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Elaine Caralis and her Maltipoo, Susie, were visiting a friend on the 16th floor of a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, high-rise Friday when Susie wandered into a closet and fell into an uncovered air conditioning vent. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded and spent three hours locating Susie and cutting holes above and below the second floor until they got close enough to rescue her. The pooch was taken by ambulance to a local animal hospital. Dr. Spencer L. Ratnoff said it was “a miracle” that Susie survived the fall — and that she didn’t suffer any broken bones or internal bleeding. She’s expected to make a full recovery from some serious bruising. "I don't have children, so Susie is my life, Susie is my family,” Caralis said as she described the firefighters’ “heroic” efforts. "They treated it like they were searching for a human being." — Watch it at CNN
A new study finds the horned frog is able to capture prey that outweighs itself thanks to its adhesive tongue. The researchers measured the strength of the frog’s tongue by placing prey on the other side of a pressure-sensitive glass panel. They determined the frog’s pulling forces were about three times its body weight. The study looked at horned frogs, which are native to parts of South America and prey on lizards, snakes, rodents and other frogs. Many frogs have sticky tongues, but the study is the first to help scientists understand how strong they can be. The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports. — Read it at Live Science
In the last several weeks, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute have welcomed 31 new arrivals — including many newborns who are endangered species. Among them are a fishing cat named Hunter who was born April 15; three loggerhead shrike chicks who hatched in mid-May; and 24 black-footed ferrets. A rare scimitar-horned oryx was born May 15 at SCBI. The rare, exotic antelope is extinct in the wild, and reintroduction efforts have begun in Tunisia. Two red pandas, which are considered vulnerable due to habitat loss, were also born in May at SCBI. — Read it from the National Zoo
A gosling named Ryan (a.k.a. Ryan Gosling) has an unlikely new pal at the Farm Sanctuary: Hemingway, a baby goat. The Saanen breed goat was skinny and covered with lice and fleas at 6 weeks old when he was left outside the Farm Sanctuary’s Northern California Shelter this spring by an anonymous rescuer. He was nursed back to health and now loves attention. Meanwhile, Ryan the gosling was dropped off at a shelter in Los Angeles, and moved to the Northern California Shelter as well. He has some trouble getting around due to his unusually large, bowed joints, but he’s doing well at the shelter. Both animals desperately wanted companionship, but Ryan was too small and weak to join the waterfowl flock and Hemingway wasn’t big enough for the sanctuary’s goat herd. So, their caregivers tried moving them in together — and they became fast friends. Ryan isn’t anxious any more, and Hemingway has stopped crying when his caregivers leave his stall. — Read it from Farm Sanctuary
Even Animal Planet’s Jackson Galaxy was left perplexed by Lux, the Portland, Oregon, cat who became a media sensation in March when his owners called 911 after barricading themselves in a bedroom to protect themselves from him. Galaxy made three trips to Portland after the 911 incident to try to help Lee Palmer and Teresa Barker with their pet, who’d scratched their baby’s forehead. "In the 20 years I've been doing this, I've never met a cat like Lux," Galaxy told People. "I can say without hesitation that Lux is the most complicated character I think I've ever dealt with." Lux appeared in an episode of “My Cat From Hell” that aired Saturday. In the end, Galaxy recommended that Palmer and Barker let Lux’s foster family adopt him, since there’s no guarantee he will be safe around the baby. Barker tearfully agreed. — Read it at Oregon Live
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