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Firefighters and animal control officers came to the rescue of a Wheaten Terrier who was stuck in a storm drain Friday — and later found out the pup had been missing for more than a year. The pooch was spotted by a Montgomery County, Maryland, resident who was walking his Great Dane in the area. The man called for help, and it took rescuers about two hours to free the young 30-pound dog, whose name is Cookie. Animal services said Cookie was in good health, despite his ordeal. Cookie’s family has been located and will be reunited with him, reported Washington’s WTOP. — Read it at NBC Washington
The annual defense spending bill signed by President Obama Wednesday night includes a policy change to help military dogs. The legislation requires that military dogs return to the U.S. to be retired, and gives their handlers the first chance to adopt them. Previously, the dogs were often retired while overseas; this meant that they were no longer eligible for military transportation back to the U. S., making it difficult for their handlers to get them home. “This is a momentous day for all veterans,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of the American Humane Association, which fought for the changes. “We applaud Congress and the President for passing and signing the bill with the language we provided and stepping up for our brave K-9 Battle Buddy teams who have benefited and will continue to benefit from their service together.”— Read it at AKC.org
Conservationists say the proposed construction of a third runway at Hong Kong’s international airport as well as a major new bridge may push the dwindling numbers of pink dolphins away from the area for good. The Chinese white dolphins, which appear pink, are a popular tourist draw to the waters north of Hong Kong's Lantau island. "We think that if that project goes ahead, then it will probably drive the dolphin away from Hong Kong waters," said Samuel Hung, chairman of the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society. "In some ways it seems like we are pushing them closer and closer to the edge of the cliff and if we're making that final push, they will be gone forever. I think now is the time to get our act together." — Read it at Phys.org
Two Canadian brothers came to the rescue of a bald eagle stuck in a hunting trap last week. Michael and Neil Fletcher were hunting in Ontario when they came across the struggling bird. "When we got close to the bird, it tried to fly away. So I took my hoodie off and put it around its head, it calmed it right down," said Michael Fletcher, 29. A video posted to Fletcher’s Facebook page shows the brothers struggling for several minutes to open the trap. They said the eagle was calm once it was free — so they snapped a quick selfie with it, before letting it fly off. Luckily the bird didn’t appear to be injured, Fletcher said. — Read it at NBC News
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is excitedly awaiting the birth of his first child with his wife, Priscilla Chan. But in the meantime, he’s feeling grateful for their furry friend, Beast. On Saturday, Zuckerberg posted a photo of the airborne Puli leaping last year. “In the spirit of this holiday weekend, I want to share the most joyful photo of Beast jumping I've ever seen,” he wrote. “Even after living with this guy for five years, seeing him bounce around still makes me smile. I hope your holiday weekend has been joyful too.” — See photo at Us Weekly
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