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Pet Paparazzi: Send us your pics!

Pet Paparazzi: Send us your pics!

Calling all residents, we want your pet photos! Send us your pet's cutest, silliest, craziest photo and it may make it on your city's community site. The more creative, the better! Make sure you include your name and the name of your pet along with their breed, your city of residence and, if you like, add a caption.

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John Ball Zoo snow leopard cub dies

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - John Ball Zoo staff reports that the baby snow leopard born at the zoo in June has died.

In a press statement, officials say that zookeepers have been monitoring the health of the snow leopard cub since its birth and noticed two weeks ago that the cub's eyes did not seem normal.  On Monday, a veterinary ophthalmologist determined that the cub had a congenital abnormality.  The cub died later on Monday. 

"This is a huge disappointment to all of us at the Zoo, the entire Zoo community, and the residents in West Michigan." said Barb Synder, Animal Curator. "Animal births are happy occurrences and it's hard not to immediately celebrate the great news - but zoo professionals know that they should always remain cautiously optimistic in the first days and weeks after birth."

John Ball Zoo has had three successful births of snow leopards in the past few years. The last from the same mother as the new cub.

Zoo plans to bring tigers back to GR

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The tigers are coming to Grand Rapids, and we don't mean the baseball players this time.

The John Ball Zoological Society announced today they will be bringing tigers back to the Grand Rapids zoo in Phase II of the Zoo Society's Restore the Roar Capital Campaign.

The projects include the Bill and Bea Idema Foundation Funicular and Forest Realm, the Bissell Tree House, which was announced earlier this year, the new Amur Tiger Exhibit, a new Grizzly Bear Exhibit, Visitor Welcome Center, and a Central Services/Commissary facility.

This major zoo expansion and renovation breaks ground this summer with expected completion of the funicular, tree house, welcome center, and central services facility in 2012, completion of Grizzly Exhibit in 2013, and completion of Tiger Exhibit in 2014.

John Ball Zoo lion gets MRI checkup at MSU

John Ball Zoo lion gets MRI checkup at MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A gargantuan task for animal handlers from John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids after they transported a nearly 500 lb. lion to East Lansing for a check-up.

A six-year-old male lion was brought to Michigan State University's veterinary teaching hospital Friday for an MRI scan.

The lion has been suffering from from seizure-like episodes recently, and zookeepers wanted to pin-point exactly what is wrong.

The lion was sedated for the procedure. The good news is his seizures should be able to be controlled with medicine, and should not require any surgery.

Review: Wash n' Wags

Review: Wash n' Wags

My Dog Roxy Coco Chanel is not your typical dog. 

Yes, she's a bit of a diva and only warms up to certain people. 

Wash n' Wags has her approval. 

The employees there are patient and nice and know how to handle even the most "divas of dogs." 

If you want to learn more about the Westside business, click here: http://washnwagspetgrooming.com/main/

Local Humane Society changes name, logo

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Humane Society of Kent County has unveiled a new name and logo as they expand their reach into West Michigan.

The organization dedicated to animal care will now be known as The Humane Society of West Michigan.  The new logo has a new tagline as well: "Giving animals a voice."

"The Humane Society of Kent County has been a symbol of animal advocacy and education for more than 100 years," said Board President Michael P. Kling in announcing the name change in a press release. "During that time we have made remarkable strides toward our mission, thanks to the generosity and support of the people of Kent and surrounding counties. As the Humane Society of West Michigan, we now look ahead to the next 100 years with the goal of serving the needs of animals and people across our entire region."

Missing dog in the Tamarack/Richmond area

From viewer Kari Hammons- On either late Friday September 24th or early morning Saturday September 25th our family dog slipped out of our home with out our knowledge around the Tamarack/Richmond area on the NW side of Grand Rapids.

She is a black pomeranian who is almost 8-years old. She is not wearing any identifying tags. Our precious dog Jenga has a nervous/anxiety disorder and bites her back leaving her with a bald spot on her back and thinning hair.

If you know of anyone who has found her, has seen her, or know anything please contact us as soon as possible. We have a whole family who is very very heartbroken because of this incident (including her sister who has not eaten nor has she left the couch since Jenga's disappearance). You can reach the Hammons family at 334-1291 or 308-4947.