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Mark Armour thought he hit
something on his way work as a train conductor in Illinois last week, but he
didn’t see anything, so he kept driving. When he arrived at the station, his stunned
co-workers told him there was a coyote stuck in his car’s front bumper. "I
felt horrible," Armour told the New
York Daily News. The staff called animal control for help at 6:30 a.m. An
officer responded right away and safely freed the coyote, and brought him to Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation.
The coyote, who’s been named Vern, had three fractured legs but is now resting
comfortably and is expected to recover. Armour is helping the center raise
money to take care of Vern. They hope to release him into the wild in the
spring. — Read it at the Chicago
Researchers have found that when dolphins are presented with
magnetized and unmagnetized objects, they swim much more quickly toward the
magnets. The scientists from the University of Rennes in
France said the animals may use that magnetic sense to navigate using the
Earth’s magnetic field. Dolphins are the latest in a long list of animals that
have been found to have a magnetic sense, including deer, pigeons, turtles,
insects, bats and rodents. The study was published in the journal Naturwissenschaften:
The Science of Nature. — Read it
New findings show that chimpanzees in the wild can learn new skills
from one another, much like chimps in captivity have been shown to do.
Scientists have long thought that the differences in behavior between chimp
communities meant that the behaviors spread when one individual learned it from
another. But because the behaviors were long established, it was “hard to know how they originally spread within a group,” said lead study
author Catherine Hobaiter of the University
of St. Andrews in Scotland. The researchers watched the Sonso chimpanzee community in Uganda, and focused on their use of
"leaf sponges" as tools to dip into water to drink. Hobaiter captured
video of a dominant adult female watching an alpha male make a moss sponge. Researchers
then saw seven chimps make and use moss sponges over the next six days.
"The spread of the behavior was very fast," said study co-author
Thibaud Gruber of the University of Neuchâtel
in Switzerland. "This shows that chimpanzees can be really fast in
adopting new tools!" The study was published in the journal PLOS Biology.
Read it at Live
The world’s first set of surviving panda triplets is celebrating two months since their
birth in China in late July. At this point, the cubs are considered much more likely to survive because they’ve made it beyond the delicate newborn phase. The baby bears take turns spending time with their mom, Ju Xiao, and being bottle fed in the nursery. They’re starting to show off their personalities, and their weight is increasing by a third each week. Pandas are traditionally named when they’re 100 days old, and there have been plenty of ideas for these two boys and one girl. More than a million entries have been submitted in a worldwide naming contest. — Watch it at
Remember Gidget, the
Jack Russell Terrier from Pennsylvania
who was found in Oregon? Last week, she was flown back home to her family. A big reunion scene was staged outside the
Philadelphia International Airport, with news cameras there to capture the emotional moment when she saw her family for the first time in 5 months. When they came out of the airport, a handler set Gidget down, expecting her to run to her waiting family. But the feisty pooch instead took off, running through the parking lot. She was chased down and was soon safely in her owner’s arms. “Well, now we know how she got to Oregon,” laughed her relieved owner. “She’s a fast runner.” — Watch it at
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