Pet Scoop: Rare Tiger Cub Needs a Name, Bear Goes for a Swim in Backyard Pool

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The Indianapolis Zoo is asking for the public's help with naming its Amur tiger cub.
The Indianapolis Zoo is asking for the public's help with naming its Amur tiger cub.

You Can Help Name Tiger Cub

At 2 months old, an endangered female Amur tiger cub at the Indianapolis Zoo is active and feisty. Her keepers say she loves playing with her mom, Andrea, and they’ve spotted her working on her stalking moves. She’s more than tripled her weight since she was born on July 10 to first-time parents Andrea and Petya. The adorable cub is staying off exhibit with her mom for now, and the zoo is asking for your help with deciding on her name. The choices are Chudo (pronounced CHEW-da), which means "miracle"; Shoomka (pronounced SHUM-ka), meaning "noisy"; or Zoya (pronounced ZOY-a), which means "life." If you “like” the zoo’s Facebook page, you can vote for your favorite daily through Sept. 26. — Read it from the Indianapolis Zoo and see more cute zoo baby photos

Goldfish Undergoes Experimental Surgery

The owners of 10-year-old George the goldfish have gone the extra mile to take care of him. When they noticed he was sick, they rushed him to the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. There, he was diagnosed with a life-threatening tumor, and Dr. Tristan Rich, an exotic wildlife specialist, said he could perform never-before-done surgery to remove it. Last week, George was put in a bucket of ice water with an anesthetic, and the vet then placed a tube with water, oxygen and anesthetic in the fish’s gills while he removed the tumor. He used tissue glue that’s used on humans instead of sutures, gave George antibiotics and painkillers, and placed him in a clean bucket of water. Not long after the 45-minute surgery, George was swimming and breathing again. — Read it at Time

Cheetah Robot Can Run and Jump

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created an algorithm to mimic the bounding motion that helps the cheetah to be the fastest land animal. Cheetahs can accelerate to 60 mph in just a few seconds. They pump their legs in tandem until they reach a full gallop. Researchers at MIT estimate their robotic version of the animal may eventually reach speeds of 30 mph. "Bounding is like an entry-level high-speed gait, and galloping is the ultimate gait," says Sangbae Kim, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. "Once you get bounding, you can easily split the two legs and get galloping." The details of the bounding algorithm will be presented this month at a robotics conference in Chicago. The research is supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. — Read it at Science Daily

During a heat wave in California, a bear was caught on video going for a swim in a backyard pool.
During a heat wave in California, a bear was caught on video going for a swim in a backyard pool.

Hot Bear Takes a Dip

During a southern California heat wave with temperatures topping 100 degrees, a backyard pool in Sierra Madre proved too enticing for this bear to pass up Sunday afternoon. “This is unreal,” the homeowner says in a video of the bear’s swim. “How awesome is that?”In the footage, the bear sits peacefully on the steps of the pool before swimming to another set of steps and eventually getting out and wandering off. He stayed in the water for about 15 minutes. This is the first time homeowner Thomas See has seen a bear go for a swim in his pool. — Watch it at NBC Los Angeles

Entangled Whale Rescued in Maine

Tourists and their guides on a Bar Harbor Whale Watching Company boat were the first to spot a humpback whale in trouble Friday. The massive whale was dangerously entangled in fishing gear. "It was actually completely stationary,” said Carol Jayez, a passenger on the boat. “We saw the spout come up. We saw part of the back and part of the tail rising up above the water, but it wasn't moving.” Authorities from the Maine Marine Patrol arrived a couple of hours later and worked until dark to remove the gear. They returned Saturday morning, and by that afternoon, the whale was free. — Watch it at Maine’s WCSH


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