Pet Scoop: Border Collies Help Reduce E. Coli on Beaches, Baby Goat Walks With Wheelchair

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A Border Collie patrols a Lake Michigan beach as part of a study on reducing E. coli contamination.
Elizabeth Alm
A Border Collie patrols a Lake Michigan beach as part of a study on reducing E. coli contamination.

Sheep Dogs Chase Off Seagulls

A new study found that Border Collie patrols are an effective way to reduce the amount of E. coli bacteria in the sand at beaches. Seagull droppings in beach water can carry the bacteria, leading to swim advisories and beach closings. Researchers from Central Michigan University found that beaches on Lake Michigan where Border Collies patrolled to keep seagulls away during the summers of 2012 and 2013 had significantly lower E. coli counts compared with control beaches that didn’t have dog patrols. “Border Collies are intelligent dogs that love to work and could be used by beach managers as part of a comprehensive management strategy to reduce bacterial contamination at public beaches,” said researcher Elizabeth Alm. The findings were presented this week at the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. — Read it at BBC News

Pandas Arrive in Malaysia After Delay

Male Fu Wa and female Feng Yi arrived in Kuala Lumpur on a special plane Wednesday to begin their 10-year loan from China. The bears’ arrival had been delayed for about a month out of respect for the Chinese relatives of passengers on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which went missing in March while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The 8-year-old pandas will live in a new complex built just for them at the country’s national zoo. Feng Yi gave birth to a male cub last year in China, and officials in Malaysia are hopeful that the pair will breed in their new home. Any offspring born in Malaysia would be returned to China. — Read it from the Associated Press

New Order of Marine Animal Found

When the Boloceroides daphneae was discovered in the depths of the Pacific Ocean in 2006, it was thought to be one of the largest sea anemones in existence. But scientists at the American Museum of Natural History now say that the tentacled sea creature, which has been renamed Relicanthus daphneae, is part of a new order in the animal kingdom. "The discovery of this new order of Cnidaria — a phylum that includes jellyfish, corals, sea anemones and their relatives — is the equivalent to finding the first member of a group like primates or rodents," said Estefanía Rodríguez, an assistant curator in the Museum’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology and the lead author of the study. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. — Read it from Good Morning America via Yahoo

Frostie the baby snow goat takes his first steps at an animal sanctuary in Australia.
Frostie the baby snow goat takes his first steps at an animal sanctuary in Australia.

Baby Goat Takes His First Steps

Frostie, a baby snow goat at Edgar’s Mission animal sanctuary in Australia, is learning to walk thanks to a resident pig who let him borrow his wheelchair. Frostie can’t use his hind legs because he has an illness called joint navel ill. The poor little guy was also suffering from lice and dehydration. The staff is bottle-feeding the goat, who’s recovering with the help of antibiotics. The sanctuary released a heartwarming video of him taking his first steps and exploring the farm while using pig Leon Trotsky’s wheelchair. — Watch it at ABC News

Mama Bear Rescues Cub From Highway

In a video that’s gone viral, a mother bear rescues her cub after it wanders onto a busy highway near Kootenay National Park in Canada. The smart mom looks both ways before reaching over a barrier to scoop her little one up in her mouth while another cub waits by her side. The rescue was caught on video by a tornado hunter who was driving by and noticed the bear, reports Indiana’s Fox59. — Watch it at People Pets


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