Pet Scoop: Survival Tales Emerge After Oklahoma Tornado, Rare Egg Guarded 24/7

May 22, 2013: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.

June Simson holds her cat, Sammi, who she found standing on the rubble of her home.
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June Simson holds her cat, Sammi, who she found standing on the rubble of her home.

Moore Residents Search for Pets  

On Tuesday, residents of Moore, Okla., were searching for both the people and animals they love, a day after a deadly tornado swept through the town. Groups sprung up to care for lost and injured pets — including dogs and cats, birds, donkeys and horses — and to take them in while trying to find their owners. In the midst of it all are harrowing stories of survival and happy reunions, including that of June Simpson, right, embracing her cat Sammi. She found him standing on the rubble of her destroyed home in Moore on Tuesday. The Hendricks family was also lucky. They rushed to their flattened home with their adult children to try to find their beloved dogs. With the help of search dogs who were working at a neighbor’s house, they located them, trapped in a smashed kennel under a car. Despite their experience, Chihuahuas Louie and Lola were uninjured. “I've got to say God put his hand out and covered both of them,” said Levi Hendricks, reports NBC News. And Monster the dog was reunited with his owner after his cage was found wrapped around a tree — but he was unscathed, reports Oklahoma’s KFOR.

These are just a handful of the incredible stories coming from Moore. Check back with Vetstreet for continuing coverage, and find out how to help animals affected by the tornado.

Firefighters Rescue Injured Owl

When residents spotted a young great horned owl stuck in the brace of a light pole in Omaha on Monday, they called for help. Both Raptor Recovery and the Nebraska Humane Society responded, but needed assistance to get the animal down. Firefighters arrived on the scene and used their ladder truck to lift a Raptor Recovery volunteer, who freed the bird. The owl, who’s less than a year old, had a broken leg. Once it’s recovered, it will be released in the area where it was found. — Watch it at Today

Record-Breaking Python Caught in Florida

Florida wildlife officials announced on Monday that a Miami man wrangled the longest-ever Burmese python to be found in the state. At 128 pounds, the snake measured 18 feet and 8 inches long. Jason Leon said he saw the massive snake while driving in a rural part of southeast Miami-Dade County on May 11, and had help in capturing it from the people who were with him. The state has a huge problem with the invasive species, which is being blamed for killing species that are native to the Everglades. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it was grateful to Leon, "both for safely removing such a large Burmese python and for reporting its capture." — Read it at Live Science

An egg belonging to a pair of common cranes is being guard around the clock in the U.K.
An egg belonging to a pair of common cranes is being guard around the clock in the U.K.

Rare Egg Gets Royal Treatment

A pair of common cranes raised in captivity by the Great Crane Project in Britain has laid an egg — and they’re getting plenty of help with keeping an eye on it. According to conservationists, this is the first egg of its kind to be laid in western Britain in 400 years, so video cameras and guards are keeping a 24-hour watch on the nest at Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire to help protect the egg from illegal egg collecting. "Cranes are an iconic part of British wildlife and one that was all but lost for centuries," said Nigel Jarrett of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. "There is a long way to go before cranes become widespread again, but it is absolutely momentous to see this egg laid at Slimbridge." — Read it at Paw Nation

Pug Festival Draws 1,700 Dogs

During this sad week, we’ll leave you with something to make you smile: the Milwaukee Pug Fest. Last weekend, the event had its biggest showing in its nine years, with 1,700 Pugs and other smushy-faced dogs and their humans turning out for the annual fundraiser. Featuring talent and costume contests as well as races, the festival brought in an estimated $40,000 to help pay for medical and dental bills for rescued Pugs. — See photo at Yahoo News

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