Pet Scoop: Milwaukee Coast Guard Adopts Pup as Mascot, Blind Kitten Gets Help From Sister

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Barnacle, a rescued 2-year-old Terrier mix, has become the mascot for a Milwaukee Coast Guard station.
Barnacle, a rescued 2-year-old Terrier mix, has become the mascot for a Milwaukee Coast Guard station.

Little Barnacle Becomes Mascot

The Coast Guard often works with dogs — but it’s usually big dogs like Labrador Retrievers or even Newfoundlands. But at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Coast Guard station, an adopted 2-year-old Terrier mix fits right in. Petty Officer Anthony Kaminski’s wife found Barnacle wandering on the streets in Florida last summer, when the couple was stationed there. After six weeks of searching for his owners, they decided to adopt him. Then, when they were transferred to Milwaukee, Kaminski asked if Barnacle could be the station’s official mascot — and the crew was on board. Barnacle loves getting out on the water, while sporting his life vest. “From the first day he arrived at the station, he was just right at home and just loved everybody. It’s a win-win for all of us,” said Chief Eric Hopperdietzel. — Watch it at Salt Lake City’s Fox 13

Cecil the Lion Lights Up Empire State Building

After a week of being in the headlines, a photo of Cecil, the African lion who was illegally shot and killed by an American hunter in Zimbabwe, was among the images of animals projected on 33 floors of the Empire State Building in New York Saturday. The lion’s death sparked international outrage. The display, “Projecting Change,” was years in the making and was designed to raise awareness about the plight of endangered animals. There were reports over the weekend that another lion, Jericho, had also been killed, but researchers confirmed Sunday that he is actually alive and well. — Read it from Agence France Presse via Yahoo

Rare Orca Calves Get Special Protection

Washington State’s Department of Fish and Wildlife and NOAA have been running patrols off the coast of San Juan Island to protect four young orcas who have survived for a year. It’s been two years since a calf has survived that long, and wildlife officials are trying to protect this potential rebound for the species. “One boat absolutely can make a huge difference. All it takes is one high-speed prop strike and an animal can be mortally wounded,” said Sgt. Russ Mullins of the state’s Fish and Wildlife department. Boats are asked to cut their engines when the pods are around, and not to get in the way so that mothers and calves aren’t separated. — Watch it USA Today

Atlas, in the back, is partially blind and gets by with a little help from his sister, Nova, pictured in the front.
Atlas, in the back, is partially blind and gets by with a little help from his sister, Nova, pictured in the front.

Blind Kitten Relies on His Sister

A special brother and sister pair of kittens arrived at the Wayside Waifs animal shelter in Kansas City, Missouri, two months ago. The staff soon realized that Atlas was at least partially blind — and likes to have his sister, Nova, around to help him. "If Nova walked away, Atlas would become agitated," said Bonnie Stillman, the shelter’s feline care manager. "He just does better with a pal and what better pal can you have but a sibling?" Now, the shelter is looking to place them in a home together. — Watch it at KSHB Kansas City

Cop Adopts Puppy He Saved From Hot Car

We have another story out of Kansas City for you, and this one has a happy ending. Last week, Kansas City Police Officer Jeff O’Rear and his partner came to the rescue of a 4-pound Chihuahua puppy who was severely overheated after being left in a locked car for two hours. The officers broke a car window and quickly got the pup to a Petsmart emergency clinic that was nearby, and the staff saved his life. Once they were tracked down, the puppy’s owners relinquished ownership — clearing the way for O’Rear to adopt him and surprise his 8- and 13-year-old daughters. “I told them I was going to do an interview about the rescue and wanted them to come with me,” O’Rear said. “They were super surprised.” The family is now working with everyone who helped rescue the puppy to come up with a name that’s related to the incident. — Read it at ABC News


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