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A family in East Fallowfield, Pennsylvania, escaped a fire that tore through their home Saturday night, but when their dogs were nowhere to be found, they feared the worst. The next morning, though, police spotted the two dogs standing in a second floor bedroom in the burned out house and called the Modena Fire Company, saying “they’re alive” — and they needed a ladder to get to them. Firefighters arrived and found the dogs looking down at their owners with their tails wagging. A firefighter secured by a rope climbed up the unstable structure and brought the dogs down one at a time, and reunited them with their owners. Despite their ordeal, they were doing “amazingly well,” and ran around the yard after getting cleaned up. “The event was truly a miracle to witness, and our crews were glad to bring a little happiness to the family,” the fire department said in a statement. — Read it at NBC Washington
A new survey finds there are only about 100 endangered tigers living in the famed Sundarbans mangrove forest in Bangladesh. In a 2004 census, 440 tigers were recorded in the region, which is considered one of the world’s last remaining habitats for tigers. Experts said the reason for the drop was that better methodology was used to count the tigers this time, including remote cameras installed in trees throughout the forest, which provided a more accurate number. Government officials discussed the survey’s results but it hasn’t been publicly released yet. Activists have called on the government to do more to protect the tigers, who are threatened by poaching and rapid development at the edge of their forest home. — Read it from Agence France Presse via Discovery News
For a week now, a fugitive big cat has evaded a massive police dragnet in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The animal was first reported roaming the city streets on July 20. There have been more than a dozen calls with reports of sightings, and two police officers also say they caught a glimpse of it. One grainy cell phone video shows what looks like a big, muscular cat in a local yard but it lasts just a few seconds. The cat is believed to be a cougar or even an African lion that might have been privately owned. Karen Sparapani, executive director of the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission, believes the cat is someone's pet lion and that it either escaped or was set free. Wisconsin is one of only five states where importation of lions is legal. — Read it at the Chicago Tribune
A Boulder County, Colorado, sheriff’s deputy was driving near a campground last week when she stopped to question a suspicious looking little character. In a cute video shared on YouTube, the deputy talks to the bobble-headed baby northern saw-whet owl, who defiantly answers with loud clicks. “After some curious head twisting (on both sides) it safely flew away … #DeputiesLoveBabyOwls,” the department wrote in the video description. The video has gone viral, and with more than 3 million views in just four days. — Read it at the Huffington Post
By sticking to his diet and exercise regimen, Skinny the tabby cat is now living up to his name. The cat weighed in at a whopping 41 pounds when he was found wandering near HEAL Veterinary Hospital in Dallas in 2012. He was adopted by Dr. Brittney Barton, who’s managed his weight loss. She said he’s now healthy at 19 pounds. During the week, he spends his days roaming the clinic, and he enjoys weekends at home with the Barton family. "I'm happy where he is at this point in time," Barton told The Dallas Morning News. "He's doing great. He's a very handsome cat.” — Read it at Houston’s ABC 13
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