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Late Army veteran Jake Carlberg’s widow, Glenna, and two young sons welcomed his best friend, war
dog Abby, to their Indiana home Tuesday. Carlberg, who served in Afghanistan in 2013 with the bomb-sniffing yellow
Labrador Retriever, searched for her for more than a year after finishing his deployment, but he tragically died in a car accident before he could locate her. It turned out that Abby was one of
12 military dogs who were left in Virginia’s Mount Hope Kennel by a private contractor for 17 months after returning to the U.S. The kennel and
Mission K9 Rescue worked with Abby’s trainer to get the 6-year-old
dog back to the Carlberg family. She arrived in the rain, with her tail wagging and lots of sloppy kisses for her former partner’s family. “She was his best friend, they did everything together and everybody in his company loved her,” said Glenna Carlberg. “We spent so many hours and nights looking for her that it’s all worth it now … Having her come in, I feel like we lost something so big but now we have something to make us feel complete again.” — Watch from Indiana’s
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A newly discovered Blueface peacock spider has some groovy moves when it comes to finding a mate. Luckily, spider enthusiast and biologist with Australia’s Department of Agriculture Jürgen Otto maintains a YouTube channel with videos of the spiders dancing, with their moves set to music. In order to attract a female’s attention, the male raises one set of legs over his body while running back and forth in front of her. Otto and a colleague described the Blueface spider in the
open-access journal Peckhamia. — See it at
A new study finds that horses have surprisingly similar facial expressions to humans and chimps. Researchers found that, like humans, horses use muscles underlying their nostrils, lips and eyes to alter their expressions in different social situations. The study suggests that there are evolutionary parallels in different species when it comes to how the face is used to communicate. Previous research showed that cues from their faces were important for how horses communicate. “"Despite the differences in face structure between horses and humans, we were able to identify some similar expressions in relation to movements of the lips and eyes,” said study co-author Jennifer Wathan. The findings were published in the journal
PLOS ONE. — Read it
With bright blue eyes and feisty personalities, two female mountain
lion kittens born recently in the Santa Monica Mountains are the latest
subjects for researchers who are trying to track how they survive in the greater
Los Angeles area. The 3- and 4-week-old kittens were named P-43 and P-44, and
were found at opposite ends of the study area. The kittens were each born in
single litters to different parents. Researchers found them using a GPS device
and were able to examine and tag them. — Read it at the Los
Tyler Balak was surfing off Hatteras
Island, North Carolina, last month, when he spotted something floating in the
water a few hundred feet off shore. He paddled closer, and was shocked to
discover it was a fawn struggling to stay afloat. He picked the limp baby deer
up and brought it to the shore, where his friend wrapped it in a towel. They
brought the shaking animal to nearby Hatteras
Island Wildlife Rehabilitation for help. Once the fawn recovered from its
shock and the president of the non-profit determined it was healthy, they
released him back into the wild, near where it was found. "So glad we
could give this little guy another chance," Balak wrote in a Facebook
post. — Read it at People
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