Pet Scoop: New York Dogs Parade in Costume, Tahoe Tourists Take Dangerous Bear Selfies

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This Titanic display took the Best in Show award at the 24th annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.
This Titanic display took the Best in Show award at the 24th annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.

Titanic Display Takes Top Prize

There were racecar drivers, princesses, characters from “Breaking Bad” and the Statue of Liberty in New York’s Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade Saturday. You won’t find a bigger canine costume parade than this annual event, which was sponsored by Purina’s Beggin’ Strips. Many owners coordinated their costumes with their dogs, including humans dressed as Chewbacca and R2-D2 with their pup, who was an ewok. Some of the participants spent months preparing their costumes for the 24th annual event. Two dogs who were part of an elaborate Titanic display took home the Best in Show 2014 prize. — Watch it at ABC News

Study: Male Bustards Poison Themselves for Love

New research finds that male great bustards, big birds that are native to Europe and Asia, eat toxic blister beetles to make them appear healthier and more attractive during courtship rituals. The great bustards are one of few animals in the world that can consume some species of blister beetles. Male great bustards put plenty of time and energy into wooing mates, including contorting their bodies to show off bright white feathers and a special throat sac. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. — Read it at National Geographic

Nina Pham Not Yet Reunited With Dog

The first Dallas nurse to contract Ebola from a patient she cared for was released Friday from the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. She met with President Obama at the White House before traveling home to Texas. But her reunion with her four-legged best friend, Bentley, will have to wait another week. The 1-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has tested negative for Ebola but will be tested again before he can be released from his 21-day quarantine on Nov. 1. “I’m lobbying for her and the dog, but we have to do what the doctors and scientists think is best,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who has overseen the area’s Ebola response. Luckily, Dallas Animal Services reports that Bentley has been doing great in isolation. — Read it at the Dallas Morning News

Twitter user TahoeMonika shared this photo of bears at South Lake Tahoe last week.
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Twitter user TahoeMonika shared this photo of bears at South Lake Tahoe last week.

Officials Warn Against Bear Selfies

In South Lake Tahoe, it’s time for the spectacular annual run of kokanee salmon, which attracts lots of hungry bears — and lots of tourists. This year, officials from the U.S. Forest Service have seen so many people trying to snap selfies with the bears that they’ve had to issue a warning about the dangers of getting too close to the animals. "We've had mobs of people that are actually rushing toward the bears trying to get a 'selfie' photo," said Lisa Herron, spokesperson for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Officials said they may have to close down the area if the selfies continue. — Read it at the Reno Gazette-Journal

Horse Rescued From Pool

Firefighters in Mesa, Arizona, came to the rescue when a horse who was wandering in his owner’s backyard somehow stumbled into the family’s swimming pool and got stuck. A veterinarian came to the scene to tranquilize the distressed horse. The firefighters kept the horse’s head out of the water in the shallow end while they positioned straps to carefully pull him out. Mesa Fire Capt. Forrest Smith said the horse was not injured in the incident and is recovering well. — Read it at USA Today


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