April 3, 2017: We’ve scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it’s all right here.

A lucky lion cub arrived at the Dallas Zoo on St. Patrick's Day.

“Lucky” Cub Bonds With Mom

An adorable lion cub overcame “considerable odds” to make a safe arrival at the Dallas Zoo on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Bahati Moja, whose name means “Lucky One,” was born to mom Lina and dad Kamau. Lina had previously given birth to stillborn cubs, so veterinarians intervened in an effort to ensure this little girl’s survival. Thanks to their hard work, she’s now “bonding beautifully with Lina, nursing, putting on weight and turning into a feisty little cub,” the zoo said in a Facebook post last week. The mother and daughter duo will remain behind the scenes for a few months before they make their debut. — Read it at Zooborns

Wild Dogs Feared Extinct Captured on Camera

More than 50 years after they were last seen, New Guinea highland wild dogs have been spotted in their natural island habitat. The rare canine species are the same as or close relatives of New Guinea’s singing dogs, which only live in captivity. Camera trap pictures from last year reveal at least 15 individual dogs, including males, females and pups. DNA evidence suggests the wild dogs may be the most primitive canines alive today, and scientists are hopeful they can shed more light on the ancestry of domestic dogs. — Read it at National Geographic

Still No Calf for April the Giraffe

It was back in February when thousands of fans started tuning in to a live stream of April the giraffe at New York’s Animal Adventure Park, expecting her to give birth at any moment. The zoo’s veterinarian made news on Friday when he predicted that the mom would give birth over the weekend — but the joke was on him. Still, in a Facebook post on Sunday night, Dr. Tim said April isn’t overdue. “I’m not concerned she is ‘taking so long,’ nor should you be,” he wrote in response to questions from fans. “She remains happy and comfortable (considering the circumstances) … she will have this calf when she is good and ready.” He added that he doesn’t plan to give a new timeframe for the baby’s arrival. “It really shouldn’t be much longer, I’m just not going to tell you my guesstimate anymore.” — Read it at Animal Adventure Park’s Facebook

Ryan Seacrest footed the $8,000 bill for surgeries to save Romeo's legs.

Seacrest Covers Dog’s Leg Surgery

Last month, former “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest got a call on his radio show from a heartbroken fan. Her rescue dog, Romeo, required $8,000 in surgeries to repair ruptured ligaments in his hind legs, or she’d be forced to have his legs amputated. Seacrest, a dog lover himself, told Romeo’s owner, Mercedes, she didn’t have to make that terrible decision: he would cover the cost of the surgeries for her dog. On Friday, Mercedes and Romeo visited their hero in his studio. Seacrest shared a photo of the pup on Instagram, writing, “I had to help out Romeo with a couple leg surgeries he really needed … now he’s recovering well from the first operation and has one more to go. Good luck champ.” — Read it at People Pets

Veterinarian Couple Features Rescue Kittens in Wedding Photos

We’ve seen some cute puppies make appearances in wedding pictures, but veterinarians Michelle and Nicholas Anderson had a new twist on that idea. They invited two fuzzy rescue kittens to their March 25 nuptials in Colorado. Jeeves and Houdini visited from the cat welfare clinic where the couple volunteers, Divine Feline. “The wedding party was ecstatic to see the kittens,” Nick said. “However, after some thought on the matter, they were not surprised … that we would have them there for photos.” The kittens will be up for adoption after they’re old enough to be neutered. — See photos at ABC News

  • Share on Tumblr