Pet Scoop: Wolf Pup Heads Across the U.S. to His New Pack, Zoo Miami Lion Leaps Into a Pic

Boise, a Gray Wolf pup, has a new home in Virginia.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Boise, a Gray Wolf pup, traveled from Idaho to his new home in Virginia.

Wolf Pup Rescued in Idaho Finds a New Pack Across the Country

When a group of campers spotted what they thought was a lost puppy on a roadside in Idaho, they contacted a local veterinarian. DNA testing confirmed that the little guy was actually a Gray Wolf who’d been separated from his pack.

After efforts to locate his kin failed, the 8-week-old pup was put on a cross-country flight to join a new pack at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. The orphaned pup, who was nicknamed Boise, joined a pair of 6-week-old wolf pups and a German Shorthaired Pointer named Mia, who’s serving as their surrogate mom and pack leader. — Read it at Busch Gardens

Dad Snaps a “One-in-a-Billion” Shot of a Lioness

During a visit to Zoo Miami, Alex Hawker asked his dad to take a picture while he posed next to a lioness who was sleeping beside the glass of her enclosure. But the lioness decided to strike a different pose — she leapt up, pawing at the glass just as Hawker's dad took the picture, producing a “one-in-a-billion shot.” — Watch it at the Huffington Post

Lonesome George Death in the Galapagos Raises Preservation Concerns

The death of a 100-year-old tortoise named Lonesome George at Galapagos National Park this week marked the end of his subspecies, which has many experts debating how they should salvage other endangered animals. A genetics team from the San Diego Zoo is bound for the Galapagos in order to preserve some of the tortoise’s tissue, which can be stored in a “frozen zoo,” along with biological materials from other rare and endangered species. “This is an extremely urgent matter,” said the zoo’s genetics director. “This may be the only chance we’ll have to preserve, document and study this tortoise subspecies.” — Read it at Today

Bo Obama visits President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.
Bo visits President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

Bo Obama Is "Buddies" With His Dad, the President

We’ve heard a lot about how Michelle Obama calls Bo her son, but the Portuguese Water Dog has plenty of love for dad, too. The White House shared this picture of Bo with President Barack Obama on Twitter and Facebook this week, with the caption “Buddies.” The photo quickly received more than 110,000 likes on Facebook, and thousands of comments.

Chic New York Dogs Get VIP Concierge Treatment

Bo may live at a famous address, but he has nothing on some well-to-do pooches in Manhattan. Residents of a few upscale apartment buildings in NYC will have access to pet concierge services, allowing them to arrange for things like doggie day care, training and grooming. — Read it at the New York Daily News

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