Pet Scoop: Abused Dog Saved by Facebook, First-Ever Images of Live Giant Squid Released

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Abused dog saved by Facebook

Woman Raises $10K for Injured Pup

A dog who was shot multiple times, hypothermic and left for dead in a garbage bag tied to a fence in Conroe, Texas, has a second chance at life thanks to a woman named Tami Augustyn and a viral Facebook campaign. After a neighbor found the abused dog, now known as Buck, on Jan. 5, Augustyn immediately rushed the pup to a vet clinic, but was unable to afford the hefty bill for the care required to save his life. She turned to Facebook where, after creating a page called “Buck Needs Bucks,"she garnered more than 25,000 likes and more than $10,000. “Your generosity has been AWESOME and if it weren't for each and every one of YOU, Buck would not have a 2nd chance at love," Augustyn wrote in a Facebook post. She plans on keeping Buck, and using any leftover funds for a foundation to help other abused animals. — Read it at Huffington Post

Rangers Save Blind Baby Rhino

Rangers at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya have adopted an abandoned blind baby rhinoceros and are tending to him 24 hours a day. Nicky, as he’s now called, snuggles next to a ranger to stay warm at night, and the high cost of his care is being supplemented by entered’s Mozilla Firefox Challenge, a fundraising competition that spotlights philanthropic efforts worldwide. “We lost one baby rhino to a lion," said Ginger Thomson, the conservancy's executive director. "Given the numbers of black rhinos in decline, we felt it was important to make sure this baby survived.” — Read it at Today

Therapy Horses Travel to Newton

After surviving December’s horrific school shooting, Sandy Hook’s students have been comforted by therapy dogs — and now are getting some healing care from miniature horses. The animals, about the size of large Golden Retrievers, are from Florida-based charity Gentle Carousel and traveled to Conneticut at the request of some of Newtown’s residents. "There are some calls you just can't say no to," said Debbie Garcia-Bengochea, Gentle Carousel's director of education "So we said yes and figured out how to make it happen."Read it at USA Today

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Images of Live Giant Squid Released

Japanese scientists have finally captured on film the world’s first live images of a giant squid. Photos of the 3-meter cephalopod were taken last July in the deep waters near the Ogasawara islands just south of Tokyo. "Many people have tried to capture an image of a giant squid alive in its natural habitat, whether researchers or film crews. But they all failed," said Tsunemi Kubodera, a zoologist at Japan's National Museum of Nature and Science, who led the team. Footage of the giant squid will air on Discovery Channel's "Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real" on Jan. 27. Read it at Yahoo News

Kangaroo Evades Airport Security

Kangaroos aren’t a strange sight in Australia. It is, however, rare to find them in the airport. But that’s exactly where a 3-year-old eastern gray kangaroo was spotted Monday, taking security officers on a 2-hour chase through the airport’s parking garage. The marsupial was finally tranquilized by a wildlife officer and transported to safety. — Watch it at Huffington Post

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