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Bear tears out home's window screen, pokes head inside

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(UPI) A California family's video shows a bear ripping the screen out of a window in their home and looked inside.

Christian Pondella said he was home this week when the bear approached his house in Mammoth Lakes and tried to get in through a window.

Pondella captured video of the bear as it tore out a window screen and poked its head through ...Read more

Police borrow kayak to rescue dog stranded in pond

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(UPI) Police in New Jersey commandeered a kayak to rescue a dog that swam out into a pond and ended up stuck neck deep in muck.

The Washington Township Police Department said a neighbor spotted Akela, a boxer/mastiff mix, stranded in the pond Wednesday and called police.

The neighbor said the dog had run into the pond after narrowly avoiding ...Read more

Koala visits lighting company warehouse

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(UPI) An Australian lighting company shared photos of an unusual visitor to its factory warehouse -- a curious koala.

Aqualuma LED Lighting posted a series of photos to Facebook showing the marsupial climbing on shelves and boxes at the company's factory warehouse in Helensvale, just outside of Gold Coast, Queensland.

The company said workers ...Read more

Demand escalates for pet food pantries during COVID-19 crisis: 'We didn't know how we were going to manage'

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CHICAGO -- Nancy Meyerson struggled to fall asleep for weeks after the pet food pantry she oversees closed because of COVID-19.

"We didn't know how we were going to manage," said Meyerson, board chair of Care for Real, a nonprofit with a pet food pantry in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood.

"I personally have never been terrified for myself," ...Read more

Cat rescued after two weeks with head stuck in plastic jar

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in New Zealand said a cat with a plastic peanut butter jar stuck over its head was captured after two weeks of evading rescue.

Annaliese England, manager of the Matamata Animal Trust, said the cat with the jar stuck over its head was first spotted about two weeks ago in a resident's back yard, but the feline was able to ...Read more

Firefighters rescue fox with leg stuck in picnic table

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(UPI) Firefighters in Britain came to the rescue of small fox spotted by witnesses with its hind leg stuck in a wooden picnic table.

The Castle Donington Fire Station in Leicestershire, England, said members of the public contacted the department Sunday to report a small fox appeared to be trapped in a picnic table.

The firefighters extracted ...Read more

Kitten rescued from pipe under Phoenix cellphone tower

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(UPI) A 5-week-old kitten that became trapped in an underground pipe beneath a cellphone tower in Arizona was rescued in a nearly five-hour rescue operation.

Cheryl Naumann, founder of Humane Animal Rescue Trapping Team, said a woman heard the kitten crying from underground at Thomas Road and 67th Avenue in Phoenix and alerted rescuers.

"The ...Read more

Tips on protecting your dog from the sun

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Dogs and humans have a lot in common when it comes to the sun. A dog's skin can be damaged by the sun just like our own, including sunburn and cancers, and they can also develop heatstroke like humans can from excessive sun exposure on a hot day.

A dog's hair or fur protects their skin just like our hair protects the tops of our heads for ...Read more

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

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.

...Read more

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