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dogs were pulled from the rubble of their Rowlett, Texas, home Monday — two days after deadly tornadoes struck the area. The dogs’ owner, Michael Delgado, and his daughters were at a movie theater Saturday night when the powerful storm hit, reported Texas’
Fox 4 News. Delgado’s mother and another family member were in his home at the time and survived by hiding in a closet, but Delgado was distraught that he couldn’t find his
dogs. He returned to the site Monday afternoon with a group from his church and heard barking coming from under a pile of debris. The group pulled the family’s yellow
Labrador Retriever, Sawyer, out safely. Four hours later, their
Chihuahua, Lucy, was rescued, too. Both rescues were caught on video by Delgado’s friend. The dogs were taken to the veterinarian. Although they were dehydrated and sore, amazingly they didn’t suffer any broken bones or major injuries. — Watch it at
NBC Dallas Fort Worth
Endangered African penguins struggle to find food at sea, and now they face a new threat on shore in South Africa: pet dogs. More than 40 of the
birds were killed this year by one or more dogs, prompting authorities to increase patrols in a nesting area where people often walk their dogs. Full time patrols in the Cape Town nesting areas will continue until the end of January, authorities said. — Read it from the
AP via Yahoo
A new form of cancer in Tasmanian Devils spreads by biting and result in facial tumors, much like the form that’s been devastating the Australian animals’ population since it was first observed in 1996. The newly discovered form is genetically distinct from the previously known form. The transmissible devil facial tumor disease has left the species endangered. Captive breeding programs have been started as a last-ditch effort to save the species. The research was published in the journal
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. — Read it at
Yesterday, we told you about a female elephant seal who was
blocking traffic as she tried to cross a busy highway in Sonoma, California. The
massive seal weighs 900 pounds, and rescuers and police were having a difficult
time trying to steer her back into the water. The pregnant seal repeatedly came
out onto the roadway, and did it again Tuesday. Concerned for her safety — and
the safety of drivers in the area — marine mammal experts decided to
tranquilize her and relocate her to Point Reyes, where she can avoid traffic
and have her pup. The seal, who rescuers named Tolay for the creek she swam in,
was released onto the protected beach in the dark Tuesday night, so the other
seals there wouldn’t be disturbed. — Read it at San Francisco’s ABC
It’s the latest great debate on social media, sparked by a fast-spreading
meme: if dogs wore pants, would they wear them on only their hind legs, or on
all four legs? Apparently, it’s an important question with impassioned answers.
The graphic was first posted to Facebook but really took off when it was shared
on Twitter and Reddit. The image was created by a 19-year-old man in Belgium
who identifies himself as Norbert K. Unlike most people who’ve weighed in on
the debate, Norbert says he’s “quite neutral” on the issue himself. For the
record, most people go with the two-leg option. — Read it at the Washington
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