Pet Scoop: Hero Shelter Dog Finds Trapped Kitten, Texas Woman’s Dog Found in Vegas

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Leopard alerted a shelter volunteer to a trapped kitten while they were out for a walk.
Leopard alerted a shelter volunteer to a trapped kitten while they were out for a walk.

Dog Finds Kitten in Sewer

Leopard, a resident at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter in Ohio, was out for a walk with a volunteer on Monday afternoon when she suddenly stopped in front of a sewer grate and wouldn’t budge. Soon after, the volunteer heard faint cries coming from below. The volunteer called for help, and deputies and other volunteers from the shelter were able to pull a small kitten from the drain. The cat is now staying in the home of one of the shelter’s volunteers. Leopard, a 6-year-old Shar Pei mix is still in need of a home, but it seems the attention from this story will help. There have been several inquiries about adopting her in response to the shelter’s Facebook post about her heroic act. — Read it at Fox 6 Now

New Jersey May Be First to Ban Cat Declawing

On Monday, a New Jersey assembly committee approved a bill that would ban veterinarians in the state from declawing cats, treating the procedure as an act of animal cruelty. If the bill passes the legislature, those who violate the law would face up to a $1,000 fine and six months in prison. New Jersey would be the first state to ban the controversial practice. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Rare Whale Calls Recorded Off New York Coast

An acoustic buoy dubbed “Melville,” located 22 miles off New York’s Fire Island, recorded the telltale call of a migrating North Atlantic right whale on Monday. There are only about 500 of the species left in the wild. The buoy deployed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society monitors whales in near real-time in hopes of preventing deadly encounters between whales and ships. Melville has also surprised researchers by recording sei and fin whales over the last few weeks. North Atlantic right whales “mostly pass through the New York Bight during the fall on their migration to the waters of the southeast U.S., and again in the late winter on their migration back north to the Gulf of Maine — off Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine — and Canadian waters,” said WHOI scientist Mark Baumgartner. — Read it at Seeker

Jessica Urbina was reunited with Bam Bam at the Dallas airport this week.
Jessica Urbina was reunited with Bam Bam at the Dallas airport this week.

Emotional Reunion in Dallas

Jessica Urbina had an emotional reunion Monday night with Bam Bam, the Shih Zhu who disappeared from her Texas home four years ago, on Easter 2012. “I just never thought I'd hear anything from him ever again,” she said. Urbina and her family searched for Bam Bam for months with no luck. Two weeks ago, she got a call from an animal hospital in Las Vegas, asking if she’d lost a dog recently. She believes the dog, who’s now 7 years old, was stolen to be used in breeding. Bam Bam will have a new friend at Urbina’s home: Pebbles, another Shih Tzu she got a few months after Bam Bam disappeared. — Read it at the Dallas Morning News

Baby Sloth Sticks Close to Mom

An adorable Linne’s two-toed sloth was born at the Stone Zoo in Massachusetts on Nov. 2 to mom Lunesta and dad Nero. “The baby appears healthy, bright and alert and is holding on tightly to its mother,” said the zoo’s assistant curator, Pete Costello. “Lunesta is an experienced mom and she is being very protective of her baby.” Officials don’t yet know the baby’s gender. — See photos at Zooborns


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