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After reaching the craggy and icy peak of Rysy mountain in Poland, a group of climbers was surprised at what they found there: a frightened 22-pound dog, all by himself. The climbers tried to get help from a mountain rescue group, but when that didn’t work out, they took matters into their own hands. They used ropes and chains to carry the dog down the mountain to safety in a 10-hour rescue operation Friday. Animal rights activist Anna Plaszczyk said she doesn’t think the dog could have made it to the top of the 8,200-foot mountain himself and believes he was cruelly left there by someone. She’s asking any witnesses to come forward. In the meantime, the dog has been named Rysa after the mountain and is waiting to be adopted. — Read it from the AP via U.S. News
A new study reports that more than 100 species that are likely new to science were recently found at water sites in the Philippines’ Verde Island Passage. "The Philippines is jam-packed with diverse and threatened species — it's one of the most astounding regions of biodiversity on earth," said Terry Gosliner, senior curator of invertebrate zoology at the California Academy of Sciences. The list of sea life they’ve found on multiple expeditions includes brilliantly colored sea slugs, coral, a heart sea urchin and stinging hydroids, which are related to jellyfish. The findings were published in the Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. — See photos at Discovery News
Therapy dogs have been allowed to comfort children in New York courtrooms for years, with the belief that their ability to calm the witness can help elicit testimony that would otherwise be difficult to obtain. This week, a dog was allowed to accompany an adult into a New York City courtroom for the first time. Paz, a 5-year-old Australian Labradoodle, helped an unnamed woman through testimony about the traumatic experience she and her then 5-year-old daughter endured while they were kidnapped and assaulted in 2012. “This case is going to show the value of therapy dogs in courtrooms,” said the dog’s handler, Charley Bednarsh. — Read it at The New York Times
A Terryville, New York, resident was on his way to work in his Jeep Wrangler when he thought he heard a cat under the vehicle. He went back home and called 911. It took members of the Terryville Fire Department about an hour to free a kitten from the Jeep’s undercarriage, using airbags and mechanical tools. “Where the cat was, was in an unusual spot, and the kitten did not seem to want to go,” said Assistant Chief Brendan Pilkington. “In the end, it was a heartwarming story.” — Watch it at New York’s Newsday
Yesterday, we told you about Figo, the 8-year-old guide dog who jumped in front of a school minibus Monday to protect his blind handler. Figo suffered tissue damage and a small break to his right front leg and is recovering from surgery. Now, an anonymous benefactor has come forward to pay the veterinary bill for the heroic dog. The Golden Retriever’s doctors at Middlebranch Veterinary in Brewster, New York, expect his break to heal within about a month to six weeks. "I have no concerns at this point about a long-term issue for him,” said Dr. Angela O'Donnell. She said Figo might soon be able to visit his handler, Audrey Stone, who’s still hospitalized for her injuries. Once they’re both home, the Guide Dog Foundation, which trained the pair, will visit to assess the team. — Read it at New York’s Lohud.com
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