Pet Scoop: Iconic Stray Dog Stirs Drama in New Mexico, Mail-Order Chicks Tied to Salmonella

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Blue lives outside the general store in Elephant Butte, N.M.
Blue, who also goes by Bluedog, lives outside a general store in Elephant Butte, N.M.

Residents and Officials in New Mexico Debate a Stray Dog’s Fate

Blue, an Australian Cattle Dog, is a free spirit. Since he was abandoned in Elephant Butte, N.M., 10 years ago, he’s become a mascot for a local general store, where the owner feeds him. But Blue has resisted adoption, preferring to live in a doghouse that residents have lovingly built for him, complete with heating and air conditioning. He even has his own Facebook page. But not everyone is a fan. One of his caregivers was recently cited for having Blue off-leash, and some people have complained about the dog snapping and growling, prompting a legal fight between city officials and Blue advocates over whether he should be able to live out his life status quo. — Read it at the AP via the Washington Post

Cute Chicks Linked to Hundreds of Salmonella Cases

Fluffy chicks may be adorable, but they also bring with them something unwanted: salmonella. Mail-order chicks, whose numbers have been increasing due to the popularity of backyard chicken farming, have been linked to more than 300 cases of salmonella (most of them in children) in the U.S. since 2004. "Surprisingly, we found many people are not aware that live chicks and chickens can spread salmonella to people," says Casey Barton Behravesh of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. — Read it from the AP

Elusive Striped Rabbit Caught on Camera

Camera traps set deep in the forests of Sumatra snapped photos of an extremely rare striped rabbit. The very shy mammal, who only lives on the Indonesian island, comes out of hiding when darkness falls — and has rarely been spotted in the wild. — Read it at Discovery News

A newborn dolphin swims alongside her mother at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.
A newborn dolphin swims alongside mom Piquet at the Shedd Aquarium.

Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium Announces a Dolphin Birth

On Memorial Day, the Shedd Aquarium welcomed a 3-foot, 25-pound Pacific White-sided dolphin calf. Mom and baby seem to be doing well, but they'll remain under 24-hour observation for several months. This is the first pregnancy for mom Piquet. — Read it and watch the video at Zooborns

Smithsonian Exhibit Spotlights Vintage Zoo Pamphlets

An online exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution illustrates just how much zoos have changed by featuring zoo pamphlets from 30 U.S. states and 40 countries dating as far back as the 1890s — and some even showcase animals who are now extinct. The materials chronicle how zoos have evolved from being more like amusement parks – one pamphlet shows a chimp sitting in a stroller — to places that focus on education and conservation. — Read it at Live Science

Hall of Famer Uses Twitter to Locate His Missing Dog

When his black Labradoodle, Charlie, disappeared from his Missouri home on Tuesday night, baseball Hall of Famer George Brett turned to his new Twitter account for help. "I admit I'm pretty new at this Twitter thing," he wrote. "Please help: My dog has gone missing. his name is Charlie and he is a black labradoodle. HELP Please." The news spread quickly, and by Wednesday morning, the former Kansas City Royals star had Charlie back at home. — Read it at My Fox NY

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