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After a harrowing rescue from the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, a 2-year-old Husky and Shepherd mix named Kenny is recovering from emergency surgeries on his fractured front legs. Kenny was on a hike Thursday with his owner Mark Winans’ roommate when he started chasing a squirrel and broke free from his leash, falling over a 150-foot cliff. The roommate, whose name hasn’t been released, called the police, who asked 10 volunteers from the Oregon Humane Society’s Technical Animal Rescue team to assist them. It took two hours for the rescuers to hike up the steep 3.3-mile trail to reach the scene of the incident. One of the rescuers, Jennifer Stangel, rappelled down the cliff at midnight to hoist Kenny to safety. The dog was then brought to the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, where he had reconstructive surgery on his legs. His owner launched an online fundraising campaign on Give Forward to cover the costs of his surgery, and it’s already raised more than $10,000. Any additional donations will go to the rescue team. “Not out of the woods yet, but all signs are pointing up," Winans wrote on Kenny’s Give Forward page. "I am absolutely blown away by such an amazing outpouring of good will and generosity, can't thank you enough for your support through this crazy ordeal." The Oregon Humane Society team had a similar rescue just two weeks ago and is urging dog owners to keep their pets on a leash at all times. — Read it at Yahoo
Four blood tests over the last four days have provided conclusive proof that Spanish nurse Teresa Romero is free from the Ebola virus and won’t have to remain in isolation. A family spokesperson said Romero still hasn’t been told that her dog, Excalibur, was euthanized over fears he could spread the deadly disease. The dog’s case sparked an international outcry. Meanwhile, Dallas nurse Nina Pham’s dog, Bentley, continues to do well in isolation. The results of Ebola tests on him are expected within a week, reports Yahoo. — Read it at NBC News
A handheld robotic drone has captured stunning images of killer whales off the coast of Canada chasing prey, interacting with dolphins and head-butting each other. The hexacopter drone, released in August by scientists from the Vancouver Aquarium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has also been used to study sea lions and penguins. The quiet drone was able to fly low to capture the images. The pictures can help scientists see which of the whales are healthy and which are malnourished, as well as how salmon populations affect their health. — See photos at Live Science
Researchers provided animal-assisted therapy to 55 students in a group setting at a small arts college in the Southeast. They found a 60 percent decrease in self-reported anxiety and loneliness after they spent time with therapy dog Sophie, who was supervised by a licensed mental health practitioner. The study suggests that animal-assisted therapy could be an effective way for colleges to meet the increasing demands on counseling centers. The study was published in the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. — Read it at Science Daily
When he’s not on the field with the New England Patriots, apparently Tom Brady is still making great throws — to his dog, Lua. The quarterback and his Pit Bull mix play fetch on the beach in a new commercial for UGG Australia. "This is what it all comes down to. This is what all the hard work is for. The long days. The extra hours. All for moments like these," Brady says in a voiceover in the ad, while heading to the beach with Lua. — Watch it at People Pets
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