Kids Mistake Leopard Cub For New Pet Kitten


It’s an age-old story: Kids find an adorable kitten, bring it home and plead “Can we keep it? Pleeeease?” But this time, the kitten wasn’t just any cat Children in the Indian village of Bhatvadar brought home a kitten one night last week and played with the fuzzy feline throughout the following day, the Times of India reports. That is, until the kitty growled. “It was only when we heard the cub growling that we realized it was not a kitten, but a leopard,” villager Bharat Sakat told the Times of India.

Leopards prowl across Africa and Asia, and a unique subspecies is native to the Indian subcontinent, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). The striking, spotty big cats can weigh up to 200 pounds, sprint 36 miles per hour, and leap 20 feet forward in a single bound, the San Diego Zoo reports.

While they’re undeniably adorable, the powerful predators clearly don’t make great pets. Fortunately, the Indian villagers quickly figured out that they had a leopard on their hands. “Fearing that its mother might be nearby, we released it in the wild near where the children had found it,” Sakat said.

So the next time your kids come home with a kitten, whining “pleeeease,” remember that it could be worse.

Jackson Kids Make 2-Legged Dog Their Cause

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Children are reportedly interested in raising money to get cart for pooch.Sheila Choi receives hundreds of calls and emails about abandoned animals every day. But the call that Choi, the CEO of Fuzzy Rescue, an animal rescue organization in Los Angeles, was not expecting to receive was the one she got recently from celebrity news Web site TMZ. The outlet called Choi to inform her that Michael Jackson’s children, Prince and Paris Jackson, had fallen in love with one of Fuzzy Rescue’s animals: a 6-month-old pup named Scooby-Roo.

Scooby-Roo is missing his two front legs, a condition he was likely born with. Since being found covered in wounds under a car, Scooby-Roo has been nursed back to health by Choi and her team, who are also raising funds to get him a cart and therapy treatment to improve his mobility.

Choi says that Jackson’s children Prince and Paris, reportedly had been so taken with Scooby-Roo that they had memorized Fuzzy Rescue’s bio of the dog, and that they were interested in raising the $2,000 necessary to get Scooby-Roo his first cart. Choi has not yet had direct contact with the children or representatives of the Jackson family, but has had an outpouring of collateral support from fans of the Jacksons.

Bocker The Dog Helps Kids Learn To Read

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Bocker the Labradoodle has many roles: He’s a model, therapy dog and tutor. And owner Marie Shelto (Bocker) says he understands how to behave when doing all of them. When the pup visits a local elementary school, he gives kisses to his students and settles down with his head on the book as a child reads to him. As a model for print and TV ads, he’s adept at learning tricks. And he regularly shows off his smile when he visits hospitals and nursing homes.

“He’s got human eyes,” says Shelto. “There’s just something special about him.” Anyone would have to admit that Bocker does have a pretty impressive resume. In addition to therapy work and making appearances for human and animal charities, he’s been a movie extra, appeared on The View and will represent Labradoodles on Animal Planet’s Dogs 101, which will air on the cable channel in October. And Shelto has even organized a group of other Labradoodle service dogs called Bocker’s Buddies.
Even when he was a puppy, Shelto says Bocker always stood out. He was pensive and quiet among rambunctious littermates at his Virginia breeder. (Shelto and her husband, singer Steve Shelto, sought out a hypoallergenic dog because of his asthma.) At obedience class, Bocker paid close attention to the trainer and seemed to learn faster than his classmates. He quickly got certified through Therapy Dogs International and started visiting people in need of cheer. Even other animals seem to know he’s a gentle presence: He’s friends with cats and has had deer and chipmunks stand just feet away from him.

Bocker also has a special gift for working with kids. He spends three hours a week as a Tail Wagging Tutor in upstate New York, where he listens to children read. Studies have shown reading to dogs helps kids relax and understand what they’re reading. After all, who wouldn’t feel better with a big, fluffy Labradoodle with encouraging eyes by their side