Pet Scoop: Otter Pups Debut at New York Zoo, Cat Survives a Hair-Raising Ride on a Car's Roof

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Two of Propect Park Zoo's three otter pups play during their debut.
These otter pups, born to mom Dixie and dad Oogie, had a great time frolicking in their new exhibit at the Prospect Park Zoo.

Zoo Welcomes First River Otters Born in NYC Since 1956

Three river otter babies made their debut at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Zoo this week. The 3-month-old pups are the first North American river otters to be born at a New York zoo or aquarium in over 50 years. The species has seen its numbers decrease since the early 1900s, but conservation efforts have boosted the population. — Watch it at NBC New York

Plus: The San Diego Zoo is celebrating the arrival of two jaguar cubs born late last month. — See the video at the Huffington Post

Dog Bite Costs Surged to $479 Million Last Year

With the average price of a claim increasing 12 percent last year, dog bites cost the insurance industry a record $479 million in 2011, compared to $413 million in 2010. “The most dangerous dogs are those that fall victim to human shortcomings,” noted the Insurance Information Institute. — Read it at Bloomberg

Cat Clings to the Roof of a Moving Car

A New Zealand teacher who was late for work drove more than a mile before a stranger flagged her down to tell Julie Culbert that her Burmese was on the roof of her car. Thankfully, Brown Cat wasn't harmed. "It must have looked crazy to the people going the other way," said Culbert. "I don't know how many lives she's used up. If she tries it again I might have to get her a surf board." — Read it at the Marlborough Express

It's a Hero's Welcome for an Adopted Horse

When Sasha the horse arrived at Best Friends as an animal control case, she was down to skin and bones — and she wouldn’t let caregivers touch her for the first month. But the staff at the Utah organization gave her lots of love, and she began to trust people again. Now she's been adopted by a family in Arizona whose friends and neighbors greeted her with “Welcome to your forever home, Sasha” banners. — Read it at Best Friends Animal Society

Is Apple Running Out of Cat Names for OS X?

For more than 10 years, Apple has been naming its operating system after big cats, including Cheetah, Panther, Tiger and Leopard. An LA Times writer wonders if the company could run out of cool cat names after it releases Mountain Lion, the eighth version of OS X. — Read it at the LA Times

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