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Feb. 11, 2012: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.
Robotics Club Creates “Cat-Traption”
A group of high school students from Colorado have become saviors for Flipper, a 9-month-old kitten born with a twisted spine that left him unable to stand up because he was partially paralyzed. After some initial prototypes failed, Team Blitz, a robotics club from Conifer High School, patched together a cart that their kitty client seems perfectly happy with — and Flipper was off and running. — Watch it at Today
Plus: Speaking of animals who need a little help getting around, remember Batman, the dog who lost the use of his hind legs when he was hit by a car in Taiwan? The pup, who uses his “Batmobile” to walk, was cared for by a University of California, Davis, veterinary student until he finally found the perfect permanent home with the Goldwater family in Fresno. — Read it at Today
Experts in China and at Michigan State University are working together to increase China’s populations of wild pandas, including reintroducing young pandas who are bred in captivity to their natural habitat at the protected Wolong Nature Reserve. The National Science Foundation takes you behind the scenes of the pandas’ experience. — Read it at Live Science
At a retirement ceremony on Friday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta mentioned President Harry Truman's famous quote: "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." Panetta, who’d also served as head of the CIA, said he followed that advice and got a Golden Retriever, Bravo, who sat in on many highly sensitive meetings, including some about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011. "I want you to know that (Bravo) has never told a soul what he heard,” he said. “He is definitely not a leaker … At least according to that definition of the word," Panetta joked. — Read it at USA Today
Massive Mascot Escapes at Game
Maybe he wanted to get in the game. As the National Anthem played at a Bakersfield Condors game on Saturday in California, the team’s mascot, an Andean Condor, decided to make a break for it. The massive bird evaded its handler as it attempted to walk across the ice, jumping onto the players’ bench — as the players quickly hopped off. He was eventually captured, and fortunately was not injured. — Watch it at CNN
Ever wonder what a Dachshund looks like surrounded by 3 ½ feet of snow? From stunned to ecstatic, owners sent in photos to the Huffington Post of their pets’ reactions to Nemo, the massive storm that brought record-breaking snowfall in some parts of the Northeast over the weekend. — See photos at the Huffington Post
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