Pet Scoop: Storm the Weather Dog Crashes a Newscast, Mad Cow Disease Found in U.S.

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Storm the weather dog interrupts a Global News broadcast.
Storm the weather dog shows up at a Global News broadcast.

Storm the Weather Dog Interrupts Toronto Newscast

Forget international affairs. The highlight of a recent Global News broadcast in Toronto was a guest appearance made by none other than the newscaster's dog. While Leslie Roberts was reporting the news, his pup, Storm, popped his head up from behind the anchor's desk — a clip that's gone viral. — Watch it at Global Toronto

Plus: Storm isn’t the only animal interrupting newscasts. When a cameraman panned to weatherman Kurt Aaron during an outdoor 11 P.M. broadcast for WNEP in Scranton, Pa., Aaron was nowhere to be found. Turns out that he had to dash for safety when a mama bear and her three cubs showed up. “I turn around and I hear the sound — and the bear’s literally 10 feet from me,” said Aaron. “And I ran like I stole something.” — Watch it at ABC News

Mad Cow Disease Afflicts an Animal in California

Government officials confirmed that mad cow disease was detected in a dairy cow, but the animal had not been slaughtered, so the food supply was safe. Only three cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy have ever been found in the U.S.; the last one was reported in 2006. — Read it at the Washington Post

Your White House Tour Guide Today: Bo Obama

A group of reporters on a tour of the White House’s spring garden got a surprise visit from the first dog, who was out for an early-morning romp. "Bo is perhaps the best-natured high-profile pet we've ever ever encountered," reported Dcist. — Read it at People Pets

Rescued Baby Sea Otter Settles Into His New Zoo Home

Last month, we told you about Meshik, an orphaned sea otter pup found on a beach in Alaska. The 17-pound pup recently traveled via a Fed Ex plane to his new digs at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. When he’s bigger, Meshik will be introduced to the zoo’s two other sea otters. — Read it at Zooborns

Fat Cat Makes His TV Debut on Today

Meow, the nearly 40-pound tabby who made headlines this week for his portly appearance, appeared on the Today show with his veterinarian. “He’s very sweet, actually,” said host Matt Lauer, who questioned how the cat could have gained so much weight at just two years old. Lauer also joked that Meow must have eaten a UFO in Roswell, N.M., where he was first turned in to a shelter. — Watch it at Today

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