Pet Scoop: Vets Find “Total Devastation” in Philippines, D.C. Tiger Cubs Make Debut

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Animal welfare groups are providing vaccinations, care and food for animals impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.
Animal welfare groups are providing vaccinations, care and food for animals impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.

Aid Comes for Philippines Animals

The founder and CEO of World Vets has traveled with her group to help in the aftermath of some of the world’s most horrific natural disasters, including Fukushima and Haiti. But, what’s happening in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan is the worst disaster Dr. Cathy King has seen. “It’s total devastation,” she says. “Some of the smaller islands have been completely cut off from help … it’s overwhelming.” Hundreds of thousands of pets and livestock have been affected, and while military ships and NGOs work to help the people of the Philippines, World Vets is working with two other international animal welfare groups — the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Humane Society International — to provide veterinary help and supplies for the animals in need, which in turn, helps humans, too, says King. Caring for stray animals helps protect the public health. If you want to help, King says making a monetary donation is the best way to do so. Click on the links below to contribute:

Promiscuous Mice Have Seductive Sons

Researchers say that when female mice have to compete for mates, they produce male offspring with more urinary pheromones. Those smells help the mice attract mates and ensure that the family genes continue on. “If your sons are particularly sexy, and mate more than they would otherwise, it’s helping your genes get more efficiently into the next generation,” said study leader Wayne Potts of the University of Utah. The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. — Read it at Live Science

Lion Kills Lioness at Dallas Zoo

Officials at the Dallas Zoo were shocked when a male lion bit a 5-year-old lioness in his pride, killing her in front of visitors on Sunday afternoon. Johari died very quickly and there was no outward sign of trauma in the sudden attack, officials said. Johari lived in the pride with her two sisters and a pair of brothers, all of whom were 5 years old. “This is a very rare and unfortunate occurrence,” said Dr. Lynn Kramer, vice president of animal operations and welfare at the Dallas Zoo. “In my 35 years as a veterinarian in zoos, I’ve never seen this happen.” Zookeepers were heartbroken over the loss of Johari, whose sweet and playful nature made her a favorite of the staff. The zoo said the lions had never appeared to pose a danger to each other before. — Read it from the Dallas Zoo

One of the National Zoo's two Sumatran tiger cubs makes its public debut.
Abby Wood, National Zoo
One of the National Zoo's two Sumatran tiger cubs makes its public debut.

Tiger Cubs Meet Their Fans

In much lighter news about big cats, two adorable Sumatran tiger cubs made their public debut at Washington’s National Zoo on Monday. Sister and brother Sukacita and Bandar, who are 3 months old, romped and played outside in the beautiful weather for longer than expected — over an hour — with their mom, 5-year-old Dumai. The cubs, who are Dumai’s first, made headlines when they passed their swim test earlier this month, clearing the way for their outdoor debut. The time that the cubs are on exhibit each day will depend on the weather and the animals themselves, the zoo said. There are only an estimated 400 to 500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild. — Read it at NBC Washington

Photos of Boy and Puppy Napping Go Viral

It’s just a boy and his dog. Mom Jessica Shyba started posting photos of her 23-month-old son, Beau, napping with his new puppy, Theo, about a week ago on Instagram — and they’ve been shared everywhere. Because, what could be cuter? “Each day, Theo meets us at naptime and waits patiently for Beau to fall asleep,” Shyba writes on her web site. “By that time, he’s also sleepy, so when I hoist him onto our bed, he stumbles over to Beau and plops right down on top of him. And there they sleep, entwined, for at least two hours.” Seeing the snuggly pair makes Shyba’s “heart nearly explode with joy,” she writes.  Watch out — yours will, too. — See photos at Today


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