Pet Scoop: NFL Player’s Dog Serves as Groomsman, Puppy Saved in Dramatic Rescue

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Ace walks down the aisle at the wedding of his owners, Baltimore Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah and Heran Haile.
Ace walks down the aisle at the wedding of his owners, Baltimore Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah and Heran Haile.

Pit Bull Makes Adorable Groomsman

One very handsome, four-legged groomsman walked down the aisle sporting a tux last month at a Baltimore Ravens player’s wedding. Jeremy Zuttah and his wife, Heran Haile, couldn’t imagine their wedding without their Pit Bull, Ace. So when City Hall wouldn’t allow a dog inside for the ceremony, they changed their venue to the Under Armour Performance Center Gym in downtown Baltimore. “I think he was the main attraction!” Haile said of Ace in an Instagram post. Just last month, another Ravens player, rookie Ronnie Stanley made headlines when he went to the BARCS animal shelter in Baltimore to adopt a “not-so-adoptable” dog. The couple had encouraged Stanley to get a dog at the shelter. “Us animal lovers are going to be collecting a LOT of Ravens jerseys this season!” BARCS said in a Facebook post. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Injured Koala Has Two Different Colored Eyes

Veterinarians at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital were stunned to find a koala with an extremely rare genetic condition. The koala was brought to the hospital for treatment after she was hit by a car in Brisbane, and surprised the doctors with her different colored eyes: one is bright blue and the other is brown. Her rescuers have named her Bowie after David Bowie, the legendary singer who died earlier this year and had the same condition. “Bowie's heterochromia doesn't affect how she sees the world around her, in fact her eyesight is great, exactly what we like to see in a young koala,” said treating vet Sharon Griffiths said Tuesday. “Apart from being extremely lucky in avoiding injury on the road, she's also incredibly unique as heterochromia isn't a common occurrence in koalas; it's more often found in domestic mammal species such as dogs and cats.” — Read it at Discovery News via Seeker

Bobcat Kitten Rescued From Drainpipe

A bobcat kitten was found stuck in a drainage ditch in front of an in-home daycare center in Owego, New York, this week. The children and their caretaker called 911 for help because they were concerned about the kitten. The police waited for the kitten to crawl out of the drain and captured it after a quick chase. The officer posed with the daycare kids and the baby bobcat before bringing it to a local wildlife rehabilitator. It will be released into the wild once it’s recovered and ready to live on its own. — Watch it at Albany’s News 10

A 10-week-old stray puppy was rescued from a ravine in San Diego County.
A 10-week-old stray puppy was rescued from a ravine in San Diego County.

Officer Rappels Down to Save Pup

An animal control officer in San Diego rappelled 100 feet down into a ravine Saturday morning to save the life of a stray puppy whose cries could be heard from the cliff above. A bush broke the puppy’s fall about halfway down into the ravine. “[The puppy] clung onto that bush until Officer Gove dropped from the sky to rescue,” said Lt. Loren Bunnell, who took the original call from dispatch. The sweet 10-week-old German Shepherd mix was quite happy to see the officer, Denise Gove, when she reached her on the rocky hillside where she was precariously perched. “She was very much willing to go,” said Gove. The cute puppy was in good shape, aside from some scratches from her fall. It looks like life will be easier for the puppy from here on out: she already has people lined up to adopt her. — Read it the Los Angeles Times

Newly Minted Police Dogs Pose at Graduation

Shamus, Hogan, Iowa, Yodel, Josefina, Putnam, Conner and David sat perfectly posed for a class picture on their graduation day at the Canine Training Center in Connecticut. The Labrador Retrievers from the New York-based Guiding Eyes for the Blind just completed a rigorous 11-week training course to become narcotics detection dogs. Four of the Labs will work with the Connecticut State Police, and the other four will work with police departments at four cities across the state, the state police posted on Facebook last week. — See photo at People Pets


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