Pet Scoop: Lucky Cat Survives 19-Story Fall, Smiling Puppy Is the Internet's Latest Star

March 23, 2012: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.

Sugar the cat who fell 19 stories
Sugar, who fell from a 19-story window, sits with her owner.

Miracle Cat Tumbles from a Window — 19 Stories Up

Sugar the cat fell 19 stories from a Boston apartment building onto a small patch of mulch — and sustained no serious injuries. Her owner, Brittany Kirk, said that she’d left a window open, so Sugar wouldn’t be hot while she was at work. While Kirk said it was a miracle that her pet is okay, the manager at the Animal Rescue League where the cat was taken said studies show that cats have a better chance of surviving falls above nine stories.

"The cats were able to relax, orient themselves in a flying squirrel position with the legs spread out. It slowed their descent down," said rescue manager Brian O'Connor. Bottom line: If you have pets, make sure that you have secure screens installed in all of your windows. — Read it at CBS News

Dog Who Survived a Gunshot Wound Gets a New Family

In other miraculous news, Chance, a Golden Retriever mix, was adopted by a lucky family this week following a competitive selection process. Police still don’t know who shot Chance, who was found on the side of the road in California a month ago. But he’s now doing well and ready for a new start. “There's something about an adopted dog that's different," said his new owner. "He knows he had another life before that wasn't as good." — Read it at NBC San Diego

Baby Giraffe to Debut at Bronx Zoo

A female Baringo giraffe, who's currently nesting with her mom inside the Carter Giraffe Building, will make her first appearance next week in the Bronx Zoo’s African Plains exhibit. The calf was 6 feet tall and more than 100 pounds at birth. — See the photo at the Huffington Post

Plus: This 2-month-old rhinoceros got a running start during her own debut at the San Diego Zoo earlier this week. — See the photo at Today

Smiling Puppy Is an Internet Hit

Smile for the camera, Moose! An adorable photo of a Shar-Pei puppy that his owner put on Twitter and Reddit has turned Moose into a viral Internet sensation. The picture of the now 3-month-old pup has been viewed 500,000 times on Reddit alone. — Read it at People Pets

Climate Change Poses Problems for Fur Seal Pups

Newborn fur seals need to concentrate on growing and learning from their moms, but scientists have found that climate change has forced them to use more energy just to keep warm in windier and wetter conditions. — Read it at Discovery News

Designers Create Couture for Canines

Big-name designers like Roberto Cavalli and Valentino created chic outfits for a stuffed animal Pug. The ensembles are up for auction on eBay to benefit UNICEF Project Arise. — See the photos at Today

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