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The baby orangutanwas the firstto be born using natural cycle intrauterine insemination (IUI), afertility treatment that’s commonly used in humans. He was born to mom Maggie in May at the Leo Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Connecticut — in his mom’s favorite yellow wheelbarrow. Maggie, 22, became pregnant with just a single round of treatment, and the technique’s success is giving hope for the endangered species. The baby is doing well, and he’s being doted on by his mom and the center’s other five orangutans. Now, his keepers want the public’s help with finding a name for its special newborn. You can submit your idea on its web site. — Read it at Today
A new study finds that mother yaks leave males behind in valleys to forage with their babies on steep slopes that are nearly 16,000 feet high — a height that might give humans altitude sickness. Researchers from the United States and China say the steep terrain probably helps the moms protect their calves from predators and gives them access to food with more protein. Childless female yaks gather at similar heights but on slopes that aren’t as steep. The study was led by the Wildlife Conservation Society. — Read it at National Geographic
In February, Internet star and dwarf kitty Lil Bub teamed up with the ASPCA to create Lil Bub's Big Fund, a new grant program thathas since distributed $25,000 in funds to rescues and shelters around the country to help cats with special needs with their medical care — and with finding homes. Lil Bub’s Big Fund covered the cost of emergency hernia surgery for a nursing mother cat at the Humane Society of Western Montana. Now she and her kittens are resting comfortably at a foster home. Lil Bub’s birthday is Saturday — but she doesn’t want gifts. Instead, she’s trying even harder to help other cats. She’s set a goal of raising $50,000 for the ASPCA this month. — Find out more from Lil Bub's website
Homeowners in Loudoun County, Virginia, found something unusual in their backyard pool Tuesday morning — a horse. The wayward animal somehow wound up in the pool, on top of the cover. The fire department and animal services responded to a call for help and cut the pool cover to get the horse out safely. Sarah Davis, the horse’s owner, noticed the horse had escaped from his stable and was stunned when she heard where he was found. The horse is recovering from his adventure and is expected to be fine. — See more photos at My Fox DC
Prepare to slow way down. Today, Animal Planet and Animalist kick off Sloth Week — six days of programming dedicated to the lovable animals. “While sloths have captured the attention of millions online, Sloth Week will go beyond entertaining and help reveal more about the creatures that we all are still learning so much about,” said James Williams, executive producer of Discovery Digital Networks’ Animalist. The week includes special features as well as a re-airing of the “Meet the Sloths” series on Animal Planet. — Find out more at Animalist
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