Pet Scoop: Police Rescue Baby Koala in Backpack, Trio of Pugs Adopted Together

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Alfred was rescued by Queensland police at a traffic stop.
Alfred was rescued by Queensland police at a traffic stop.

Koala Found During Traffic Stop

When police in Queensland, Australia, pulled a woman over for a traffic stop on Sunday night, they asked her if there was anything in the vehicle they should know about. There was: a koala in a backpack. “Not quite believing their ears the officers cautiously unzipped the bag and found this gorgeous boy,” the police said of the koala. The woman, who was arrested on outstanding matters, said she’d found the 6-month-old joey the night before and was taking care of him herself. The police named the healthy little guy Alfred and brought him back to the station for lots of adorable photos before turning him over to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The police reminded Australians who find koalas to alert authorities instead of trying to care for the wild animals. — See photos at NPR

Three Displaced Dogs Find a Home Together

There’s a happy ending for three dogs who lost their home in the summer’s devastating flooding in Louisiana. The owner of the three Pug mixes, Sammy, Bon Temp and Shavae, had to give them up when her home was washed away. Luckily, North Shore Animal League made the drive from New York to Louisiana to pick up the dogs, along with other pups who needed new homes. With the help of “Good Morning America’s” month-long Facebook live stream Mission PAWsible, the group fulfilled their challenging mission to find a home for the all three of the dogs together. — Read it at ABC News

Study: Sibling Rivalry Yields Dishonesty in Birds

New research shows that chicks competing with siblings or whose parents are likely to breed again are more likely to exaggerate their need for food. Offspring are also less honest about their food needs when a parent dies or gets another partner. “In short, anything that brings in conflict is detrimental to honesty,” said study coauthor Shana Caro of Oxford University. “Over millions of years, natural selection has caused species with higher levels of conflict to evolve chicks that beg for food even when they don't need it.” The study was published in the journal PNAS. — Read it at

Lenny the Shepherd was flown across the country and adopted in time for the holidays.
Lenny the Shepherd was flown across the country and adopted in time for the holidays.

Dog Flies Cross-Country to New Life

Lenny, a handsome Shepherd mix, was staying in a North Carolina shelter when he was evaluated by an animal trainer with the Haley Graves Foundation rescue group. They found that although he was devastated and unresponsive inside the kennel, outside it was clear that he’d had obedience training and was timid but friendly. They shared his story on Facebook, and Mike Arms of the Helen Woodward Animal Center offered to fly him across the country to Southern California for a fresh start. Once he was at Helen Woodward, Lenny came out of his shell. He was adopted right at the start of the Blue Buffalo Home 4 for the Holidays 2016 campaign kickoff, which aims to find homes for pets between October 1 and January 2. The goal is to find homes for more than 1.3 million pets this holiday season — and Lenny is their poster pup.

Red Panda Cam Provides Election Distraction

If you find yourself anxious while waiting for the results of today’s long-awaited election, the San Francisco Zoo has an adorable diversion: live streaming of their red pandas. Starting at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST, the stream will appear on the Facebook page for the web browser Firefox for an hour. (The scientific name “red panda” means “fire-colored cat” and they’re also called “firefox.”) The zoo’s three red pandas are named Hunter, Tenzing and Hillary. — Watch it at Facebook


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