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June 6, 2013: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.
Kabang, a shepherd mix from the Philippines, is healing after doctors attempted to replace the snout she lost while saving two girls from an oncoming motorcycle. The dog captured the hearts of people around the world when her story went viral, and donations flooded in to pay for her past eight months of medical care in the U.S. — Watch it at Today
Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that doctors would replace Kabang's snout. Unfortunately, it was not possible to reconstruct her nose. After being treated for heartworm and cancer, she is on her way home to the Philippines.
Another hero dog — this one in Thailand — is also enjoying international fame for saving a newborn baby from a trashcan. When Pui spotted the white plastic bag he took it in his mouth, brought it home and barked as loud as he could. The owner’s 12-year-old niece came to see what the fuss was about and looked in the bag, discovering a newborn baby girl. The infant was taken to a hospital and authorities are looking for its mother. And Pui is being handsomely rewarded — first with a leather collar and medal from the Red Cross and then with a $300 gift from the Miracle of Life Foundation. — Read it at People Pets
The booming population of deer in the northern United States is having an interesting effect on the hemlocks — the same trees the deer depend on for protection from winter chill and predators. The high concentration of deer urine in the forests is saturating the soil with nitrogen, making it too rich for the trees to survive. "At the moment, it's difficult to find hemlock stands where there are saplings in the understory that are going to replace the hemlocks in the overstory when they die,” said Bryan Murray, an ecologist and doctoral student at Michigan Tech University. The study was published in the journal Ecology.— Read it at Live Science
After several months of rehabilitation by SeaWorld Orlando, three sea turtles have been released back into their natural habitat. Two turtles were brought to SeaWorld after being rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard just off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., after suffering symptoms of cold stress. The third was found floating in the Port Canaveral Channel, emaciated and showing signs of damage to its flippers and neck. So far this year, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued 39 turtles and returned 31 to the wild.
They may be known for getting kittens out of trees, but a Lexus? Firefighters in Baltimore, Md., met this challenge when a man drove his sedan into their fire station explaining that he believed a cat was trapped in the engine because of the meowing that was coming from under the hood. Fire Captain Eric Hurt searched the car and discovered a kitten in the empty area between the front wheel well and the engine. With the help of another firefighter, he dismantled the area around the wheel well and rescued the 7-week-old kitten, who appeared to be uninjured. Then Hurt drove him to a local animal shelter for further care. — Read it at ABC News
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