Pet Scoop: Girl Helps Firefighters Free Kitten, Grandma Stranded in Flood Reunited With Dog

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Lancaster Township Fire Department's Deputy Chief Usdin and Janeysha pose with the kitten they saved.
Lancaster Township Fire Department's Deputy Chief Usdin and Janeysha pose with the kitten they saved.

6-Year-Old Saves Kitten

When kindergartener Janeysha Cruz and her friends saw a kitten trapped in a storm drain Tuesday afternoon, Janeysha’s mom called 911 for help. But Janeysha turned out to be the kitten’s hero. Lancaster Township, Pennsylvania, firefighters removed the drain cover and found it was too small for them to enter. But Janeysha was just the right size. With her mom’s permission, firefighters lowered her 2.5 feet down into the drain. She coaxed the kitten to come to her, then handed it to the firefighters. “The LTFD would like to thank the children and parents of Lancaster Arms [apartment complex] … for looking out for our four-legged friends,” the fire department said on Facebook. “Special thanks goes out to Janeysha for her assistance.” The kitten was taken to the local SPCA and will be put up for adoption. — Read it from the AP via Chicago’s WGNTV

Live Cam Trains Spotlight on Walruses

A new live streaming web cam gives you the chance to watch the walruses basking on the beaches of Round Island, Alaska. Pacific walruses winter on the ice in the Bering Sea. In the spring, the females and their calves move north to the Chukchi Sea, and the males migrate to Round Island in Bristol Bay. On the cam, you might catch the males eating, sleeping, fighting, playing and relaxing on the rocky beaches. It’s the latest in Explore.org’s collection of animal cams located around the world. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Illinois Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Pets From Extreme Weather

A bill passed by the Illinois state House and Senate would make it a Class A misdemeanor to leave cats and dogs outside in the extreme heat or cold. Under the legislation, the offense is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Lawmakers said the bill comes in response to cases of dogs freezing to death in bitter cold temperatures last winter. The legislation was sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday. If he signs it, it will become state law. — Read it at the Chicago Tribune

Lena Givens, 84, was reunited with her Poodle, Tinkerbell, after the flooding in Houston.
Lena Givens, 84, was reunited with her Poodle, Tinkerbell, after the flooding in Houston.

Grandmother Reunited With Poodle

Lena Givens, 84, was at a Houston Rockets basketball game Monday when the torrential rains that lead to devastating flooding started. She said she had to wait 3 to 4 hours in the lobby of a hotel to get an Uber driver. By then, the road in to her neighborhood was impassable. Givens was worried about her Poodle, Tinkerbell, who was in her crate at home during the flooding. Luckily, Givens’ grandson borrowed a friend’s boat to rescue Tinkerbell and reunited his grandmother with her beloved dog Tuesday. Tinkerbell somehow survived the flooding inside her home. "(Tinkerbell) was floating on a chair in the living area,” said one of the dog’s rescuers. “She got out of the kennel somehow and she was floating in a chair.” — Watch it at Click 2 Houston

Rare Gorilla Born in Kansas City

An endangered Western lowland gorilla baby was born Monday at the Kansas City Zoo in Missouri for the first time in 40 years. The zoo had determined 27-year-old Makari was pregnant after an ultrasound in February. Makari’s keepers are giving her time alone with her baby so they can bond, and they’re monitoring how the pair is doing via a closed-circuit camera. They don’t yet know the baby’s gender. — Read it at Kansas City’s KMBC and see more cute zoo baby photos


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