Pet Scoop: Nurse’s Dog Bentley Tests Negative for Ebola, Chimps Caught Stealing Crops

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Bentley plays with a toy fox given to him by Dallas Animal Services' Dr. Cate McManus.
Bentley plays with a toy fox given to him by Dallas Animal Services' Dr. Catherine McManus.

Bentley “Doing Great” in Quarantine

There’s happy news for Bentley: his first test for the Ebola virus came back negative. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel belongs to Nina Pham, the first of two nurses in Dallas who contracted the deadly disease after treating a patient with it. Although Bentley will need to be tested again, his caretakers from Dallas Animal Services and Texas A&M’s Veterinary Emergency Team were thrilled with this first step and said the pup is handling his isolation like a pro. “Bentley is doing great considering the circumstances, and he just continues to be a pleasure every day. He gets so excited for his routine, coming out and chasing his ball around in his small space,” said Dr. Catherine McManus, operations manager for Dallas Animal Services, in an interview with the City of Dallas that was shared on YouTube Wednesday. People from all over have sent toys for Bentley and donations for his care. “You can’t help but love this little guy,” McManus said. Bentley will continue to be under quarantine until Nov. 1. — Watch it on YouTube and get information on pets and Ebola

Chimps Caught Raiding Crops

Groups of chimpanzees were caught on camera helping themselves to crops from farms in Uganda. Researchers say the animals may have developed this behavior as a way of coexisting with human neighbors whose farms are encroaching on their habitat. Over a three-week period, camera traps in maize fields captured 14 crop raids by groups of about eight chimps, including some females carrying infants. Chimps usually hang out in groups of three. The footage also showed the chimps would raid the crops at night and didn’t appear too concerned about other predators that might be around at that time. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. — Watch it at Live Science

Study: Mountain Goats Shrinking From Global Warming

Scientists from the U.K.’s Durham University have found that chamois goats in the Italian Alps have gotten significantly smaller in the last few decades as their climate has become warmer. They found that young chamois goats now weigh about 25 percent less than animals of the same age weighed 30 years ago. During that time period, temperatures in their habitat have increased from 5 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit. Although previous research has shown a number of other species decreasing in size, the researchers didn’t expect to see this much of a change in the goats in this short of a timeframe. They believe the goats are trying to avoid overheating in their warmer climate by resting more and foraging less. The findings were published in the journal Frontiers in Zoology. — Read it at National Geographic

A bear cub wandered into an Oregon Rite-Aid Sunday.
A bear cub wandered into an Oregon Rite-Aid Sunday.

Bear Cub Visits Rite-Aid

Shoppers at an Oregon Rite-Aid were surprised to see a black bear cub roaming the aisles Sunday. Before heading to Rite-Aid, the baby bear had been spotted inside a nearby Super 8 Motel. Police officers trapped the 13-pound cub in a shopping basket, and officials from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife took custody of her. There were no signs of the cub’s mother in the area. The bear was brought to PAWS in Lynnwood, Washington, where she’ll be treated with the goal of releasing her to the wild in Oregon in the spring. — Watch it at Oregon's KPTV

Win Your Own Laser Cat Portrait

Last month, New York high school senior Draven Rodriguez made headlines when he posed for a yearbook photo with his cat, his principal, her dog — and lots of lasers. The portrait, which will appear on the principal’s page in the yearbook, was a compromise after Rodriguez petitioned to use a photo of himself and his cat as his official senior portrait. Now, you can have your very own picture of your cat amongst lasers! The ASPCA is capitalizing on the epic photo’s popularity to raise money for shelter cats with its Laser Cat Portrait Contest. Now through Nov. 12, you can enter by writing a short paragraph about why your cat deserves to win the photo shoot. The ASPCA is asking cat owners to consider making a $10 donation with their entry. — Find out more from the ASPCA


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