Pet Scoop: Stranded Baby Dolphin Rescued in Florida, Harry Potter Fans Ditch Pet Owls
May 22, 2012: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.
Days Old Dolphin Calf Found Stranded in Florida
SeaWorld’s animal rescue team saved a newborn dolphin from the shallow waters under a mangrove in Volusia County, Fla. Experts say that the calf, who only weighs about 35 pounds, is about five days old. According to a SeaWorld press release, the calf, who's being tube-fed every two hours, was likely separated from his mother before he became stranded.
Harry Potter Aficionados Abandon Hundreds of Pet Owls
The boy wizard's pal, Hedwig, inspired many fans to bring home an owl of their own. But now that the final movie has been released, sanctuaries in the U.K. are filling up with unwanted owls — and officials fear that many others have been released into the wild, where they’re unlikely to survive. — Read it at the Mirror
Yorkie Hits a Panic Button to Summon Help for His Owner
Louis, a tiny Yorkshire Terrier, did just what his owner had trained him to do when she collapsed while getting out of the shower. The dog pressed a panic button that connects to an emergency call center, where the operator could hear Louis barking for help — and sent an ambulance. Victoria Shaw, who is disabled, has several of the buttons throughout her U.K. home, and she had taught Louis how to use them. “He was right beside me, right in my face — he wouldn't leave me," said Shaw of her savior. — Read it at the Telegraph
Unmanned Aircraft Spy on Endangered Sea Lions in Alaska
Scientists have been at a loss to explain why populations of Steller sea lions have been sharply declining in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands since the 1970s. For the first time, researchers are using two unmanned aircraft, which can get closer to the animals than manned flights, to collect aerial data on the species. — Read it at Live Science via Yahoo
Kitten Survives After Being Tossed From a Moving Car
Two sisters in northern Virginia braved traffic to save a 5-week-old kitten who had been thrown from a vehicle. When they learned that the kitten would need surgery to repair a pelvic bone fracture, they turned to social media to raise $900 for Jade's procedure. Luckily, it turns out that Jade can survive without surgery, so Good Samaritans can either get a refund or allocate their donations toward the groups that helped save Jade. — Watch it at WUSA9
Deciphering the True Origins of Dogs Isn't So Simple
A new paper from Dr. Greger Larson at the University of Durham in England argues that the DNA of man’s best friend is so tangled that it’s useless when it comes to determining when and where dogs originated. But Larson isn’t ready to give up entirely: He says that DNA from ancient dog fossils could shed more light on domestication than DNA derived from modern dogs — much like DNA from Neanderthals helped us to better understand human origins. — Read it at The New York Times
Diamond Pet Foods Adds Yet Another Item to Its Recall List
The latest recall from Diamond Pet Foods includes Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula dry dog food, which may be contaminated with salmonella. Check out the full list of recalled foods from Diamond. — Read it at Food Safety News