Pet Scoop: Rent-a-Reindeer Service Takes Flight, Hugh Hefner Fights for Puppy Custody

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The rent-a-Rudolph business is thriving in the U.K. this holiday season.

Reindeer Rentals Boom Over in Britain

Now you can be Santa, too — if you live in the U.K. A British couple who rents out their herd of Swedish reindeer says their business is up 25 percent. The reindeer, which are booked through the holidays, even made an appearance at a children’s party hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street. — Read it at Today

Tebow the Dog Scores a Big Win of His Own

Although the NFL’s man-of-the-moment Tim Tebow didn't have a stellar game on Sunday, a drug-sniffing dog who shares his name recently had a really good day on the job. The canine Tebow used his sensitive sniffer to uncover a cocaine-stuffed toy at the Orlando International Airport in Florida. — Read it at USA Today

Study Finds That Genes Play a Major Role in Social Behavior

Scientists at the University of Oxford in England surveyed the family tree of 217 primates and found that social structure is largely rooted in genetics, making it difficult to change. The findings challenge several leading theories of social behavior. — Read it at The New York Times

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Hugh Hefner Battles Crystal Harris Over Custody of Puppy

The Playboy icon and his former fiancée split in June, but they're still fighting over who gets their Cavalier King Charles — and Hefner is willing to give up a lot to keep Charlie. "I told her if she wants to keep the ring and the Bentley, then maybe I can keep the puppy,” he told People. “I [hope] we will work it out." — Read it at People Pets

The National Zoo Gets a Generous Panda Donation

A philanthropist who sits on the Smithsonian’s board of regents is making a $4.4 million donation to the National Zoo’s panda program, which will fund the animals for the next five years. The gift also covers the cost of running the giant panda reproduction program. — Read it at WAMU

Tiny Baby Monkey Wears Diapers and Drinks From a Bottle

A 9-day-old mona monkey in Germany still fits in the palm of a zookeeper’s hand. It’s rare for this “old world” monkey species to breed in captivity, so the zoo is taking extra care to fit him with a diaper, provide the monkey toys and feed the little guy from a bottle. — See the photos at the Huffington Post

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