Five animal stories that touched Tacoma recently:
1. New litter of clouded leopard cubs born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. You might think they'd make cute house pets, but wait til they discover the drapes. (See also: Ivan. No. 3, below.)
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2. Two Tacoma pit bulls rescued from trash bag as pups celebrate first birthday with a party. They also sign deal with HarperCollins to publish their memoirs.
3. Home movies of Ivan the Gorilla growing up in a Tacoma home are restored. They contain most sought-after images from the 1960s since the Zapruder film.
4. Ringling Brothers elephants perform last shows. Sad circus clowns hope activists will rally to liberate them next.