Mighty Mick: Paralyzed puppy learns to walk and swim

When Sue Rogers first met Mick, a 6-week-old Boston terrier with Swimmer Puppy Syndrome, in early July, she wasn’t sure he’d ever be able to walk. “I never thought anyone would be able to help him,” Rogers told TODAY.com of the puppy, whose debilitating disability left him with splayed, muscle-less legs. “He was just flat as a pancake.” But Rogers was determined to get Mick on his feet. As the fou… Continue reading

Chicago Tribune’s homepage glitch may help kitten find a home

A glitch on Chicago Tribune’s homepage Tuesday afternoon may spell good news for a silver-haired kitten waiting for a home. Visitors to the site got a brief glimpse of an adorable tabby cat named Benton, when a lead story was accidentally replaced by “inoffensive placeholder text” during a routine test. The photo came from the Tribune’s own “pets in need of homes” gallery, which features various a… Continue reading

National Zoo panda may be pregnant

One of Washington’s most famous couples may be expecting. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is hoping Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, their giant pandas, may have a new cub on the way. Mei Xiang began showing hormonal changes and sensitivity to noise that may indicate she is pregnant — or experiencing a false pregnancy, which is common for pandas.”You can’t tell from her behavior,” said Rebecca Snyder, cura… Continue reading

Nine lives: Stowaway cat from Philippines needs a home

A 4-year-old cat that stowed away in a container ship headed from Manila, Philippines, to Los Angeles is gaining weight and getting stronger after the trip without food or water left it near death.Los Angeles County animal control director Marcia Mayeda says the orange and white female cat was weak and frail after the 7,300-mile trip. But after two weeks of treatments, the feline is in fair condit… Continue reading

1-year-old panda cub gets 200-lb. ice cake for birthday

Happy (belated) birthday, Xiao Liwu! The San Diego Zoo’s giant panda cub celebrated his first birthday on Monday with a 200-pound, three-tiered ice cake to share with mom Bai Yun. Xiao Liwu, whose name means “little gift,” weighs over 41 pounds now, but is still nursing. Though he can’t eat solids yet, the cub definitely has a sweet tooth: He was a little shy at first, but eventually dug into his… Continue reading