Amy Sinatra Ayres
There’s a very special, blue-eyed baby girl melting hearts at the Huachipa Zoological Park in Peru.
The endangered 2-month-old white Bengal tiger cub was born to Yunga and Clarita, who are from Argentina and Chile. The fluffy cub is the first of her kind to be born in captivity in Peru.
The little one drinks milk from a bottle and is starting to eat some meat too, reports WABC.
She made her media debut last week, and now that the public has gotten more of a chance to see her, a naming contest was held at the zoo on Saturday.
The winner, who will be announced on the zoo’s Facebook page on Sept. 2, will get to have their photo taken with the cub.
It was a scene right out of a Bruce Willis movie — and an improvised one, at that.
Annie Hart, executive director of Los Angeles animal rescue group the Bill Foundation, was getting ready for bed when she received a call saying that a group of puppies needed her help.
Samantha Haas, who runs WagsAware, an organization that raises money for rescues, had seen a homeless man put four young puppies into a Tupperware bin and close the lid, leaving them with little air to breathe. Then, he boarded a bus.
Knowing there was little time to spare, superhero Hart “just kicked into action.” Within minutes, Hart was in the car with her husband, James, and their dog Arnold, racing to catch the bus and getting updates from Haas on its whereabouts.
Thinking quickly, she told Haas to drive slowly in front of the bus to stall it. "I had no idea this was something I’d ever have to do... I think I’ve seen too many action movies,” Hart laughed. But it worked. Hart could soon hear the annoyed bus driver honking his horn, and her husband got behind the bus.
“At one point my husband looked at me and said, 'You’re not getting on that bus are you?’” Hart said.
Sharks were already the stars of the summer. Now, Mad Men star January Jones is defending the powerful creatures.
Just in time for the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and following of the Syfy channel’s Sharknado success, Oceana has released a new public service announcement where the actress speaks out for great whites.
“Healthy oceans need sharks. But great whites are in danger of extinction,” she says in the video. “Too many are being caught in fishing nets. There may be only a few hundred adult great whites left off the West Coast. We should be scared FOR great whites.”
Little Groby Pedroni is getting a new start after being rescued from a hoarder who kept more than 40 dogs in her home.
Not even the next-door neighbors in the woman’s Los Angeles suburb knew that she had the dogs because they had never been outside or had any medical care, according to Groby’s Facebook page.
Because of the inbreeding that happened in the home, Groby, a 3-year-old Chihuahua, was born without front legs. (Several of the dogs in the house suffered from birth defects.)
The dogs were removed from their environment in 2012, and Groby spent the next 10 months being fostered at the Hope Ranch Animal Rescue before being adopted in March.
Groby has been fitted with a new set of wheels to help him get around, and he’s needed surgeries on his hind legs. The first operation at the University of California-Davis took place last week, and in the next few months, he’ll undergo surgery on his other leg.
Fortunately, the community pitched in to help Groby, raising money to cover the cost of his operation, reported Dogster.
Groby’s owner hopes that the little dog will soon be off and running.
Misha is one lucky baby snow leopard.
As the only cub in her litter, she gets all the milk she wants from mom Natasha — and all of mom’s attention.
At age 12, Natasha is an experienced mom who’s given birth three other times. She’s been putting her skills to work and watching closely as her little one learns to climb and pounce.
Misha is the first cub for her dad, Himal.
Last month, the cub, who was born on May 13, began accepting visitors at the Denver Zoo’s feline building — as long as they are quiet and respectful, to allow Misha to adapt to the attention.
When she first made her debut in early July, Misha weighed in at about 5 pounds. Her keepers expect her to get to about 75 pounds when she’s an adult.
We always love stories about heroic dogs who save lives. So we just adore the story of Edward, a true superhero.
In the last five years, the Golden Retriever has completely changed the life of U.K. resident Wendy Hilling.
Hilling suffers from recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, a rare condition which causes her skin to tear and blister at the slightest scratch. The blistering can also affect her throat, meaning it can cause her to stop breathing, reported the Daily Mail.
Wendy’s husband, Peter, had to stop working to take care of his wife. The couple also had to take turns sleeping in case Wendy stopped breathing at night.
Then, in 2008, they brought Edward home.