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Pawparazzi Report February 2014

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SYDNEY - The world's only captive leopard seal, which washed up in Sydney with a shark bite to his abdomen seven years ago, has been put down at an Australian zoo, officials said Thursday. Credit: Flickr/Henrico Prins Casey stopped eating at the start of the year and his health and condition deteriorated to such an extent that he had to be euthanised. "We are very saddened by the passing of Casey the Leopard seal," Taronga Zoo in Sydney said. Leopard seals' natural habitat is the frigid waters of the Antarctic, but a wounded Casey found himself on shores south of Sydney in 2007. Nursed back to health, he found a home at Taronga Zoo and became one of its most popular residents. He was...

On Dec. 27, just two days after Christmas, a man made a surprising discovery on his way home from work. Temperatures were below freezing and snow was falling, and when the man pulled over to determine whether the roads needed plowed, he spotted an orange and white kitten sitting on top of a polystyrene box. The surrounding ground was white, so it's amazing he saw the box at all. After clearing the roads, the man returned with his daughter, Tara, and they located the box in the woods. It contained two kittens -- and they were in bad shape. "We saw the kittens inside the box cuddling for warmth," Tara says. "Their condition was awful. They were freezing, dirty, and sick. We were certain...

Firefighters retrieved an estimated 15 to 20 cats and kittens from a burning house in Lancaster, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports. No people were injured in the fire, though it is unclear how many of the felines are expected to survive. "The firefighters did a heroic effort in saving those cats," Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Scott Polgar told told KTLA-TV. More than two dozen firefighters worked to extinguish the fire in about 30 minutes. Rescuers on the scene gave the felines oxygen and even performed CPR on some of the animals. A woman who arrived at the house around the same time as the firefighters appeared to be the caretaker of the cats and was seen helping...

A Danish zoo sparked outrage Sunday when it put down a healthy young giraffe to prevent inbreeding as young children looked on, before chopping it up and feeding it to lions. Credit: KASPER PALSNOV/AFP/Getty Images The fate of 18-month-old Marius shocked animal lovers around the world, with thousands signing an online petition to save him and a billionaire offering to buy him and keep him in his Beverly Hills garden. However last-ditch efforts to spare Marius were to no avail and he was put down with a bolt gun early on Sunday, zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro confirmed. A crowd of visitors, including small children, looked on as the giraffe was put down. Some grimaced while others took...

A cat is recovering after being shot through the mouth with an arrow. Police found and rescued the injured feline, bringing it to a veterinarian in Washington City, Utah. Animal Welfare Services received a call Wednesday morning about a cat seen near Nisson Park with an arrow in its face. Two officers were able to catch the cat and transport it to a veterinary clinic. "You could tell the cat was in pain," said Dr. Jace King of the Washington County Veterinary Clinic. "It couldn't move because of where the arrow was at." After initially believing that the cat would have to be euthanized, King decided to remove the arrow after seeing X-ray images of the its placement. "It came through...