An adorably fat cat named Vito has joined his new owners in a special wedding-day photo shoot. Vito, formerly known as Symba, was adopted in June by Kiah Berkeley and Peter Sorkin after the feline made national news for weighing 35 pounds. "We wished that we could've included him in our wedding because everybody loves him and would've thought it was hilarious, but we got married two hours away," Berkeley of Mount Rainier, Maryland, told ABC News.
Storm the golden retriever is being hailed as a hero for his quick thinking to help save a drowning baby deer.The dog’s owner, Mark Freeley, said Storm spotted something in New York’s Long Island Sound on Sunday morning and jumped in to rescue it, grabbing the fawn and bringing it to shore.“Storm, bring him in. Good boy, Storm. Bring him in,” Freeley can be heard shouting in a Facebook video of the harrowing moment — which now has more than 3 million views.Storm won’t even retrieve a tennis ball, but in this moment, he knew exactly what he had to do, Freeley told ABC News.
When a cat-loving teacher heard about a friend's feline with mobility issues, she had an innovative idea to use 3-D printing to help get the kitten moving a little easier. Carrie Barron from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, adopted a loving and feisty 6-month-old Maine coon kitten named Ray from the Odd Cat Sanctuary in Salem, Massachusetts, despite his physical limitations. Veterinary experts warned Barron that Ray had an inoperable spinal condition that immobilized the animal's hind legs, but Barron fell in love anyway.
The firefighters at Belmont Fire Department in Greenville, South Carolina, rescued this stray orange kitty after finding him malnourished wandering around the outside of their station about two years ago. Flame the Arson Cat, as he’s now appropriately named, is like their shadow in the fire house, “always there when you need him to provide that mental break,” firefighter engineer Jordan Lide told ABC News. Fire Chief Anthony Segars was unsure about having pets in the fire station at first, but now realizes just how helpful the cat is to have around.
An incredibly rare image shows the moment an adorable baby leopard suckled a lioness in Tanzania. A guest at the Ndutu Safari Lodge in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area snapped the shots Tuesday in the heart of the Serengeti Plain of Tanzania. Luke Hunter, the chief conservation officer for Panthera, an organization devoted to the conservation of wild cat species, said his jaw dropped when he received the photos of the unlikely pair from the tourist.
When Tommy Rios watched his aunt Elaine's dog for the very first time he had no idea she'd leave him with a long list of do's and don'ts. Rios, 20, who found the hilarious list -- which was printed and taped to the kitchen cabinet -- posted pictures of it on Twitter, where it quickly went viral. Elaine said there's a reason why she's so particular with her 3-year-old Pomeranian named Pepper.
When Mo, a 14-year old Chesapeake Bay retriever, wandered off from her owners Darwin and Cindy Cameron last September the couple desperately searched for months, but after a brutal winter, they feared the worst. "If you know anything about Idaho winters, this one was not a normal one.
A puppy abandoned in Las Vegas is about to get a new home. Chewy, a 3-pound puppy believed to be 3 months old, was found on July 2 in a bathroom at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, according to Darlene Blair, the administrative director at Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue. The Las Vegas–based organization is helping little Chewy, thought to be a Chihuahua-Pomeranian mix, find a new home.
A kitten has appropriately been named Firecracker after he survived injuries that rescuers believe he sustained from fireworks. Now, rescuers of the Jasper County Animal Rescue League and Humane Society in Newton, Iowa, hope the 3-month-old orange tabby will be placed in a forever home once he recovers. Rachel Long, director of the rescue, said Firecracker’s name comes not just from his injuries, but also his bold personality.
Only a few glimpses of rare white deer had been possible in upstate New York, until now. Inside the 24 miles of chain-link fence that protect the former Seneca Army Depot, dozens of white deer have grown to become what the nonprofit Seneca White Deer Inc. (SWD) says is the largest herd of its kind in the world. Thanks to SWD and Deer Haven Park LLC, plans are underway to build a full-scale program of bus tours open to the public at the Seneca County site, an Army weapon storage facility from World War II to 2000.
This dancing gorilla channeling his inner “Maniac” in his kiddie pool at the Dallas Zoo is captivating the hearts of the internet. Zola, a 14-year-old Western lowland gorilla, showed off his awesome moves, spinning around in his pool flailing his arms to splash the water, and it’s basically encompassing how everyone feels about it being Friday. “This is Zola 100 percent,” Ashely Orr, the primate supervisor who recorded the hilarious video, wrote to ABC News.
A dog in distress was rescued from a hot car in Auburn, Mass., on Wednesday. Police and Animal Control Officer Aimee Contois arrived on the scene and successfully removed the heavily-panting dog from the car in which temperatures had reached 120 degrees, officials said.
Northwest China just got three new, very cute residents. Three panda cubs were born in China at Shaanxi Rare Wild Animals Rescue and Breeding Research Center last week. The center's vet, Ma Qingyi, said two other female pandas there are expecting bundles of joy soon.
Symba the 35-pound cat has been adopted.Kiah Berkeley and Peter Sorkin of Mount Rainier, Maryland, are the proud new owners of the obese feline.“He is lovely. He is a really sweet guy,” Berkeley, 31, told ABC News of Symba’s personality.The engaged couple heard about him like everyone else: on the news.“There were a bunch of news stories about him,” she said. “We love cats. My fiancé and I had two cats already. I have a particular affinity for very large animals and he obviously was a really sweet, loving guy. Very cute. ...
So long, Louie!Peter's Clam Bar in Island Park, New York, said goodbye to Louie, a 22-pound lobster believed to be nearly 100 years old.He's been greeting and teasing customers at the restaurant for 20 years, but owner Butch Yamali told ABC News he decided it was time that Louie find a new home."He became a little aggressive," Yamali, who's owned the restaurant for four years and inherited Louie, said. "We really can't sell him and we really can't eat him because the meat would be too tough. He became like a pet. ...
Behold Symba, the 35-pound cat. He’s up for adoption, waiting for a fur-ever home in Washington, D.C.The obese orange tabby was surrendered to the Humane Rescue Alliance.“We’ve had Symba for about a week,” the organization's spokesperson, Matt Williams, told ABC News. “He was surrendered to us when his owner had to move into a retirement home. He could not bring the cat with him. We’ve put him on an exercise program and supervised diet. And he is up for adoption now.”He added, “We’re certainly going to make sure the adopter understands they need to continue this program. ...
After years on the job, one lucky dog got the retirement party of a lifetime. Gema, a service dog who worked at Orlando International Airport for nearly five years, was feted with a party last week. "We're celebrating the retirement of one of our most loyal and dedicated employees - & we're sending her off in style," the Florida airport wrote on Twitter.
One woman is warning her North Carolina neighbors about her missing cat. “She’s kind of a jerk,” Mary Irwin, 35, wrote in an ad. The cat, named Babou, went missing in the Charlotte neighborhood of Ballantyne.
Picture this: You're on vacation. And before you head to the beach, you decide to spend your morning playing with puppies.If this sounds like a perfect way to spend your vacation, trek to Providenciales in Turks and Caicos. There you'll find Potcake Place, a volunteer-run organization that helps reduce the stray population on the island.Jane Parker-Rauw, the organization's founder, said that when she moved to the islands in 1997 from England to operate a spa she noticed that many puppies would roam the streets."People really didn’t know what to do with them," she told ABC News. ...
As if a wedding day isn’t magical enough, groom Stephen Watt wanted to take it one paw-dorable step further by surprising his bride, Keriann Watt, a lifelong pug-lover, with her very own puppy at their reception in Luss, Scotland. “To give Keri her perfect wedding day meant that there had to be a pug. There was no way I could let that pass,” Stephen Watt wrote to ABC News from New York, where the couple was spending their honeymoon.
A family in British Columbia looking to adopt a rescue dog drove 16 hours to a shelter in California after learning from a border patrol official that the shelter was overcrowded. Paula Power, of Chilliwack, British Columbia, had run out luck trying to adopt a rescue pit bull in her local area so she started looking for dogs in Washington state. When she called the Canada Border Services Agency to find out the requirements for bringing a dog from the U.S. into Canada, the person she spoke with told her of a shelter in Sacramento that had dogs in need of adoption.
A terminally ill dog named Mr. Molson is embarking on bucket list adventures. Mr. Molson, a 12-year-old golden retriever, was diagnosed with cancer in March and was given three months to live. "He's right on the three month mark, but he hasn't seemed to have given up yet," Tim Griffin, 36, of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, told ABC News today.
The latest viral internet trend is flooding Instagram feeds with people and their adorable pups, thanks to one Texas dog owner. Alyssa Greene of Wichita Falls, Texas, and her "number one-pal" Colonel, a 70-pound Golden Retriever puppy, posted a photo as a fun idea that turned into a full fledged internet sensation. #squatyourdog if anyone wants to join me in this fun, take a video of yourself squatting your dog or pet and tag me in it! Or just enjoy this video of me and my freaking adorable pet.
A baby western lowland gorilla was born at the Philadelphia Zoo with big eyes and a big smile, but he had no ordinary birth. The zoo called in the help of doctors who normally treat humans, from an OB-GYN to surgeons and anesthesiologists from local hospitals and institutions to assist in the difficult birthing process for the newborn’s mom, 17-year-old Kira. “On Thursday, June 1, keeper staff noticed signs that Kira had begun labor, but as of Friday morning she had not delivered,” a press release for the new bundle of joy read.
Florida officials are monitoring an outbreak of "dog flu" that has been confirmed or suspected in 13 dogs. Seven of the cases are confirmed, and six are suspected, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This is the first time the highly contagious H3N2 virus has appeared in Florida, according to the department.