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June 8, 2012: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.
Puppy Who Wouldn't Abandon His Mom Gets a New Start in Life
A Labrador Retriever puppy who wouldn’t leave his deceased mother’s side for days after she was struck by a car has found a home. Last month, thousands of people watched a YouTube video about the 4-month-old pup’s rescue in California. But Joe Peterson wasn’t one of them. He fell in love with Prince without knowing the sad story. "He's so busy that he didn't see the news, he didn't see the viral video,” said one of Prince’s rescuers. “He just knew that a dog needed a home and that's incredible. We didn't want Prince to be adopted just because of the hype about the video." — Watch it at KGET
A cat who we told you about in April also has a happy adoption story. Maloos, a 2-year-old tabby who was flown to San Francisco for treatment after suffering serious abuse in Iran, was well enough to go to a new home in Napa last week. "This isn't just any cat, this is more than that for me," said his owner, whose father was from Iran. — Read it at KUTV
Two years have passed since the death of a SeaWorld Orlando trainer during a performance with a killer whale, and executives at the marine park were hoping to reinstate popular in-water interactions between trainers and orcas. But a judge has ruled that the emergency procedures that the marine park has in place for such performances aren't sufficient enough to protect trainers, so they must stay at a greater distance from the whales. — Read it at The New York Times
Lone Black Bear Baffles Residents on Cape Cod
There hasn’t been a bear sighting on Cape Cod in hundreds of years, but it seems that one has decided to vacation in the popular Massachusetts destination this summer. Officials think that the black bear, who they're trying to capture, swam across the Cape Cod Canal over Memorial Day weekend. — Watch it at WHDH, and read it at the Huffington Post
A study published in Animal Cognition notes that dogs are more likely to approach a crying person than someone who's humming or talking. However, it’s still not clear whether canines can exhibit empathy for human pain. — Read it at Live Science
A tiny babirusa baby, who weighed just one pound when he was born on Mother’s Day, is now on exhibit with his mom at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. It's the zoo’s first babirusa birth — and a victory for conservationists because the species is at risk of extinction.
We hope that you weren’t planning to get any work done today . . . because the Puppy Cam is live again — with a fourth litter of Shiba Inu cuties. The mom of this litter of five, Ayumi, is no stranger to the cam: Hers was the first litter to take the Internet by storm. — Read it at People Pets
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