Pet Scoop: Dogs Wed in Record-Breaking Style in NYC, Surfing California Goats Hit the Waves
July 13, 2012: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.
Hope Diamond the Dog Marries in an Extravagant NYC Wedding
A Coton de Tulear belonging to New York socialite and animal welfare advocate Wendy Diamond tied the knot in Manhattan on Thursday night. A Poodle from Richmond, Va., named Chilly Pasternak was chosen to take Baby Hope’s paw after a long search for the perfect groom. The affair — a fundraiser to benefit the Humane Society of New York — garnered a Guinness World Record for the most expensive pet wedding at $158,187.26. The bride wore a $6,000 gown.
The wedding was originally planned for Diamond’s famed Maltese, Lucky, who held a Guinness title herself — dog most photographed with famous people. Sadly, Lucky died of cancer last month, so Diamond adopted Baby Hope — and the wedding became a celebration of Lucky’s life. — Read it at NBC New York
White Bison Calf in Connecticut Is Dubbed Sacred
The June birth of a white bison on a Connecticut farm is being hailed as a sacred event by American Indians. Large crowds are expected to gather at the farm at the end of this month for a naming ceremony for the calf, who some experts say could be as rare as one in 10 million. — Read it at The New York Times
Dolphin and Seal Are Best Buddies at an Aussie Marine Park
Jet the dolphin and Miri the seal, residents of the Pet Porpoise Pool Marine Park in Australia, have been BFFs since they were just 2 months old. They often chase each other around the pool in a game of tag, and even communicate with barks and clicks. — See the photos at Animal Tracks
Whose Dog Is It, Anyway?
A battle over the custody of a dog in Portland, Ore., is headed to court. Sam Hanson-Fleming says that his pup, Chase, jumped a fence at his house last year and then disappeared. Two months ago, he spotted Chase near a Portland coffee hut — with another owner. Oregon State University student Jordan Biggs says that she found the Siberian Husky mix, who she calls Bear, and trained him to alert her when she’s about to have an asthma attack. An animal control officer says that Hanson-Fleming is the rightful owner, but a lawyer has filed a suit asking a judge to rule that Biggs is the rightful owner. — Read it at the Huffington Post, and watch it at KEZI
Endangered Sloths Thrive on a Cacao Farm
As leaf-eating sloths, who depend on large trees for food and shelter, are threatened by the clearing of forests in South and Central America, they're finding refuge on a cacao plantation in Costa Rica. Wildlife biologists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison are using a novel field lab on the private farm — composed of intact tropical forest, pasture, and fields that also grow pineapples and bananas — to study the ecology of two at-risk species of sloths. — Read it at Newswise
A Duo of Surfing Goats Hang Hooves in Cali
Unlike Jet and Miri, you wouldn’t expect to find these two critters in the water. But Goatee and Pismo are making waves in California with their amazing surfing skills. Their owner says that he likes to surf, and he thought that his goats would enjoy it, too. Looks like he was right. — Watch it at ABC News