Pet Scoop: San Diego Zoo Debuts Sixth Panda Cub, Putin’s Japanese Puppy Arrives in Russia

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The San Diego Zoo's Bai Yun cradles her new panda cub in her den.
Bai Yun cradles her new panda cub at the San Diego Zoo.

San Diego Zoo Welcomes Panda Cub #6!

“We have a cub!” the San Diego Zoo announced on Facebook yesterday, just days after confirming panda Bai Yun’s pregnancy with an ultrasound. The birth of Bai Yun’s sixth cub makes the zoo the most successful giant panda breeding facility outside of China. At age 20, Bai Yun’s pregnancy was considered high-risk — and this makes her one of the oldest pandas known to give birth. The zoo’s panda team is “so proud” of how the experienced mom is caring for her cub. — Follow it on Facebook, and get an inside look at the San Diego Zoo’s panda program

Dog Survives a Weeks-Long Ordeal in Colorado

A shepherd mix named Sandy is one tough pup. In June, she and her owner, Abram Faith, survived when their SUV rolled over. But when Faith opened the dog's crate to check on Sandy, the terrified pooch took off. The next day, the devastating Waldo Canyon Fire started, and the search for Sandy was blocked by road closures. A few weeks later (and several miles away), Sandy was picked up by animal control, but she spent two more weeks in a shelter before the two were finally reunited. — Read it at the Colorado Springs Gazette

Queen’s Granddaughter Competes in London

Ann Romney’s horse isn’t the only celebrity who's affiliated with an Olympic equestrian event. Zara Phillips, the daughter of Britain’s Princess Anne, made her Olympic debut yesterday on her new horse, High Kingdom. She placed in the top 10 in the individual eventing competition. Phillips follows in the footsteps of her mom, who competed in Montreal in 1976. — Read it at AFP

William Wegman gets a kiss from one of his dogs.
William Wegman gets a kiss from one of his dogs.

William Wegman Exhibit Opens at Maine College

Artist William Wegman, who's best known for his iconic photographs of Weimaraners, has a new show up at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, featuring many of his dog photos and videos. In an interview with The New York Times, Wegman discusses his years of work with — and love of — pups. “I think just to be around a dog, whether he's the subject or not, is good for me,” he says. — Watch it at The New York Times

Allergies to Cats Are Twice as Common as Dog Allergies

Who’s making you sneeze? According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, allergies to cats are twice as common as dog allergies — and scientists link this to the size and shape of a protein found on cat skin called Fel d 1. "Dog allergens don't stay airborne the same way cat allergens do," said Mark Larché, an immunology professor at McMaster University in Ontario. "The particle size is just right to breathe deep into your lungs." — Read it at Fox News

Putin Puppy Arrives in Moscow

A month after announcing that Japan would give Russian President Vladimir Putin an Akita puppy, the dog touched down in Moscow on an Aeroflot flight from Tokyo. Yume, who is 3 months old, is a gift from Japan to thank Putin for his assistance following last year’s earthquake and tsunami — and to congratulate the “great lover of dogs” on his return to the Russian presidency. — Read it at ABC News

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