Pet Scoop: NASCAR Driver Advocates Against Animal Cruelty, Zoo Apes Video Chat Via iPads

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NASCAR driver Jack Sellers' car
The hood of Jack Sellers' car features the slogan, "Stop Animal Cruelty. Protect the Innocent. Be their Voice."
Racecar Driver Speaks Out Against Animal Cruelty

NASCAR driver Jack Sellers will adorn the hood of his car with a photo of a Chihuahua named Lily and the slogan "Stop Animal Cruelty. Protect the Innocent. Be their Voice" during the K & N Pro Series next weekend to bring attention to animal cruelty. After escaping from her yard in a California retirement community, Lily was killed by a neighbor wielding a golf club. “I’m afraid that without this campaign that we’re having here, that it would be just set aside,” said Sellers. — Watch it at MSNBC

Orangutans Use iPads to Video Chat

Apes at the Milwaukee Zoo have been playing with iPad apps for a year — but their home is now being rewired for Wi-Fi, so they can have live “play dates” with orangutans at other zoos. — Read it at the Telegraph

Plus: Study finds that social stress can impact a monkey’s immune system. — Read it at The New York Times

Aloha, Fido — Use Your Inside Voice

Dog counseling is big business in Hawaii, where owners of incessant barkers face $575 fines — and the dogs themselves could even face eviction. — Read it at the Wall Street Journal

Deadly Bat Fungus Originated in Europe

Evidence suggests that the fungus behind the deadly white-nose syndrome that has afflicted bats may have traveled to North America from Europe on a human’s shoe. — Read it at Discovery News

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Site Helps You Locate a Dog Lover to Watch Your Pup

A new website called Rover.com connects dog aficionados who don’t have a pet of their own with owners who need someone to pup-sit. The company, which has been limited to the Pacific Northwest, has raised $3.4 million from investors to take the business national. — Read it at The New York Times

Loss of Predators Has Disrupted Ecosystems

According to researchers, depleted numbers of large predators, such as wolves, has allowed herbivore populations (like moose and deer) to increase far beyond what they have been historically, contributing to deforestation and other changes in the northern hemisphere’s ecosystems. — Read it at Science Daily

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