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We have a happy update on the story of Hercules, a Pit Bull-Lab mix, and Muellas, a blind Rat Terrier mix. Last week, we told you about how Indiana’s Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control was looking for a home for the two together because the 8-year-old dogs were so distressed when they were apart. The shelter announced Wednesday that the pair was on the way to their new home in Ohio with the Wilson family and their four children. “It was LOVE at FIRST SIGHT for all involved!” FWACC said in a Facebook post. “With staff in happy tears, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control said goodbye to our friends today! We are so happy for our boys!!!” They said the dogs’ spirits lifted as they climbed into the car with the Wilsons, and that Hercules and Muellas really enjoyed being with the children. A generous donor had already paid the adoption fee for the duo, in hopes of finding them a home together. — See photos at the Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control via Facebook
In areas hit by climate change, some polar bears who normally feast on marine mammals are turning to bird eggs and berries to supplement their diet. That’s because the loss of sea ice has made seals harder for the bears to catch. Scientists wondered whether the bears could live on a land-based diet of caribou and berries, but they found that it wouldn’t be enough for the world’s largest bears. They’d spend so much energy searching for berries or chasing caribou that in the end, there wouldn’t be much of a payoff in terms of calories, the researchers said. "Terrestrial foods can't offer polar bears what they need at a population level," said Karyn Rode, lead study author and a U.S. Geological Survey research wildlife biologist in Alaska. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. — Read it at Live Science
The U.S. government gave new protections Wednesday to the northern long-eared bat, which has almost been wiped out by the spread of white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease. "Bats are a critical component of our nation's ecology and economy," said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe, in a statement. “We lose them at our peril." Because the biggest threat to the bats is disease, there are few steps the government can take to save them. They have restricted some logging and tree removal in forests where they breed and spend warmer months. — Read it from the AP via Yahoo
Two cats were found hiding under a bed in their New York apartment Tuesday, five days after the gas explosion of the building next door. Their owner, Kathleen Blomberg, had to evacuate last Thursday. She expected to be able to go back inside to get her cats, Kitty Cordelia and Sebastian, but the building was quickly sealed off. Luckily, the ASPCA was able to locate Blomberg’s pets. “I have no words, because, I mean, they’re my children,” Blomberg said. “They’re not just cats.” The ASPCA is still trying to help locate several other cats who lived with other residents in the building. The explosion killed two men, and law enforcement officials are investigating whether it was a result of an attempt to hide unauthorized gas siphoning. — Watch it at CBS New York
Angelo Almendarez was picking up recycling containers along his route in Peoria, Arizona, last Friday, when he heard a tiny meow coming from the back of his truck. Inside, he found a 2-week-old orange tabby kitten. The male kitten was adopted by an employee of the city’s streets division, and is being bottle-fed in his new home. This is actually the second time Almendarez has saved a kitten from his truck. About a year ago, he rescued a tiny black kitten. — Read it at Arizona’s KPHO
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