A kitten was pulled from a two-alarm fire Friday, April 15, 2016, that started in an alley, moved to a carport, then jumped to a common attic at a single-story fourplex apartment building in central Fresno.
Four Humboldt penguin chicks hatched at the Chester Zoo the week of April 3rd, 2016. Wotsit, Quaver, Frazzle and Cheeto were all named after potato chips. The zoo released video of Wotsit and Quaver being weighed by staff members. Cheeto was only 75 grams or 2.65 ounces. Keeper Anne Morris says that of the world’s 17 penguin species, Humboldt penguins are among the most at risk.
Jonathan the Giant Tortoise, the oldest known living land animal on Earth, estimated to be 184-years-old, was washed for the first time in recorded history by vet Dr. Joe Hollins. This historic event took place in the grounds of Plantation House, St. Helena Island on March 19, 2016. Bathing him was purely for aesthetic reasons. "We want visitors and tourists on the Island to witness the tortoises in their true form, without the obstruction of moss and lichen on their shells... and we want all who visit him to see him at his best,” said Hollins, who has been hand-feeding him over the past few years.
A dog that disappeared three years ago has been reunited with his family in Virginia. American pit bull terrier "Gucci" went missing in 2013 from the family’s yard in San Antonio, Texas. Two weeks ago, Ayana and Gary Kelly got a call from a San Antonio animal shelter saying the microchipped dog was there.
Rub-a-dub-dub Tian Tian in a tub! Keepers provided him a tub of water with non-toxic bubble bath soap. He really soaked it up. He rubbed it on his ears — which is called scent-anointing. (Wait for the tail wiggle!) Pandas do not bathe regularly in the wild, but when Tian Tian is in rut — meaning he’s exhibiting behaviors associated with breeding season — he especially likes to play in water.
Norman the Scooter Dog makes an appearance at North Myrtle Beach's Petco for Natural Balance Pet Foods. The French sheepdog has been on numerous television shows and holds a Guinness World Record for being fastest on his scooter.