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Keepers Save Rare Baby Gibbon
The fast action of keepers at the Greensboro Science Center in North Carolina saved the life of an endangered baby Javan Gibbon. In the hours after mom Isabella gave birth to a baby boy on April 29, the infant was found alone and seemingly lifeless in the Gibbons’ exhibit. A keeper quickly wrapped him in her jacket and held him close while she ran to the animal hospital. Duke soon began to move and vocalize. After attempting to reintroduce the monkey to his parents, the keepers decided to hand-rear the baby, while keeping him in contact with his mom and dad. “Duke, and hopefully his species, will have a fighting chance thanks to keepers, curators and wildlife biologists who dedicate their lives to preserving and protecting our world’s wild things and wild places,” said zoo director Glenn Dobrogosz. — Read it at Zooborns and watch video at YouTube
Military officials are crediting dolphins Ten and Spetz with discovering the 11-foot brass torpedo off the coast of San Diego. "We've never found anything like this," says the head of the Navy's marine mammal program. The Howell was one of the first torpedoes to propel itself, and only one other one like it still exists. The torpedo is now being cleaned and prepared for display at the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington. — Read it at USA Today
Researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Germany watched two groups of greater false vampire bats in artificial roosts for two months. They found that the bats would turn their heads toward the call of a friend, and that they could distinguish between individual vocalizations. The study was published in the journal Animal Cognition. — Read it at National Geographic
Coyote Covered in Cactus Spines
Three Good Samaritans came to the rescue of a coyote puppy who had a run-in with a cholla cactus near a golf course in Arizona on Tuesday. Gwen Maxwell, a retired schoolteacher, first saw the pup, and followed him to the golf course, calling for help. There, workers Jose Soto and Shawn Bordine used a pair of pliers to remove the needles from the puppy’s face and legs. The mother coyote hovered close by while they helped her baby. The puppy was then reunited with his mom and four siblings. — Read it at the Huffington Post
Staff at the Parc Prison in South Wales found a litter of kittens inside one of their high-security vans. They called Cats Protection, a U.K. animal shelter, for help. They quickly rounded up the kittens, but mom proved more difficult to spring from the prison. Cats Protection had to bottle feed the kittens every two hours while they were away from their mom, but she was found the next day and reunited with her little ones. The kittens, who’ve all been named for fictional crime investigators, will be up for adoption in about eight weeks. — Read it at Paw Nation
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