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August 7, 2012: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.
It took just a day for Olympic tennis champ Andy Murray’s gold and silver medals to be swiped — by his dogs. This adorable photo of his Border Terriers, Maggie May and Rusty, posing in the hardware was tweeted by Murray’s girlfriend on Maggie May’s Twitter feed. England's Murray had an upset win over Swiss star Roger Federer in singles for the gold, and he took the silver in mixed doubles. “Here we go folks . . . Just checking to make sure Rusty definitely has the silver, obviously,” tweeted Maggie May. — Read it at the Daily Mail
Scientists recently found seven people in Peru’s Amazon jungle who had antibodies to rabies — but only one of them reported having had a rabies shot, which would produce the antibodies. It's long been believed that rabies is 100 percent fatal, but more than half of the villagers who were interviewed for the study, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Peru’s Health Ministry, said that they’d been bitten by vampire bats. If some people are naturally resistant to rabies, sequencing their genomes may lead to a cure. — Read it at The New York Times
Hunters in Russia are known to shoot hibernating bears for their pelts and meat, leaving their helpless cubs in their winter dens to starve or freeze. But the Bear Rescue and Rehabilitation Program, funded by a U.S.-based animal welfare group, has figured out a way to care for the cubs with minimal human contact — like having people wear bear-scented clothing when they deliver food to the cubs. “They must avoid people, fear them. This is the only way they can survive in the wild,” said the biologist who runs the program. — Read it at the Washington Post
It's no secret that Labs love to swim. But Kira, who lives in Mozambique, has put a new twist on it — preferring to swim alongside wild dolphins. "Kira is an ordinary dog with extraordinary friends," reads the description of a video of Kira that was posted on Earth-Touch. Her owner is the founder of the Somente Aqua Dolphin Centre. — Watch it at ABC News
Do you really know what your kitty is up to outside? A new study from the University of Georgia has found that these fierce predators may be attacking many more critters than you'd imagine. The activities of 60 cats were recorded via small video cameras attached to their collars. While only 30 percent of the felines actually took down prey, the researchers discovered that the cats only brought home about a quarter of what they had killed, including lizards, snakes, frogs, birds and chipmunks. — Read it at USA Today
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