Pet Scoop: TSA Finds Stowaway Dog in Suitcase, Tiger Dad in Rare Family Photo

March 9, 2015: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.

A Chihuahua is now safely back home after being found by the TSA in his owner's suitcase.
A Chihuahua is now safely back home after being found by the TSA in his owner's suitcase.

Chihuahua Surprises Owner

Transportation Security Administration officers at LaGuardia Airport in New York were shocked to find a 7-year-old Chihuahua in a suitcase they were screening last week. The checked hard-sided suitcase set off an unknown-contents alarm last Tuesday, indicating officers should open in the bag. The TSA said the owner had no idea the dog had crawled into her bag. She “was just as surprised as the TSA officer who found it,” said agency spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. “The woman said that the dog must have climbed into the suitcase and curled up in the clothing while she was packing for her trip. She had no idea the little pup had crawled in.” The woman’s husband went to the airport to pick up the dog so the woman could continue on her trip. — Read it at Today

“Extinct” Bird Reappears After 70 Years

The long-lost Myanmar Jerdon's babbler was rediscovered by a team of researchers in grasslands near the town of Myitkyo in May 2014. They recorded its call, and when they played it back, the bird came into view for the first time since 1941. Over the next two days, the team found the small brown birds in multiple locations. "The degradation of these vast grasslands had led many to consider this subspecies of Jerdon’s babbler extinct," said Colin Poole, director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's efforts in Singapore. "This discovery not only proves that the species still exists in Myanmar but that the habitat can still be found as well." The rediscover of the bird is described in the journal Birding Asia. — Read it at Discovery News

Owner Says Dog Was Poisoned at Crufts

One of the owners of Jagger, a prize-winning Irish Setter, says the dog died after being “maliciously poisoned” at the U.K.’s Crufts Dog Show. "I don't believe in my heart of hearts that this was another competitor or anyone involved in the dog world,” said Dee Milligan-Bott, one of Jagger’s devastated owners. "I can only imagine that it was a random act that somebody premeditated and wanted to cause total distress at the best dog show in the world.” Jagger came in second in his class Thursday, and died after returning to Belgium. The owners say the dog’s veterinarian found chunks of meat with poison in his stomach. The Kennel Club, which runs the show, said it was “deeply shocked and saddened” to hear about Jagger’s passing, and is now waiting to get a toxicology report from Beligan police. — Read it at BBC News

A male Amur tiger leads his family in a rare family photo.
Wildlife Conservation Society
A male Amur tiger leads his family in a rare family photo. See the full image at Science Daily.

Tiger Family Photo Includes Dad

The Wildlife Conservation Society has released a composite of photos from a Russian camera trap that shows a family of endangered Amur tigers in the wild — including a dad. A female and three cubs follow the male in the image. Biologists say this is the first time this behavior has been photographed. Adult male tigers are usually solitary creatures. The composite is made up of a series of images of the tigers walking by a camera trap over a period of two minutes. "We have collected hundreds of photos of tigers over the years, but this is the first time we have recorded a family together,” said Svetlana Soutyrina, a former WCS Russia employee who set these camera traps. “These images confirm that male Amur tigers do participate in family life, at least occasionally, and we were lucky enough to capture one such moment." — Read it at Science Daily

Bald Eagles Protect Eggs From Snow

As snow piled higher and higher in their nest in Pennsylvania, a pair of bald eagle parents protected their eggs from the winter weather. With snow up around their necks, the mom and dad took turns sitting on their eggs while being filmed by a remote camera. The eggs are expected to hatch in about three weeks. — Watch it at ABC News

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