Pet Scoop: Huge Sea Turtle Crashes Wedding, Hero Cat ‘Throws’ First Pitch at Game

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Kate Crowe poses near her surprise wedding guest: a leatherback sea turtle.
Kate Crowe poses near her surprise wedding guest: a leatherback sea turtle.

Leatherback Lays Eggs After Vows

When you get married on the beach, you never know what kind of uninvited guests might arrive at your wedding. Jason and Kate Crowe had just said their vows and were sipping cocktails seaside in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands when their guests started shouting to look at the water — where a massive endangered leatherback sea turtle was emerging. The turtle lumbered onto the sand, found a spot and laid her eggs, then made her way back out to the sea. The amazed guests snapped photos of the turtle, and locals at the resort “were going on and on about what a good omen it was and how our wedding ‘was blessed,’” said the groom, who shared the photos on Reddit Sunday. — Read it and see photos at the U.K.’s Daily Mail

Hero Cat Takes Pitcher’s Mound

Tara, the cat who protected a 4-year-old California boy from a dog attack last week, was honored with the chance to throw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game Tuesday night. Owner Roger Triantafilo held Tara on the pitcher’s mound at the start of the Bakersfield Blaze game, while a baseball tied to a fishing line was pulled toward home plate. The crowd cheered for Tara, a stray who was taken in by the Triantafilo family six years ago. Jeremy, the boy she saved, also got a chance to make a pitch. Surveillance video that shows Tara leaping to chase away a neighborhood dog has been viewed more than 21 million times on YouTube. — Watch it at ESPN

Snake Rediscovered on Volcanic Island

The elusive nocturnal Clarion snake was first found more than 80 years ago on Clarion Island off the coast of Mexico, but it was then lost to science. The snake’s brown and black speckled skin help camouflage it against the black lava rock on the remote island, making it difficult to find. But last year, a team led by Daniel Mulcahy, a researcher at the National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, D.C., found 11 of the secretive snakes on the island. They used DNA testing to confirm the snakes were a separate species from nightsnakes on the mainland. The snake was described in the journal PLOS ONE. — Read it at Discovery News

Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly Tweeted this selfie with a sea lion.
Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly Tweeted this selfie with a sea lion.

Pitcher Snaps Sea Lion Selfie

There’s an adorable new selfie making the rounds on Twitter. Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly caught this sweet moment of a sea lion resting its head on his own head during a Sunday visit to the St. Louis Zoo. He Tweeted the image with the simple caption, “Selfie.” Kelly’s teammate, outfielder Peter Bourjos, got to see the sweet moment in person. “You could see it happening, and he loved every minute of it when we were there, it was a blast,” he said. — Read it at St. Louis’ KSDK

Offers Pour in for Abandoned Pup

Toni Luisi has received a flood of emails with people offering to adopt a 6-month-old Lab mix who she found outside the gate of her Las Vegas home when she let her own two dogs out of her house at 5:30 a.m. May 4. Luisi checked her home’s surveillance cameras and found footage of an SUV driver letting the dog out of the vehicle and driving away, leaving the puppy confused on the side of the road. Luisi named the puppy Graci, and brought her to the vet. She is healthy but didn’t have a microchip, so Luisi set up the email address GraciThePuppy@yahoo.com to accept inquiries into her adoption, since she couldn’t take in a third dog herself. Luisi is now sorting through the offers to find the best place for the puppy to live — and she’s hoping that the video will help police track down the people who abandoned her. Dog abandonment is punishable by fine in Las Vegas. — Read it at NBC News

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