Pet Scoop: Slow Loris Kept as Pet Released in Wild, Singer Crusades to Rescue Lost Cat

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Bella the slow loris
Bella the slow loris was released back into the wild earlier this month.

Shy Slow Loris Released in Java

Bella, a slow loris, climbed to freedom on Mount Salak in Java, Indonesia, on July 1. She had been kept as a pet, but when her owner learned that the slow loris is a protected animal, they turned her over to the government in February. She was then rehabilitated by the International Animal Rescue’s Primate Rescue Center. Luckily, Bella was in good health and still had her wild instincts when she was turned in, and the group was happy that conservation education efforts in the area seemed to be working. Bella was rehabilitated for 3 ½ months before she transitioned to living in a habituation cage at the National Park on Salak Mountain, where her caretakers could make sure she was ready to live on her own. The team fitted Bella with a monitoring device before setting up four escape routes so she could leave the cage on her own. Finally, the shy animal made her way up a tree and out of the cage to freedom. The rescue group said they plan to remove Bella’s radio collar once they’ve seen that she’s able to live on her own completely independently. — Read it from the International Animal Rescue

Beachgoers Help Save Great White Shark

A group of 30 to 40 people worked to keep a stranded 7 ½-foot male great white shark wet, which allowed him to breathe, while they waited for rescuers to arrive on South Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts, Monday. They looked like “a bucket brigade putting out a fire,” said Chatham harbormaster Stuart Smith. “Twenty, 25 years ago, they wouldn’t be exactly helping the shark ... But now every single person on that beach was trying to assist it. The people on the beach made the difference.” Smith and other rescuers who arrived on the scene towed the shark out into deeper water to resuscitate and release it. “When that shark started swimming, they saw it and started clapping on the shoreline,” said Greg Skomal, a biologist from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries who helped with operation. Biologists will monitor the shark’s progress with an acoustic tag they fitted him with before he was released. — Read it at the Boston Globe

Study: 1 in 4 Crufts Show Dogs Is Overweight

Even show dogs are often overweight, according to new research. New findings published in the journal Veterinary Record show that 1 in 4 dogs who compete in the U.K.’s Crufts, the world’s largest dog show, is overweight. The researchers say that images of sometimes overweight show dogs in the media may be “normalizing” obesity in dogs, which has become a common problem. The findings were based on researchers analyzing 1,120 online images of dogs from 28 breeds who had appeared at Crufts. Pugs, Basset Hounds and Labrador Retrievers were the breeds most likely to be assessed as overweight in the study. — Read it at Science Daily

New Zealand cemeterycat Ryan Adams
U.S. singer Ryan Adams helped get #cemeterycat rescued in New Zealand.

Singer Crusades to Save Cat

A lost cat who’d taken up residence at a cemetery in Auckland, New Zealand, has been rescued — thanks in part to American rock singer Ryan Adams. Adams spotted the cat earlier this week while on tour in Auckland and made repeated pleas on Twitter for someone to save her. Word quickly spread and #cemeterycat gained a following. Resident Rob Isaac and the rescue group Lonely Miaow Assn made it their mission to safely capture the kitty. She finally wandered into a humane trap Wednesday, and was taken to a vet, who found she was in “excellent health,” Isaac Tweeted. Her rescuers think the friendly, young cat — who they’ve named Wednesday — is someone’s pet, and they’re asking people to share her photo in hopes of finding her owner. She doesn’t have a microchip, but she had already been spayed when she was found. Adams has been thrilled with the rescue, weighed in on her name and has retweeted updates on how she’s doing. — Read it at the New Zealand Herald

Is Pluto the Dog on Pluto?

Disney’s animated dog was originally named for the dwarf planet Pluto — and now fans say they can spot his likeness in NASA’s historic new photos of the planet. A lighter patch on the planet is in a shape that looks like the animated dog’s face and ear. Disney got in on the excitement, Tweeting a short animated clip showing Pluto sitting in front of a photo of the planet. “Oh, boy! There’s no pup more stellar than Pluto,” read the caption. — Read it at Time


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