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A Dispatch from Newt's High-Flying Political Aspirations

It's not known whether Newt Gingrich, one of the nation's most prominent zoo-lovers, is among the roughly 200 concerned callers to a New Jersey bird sanctuary regarding its abducted blind owl. The Republican frontrunner is definitely soaring from his lows of earlier this year, with at least a 20 percent chance of being the nominee to challenge President Barack Obama's guidance of the globe's largest economy later next year.

Regarding the former Speaker of the House's comeback and present status as leader of the pack, whooooooooo knew?

Gingrich also has a soft spot for zoological parks, according to The Washington Post. He publicized his sympathies following the death of German polar bear Knut. Prior to debates, he visited with an octogenarian tortoise, giraffes and the inhabitants of a reptile house.

Competing against U.S. Representative Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota , U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas , Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the Georgia Republican presently is spearheading the effort to drive President Obama from office in November 2012.

In the case of Simon, the since-recovered owl of the Raptor Trust of Long Hill, New Jersey, police consider last Thursday's appearance to be a burglary because investigators found tampered cages with wires severed by cutters, local police and the Trust founder told The Wall Street Journal. Simon was returned the next day alive though slightly dehydrated and worse for wear.

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