Pet Scoop: Puppy Thrown From Car Gets New Home, Ocelot Picks World Cup Winner

June 26, 2014: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here. 

Hope the puppy has a new home in Arizona with her rescuer.
Hope the puppy has a new home in Arizona with her rescuer.

Thrown Puppy Gets New Start

Maryann Canning was driving on Yavapai County Highway in Arizona earlier this month when she saw a puppy thrown out the window of the vehicle in front of her at 50 mph. She quickly made a U-turn, picked up the injured puppy and got her to a veterinarian for help. The Pit Bull mix pup suffered head trauma, but she was resilient. She’s recovered and is back to being a playful puppy, although she has some permanent damage to her vision and hearing. She has a new home with her rescuer and a new name — Hope. “I was hoping that everything would turn out right,” Canning says. “There wasn’t any question” that Hope was the perfect name for her. The man who allegedly threw the puppy, Joseph Kennedy, 27, was arrested last week on suspicion of animal cruelty and drug violations, authorities said. — Read it at Arizona Central

Study: Animals Hide Signs of Sickness

When given the opportunity to mate, animals including song sparrows, zebra finches, monkeys and rats will hide symptoms of sickness and act as though they’re healthy, according to a new study. They also mask their symptoms when their offspring are around or when they’re housed with a large population. “Behaving [in a sick manner] helps animals recover from the disease, and so this should be the default way to behave when sick," said study researcher Patricia Lopes of the University of Zurich in Switzerland. “However, if being sick coincides with, for example, a unique opportunity to mate, then animals may adjust their priorities and behave as though they are not sick." — Read it at Live Science

Flu Virus Can Jump From Horses to Camels, Maybe to People

Researchers at the University of Florida have found evidence that an influenza A virus can jump from horses to camels and may be able to jump to humans. "Over the last 10 years, we've been amazed at all the cross-species jumps of influenza. Now we're finding yet another," said Gregory C. Gray, director of the One Health Center of Excellence for Research. He said although there’s no immediate risk, the inter-mammal transmission of the virus is a major concern for public health officials who want to control the risk of pandemic influenza. The study will be published in Emerging Infectious Diseases. — Read it at Science Daily

Izzy the ocelot says Germany will beat the U.S. in Thursday's World Cup game.
Izzy the ocelot says Germany will beat the U.S. in Thursday's World Cup game.

Ocelot Picks Germany Over U.S.

Isidoro (aka Izzy), a Brazilian ocelot at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, has been picking winners in the World Cup soccer tournament and Tweeting them at  @IzzyPicks. But U.S. fans won’t be thrilled with his prediction for today’s highly anticipated United States vs. Germany game. Although he went straight for the U.S. at first, the ocelot ate far more leaves from the plant with the Germany sign. “If you look at those leaves as goals, the U.S. just lost to Germany,” the video’s narrator said. Izzy caught some flak for his choice on Twitter. “Sorry … I don't control my visions,” he responded. — Watch it at Vimeo

Rufus the Hawk Becomes a Star

Rufus, a 6-year-old Harris hawk, is making quite a name for himself. Each morning, he's let loose to chase off pigeons at the Wimbledon tennis tournament in England. He’s starred in a commercial for the beer Stella Artois and has about 5,000 followers on Twitter. This week, his handler Imogen Davis participated in an "AMA" (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. "We use Rufus as a non-lethal deterrent, so he flies when he’s not hungry enough to eat the pigeons, but not full enough to ignore them either," Davis told the UK Telegraph. Rufus gets a lot of attention during the famed tournament, but he works year-round to scare off the smaller birds. Wimbledon officials have had a hawk on staff since 2000. — Read it at Discovery News


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