Pet Scoop: Dying Woman Bids Beloved Horse Farewell, Police Dog Finds Missing Toddler

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Sheila Marsh and her horse Bronwen say their last goodbyes outside the Wigan Royal Infirmary in the U.K.
Sheila Marsh and her horse Bronwen say their last goodbyes outside the Wigan Royal Infirmary in the U.K.

Horse Kisses Dying Owner

Without much time left to live, Sheila Marsh, 77, asked if she could see her horse, Bronwen, one last time, and the Wigan Royal Infirmary in the U.K. obliged. Last week, the horse was brought to the hospital parking lot with the help of the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, and Marsh was wheeled outside in her hospital bed for an emotional moment with her pet. "It took a lot for mum to talk on her last day but [she] clearly called Bronwen’s name and asked for a kiss," Marsh’s daughter, Tina, told Wigan Today. She said her mother had the horse for about 18 years. He’s one of several animals owned by Marsh, who had her last moments with her dogs the previous weekend. "The horse bent down tenderly and kissed her on the cheek as they said their last goodbyes," nurse Gail Taylor told the Manchester Evening News. Marsh passed away peacefully hours after Bronwen’s visit. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Two Studies Look at Dog, Horse Facial Expressions

New studies published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior and PLOS ONE find that facial expressions in dogs and horses have universal qualities that enable humans and other animals to figure out how they feel just by looking at their faces. The studies suggest this helps explain how humans can have such close and understanding relationships with these animals. The research confirmed the underlying meaning of the facial expressions, such as happiness or worry, and showed people understood what they meant. Emanuela Dalla Costa, a researcher in the Department of Veterinary Science and Public Health at the Università degli Studi di Milano in Italy, led both of the studies. — Read it at Discovery News

New “Bat Frog” Named for Ozzy Osbourne

A new tree frog who makes a shrill call like a bat has been discovered in the Brazilian Amazon. Scientists found the frog, who measures less than an inch, during a 2009 expedition. "As soon as I heard its call, I knew it was a new species. I had never heard anything like it," said Pedro Peloso, one of the scientists who found the frog. When the research team brought it back to the lab, their discussion of the bat-like call led to talk of how they were fans of Ozzy Osbourne. The musician had an incident with a bat that was thrown onstage by a fan at a Black Sabbath concert in 1981, and it led them to name the bat for him. Peloso named the frog Dendropsophus ozzyi. He believes the frog is widely distributed in the Amazon but is hard to spot. It’s described it in the journal Zootaxa. — Read it at National Geographic

Michigan State Trooper Denis McGuckin and K9 Jax are credited with finding Brooklyn Lynn Lilly in the woods in Michigan.
Michigan State Trooper Denis McGuckin and K9 Jax are credited with finding Brooklyn Lynn Lilly in the woods in Michigan.

K9 Hero Locates Missing Girl

For 22 hours after 2-year-old Brooklyn Lynn Lilly wandered off while playing outside her eastern Michigan home, authorities combed the woods on foot, with ATVs and by air, desperately searching for her in cold and damp weather. But it was K9 Jax and his handler, Michigan State Trooper Denis McGuckin, who finally found the little girl Thursday, curled up in the woods and trying to stay warm. “She had lifted her head up off the ground and looked back towards me and my dog and began smiling,” McGuckin said. Brooklyn was soon safely back at home thanks to McGuckin and K9 Jax. — Watch it at ABC News

Baby Giraffe Off and Running at Australian Zoo

Ajali, a female giraffe calf, was born on Oct. 19 at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Australia — and she already has a best friend. Her pal is Nkosi, a male calf who was born on Aug. 3. “It is always nice to see youngsters on exhibit together and knowing that they have a companion close to their age. As they grow and develop, visitors will see the pair running around together and exhibiting playful behaviors,” said keeper Anthony Dorrian. “The calves are already starting to develop a relationship, as Nkosi is very curious about the new calf.” The adorable Ajali, whose name means “destiny” in Swahili, has been galloping around her exhibit and spending time with her experienced mom, Tuli. — See photos at Zooborns


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