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Scooter, a Siamese cat from Mansfield, Texas, now holds the Guinness World Record as the oldest living cat at age 30. Scooter was born on March 26, 1986, when Ronald Reagan was president. His owner, Gail Floyd, said Scooter is an early riser who’s full of energy. He wakes up at 6 a.m. each day, “talking” and jumping around, and he loves chicken. He’s also quite well traveled: he’s visited 45 of the 50 states in the U.S. “He likes to see new places and he likes people,” Floyd said. Scooter suffered from a broken leg in October 2014, but it didn’t slow him down. “Scooter is quite an amazing cat, with a strong will to live,” said his veterinarian. Texas was also home to the oldest cat ever, Crème Puff, who lived to be 38. — Read it at Guinness World Records
It’s official: President Obama signed a bill into law Monday morning making the bison the first national mammal in the U.S. Groups fighting to protect the bison had pushed for the federal designation. Many bison herds are preserved in national parks in the western part of the country. Their territory once stretched from Alaska to Mexico. — Read it at The New York Times
This spring, we’ve heard several sweet stories of ducklings making their way from school courtyards where they hatched to a new home. That’s what happened at Glover Elementary School in Massachusetts this week. Students lined the school’s hallways to watch from a distance as the mother duck guided her family through the open door, down the hallways and out the front, where they showed her the way to a nearby pond. The students then watched from a bridge as the family happily swam off. — Watch it at CNN
A single critically endangered red wolf pup was born to mom Saaron and dad Sunny, who are both first-time parents, on April 30 at Zoo Knoxville in Tennessee. It can be difficult for a mother wolf to maintain a sufficient milk supply for a single pup, the zoo said, but frequent checks by keepers have found the pup is steadily gaining weight and appears to be healthy and thriving. Red wolves were declared extinct in 1980, and the only wild population of about 50 to 75 animals lives in eastern North Carolina, where they were reintroduced in 1987. That population is at risk because the state has asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to end its reintroduction program. That petition is currently being considered. — See photos from the Zoo Knoxville via Facebook
A lucky kitten is now living at Fort Lauderdale’s Fire Station 13 until he finds a permanent home. Firefighters saved the little gray kitten on Tuesday afternoon when a driver pulled into the station saying he could hear purring coming from the engine. “He was over in the corner, so from the other side, the driver was kinda just poking at him, trying to get him out,” said firefighter Stephanie Pingol. “As soon as he came out, I grabbed him.” She said the kitten was scared and dirty but otherwise fine. He’s made friends with the firefighters, who have fed him and made him a bed. — Read it at WSVN
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