Welcome to Week Two of the Week Unleashed and boy do we have an emotional roller coaster of stories for you today! This week saw pet stories ranging from attention-grabbing to stomach-churning and all the way to downright annoying. Yet of course, there were heart-warming “tails” of cuteness and fuzzy-feelings too. So sit back, relax, and we hope you enjoy what we found to be this week’s most interesting pet news.
The Missing Cobra from the Bronx Zoo
Is there honestly a pet/animal blog in the country that did not mention that story at all this week? In case you have been under a rock, a 20 inch, pencil-thin Egyptian cobra managed to escape from the Bronx Zoo and spent nearly a week slithering around the zoo’s Reptile House before being found Thursday afternoon. While he was away, the cobra was able to master the concept of Tweeting and currently has over 200,000 followers! Zoo officials have said the cobra will be allowed to continue to Tweet from the confines of his exhibit, and fans can follow him @BronxZoosCobra. Story credit goes to the HuffingtonPost.
Newark woman pleads not guilty to abusing pit bull thrown down trash suit
Shifting gears to something more serious, earlier this week, Patrick, a beautiful one-year-old pit bull was found in a trash shute, extremely malnourished and very close to death. It has been nothing short of a miracle that he is alive today, and I am happy to report that he has gained two pounds, has started to wag his tail and is even barking. However, the woman accues of tying Patrick to a staircase and then fleeing the state is not in such good shape. She faces two counts of tormenting and torturing a living creature by failing to provide sustenance and two counts of abandonment. If convicted, the woman faces 18 months in prison, a $3,000 fine and community service (a pretty light penalty if you ask me, but that is a different matter for a different day). Please keep Patrick in your thoughts as he continues to fight every day to get back to being a healthy pup again. Story by nj.com.
Dog Welcomes Mom Home From Afghanistan
A video on BuzzFeed.com showing how emotional a dog becomes when his owner returns from Afghanistan is guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye. I would recommend grabbing a tissue or two before you watch this.
Loudest Cat in the World?
A cat in England has officially been named the world’s loudest cat. Smokey, who is able to purr at a decible level that is comparable to a idling semi-truck, not only annoys her owners while they try and talk on the phone, but also has the ability to completely drown out the TV. Check out this interesting segment from ABC’s Good Morning America for some cool demonstrations showing just how loud Smokey can be.
Twin Polar Bear Cubs Debut At German Zoo
Finally, to end the week on an uplifting note, a set of polar bears were unveiled to the public this week at the Nuremburg Zoo in Germany. Only a few days after the tragic death of the legendary and beloved Knute, these 45-pound cubs were a welcomed sight for the mouring polar bear community. So what do four-month-old polar cubs do on their first day in the eyes of the public? Well Aleut and Gregor took swimming lessons from their mother Vera and pawed around their new surroundings. It already appears that the love people had for Knute has been passed along to these new cute white balls of fur. Story credit to pawnation.com.