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With just over two weeks to go before Easter, one enormous bunny has a
new home. Last month, 7-month-old continental giant rabbit Atlas made international
headlines as the Scottish
SPCA sought to find him an experienced owner. “We were absolutely overwhelmed by the response to our
rehoming appeal for Atlas and we had hundreds of calls and emails from people
all over the world, including America, Canada and France,” said rescue center
manager Anna O’Donnell. But the group announced this week it had found
him the perfect forever home right in Scotland. The “global celebrity” went
home last weekend with Jen
Hislop, who’s had giant rabbits before. “My
rabbits are family members,” Hislop said. “Atlas is an absolute hoot and
doesn’t stop running around unless he’s crashed out on his massive beanbag.”
Atty, as Hislop has nicknamed him, also enjoys going out and about in his pet
stroller. — Read it at USA
34-year-old orca who killed a SeaWorld trainer in 2010, is suffering from a
bacterial infection in his lungs. The company said the whale is not responding
to treatment. “We are saddened to report that
over the past few weeks, Tilikum's behavior has become increasingly
lethargic," SeaWorld said, and added that veterinarians were working to
ensure the whale was comfortable. Tilikum's
was detailed in the 2013 documentary “Blackfish,” which made a case against keeping orcas in captivity for
entertainment. — Read it at Reuters
happier news for you. With warm temperatures in much of the country, it’s
starting to feel like spring — and humans aren’t the only ones who are excited
about it. With temperatures at an unusually high 70 degrees in Chicago,
2-year-old Potoka seemed to jump for joy as
he cavorted around his enclosure at the Brookfield Zoo, delighting
onlookers. Often, it’s late April or early May before it’s warm enough for
Potoka and the rest of his heard to spend time in their outdoor exhibit. — Read it
Edition and watch it at YouTube
After his mom died unexpectedly several weeks ago, Barkley the kangaroo joey moved into a makeshift pouch carried by surrogate mom Amanda Dukart. She got a call at 3 a.m. to come and get the baby, and for the next six months, the keeper plans to carry him wrapped around her throughout the day at the
Chahinkapa Zoo in North Dakota. For kangaroos, “most of the development actually happens in the pouch, whereas a lot of our development happens inside the womb,” Dukart explains. She’s hopeful that this attempt to recreate his mom’s pouch will help baby Barkley survive. — Read it from the
AP via NBC News and watch it at
Now that he’s ready to move on to the next stage of his formal guide
dog training, Wrangler will bid farewell to his friends at NBC’s “Today” show this morning. The yellow
Labrador Retriever has spent the last 14 months making appearances on the morning show while living with his puppy raiser, Saxon. He’s met celebrities, made friends with the anchors and
grown up before the eyes of millions of viewers. He’s now headed back to
Guiding Eyes to train with professionals. — Read it at
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