Pet Scoop: One Panda Twin Dies at National Zoo, Cat Survives 4-Story Fall in New York

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The smaller of the panda cub twins born at the National Zoo died Wednesday, when it was four days old.
Smithsonian's National Zoo
The smaller of the panda cub twins born at the National Zoo died Wednesday, when it was four days old.

4-Day-Old Panda Cub Dies

We have sad news to report from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The smaller of the twin panda cubs born to Mei Xiang Saturday night died Wednesday afternoon, despite the panda team’s efforts to save it. The team had some trouble getting Mei to cooperate with the twin swapping protocol they were hoping to follow, allowing each cub to spend time with her and then in the nursery. She did have the smaller cub in her care from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday morning, but when the team swapped the cubs Wednesday morning, they realized something was wrong. The cub hadn’t gained weight and seemed weak and lethargic. They gave the baby bear respiratory help, antibiotics and formula, but the 2.8-ounce cub lost its battle Wednesday afternoon. “When we realized the cub wasn’t going to make it, it was devastating,” said Brandie Smith, the zoo’s associate director for animal care sciences. The team is encouraged that the cub’s larger sibling appears to be strong and robust. — Read it at the Washington Post

Exotic Animals Airlifted From Mexico to U.S. Sanctuary

After they were found abused or abandoned, Mexican environmental authorities loaded eight lions, two lynxes, a puma and a coyote onto two military planes to be moved to a Colorado sanctuary Wednesday. They are among the two dozen animals who will be taken to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. The animals had been taken from private homes, zoos or circuses where they were found to be mistreated. — Read it from the AP via Yahoo

Dogs Help British Doctors Detect Cancer

Britain’s National Health Service has approved a trial for dogs capable of sniffing out prostate cancer with the hope that it will show inaccuracies in the current prostate test, which they believe has a high false-positive rate. “What we now know is that cancer cells that are dividing differently have different volatile organic compounds — smelly compounds — that are associated with the cells. And dogs with their incredible sense of small can find these in things like breath and urine," said Dr. Claire Guest, who co-founded the charity Medical Detection Dogs to train dogs to detect human diseases.  Scientists hope that by using the dogs, a more reliable prostate cancer test could eventually be developed. — Read it at Reuters

Sammy the cat survived a fall out of a 4-story apartment window in New York.
Sammy the cat survived a fall out of a 4-story apartment window in New York.

Cat Falls Four Stories From Window

Sammy, a 2-year-old cat, is recovering after plunging four stories from a window in his owner’s Manhattan apartment Tuesday afternoon. Sammy suffered several injuries in the fall, including a broken right hind leg, broken toes on his right front paw and a split palate. But he was quickly treated at BluePearl Veterinary Partners and doctors expect him to recover. Sammy was being cared for by a pet sitter, and when his owner returned to his apartment Tuesday, they noticed the windows were cracked open more than usual. Something startled the cat as he was sitting in the windowsill, and he fell out along with the screen, the hospital said. “So far, since he’s walked in the door, he’s been nothing but the sweetest, gentlest cat,” said emergency vet Dr. Rachel Carson. BluePearl advised cat owners to use screen guards, never leave pets unattended on balconies and to make sure windows are closed before throwing a toy to a pet. — Read it at CBS New York

Woman and Dogs Rescued From Cliff

A dramatic rescue from a California cliff was caught on video early Wednesday morning. A man, woman and two dogs were walking on a dangerous trail in Daly City after midnight when they all fell down a cliff. The man, 27, fell all the way down. He was able to walk out and call for help. The U.S. Coast Guard plucked the 54-year-old woman from the cliff at about 6:45 a.m. and brought her to safety. She was brought home by police after she was found to be in good condition, but she was concerned about her dogs, who were still on the cliff. Animal control eventually captured both of the dogs, and they’re now back with their owner. “It's always good to see a successful rescue," said North County Fire Authority spokesperson Klaus Zalinskis. — Watch it at California’s ABC 7 News


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