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Crystal Lamirande came home to find her apartment on fire Tuesday afternoon but couldn’t get through the thick smoke to find her 10-year-old dog. Nalu was found unconscious and rescued by Santa Monica, California, firefighters, who then performed CPR on the dog for 20 minutes and saved his life. The grateful and emotional owner and her Bichon Frise mix visited the station Thursday to thank the crew. “That was just a great morale booster for all of the guys here in our department,” said firefighter Andrew Klein. — Watch it at Los Angeles’ ABC 7
The rusted patch bumble bee was added to the government’s list of endangered species on Tuesday, making it the first wild bee in the continental U.S. to get federal protection. The addition came after President Trump’s administration lifted a hold it had placed on federal protections proposed by the Obama administration last fall. The population and range of the bee, once widely found in the Northeast and upper Midwest, has declined more than 90 percent since the 1990s due to disease, pesticides, climate change and loss of habitat, wildlife officials said. — Read it at Reuters
Scientists say sea otters have been using stone tools for thousands or even millions of years. Tool use seems to be innate in sea otters, unlike in dolphins, researchers said. A genetic study of wild sea otters living off the California coast suggests their ancestors living millions of years ago also showed this behavior. “Orphaned otter pups raised in captivity exhibit rudimentary pounding behaviour without training or previous experience, and wild pups develop tool-use behaviour before weaning regardless of their mother's diet type,” the researchers wrote. The study was published in the journal Biology Letters. — Read it at BBC News
At 3 years old, Murray has been through a lot. After an Atlanta area shelter saved him from abuse and neglect, he was adopted by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and trained to join their Beagle Brigade. Officer Murray started his new job with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection team at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Monday. He uses his expert nose to sniff baggage for invasive pests and diseases. “Murray will get a treat after, and that is what he lives for,” said Abbey Powell, whose group trained him. “The dogs see it as fun. They don’t see it as work. It’s a blast for them.” — Read it from Inside Edition via Yahoo
Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a New York-based non-profit, is planning an adorable honor for the first male and female to cross the finish line in the Boston Marathon on April 17. A litter is expected to arrive on Marathon Monday or the day after. The organization’s CEO, Thomas Panek, who is visually impaired, is training to complete his fourth Boston Marathon. Guiding Eyes is the first organization to train guide dogs to become running partners for their handlers. — Read it at Runner’s World
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