Brighter Side: Good news this week (Animal Edition!)

UNDATED (KTHV) -- From an election with some pretty adorable candidates to a kitten rescued from a taxi cab, there are plenty of positive stories from the past week that are definitely on the 'brighter side'.

Zoo holds animal election

Children love to learn by example, so the Santa Fe zoo in Medellin, Colombia decided to hold an election for some eager young students, ready to learn about democracy. The only thing is that these were no normal candidates, but the animals themselves. The electoral event was carried out with complete normality. Some students said they voted for the bear because he's one of the most representative animals from the zoo. Others voted for the otter and the frog was also one of the preferred candidates. In the end, the winner of the elections was the bear, holding 30% of the vote. His vice-president was the otter, and during this electoral round, the frog achieved a respectable 17% of the votes.

Stray cat, lynx become inseperable at St. Petersburg Zoo

Your every day cat isn't something you see at the zoo, but this one managed to get inside the zoo at St. Petersburg, Russia and find a best friend. According to the blog Love Meow, the stray cat got inside the European lynx enclosure, and rather than rejecting it, they bonded the very first day.

Kitten rescued from taxi cab engine

Firefighters got a little help from a news station when they rescued a kitten that got trapped in the engine of a taxi cab for several hours overnight Monday in downtown San Diego. According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, the kitten was discovered at about 9 p.m. Monday when a driver and passenger heard meowing coming from their car. The cab driver pulled over near 9th Avenue and F Street, pulled up the hood and discovered a kitten stuck in the engine. The driver and passenger tried to pull her out, but to no avail. They eventually called 911 and the fire department arrived. Firefighters used 10News photojournalist Paul Anderegg's tripod to hold up the cab's hood, as well as his camera light to maintain visual contact on the kitten. By 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, crews were finally able to get her out. The 10-week-old female kitten was turned over to San Diego County Animal Control. How she initially got wedged in the engine remains a mystery.

Formerly blind dog can see again after surgery

Duffy looks deliriously happy to see his family again. The pup, who had lost his eyesight to diabetes, recently received surgery that restored his vision. According to a post about the video on Reddit, it had been months since Duffy had seen his owners. The good news is his surgery, which happened in January, seems to have worked.


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