Pet Scoop: Twin Polar Bear Cubs Debut at Zoo, Hank the Cat Shakes Up Virginia Senate Race

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Netherlands polar bear cubs
New Zealand's 3 News
This duo made their public debut at a zoo in the Netherlands this week.

Polar Bear Cubs Frolic for the First Time in Public

Two fluffy polar bear cubs, who were born on Dec. 1, made their public debut this week at the Ouwehands Zoo in the Netherlands. The curious cubs, who were nervous at first but then warmed up, explored their new enclosure with the help of their mom, Huggies. The bears’ appearance coincides with this week's International Polar Bear Day, when another famed polar bear cub, Siku of Scandinavia, unveiled his live web cam. — Watch it at New Zealand’s 3 News

Plus: Two Rothschild giraffes were born within days of each other at the Prague Zoo. — See their sweet pictures at Zooborns

Three People Plus a Puppy Rescued from a New York Lake

Authorities say that a couple, their friend and a German Shepherd puppy were standing on ice in Lake George when it broke away from the shoreline. The 5-foot-by-10-foot block drifted more than a mile before boats were able to reach the group and save them. — Read it at WNYT

Kitten Saved from Savannah Storm Drain

In other rescue news, three women were desperately trying to save a kitten caught in a Savannah, Ga., storm drain when a stranger arrived on the scene. Without giving it a second thought, he lifted the heavy grate and jumped in to fetch the kitten, before heading back to his car. The only information the women got was the man’s name, Willie — and they named the kitten in his honor. — Read it at WSAV

Hank the Cat interview
Fox 5

Senate Candidate Hank the Cat Gives His First Interview

George Allen, who is running against Tim Kaine for the U.S. Senate in Virginia, was the first to welcome Hank the Cat to one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country. The Maine Coon made quite a splash after announcing that he was running for the seat as an independent write-in candidate. The local Fox 5 station snagged the first interview with the pet-turned-politician and his manager. — Read it at the Washington Post and watch the video at Fox 5

Prehistoric Penguins Were Epic in Size

A team of researchers has reconstructed a skeleton of two extinct species of giant penguins. They found that the bird was much taller — and much skinnier — than today’s penguins. “It wouldn't look like any penguin that's alive today,” said an avian paleontologist and study leader. — Read it at National Geographic News

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