Pet Scoop: Louisiana Dog Gets Second Chance, Baby Hippo Swims With Mom

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Butterbean is now at a veterinary clinic and will be placed in a new home.
Butterbean is now at a veterinary clinic and will be placed in a new home.

Dog in Viral Video to Be Adopted

Last week, a heartbreaking video appeared to show a dog being left behind at a gas station in Slidell, La., and dangerously chasing after a pickup truck. After a search by the Humane Society of Louisiana, the dog, Butterbean, was found. It turned out that she was chasing her neighbor’s truck in the video, after her apparent owner had allowed her to run free. Still, she didn’t want to give Butterbean up and said she planned to keep her “tethered outside.” She was issued a warning by animal control officials and on Monday agreed to release the dog, who’s about 6 years old, to the Humane Society for $400. "We certainly don't like to reward this kind of behavior, but sometimes it simply takes too long for cases to move through the legal system," said the group’s director, Jeff Dorson. "Our first concern was Butterbean's safety. We were convinced she could be let loose again to run in traffic at any time, and we might miss our opportunity to intervene." Butterbean will be up for adoption soon, and several people who were touched by her story have already come forward offering to give her a new home. The Humane Society will have an application and interview process to find the best owner for Butterbean. — Read it at ABC News

Study: Tiny Frog Can Change Skin Texture

The “mutable rain frog,” which is about the size of a fingernail, can morph its skin texture from spiny to smooth within a few minutes, finds a new report. It’s the first amphibian ever found that has the ability to change its shape. The frog was found in the Reserva Las Gralarias in Ecuador by scientists from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Metroparks during an annual survey of the amphibian population. They referred to it as a “punk rocker” for its spiny skin. The scientists said they were “kind of in shock” when they witnessed the frog’s transformation. They believe the spines may give the frog camouflage in the mossy forests. The study was published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. — Read it at Live Science

Cow Reportedly Gives Birth to Four Calves

A cattle owner in northeast Texas is awaiting DNA test results to confirm that his four new calves were born to the same mother on March 16. If that’s the case, it would be “extremely rare,” said local veterinarian Mike Baird. Still, Baird said he’s nearly certain that the calves, named Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moo, came from the same mother, rather than the possibility that one or two of them were birthed by another cow who then moved along. Baird put the odds of four live births from one cow at 1 in 11.2 million. "In the interest of science and the animal world, it's one of those things that need to be verified beyond a shadow of a doubt," he said. — Read it from AP via Yahoo

A newborn hippo learns to swim with a little help from mom at the San Diego Zoo.
A newborn hippo learns to swim with a little help from mom at the San Diego Zoo.

Sweet Swim With Mom

An amazing new video shows a hippo calf swimming with its mom, Funani, after its birth Monday morning at the San Diego Zoo. Funani was separated from her partner, Otis, about two weeks ago in anticipation of the baby’s arrival. Taking care of a baby is nothing new to Funani: this is her 11th calf since 1989. Five of those calves have been born at the San Diego Zoo. The little one appears to be doing well and will be sticking close to its mom for now. Hippo calves typically nurse for about 8 months. — Watch it at YouTube

Stray Dog Adopts 2-Day-Old Kitten

Rescuers aren’t sure how a stray female Pit Bull found a newborn kitten and began taking care of it — but it’s clear she doesn’t like to be apart from her adopted baby. Pitty and her kitten were found on the side of a Dallas road last week and are being cared for by Mercy Animal Clinic. The staff quickly realized that Pitty didn’t have enough milk to provide for the kitten, so they started bottle-feeding it, and placed it in a foster home with a nursing mother cat at night. The first night the two were apart, the staff said Pitty howled in despair. But she was thrilled to see her adopted baby when she was brought back for a visit the next morning, and smothered her little one with kisses. The clinic is now looking for someone to adopt the pair together. — Read it at Life With Dogs


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