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Janet Wilhelm suffered a terrible fall in the garage at her Texas home recently. She broke her pelvis in five places, and was lying on the ground alone, without a phone and unable to move, when someone came to her rescue: her own rescued Labrador Retriever, Mabel. "I grabbed her collar and she started backing up towards the house," Wilhelm said. "I was like 'What is she doing? She's trying to get away from me,' I thought." But Mabel had a plan, and Wilhelm soon understood what she was doing. The dog was slowly and carefully dragging her injured owner toward the house so she could get to her phone and call for help. It took them about 90 minutes to go 20 feet, but then Wilhelm was able to reach her phone and call her husband. If she’d had to wait the eight hours until her husband came home, it would have complicated her recovery, her doctors said. "I was so happy she was there," Wilhelm said. "I was like, 'Good girl, good girl. I love you, I love you.' I was just so happy." Wilhelm is recovering in the hospital and hopes to be back on her feet and walking in two weeks. — Watch it at Texas’ WFAA
A group of biologists searching the Sea of Cortez in Mexico for the tiny porpoise called the vaquita were afraid the animal might already be extinct. So, they were thrilled last week when they spotted one off Baja, California. Then they saw another and then several more. "It was incredible; people were jumping up and down," Barbara Taylor, a marine biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told National Geographic via satellite phone from the vessel. "A decade ago this would have been routine. On this trip, it was just such a relief. It was joyous." With only an estimated 97 of the creatures left in the ocean, their species is still “in big trouble,” said Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho, the chief Mexican scientist aboard the research boat. — Read it at National Geographic
Ying Ying was expected to give birth to a long-awaited cub this week at Ocean Park in Hong Kong. But, sadly, her keepers said Wednesday that she had miscarried. "Unfortunately we have sad news to share," said Ocean Park veterinarian Lee Foo Khong. "Based on recent scans, the pregnancy is no longer viable." Although the pregnancy had been confirmed last week, ultrasounds Wednesday showed the cub had stopped developing. Ying Ying’s caregivers have not yet determined a reason for the 10-year-old panda’s miscarriage. — Read it from the Agence France Presse via Yahoo
At zoos around the country, cheetah cubs are sometimes paired with companion puppies to help calm their nerves — and cuteness often ensues. That’s clearly the case in Virginia, where a hand-reared cheetah cub named Kumbali recently met a Lab mix named Kago, who was rescued from a local shelter. Kumbali was removed from his mom and siblings at the Metro Richmond Zoo when he was 2 months old because his keepers found that he was losing weight. After a little bit of tension at their first meeting, the little ones have quickly become friends. The zoo says the pair will remain together as long as it seems to be the best thing for Kumbali. “Their bond has become brother-like, and the two are inseparable,” says the narrator of a YouTube video of them. — Read it at Discovery News
Biologists with Florida Fish and Wildlife came to the rescue of black-bellied whistling ducklings trapped in a school storm drain this week. They worked with FWC officers and school security for an hour, chasing the ducklings around the drain and pulling them out — all while two adult ducks flew around in distress watching their efforts. The ducklings were then released into a wooded area so their parents could find them again. Then, the biologists turned the rescue into a teachable moment, and visited the school’s science classroom to tell the kids about what had happened. — See photos from Florida Fish and Wildlife via Facebook
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