Pet Scoop: Texas Ebola Patient’s Dog Will Be Kept Safe, Dogs Comfort Woman After Fall

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Workers clean outside the Dallas apartment building of a health care worker who tested positive for Ebola.
Workers clean outside the Dallas apartment building of a health care worker who tested positive for Ebola.

U.S. Ebola Patient’s Dog Kept Safe

Last week, a 12-year-old dog named Excalibur who belonged to an Ebola patient in Spain was put down over because officials feared the dog could spread the deadly disease. But Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says a dog belonging to a health care worker there who tested positive for the virus will not be euthanized. No details on the dog were released, but Rawlings said it was staying in the owner’s apartment and will be sent to a new location with the help of the local SPCA and animal control. "The dog's very important to the patient and we want it to be safe," he said. The owner’s apartment was being decontaminated Sunday by a company called CG Environmental. The woman treated Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from the disease. She’s the first person to contract Ebola in the U.S. There are no documented cases of Ebola spreading from dogs to people, but one study has suggested dogs can get the disease without showing symptoms. — Read it at USA Today

Loyal Dogs Stay by Woman’s Side

A 76-year-old Florida woman is crediting her two Golden Retrievers with saving her life when she fell in her apartment and couldn’t get up. Judy Muhe suffers from Parkinson’s disease. She broke her shoulder and bruised her head when she fell in her kitchen recently. Her dogs, Higgins, 10, and Dodger, 4, stayed with her for two days, keeping her warm and comfortable as she drifted in and out of consciousness. "Dodger kept nuzzling me with his nose and [Higgins] was laying beside me. I don't know what I would have done without them," she said tearfully. After two days of not hearing from Muhe, her friend Kathy Jacobs used a spare key to go into her apartment. She said the dogs ran to the door and then back to Muhe, as if showing her where their owner was. Muhe called the dogs her “guardians.” — Read it at ABC News

Study: Killer Whales Can Learn “Dolphin Clicks”

Researchers have new evidence that killer whales can learn vocalizations from other species. When the animals were socialized with bottlenose dolphins at a marine facility, they changed the type of sounds they made to sound like those of the dolphins, the study found. Bottlenose dolphins make sounds that are similar to the ones killer whales make, but they make them in different proportions. The whales that commingled with the dolphins had a higher proportion of clicks and whistles, like the dolphins, than whales who were not commingled. They found that the whales can also learn to make entirely new sounds. The findings were published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. — Read it at Live Science

Eight rare king cheetah cubs were born to mom Mona Lisa at the LEO Conservation Center in Connecticut.
Eight rare king cheetah cubs were born to mom Mona Lisa at the LEO Conservation Center in Connecticut.

Rare Cheetah Cubs Need Names

An unusual litter of extremely rare king cheetahs was born at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Connecticut last month. Most litters have two to four cubs, but the non-profit center was thrilled when mom Mona Lisa gave birth to eight cubs. There are only an estimated 30 king cheetahs left in the world. “It’s amazing. I’m still pinching myself,” said Marcella Leone, co-founder of the center. Now, the cubs need names. The center is asking the public to submit a name for one of the cubs on their web site. Leone says she hopes to send two of the cubs back to Africa, and the rest will stay at the center or move to breeding programs at zoos around the U.S. — Read it at Today

Hello Kitty Exhibit Opens in Los Angeles

The world’s largest retrospective of 40 years of Sanrio’s Hello Kitty opened Saturday at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, after months of headlines about it. “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty" is on display through April. The timeline exhibit features the wide breadth of Hello Kitty merchandise, including the first Hello Kitty product ever made — a see-through coin purse from 1975. In August, the curator of the exhibit revealed a shocking fact about Hello Kitty: she’s not a cat. — See photos at LAist


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