Pet Scoop: Preemie Hippo Gets TLC and a Name, Puppy Stuck in Wheel Rescued

Feb. 1, 2017: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.

Fiona, who's 1 week old, is getting round-the-clock care at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Fiona, who's 1 week old, is getting round-the-clock care at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Baby Hippo Fighting for Survival

People all over the country are rooting for a Nile hippo we told you about last week, when she was born 6 weeks early at the Cincinnati Zoo. Since then, she’s been getting round-the-clock care as her keepers help her gain weight and the muscle strength so she can stand. On Monday, she was given an IV for fluids and to help improve her glucose and Ph levels. But the mood was a little lighter Tuesday, when the zoo announced the adorable week-old preemie’s name: Fiona. “Even though Fiona’s not out of the woods yet, every baby needs a name and her animal care team thought the name was a perfect fit for their ‘fair’ little girl,” said Christina Gorsuch, the zoo’s curator of mammals. “They have been with her 24 hours a day and think this name suits her personality.” — Read it at the Cincinnati Zoo

Abandoned Joey Gets Hand Reared

In Florida, keepers at the Brevard Zoo are also hand raising a baby. They came to the rescue of a 5-month-old red kangaroo joey who was ejected from her mom’s pouch. The staff believes experienced mom Jacie, 5, pushed her baby out when she was stressed during a storm, but keepers were unsuccessful in their attempts to reunite them. So, the baby is being cared for in a makeshift pouch and being bottle fed every four hours. Red kangaroo joeys don’t usually emerge from their mom’s pouch until they’re about 7 months old. — Read it at Yahoo

Caving Experts Rescue Dog From Fox Den

A newly released video shows the dramatic rescue of a dog who fell into a deep fox den in Lomont-sur-Crete, France. The video from Jan. 12 shows caving experts pull Igor to safety after he’d plunged into the den and been trapped for five days. The rescuers cheered as Igor emerged with his tail wagging. He happily gave one of the rescuers kisses as he got a big hug. The footage shows another rescuer crawling out of the tight space behind the lucky dog. — Read it at UPI

Blaze, a Coonhound puppy, got his head stuck in a tire wheel in Montana.
Blaze, a Coonhound puppy, got his head stuck in a tire wheel in Montana.

Puppy Freed From Wheel

A curious 8-month-old Coonhound puppy got his head stuck in a tire wheel and needed the help of the Butte-Silver Bow, Montana, fire department to safely break free. Blaze’s owner had left him in his backyard, and returned to find him in this predicament. He brought him to a local animal hospital, and vets called the fire department for help with extracting him. “Blaze remained calm, cool, and collected throughout the ordeal; he did not make a sound,” the fire department noted in a Facebook post on Monday. One firefighter took care of the puppy’s long ears while another pulled the wheel off his neck. “Hopefully this was a valuable lesson for young Blaze, and we won’t have to respond to any more menacing incidents involving this playful puppy,” the firefighters joked. — Read it at Fox News

Cat Gets New “Bionic Paws”

A cute cat named Pooh can walk on all fours again after being fitted with new titanium hind legs and polymer-and-rubber paws. Pooh, who lives in Bulgaria, lost his own hind legs in an accident last April. “Pooh’s condition is more than satisfactory,” said veterinary surgeon Vladislav Zlatinov, who performed the surgery on Pooh and another cat named Steven. “There might be some clumsiness but he can walk, jump and run.” — See photos at People Pets


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