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Bald eagles and giant rabbits - check out these amazing animals from around the world

A week rich in animal stories brought us an abandoned dog reunited with her puppies, a majestic bald eagle, and an update on ‘that’ giant rabbit.

Dramatic photo of a bald eagle in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska
Dramatic photo of a bald eagle in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska Image by US Department of the Interior

The US Department of Interior posted a photograph of a bald eagle resting in a lake in the Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska in front of the glacier it’s named after. The photograph almost appears staged in its perfection. The US Department of the Interior wrote, “it’s easy to see why this beautiful, strong bird is our national symbol”.

An abandoned mother reunited with her puppies
An abandoned mother reunited with her puppies Image by Marin Humane Society

A heart melting video posted by the Marin Human Society in California showed an abandoned mother being reunited with her puppies. After the dog was brought into the shelter they realised that the dog had only recently given birth. They got in contact with the owner and managed to persuade them to let the mother be with her puppies since they still needed her. “After some detective work and a lot of convincing, our team was able to get the person who surrendered the dogs to also surrender the puppies, as they still needed their momma and were not in a safe situation.” The mother is overjoyed to her puppies.

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The famous 'giant rabbit' finds a home
The famous ‘giant rabbit’ finds a home Image by Scottish SPCA

Remember that giant rabbit in search of a home? Well, the Scottish SPCA have finally found a home for Atlas the giant bunny rabbit who went viral a few weeks ago when his owner posted a photo saying that she could no longer take care of him. The SPCA went through the candidates carefully, eventually picking Jen Hislop as the new owner of the rabbit who is as big as a dog. Hislop has already changed Atlas’s name to Atilla the Bun Binky Master Jazz Paws and bought a bunny pram for him. Godspeed Bun Binky!

Healthy looking Fifi after her first hibernation
Healthy looking Fifi after her first hibernation Image by PETA/Youtube

PETA posted some incredible photographs of Fifi the Syrian circus bear that for ten years never hibernated. After saving her from what PETA called rusty dog kennels, the bear was brought to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. After her first hibernation in ten years and some walking around open space, Fifi emerged fatter and fluffier than ever, a real miracle for such an old bear.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium posted adorable photos of a wild sea otter and her pup, which stayed at the aquarium for three days while the mother gave birth, as they were released back into the wild.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium posted adorable photos of a wild sea otter and her pup, which stayed at the aquarium for three days while the mother gave birth, as they were released back into the wild. Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium Facebook

After finding refuge in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s pool to give birth, an otter mom and her new pup have gone back into the wild. The California aquarium has posted new photos of the little family on its Facebook page after the wild sea otter’s three-day stay at the facility. The aquarium kept the public updated on the otter since it arrived, posting on Sunday that a pregnant wild sea otter had taken shelter in its Great Tide Pool, which is a body of sheltered water adjacent to the aquarium and connected to the bay. The otter had been escaping rough seas that were caused by storms, reports the LA Times.

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It's a dog's life! Sacramento gets new luxury pet care hotel.
Image by Marc Dalmulder / CC BY 2.0

Canine ambassadors are going to be a thing and we are all very excited! Scotland is currently hiring an official “ambassadog” to help represent the “spirit of Scotland” to the world. The Scottish government’s tourism agency, Visit Scotland, has opened up applications to all dogs that wish to represent their country. The job spec states somewhat hilariously that all dogs looking to apply must be “outgoing, Scotland-loving, and well-trained” as well as being a great lover of Scottish walks and trails.

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