Emotional reunion for dog, owner.
Thanks to social media, a dog who was found mud-covered and standing by the body of a man who’d died in Monday’s devastating tornado in Moore, Okla., has been reunited with her owner.
The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office tweeted her photo on Monday, and shared it on Facebook on Tuesday, with the post: "Man's best friend to end. The dog was standing guard over a deceased individual, possibly its owner..."
The office followed up saying one of its deputies would be interested in adopting the dog. Millions viewed and commented on the moving photo — including Sheila Collins, who told the office that the dog’s owner, her brother, was actually alive, and desperately searching for Susie.
Egg gets the royal treatment.
A pair of common cranes raised in captivity by the Great Crane Project in Britain has laid an egg — and they’re getting plenty of help with keeping an eye on it.
According to conservationists, this is the first egg of its kind to be laid in western Britain in 400 years, so video cameras and guards are keeping a 24-hour watch on the nest at Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire to help protect the egg from illegal egg collecting.
Moore residents search for lost pets.
On Tuesday, residents of Moore, Okla., were searching for both the people and animals they love, a day after a deadly tornado swept through the town.
In the midst of it all are harrowing stories of survival and happy reunions, including that of June Simpson, shown embracing her cat Sammi. She found him standing in the rubble of her destroyed home in Moore on Tuesday.
When a massive tornado plowed through Moore, Okla., on Monday, it left at least two dozen people dead, schools and homes flattened and many pets and other animals displaced and injured.
There are plenty of agencies jumping in to help — bringing in search dogs, collecting food for animals and connecting lost pets with their loved ones.
Vetstreet has compiled the information below for those who are in need of help and those who’d like to join the effort. If you’d like to help all victims, visit the Red Cross website or text the word DONATE to the Red Cross number (90999) to give $25 or text the word REDCROSS to the same number to give $10.
A goat believed to have escaped en route to a slaughterhouse snarled the morning commute along one of the busiest roadways in northern New Jersey on Tuesday, leading police on a nearly two-hour chase.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The small, chocolate brown female with curved horns eluded five Jersey City police officers for more than 90 minutes by jumping back and forth over a central divider along the Pulaski Skyway, alternately disrupting traffic along both east and west-bound lanes, according to city spokesman Stan Eason.
Traffic was snarled from 7:10 a.m. until almost 9 a.m. along the elevated roadway, which traverses the Passaic and Hackensack rivers between Newark and Jersey City and carries thousands of vehicles daily to the Holland Tunnel and into New York.
Four vehicles, whose drivers were attempting to avoid the zigzagging goat, were involved in a minor accident, police said. There were no injuries.
Aggression and a tendency to run away were some risks.
Research by the University of Pennsylvania shows evidence that puppies purchased from pet stores are more likely to show behavioral problems later in their lives.
Dogs who came from pet stores scored worse on 12 of the 14 behavioral variables that were measured, and didn’t score better on any of the measures.
The findings could also help explain how other birds became flightless, researchers say.
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences explains that by trading in their ability to fly millions of years ago, penguins became much better divers.
Birds that rely heavily on their swimming and diving skills for survival, like penguins, tend to lose other abilities like flying, the study found.
Teams try to help animals in hard-hit Moore.
At least 24 people were killed in the massive tornado that struck Moore, Okla., on Monday afternoon, wiping out entire neighborhoods and two elementary schools. Although the storm missed areas with larger ranches, reports the Los Angeles Times, smaller ranches like the Orr Family Farm were devastated. Amid the destruction are stories of relief, such as that of a Moore woman who was headed to work but turned around to ride out the storm in her bathtub with her dog.
As the victims try to pick up the pieces, many groups are jumping in to care for lost pets and try to reunite them with their owners.