These states have most overweight pets, research reveals

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 9:06 PM

Overweight cat on a bed.
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Overweight cat on a bed.(Andrei Spirache/Getty Images)

Dogs and cats in America are becoming increasingly overweight, according to a report from Banfield Pet Hospital.

Time reported that research from Banfield Pet Hospital released Tuesday shows that the number of overweight or obese pets in America is growing, and two states have the most hefty cats and dogs.

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The company, which operates close to 1,000 veterinary clinics in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, used information from 2.5 million dogs and 505,000 cats seen at Banfield Hospitals in 2016.

People reported that the ranking for the states with the most cats and dogs diagnosed as overweight both have Minnesota and Nebraska in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. See the top 10 states in each category below.

Overweight and Obesity in  dogs per 100 cases:

  1. Minnesota: 41 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  2. Nebraska: 39 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  3. Michigan: 38 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  4. Idaho: 38 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  5. Nevada: 36 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  6. New Mexico: 34 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  7. Washington: 34 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  8. Utah: 34 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  9. Indiana: 34 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  10. Oregon: 34 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight

Overweight and Obesity in cats per 100 cases:

  1. Minnesota: 46 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  2. Nebraska: 43 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  3. Iowa: 42 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  4. Idaho: 40 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  5. Delaware: 39 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  6. Michigan: 39 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  7. Nevada: 38 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  8. Kansas: 38 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  9. Utah: 37 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  10. New Mexico: 37 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight

The hospital’s research found that lack of exercise, overfeeding, breed and genetics and the commonality of obesity in pets are some factors that contribute to how so many pets became overweight. 

Pet owners can manage the weight of their cats and dogs by coming up with a weight loss plan with their veterinarian, having more playtime with their pets and giving out less treats, particularly limiting human food.

More information can be found at Banfield.com.

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WATCH: Bear, 5-year-old boy jump together at Nashville Zoo in adorable viral video

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 6:39 AM

Bear Essentials

An adorable video of a bear jumping with a 5-year-old boy at Tennessee's Nashville Zoo is going viral.

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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.

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The video, which Parker shared on Facebook, has been viewed more than 250,000 times.

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Posted by Patrick Parker on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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Raccoon released after scaling 25-story skyscraper, capturing hearts nationwide

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 2:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 2:46 PM

Raccoon Goes Viral After Scaling Skyscraper

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.”

 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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Another challenge: Employees who work at UBS Tower said the building's windows do not open, the Pioneer Press reported.

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Game warden saves fawn's life with emergency C-section on highway

Published: Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 5:35 AM

Game Warden Performs Emergency C-Section, Saves Fawn

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.

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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
 

Quick Action Saves Fawn A happy ending to a sad story. Late last night in Osage Co., a doe had given birth to a fawn...

Posted by Oklahoma Game Wardens on Sunday, June 10, 2018

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WATCH: Woman rescues ducklings from storm drain in heartwarming viral video

Published: Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 3:27 AM

File photo of ducklings with their mother. A Tennessee woman has gone viral after she saved ducklings from a storm drain in downtown Memphis.
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File photo of ducklings with their mother. A Tennessee woman has gone viral after she saved ducklings from a storm drain in downtown Memphis.(PublicDomainPictures / Pixabay.com)

A Tennessee woman has gone viral for all the right reasons.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

It's been a while since I left the house and when I did....... This Happened! #MemorialDay #MemorialDayShenanigans #DuckLivesMatter #PeabodyDucks #2018ImComingForYou #SharasChronicles #FitChic

Posted by Shara Fenell on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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