Pet Scoop: Shelter Cats Adopt Orphaned Puppies, Dog Saved From 150-Foot Cliff

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One of two new feline mothers at a Georgia animal shelter nurses her litter — and an orphaned puppy.
One of two new feline mothers at a Georgia animal shelter nurses her litter — and an orphaned puppy.

Mama Cats Nurse Puppies

At just two weeks old, two orphaned puppies were rescued from the side of a road in Georgia last week, after their mother was struck and killed by a car. They were too young to be weaned, but the City of LaGrange Animal Shelter had a solution: they placed each pup with one of the mother cats in their care, where they were able to nurse alongside the kittens. “They’re one big happy family,” said shelter supervisor Chris Bussy. Once the puppies and kittens are old enough, they’ll be transported north to the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, Minnesota, along with the mother cats, where they’ll all be put up for adoption. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Study: Pandas’ Sensitive Hearing May Have Conservation Impact

Conservationists working with pandas at the San Diego Zoo found that the bears can detect sound into the ultrasonic range. They said that because pandas in the wild in China depend on information transmitted through vocalizations to reproduce, noise made by humans in nearby forests could be disrupting the endangered animals. The study was published in the journal Global Ecology and Conservation. — Read it at Science Daily

City Birds Are Smarter Than Country Birds, Study Finds

A new study of bullfinches on the Caribbean island of Barbados finds that those who live in urban areas were better at problem solving and healthier than their rural cousins. “We found that not only were birds from urbanized areas better at innovative problem-solving tasks than bullfinches from rural environments, but that, surprisingly, urban birds also had a better immunity than rural birds,” said lead author Jean-Nicolas Audet. The researchers said the bullfinches’ adaptation to city life helped them become more capable of exploiting new resources. The study was published in the journal Behavioral Ecology. — Read it at Discovery News

Skunk was found barking on a 150-foot cliff in Alaska.
Skunk was found barking on a 150-foot cliff in Alaska.

Dog Rescued From Alaskan Cliff

A photographer out looking for sheep to take pictures of found someone more unusual stranded on a rocky ledge 150 feet up on Tuesday — a dog barking for help. Animal control officers in Alaska who hiked to the area weren’t able to reach the 11-month-old Karelian Bear Dog. But when he heard about the sighting on social media, the owner’s son, Nelson Cowles arrived at the scene to help. The dog, named Skunk for his black and white markings, had gone missing during a snowstorm in Anchorage over the weekend. Cowles free-climbed up the cliff to where Skunk was sitting. He secured a rope around Skunk and worked with the animal control officers to hoist the pup up to a flat area above the cliff. From there, they walked back down the path to safety. — Watch it at Alaska’s KTUU

Heartbreaking Photo Inspires Hundreds of Adoption Inquiries

Last week, a volunteer transported March, a Pit Bull, from Philadelphia’s ACCT shelter to a no-kill shelter where he’d be safe. But when they arrived, they were told there wasn’t room for March, and he had to be transported back to the ACCT facility. The volunteer felt terribly about it — and March was clearly unhappy to be back, too. A staff member photographed him dejectedly looking at the back wall of his kennel. That photo went viral, and on Monday, a rescue partner of the shelter took March in. They’ll work with ACCT to get March a permanent home. So far, his chances are looking good. ACCT Philly has had hundreds of emails from families inquiring about adopting him. — Read it at ABC News


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