Pet Scoop: Rare Koala Baby Rescued After Storm, Dog Reunited With Family After 4 Years

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Abandoned koala joey Louise is being nursed back to health after falling out of a tree in a storm.
Abandoned koala joey Louise is being nursed back to health after falling out of a tree in a storm.

Tiny Koala Found Abandoned

The morning after a severe coastal storm in New South Wales, Australia, resident Louise Haynes was headed to work Monday when she heard a commotion under her eucalyptus tree. As she got closer, she realized it was a tiny, critically endangered Hawks Nest koala joey that had apparently fallen from the tree in the storm. She called the Hunter Koala Preservation Society Care and Rescue, and Ian Morphett arrived to help. They spotted Princess, a tagged koala, in the tree and believed she was the baby’s mother. They placed the squawking baby at the base of the tree in the hopes that Princess would come for her but she didn’t show interest. Concerned for the joey’s safety, Morphett brought the baby — named Louise for her rescuer — to an expert caretaker. She’s being kept warm and bottle-fed, and a photo of her snuggling with a teddy bear has gone viral. “She will be hand raised and assisted to develop into an independent koala, just as mum would, before being released,” HKPS said in a Facebook comment. “Her carer is very dedicated with a great deal of experience and will do her best to get Louise home to the wild again.” — Read it at Australia’s ABC Online

Officer Rescues Kitten From Bridge

A scared little kitten now has a safe place in a new home after bring rescued from the Causeway Bridge in Louisiana. Causeway Police Officer Shenan Jones was relieved that the kitten was still there when he responded to calls that it was on the bridge Tuesday afternoon. “It was kind of pressing itself up against the rail as far as it could, crouched down as much as it could. You could tell it was terrified,” said Jones. “So I just got down on its level, snuck up to it, grabbed it and then it latched on to me and didn't want to let go.” The police believe the kitten either walked onto the bridge or fell from a hiding place under a car. Now the kitten, named Miracle, has been adopted by a neighbor of one of the Causeway’s dispatchers. — Read it at Louisiana’s WWLTV

Manatee Snacks on Grass in Flooded Backyard

Tropical Storm Colin dropped so much rain in Florida backyards that at least a couple of manatees have moved right in. St. Petersburg resident Nancy Smith captured video of one of the sea cows munching on grass in the flooded area. The heavy rains caused the tide to rise above a seawall, which led to the manatees swimming inland. “Everyone loves manatees,” Smith said. “They are my gentle giants.” — Watch it at Tampa’s Fox 13

After being missing for four years, Chiquito was reunited with his family in Chicago.
After being missing for four years, Chiquito was reunited with his family in Chicago.

Police Find Dog Missing 4 Years

When two concerned citizens spotted a small stray dog wandering on the South Side of Chicago on Tuesday night, they stopped two police officers on patrol to get the pooch help. They brought the little Chihuahua to a local shelter, where they discovered he did have a microchip — and they were soon able to track down Chiquito’s owners. He was reunited with his grateful family, who said he’d been missing for four years. — Read it at the Chicago Tribune

Boy Sneaks Into Neighbor’s Garage to Hug Dog

You wouldn’t think a surveillance video showing a 9-year-old boy sneaking into his neighbor’s garage would end up in a sweet story, but this one did. When Louisiana homeowner Hollie Mallet scrolled through her footage, she spotted an adorable scene showing the boy riding his bike into her driveway, hopping off and running into her garage — to hug her black Labrador Retriever. She posted the video on Facebook in hopes of identifying her dog’s new friend. It wasn’t long before the video reached the boy’s mom, Ginger Breaux. It turns out that the family’s dog passed away last year, and Josh misses having a pup to love. “Josh talks about your dog all the time!” Breaux wrote to Mallet on Facebook. “Every time we pass he looks to see if she was sitting where he could see her... Last night when I first saw [the video], I was torn as a momma being happy and upset because he knows he shouldn't be on someone's property, but I wake up this morning more happy that he just absolutely adores dogs so much.” Luckily, Mallet said Josh is welcome to come play with Dutchess any time, and he’s taken her up on her offer. — Watch it at ABC News


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