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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 Sun-Times
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 at Discovery News
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 Science
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 Today
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 Oregon Live
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