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VIDEO: Escaped pigs cause traffic chaos on Virginia highway

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(UPI) Authorities in Virginia said a group of large pigs caused lane closures and long traffic backups when they escaped from a trailer and went running loose on the interstate.

Kelly Hannon, Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman, said the first reports came in about 1 p.m. Wednesday of loose hogs running through traffic on ...Read more

Owner searching for escaped exotic cat in Oklahoma

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(UPI) An Oklahoma woman is asking members of the public to keep an eye out for an exotic feline after her Savannah cat, a hybrid between an African serval and a domestic cat, escaped from her yard.

Samantha Lawler said the large cat, named Dayo, broke free from her harness and escaped from Lawler's yard in Muskogee on Tuesday.

"This has ...Read more

Police chase zoo's escaped peacock through New York neighborhood

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(UPI) Police in New York ended up in an unusual chase when a peacock escaped from the Prospect Park Zoo and went for a run through Brooklyn.

The New York Police Department said it received a 911 call just before 6 a.m. Monday from a witness who reported a peacock running loose near Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard.

Witnesses said the bird ...Read more

VIDEO: Family rescues swimming bear with plastic jug stuck over its head

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(UPI) A family out fishing in a boat on a Wisconsin lake ended up coming to the rescue of a bear swimming with a plastic jug stuck over its head.

Brian Hurt said he was fishing with his wife, Tricia, and son, Brady, on Marshmiller Lake, near Bloomer, when they noticed what they had initially thought to be a floating log was a swimming animal.

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Tips for a dog-friendly Fourth of July

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Fireworks, barbecues and outdoor fun go hand in hand with Independence Day, but the loud noises and change in routine can upset our four-legged friends. According to AKC Reunite, American Kennel Club's pet ID and recovery service, the Fourth of July is among the most active times of year for pet recovery. The sound of fireworks commonly causes...Read more

Endangered monkey found in center console of truck entering U.S.

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(UPI) Customs officers in Texas made an unusual discovery in a pickup truck attempting to cross the border from Mexico -- an endangered spider monkey.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Field Operations said officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge referred a Ford F-150 pickup truck attempting to enter the country from Mexico ...Read more

Escaped bull lassoed after wandering onto Illinois highway

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(UPI) Drivers on an Illinois highway had to dodge an unusual traffic hazard when an escaped bull wandered onto the interstate and was eventually lassoed.

The Columbia Police Department said officers responded to Interstate 255 on Wednesday after drivers reported the large animal wandering into the roadway.

At least one driver captured video of...Read more

Mountain lion removed from crawl space under California home

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(UPI) A mountain lion spotted wandering a California city for four days was captured Thursday morning when it took shelter in a home's crawl space.

Monrovia police and California Department of Fish and Wildlife agents said the mountain lion, which had been spotted in various locations around the city over the course of four days, was spotted ...Read more

Cat stranded 50 feet up New Jersey tree rescued after three days

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(UPI) A New Jersey town enlisted the help of a professional tree climber to rescue a cat that was stranded for three days on a high branch of a tall tree.

The Town of Smithtown said the domestic shorthair tabby cat, named Tiger, went missing from his home in the Nesconset area last week and was spotted by a neighbor a few days later in a tree ...Read more

20-year-old Tennessee dog believed to be oldest-ever golden retriever

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(UPI) A 20-year-old golden retriever in Tennessee is being hailed as the longest-living dog of her breed after becoming the first on record to surpass the milestone age.

The GoldenHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue said August, known affectionately as Augie, is believed to be the oldest-ever golden retriever at an age of 20 years and 61 days -- and...Read more

Escaped 45-pound tortoise wrangled in Illinois neighborhood

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(UPI) An animal control officer in a suburb of Chicago responded to an unusual call that involved her having to wrangle a 45-pound African tortoise.

Morton Grove Animal Control Officer Megan Glawocz said she responded Friday to a report of a large reptile eating parkway grass on a residential road near the Walgreens on Waukegan Road.

"I ...Read more

Preparing your pet for life after the shelter-in-place

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Whether it's a good idea or not, a lot of people are venturing out of COVID-19 cocoons, heading back to work and spending more time outside the home. I have to admit that while it's scary, it also feels good to have some normalcy back in our lives, even if it still requires being masked and not getting ahead of ourselves.

But what will our ...Read more

How to make sure your pet stays safe in a disaster

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Hurricane season has begun and the unexpected can always happen. Being prepared ahead of time is essential during an emergency to be sure everyone - including your pets - is cared for. The American Kennel Club shares the following tips to keep your dog safe if disaster strikes.

- Gather emergency supplies. Put together an easily portable and...Read more

Tips for enjoying a beach day with your dog

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Summer is right around the corner, and as the weather heats up, many people will be headed to the beach to cool off. You can have a fun-filled day with your pup as long as you do a little extra planning. To help owners have the best beach experience possible with their dogs, the American Kennel Club offers the following safety tips:

- Bring ...Read more

Florida man fist-fights alligator to save dog

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(UPI) A Florida man said he ended up in a fist fight with a 13-foot alligator when the reptile attacked his dog and pulled the canine into the water.

Trent Tweddale said he and his 6-year-old dog, Loki, were walking Monday on his Wesley Chapel farm when a 13-foot alligator reached out of the water and grabbed the dog.

"I grabbed the dog's ...Read more

Fox cub cut free from plastic jar stuck over its head

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(UPI) A fox that ended up with its head stuck inside a discarded candy jar was freed, thanks to a member of the public and an animal hospital.

The RSPCA said someone spotted the fox with the plastic jar stuck over its head in the garden of their Northfield, England, home.

That person captured the cub and brought it to the RSPCA's Newbrook Farm...Read more

Lots of us adopted dogs in quarantine: 'Dog Whisperer' César Millán has some tips

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When the stay-at-home orders began in mid-March, many Americans made beelines for their local animal shelters to either foster or adopt adorable dogs.

All over the country, shelters normally faced with the terrible task of euthanizing unwanted animals because their kennels were overflowing were able to happily report that their cages were ...Read more

Water rescue team helps cat stranded next to river in London

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(UPI) A water rescue team came to the assistance of a cat spotted stranded on a vanishing piece of land next to a high river wall in London.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a British water rescue charity, said the Chiswick Lifeboat team rushed into action Sunday afternoon when a black cat was spotted stranded on a piece of land that ...Read more

Firefighters cut through rusty wheel to rescue fox cub

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(UPI) Firefighters in Scotland said they used specialist cutting equipment to rescue a fox cub found with its head stuck through the middle of a rusted wheel.

The Knightswood Community Fire Station tweeted photos Sunday showing the young fox found with its head stuck through the middle of the disused wheel.

Firefighters said they cut through ...Read more

Tips on teaching your dog how to swim

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Swimming may seem natural for dogs, and most of them love it, but even natural-born swimmers need to be trained. Summer is coming, and you and your dog can make the most of the heat with a few water safety tips.

The American Kennel Club offers the following advice for properly teaching your dog to swim and keeping him safe around the water. ...Read more