Pet Scoop: Lil Bub Turns on Star Power in N.Y., Red Squirrel Moms Give Pups Advantages

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Lil Bub hangs out on the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
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Lil Bub hangs out on the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Lil Bub Hits the Red Carpet

Most stars prance down the red carpet, but not Lil Bub. This feline Internet sensation took it easy as she made her film debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, lying down while photographers snapped her photo. The busy kitty also made a weekend Today show appearance, and had a kids-only meet-and-greet on Saturday night, where visitors got to pet the celebrity and pose for photos with her. Lil Bub & Friendz, a documentary, explores the stories behind Lil Bub’s rise to Internet fame, as well as the backgrounds of other famous cats. To her owner, Mike Bridavsky, Lil Bub’s star power is obvious. "You should love your cat, your cat is awesome to you,” he said. “But look at your cat, and then look at Bub!" — Read it at the Hollywood Reporter and read our interview with the filmmaker

Chimps Use Gestures to Make Their Points

Much like humans, when chimpanzees feel passionately about something, they use hand gestures, foot stomping and vocalizations to make themselves heard, according to a new study. The topics they’re passionate about often include food, playtime and annoyance over being ignored. The study, published in the journal Animal Cognition, is based on the authors’ observations of interactions among a group of four apes at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute. “There is tremendous overlap in human and chimpanzee gestures,” said co-author Mary Lee Abshire Jensvold. “Many gestures that you see in chimpanzee play, such as slaps, tickles, pokes, blocks and kicks, are ones that you would see in human play.” — Read it at Discovery News

Natura Expands Pet Food Recall

Procter & Gamble’s Natura Pet Products first announced a recall of its dog, cat and ferret foods last month because they may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. The company is now expanding the recall to include all of its dry pet food products and treats with expiration dates prior to March 24, 2014. Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting, among other symptoms. Owners whose pets have consumed these products and show symptoms should contact their veterinarian. — Read it from AP via Yahoo News and get details on recalled products from Natura

Red squirrel moms help their babies grow faster.
Red squirrel moms help their babies grow faster.

Baby Squirrels Get Boost From Mom

It’s not easy being a squirrel. Because bigger squirrels have a better chance of staking out an exclusive territory where they can feed freely on seeds, they need a little help with their growth rate when they’re born in forests with a dense population. New research published in the journal Science finds that red squirrel moms in the Yukon who thought they were in a densely populated area made more of a stress hormone called cortisol, which helped their pups grow faster. — Read it at Live Science

Do You Know a Hero Dog?

The American Humane Association is calling for nominations for its 3rd annual Hero Dog Awards. Heroic canines can be nominated in any one of the eight categories, which include Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs. Nominations close on April 30 and the public can begin voting for their favorites on May 7. A star-studded awards ceremony will be held in L.A. on October 5. — Make a Hero Dog nomination


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