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    A Florida animal hospital announced the death of a beloved community alpaca Saturday on Facebook. >> See the Facebook post here Creekside Animal Hospital in Fleming Island wrote: 'It is with a heavy heart that we want to inform our clients and friends at [Swimming Pen Creek Elementary] that our youngest alpaca that was born out on the shared field over a year ago has passed away.' According to the post, a man in a blue car is responsible for the death of the alpaca. >> Twiggy, the water-skiing squirrel, to hang up skis in Florida The animal hospital said he would dump food onto the field multiple times a week and that they had spoken to him multiple times. Most recently, he left three boxes of animal crackers, a large bag of Doritos, two boxes of Cheese Nips and two bags of whole peanuts, the animal hospital said. The animal hospital said the man 'leaves the litter behind every single time and we clean it up.' The post said this was the first time peanuts were dumped, and the youngest alpaca overindulged. >> Read more trending news  The hospital said it did everything they could for him, even a blood transfusion from his father, but the young alpaca died nonetheless.  The animal hospital said it 'worked on him for 36 hours and just couldn't bring him back.' Employees with the animal hospital said they are now in fear for the rest of the herd, including the goats. They said they will likely be moving them to a new location because they have no way to protect them from the man with the blue car.  – Visit ActionNewsJax.com for the latest on this developing story.
  • A lost dog became a Massachusetts police officer’s co-pilot Monday.  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Duane Boucher, the Orleans Police Department's animal control officer, found the Jack Russell terrier near the Pump House Surf Shop on Route 6A. >> Read more trending news  Orleans police wrote on Facebook, “Until his humans are found, Officer Jack Russell will patrol today with officer Boucher.” >> See the post here Boucher was able to reunite the dog, named Rocco, with his owner. He apparently slipped out of his collar and decided to go for a stroll.  “Thank you so much to the Orleans PD for locating Officer Rocco and bringing him safely home,” his owner wrote on Facebook.
  • A playful pooch is making headlines for pulling off an epic photobomb at his owners' wedding. >> See the photo here According to 'Today,' Angie Blumberg and Jayce Conway of Illinois exchanged vows July 28 in Big Sky, Montana. Their beloved Labrador retriever and best man, Boone, was supposed to stand between Conway and his brother during the ceremony. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  But Boone apparently had other ideas. Although he stayed put during the processional, he 'couldn't resist going over to say 'hi'' to Blumberg when she made her appearance, Conway told 'Today.' >> Read more trending news  The couple's photographer, Chris Davis, snapped away as Boone enjoyed a tumble in the grass during the opening prayer. A photo of the moment quickly went viral on social media, where it was shared more than 50,000 times, 'Today' reported. Read more here.
  • An English bulldog has fetched the crown in the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California. >> PHOTOS: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog wins World's Ugliest Dog Contest According to The Associated Press, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old pooch from Anoka, Minnesota, won the pageant Saturday, beating out more than a dozen less-than-pretty pups for the $1,500 grand prize. >> PHOTOS: 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contestants >> 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest: Contestants, how to vote and past winners According to the event's website, Zsa Zsa 'was a puppy mill dog for five years in Missouri, and instead of placing her in a loving home at her end of breeding, she was put in a dog auction.' After Underdog Rescue saved the uncomely canine, current owner Megan Brainard found her on Petfinder and adopted her. >> Read more trending news  Check out some memorable moments from this year's contest below: Read more here.
  • An adorable video of a bear jumping with a 5-year-old boy at Tennessee's Nashville Zoo is going viral. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  According to WZTV, Patrick Parker recently took his son, Ian, to the zoo, where they saw an Andean bear named Luka. Ian jumped happily when he saw Luka, who copied Ian's moves from the other side of a glass divider. >> Read more trending news  The video, which Parker shared on Facebook, has been viewed more than 250,000 times. Read more here. >> Click here to watch
  • A raccoon's captivating climb up the side of a 25-story Minnesota high-rise came to a happy ending Wednesday after the fuzzy daredevil was released back into nature after reaching the top of the building. Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 13: Officials with Wildlife Management Services, a pest control business based in Brooklyn Park, said they released the raccoon Wednesday afternoon on private property in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. The company shared a short video of the raccoon’s release. It darted away from rescuers after only a small amount of prodding. Update 9:45 a.m. EDT June 13: Officials said they plan to release the raccoon 'somewhere safe' after it was lured into a trap baited with cat food on Wednesday morning at the top of St. Paul’s UBS Tower, the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Tad Vezner reported. Reports surfaced earlier Wednesday that the climbing raccoon had been caught after spending hours scaling UBS Tower. Update 8:45 a.m. EDT June 13: The raccoon was trapped by 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Nelson. Earlier Wednesday, Nelson reported that animal control officers had placed cat food in a trap at the top of the 25-story UBS Tower in an attempt to catch the critter. A representative of the Paige Donnelly Law Firm, situated on the top floor of the high-rise, wrote Wednesday morning on Twitter that building management said the raccoon was “safely in a cage.” >> PHOTOS: Raccoon’s captivating climb up 25-story skyscraper goes viral Original report: According to Minnesota Public Radio, the raccoon's harrowing journey began after it got stuck on a ledge of St. Paul's Town Square building. After maintenance workers tried to rescue the frightened critter, it ran to the roof, fled to the neighboring UBS Tower and started climbing.  >> WATCH: Woman rescues ducklings from storm drain in heartwarming viral video The raccoon slowly made its way up the building Tuesday, taking occasional nap breaks on ledges. It eventually reached the 23rd floor, reported MPR's Tim Nelson, who documented the animal's trek with the now-trending hashtag #mprraccoon.  >> Game warden saves fawn's life with emergency C-section on highway Late Tuesday, the raccoon began to descend the building, taking a breather at a 17th-floor ledge. But it shifted course again early Wednesday, climbing until it reached the roof about 3:30 a.m. EDT. Although many concerned onlookers had called for help, city officials said saving the animal could be risky for rescuers and the raccoon, which could get scared and fall, according to the Pioneer Press. Instead, animal control workers placed a food trap on the roof, a city Department of Safety & Inspections spokeswoman told the newspaper. >> Read more trending news  Another challenge: Employees who work at UBS Tower said the building's windows do not open, the Pioneer Press reported. Read more here or here.
  • An Oklahoma game warden saved a fawn’s life after responding to a report of a deer hit by a car on Highway 123. >> Heartwarming video: Scared baby deer is rescued from road by mama According to the Oklahoma Game Wardens Facebook page, Game Warden Ryan Walker arrived at the scene to find a doe and fawn dead on the road. He reportedly noticed movement around the doe’s stomach and realized the deer was pregnant and still had a fawn trapped inside. >> Read more trending news  Walker performed a Caesarean section on the doe and got the fawn out within seconds. It was taken to a rehabilitator in Osage County.  >> See the Facebook post here  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news 
  • A Tennessee woman has gone viral for all the right reasons. >> On Fox13Memphis.com: WATCH: Couple unknowingly plan to propose to each other at zoo on same day Shara Fenell told WHBQ that she was walking in downtown Memphis on Memorial Day near the Peabody Hotel when she heard a noise. She said she wasn't sure what the noise was at first or where it was coming from, until she looked in a storm drain. >> Watch the video here When Fenell looked down, she saw about eight ducklings. She and her friend noticed the mother duck walking around the drain trying to do something. >> On WPXI.com: Ducklings fall into sewer, officer climbs in after them What Fenell decided to do next made her go viral. She jumped into the drain and saved the ducklings. She lifted them one by one to a good Samaritan. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Fenell told WHBQ that she made sure the ducklings and their mother crossed the street safely. Great work, Shara Fenell! >> See her Facebook post here
  • Viral sensations are often forgotten about after a few days — the Mannequin Challenge comes to mind — but there’s a new one that a future dog owner or two will remember forever.  >> See the Facebook post here >> Yanny or Laurel? Viral audio clip leaves internet divided The Atlanta Humane Society jumped at the latest trend sweeping the internet by naming one puppy Yanny, the other Laurel. People have been hotly debating which one of those words can be heard in a short audio clip, similar to the great “What Color is this Dress” debate of 2015. >> On AJC.com: These metro Atlanta dog adoption events won’t be held at shelters Yanny, formerly known as Irving, is a 2-month-old male Chinese shar-pei mix. Laurel is a 3-month-old beagle mix who used to answer to Lillian. The puppies can be adopted for $295 each from the Howell Mill location.  >> Yanny or Laurel debate: This is what you heard and why This isn’t the first time the shelter has seized such an opportunity. The organization once named a puppy after the attention-capturing April the Giraffe. The post of Yanny and Laurel, thought up by marketing manager Amanda Harris, garnered hundreds of likes in a couple hours. Harris said these kinds of tactics often lead to successful forever homes for the puppies, in addition to boosting awareness about AHS. >> Read more trending news  “We love engaging with our social followers and friends with content that is fun and relevant to what’s happening on social media,” Harris said.  One person joked in the comments: “When you call one, the other will come.”
  • Fiona — the Cincinnati Zoo’s celebrity hippo — was recently spotted giving her mom hugs and kisses. >> Hippo photo bombs engagement proposal Videos from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden show Fiona interacting with her mom, Bibi. >> Click here to watch Fiona was born premature in January 2017 and received around-the-clock care. She weighed 29 pounds, which zoo officials said is well below a baby hippo’s typical weight. Hippos can grow to be 3,000 pounds. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  When Fiona became dehydrated, specialists from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center helped give her an IV. >> Read more trending news  Henry, Fiona’s father, was euthanized in October. Henry had been struggling for several months with health issues and had lost hundreds of pounds, the zoo said.