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Interspecies Transfusion Saves Cat
When Rory the cat was rushed to the veterinarian in New Zealand after eating rat poison, the doctor turned to the archenemy to save him: a dog. Veterinarian Kate Heller didn’t have cat blood available, and didn’t have access to a lab to test Rory to find a match. So, she sought advice, and was told to try dog blood. Rory’s owner, Kim Edwards, called a friend and asked if her 18-month-old Labrador Retriever, Macy, could donate the 120ml of blood needed for a rare interspecies transfusion — and it worked. "It was one of those situations that it was a do-or-die. So, he would have died if we did nothing," said Heller. Within an hour, Rory was recovering, and now, three weeks later, he’s feeling like himself again. "He is not out fetching the newspaper or peeing on power poles or barking yet!” laughed Edwards. “He is just the normal cat that we have — playful, friendly.” — Watch it at New Zealand’s 3 News
Meet the amazing Rana sylvatica, a species of Alaskan wood frog that can survive for weeks with two-thirds of its body water completely frozen. The amphibians can even stop breathing and allow their hearts to stop beating for weeks at a time, before thawing out and returning to a normal state. How? A new study from Miami University in Ohio found that these tiny frogs have much higher concentrations of cryoprotectants in their tissues than populations that live further south, which help their cells survive the freezing process. Researchers also found a solute in the northern wood frogs that wasn’t shared by the local population in Ohio. The study was published in The Journal of Experimental Biology. — Read it at National Geographic
The bankrupt city of Detroit faces plenty of problems. But one of the latest is that owners who were financially strapped or uneducated about proper health care have left their dogs behind as they abandoned the city. That’s led to situations where dens of up to 20 dogs have been found in vacant homes, and as many as 50,000 dogs are fending for themselves in the desolate Michigan city. “The suffering of animals goes hand in hand with the suffering of people,” said Amanda Arrington of the Humane Society of the United States, based in Washington. The city, of course, has limited resources to fix the problem, but some private groups are trying to step in to help, reported NPR. — Read it from Bloomberg
London Zoo Breaks Out the Scales
From frogs that fit in measuring spoons to camels standing on large scales, the London Zoo started its process of weighing and measuring each and every one of its 16,000 residents on Wednesday — an event that takes all year to complete. The information, which helps the zoo monitor the animals’ health, is recorded and shared with zoos worldwide. It’s also helpful for conservationists, who are able to compare statistics on endangered species. — See photos at Today
They’re the rarest of the rare: brown and tan colored giant pandas. Named for the remote mountains in the western China area where they’re found, Qinling pandas are the only subspecies of the normally black and white giant panda. Experts think their coloring comes from genetic mutations, and the local diet. There are an estimated 200 to 300 Qinling pandas in the wild, and Qizai is the only one living in captivity, in China's Shaanxi Wild Animal Research Centre. Qizai is making headlines with the release of several photos of the unusual bear. "He has a totally brown-and-tan coat which is very rare. Most just have a few brown patches," said a Shaanxi Centre keeper. — See photos at Paw Nation
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