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Fishing family rescues bobcat in Montana lake

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(UPI) A family out fishing on a Montana lake made an unusual catch in their net when they spotted a bobcat struggling to stay afloat in the water.

Bob Hereford said he was fishing with his son, Brett Hereford, and his wife on Flathead Lake when they spotted a bobcat appearing to have trouble swimming far from shore.

Hereford said his son used ...Read more

50-year-old sloth in German zoo dubbed world's oldest

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(UPI) Guinness World Records announced a 50-year-old sloth living in a German zoo is officially the oldest-known member of her species.

The record-keeping organization said Paula, a two-toed sloth, was caught wild in South America and was estimated to be at least 2 years old when she was brought to the Halle Zoo in Saxony-Anhalt in 1971.

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Raccoon rescued from aluminum can in Wisconsin

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in Wisconsin came to the assistance of a raccoon found with an aluminum can stuck over its head.

The Wildlife In Need Center in Oconomowoc said the raccoon was captured by Humane Animal Welfare Society personnel and brought to the center for assistance Monday.

Staff sedated the raccoon and they were able to pull the can ...Read more

Rescuers carry exhausted 190-pound dog down mountain trail

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(UPI) Authorities in Utah came to the rescue of a 190-pound dog that suffered from exhaustion during a hike in the Salt Lake City area.

The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team said 3-year-old Floyd the mastiff was hiking the Grandeur Peak trail Sunday with his owner when he became too exhausted to descend the trail.

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Sled dog team leads Montana police on slow-speed chase

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(UPI) A sled dog team out for a training session in Montana bucked its owner and ended up leading police on a low-speed chase.

Jen Mignard, of Billings, said she was preparing her dog team for a mushing competition at Norm's Island in south Billings when her sled tipped over and the team ran off without her.

"My sled dog team dumped me at Norm...Read more

'Part wild' exotic cat escapes home in England

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(UPI) An England woman is asking members of the public to keep an eye out for her "part wild" Savannah cat, a hybrid of an African serval and a domestic cat.

Laura Page said the 4-foot-long cat is not a danger to the public, but he is easily frightened and will run when approached.

Page said the cat, which is about the size of a medium-sized ...Read more

Bear enters Florida home through sliding glass door

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(UPI) A Florida man said a bear came inside his home through a sliding glass door while he was upstairs, and he didn't realize his home had been visited until later.

Shawn Warley said he noticed a paw print on his sliding glass door after working upstairs for a while at his Apopka home.

Warley said his son found objects in disarray so they ...Read more

Lost dog reunited with owner 12 years later, 1,000 miles away in Pittsburgh

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(UPI) A 14-year-old toy fox terrier was reunited with its Florida owner in Pittsburgh after being missing for 12 years.

Dutchess got loose on Feb. 28, 2007, from her home in Boca Raton.

Katheryn Strang took two days to make the drive to Pittsburgh for the reunion at Humane Animal Rescue's shelter on Friday.

"Dutchess," Strang said to workers ...Read more

Lioness escapes enclosure at Florida animal sanctuary

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(UPI) A Florida wildlife sanctuary said a female lion was tranquilized after escaping her enclosure through a gate that had been left open by a volunteer.

The Endangered Animal Rescue Sanctuary in Marion County said the 16-year-old lioness, named Venus, escaped Wednesday when a volunteer accidentally left a gate open at the facility.

The ...Read more

City combating dog poop problem with flags reading 'Is this your turd?

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(UPI) A Missouri city is taking an unusual approach to the problem of un-scooped dog droppings: planting little flags next to abandoned poop with slogans such as, "Is this your turd? 'Cuz that's absurd."

The city of Springfield is placing the flags in grassy areas downtown next to piles of dog poop left behind by owners out walking their pets. ...Read more

Fox with head stuck in tire rescued in Britain

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in Britain came to the assistance of a fox that was found at a storage facility with its head stuck in the middle of an old tire.

The RSPCA said Inspector Alan Barnes was dispatched to the storage center in Bristol, England, when workers at the facility found the fox with its head stuck in a tire Oct. 4.

"The tire had ...Read more

Firefighters rescue dog with head stuck in wall

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(UPI) An Arizona fire crew was summoned to a resident's home where a dog had found a hole in a wall and managed to get its head stuck in it.

Mesa Fire & Medical said Engine 216 responded to the home and found the dog's snout sticking out from a small opening in the bottom of the stucco wall.

The crew was summoned by neighbors who heard the...Read more

Squirrels stash more than 200 walnuts under hood of car

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(UPI) A Pittsburgh woman who detected a burning odor and heard a strange noise while driving her car looked under the hood and discovered a squirrel had stashed grass and more than 200 walnuts on top of her engine.

Holly Persic said she hadn't looked under the hood of her car since an inspection about a month before she discovered the squirrel'...Read more

Lost dog found 400 miles away four years after disappearance

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(UPI) A dog that went missing from a Northern California home was found four years later -- and more than 400 miles away.

The Riverside County Department of Animal Services said an 8-year-old German shepherd named Kimber was found wandering loose by a member of the public in Fontana.

Kimber's owner was identified as a man from Grass Valley, ...Read more

Loose horse goes for late night run around suburb

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(UPI) Police in New Zealand responded to an unusual late-night call and ended up rounding up a loose horse going for a run through suburban streets.

Counties-Manukau police said a call came in after midnight Sunday about a loose horse running through streets in the Omana Avenue area of Epson, in the Auckland area, and officers ended up catching...Read more

Tennessee man finds bears honking horn in his work van

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(UPI) A Tennessee man who heard honking coming from his work van investigated and discovered the horn was being sounded by a pair of burgling bear cubs.

Jeff Stokely of A.S.A.P. Security Systems said he had just left a customer's home in Gatlinburg when he heard his work van's horn sounding.

He looked in the windows and discovered a pair of ...Read more

Confused baby koala takes ride on dog's back

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(UPI) A South Australia man captured video when a confused baby koala hitched a ride on the back of his equally confused dog.

The dog's owner, identified only as Henry, said he let the canine, Tony, out into the yard of his Adelaide Hills home to do his business Sunday morning and moments later he found Tony was struggling to shake a koala joey...Read more

VIDEO: Moose rescued from backyard pool in New Hampshire

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in New Hampshire were summoned to a home where a bull moose found itself unable to climb out of a resident's swimming pool.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department posted a video to Facebook showing rescuers lowering a set of wooden stairs into the pool behind the Bedford home and coaxing the moose into climbing out.

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Runaway sheep captured after three weeks on the lam

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(UPI) A sheep that escaped from its owner during a sheepdog demonstration in Tennessee was captured after more than three weeks on the loose.

Phil and Daphne Lakin of Strawberry Plains said the ewe got loose Sept. 9 while participating in a sheepdog demonstration during the annual Middle Tennessee Highland Games and Celtic Festival at Percy ...Read more

Teen swimmers use CPR to revive drowning prairie dog

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(UPI) A pair of young Colorado swimmers came to the rescue of a drowning prairie dog and saved its life with CPR techniques.

Wolfgang Dittrich, head coach at Flatiron Swimming, said the team was practicing at the Arapahoe YMCA in Lafayette when teenagers Teagan Mayer and Grace Keogh spotted the prairie dog at the bottom of the pool.

Dittrich ...Read more