat cats are funny

San Diego Zoo Koalas Ace Their First Medical Exam

Koala joeys Thackery and Milo were separated from their mom for the longest period yet when they were taken for their first medical exam — and they came back with a clean bill of health. Their home, the San Diego Zoo, houses the largest colony of koalas outside of Australia. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Isle Royale National Park’s Wolves at Risk of Extinction

The small, undeveloped island on Lake Superior is now home to just nine wolves — and only one is a female. In the 1970s, there were as many as 50 of the animals on the isle. A new study questions whether humans should step in to save Isle Royale National Park’s wolves from extinction. — Read it at the Detroit News

Dog Gets Royal Attention From Duchess Kate

At a St. Patrick’s Day ceremony for the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, dog-lover Duchess Catherine Middleton made friends with the group’s mascot, a 6-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Conmael. She gave the pup a few pets after pinning a sprig of clovers to his collar. — Watch it at People Pets

The Mystery of the Bald Raccoon

Gizmo, a bald raccoon, was rescued by an Ontario woman who wasn’t sure what he was when she found the critter in her shed. Worried that the creature wouldn’t survive the cold winter, she contacted the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Gizmo now has a warm place to live, while a veterinarian tries to determine the root of his hair loss. — Read it at Today

Gisele Bottle Feeds a Little Elephant

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen gave a baby elephant a bottle while visiting an elephant orphanage in Kenya. “We need to speak up for these animals or they will continue to be in danger," she wrote on her blog. — See the photo at People Pets

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