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Boston Police pup has a little growing to do, but he’s ready to learn. He was 9 weeks old and known as Batman when the department’s Head Trainer and Patrol Officer Troy Caisey held a Boston Police K9 Unit identification harness over his head and someone snapped a picture, which has recently gone viral. The picture was released this week by
Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog, a volunteer organization with a primary goal of providing police
dogs around the state with bulletproof vests. The photo will appear in the MA Vest-a-Dog 2015 calendar, which is
available now for a $10 donation. The
German Shepherd puppy is now 6 months old and has been renamed "Tuco" after the Mexican drug kingpin in the AMC series "
Breaking Bad." — Read it from
Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog via Facebook
cat named Tom has spent the last two years bringing solace to patients in the hospice and palliative care unit at the
VA Medical Center in Salem, Virginia. The lead physician’s assistant at the facility, Laura Hart, came up with the idea after hearing about a
cat who comforted Alzheimer’s patients at a Rhode Island nursing center. They found Tom at the
Salem Animal Shelter and he turned out to be the perfect fit for the job. “Families don’t want their loved ones being alone, and it’s comforting for them to know Tom is there,” Hart said. “And it’s amazing how many of the families really feel that Tom is there to be with their family member when they die, whether he kind of comes and herds the family into the room right before the patient passes, or he just curls up on a patient’s bed in their final hours.” — Read it at
New research from the
University of British Columbia finds that species of poison frogs that use bright warning colors to protect themselves from predators are more likely to develop loud, complex calls than relatives that rely on camouflage for protection. Because their bright colors have already established them as unsavory to predators, they can make loud and diverse calls in plain sight, researchers said. That made them better able to attract a mate than relatives who were quieter and had darker colors. The study was published in the
Proceedings of the Royal Society B. — Read it at
A trio of male African lions was born at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle Friday to 5-year-old mom, Adia, and 7-year-old dad, Xerxes. Adia had four cubs in
2012, but Xerxes is a first-time dad. Veterinarians were able to get a quick
look at the cubs while moving them and their mom in to an off-exhibit maternity
den, where they’re being monitored around the clock. They are nursing and
bonding with their mom, while being kept apart from their dad. — Read it
from the Woodland
A Chinese keeper was double-teamed earlier this month when he tried to
get twin panda cubs to drink a syringe full of medication. When he tries to
give the medicine to one cub, the other jumps on his back. The adept keeper
swiftly tries to put the syringe in that cub’s mouth, but the cub covers his
mouth with his paw. A video of the adorable wrestling match has been viewed
more than 7 million times on YouTube. — Watch it at Today
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