Pet Scoop: Nurse Nina Pham to Reunite With Bentley, Three Rare Tigers Born in Washington

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Bentley the dog will be reunited with his owner, Nina Pham, Saturday.
Bentley the dog will be reunited with his owner, Nina Pham, Saturday.

Bentley Reunion in the Works

There’s no trick here — just one big treat for Dallas nurse Nina Pham and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bentley, who will reunite Saturday. Pham, who was the first person to contract Ebola in the U.S., was declared free of the virus last Friday and returned home from the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, where she’d been treated. And now there’s great news for her little dog, too. On Thursday, Bentley’s last Ebola test came back negative. “We're planning the big reunion for Sat — Nina is ready!” Tweeted Dallas city spokeswoman Sana Syed. Bentley has been in quarantine and in the care of Dallas Animal Services for nearly three weeks. Comments poured in on the department’s Facebook page Thursday thanking them for their care of the dog whose story so many have followed closely this month. — Get the latest from Dallas Animal Services

Rare Sighting of Gray Wolf Reported at Grand Canyon

A gray wolf was photographed on the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona by a park visitor last weekend, conservation groups said Thursday. The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the authenticity of the images. It would be the first wolf sighting in the Grand Canyon since the last one was killed there in the 1940s. Experts who viewed the photos say the animal appeared to be wearing an inactive radio collar. They also said it looked like a Rocky mountain gray wolf, which would have had to travel hundreds of miles south from the Northern Rockies to get to the park. The Center for Biological Diversity said it publicized the sighting so the animal wouldn’t be mistaken for a coyote and possibly shot. — Read it from Reuters via Yahoo

Deadly Fungus Threatens Salamanders

A new study finds a fungus that arrived recently in Europe from East Asia is lethal to many salamander species and threatens populations in Europe and Africa. The fungus is related to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd, which has been deadly to frogs, toads and salamanders all over the world. The new fungus, B. salamandrivorans, or Bs, was discovered last year. In the study, salamanders from nearly a dozen species that were infected with Bs died. "If the fungus gets to the United States, where we have the world's highest diversity of salamanders, it's going to be bad," says study co-author Karen Lips of the University of Maryland. "These diseases ... can have big impacts on the health of ecosystems when they wipe out so many of these really important little animals." The study was published in the journal Science. — Read it at National Geographic

Three critically endangered female Sumatran tiger cubs were born Oct. 8 at the Point Defiance Zoo.
Three critically endangered female Sumatran tiger cubs were born Oct. 8 at the Point Defiance Zoo.

Tiger Triplets Need Names

Three critically endangered Sumatran tiger cubs were born to mom Jaya and dad Malosi at Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington, on Oct. 8. The three girls join big sister Kali, who’s about 18 months old. They had their first checkup with a staff veterinarian recently — and had their first official (and adorable) photos taken. The cubs weighed between 7 and 8 pounds each. Now, the zoo is looking for the public’s help with naming the cubs. Staff biologists chose six Indonesian names from the primary language spoken in Sumatra. The cubs will be given the top three names in a public vote. You can vote until Nov. 13. — Read it and see more photos at Zooborns

Dog Helps Police Bust Owner on Drug Charges

Police in Prattville, Alabama, arrived at Edwin Henderson’s home Wednesday with a search warrant, and the suspect took off running. One of the investigators pointed at Henderson and told his dog to “go get him,” and he did. Bo took off after his owner. When he stopped and wagged his tail in tall grass, police found and arrested Henderson, a police spokeswoman said. He was charged with failure to obey police, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. — Read it from AP via People Pets


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