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Maisie, a 2-year-old Cocker Spaniel, is being credited with saving the life of a cat she found while on her morning walk through a London park with her owner, Pam, in February. “She suddenly stopped and started barking at some bushes,” Pam said. “Usually Maisie barks when she wants a stick, so I got one for her but she just ignored it and carried on staring at the bushes and would not move — that was when I thought she must have found something.” Pam took a closer look and was shocked to discover a carrier hidden in the bushes with a note on top that read, “My name is Lily, I am 5 yrs old, I need a home as I am now homeless. Please take care of me.” Pam brought the frightened cat home to feed her and warm her up before bringing her to The Mayhew Animal Home, where she got a veterinary exam. She was in good condition despite her ordeal. Her microchip revealed Lily is actually 11 years old, and her owner’s contact information hadn’t been updated. “We are so glad that Maisie found Lily quickly,” said the shelter’s Alisa Ford. The shelter shared Lily’s story this week. Luckily, Lily recovered well and has now been adopted by a caring new owner. — Read it at Get West London
A long-term study from Duke University, the University of Notre Dame and Princeton University finds that baboons who experience difficulties in their early years — like drought or the loss of their mother — have a life expectancy that can be 10 years shorter than their peers. The findings are the result of 30 years of monitoring wild female baboons near Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya, and examining the impact of six factors in their early lives. Those who lost their mother before age 4 or whose next-born sibling arrived before they were fully weaned were found to be the most vulnerable. The study was published in the journal Nature Communications. — Read it at Phys.org
Gray Kid, a parrot who lives at the Nanjing Hongshan Forest Zoo in China, can now eat normally again thanks to his new 3D-printed beak. The parrot recently lost most of his beak in a battle with birds of the same species who he lives with at the zoo. He was unable to pick up big pieces of fruit and couldn’t chew on nuts. A local research institute heard about Gray Kid’s plight and offered to sponsor a 3D-printed beak for the bird. Another parrot served as the model for the prosthetic replacement. Surgeons were able to fit the beak to Gray Kid in a 30-minute procedure, and within just two days he was seen using it to eat and drink alongside a companion. — Read it from 3ders.org
Two medics were on their way back from a call over the weekend in Sacramento when they spotted another emergency. They were crossing over Highway 99 when they saw a dog nearly hit by a car as he was crossing the street. The Sacramento Fire Department medics used their emergency lights to stop traffic, got out and loaded the dog, Anthony, into the back of the ambulance. Once they were back at the station, the medics found a contact number for Anthony’s owners on his tags, and called the family. The owner and his daughter were happily reunited with Anthony at the fire station. — Read it at Sacramento’s ABC 10
A video of three fashionable baby goats at the Sunflower Farm Creamery in Maine has gone viral. The newborn triplets were able to play outside even though it was below freezing thanks to a fan from Tennessee who sent them sweaters to keep them cozy on those early spring days. Arthur, Edith and Eleanor, who are Nigerian dwarf goats, were filmed frolicking in their sweet sweaters when they were only a day old. — Watch it at People Pets
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