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A dog provided a bit of a sideshow as he ran onto the field during a college softball game in Oregon earlier this week. The Pit Bull ran right for the shortstop and grabbed her glove. But he quickly lost interest in that one and decided to go after an outfielder’s glove instead. He galavanted around the diamond with his prize, getting lots of laughs from the Western Oregon and Simon Frasier University players as he played keep-away with the glove. His debut on the field finally ended when someone managed to get the glove away and send the dog back to his owner. — Watch it at ABC News
Drongos, small African birds, do great impressions of many different animal calls, from other birds to meerkats. Now, a new study finds that the clever birds are strategic in mimicking the cries of other animals, crying wolf about threats and then stealing the animals’ food. Drongos even change their calls to keep other animals from catching on to their trick. The researchers watched as drongos at the Kuruman River Reserve in South Africa followed meerkats when they dug up dirt. The birds would let out a fake alarm call if the meerkats uncovered a tasty treat that the drongos wanted, like a scorpion or fat larva. They recorded one drongo who used 32 different calls. The study was published in the journal Science. — Read it at Live Science
A group of students and ecologists in Costa Rica watched and photographed for 15 minutes as a caiman relaxing on the banks of the Río Puerto Viejo patiently waited while butterflies and bees hovered around the corners of its eyes. The insects were quenching their thirst — and getting a dose of vitamins and minerals from the crocodile's tears, researchers found. "It was one of those natural history moments that you long to see up close," said aquatic ecologist Carlos de la Rosa. He reported on his encounter in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. — Read it at Discovery News
Zoo Debuts Rare Rhino Calf
A 9-week-old endangered rhino calf melted hearts as he ran — and stumbled — around his exhibit to keep up with his mom at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Tuesday. Parvesh, a greater one-horned rhino, was born to Alta and dad Bophu Feb. 25. He bonded with his mom in a protected area away from other animals until Tuesday. His mom then introduced him to the other rhinos in the herd, including his sister, Charlees, who’s 2 ½ years old. There are an estimated 3,250 greater one-horned rhinos left in the wild. They’re only found in India and Nepal. — Read it at NBC News
We’ve heard all about adorable puppies visiting college students to help them with stress relief during final exams. But therapy goats could be a new trend. Students at the University of Denver’s law school were whipping out their cell phones to snap pictures of pygmy goats Duncan and Dahlia, who were there to lighten the mood during finals week. “You don't get this kind of happiness and laughter and smiling at any time in law school, especially during finals," said student Nicola Winter. “It's been a blast having them here, and watching them head-butt each other, and mess around, and making everyone laugh.” The pair have been therapy animals at the nonprofit Barking C.A.A.T. Ranch since they were babies, and usually spend their days helping people cope with trauma. — Read it at Colorado’s 9News
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