Pet Scoop: Lost Giraffe Calf Reunited With Mom, Rumor Makes Westminster Comeback

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A team helps reunite a scared baby giraffe and her mom in Kenya.
A team helps reunite a scared baby giraffe and her mom in Kenya.

Sweet Reunion for Baby Giraffe

A team from San Diego Zoo Global feared the worst when they saw a mother giraffe looking distressed and as if she’d lost something at a conservancy in Kenya. They were investigating the area for signs of predators when they spotted a scared giraffe calf hiding in the bushes some distance away. “After some gentle encouragement they managed to reunite mum and baby giraffe,” the Giraffe Conservation Foundation said in a post on Facebook Sunday, where they shared photos of the sweet reunion between mom and baby. — See photo at the Giraffe Conservation’s Facebook

Study: Your Dog Is Watching Your Behavior

A new study shows your dog may have a sense of morality. Researchers recruited dog owners to act out a scene in front of their pets. Each owner acted out a scene where they tried and failed to open a container. Then they asked two researchers for help. In one of their experiments, one researcher didn’t do anything to help and the one that did help acted like a jerk. Afterward, both researchers offered the dogs a treat. The dogs showed a clear preference for the researcher who didn’t help over the one who was a jerk. A similar reaction was found in monkeys. “If somebody is behaving antisocially, they probably end up with some sort of emotional reaction to it,” said study author James Anderson, an animal behavior researcher at Japan’s Kyoto University. The study was published in the journal Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. — Read it at New York Magazine

The ARK Opens at JFK

The first phase of an elaborate animal terminal called the ARK officially opened at JFK International Airport in New York on Monday. The $65 million, 178,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility was set to include a pet resort and bone-shaped dog pool as well as resting stalls for horses and livestock departing from the airport. It also features an aviary quarantine with isolation rooms where birds can have an overnight rest stop before traveling through the U.S. The Ark will be fully operational by the summer, and will also include a veterinary clinic and pet grooming and boarding.

The crowd cheered as Rumor, a 5-year-old German Shepherd, won the Herding Group at Westminster.
The crowd cheered as Rumor, a 5-year-old German Shepherd, won the Herding Group at Westminster.

Rumor Scores Big at Westminster

A German Shepherd named Rumor was favored to win the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last year, but lost in an upset to German Shorthaired Pointer CJ. Rumor, who’s 5, was expected to retire — but she came roaring back to win the Herding Group on Monday night. That gives her another shot at the Best in Show title tonight. She’ll face off against the six other group winners. So far, they include Duffy the Norwegian Elkhound who won the Hound Group, a Pekingese named Chucky who won the Toy Group and a Miniature Poodle who took the Non-Sporting Group. The Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups will compete before the seven finalists head to the Best in Show ring tonight at Madison Square Garden. — Read it from the AP via Yahoo

Boston’s SWAT Cat Gets Her Own House

At the end of 2015, a stray cat adopted by the Boston Police Department’s SWAT team, nicknamed Swat Cat, disappeared. The department put out an APB, and exactly a month later, the calico cat returned. The officers feed and take care of Swat Cat, who they consider part of the family. But despite their best efforts, they said they can’t convince her to come indoors. Last week, they revealed a new, fully-insulated kitty condo to keep Swat Cat safe and comfortable. “Officer Jamie Pietroski, a 15-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, stayed late after work for several nights painstakingly preparing Swat Cat’s new home,” the department said in a Facebook post with a photo of the kitty outsider her house. “The condo features a spacious studio interior layout, a large deck for outdoor dining and glass sliding doors offering panoramic city views. Swat Cat moved right in and looks very happy with her new custom kitty accommodations.” — See photo from the Boston Police Department’s Facebook


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