Paws will revisit the 9 best animal stories of 2021 – WFTV

ORLANDO, Florida – The end of the year is always a great time to look back on the past 12 months.

Channel 9 has rounded up our top nine favorite animal stories of 2021. Dip your claws into them below:


When turtles fly: Rehabilitated sea turtles soar to Kennedy Space Center to start new lives in the Atlantic

Three dozen rehabilitated sea turtles gained their wings as they were transported from the northeast to the coast of space to start new life in the Atlantic.

Officials said “Turtle Fliers” of the Turtles Fly Too organization coordinated the rescue flight.

Turtles, primarily the endangered Kemp’s Ridley species, were rescued from the cold waters of New York City and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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Sea turtles share a ‘kiss’ on camera during Florida motorboat race

“Kissing cams” ​​are common scenes at a baseball game, with couples kissing while fans scream in glee. Apparently even the turtles get into the act.

Florida Police have captured a photo of two sea turtles “kissing” each other during the 36th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Boat Races.

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Pet Alliance continues mission after fire decimates shelter

Employees at the Pet Alliance animal shelter worked long days and nights after a fire killed more than a dozen animals.

Reconstruction and recovery efforts are underway, and Pet Alliance said it could not have recovered so quickly without the community’s help.

Donations kept coming in and the animals found their homes “more and more”.

The public veterinary clinic, trade office and shelter were written off as a complete loss after the fire. Firefighters managed to save 45 cats and 26 dogs from the burning building. Sadly, dozens of cats died in the blaze.

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Brevard Zoo collects donations to establish a dedicated manatee rescue team

Brevard County records nearly three times as many manatee rescues and deaths than any other county in Florida, according to the Brevard Zoo.

In response, the zoo launched a plan to help preserve one of Florida’s favorite creatures.

The zoo is trying to raise $ 30,000 to establish its own team with the necessary equipment and personnel to lead the area’s manatee rescues.

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Disney welcomes baby white rhino to Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment team received what they call “one of the best gifts of all” this holiday season.

In November, a white rhino was born in Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

The calf is the third white rhino born at Animal Kingdom in the past 13 months, and the 13th white rhino born at Walt Disney World Resort, which contributes to the conservation of near-endangered species.

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Brevard Zoo to build new world-class aquarium

Brevard Zoo plans to build a world-class aquarium and conservation campus that will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Port Canaveral each year.

The harbor commissioners have approved the development agreement, but there is still a lot of money to be raised for the project.

Brevard Zoo is now planning a three-year fundraising campaign for the new $ 85 million aquarium.

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‘I just fell in love with her’: firefighter adopts cat he rescued from Pet Alliance fire

As rescuers worked night and morning to save as many cats and dogs as possible from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando fire, a firefighter found love – feline love, that is.

Orange County firefighter Brett Maneri was one of dozens of first responders rushing to the burning building to contain the flames and keep cats and dogs away from the structure.

He adopted one of the cats he rescued, a marbled brown and orange Tabby named Mia.

Read the full story here.

Central Florida first responders help save kitten, puppy and alligator

Kittens, puppies and alligators – oh my god! First responders in central Florida were busy saving animals from precarious situations.

In the same week, Brevard County firefighters helped rescue a puppy stranded in a water-filled ditch, and Polk County MPs responded to two different animal-related calls: one involving a kitten and the other involving an alligator.

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Apollo & Boba Fett: hearing dolphin and turtle with spinal injury find new home

A hard of hearing bottlenose dolphin and an injured green sea turtle, both rescued and rehabilitated by SeaWorld, find a new home in a Florida aquarium.

SeaWorld officials have said that Apollo the Bottlenose Dolphin and Boba Fett the Green Turtle were both deemed unfit to be returned to the wild due to their chronic health issues.

Read the full story here.

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