Pet Scoop: Man Reunited With Bird He Lost in Divorce, Pets Give Blood to Help Other Pets

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Mike Taylor and Love Love the macaw were reunited on Sunday.
Mike Taylor and Love Love the macaw were reunited on Sunday.

Montana Man Finds “Love Love”

Where is the Love Love? That's what Mike Taylor wanted to know, when his wife sold their 25-year-old macaw during their bitter divorce five years ago. Finally, last week, his friend told him he was sure he’d spotted the bird, known as Love Love, at Montana’s Parrot & Exotic Bird Sanctuary in Butte, Mont. When Taylor called the sanctuary’s founder, Lori McAlexander, it didn’t take long to convince her that the bird she’d named Scarlett did indeed belong to Taylor. "He started to describe various things that only he would have known," McAlexander told NBC Montana, including that he was blind in one eye, had a backwards toe — and that he loved to play peek-a-boo. Taylor picked his pet up from the sanctuary on Sunday. “He’s himself again already, he really is. I mean, he (didn’t) forget,” said Taylor, who called the reunion “very heart touching.” — Read it from AP via the Washington Post

U.K. Zoo’s Panda Artificially Inseminated

Tian Tian, or “Sweetie,” the Endinburgh Zoo’s female panda, was artificially inseminated on Sunday after “natural mating was not attempted” with her partner, Yang Guang, or "Sunshine." The pair, who are the only giant pandas in Britain, arrived at the Scottish zoo in 2011. Tian Tian was inseminated with sperm from Yang Guang and a frozen sample from Bao Bao, a panda who died at the Berlin Zoo last year. Last month, Mei Xiang, the female panda at Washington’s National Zoo, was inseminated with semen collected from both her partner at the zoo and from Gao Gao, a male at the San Diego Zoo who has several offspring, in the hopes that she’ll give birth to a healthy cub. — Read it at the U.K.’s Telegraph

Blue Crab Numbers Plunge After Comeback

They had been showing signs of a major comeback, but the latest survey shows that the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population has plummeted by more than half. The winter survey’s results found that crab numbers fell 61 percent, from an estimated 765 million last year to 300 million crabs in 2013, which is the lowest number in five years. While officials in Maryland and Virginia, who’ve been working to increase the population, were disappointed, they emphasized that the crabs’ numbers fluctuate a lot naturally. "These numbers don't look especially good, but there's no reason to panic," said John M.R. Bull, a spokesman for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. — Read it at the Huffington Post

A blood donor aways a treat as a reward.
A blood donor aways a treat as a reward.

Dogs and Cats Donate Blood

With pet owners giving their animals a higher level of care, the need for dog and cat blood donors has increased, says Dr. Jonathan Bach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's veterinary teaching hospital. In the last six years, the hospital’s number of regular donors has increased from three to 22 dogs and cats. Most of the donors belong to students or staff members, but some former patients have also decided to give back. Animals most often need the blood because of anemia. — Read it at AP via Yahoo News

New Monopoly Cat Piece Helps Boost Sales

Leave it to a cat. Hasbro, which makes the iconic Monopoly board game, is crediting a “tremendously successful” contest where a cat was selected to replace the iron as the game’s newest token with pumping up its sales. Earlier this year, the Facebook campaign let the public vote to eliminate one of the game’s existing tokens and replace it with options that included the cat, a robot, a diamond ring, a guitar and a helicopter — and the cat was the clear favorite. — Read it at USA Today


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