Pet Scoop: Lost Dog Finds Help From His Own Vet, Panda’s Snow Antics Caught on Camera

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Kona survived for days in the Colorado cold until he got help from his own vet.
Kona survived for days in the Colorado cold until he got help from his own vet.

Dog Survives Bitter Cold

Last Monday, a Denver family’s two dogs got out of out their house, just as a cold snap was gripping the area. They quickly found Bugsy, but Kona was still missing when temperatures dropped to 10 below zero on Wednesday night. Luckily, Kona seemed to know where to go to find help. On Thursday, his own veterinarian, Dr. George Stroberg, saw a dog running in snow in front of his clinic, then watched as he came inside the automatic sliding doors. “As I watched it ran through the front doors because it had been here before," Stroberg said. Stroberg scanned Kona’s microchip, and he was reunited with owner Carrie Garnett and her family within an hour. Despite the cold temperatures, Kona “didn't have any problems at all," Garnett said. Now he’s happily back home with his family. — Watch it at Colorado’s 9 News

Border Collie Wins Westminster Agility Competition

Mixed breeds were welcome to perform at the Westminster Kennel Club’s Masters of Agility Championship over the weekend, but the top dog turned out to be Kelso, a purebred Border Collie. A mixed-breed dog named Roo! (exclamation mark included) took the honor of best All-American. "It's more about training the handler," said Colleen Copelan, one of the handlers of the contest. "Occasionally the dog will blow you off to take a tunnel because they love it, but it's up to the handler to direct them." — Read it at the Los Angeles Times

Princes Charles and William Push to Save Wildlife

The U.K.’s princes have recorded a 9-minute video plea, urging people around the world to stop taking part in illegal wildlife trade that is threatening endangered species. "It now poses a grave threat not only to the survival of some of the world's most treasured species, but also to economic and political stability in many areas around the world," William said on the video, which was taped in November but aired for the first time on Sunday. The broadcast comes ahead of an international conference on the trade that the British government is set to host starting on Thursday. — Read it from Reuters via Yahoo

Panda Da Mao, age 5, had the time of his life playing in the snow at the Toronto Zoo.
Panda Da Mao, age 5, had the time of his life playing in the snow at the Toronto Zoo.

Toronto Panda Enjoys Snow Day

Last week, when visitors had to leave the Toronto Zoo early due to a snowstorm, a 5-year-old panda had a little party for himself. Security cameras caught Da Mao romping and rolling in the white stuff — even somersaulting over a cave onto a pile of fresh snow. "He's a ham," said the Toronto Zoo's curator of mammals Maria Franke. Now This News had a good time with the video, pretending the panda was a contender in an Olympic snow diving event. — Watch it at Today

D.C.’s Snowy Owl Recovering Well

A week after being hit by a bus in Washington, D.C., the city’s Arctic visitor is “vocalizing, bright and alert,” said Alicia DeMay, director of the City Wildlife clinic where the owl is being rehabilitated. Washingtonians were enjoying spotting the snowy owl all over town until it was injured. She was treated at the National Zoo before being transferred to City Wildlife. The owl’s caretakers want to release her as soon as possible, but they’re waiting on test results to make sure she’s healthy. In the meantime, DeMay is enjoying caring for the rare owl. “It’s definitely been, I would say, a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she said. — Read it at The New York Times

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