Pet Scoop: Sea Lion Found on San Francisco Street, Shelter Dogs to the Rescue in Nepal

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A sea lion pup was rescued from the streets of San Francisco Thursday.
The Marine Mammal Center
A sea lion pup was rescued from the streets of San Francisco Thursday.

Second Stranding for Sea Lion Pup

Members of the public called the Marine Mammal Center when they spotted a sea lion pup hiding under a parked car on the streets of San Francisco early Thursday morning. The San Francisco police helped rescuers get the pup into a carrier for transport to the center in Sausalito. When the pup arrived, Dr. Shawn Johnson determined that this wasn’t his first time in the center’s care. The pup had been rescued when he was 8 months old, and he was named Rubbish by the person who initially reported him. Rubbish was rehabilitated and released on March 23. He was on his own for five weeks and lost 17 pounds during that time. Veterinarians are now looking for any underlying health issues that might have caused him to restrand. He’s one of thousands of California sea lion pups that have stranded along the state’s coastline this year. Experts say warm waters have made food harder to find for nursing mothers and newly weaned pups. — See photos at Buzzfeed and find out what to do if you find a sea lion pup

Report: Dog Spreads Plague to Humans

The Centers for Disease Control reports that a dog was infected with the plague in Colorado and spread the disease to four people — a first in the U.S. The 2-year-old Pit Bull became sick last summer with several symptoms including a fever and jaw rigidity. His condition deteriorated so quickly that he was put down the next day. Four days later, the dog’s owner went to the hospital with a fever and bloody cough. The CDC says an initial blood culture was misidentified. When the patient’s symptoms got worse, he was retested and found to have the pneumonic plague. The dog’s remains were also tested and found to contain the bacteria from the plague. The owner was hospitalized for more than three weeks. A close contact of the owner’s and two veterinary employees also became infected and were successfully treated with medication. "Frankly one of the biggest surprises of this outbreak is the source," said study coauthor John Douglas of Tri-County Health Department in Colorado. "Primarily ... dogs don’t get sick at all or they get a minor illness," after being infected with the plague. The plague is extremely rare in the U.S. — Read it at ABC News

Tiger Escapes at Oklahoma City Zoo

A female Sumatran tiger is safely back in custody after escaping from her enclosure at the Oklahoma City Zoo Thursday afternoon. A zoo spokeswoman said the 4-year-old tiger never entered areas that are accessible to the public. She was contained by another fence after exiting her main enclosure. The zoo issued a “code red” when the tiger was reported missing and some visitors were sheltered in the zoo’s buildings. It wasn’t immediately clear how the tiger escaped but KOCO-TV reported there was a hole in her fencing enclosure. She was spotted in an enclosed space between two other exhibits in the Cat Forest habitat and was immobilized. Normal operations resumed at the zoo in less than an hour and the zoo said the tiger is recovering well. — Read it at USA Today

Ripley, a former shelter dog, walks with his handler, Jason Vasquez, just before the rescue of a teen in Nepal.
Ripley, a former shelter dog, walks with his handler, Jason Vasquez, just before the rescue of a teen in Nepal.

Shelter Dogs at Work in Nepal

The team from the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation helped find a 15-year-old boy alive in the wreckage in Nepal five days after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck. Four of the six dogs on the California-based rescue team were rescued themselves from animal shelters and then trained to save lives. They had drive and energy levels that could make them difficult pets, but made them well suited to disaster recovery work. They’re now working in dangerous conditions in Nepal. "When there's a live victim and a potential to save someone, we'll risk it all,” California firefighter Andrew Olvera told NBC News. His canine partner, Stetson, was saved from a shelter by Labs and Friends Rescue in San Diego. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Pelicans to the Rescue at Colorado Lake

Last month, we told you about the massive problem with invasive goldfish at Boulder, Colorado’s Teller Lake #5. Someone had dumped the goldfish into the lake two years ago and they’d multiplied to 3,000 to 4,000 fish. Experts were worried about the goldfish threatening the lake’s entire ecosystem and even considered draining the water. But, it turned out that all they needed to do was tell the pelicans. Luckily, the birds discovered the fish on their own, and have resolved the problem. “Isn’t it fantastic?” Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill told Boulder’s Daily Camera. “It has totally happened naturally … It appears that pelicans have made quick work of most of the goldfish, so we don’t need to do anything.” — Read it at Discovery News


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