Pet Scoop: Puppies Predict NFL Kickoff Game, Similarities Found Between Bats and Dolphins

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Jimmy Fallon's Puppy Predictors run out to make their selection for the NFL's kickoff game.
Jimmy Fallon's Puppy Predictors run out to make their selection for the NFL's kickoff game.

Pups: Broncos Will Win Tonight

Tonight, reigning Super Bowl champs the Baltimore Ravens face off against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium in the NFL’s 2013 season opener. Fans and sports writers have their picks for who will win — and so do Jimmy Fallon’s famous Puppy Predictors. A panel of nine fluffy Golden Retriever pups made an appearance on Late Night on Wednesday. “Before I release you, I need to you listen up,” Fallon instructed. “I want this to be clean. I don’t want any wandering, peeing or butt-sniffing. Got it?” The host then coaxed the sleepy pile of pups to dig in to bowls of kibble, marked with the teams’ names. The winner? They overwhelmingly favored the Broncos. — Watch it from Late Night

Cat Found After 2 Months in Foreclosed Home

Wyatt, an adult male cat, was found a week ago in a foreclosed home in Westminster, Colo. He had survived for two months without food or water until a neighbor spotted him in a window and asked a maintenance worker who arrived at the home to look for the cat. Wyatt was brought to Almost Home Adoptions, and staff members there say he weighed less than half of what he should. Tanessa Cline, the shelter’s manager, says Wyatt’s situation is a reminder that people facing foreclosure need to make arrangements for their pets if they can no longer care for them. — Read it at Colorado’s 9News

Woman and “Therapy Kangaroo” Find New Home

After two years of battling for the right to keep her pet red kangaroo in her Oklahoma home, Christie Carr and Irwin have a new place to live — at the zoo. There Carr can comfortably spend time with 3-year-old Irwin, who she said helps her cope with depression. “He likes people, he likes to be around people and here, there is something always going on,” said Carr, who is living at the staff house at The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park. “We called her up and offered her a place to stay and Irwin a zoo to hang out with a bunch of other animals, and they’ve been here ever since,” said zoo founder Joe Schreibvogel. Carr and Schreibvogel have plans to build a new enclosure for Irwin. — Read it from the AP via AZ Central

Dolphins swimming

Bats, Dolphins Have Similar DNA

One flies in the night sky. The other swims in the deep sea. So, how could some species of bats and dolphins be genetically similar? Scientists in London found that because they both developed the ability to use echolocation, where they scan the world using sound, dolphins and echolocating bats showed convergence in nearly 200 genomic regions. Many of the genes were ones that are linked with hearing or deafness, and vision. The similarities were not seen in bats that don’t use echolocation. “We didn't expect to see more than perhaps 10 to 30 genes converge, probably mainly hearing-related ones," said researcher Joe Parker of Queen Mary University. "Instead, we were able to detect many times that number." The study was published in the journal Nature. — Read it at Live Science

Chicken Swallows Woman’s Earring

It could be a while before Claire Lennon sees her $500 diamond earring again. The U.K. woman says her pet chicken, Sarah (who happens to be male), ate her earring while sitting on her shoulder. Lennon’s veterinarian tried giving the bird laxatives to see if he would pass the earring, but he didn’t — so it’s assumed that the jewelry is stuck in Sarah’s stomach. And because surgery would be too risky for Sarah, Lennon has decided to wait until after her pet lives out his life to try to retrieve it. "They live to a ripe old age," Lennon said. "We are probably looking at another eight years before I get my earring back." — Read it at Paw Nation


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