Pet Scoop: Who Gets Pet Custody in a Divorce? Plus, George Clooney's Trick to Woo a Dog

December 16, 2011: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.

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What Happens to the Pets When Couples Divorce?

In an interview with the authors of What About Wally: Co-Parenting a Pet With Your Ex, Petside reveals that custody issues tied in with the sharing of a pet after a divorce can introduce some hurdles that are very similar to those found in child custody battles. Shared custody is “all about both pet parents staying on the same page when it comes to acting in the best interest of their dog,” said author Steven May. — Read it at Petside

George Clooney's Trick to Win a Dog's Love

This star doesn’t normally have to struggle to get someone to like him. But in the case of the dog Clooney rescued, the Hollywood actor wasn’t taking any chances. To make sure the dog, who is "part Cocker Spaniel or something," liked him, Clooney says he rubbed turkey meatballs all over his shoes. And it worked. — Read it at People Pets

Use of Chimps in New Research Suspended in U.S.

In a win for animal-rights activists, the U.S. National Institutes of Health has suspended all new grants for biomedical and behavioral research on chimpanzees. The move comes on the heels of a report that found that most research on chimps was unnecessary. — Read it at The New York Times

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Sharon Osbourne Hires a Nanny for Her 12 Dogs

When you have 12 dogs, you probably need a little help taking care of them. Sharon Osbourne says her solution is a full-time nanny just for her pets, which include a Yorkie the reality TV star bought recently for $10,000. — Read it at People Pets

140 New Species Added to Family Tree

A total of 140 new species — which include arthropods, sea slugs, fishes, plants, sponges, corals and one reptile — have been added to the record of life on earth in 2011. Researchers at the California Academy of Sciences spanned six continents in search for these new life forms. — Read it at Science Daily

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