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November 8, 2011: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos for you to chew on. And it's all right here.
In what reads like a movie scene fit for its Los Angeles backdrop, a team of six animal control officers and a veterinary technician came to the rescue of a kitten stuck in a storm drain that was full of fast-rushing water. Due to the high water level and a lot of debris floating in the LA River, the team was forced to rappel in to save the little kitty. “It was really, really cool,” said a witness who had called for help. — Read it at NBC Los Angeles
The Bronx Zoo introduced its newest animal baby last week: a 5-month-old okapi named M’bura. The okapi’s only known relative is the giraffe, but it actually looks more like a horse with zebra legs. Okapis are known for being antisocial — even with their own kind — which makes breeding them in captivity a rather difficult process. — See the pictures at The New York Times
Researchers have discovered that giving the human diabetes drug exendin-4 to newborn animals prevented them from developing diabetes as adults. The discovery could potentially help human infants who are at risk for type 2 diabetes. — Read it at Science Daily
Buddy and Pedro may be inseparable, but since the two male African penguins are part of a breeding program at the Toronto Zoo, they’ll soon be separated and paired with females. “It’s a complicated issue, but they seem to be in a loving relationship of some sort,’’ said Joe Torzsok, chair of the Toronto Zoo board. — Read it and watch the video at the Toronto Star
Connie Laurie, 85, had quite the battle as she tried to catch a massive black marlin while on a charter fishing boat in Australia. “Only twice did I get lifted out of the seat when it made a run, but I was able to get it right up to the back of the boat before we released it," Laurie told The Cairns Post. — Read it at The Cairns Post
New research shows that male and female pairs of plain-tailed wrens adjust the timing and pitch of their warbling to make a duet sound like a continuous solo. — Read it at The New York Times
A small dog does everything in his power to get the attention of a baby lying on a bed — like hopping up and down and even offering a pink ball to entice her. — Watch it at the Huffington Post
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