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August 1, 2012: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.
Turkish Kitten Wakes Up From a Nap — in England!
The rescuers of a 6-week-old kitten believe that she hopped into a delivery truck in Turkey for a catnap, and wound up 2,000 miles away in England. Yonda, who is now doing well in quarantine, was found when workers were unloading cargo from the trailer after a nine-day journey across Europe. The companies that inadvertently took the kitty on her adventure have donated nearly $1,000 for her care. — Read it at BBC News
Bizarre-looking ocean sunfish, known as Mola molas, have been spotted in unusually high numbers off the California coast this summer. But it’s a 2-year-old photo of one of the creatures — taken by a photojournalist who recently rediscovered it and shared it on Facebook — that’s gone viral. — See the photo at Grind TV
It’s the latest chapter in a very public break-up: Actors Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are now fighting over who gets custody of their dog, Bear. "Kristen won't give up Bear in a hurry. She helped Rob save Bear from parvo disease, which nearly took its life when it was a puppy," says an insider. "She wants joint custody — and it could get a little messy." — Read it at People Pets
The Tampa zoo has just welcomed a trio of babies: a squirrel monkey who rides on mom's back for most of the day, a giant anteater who's just 5 pounds now and a kangaroo. The 10-pound joey, named Louis, spends most of his time in his mom’s pouch. — Find out more at the Busch Gardens Tampa Blog
When scientists in Germany played recordings of monkeys calling for help in response to a predator, they found that crested macaques reacted substantially faster when they heard calls from monkeys who were their friends. The monkeys use the cries to attract group members, who then work together to drive the predator away. — Read it at Science Daily
Thanks to a hidden camera, the San Diego Zoo’s panda team got their first close look at a newborn panda cub, who was born on Sunday, when mom Bai Yun briefly left the den to get a drink of water. “The cub was extremely vocal, registering its complaint over its mother’s absence,” said senior research technician, Suzanne Hall. “The cub was wiggling all over the floor, indicating good strength and energy.” — Watch the PandaCam
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