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Bailey the dog was hiking just ahead of her owner, Eric Storrs, in Roxborough, Colorado, Monday when she fell about 200 feet into a clay mine. “She didn't fall straight down, the rock formations in the mine are like 'Swiss cheese' according to our crews, who often train there,” said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire Rescue. “So, most likely she fell down a few feet, then hit a diagonal portion of the shaft and slid further down.” In a “steep angle rope rescue,” two rescuers were lowered into the shaft. “They said she was very alert, happy to see them, very friendly,” Scholting said. Bailey was then pulled back up to the surface in a basket, and reunited with Storrs. He said she suffered some cuts and bruises but was otherwise OK. “Thank you to the fire/rescue that saved my dog. You all hold a special place in my heart,” Storrs posted on Facebook. — Read it at People Pets
New research finds that although rockhopper penguin couples in Argentina strayed hundreds to thousands of miles from each other at sea, they came back home and found each other to mate. Using lightweight sensors, researchers tracked 10 penguin couples. Seven couples made it home for breeding season and rekindled their relationships after six months apart, and two birds came back alone. They believe the other birds either died or moved away. While “divorce” can happen among the birds, it’s rare to find the partners deciding to breed with someone new, researchers said. The study was published in the journal Biology Letters. — Read it at Discovery News
Mei Xiang’s little boy at the National Zoo now weighs more than 1 pound, gaining 58 grams in just one night — and he’s starting to look more like a panda. His distinctive black markings are coming in and he has wispy white fur. He’s also squealing less and making more of a grunting noise, which is normal for cubs at this stage. The panda team expects him to open his eyes when he’s around 6 to 8 weeks old, which is still several weeks away. — See GoPro footage of his latest exam at YouTube
There’s some heartening news for the world’s rarest rhinoceros: three critically endangered Javan rhino calves have been caught on film in Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park. That brings the population of the most threatened of the five rhino species to 60. The one female and two male calves were likely born within the last year in a newly established sanctuary, said park chief Mohammad Haryono. All of the calves were pictured with their mothers and appeared to be healthy. Last year, only one calf was spotted. It’s unusual to see three calves within just a few months. — Read it from Agence France Presse via Yahoo
The Canterbury Police Department in New Zealand shared a video this week of one of its officers stopping traffic to help a mama duck and her waddling little ones. “Thank you to everyone who stopped while this family of ducklings flagged down a police escort across a busy Christchurch intersection,” the department wrote on Facebook with the video post. “They went on to explore a newly formed water feature!!!” — Watch it at Buzzfeed
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