Pet Scoop: Penguin Population Counted From Space, Dog Braves Traffic to Stay With Pal

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Emperor penguins
British Antarctic Survey
Scientists conducted the first penguin census via satellite in Antarctica.

Scientists Use Satellites to Take First Animal Census

Researchers have found that there are twice as many emperor penguins in Antarctica as was previously believed. They counted 595,000 of the tuxedoed birds in 44 colonies — 7 of which they didn't even know existed. The penguins were good candidates for the project because they’re large, have dark plumage and live in an area with no trees to obstruct a satellite's view. — Read it at the LA Times

Dog Stays By Canine's Side — Despite Oncoming Traffic

A driver in Los Angeles put out traffic cones when he realized that a black Labrador Retriever wasn’t going to abandon another dog who’d been fatally struck by a car. The 2-year-old dog, who’s been named Grace, is now up for adoption. — See it at ABC 7

Baby Hawks Hatch on NYC Ledge

In a nest on the 12th story ledge of a New York University building, a red-tailed hawk is caring for her two babies — all in the bird’s-eye view of a New York Times Hawk Cam. Next week, the newspaper's readers will get a chance to name the hatchlings. — Read it at The New York Times

Plus: In other Big Apple animal news, an Alpine Pygmy goat named Cocoa toured the city last week, riding the subway, hailing a cab and shopping in SoHo. — See the photos at Animal Tracks

Hunter and piglet Mu Shu
Hunter and Mu Shu are best buddies.

Labrador and Piglet Become BFFs

A Kansas couple who run a veterinary hospital took in a piglet who tumbled out of the livestock truck onto the road in front of them. Although the first 48 hours were touch and go, the piglet, named Mu Shu, has a new best friend: their dog. Hunter, a yellow Labrador Retriever, looks out for his partially blind pal, keeping her away from the family’s cats. — Read it at People Pets

Runaway Bavarian Cow Strikes a Movie Deal

It looks like Yvonne, the cow who made headlines last year when she took off from a farm in Germany to escape slaughter, will have more than just 15 minutes of fame. An animated film based on the dairy cow’s adventures, “Cow on the Run,” features her falling in love with a buck on the big screen. — Read it at Today

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