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A 6-month-old black bear cub got himself into some troubleFridaywhen he apparently tried to eat the last of the animal crackers from a cookie jar he found in the trash. The 28-pound cub got his head stuck in the plastic jar in Ringwood, New Jersey. When help arrived, he got scared and ran up a tree, where he got wedged into a spot about 40 feet up. Staff from the state’s Environmental Protection Department tranquilized the baby bear and brought him down from the tree, where firefighters gently removed the jar from his head. Staffers dunked the cub in cool water because he was dehydrated and distressed. He was then put in the care of an animal rehabilitator. — Read it at CBS New York
Researchers have found that when kangaroos walk, they use their tails to lift both hind legs and the body’s center of gravity and propel it forward. They found the tail provided a lot more propulsion energy than previously thought. Their forelimbs were used as struts and didn’t provide any propulsion. "I can now understand where that energy goes and why if they're going to walk more than 5 meters (about 16 feet) they get up and hop instead," said study co-author Terry Dawson of the University of New South Wales in Australia. The study was published in Royal Society Biology Letters. — Read it at Discovery News
Early tests using antibodies from geese on about 50 puppies in seven states have shown a 90 percent cure rate for canine parvovirus. Parvo is a deadly disease that spreads through feces and direct contact between dogs, and it has no cure. The North Dakota-based company Avianax created the treatment, which is harvested from the yolks of goose eggs. They’re hoping to start selling the parvoONE treatment, which can work in just two days, for $75 a dose by next spring. That’s a lot less than the current treatment, which costs a minimum of $500 and takes about six days. The treatment isn’t yet approved and didn’t work on some puppies who had more severe cases of parvo. There’s no data yet on how the treatment might work on a large scale. The tests run through November. — Read it from AP via the Detroit News
Ranger John Anderson plucked a small dog from a ledge Monday at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. Anderson had to be lowered by rope to rescue the dog using a lasso, after gaining her trust. Once she was out of danger, the tired pooch refused to walk. Sadie was coaxed into Anderson’s backpack. He carried her out to the trailhead, according to the park’s Facebook page. Sadie was on a trial adoption when she started roaming the park, said the park’s chief of interpretation, Kristy Sholly. Sadie is now getting care at a local shelter, where there’s been interest in adopting her. — Read it from the AP
A year ago, Rusty made headlines when he escaped his enclosure at the National Zoo and went on a jaunt around Washington, D.C. He was found later the same day in the Adams Morgan neighborhood and keepers brought him back to the zoo. Now, the red panda has settled down. Last week he became a dad to three little cubs born to mom Shama on June 26 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia. They’re part of a mini red panda baby boom at the institute. All four red panda mating pairs had cubs within the last five weeks. Seven of the 10 cubs that were born there have survived. — Read it at NBC Washington
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