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Manuela, a female rhinoceros at the Tbilisi Zoo in the country of Georgia, became depressed after the death of her mate. Her keepers tried to pair her with other animals so she wouldn’t be lonely, with no luck. She became aggressive toward zebras, and goats just ran off. But she’s been content to live alongside a donkey, who seems to calm her nerves. Manuela isn’t the first resident of the zoo to have an unusual companion. The facility is also home to a lion cub, Shamba, who was neglected by his mom and now has a puppy pal to keep him company. — Read it from the Associated Press
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, found that the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), which causes cold sores on the mouth and lips, infected hominids before they split from chimpanzees 6 million years ago. They also found that herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2), which causes genital blisters, was transferred from chimps to human ancestors like Homo erectus about 1.6 million years ago. Modern humans and chimps now have their own versions of the HSV-1 virus. The study was published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution.— Read it at NBC News
Dr. Lisa Milella, 40, was diagnosed with incurable motor neurone disease in August 2013 and told she likely had two to five years to live. The animal dental surgeon closed her veterinary practice in England and started crossing things off her bucket list, including flying around the world to perform life-saving surgeries on animals such as a slow loris, an orangutan, a leopard and a tiger, among others. She’s also fulfilled her dream of visiting the Galapagos Islands and is now working on raising money for International Animal Rescue. — Read it at the U.K.’s Mirror
The staff at the Alaska SeaLife Center has their hands full caring for eight harbor seal pups who’ve been rescued from across the state. The center’s wildlife response team carefully monitored each pup before transferring them to the rehabilitation center in Seward, Alaska. There, the center’s veterinarians are giving them around-the-clock care, and they’re being taught the skills they’ll need to be released back into the wild once they’ve fully recovered. — See photos at Facebook
When Tara Dennis, 21, heard the whimpering of a cat stuck in a tree in her Erie, Pennsylvania, neighborhood Sunday, she thought she could save it. Dennis climbed a fence and a garage roof to reach the tree. Once she was 40 feet in the air, she did manage to get to the cat — but ended up getting stranded herself. A neighbor called 911 for help, and a team of nine firefighters came to rescue both Dennis and the cat from the tree. "The cats will usually come down by themselves," said Erie Fire Chief Tony Pol. "They find their way down so we don't like people taking unnecessary risks of getting hurt." Luckily, he said, the story had a happy ending. — Read it at ABC News
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