Pet Scoop: Shedd Aquarium Adds 4th Rescue Pup, Bunny Takes a Seat on Boston’s T

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Peach the rescue dog is getting a second chance at life at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.
Brenna Hernandez, Shedd Aquarium
Peach the rescue dog is getting a second chance at life at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Abused Pup Goes to Shedd Rehab

She was found tied to a dumpster in the South, with a scar that runs the length of her back — likely from exposure to the sun or the hot dumpster. Peach, a 10-month-old Dachshund and Terrier mix, then got a new lease on life. Volunteers removed her from a high-kill shelter and transported her to a rescue group in Chicago, where she was identified as a good candidate for the Shedd Aquarium’s special rescue and rehabilitation program. She’s the sixth dog to go through the Shedd’s training program for dogs since 2013. Two of the dogs have gone on to live with families, but there are three other pups there now who will be Peach’s companions. All of the Shedd’s rescue dogs are named for characters in the Disney movie “Finding Nemo.” Despite her rough start at life, the staff says Peach has “immediately proven to be very sweet and interactive with people and playful with toys inside Shedd’s dog lounge, where daily training and enrichment for all dogs occurs.” — Read it at Zooborns

Chinese Team Decodes Elements of Panda Language

After five years of observations, scientists in China say they’ve identified 13 vocalizations that pandas use. For example, they said that male pandas make a “baa” sound when courting, and females reply with a “chirp” if they’re interested. They also said they found distinct sounds that panda cubs make. They said "wah wah" means unhappy; "gee gee" means they're hungry; and "cuckoo" means all is well. The research was done at the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center. — Read it at Discovery News

Plus: With mom Mei Xiang watching closely, cameras captured the sweet moment when her 2 ½-month-old panda cub, Bei Bei, took his first steps Monday at the National Zoo. — Watch it at YouTube

Officer Saves Injured Owl From Highway

A police officer in Norman, Oklahoma, came to the rescue of an owl he saw injured and unable to move on the side of I-35 Thursday morning. Sgt. Darin Morgan carefully swaddled the great horned owl, placed her in his backpack in the front seat of his police car and drove her to WildCare Oklahoma. The group is now caring for the owl’s broken wing and says Morgan saved her life. In an update on Facebook, the police department shared a photo showing the owl’s wing wrapped up with a special message written on the bandage: “Thanks Sgt. Morgan.” — Read it at People Pets

The MBTA Tweeted this cute reminder that bunnies have to stay in their carriers on the T in Boston.
The MBTA Tweeted this cute reminder that bunnies have to stay in their carriers on the T in Boston.

Bunny Hops Into Seat on Subway

There was an unusual commuter on the T in Boston last week — and an adorable one, at that. The MBTA transit police tweeted a photo of a fluffy rabbit sitting on the Blue Line, its carrier tucked under its seat. But the authority was using the picture as a reminder of the rules. “‪#MBTA Etiquette: please keep your rabbits inside their carrier while traveling on the T. Thank you,” the MBTA tweeted with the photo, and a thumbs-up sign. — Read it at Today

Maine Coon Stuck in Car Engine

When a Tempe, Arizona, driver turned on his car engine Sunday, he heard frantic meowing coming from the vehicle and quickly turned it off. He opened the hood of the Volkswagen Beetle, and saw a 2-year-old Maine Coon staring up at him. He called the Arizona Humane Society, which sent its emergency animal technicians to help free the large cat from his spot in the engine near the fan belt. Nicknamed Vee-Dub for the car he was found in, the affectionate feline is now recovering at the Humane Society. "He's one lucky kitty, he's got a full throttle purr," said the shelter’s Ashliegh Goebel. Once Vee-Dub has healed, he’ll be ready for adoption. — Watch it at Arizona’s Fox 10


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