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A young outlaw is out on bail — and safely back at home — after being
captured while on the run on Florida’s West coast. The Tarpon Springs Police Department shared Willow’s
mug shot and the details of her “arrest” in a light-hearted Facebook
post earlier this week. “She
was very cooperative with officers and probably one of the most friendly
prisoners we've ever had in custody,” the post reads. “Just a little short for
her booking photo so she needed assistance getting to the right height.” The
department also got her paw prints — but they were digital, so no ink was
involved, reported Fox
13 Salt Lake City. Willow’s owners bailed her out and have been reunited
with her. — Read it from the Tarpon
Springs Police via Facebook
You might not think of fuzzy little yellow ducklings as particularly
intelligent creatures, but a new study finds they can understand abstract ideas
like “same” and “different” when they’re barely 24 hours old. Previously, only
animals with advanced intelligence were thought to be capable of understanding
concepts like these, after extensive training. Researchers showed newly hatched
ducklings pairs of objects that matched each other in shape or color or
differed from each other. They found the ducklings were able to recognize and
respond to other objects that were similarly grouped just 30 minutes later. They
tested the ducklings by taking advantage of their early-life learning process,
which is called imprinting. The study was published in the journal Science.
— Read it at Live
An animal shelter worker happened to be running errands at a Home
Depot in Kansas on Monday when he heard a puppy’s cries coming from the SUV
parked next to him. “I
could hear it, but I couldn’t see it,” because of the SUV’s tinted windows,
Scott Poore said. “Eventually, I saw his little head pop up from a milk crate.”
He said the 2-month-old puppy was jumping up and down and whimpering. It was 96
degrees outside at the time. Poore called the police for help and videotaped
the officers as they broke into the vehicle to rescue the puppy. The officers
wrapped the pup in a wet towel and gave it water. The owner, who was very upset
with the situation when she returned, was cited with unlawful treatment of an
animal and must appear before a judge. — Read it from Inside
Edition via Yahoo and find out what
to do if you see a dog in a hot car
Two hikers came to the rescue of a black
Labrador Retriever who got stuck under a log jam in Saint Vrain Creek in Colorado on Monday. Stanley was apparently cooling off in the stream when he was swept away by the current and his worried owner, Jason, couldn’t find him despite a desperate search. After an hour, he left the scene to call the
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office for help when, luckily, hikers Andy and Jennifer heard Stanley “whimpering and barking for help, he was pinned under a log jam with only his head above the water,” the
sheriff’s office wrote in a Facebook post. “Jennifer and Andy pulled Stanley to safety and he was reunited with a very grateful Jason.” — Read it at
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo introduced an adorable 10-week-old snow leopard cub on Wednesday. The female cub was born on May 5 to mom Sombra and dad Amga. Snow leopards are considered endangered, with only an estimated 7,000 remaining in the wild. Starting today, the
zoo will be
asking the public to vote on four name choices selected by the staff. — Read it at
NewsNet5 Cleveland and see photos and video from the
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