April 5, 2017: We’ve scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it’s all right here.

Britta Bergeson fell in love with Justice, a blind kitty, before she even met her.

“Instant” Connection for Girl and Kitty

Britta Bergeson, 8, first spotted Justice on the Arizona Humane Society’s web site, and pleaded with her family to adopt the blind cat, even drawing sweet pictures of the kitty in her home. Her parents agreed, and the whole family (grandpa, aunts and cousins included) arrived at the shelter asking to meet Justice last week. “She started crying and it was an instant love connection,” when Britta was introduced to Justice, said adoptions supervisor Vanessa Crues. “Justice just melted in her lap and was so calm with her new friend. The family was very emotional. Love connections like these are what make this job so rewarding, especially for a cat like Justice who really needed to find a great home!” — Read it at People Pets

Rare Giraffe’s Birth Caught on Video

As the world waits for April the giraffe to have her long awaited baby at a New York state zoo, an endangered Rothschild giraffe was born across the pond at the U.K.’s Chester Zoo on Monday. The baby’s birth was caught on CCTV cameras, and the zoo released the stunning video, which also shows the baby’s first wobbly steps, on Tuesday. “Those long legs take a little bit of getting used to but the new calf is doing ever so well, as is mum,” said Sarah Roffe, giraffe team manager. “She’s an excellent parent and is doing a fantastic job of nursing her new arrival.” This is the second Rothschild giraffe to be born at the zoo in just fourth months. And the zoo couldn’t help but make a little dig at the giraffe mom who’s been all over the news. “The world may be waiting for April the giraffe to have her calf over in America, but Orla has beaten her to it!” Roffe said. — Read it from the Chester Zoo

New Mountain Lion Kitten Found in Santa Monica

Researchers from the National Park Service have found and tagged a mountain lion kitten who’s believed to be the daughter of a puma mom referred to as P-23. The baby was given the name P-54. Wildlife officials are concerned the kitten might be a product of inbreeding because the cats are stuck on an island habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains, but said she’s healthy and they’re pleased the mountain lions continue to breed successfully. While P-54 was the only kitten they found in her mom’s den, officials said it’s possible they might be surprised with one or two more kittens at some point. — Read it at the Los Angeles Daily News

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Tyler Matakevich adopted a black Lab mix puppy after posing with her for a photo shoot.

Linebacker Melts for Rescue Puppy

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Tyler Matakevich wasn’t planning to adopt a dog when he arrived in Philadelphia last week for a photo shoot for the Show Your Soft Side anti animal cruelty campaign. But when a little black Lab mix named Jerrica was placed in his arms and instantly went to sleep, Matakevich’s heart melted. “It felt like they set me up,” Matakevich said. “I knew right away.” Days later, the NFL player’s girlfriend drove to Delaware to pick up the pup, who they’ve renamed Bailey. She’s settling right in at her new home in Connecticut, where she enjoys pestering the family’s 13-year-old dog. — Read it at The Dodo

Missing German Shepherd Returns Home

Joel and Terry McDonald were so stunned that their dog, who’d been missing for four long years, showed up on the doorstep of their North Carolina home last week, they weren’t even positive it was her. “I didn’t know for sure. I thought it was her, so I sat down on the porch and she came up and just like that, put her head in my lap, and I said, ‘Oh my,’” said Joel. They brought the dog to the vet, who scanned her microchip and confirmed she was indeed their Molly. The couple — and the staff —were in tears at the happy news. “I’ve asked her and asked her, but she won’t tell me where she’s been,” said Joel. “But she’s back,” added Terry. — Read it at AKC.org

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