Pet Scoop: Vietnam Vet Reunited With Lost Dog, Tiger Gets Acupuncture for Ear Infection

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Man’s Dying Wish Is Granted

John Simpson, a Vietnam vet with pancreatic cancer, moved to hospice to live out his final days, but he had to leave his dog Mr. Cutie behind. Last Sunday, the dog escaped the backyard of Simpson’s home — the day after visiting him in hospice. "I really think he was looking for John," said Ann Marie Gemmel, the neighbor who has been checking on the dog. Simpson who described Mr. Cutie as the “spark of his life” had one wish — to see his beloved dog again. Luckily, Missy Figueroa found the dog and posted pictures of him to FidoFinder. "Seeing this person that I don't even know, you know, so excited to see his dog, it just makes me happy that I actually got to be here for that and just make him happy," said Figueroa. As for Simpson? "I'm about to cry," he said during the reunion. — Read it at Fox News

Firefighters Rescue Kitten From Burning Apartment

When firefighters rushed to an apartment fire in Fresno, Calif., three family members had made it out safely, but their kitten was still trapped inside. The rescue team entered the building, found the feline and then used an oxygen mask to resuscitate the kitten, who wasn’t breathing. After an examination by the SPCA, the healthy kitten was returned to the family. — Read it at ABC

Tiger gets acupuncture for ear infection
Ariel Schali, AP

Vets Turn to Acupuncture for Ailing Tiger

When conventional treatments like antibiotics failed to cure an ear infection in Pedang, a Sumatran tiger, zookeepers at the The Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan brought in a holistic medicine professional to try acupuncture. Mor Mosinzon used several pink needles in the sedated Pedang’s ear and other pressure points of his body, hoping to strengthen his immune system and open the ear canals. This is the first time to zoo has used Chinese medicine on an animal. — Read it at Huffington Post

Rare Tamandua Born in Buffalo

Olive and Brutus, a pair of Southern Tamanduas imported to the Buffalo zoo last August as part of an effort to bolster the population in the U.S., gave birth to a male baby in April. Zookeepers report the pup is strong, alert and very vocal. Southern Tamanduas, ant- and termite-eating mammals that extract insects with their long tongues, are native to much of South America, but they are becoming rare.  — Read it at Zooborns

Couple Sells Cat Haven

If your cat’s in the market for real estate, he may want to look no further than the San Diego abode of Bob Walker and Frances Mooney. In 1986, the couple began renovating their home, creating a private playground for their 10 cats. Complete with a floor-to-ceiling scratching post and connecting beams that allow their cats to wander and play throughout most of the house, the feline haven is now for sale — and waiting for a new brood of cats to enjoy it. — Read it at Today
 

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