Pet Scoop: National Zoo Gives TLC to Cheetah Cubs, Chicken Jerky Raises More Concerns

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Two Cheetah cubs arrive at the National Zoo.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
These adorable cheetah cubs are being hand-raised at the National Zoo.

Cheetah Cubs Get Special Care at the National Zoo

A pair of 3-week-old cheetah cubs is getting around-the-clock care at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Their mom, Ally, gave birth to a male cub, but a team of veterinarians had to perform a rare cesarean section in an effort to save the rest of her litter. They were able to successfully deliver one more cub, a tiny female. “That little female is a fighter,” said Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer, head veterinarian at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, where the cubs were born. “This is really a success for this struggling species.”

The FDA Has Logged 900 Complaints About Chicken Jerky from China

Six months after the FDA issued a warning about chicken jerky dog treats made in China, the agency says that it has received more than 900 complaints from people who say that their dogs have become sick or even died after eating the snacks. Chicken jerky may be sold as tenders, strips or treats.

According to the FDA, signs of illness associated with chicken jerky products include "decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption and/or increased urination. These signs may occur within hours to days of feeding the products." The FDA says that its investigation is ongoing. — Read it at ABC News

Mystery Deer Surface on Hawaii’s Big Island

There are plenty of deer on Maui, but residents of the Big Island of Hawaii — 30 miles away — are wondering how some 100 deer arrived on their island. Authorities, who believe that the animals were either deposited there by helicopter or forced to paddle ashore from boats, are trying to remove the deer before they devour vineyards and invade forests home to endangered species. — Read it at the AP via the Washington Post

Edwina the Sea Turtle Is Released Off the Florida Coast

As a crowd cheered, Edwina the sea turtle was sent back into the Atlantic Ocean, not far from where she was found on the shore in northern Florida. Edwina spent a year being rehabilitated, before she was outfitted with a transmitter and sent on her way. — Watch it at Today

Same-Sex Penguin Pair Incubates a Donated Egg

Inca and Rayas, a loving pair of male Gentoo penguins who live at a Madrid zoo, have finally completed their family. Keepers decided to give the couple an egg to call their own — and they've embraced guarding and incubating it. "We wanted them to have something to stay together for, so we got an egg," said Yolanda Martin, one of their keepers. "Otherwise they might have become depressed." — Read it at People Pets

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