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For a month after his family moved out of their Detroit home, Boo waited for them, along with the furniture they left on the curb. Concerned neighbors brought him food and water, but the loyal
dog refused to budge. That’s when Mike Diesel of
Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue stepped in to help. He spent 11 hours working to gain Boo’s trust by keeping him company and feeding him treats. He returned the next day with McDonald’s for Boo, and Boo allowed him to put a collar on him. Eventually, he felt comfortable enough to give up his vigil for his family and leave his old home with Diesel. The sweet
dog is now in a foster home and enjoying visits from his pal while the rescue group works to find him a forever home. — Read it from
Inside Edition via Yahoo
Good Samaritans came to the rescue of a gray and white cat who was found swimming desperately in the middle of an Arizona lake on Saturday. A woman on a wave runner first pulled the cat out of the water, and called to Denise Vlahos, who was out on a nearby pontoon boat with her boyfriend. Vlahos, who has two
cats of her own, said she would take the soaking kitty in. She tried to warm her up with a beach towel, and when she got home, the scared
cat crawled “straight under the bed” in her spare bedroom. Vlahos says it’s “most definitely a miracle she’s survived,” and she’s trying to find the lost cat’s family. — Read it at
At 68 years old, Snooty now officially holds the
Guinness World Record as the oldest manatee living in captivity. The manatee has been living at the
South Florida Museum since 1949, when he was brought in as an 11-month-old calf. Most manatees in the wild don’t even make it to age 10, so Snooty is quite the elder statesman. The museum staff credits the “intelligent” and “personable” manatee’s long life to the controlled environment he lives in with two other sea cows. — Read it at
A rare 103-pound Eastern black rhino was born on Sept. 12 to dad Jubba
and mom Imara at the Great Plains Zoo in
South Dakota. The critically endangered baby boy is one of 57 of his species
North America, and there are believed to be only about 740 of the animals left
in the wild. Their numbers have dropped drastically due to illegal poaching for
their horns. The calf’s parents have had two other offspring, including a
female named Kapuki in 2005 and a male named Kiano in 2010. Kapuki had her own
first calf in 2013. — See photos at Zooborns
Workers at a home in Harmony Township, New Jersey, called police when
they found a deer struggling in a backyard pool on Friday. The New Jersey State
Police said in a Facebook
post that they “don't
necessarily teach recruits in the academy how to rescue drowning deer, but we
do teach them how to think on their feet and adapt and improvise when a
peculiar situation presents itself.” And that’s what Trooper Dwayne Phillips did. He pulled the deer out by his
antlers, saving him from drowning. The exhausted buck lay by the side of the
pool for some time. Once he was recovered, he got up on his own and ran off.
“Great job troop! #Attaboy,”
the department wrote in the Facebook post. — Read it at Pennsylvania’s Lehigh
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