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Rocky, a 15-year-old small white dog, is lucky to be home where it’s warm after a scary 19 hours in Michigan. His owner, Janet Lane, let Rocky outside at about 3 a.m. Friday, and he didn’t come back. She started searching for him right away and continued through the day, checking the wetlands behind her home and a creek several houses away. Nineteen hours later, neighbor Ruel Ramos heard an animal in distress near his home and called 911. Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy Faisal Khawaja responded, and the two found Rocky lying in the creek bed with hypothermia setting in. "I started rubbing his chest, giving him chest compressions. Then, I started to see signs of life,” Khawaja told Detroit’s WXYZ. He and Ramos wrapped the dog in blankets, brought him inside — and called the number on his tag, where Ramos spoke with Lane. "Oh my God.It was great," Lane said of the late-night phone call. "We had given up all hope. It's definitely a great ending.” She took Rocky to the vet to be examined, and he’s recovering well. “He’s a tough old guy,” Lane said. — Read it at the Detroit Free Press
A new study finds that when chimpanzees are taken from their parents as infants, there are social effects later. Researchers found that the orphaned chimps had fewer grooming partners and were less inclined to engage in grooming than their peers who were raised by their mothers. They saw this lasting effect both in former lab chimps and in chimps who were raised at zoos. Grooming is a vital part of chimps’ lives. "It serves not only hygienic but [also] many other functions, including the establishment and maintenance of social bonds," said study lead author Elfie Kalcher-Sommersguter, a researcher in animal communications at the University of Graz in Austria. "Less grooming means that these chimpanzees are less strongly integrated in their social groups." The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports. — Read it at Live Science
The Northern Rocky Mountain fisher is among 11 species the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review this year to see if it needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act. This is the second time the small carnivore has been reviewed. The fishers live in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, Northern Rocky Mountains, Great Lakes and New England. When the species status was reviewed in 2011, the FWS found that threats including fur trapping and habitat loss weren’t contributing to a significant population loss. The species will now get a new hearing. — Read it at Discovery News
The Minnesota Timberwolves want the Internet to vote Karl-Anthony Towns (whose initials are KAT) into the NBA All-Stars. So, what better way to woo the Internet than with a CAT? The team has put out a clever video showing KAT all over the world (or, in front of a green screen) with a gray-and-white cat. Its message is, “KAT and his cat have been all around the world. Now help send them to Toronto.” Toronto, of course, is the site of next month’s All-Star tournament. Voting closes in four days, so we’ll soon see whether KAT’s cat helps his cause. — Watch it at SB Nation
With temperatures topping 100 degrees in parts of Australia this week, it seems everyone needs a little help keeping cool. When Adelaide resident Steven Wiltshire spotted a koala in a tree on his property, he thoughtfully set up a sprinkler with a 10-minutes-on, 10-minutes off cycle to him cool off. “I figured he was probably hot and dehydrated so I set up one of my lawn sprinklers that hasn't been used in forever, such that water hit the lower reaches of the tree,” Wiltshire said. When he went back to check, the koala had moved to a lower branch to soak in the water and get a drink. By the next day, the koala had moved on to a new spot. — Read it at People Pets
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