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Originally posted 10/05/2012 10:30AM
On a day when the world was celebrating animals, Gisele Bündchen was paying tribute to one of her own.
"My best friend, she will always live on in my heart," the model wrote on her Facebook page Thursday, which was World Animal Day. "Let's never take for granted the unconditional love that our animals show us every single day."
Vida died last year; she would have been at least 13 years old.
Bündchen, who is expecting her second child with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, brought Vida home in the late 90s, and the Yorkie held one of the top spot in her supermodel mom's heart.
Originally posted 09/24/2012 02:30PM
A day after the National Zoo's giant panda cub was found dead inside the den she shared with her mother, a definitive cause of death remains unknown.
However, zoo veterinarians detected some fluid in her abdomen and a slightly abnormal liver, according to a statement posted on the zoo's official website Monday. "They don't know yet whether either of those things is significant," the statement reads, "and they're still investigating."
But those were the only issues vets found during the necropsy (animal autopsy) of the estimated 4-oz. cub, who appeared to be female. There were no signs of external or internal trauma, so they know she wasn't crushed by mom Mei Xiang. Her heart and lungs also seemed healthy, so she did not suffocate. They saw traces of milk in her gastrointestinal tracks, so they know she was nursed by her mother before her death.
"We're still reeling from the loss of our giant panda cub," the statement continues. "We feel like the whole world is mourning with us."
Originally posted 09/23/2012 03:25PM
Just a week after the National Zoo announced the birth of a giant panda, the cub has died, the zoo announced.
Zookeepers found the cub dead Sunday morning, reports the Washington Post, upon hearing "distressed vocalizations" from mother Mei Xiang.
"This is not right, this is not good," the keepers thought, according to the Washington, D.C., zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson, and the zoo's staff realized they were no longer hearing the offspring's squealing. Using cushioned grabbers, they removed the cub from the den and tried to perform CPR. Mei Xiang's little one could not be revived.
Originally posted 09/21/2012 12:45PM
In his final days, 14-year-old Bingo went on walks with his best friend and enjoyed treats sent to him from around the world.
But all that might not compare to this: "Bingo will go to heaven on a marshmallow cloud that will have a chocolate water slide for dogs," Bingo's owner, 11-year-old Cole Hein, said in a statement announcing the Jack Russell terrier's death.
The dog made headlines earlier this year when Cole created a "lick it list" for the loyal pooch, a service dog who had been given to him to help combat a medical condition that causes him to stop breathing.
Originally posted 09/20/2012 05:35PM
Maggie Rizer had done everything right, she thought.
The model had booked reservations for her two golden retrievers – 7-year-old Albert and 2-year-old Beatrice – on her flight from New York City to San Francisco through United Airlines's PetSafe program. She knew about the potential dangers of flying with pets, and though Bea had flown without issue in the past, Rizer did more extensive research to make sure she was doing all she could to protect her dogs from harm.
But when Rizer, 34, her husband, Alex Mehran, and their 10-month-old son Zander landed in San Francisco on Sept. 3, they found out one of their family members had been lost along the way: Bea had died.
Originally posted 08/10/2012 05:10PM
Sponge Bob, the onetime 33-lb. cat, had gone from the shelter to a loving home two months ago – and had even met Edie Falco along the way – but after a sudden shift in his health, Sponge Bob died last week. He was 9 years old.
Sponge, as he was called by his owners, New York City couple Courtney and Matt Farrell, had been given a clean bill of health when he was adopted in June. Two weeks ago, according to the blog the Farrell's keep about Sponge, coughing fits landed him back at the vet, an X-ray showed a mass on his chest.
The mass pushed Sponge's heart and put pressure on his lungs, restricting his breathing. With their options rapidly becoming more limited, the Farrells made the decision to put Sponge down.
Originally posted 08/01/2012 05:45PM
Louisiana Tech University's mascot, an English bulldog named Tech XX, was reported missing over the weekend, and a $2,000 reward was offered for his safe return by residents of Ruston, La., where the college is located.
But on Wednesday, Dr. Patrick Sexton, Tech XX's caretaker and the owner of the animal clinic where he resided, revealed that the dog had actually died due to the negligence of an employee, who then attempted to cover up his passing.
"Tech XX was left outside too long on Sunday evening and passed away from a heat stroke," he said in a statement. "Due to this negligence, the employee is no longer employed by Sexton Animal Health Center."
Originally posted 07/18/2012 08:25AM
Howard Stern had a rough day at work Tuesday. The America's Got Talent judge said goodbye to his beloved dog Bianca before judging the evening's live show.
"Tough day today my friends. Thanks to all for all the kind messages. Give your dog a hug for me tonight," Stern Tweeted Tuesday.
Originally posted 07/13/2012 04:00PM
When Cheyenne Jackson's dog suddenly stopped eating, he didn't know that a few days later, he'd be saying goodbye to her for good.
The actor's Rottweiler mix Zora (named after author Zora Neale Hurston) had been Jackson's constant companion since he adopted her from the ASPCA in 2003.
"She was everything to us," the 30 Rock star, 37, tells PEOPLE. "She was New York to us. She was in every dressing room I ever had, she was kind of the supermodel of the dog park, she was really beautiful. She was everything."
Originally posted 07/06/2012 09:00AM
Instead of fireworks, Christina Milian's Fourth of July was filled with goodbyes.
In June, Milian updated her followers on her Cane Corso's health, writing on Twitter that she was "Chillin' in the emergency pet vet parking lot. Something's wrong w my dog SheRah so brought her in tonight."
SheRah, who loved back rubs from Milian and posing with the singer during photoshoots, did not live with the pain much longer, and succumbed to cancer this week.
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