Pet Scoop: Iconic Galapagos Tortoise Dies at 100, Minnesota Zoo Raises Rare Tiger Cub

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Lonesome George, an icon in the Galapagos, died on Sunday.

Legendary Giant Tortoise Dies in Galapagos National Park

Lonesome George, who came to symbolize the Galapagos Islands after he was found in 1972, was believed to be about 100 years old. He was the last member of a species of giant tortoise from La Pinta, one of the smallest islands in the chain. Scientists had been trying to breed George since 1993 without success. Thousands of tourists visited him at Galapagos National Park each year. — Read it at Reuters via the Huffington Post

U.S. Seizes Rare Dino Skeleton

The American government confiscated a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton from a storage center in New York on Friday. Authorities in Mongolia say that the dinosaur’s remains, which were sold for more than $1 million at a U.S. auction last month, were looted from the country. According to a lawsuit filed by the government, the skeleton, which is estimated to be about 70 million years old, was first unearthed in 1946 during a Soviet-Mongolian expedition in the Gobi Desert. — Read it at the AP via USA Today

Minnesota Zoo Cares for a Newborn Tiger Cub

When first-time mom, Angara, didn’t seem to know what to do her Amur tiger cub, keepers at the Minnesota Zoo decided to step in and hand-raise her. "She eats, she sleeps, she pees, she poops," the zoo’s Diana Weinhardt told People. "She can sniff out her bottle already!” Amur tigers are highly endangered — fewer than 500 of them exist in the wild. — See the photos at People Pets

Alabama Dog Adopts a Litter of Kittens

After four weeks-old kittens lost their mom, a dog named Molly, who'd just had a litter of her own puppies, started nursing the kittens. The kittens now follow Molly around at their Alabama home. — Read it at the Dothan Eagle

Great White Sharks Spotted Off Cape Cod Coast

Like a scene out of Jaws, two great white sharks have been detected via transmitter signals swimming in the waters off the popular vacation area in Massachusetts. Researchers say the sharks have been attracted to the region thanks to a growing seal population on a nearby island. — Read it at Time

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