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Smithsonian National Zoo red panda goes rogue, then is found in a residential area less than a mile from the zoo.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Jun 25, 2013 6:19PM

The forces of Twitter combined with a photo tip from a Washington neighborhood resident led to the safe capture of Rusty the red panda.

Photo: This undated handout photo provided by the National Zoo shows a red panda named Rusty that went missing from its enclosure at the zoo in Washington D.C. on June 24 (AP Photo/Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Abby Wood)


One small rodent is getting the blame for a massive power outage in southern and eastern sections of Wichita.

By Associated_Press Jun 25, 2013 4:04PM

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) — KAKE-TV reports nearly 10,000 customers of Westar Energy were affected by the outage Monday afternoon.

Photo: A squirrel causes power outage in Wichita / James Warwick/Getty Images Authorities say a squirrel crawled into equipment at a substation, causing a transformer to blow out. A fire then broke out at the substation. Firefighters were quickly able to bring it under control.


The late "Sopranos" actor had a soft spot for pit bulls.

By Vetstreet Jun 25, 2013 3:28PM

James Gandolfini, who died suddenly while vacationing in Italy last week at age 51, may have been a tough guy on screen, but in real life, one of his roles was as an animal advocate.

Photo: James Gandolfini with his rescue pit bull / Splash NewsPhoto: James Gandolfini with his rescue pit bull / Splash News

His final movie, due to be released in 2014, was called "Animal Rescue." The crime drama (in post-production) is about a pit bull who’s rescued from the garbage.


On June 9, a critically endangered North Pacific right whale was seen for the first time since 1951 off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.

By Vetstreet Jun 24, 2013 3:32PM

Biologists Graeme Ellis, John Ford and James Pilkington were able to observe the rare animal for a whole day.

Photo: Rare whale spotted / Courtesy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada "It was a thrilling experience," said Ford.


For the first time this year, a giant panda has given birth.

By Vetstreet Jun 24, 2013 3:04PM

Haizi, a panda at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan province, had twin cubs on Saturday.

Photo: Giant panda has twins / Wang Xiuqiong/AP Staff at the center said one of the cubs, a female, weighs 2.79 ounces.


It's National Take Your Pet to Work Day!

By Vetstreet Jun 21, 2013 5:26PM

Studies show that employees who bring their pets to work tend to have a lower stress level, and many believe they also contribute to a more happy and interactive workplace, according to pet food maker Purina.

Photo: Take your pet to work day / Blend Images/Hill Street Studios


'All of a sudden, it came bounding over and right into the shot.'

By Vetstreet Jun 21, 2013 4:13PM

Andrew and Karma Madgwicks were staring into each other's eyes for a wedding photo when someone else decided to butt in. Banda the Sumatran tiger apparently wanted to see what all the fuss was as the couple posed for their photographer before their reception at England's Paignton Zoo.

Photo: Tiger photo bombs wedding pic / Vicki Lea Boulter /SWNS.com "All of a sudden, it came bounding over and right into the shot. It posed for a split second and then walked away," explained photographer Vicki Boulter.


'As a veterinarian, I can't wrap my head around this one.'

By Vetstreet Jun 21, 2013 4:07PM

By Dr. Patty Khuly

The Bay Area in Calfornia is renowned for its progressive pet culture and its forward-thinking ways. How then to explain the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., as proud host of The World's Ugliest Dog Contest?

Photo: Mugly Ugliest Dog Contest / KIRA STACKHOUSE / NUENA.COMWhy would any animal lover choose to celebrate the undesirable, even repulsive features our pets possess through this bizarre breed of pageantry?

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