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Jan. 9, 2013: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.
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 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 Crowdrise.com’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
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
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
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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