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A red tick Coonhound chased a raccoon into a drainage pipe during a hunting outing late Saturday night in Greeneville, Tennessee, and wound up trapped. Knowing Penny was OK and concerned for the safety of their volunteers, the Greeneville Emergency and Rescue Squad waited until daybreak to respond to the situation. Then, they used an excavator to get closer to the pipe where the 5-year-old dog was stuck. Still, rescuers couldn’t get into the pipe — so they turned to the children in Penny’s family for help. Owner Casey Carter’s 12-year-old son, Bubby, and 9-year-old daughter, Kailee, crawled into the pipe to try to put a rope around Penny to pull her out. Finally, after using the excavator again, the group was able to free Penny. “She came out wiggling her tail,” Carter said. “She drank about a half gallon of water and got a sausage biscuit when she got out.” Other than some stiffness and a scratch, Penny was OK, and has been recovering after her ordeal. “I was amazed at the rescue squad and I’m proud of the kids. That’s something they will remember for the rest of their lives,” Carter said. — Read it at The Greeneville Sun
Following the evacuation of homes near the Oroville Dam in Northern California this week, police officers were surprised to find exotic pets left behind. California Highway Patrol officers who were checking on abandoned properties came across kangaroos, mini deer and zebras. “We never know what we'll discover out here. We hope life gets back to normal here real soon and that the owners are able to return to their properties,” CHP North Sacramento wrote in a Facebook post with photos of the officers visiting with some affectionate animals. The animals were taken in by a “kind stranger” who lives outside the evacuation zone, and will be reunited with their owners once they’re able to return to their homes. — Read it at Yahoo
We have two separate dog food recalls to let you know about. Blue Buffalo Company has issued a recall of its Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight due to possible aluminum metal contamination. The company has not received any reports of illness. Against the Grain Pet Food is recalling one lot of its Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs for potential presence of of pentobarbital. The barbiturate can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea and nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner). However, no complaints have been reported to the company. — Get recall details from the FDA and Dog Food Advisor
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya is used to raising orphaned elephants, but they shared recently that they’ve been nursing a baby hippo back to health. The tiny calf was spotted stuck in a drying pond in a remote area. The baby was observed for a few days to ensure the mom wasn’t coming back, then plans were made to rescue her. She was flown to the DSWT headquarters in late December, and has been hand-raised since then by Frans, who’s been like a surrogate mom to the hippo. She was just a month old when she was found. Rescuers at first thought the baby was a boy and named him Humphrey. Later, they realized the baby was in fact a girl, so her name was shortened to Humpty. Even though she now has a new keeper, Joseph, she still adores Frans — and everyone who’s helped her. The DSWT shared this cute photo of her drinking out of her bottle on Facebook Wednesday. “Humpty may love her bottle now, but teaching her how to drink from it was quite a trick,” the caption reads. — Read it at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Facebook
A loving puppy has a happy new home after a tough weekend. Lauren McKinzy and her grandchildren were leaving the United Pentecostal Church of Buna in Texas on Sunday when they saw a puppy alone in the parking lot. “He didn't have a collar and he was hungry so we took him home,” McKinzy said. It turns out that the puppy was abandoned in the mailbox of an animal hospital across the street from the church on Saturday, without food or water. Security footage shows a man driving by the facility twice before leaving the puppy in the mailbox. Police are now searching for the man, but thankfully, the sweet puppy, who’s been named Rari, seems quite content in his new home. — Read it at Arizona’s 12 News
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