Pet Scoop: Denver Dog Found in Atlanta After 7 Years, Rescued Wallabies Become Playmates

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Mike Nuanes traveled from Denver to be reunited with his dog Jordan in Atlanta.
Mike Nuanes traveled from Denver to be reunited with his dog Jordan in Atlanta.

Man Reunited With Dog Lost as Pup

Mike Nuanes’ Shih Tzu, Jordan, was just a puppy when he disappeared from Nuanes’ Denver backyard seven years ago. Nuanes suspected someone had taken the puppy while he was visiting a neighbor’s house. So, he was shocked when he got a phone call late last month from the Fulton County Animal Services in Atlanta, saying a Good Samaritan had brought Jordan in as a stray. "After I picked my jaw up off the ground, I asked, 'Is he a little chocolate fellow?'" Nuanes said. The shelter’s Jill Davis explained that Jordan was in rough shape. He was covered in fleas and had lost a lot of weight. Nuanes didn’t hesitate to fly to Atlanta, where the shelter’s excited staff reunited him with his long-lost dog. Jordan is now happy at home in Denver with Nuanes’ four other dogs. — Read it at USA Today

Study: Bats Jam Sonar When Competing for Food

Bats hunt for prey using echolocation, meaning they emit high-pitched sounds and listen for the echoes that bounce off their prey. A new study shows that during fierce competition for food, Mexican free-tailed bats emit a special call that interferes with the sonar of other bats who are going after the same food. Researchers found that bats who heard a jamming signal just before they were about to catch a month were 86 percent more likely to miss the prey. "One will jam the other, and the other will jam back,” said study leader William Conner of Wake Forest University in North Carolina. "They have evolved a signal that is very much like the signal that [engineers] use to jam sonar and radar, but they did it 65 million years earlier.” The study was published in the journal Science. — Read it at Live Science

Spanish Nurse Speaks Out About Excalibur

Now that she’s recovered from the Ebola virus, Teresa Romero sharply criticized officials in Spain for euthanizing her beloved dog, Excalibur, over fears that he could transmit the disease. His death sparked an international outcry but Romero wasn’t informed of it until she was free of the disease. In a statement read by her husband, Romero said putting her dog down "wasn't necessary … The worst part of all of this is that our dog was not given a chance." In contrast, Bentley, the dog belonging to a Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola, was monitored and kept in quarantine for 21 days. He and his owner, Nina Pham, were reunited last Saturday. — Read it from the AP via Yahoo

Two orphaned swamp wallaby joeys being hand-raised at the Taronga Zoo in Australia were introduced last week.
Two orphaned swamp wallaby joeys being hand-raised at the Taronga Zoo in Australia were introduced last week.

Zoo Pairs Orphaned Wallabies

Once they’re ready to leave their surrogates’ makeshift pouches, two orphaned swamp wallaby joeys who were rescued from the roadside in Australia could become best buddies. The two females, Khaleesi and Alkira, were briefly introduced this week by their surrogates at the Taronga Zoo, Jodie Carr and Matt Dea. We told you about Alkira and her surrogate dad last month, and Khaleesi arrived at the zoo about two weeks later. Both were found in their moms’ pouches after their moms were fatally struck by cars. Khaleesi is being hand-raised by Carr, who’s a carnivore keeper. “All the carnivore keepers have just melted over her,” Carr said. “They bring in native flowers, leaves and grass for her each day and she gets plenty of love and attention around the office.” As the babies become more independent, they could be put in a nursery together where they can socialize and play during the day, Carr said. — See more photos at Buzzfeed

Starlings Stun With Amazing Murmurations

Tens of thousands of starlings have been putting on stunning shows in the south of Scotland. The birds are regularly seen gathering in huge murmurations in the region at this time of year. The reason for the spectacular formations is not known but scientists speculate it could be to keep them safe from predators or because they can keep warmer in a larger group. The murmurations can be as big as 100,000 birds. This year, the University of Gloucestershire and the Society of Biology are conducting a poll and have received more than 600 reports of starling murmurations. — See photos from the U.K.’s BBC News


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