Pet Scoop: Kittens Survive 5 Days in Boxcar, Blobfish Voted Ugliest Endangered Animal

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Two kittens are headed to foster care after surviving for five days in a sealed boxcar.
Two kittens are headed to foster care after surviving for five days in a sealed boxcar.

Kittens Stuck on Train to Canada

Two 1-month-old kittens are headed to foster care after being rescued from a train in Canada. A warehouse worker discovered the pair after he heard meowing coming from the cargo boxcar on Tuesday. It’s unclear whether someone placed them on the train, or if their mother had left them there and not returned before the train began its 1,600-mile trip from Chicago to Edmonton. When the worker opened the boxcar, he found the "terrified, dirty, hungry, scared kittens" and brought them to the Edmonton Humane Society, said shelter spokesperson Shawna Randolph. The duo, who’ve been named Chicago Joe and Boxcar Willemina, were trapped inside without food or water for five days. “We do not know how these kittens have survived,” Randolph said. — Watch it at Canada’s CBC News

Miracle Milly Named World’s Smallest Dog

A 2-year-old Chihuahua from Puerto Rico has nabbed the Guinness Book of World Records title for the world’s smallest dog. Miracle Milly is even shorter than a soup can, measuring just 3.8 inches from backbone to paw, and weighs in at about 1 pound. Milly’s owner, Vanesa Semler, says the dog could fit in a teaspoon when she was born. She had to feed the pup milk through an eyedropper every two hours because she was too small to nurse from her mother. "She does not understand that she is a dog," Semler said. "She thinks she's a kid." The previous title-holder was Boo Boo, a 4-inch long-haired Chihuahua from Kentucky. — See photo from AP via Yahoo

White Rhino Added to Endangered List

The southern white rhinoceros has been listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act in the United States in an effort to end the poaching of their wild populations. The U.S. has the largest number of trophy hunters importing horns, said Teresa Telecky, director of wildlife for the Humane Society International. They’re then often sold by criminals in China or Vietnam, where they’re believed to have medicinal properties. The southern white rhino is the fifth and final rhino species to be protected under the Endangered Species Act. The other four species are the Javan, black, Sumatran, and Indian rhinos. The listing allows the U.S. to prosecute all criminals trading rhino horns. — Read it at Discovery News

Sonya was seen sitting outside an abandoned building on a Google Street View map.
Sonya was seen sitting outside an abandoned building on a Google Street View map.

Stray Spotted on Google Maps

A stray dog has been rescued after being spotted outside an abandoned building in the Los Angeles area on a Google Street View map. Jennifer Velasquez saw the dog on the map and contacted Eldad Hagar at Hope for Paws for help. One local business owner said the dog, who Hagar has named Sonya, had been living there on her own for 10 years. After several tries — and a lot of little bits of cheeseburger — Hagar was able to catch Sonya, about six months ago. The dog eventually nuzzled up to her rescuer, who took her to a groomer and then to the veterinarian. The senior dog has several health problems, including tumors and arthritis, but her foster mom says she’s doing well and “is happy as ever.” The rescue group is searching for a forever home for Sonya. — Read it at Life With Dogs

Blobfish Voted Ugliest Animal

The unhappy, globby looking blobfish has topped the proboscis monkey, the pig-nosed turtle and the "scrotum” water frog, among others, in a public vote on the world’s ugliest endangered animal. The vote makes the blobfish the official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. The ugliest animal campaign has drawn attention to the endangered species who get little attention because they’re “aesthetically challenged.” "Our traditional approach to conservation is egotistical," said biologist and TV presenter Simon Watt, who’s president of the society. "We only protect the animals that we relate to because they're cute, like pandas … I have nothing against pandas," he added, "but they have their supporters. These species need help." — Read it at BBC News


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