Pet Scoop: Nuns Adopt Senior Shelter Dog, Gorilla Raised by Surrogates Thriving

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A group of nuns adopted Remy, a 9-year-old Pit Bull, in New York.
A group of nuns adopted Remy, a 9-year-old Pit Bull, in New York.

Nuns Rescue 9-Year-Old Pit Bull

When a group of nuns went to Hi Tor Animal Care Center in New York to look for a pet to live with them, they didn’t want the cutest puppy they could find. "I wanted to bring a dog home that might get euthanized if we didn't take her," Sister Veronica Mendez told New York’s News 12. "And when I noticed the sign said '9 years,' I said, 'Virginia, we want this one, because nobody else is going to want her.'" The shelter’s director said he was surprised that the nuns didn’t shy away from Remy because she’s a Pit Bull. “Remy was sensitive to the sisters, especially to Sister Virginia, who walks with a cane. She kept up with her and was so attentive," said West Artope. A Hi Tor volunteer and a board member were so touched by the nuns’ decision that they decided to cover the adoption fee themselves. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Gorilla Raised by Human Surrogates Turns 1

Gladys, a western lowland gorilla who was raised by humans wearing gorilla suits, marks her first birthday on Wednesday — and there’s a lot to celebrate. The baby was rejected by her mom when she was born at that the Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas, and was transferred to the Cincinnati Zoo. There, her keepers donned furry vests, walked on their knuckles and made gorilla-like grunts to act as surrogates until an older female gorilla took over the role of mom in June. "She's thriving. She's happy," said Ashley O'Connell, a keeper who was one of the surrogates. "It's what we envisioned, and it has happened."— Read it from AP via Yahoo

Jaguar Population Dwindles in Brazil

Scientists in Brazil are warning that the jaguar population there has dropped drastically, and the wild cats may face extinction in the country’s tropical Atlantic forest. A new study by the Brazilian conservation authority Cenap finds that the adult population has fallen to 250 jaguars — down 80 percent in the last 15 years. The population drop is blamed on habitat loss from deforestation, ranching and development. The researchers say the loss of the jaguar would cause a major environmental imbalance. The group will now start monitoring jaguars’ movements using satellite imaging. — Read it from AFP via Yahoo

The two lion cubs born at the National Zoo on Friday curl up next to their mom.
National Zoo
The two lion cubs born at the National Zoo on Friday curl up next to their mom.

Lion Cubs Born at National Zoo

Nababiep, a 10-year-old African lion at the Washington, D.C., zoo, gave birth on Friday to two cubs who appear active and healthy. A third cub was stillborn. This is the third litter for Nababiep and the fourth for their father, Luke. Keepers have been closely watching the mom and cubs on a closed-circuit web cam, and say the little ones seem to be nursing, moving and vocalizing well. They’re cautiously optimistic about their survival. In the meantime, the animal care team suspects that Nababiep’s sister, Shera, is also pregnant, based on clues like her weight gain and other physical changes. — Read it from the National Zoo and watch them on the Lion Cam

Howard Stern and Wife Foster 50 Cats

Animal advocate Beth Stern, who will host the Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl during the Super Bowl on Sunday, has become quite the kitten expert. The wife of shock jock Howard Stern says the couple has fostered 50 felines at their home in the last six months — and they’ve adopted five of them. In an appearance on Today, Beth Stern said the Kitten Bowl is a “celebration of kittens … We’re hoping to inspire people. Go to your local shelter and give one of these guys a home.” — Read it at Today

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