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Litter box led the way to missing Egor.

By Vetstreet Jun 3, 2013 3:14PM

Justin Hulme Rangel, 13, was in Moore, Okla., with his Boy Scout troop to help local residents days after a tornado flattened the town on May 20.

Photo: Jo Jumann holding her cat, Egor (Summer Hulme/Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food & Forestry via FacebookRangel was searching through the rubble of Geoff and Jo Humann's home on May 26 when he found a litter box, and guessed that the couple’s missing cat might have hidden inside it. The 13-year-old cat was indeed alive inside, and was taken to the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Health Sciences Teaching Hospital for treatment.

 

The now infamous Internet meme heads to Hollywood.

By Vetstreet May 31, 2013 3:51PM

Grumpy Cat, the Internet sensation with the permanent sourpuss whose photos have been seen by millions, has her own movie deal.

Photo: Grumpy cat has landed her own movie deal. Grumpy Cat / FacebookThe cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, rose to fame last fall, when a family member of her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, posted a photo of the cat on Reddit. The Internet took it from there, with people Photoshopping captions on that and subsequent photos.

 

Even a dog who’s trained to lend a paw to people who are suffering could sometimes use a little comforting himself.

By Vetstreet May 31, 2013 3:41PM
Workers in Oklahoma gave Moses the Comfort Dog his very own golden retriever stuffed animal to snuggle with while taking breaks from visiting with the victims of the devastating May 20 tornado.

“How thoughtful, I love it!” Moses posted on his Facebook page, along with a photo of him with his “puppy.” Less than 2 years old himself, Moses visited Oklahoma from his home at the Christ Lutheran Church in Nebraska.

Photo: Moses Comfort Dog / Facebook

 

Human children aren't the only ones who embarrass their parents.

By Vetstreet May 30, 2013 4:35PM

A new study by researchers at Yale University finds that toddlers aren’t the only ones who act out when something doesn’t go their way.

Photo: Chimp / Eduardo Cabral/Getty Images They found that chimpanzees and bonobos pout, whimper, scratch themselves (a sign of anxiety) and bang on things when they take a risk that doesn’t pay off, or when they have to wait for a reward.

 

There's a new breed of airport dog.

By Associated_Press May 30, 2013 4:13PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — They aren't looking for drugs or bombs — they are looking for people who need a buddy, a belly to rub or a paw to shake.

"His job is to be touched," volunteer Kyra Hubis said about Henry James, her 5-year-old golden retriever that works a few hours a week at the San Jose airport. "I am just standing there with him. They are talking to him. If I need to answer for him, I do.Photo: In this photo Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUPs) volunteer Brian Valente, left, with his dog, Finn, greet the Bloom family with their 13-month-old son, Jacob, at the Los Angeles International Airport terminal. The Los Angeles International Airport has 30 therapy dogs and is hoping to expand its program. The dogs are intended to take the stress out of travel: the crowds, long lines and terrorism concerns. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Photo: Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUPs) volunteer Brian Valente, left, with his dog, Finn, greet the Bloom family with their 13-month-old son, Jacob, at the Los Angeles International Airport terminal. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

But I am at the end of his leash, he's not at the end of mine."

Mineta San Jose International Airport is widely credited with introducing the first airport therapy dog in the days after Sept. 11, 2001, when flights were grounded, passengers were stranded and reaching friends and relatives in the East was nearly impossible. Passengers were anxious and afraid.

 

'Once I saw his eyes, I knew it was him.'

By Vetstreet May 30, 2013 3:45PM

Jacki Sharp was in her first year of college in 1997 when she adopted a kitten from a California animal shelter to help relieve her stress. Three years later, she moved into a place with a nearby creek, which Dallas loved to explore — but one night, he didn’t come home.

Photo: Courtesy of Scott Manchester/Argus-Courier She was never able to find the missing cat.

Then, last week, Sharp got a call from the VCA Animal Care Center saying her cat had been found, near the same creek where he disappeared in 2000.

Dallas was dehydrated and emaciated, but when the clinic tracked down his owner, they gave him aggressive treatment to help him.

 

Ty the tiger had been losing weight and not acting like himself.

By Vetstreet May 29, 2013 3:22PM

Much like housecats get hairballs from grooming themselves, Ty the tiger got one, too. But his was massive — and causing health problems.

Photo: Vernon Yates, founder of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, lays his hands on Ty, a 400-pound tiger, as staff prepare to surgically extract a 4-pound hairball from the big cat on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Clearwater, Fla.(AP Photo/Courtesy BluePearl Veterinary Partners, James Judge)Vernon Yates, director of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Florida, had raised the 17-year-old tiger. Recently, he noticed Ty hadn’t been acting like himself and was eating less and less, causing him to lose 100 pounds. Using a scope, veterinarians determined that the cat had an enormous hairball.

 

The reason is linked to survival, researchers found.

By Vetstreet May 28, 2013 4:30PM

Using miniaturized high-speed cameras and high-speed behavior tracking, researchers in Germany discovered that rats move their eyes in opposite directions when running around.

Photo: Rats see with double vision / Jessica Florence/Getty Images

 
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