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Second infant was a surprise to keepers.

By Vetstreet Jul 16, 2013 2:08PM

The tiny cubs were born to 15-year-old mom Lun Lun on Monday night at Zoo Atlanta, the first giant panda twins to be born in the U.S. since 1987.

Lun Lun has had three other cubs, but has never had twins.

Giant panda Lun Lun gave birth to tiny twin cubs at Zoo Atlanta / Zoo AtlantaAn ultrasound on June 30 showed that Lun Lun was pregnant — but it only revealed one cub. So, the animal care team was surprised when the second baby arrived, two minutes after the first.

“It’s TWINS!” the zoo announced on its Facebook page.

 

VIDEO: This cat is too lazy to care if you vacuum her.

By Now This News Jul 15, 2013 5:39PM

Licking yourself clean? Hard work. Rolling around in the sun while your owner vacuums your lazy bones? Easy.

 

A 4-week-old kitten was found in a box on a London Underground train.

By Vetstreet Jul 15, 2013 3:36PM

Believed to be just 4 weeks old, a tiny black kitten was found in a box on a District Line train last week in London.

A 4-week-old kitten was found in a box on a London Underground train. / Blue CrossThe London Tube riders who found the kitten turned her in to staff at Victoria station, who brought her to the animal charity Blue Cross.

 

But nationwide, colonies are down by at least a third this season.

By Associated_Press Jul 15, 2013 3:22PM

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The cute and comical seabirds called puffins have returned to several Maine islands and are finding plenty of food for their chicks. unlike last summer, when many starved.

In this July 1, 2013, photo, a puffin prepares to land with a bill full of fish on Eastern Egg Rock off the Maine coast. Last year young puffins died at an alarming rate from starvation because of a shortage of herring. This summer the young are getting plenty of hake and herring, said Steve Kress, director of the National Audubon Society's seabird restoration program. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Photo: In this July 1, 2013, photo, a puffin prepares to land with a bill full of fish on Eastern Egg Rock off the Maine coast. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Young puffins died at an alarming rate last season because of a shortage of herring, leaving adults to try to feed them another type of fish that was too big to swallow. Some chicks died surrounded by piles of uneaten fish.

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This summer, the chicks are getting plenty of hake and herring, said Steve Kress, director of the National Audubon Society's seabird restoration program and professor at Cornell University.

 

A crowd gathered to watch a firefighter save a dog from a second-story window ledge in Brooklyn.

By Vetstreet Jul 15, 2013 2:19PM

A dog appeared to wiggle his way out of a second story window in Brooklyn, but because the window had a guard that’s required in apartments where children live, he couldn’t get back inside.

A firefighter rescued a dog from a second-story window ledge in Brooklyn. / James Morgan via NBC New YorkFirefighters backed their truck up to the building, and a rescuer in the cherry picker worked to gain the trust of the pup, who was trying to keep his footing on a 6-inch ledge. The firefighter offered the dog water and treats before putting a leash on him and carefully lifting him into the bucket.

 

After a nasty crow attack, one kitty caretaker gets creative in treating its feisty four-legged patient, dubbed Wasabi-chan.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Jul 12, 2013 6:06PM

Aww, poor kitty.

Sweet little Wasabi-chan sustained a fractured upper jaw and split tongue as the result of a vicious crow attack, reports Mashable.

Mushroom kitten / Wasabi-chan the kitten (shimejiwasabi via Instagram)

 

French sheepdog, Norman, sets a new Guinness World Record.

By Vetstreet Jul 12, 2013 4:32PM

Norman the 3-year-old French sheepdog is now officially the fastest dog on a scooter when he traveled 100 feet in about 20 seconds Friday morning.

The pooch was attempting to set a Guinness World Record by riding his scooter 98 feet in less than 30 seconds, all by himself.

Norman the dog riding a bike (Karen Cobb/Splash News) The stunt took place at a park in Marietta, Ga., to help raise funds for a Georgia group that rescues dogs from kill shelters, Road Trip Home.

 

Officials: The skeletons are almost complete and weigh a combined 26.5 pounds.

By Associated_Press Jul 12, 2013 3:04PM

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech officials say airport customs authorities have seized the skeletons of two endangered tigers believed to be destined for the black market in the Far East.

In this handout picture taken by a custom officer on June 28, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic a skeleton of a Tiger is on display on ground. Officials say customs authorities have seized the skeletons of two endangered tigers at Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport that were meant for the black market in the Far East. Customs Office spokeswoman Sarka Miskovska says a sniffer dog found the skeletons hidden in two loudspeakers during a routine check June 26. Miskovska declined to give further details Thursday July 11, 2013, citing an ongoing investigation. She says the Czech Environmental Inspectorate is working to determine where the tigers come from. .(AP Photo/HO/Custom Office)Customs Office spokeswoman Sarka Miskovska says a sniffer dog found the skeletons hidden in two loudspeakers during a routine check at Prague's Vaclav Havel Airport on June 26.

 
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