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When a little Adelie penguin at SeaWorld Orlando began to lose feathers recently, the park’s wardrobe department stepped in to help. Penguins have short, broad feathers that keep water away from their skin and insulate them from the cold. But sometimes they experience feather loss, even in the wild, leaving them susceptible to the elements. Lucky for Wonder Twin, the wardrobe department whipped up an adorable solution: her own wetsuit. And this new costume isn’t just for Halloween! Wonder Twin comfortably sleeps, eats and swims alongside her pals in her new jacket. — Read it at People Pets
Ninja the cat was on a cross-country road trip with her family from Florida to Colorado over the summer when she escaped from her crate and disappeared during an overnight stop in Wichita, Kansas. The 10-year-old kitty started living with a colony of feral cats, and the volunteer who regularly feeds the cats noticed Ninja’s unusually friendly nature. A rescue group picked him up months later, and discovered he had a microchip. They called his family, and an anonymous company offered to fly Ninja three hours home from Kansas to Florida on a private jet. Ninja was happily reunited with his family on Sunday. — Read it from Kansas’ Wichita Eagle
Ian Dustan, 10, suffers from an incurable condition called mitochondrial disease, which has contributed to organ failure and the debilitation of his neurological system. Ian has outlived doctors’ expectations, and a nonprofit rescue group helped his family arrange a special experience for him on Saturday. His favorite type of dog is a Husky, so with the help of the volunteer group Forever Husky, he got a visit from a pack of rescue sled dogs. Ian even got a ride around his grandparents’ yard thanks to the dogs, who he was thrilled to see. “It's something I know will mean a lot to him,” said Jaime Miceli, Ian's mother. — Read it at the Chicago Tribune
Kelsey Gill knew her Maine Coon would be a big cat. But even when Ludo was just a kitten, Gill noticed he was the same size as Maine Coons who were much older than he was. Now, he’s been given the Guinness World Record title as the longest domestic cat alive. The feline, who lives in the U.K., measures 3 feet, 10.6 inches long. Gill says one of the benefits of having a big cat is that she can always find him. Despite his huge size, Ludo is still 5 centimeters smaller than the longest cat ever, Stewie, a Maine Coon who passed away in 2013. — Read it from Guinness World Records
Zoo animals want treats for Halloween, too! On Friday, the elephants at the Oregon Zoo got the chance to smash two pumpkins that were the right size for them. Lily and the rest of the pachyderm family pulverized two gigantic pumpkins grown by the Pacific Northwest Giant Vegetable Growers Club. They used their trunks and their feet to “squish the squash,” with one elephant even lying down on the huge gourds. — Watch it from the Oregon Zoo via Facebook
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