Pet Scoop: Rescued Elephant Surprises Keepers With Calf, Puppy Falls Into Mine Shaft

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A male elephant calf was born at the Dallas Zoo two months after his mom was rescued.
A male elephant calf was born at the Dallas Zoo two months after his mom was rescued.

African Elephant Calf Born in Dallas

Just two months after arriving at the Dallas Zoo from poor conditions in the African nation of Swaziland, rescued elephant Mlilo gave birth to a baby boy on May 14. The 175-pound baby was on the small side for an African elephant, but he’s nursing well and actively exploring the barn — although he doesn’t stray far from his 14-year-old mom. Elephant pregnancies last 22 months, so Mlilo endured most of it in Swaziland, where food and water were scarce. The animal care staff suspected she was expecting, but tests were inconclusive, and the breeding-age bulls in Swaziland had been vasectomized, so the chances of a pregnancy were extremely low. "We're totally blown away by what happened," said Dallas Zoo president and CEO Gregg Hudson. Mlilo is one of 17 elephants who were rescued from Africa in March, and flown to the U.S. on a chartered 747 jet. Five of them live at the Dallas Zoo, and the others are living at two other zoos. — Read it at CBS News

Penguins Hatched Using Artificial Insemination

Two Humboldt penguin chicks hatched at a Japanese aquarium in April after they were conceived using artificial insemination — a first for the species. "I was speechless when the babies were born safely thanks to the success of the artificial insemination," said caretaker Teppei Kushimoto. It took four years for the aquarium to get the technique right. Officials said the technique can now be used to help with the conservation of the species, which is considered “vulnerable” by the IUCN. — Read it from AFP via Yahoo

Study: Short-Nosed Dogs More Affectionate, Better Guard Dogs

A new study finds that snub-nosed dogs “are likely to cost more, suffer health problems and die earlier” than dogs with longer snouts, but their “beguiling behavior” may make up for those disadvantages, said study co-author Paul McGreevy, an animal behavior expert at the University of Sydney. The researchers analyzed more than 60,000 dogs to examine the relationship between a dog’s physical characteristics and its behavior. They found that short-nosed dogs were more likely to be affectionate, to follow commands and to have the characteristics of a good guard dog than dogs with pointy faces. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. — Read it at Discovery News

Five-month-old Maggie was rescued from a 26-foot mine shaft in Montana.
Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office
Five-month-old Maggie was rescued from a 26-foot mine shaft in Montana.

Puppy Rescued From Mine Shaft

Six members of a search and rescue team in Beaverhead County, Montana, saved a 5-month-old German Wirehaired Pointer who fell into a 26-foot mine shaft on Monday. Maggie’s owners, Chuck and Gale Robbins, were training the puppy and their other dog when the puppy fell into the hole. Maggie suffered minor facial cuts but was otherwise in “good shape” when she was rescued, Sheriff Franklin Kluesner said Wednesday. He urged caution for others, warning the incident was a “prime example of hazards that can be present on public lands.” — Read it at the Montana Standard

Stray Kitten Steals Heart in Chance Meeting

When an Arizona man returned to his truck in a parking lot, he spotted tiny white feet underneath it, and knelt down to get a closer look. That’s when he saw a 4-to-5-week-old kitten with an adorable little face stretching her legs on the truck’s tire. He immediately texted his wife a picture, asking if they could keep her. “Of course I said yes,” said his wife, Ann. They shared the photo on Reddit, where they got a great name suggestion that they decided to go with: Axel Roads. Axel joins a 2-year-old rescue dog and a 19-year-old cat at her new family’s home. — See photo at the Huffington Post


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