The Water Bowl: Modern Family Switches French Bulldogs for Season 4

07/31/2012 at 11:30 AM EDT

Modern Family Dog Brigitte Replaced by New Dog Beatrice
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Modern Family's cast members may have settled their contract disputes, but the show's fourth season will still feature a new face: a French bulldog named Beatrice will replace Brigitte, the current bulldog who plays Stella on the show. –TMZ

Giant panda Bai Yun gave birth to her sixth cub since arriving at the San Diego Zoo in 1996, setting a record for most pandas born by a breeding facility outside of the animal's native China. Bai Yun, her mate Gao Gao, their 3-year-old son Yun Zi and the newborn cub will continue to reside at the San Diego Zoo, whereas Bai Yun's four other cubs were sent to a panda research facility in China. –Los Angeles Times

One of five kittens found sealed in a bucket is on the mend at a Portland, Ore., animal shelter after being rescued. "The others ones were deceased, and had been deceased for a while," said veterinarian Trish London. "But he came just jumping out, full of life. He just wanted out and wanted to live." –KTVB.com



A military officer from Massachusetts has been charged with animal cruelty after killing his family dog during a domestic dispute with his wife. Thomas J. Knowlton's wife alleges that he killed their 12-year-old Shih Tzu, named Oliver, while it slept, in retaliation over an argument. –Worcester Telegram & Gazette

A male weedy sea dragon has hatched his first babies at SeaWorld Orlando, only the fourth time the species has been successfully bred at a U.S. aquarium. Just like the closely-related sea horse, male weedy sea dragons are the ones responsible for bearing young. – the first time –Huffington Post

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