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Alaska woman tracks her stolen pup.

By Vetstreet Jun 18, 2013 3:05PM

When Mary Wolfe, 24, was traveling from Alaska to Colorado in September with her dog, Nahla, she stopped in Seattle to visit friends. They took her out to a pub, where Wolfe reluctantly tied Nahla up outside. (She was accustomed to bringing the dog into restaurants in Alaska.)

Photo: Mary Wolfe was reunited with Nahla on June 3, eight months after the dog disappeared. / Help Find Nahla / FacebookWolfe went out every 10 to 15 minutes to check on Nahla, who was often with a group of smokers who were at the bar. But a few minutes after the smokers left for the night, Wolfe went out and found that Nahla was gone.


Kitty was spotted hiding under a table.

By Associated_Press Jun 17, 2013 5:43PM

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Portland, Ore., man whose cat had been missing since last year will soon be reunited with the well-traveled feline, courtesy of the transient who has been caring for her for more than nine months.

Photo: A cat named 'Mata Hairi' was saved by a homeless man//Dylan Brown Independent Record Ron Buss says he let his cat, Mata Hairi, out of the house in September. The cat never returned.


Births stun keepers in Netherlands.

By Vetstreet Jun 17, 2013 2:37PM

Keepers at the Burgers’ Zoo in the Netherlands knew their 20-year-old gorilla, N’Gayla, was pregnant. But when they arrived at her enclosure on Thursday, they found two surprises.

Photo: Gorilla mom N'Gayla gave birth to twins at the Burgers' Zoo in The Netherlands last week. / Burgers' ZooFirst, she had delivered much earlier than they had expected. And second, she’d had twins.

“I was watching N’Gayla lick her baby clean, and suddenly she grabbed something from within the straw bedding — another baby gorilla,” said keeper Wilco Limpers. “I really did not know what I saw. Gorilla twins are seen only once or twice every 10 years in European zoos.”


Fewer than 100 people live on Japan’s Cat Island – and several hundred wild, but friendly, cats.

By Vetstreet Jun 14, 2013 3:34PM

The cats have been legendary on Tashiro-jima since the 1800s, when the island was a popular stop along fishing routes. One legend involved a fisherman who accidentally dropped a rock, killing a cat.

Photo: Cats on Japan's Cat Island / Tohoku Color Agency/Getty Images The fisherman, who feared retribution, then built a shrine in the cat’s honor. Now, numerous shrines to felines can be found throughout Cat Island.


Look-alike dogs cause mixup.

By Vetstreet Jun 14, 2013 2:57PM

Two Maltese dogs looked so alike that an Alabama groomer accidentally mixed them up and returned them to the wrong owners.

Photo: The two dogs were happily reunited with their correct owners. / ABC NewsWhile one of the owners noticed right away that something was wrong, the other didn’t catch it. After nine days, the pets were finally exchanged and are back with the right people.

“Oh, he’s my little prince. He came back home. I’m so happy,” said one of the relieved owners.


Stowaway kitty is dubbed E.B., for 'engine block.'

By Vetstreet Jun 13, 2013 3:09PM

A little black kitten in Wisconsin managed to squeeze its way into the engine compartment of a semi truck. When the truck driver was pulled over for speeding in Sugar Grove, Ill., 284 miles into his journey, the police officer heard meowing coming from under the hood.

Photo: EB the cat / Courtesy of Kane County Animal Control


Labrador retriever alerts two people to out-of-control car careening toward them.

By Vetstreet Jun 13, 2013 2:32PM

O’Neil, an 18-month-old yellow Labrador retriever, passed his last test as a guide dog in training with flying colors. He’s being hailed as a hero for alerting his two trainers to an out-of-control car careening backward down a sidewalk in San Rafael, Calif., on Monday morning.

Photo: Guide dog in training O'Neil is being called a hero for alerting his trainers to an oncoming car. / NBC Bay AreaSurveillance video shows trainers Todd Jurek and Danielle Alvarado jumping out of the way as they’re narrowly missed by a car driven by a 93-year-old woman who thought she was stepping on the brakes while parking but accidentally hit the gas, reported KTVU.


'He was there one minute and the next he was gone,' owner says.

By Vetstreet Jun 12, 2013 4:31PM

Sam, an 8-year-old golden retriever, didn’t seem to notice a 250-foot cliff when he decided to chase a rabbit in Devon, England.

Jonathan Minshull and the rest of Sam’s family were ahead of him on the trail, so they didn’t realize what had happened at first.

Photo: Sam the Golden Retriever survived fall off cliff / SWNS "He was there one minute and the next he was gone," Minshull said. "At first we thought he'd run into a field which was near the path. We were searching in the field for him. It didn't cross my mind for one second that he might have jumped off a cliff."

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