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Scott Homon and his yellow Lab, Ashley, escaped from a fire in their duplex in Tracy, California, early Monday morning. But Ashley apparently got confused and ran back into the burning building. Firefighters fought the flames to rescue Ashley, but didn’t tell Homon until they were sure she would make it. Luckily, they were able to resuscitate the dog with a pet oxygen mask. "When she was breathing well enough and opened her eyes and was responding, they went ahead and got me," Homon said. Ashley is still recovering from smoke inhalation and smoke in her eyes but is doing well at a local veterinary hospital, according the posts on the Tracy Police Department’s Facebook page. Donations from the community have poured in to help with Ashley’s veterinary bills, as well as to help Homon and the family who lived on the other side of the duplex. — Watch it at Sacramento’s News10
Four adorable new faces have been recognized by the American Kennel Club, bringing the group’s total number of recognized breeds to 184. The AKC will recognize the Spanish Water Dog, the Cirneco dell'Etna (cheer-NAY-koh-dehl-eht-nah), the Bergamasco and the Boerboel (BUHR'-buhl) as of Jan. 1. They’ll get the chance to compete in many AKC dog shows in 2015, but will have to wait until 2016 to make an appearance in the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Show, which takes place in February. Several hundred dogs from a breed have to be registered in order for it to be recognized by the AKC. — See photos at the AKC’s Woofipedia
Researchers in Australia studied how male praying mantis reacted to females whose nourishment levels graded as good, medium, poor or very poor. When they introduced the males to the group, they found they were more attracted to the ones who were graded as good than medium or poor — but those labeled as very poor attracted twice as many males as those labeled good. The researchers found that the starving females produced pheromones to attract males, which they then ate to reduce their hunger and produce more eggs. The study was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. — Read it at Phys.org
After the sad news this week that one of the few northern white rhinos left in the world at died at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the park announced Wednesday that a greater one-horned rhino was born on Nov. 27. The calf’s mom cared for him for almost two weeks before the staff decided he wasn’t gaining enough weight and would need to be bottle-fed. He was taken to the park’s animal care center, where he gets a bottle every two hours and is taken outside to get exercise daily. The 190-pound baby rhino is now gaining about four pounds a day and is growing stronger while he gets around-the-clock care. Greater one-horned rhinos are listed as endangered due to poaching threats. — Read it and see photos from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park via Flickr
The 22-year-old star introduced an adorable new companion to her Instagram followers Tuesday in a selfie with the caption "Guys....... SANTA CAME EARLY THIS YEAR......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Lovato shared more photos of the pup sitting in front of the Christmas tree, and the little guy’s cuteness left her at a loss for words. "HOW IS HE REAL?!!!?!!!!!" she wrote. — See photos at E! Online
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