681 is a very lucky number.
A week-old otter pup, dubbed 681, was found abandoned at night on a California beach and taken by experts to the Monterey Bay Aquarium where they determined she needed some critical care, according to the Washington Post.
It took four weeks for staff there to fatten up the 2-lb. pup, who has since been transferred to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago for an otter boot camp of sorts, because most otters don't separate from their mothers until about 8 months old.
The Post reports that instead of joining the other young otters there, pup 681, who is now a healthy 6 lbs., will stay behind the scenes and learn the ins and outs of otter life, including grooming, swimming and feeding on her own (shrimp and clams anyone?).
No, this isn't a belated Halloween prank.
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Chardonnay, a 6-month-old Calico kitten living at the Chance at Life Cat Rescue in Hackensack, New Jersey.
This sweet kitty was found living under a shed in nearby Elmwood Park with her four brothers. So far, one of her brothers has been adopted, while the rest of the siblings are still looking for loving homes. Chardonnay is one of the spirited ones in the bunch – she loves to play and when the group is done chasing kitty lasers, all of them will cuddle in a big pile (all together now, "Aww!").
Israeli specialists are easing the suffering of a two-ton rhinoceros with a chronic eye infection by creating a "no-fly zone" using a custom mask.
Neta Gueta of the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan helped design the mask that stops flies from laying eggs in the eye of the rhino named Tanda. Gueta said Tanda sometimes grew so frustrated with the infection and she rubbed her eye on rough tree bark, only exacerbating the problem.
The purr-fect job is now available – no experience necessary.
The Westgate Ark animal shelter in Newcastle, U.K., is searching for "Cat Cuddlers" who can help socialize their young feral cats, reports the U.K.'s Chronicle Live. The cats have been flooding into the shelter in droves since Westgate Ark opened in April.
The job (which is unpaid) sounds like every cat lover's dream. "The most important help we need is people to spend time sitting with our cats and kittens to interact with them and get them used to and confident around people," reads a posting on the shelter's website, marked Cat Cuddlers.
"This process of socialization is of the utmost importance as a lack of ease around people may ruin a kittens chances of getting a happy home for life! Cat cuddling can be done on a regular or irregular basis."
By all accounts, last weekend was a good one.
The class of 2014 is impossible to fur-get.
These accomplished graduates reached an important meow-stone Tuesday: their "Kittergarten" graduation, which celebrated their move from the ASPCA's kitten nursery in New York City to the facility's adoption center. From there, they hope to find forever homes.
Similar to traditional graduation ceremonies, the event included a speech – from Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of ASPCA's Adoption Center – a procession of the graduates receiving their "diplomas" while sitting in graduation caps, and plenty of congratulatory chin scratches and cuddles, of course.
The world's only surviving giant panda triplets were doing well as they turned 100 days old on Wednesday.
Each weighs more than 5 kilograms (11 lbs.), up from just over 100 grams (3½ oz.) at birth. They started teething at around 80 days old and have two small teeth each.
The cubs were born on July 29 within four hours, the female cub first and then her brothers.
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