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A beautiful harbor seal pup named Dusky is recovering at the Alaska SeaLife Center after being abandoned
by his mom. The injured pup was found June 9, while he was being tossed around
in the surf during a storm. When the SeaLife Center’s wildlife response team saved
him, he was suffering from extreme dehydration and a cut near his eye. In the
three weeks since his arrival, Dusky has regained his strength and started
swimming on his own. He just started fish school, where he’s learning to hunt
and catch fish — and his teachers say he’s learning fast. — Read it from the Alaska
SeaLife Center via Facebook
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
said it’s put the brakes on a program that reintroduced the once-extinct red
wolf to the wild in North Carolina. The program will be reviewed and reassessed
through the end of the year, under pressure from upset landowners who have
wolves living on their private property. The program had been viewed as
groundbreaking. An estimated 50 to 75 red wolves now live in five counties on
the coast. The FWS first released wolves in the state in 1987. — Read it at
North Carolina’s Charlotte
After three weeks on the lam, Sylvester the lion was captured in South
Africa Monday. The lion had been feasting on sheep in the area after escaping
from the Karoo National Park. He was
sedated when he was found in the Nuweveld Mountains and was dramatically
airlifted on a sling under a helicopter. “This was the most dangerous part of
the operation as the helicopter blades were not more than two meters from the
mountain edge," said South African
National Parks in a statement. Sylvester was safely returned to his home at
Karoo National Park. — Read it from Reuters
A new study finds that when they get the chance to interact with guinea pigs at school, children on the autism spectrum are more eager to attend class, show more interactive social behavior and become less anxious. The children in the study wore wristbands that monitored their arousal levels, which helped researchers determine whether they were feeling anxious or excited. Autism is often associated with high levels of anxiety. Wristband measurements for kids with autism spectrum disorders suggested the animals had lowered the children’s stress. “[The children] found something about the animal itself that was helpful,” said Dr. Geraldine Dawson, director of the
Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development. The study was published in the journal
Developmental Psychobiology. — Read it at
The New York Times
The loved ones of a police officer who was killed in the line of duty are honoring his memory in a touching photo series. Lt. Eric Eslary of the Ligonier Township Police Department in Pennsylvania was struck and killed by a drunk driver who’d crossed over into the wrong lane in May. His K9 partner, Blek, was badly injured in the crash but refused to leave Eslary’s side until the officer’s wife, Mary Beth Taylor-Eslary, came to get him. Local photographer Christy Boyd volunteered to photograph Taylor-Eslary and Blek, who’s now almost recovered, in a series that highlights their bond and honors their loss. Blek, a
German Shepherd, will likely retire soon, and will continue to stay with Taylor-Eslary. "It's an honor for me to be taking care of Blek," Taylor-Eslary said. — See photos at the
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