Pet Scoop: Happy Reunion for Airman and Dog, Secret Orangutan Population Found

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Airman Tom Burright is reunited with his Afghan puppy, Lyla.
Airman Tom Burright is reunited with his Afghan puppy, Lyla.

Afghan Pup Starts Life in Texas

There was plenty of tail wagging and kisses when 6-month-old Lyla was reunited with Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Burright at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Burright had found the pup while he was serving in Afghanistan and quickly fell for the adorable dog. “She lived in my room with me. Slept in my bed. I brought her food from the chow hall. She ate everything I did,” said Burright. But when it was time for him to rotate back to Texas, he couldn’t afford the $4,000 needed to bring her home with him. So, he created a video about their situation and asked The Puppy Rescue Mission, which saves dogs who belong to soldiers, for help. Within six hours, the group had raised the money to bring Lyla to Texas, and the puppy was back with Burright on Wednesday, after spending about a month apart. — Watch it at CBS Dallas-Fort Worth

Rare Bornean Orangutans Discovered

About 200 apes from the Bornean orangutan subspecies Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus have been found hidden in the forests on the island of Borneo, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. Scientists estimate there are only 3,000 to 4,000 of the subspecies left, which makes them the most severely threatened. The orangutans were found near the Batang Ai National Park in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, and the Sarawak government is now considering new protections for the area. — Read it at Discovery News

Marine Mammals Find Safe Harbor in U.S.

Forty years after Congress passed the Marine Mammal Protection Act, new research shows it’s working. The legislation was put in place to protect whales who were being killed by commercial hunters and dolphins who were accidentally killed while being trapped in tuna fishing gear, as well as threats to seals, sea otters and walruses. "The current status of many marine mammal populations is considerably better than in 1972," according to the report. Their study was published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. — Read it at Science Daily

A newly hatched parrot chick gets spoon fed at Zoo Praha.
A newly hatched parrot chick gets spoon fed at Zoo Praha.

Zoo’s Parrot Eats From a Spoon

A tiny 3-day-old Edward’s Fig parrot is being carefully fed with a spoon by bird curator Antonin Vaidl at Zoo Praha in Prague. Also known as a Scarlet-cheeked Fig Parrot, the chicks are rarely seen, and births in captivity are also unusual, according to zoo representative Michal Stastny. Adult birds of this species grow to be about 7 inches in length and sport beautiful green feathers with red and yellow accents. — Read it at People Pets

Sanitation Worker Saves Shih Tzu

Victoria Roman says when she reached for a bag of trash in Brooklyn, N.Y, something inside it moved. When Roman, a sanitation worker, opened it, she found a little white Shih Tzu. “If she would not have moved, she would’ve been in the back of that truck,” Roman says. “It breaks my heart.” Vets and volunteers at the BARC, a nearby animal shelter, cleaned the pooch up and treated her, and say they can’t believe how quickly she’s recovered. Soon, the pup, who’s been named Victoria for her rescuer, will be up for adoption. — Watch it at USA Today


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