Pet Scoop: Iranian Cat Flies to California for Help, Rare Wallaby Twins Arrive at U.K. Zoo

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Maloos the tabby cat was flown to San Francisco Animal Care and Control from Iran.
Maloos traveled from Iran to San Francisco for a better life.

Maloos the Cat Travels 8,000 Miles to Safety in San Francisco

The tabby cat, whose name means “very cute” in Persian, is a survivor. After suffering abuse in his native Iran, a rescue organization there contacted San Francisco Animal Care and Control to see if Maloos could recover in California. A Good Samaritan stepped in to fly the special needs feline with a tilted pelvis to San Francisco. “He’s a really special cat, and I think there are going to be a lot of people that are interested in him,” said the shelter’s director. — Watch it at KTVU

Portland Offers Retirement Options for Old Chickens

Portland, Ore., residents looking for a peaceful end for city chickens who become unproductive can retire their fowl to a farm animal sanctuary. One area expert on end-of-life issues for chickens often makes retirement farm referrals, so the birds can be rehomed. — Read it at The New York Times

U.K. Zoo Announces Rare Arrival of Wallaby Twins

Zookeepers in the U.K. spotted a truly special sight: A pair of red-necked wallaby heads poking out of their mom’s pouch at the Blackpool Zoo. Wallaby twins are “very rare,” says the zoo’s animal manager, who’s never witnessed them in his 39 years of caring for wallabies. The duo will stay in their mom’s pouch for another 10 months. — Read it at Zooborns

Cactus Jack Finds a New Home

An 8-week-old puppy who was rescued from a cholla cactus finally has a new home after more than 70 people came to the Arizona Humane Society to adopt him. “The thing that just drew my heart to it was that he just kept wagging his tail through all the hard times and heartache and pain,” said his new owner. Cactus Jack managed to help other animals at the shelter, too: At least eight other dogs were also adopted. — Read it at My Fox Phoenix

Bison Return to a Montana Prairie to the Chagrin of Ranchers

About 60 bison from Yellowstone National Park have come back to a Montana prairie for the first time in 140 years. Although American Indians are welcoming the arrival of the animals, farmers and ranchers aren’t celebrating. — Read it at The New York Times

Leonardo DiCaprio Pushes for Big Cat Protection

The actor is using social media to ask his fans to protect big cats. “Let's prevent another Zanesville, Ohio, tragic incident from happening again and take action to ban private ownership of big cats in the U.S.,” he said on his Facebook page. — Read it at Petside

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