Pet Scoop: Rescue Dog Saves Baby's Life, World's 25 Most Endangered Primates Named

Oct. 15, 2012: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.

Duke, a rescue dog, alerted his owners when their infant stopped breathing.
Duke alerted his owners when their infant stopped breathing.

Dog Alerts Parents When Baby Stops Breathing

Last weekend, Duke jumped on his owners’ bed, and started to shake uncontrollably. His behavior was so unusual that Jenna Brousseau’s husband went to check on their 9-week-old baby, Harper — and found that she wasn’t breathing. “My husband called 911 and the ambulance came here and it was because of our Dukie dog, who alerted us,” Brousseau told ABC News. “If Duke hadn’t been so scared, we would have just gone to sleep . . . He’s the perfect dog, he was meant, meant to be ours, he was meant to be hers.” Duke, who the couple adopted 6 years ago, may have prevented a case of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Luckily, baby Harper was revived by paramedics, and is now doing well. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Man Who Cloned Dolly the Sheep Dies

Keith Campbell worked with a colleague to clone Dolly in Scotland in 1997. She was the first mammal to be cloned from adult material, and several other mammals have been cloned in the years since Dolly was born. She went on to give birth to six lambs — the natural way. Campbell, who died at his home in England, was 58. — Read it at Discovery News

The Northern brown howler monkey of Brazil was added for the first time to The World's 25 Most Endangered Primates list.
Stephen Nash, Conservation International
Brazil's Northern brown howler monkey made a list of the world's 25 most endangered primates for the first time.

List Names World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates

A new report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature reveals over two dozen species of monkeys, langurs, lemurs and gorillas that researchers say are on the brink of extinction due to deforestation and illegal trafficking. Among the most threatened was the northern sportive lemur: It's believed that only 19 are left in the wild in Madagascar. — Read it from the AP via Fox News

Nature’s Recipe Recalls Dog Treats

Nature's Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken, which were manufactured in Topeka, Kan., and distributed nationally, are being recalled because they may be contaminated with salmonella. The treats, which should be discarded, were primarily sold through pet specialty retailers. No pet or human illnesses have been reported so far, but Nature’s Recipe officials recommend that pet owners monitor themselves and their dogs for signs of illness. — Read it from the AP via the San Jose Mercury News

Monkey Surprises Lester Holt on Today

When Busch Gardens’ Julie Scardina visited the set of the Today show this weekend with some residents of the South American rainforest, host Lester Holt got a surprise when a rare cotton-top tamarin from Colombia unexpectedly jumped on his shoulder. (You can see it at 3:55 in the video). — Watch it at Today


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