Pet Scoop: Rancher Saves a Baby Black Bear, Kitten Plucked From a Car's Axle

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Rescued bear cub
This rescued baby bear is now being tended to by folks at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.

Rancher Rescues an Orphaned Black Bear Cub

After watching the 3-month-old cub search for her mother for days, a rancher in Ojai, Calif., brought the 10-pound female bear to a nearby wildlife center for help. The California Department of Fish and Game worked with two wildlife groups through the weekend to save the bear’s life. “She was crying, confused and she was clearly disoriented, and not trained on how to survive,” Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan told the LA Times. He said the bear was small for this time of year — cubs are normally born in the spring, and they weigh about 40 pounds by October. “She wouldn’t have survived in the wild,” he said. But aside from her low weight, the cub was alert and healthy. She’ll be cared for at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care throughout the winter, with plans to release her back into the wild in the spring. — Read it at the LA Times

Rachael Ray Rolls Out a Food Truck — For Dogs

The TV chef and talk show host is hitting the streets of Manhattan with a “Pup-Up Food Truck for Dogs” to promote Nutrish, her new line of high-end dog food. The truck, which Ray also calls the “Woof Wagon,” offers six varieties of food, including Chicken Muttballs and Tail Waggin’ Turkey. Ray, who donates a portion of the Nutrish proceeds to animal welfare groups, may take the truck on the road in other cities. — Read it at The New York Times

Dolphin Moms Pass Unusual Fishing Trick Onto Their Offspring

A small population of dolphins in Australia has a novel way of fishing: They carry sponges on their snouts in order to protect their noses while dislodging fish and crustaceans from the rocky ocean floor. Researchers at the University of New South Wales believe that the “sponging” behavior started with one female dolphin in Shark Bay, Western Australia, and her descendants learned the technique from their mothers. The scientists used computer models to estimate that the behavior has been going on for about 180 years — that's eight generations. Male dolphins also learn the trick from their mothers, but the study found that they don’t teach it to their offspring. "It's interesting that the behavior doesn't spread to the entire population and it doesn't go extinct either," said the university’s Anna Kopps. — Read it at News Daily

Kitten Rescued From Car’s Axle

After a customer complained that his automobile was meowing, a Florida mechanic found a kitten trapped near the car’s axle. He was able to remove the kitty, who wasn’t injured, and shared video of the rescue online. The kitten (left) now has a new home — with the mechanic’s 3-year-old daughter. — Watch it at Today

Boots & Barkley Dog Treats Recalled

Denver-based Kasel Associated Industries, which recently recalled its chicken jerky treats, is now recalling its Boots & Barkley Roasted American Pig Ears and Boots & Barkley American Variety Pack Dog Treats due to a risk of salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported, but pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic, as well as have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Symptoms in people include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. The recalled products were sold nationwide in Target stores in August. Consumers can return the items where they were purchased for a full refund. Kasel also recalled other Boots & Barkley brand treats recently. — Get more details from the FDA

Nicole Richie’s Daughter Warms Up to Pup

In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Nicole Richie revealed that her 4-year-old daughter, Harlow, “did not want a dog . . . She doesn't like anything disturbing her space.” But a week after the family adopted Ero — an 18-month-old, black German Shepherd — the new addition started to win over Harlow. “She's definitely coming around. She's down," said Richie. — Read it at People Pets

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