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The James family, who lost their Pit Bull mix during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, finally felt it was time to bring another dog into their home. But they were in for a big surprise when they went to the Monmouth County SPCA in New Jersey Thursday: their own lost dog, Reckless, was sitting in the first cage they looked in. "He was a little bigger than I remembered because they had fed him well," Chuck James joked. "But then he was laying on my wife's feet, and I knew it was him. ... I was in disbelief. I know this dog is meant to be with our family." The family’s home was heavily damaged during the storm, and Reckless had escaped through their broken fence. He’s now been microchipped and is happy to be back with his family. — Watch it at Today
Thieves took five monkeys — including a mother and baby — from the Blackpool Zoo in northern England Tuesday. Two critically endangered adult Cotton-top Tamarins and two Emperor Tamarins were found unharmed in a cardboard box about 12 miles from the zoo on Friday night, but a baby Cotton-top Tamarin remains missing. The four adult monkeys are now back at the zoo. "We are extremely relieved that four of the monkeys have been found safe and well, although we are also saddened that the baby Cotton-top Tamarin has not been found," said Charlotte Pennie, head of primates at Blackpool Zoo. — Read it at Reuters via Yahoo
A group of newly published studies found that older mice who were infused with the blood of younger mice showed improvements in memory, sensory function, strength and endurance. The researchers say a specific protein may be the reason for the rejuvenation. The protein is also found in humans, so scientists are hoping to test its effect on people in human trials in the next few years. The studies were published in the journals Science and Nature Medicine. — Read it at the Los Angeles Times
Rare Tortoises Hatch in Australia
Two endangered Galápagos tortoises were hatched at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Australia in January. The animals are found only in the Galápagos Islands, near the equator. They can grow to be 5 feet long and 880 pounds, and can live up to 150 years. The hatchlings are gradually gaining weight, but they won’t reach their full size until they’re about 20 to 25 years old. They join two 3-year-old hatchlings at the zoo. There are only about 10,000 of the tortoises left in the wild, where feral animals are their biggest threat. — Read it at Zooborns
Fire crews in Forest Grove, Oregon, were called to a home Wednesday after a neighbor reported hearing meows coming from a 20-by-20 foot pile of debris in a nearby yard. After about 45 minutes of cutting through the pile, which included parts of a Christmas tree, hedge trimmings and blackberry vines, crews pulled out a 4-week-old male kitten. The neighbor thought the kitten had burrowed inside the pile and had been abandoned. When Capt. Tony Carter showed his wife a picture of the little white feline, she fell in love and they decided to adopt him. The family has named him Olaf, after the lovable snowman in the hit movie Frozen. — Read it at Firehouse
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