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Firefighters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, have been busy rescuing trapped ducklings this month. Last week, they pulled 11 ducklings from a storm sewer and reunited them with their mom, who was waiting nearby. On Tuesday, the crew was called to assist with saving a family of 12. The fire department Tweeted a photo of the ducklings safely sitting in a bucket just after their rescue. “Engine 471's crew back at it again this week with another family of ducklings,” the caption said. A video on the department’s Twitter page showed they also waddled off with their mom after their ordeal. — Read it at Wisconsin’s WISN
An international team is working to save the Yangtze giant softshell turtle from the brink of extinction. Earlier this month, veterinarians, scientists and zookeepers gathered at a zoo near Shanghai to make the first attempt at artificial insemination of a softshell turtle. “Even a single [hatchling] would give hope for the recovery of this magnificent animal. It would be a turn,” said Gerald Kuchling of the Turtle Survival Alliance. There are only four of the freshwater turtles left in the world — and only one female, who’s 85 years old. In the last few years, she’s mated with her 100-year-old partner, but the eggs she’s laid have all been unfertilized. The scientists will know whether the artificial insemination was successful when the turtle lays her first clutch of eggs in late June. — Read it at The New York Times
Based on the cost of housing, health care and other pet-related care, a new study from the pet insurance company Trupanion, real estate firm Redfin and dog sitter site Rover.com named the most and least expensive cities for renters to have a dog from among 116 cities. The most expensive list includes San Francisco, California; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Aurora, Colorado; Portland, Oregon; and Chula Vista, California. Among the least expensive cities for renters to have dogs were Phoenix, Arizona; The Woodlands, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee. — Read it at Today
Earlier this month, actor Johnny Depp had to quickly send his two Yorkshire Terriers back to the U.S. after illegally bringing them into Australia on a private plane. The country has strict animal import laws and said Depp, who was in the country to film the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, failed to obtain the necessary import permits, and his dogs weren’t quarantined as required. Australia’s department of agriculture had said Pistol and Boo faced death if they weren’t taken back to the U.S. Depp followed the orders — but his problems aren’t over yet. This week, Australian government officials said the star could face up to 10 years in prison or a maximum fine of $340,000 for illegally bringing his dogs into the country, and his pilot could face a two year sentence for his role in importing the dogs. — Read it at USA Today
Jake has been enjoying the comforts of his home in England after he was returned to his family nine years after he went missing. Owner Ruth Clemens said Jake disappeared when the family moved in 2006. "We were obviously very upset at the time but knowing that he didn't yet know where he lived, we didn't hold out much hope of finding him," Clemens said. Just last month, Clemens got a call from a vet in the local village, who said Jake had been brought in to the practice and identified through his microchip. The family is now nursing their 16-year-old cat back to health. "The children truly couldn't believe it but they're extremely happy to welcome a new, old addition to our family,” Clemens said. — Read it at the U.K.’s Mirror
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