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A giant panda born July 29 at the San Diego Zoo is healthy (and apparently adorable), according to the results of its first close-up physical examination. Weighing in at 1.5 lbs., the little one, whose gender is still a mystery because of the limits of the three-minute exam, is mother Bai Yun's sixth offspring since she arrived at the zoo.
–Los Angeles Times
Bond has been set at $40,000 for a North Carolina man authorities say stole the heads of animals from taxidermists in recent years. Initially arrested last month after deputies recovered the stuffed bears and bobcats, among other animals, in his home, he was charged Tuesday with felony breaking and entering.
The day before the Republic National Convention kicks off in Tampa, Fla., a group called Dogs Against Romney are set to hold a rally Sunday calling attention to Mitt Romney's highly-publicized treatment of his Irish setter, Seamus. In response to reports the presidential hopeful's late pet rode in a dog carrier strapped to the roof of his car on a family road trip, the group is also releasing a game called "Crate Escape" on Aug. 26.
A Monterey County, Calif., woman and her 79-year-old mother were charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty and neglect on Thursday after investigators discovered 164 cats, 113 dead, in their homes. The surviving cats, who were living in dirty, cramped spaces with an inadequate food and water supply, are recovering at the Monterey County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
–San Francisco Chronicle
After eight months of searching, Santa Fe, N.M., pet detective Steve Dobbie tracked down a crafty stray dog who ran away while on a walk with his owner last December. After his discovery last Friday, Pepper, a 3-year-old Shar Pei/shepherd mix, was taken to an animal sanctuary near Sacramento, Calif.
–Los Angeles Times