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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, resident Linda Gall found a Boston Terrier in need of a home on Craigslist and brought her home Sunday. The owners said they’d found the dog in 2008 and taken her in. But when Gall brought the dog to the vet for to make sure she was healthy, a microchip revealed she had an owner in the Miami area. Gall called the original owner, Julie Arango, who was in disbelief. Arango and her 19-year-old daughter, Celina, drove to Fort Lauderdale Monday night to pick up Lola, who’d been missing for seven years. "Oh, my God, Lola! Lola, honey!" said Celina, as she scooped up the dog who disappeared when Celina was just 12 years old. She plans to take Lola to college with her near Orlando in the fall. "I love animals, I care about them, and if they're missing their dog, it belongs to the person that lost the dog," Gall told Miami’s WSNV. — Watch it at NBC Miami
Scientists were surprised to find critically endangered sawfish in Florida are reproducing without sex. It’s the first solid evidence of asexual reproduction in the wild for any animal with a backbone. Until now, asexual reproduction in vertebrates came almost entirely from animals in captivity. "Vertebrate animals that we always thought were restricted to reproducing via sex in the wild actually have another option that does not involve sex," said study co-author Demian Chapman, a marine biologist at Stony Brook University in New York. "Rare species, like those that are endangered or colonizing a new habitat, may be the ones that are doing it most often. Life finds a way." The study was published in the journal Current Biology. — Read it at Live Science
Yesterday, we told you about a 1-month-old bobcat kitten found hiding in the brush near a fire that wiped out 550 acres in southwest Florida Friday. State wildlife officials had been called in to examine the kitten, but they found it was stable and wanted to leave it in place in case its mother came back for it. They continued to monitor the kitten, and when they discovered Monday that it was still in the same place crying for its mom, they decided it would have to go to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife. It arrived with slightly burned paws and needed liquids to fight dehydration. Rehabilitators said the young patient was responsive and feisty. They’re hoping to release the kitten into the wild when it’s ready. — Read it at Florida’s NBC 2
During the 6th annual Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days last weekend, more than 5,200 cats and dogs from shelters and rescues in California, Nevada and Wisconsin went to their new homes. The 2-day adoption event honors a Miniature Schnauzer named Maddie. Pets can be adopted for free, and Maddie’s Fund donates $200 to $2,500 to participating shelters to help them care for more animals. More than 35,000 pets have found homes thanks to Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days since 2010. — Find out more from Maddie’s Fund
Two young California sea otters had one adorable meeting at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago recently. Cayucos, who’s now 3 years old, and Luna, who’s 8 months, are being raised in captivity after they were rescued from California after their mothers either abandoned or orphaned them. Little Luna was just 5 weeks old and 2 pounds when she was found last fall. In a video posted last week by the Shedd, the pair goes for a swim together and plays with ice, fake kelp and other toys. — Watch it at YouTube and read it at Yahoo News
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