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Orangutans at the Milwaukee County Zoo will soon be able to video chat with orangutans from other zoos using iPads. The zoo originally introduced the tablets to the apes as an exercise in enrichment, and to show visitors the extent of their intelligence. –Daily Telegraph

Dogs in Hawaii that are deemed “incessant barkers” must visit with an animal psychologist as part of a plea deal to improve their behavior. Should the sessions fail, owners face $575 in fines and possible eviction from the neighborhood. –Wall Street Journal

Just in time for Easter, 18 Madagascan pochards, the rarest ducks on the planet, were hatched at a captive breeding center in Antsohihy, Madagascar. The small group represents nearly a third of the species’ entire population. –Discovery News

How much is too much to spend on pet health? Advancements in veterinary care can now extend an animal’s life and treat a variety of formerly fatal ailments, but the American Pet Products Association estimates that as a result, consumers spent $13.4 billion on their pets in 2011, up from $9.2 billion in 2006. –New York Times

Combining her love of animals and baking, a Connecticut woman created Cupcakes for a Cause, whose confections benefit the plight of homeless pets in her neighborhood. –