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One night earlier this month, Alicia Pederson was fast asleep at 2 a.m. when her boyfriend’s daughter came running to wake her. Their dog, Izzy, had just given birth to Boston Terrier and Bulldog mix puppies in their Texas home, and one of them seemed lifeless. Pederson, who is a CPR instructor for the American Heart Association, said in a blog post that her "instinct kicked in." She quickly modified the CPR techniques she knew so well to save the tiny puppy. After five minutes of trying, the pup wasn’t responding, but then she made a gentle gasp for air, and began to regain her color. "A little miracle happened and she started breathing on her own," Pederson says in a video for the AHA. The puppy was named Miri, short for Miracle, and will be staying with Pederson after Izzy’s three other healthy pups are adopted by family and friends. — Read it at People Pets
Goats don’t have a reputation for being the smartest animals, but a new study is challenging that notion. Researchers in Switzerland taught goats how to retrieve food from a box in a series of linked steps. Their ability to remember the task was tested after one month, and again after 10 months. They recalled the task within two minutes, showing “excellent long-term memory,” said co-author Elodie Briefer of ETH Zurich. This is the first time scientists have investigated how goats learn complex tasks. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Zoology. — Read it at Discovery News
Biologists have found 10 species of snails that are new to science in Malaysia, Sumatra and Thailand. But they live only on rare limestone hills that are mined by cement companies, posing a threat to them and their habitat. "They flaunt all shell-coiling rules, by having very irregularly coiled and ornamented shells, making them look like microjewelry," said study researcher Thor-Seng Liew of Naturalis Biodiversity Center in The Netherlands. Many of the snails are only found on a single hill, so when companies mine those hills, they can destroy entire species of snail. One of the new species faces extinction by the end of this year. The biologists describe the new species in the journal ZooKeys. — Read it at Live Science
There’s good news for the newborn gorilla who had a rough start at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park — she’s back with her mom. After a difficult labor, 18-year-old Imani had to have a rare emergency C-section on March 12. The baby then had to be taken care of by the animal care staff as she underwent surgery for a collapsed lung and was treated for pneumonia. But on Monday morning, when the baby was healthy, Imani finally got to meet her. Right away, her mom picked her up, carried her, and started nursing her. And she’s been cradling and carrying her baby constantly since then. — Watch it on YouTube
Mantecore, the white tiger who seriously injured performer Roy Horn during a live performance 11 years ago in Las Vegas, died last Wednesday at age 17. The tiger bit Horn, who’s part of the “Siegfried and Roy” act, in the neck during a show at the MGM Mirage. Horn suffered severe blood loss, but survived and forgave Mantecore. The news was shared Tuesday on the performers’ Facebook page, where Siegfried Fischbacher described how he had saved Mantecore’s life when he was a cub with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. "Farewell my dear friend," Fischbacher wrote. "Know that your image is forever burned into my heart.” — Read it at CNN
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