Pet Scoop: Guide Dog Protects Blind Owner From Bus, Koala Joey Cuddles Injured Mom

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Figo, a guide dog, jumped in front of an oncoming bus to save his blind owner.
Figo, a guide dog, jumped in front of an oncoming bus to save his blind owner.

Dog Saves Blind Owner

Figo, an 8-year-old guide dog, jumped in front of his blind owner when he saw a mini school bus coming toward them as they were crossing the street in Brewster, New York, Monday morning. The Golden Retriever, who took the brunt of the impact, is being hailed as a hero for his actions. Figo injured his leg in the incident but emergency workers say he remained calm and just wanted to get to his owner, Audrey Stone. “Even though he was hurt so badly, he was only on three legs at that time, he was still trying to get to the blind woman as much as he could,” said witness Paul Schwartz. Stone, who suffered several fractures, was taken to the hospital while Figo was taken to Middlebranch Veterinary. He’s recovering well from surgery on his right front leg. “I thank him. I thank God that I have him and that he survived too. I love him,” said Stone, 62, who is legally blind. “I want to get home to my dog.” — Watch it at CBS New York

Researchers: Chimps Raid Villagers’ Palm Wine

New research shows chimpanzees might have yet another thing in common with humans: they sometimes indulge in an alcoholic drink. Villagers in Guinea gather fermented sap produced by raffia palm and drink it from plastic cups. Video footage captured by researchers showed 51 times when a group of local chimps folded leaves to dip into the cups and lick the sap off. Palm sap has about 3.1 percent alcohol content, which is rather weak. The British researchers said they weren’t able to tell whether the chimps became drunk from the palm wine, and they noted the chimps might drink it more for its nutritional value than for the alcohol. There’s no evidence that chimps obtain the palm sap on their own — just that they raid it from humans. The report was published online in the journal Royal Society Open Science. — Read it at The New York Times

Rachael Ray Cat Food Recalled

Five varieties of Rachael Ray Nutrish wet cat food that were distributed nationwide have been recalled because of elevated levels of vitamin D. The recall comes after 11 cases of illnesses in cats were linked to the products, according to the FDA. While vitamin D is important for cats’ health, consuming it at very high levels can lead to serious health problems. Symptoms of too much vitamin D generally develop 12 to 36 hours after it’s consumed and can include vomiting or diarrhea, increased thirst and urination, and muscle tremors or seizures. If your cat has any of these symptoms, he should be taken to a veterinarian immediately. — Find a list of the affected products at the Seattle Times

Phantom, a 6-month-old koala joey, stuck by his injured mom's side while she was being treated.
Phantom, a 6-month-old koala joey, stuck by his injured mom's side while she was being treated.

Koala Joey Sticks to Mom’s Side

Phantom, a baby koala, and his mom, Lizzy, were rushed to the Australia Zoo’s wildlife hospital after being struck by a car near Brisbane. Although the joey was unscathed in the accident, his mom had a collapsed lung that needed to be drained. The hospital said Phantom didn’t want to be apart from his mom — even during her procedure. He snuggled up to her back while she was being treated. “Lizzy is now on antibiotics and is receiving plenty of TLC from the vet team and 6-month-old Phantom, who is too young to leave her side,” Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors posted in an update on Facebook Tuesday. — Read it at Yahoo News

Miracle Kitten Survives Trip to Recycling Plant

The staff at a recycling plant in England was horrified when they spotted a kitten on a conveyor belt heading for a dangerous machine used to sort recyclables — and it was too late for them to do anything about it. Amazingly, the kitten then emerged on the other end of the machine, completely unharmed. "I can't quite believe he survived — what a lucky escape. The machinery was pretty heavy-duty, so it was quite some miracle," said supervisor Daniel Coker. Coker picked up the kitten, who the staff named Stig, and got him help from a nearby animal shelter. Stig is now looking for a forever home. — Read it at People Pets


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