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It took rescuers from SeaWorld San Diego about 2 hours to free a 1-year-old humpback whale from a fishing line on Sunday afternoon. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife called the team after finding the whale with the rope running though its mouth, holding down its pectoral flipper and wrapped around its tail fluke. It had a large buoy attached at the end of the line. The team was able to cut the line away, allowing the 25-foot whale to swim away freely in the direction of the whales’ normal migration pattern at this time of year. “This animal would have perished without our help. It’s a great feeling because we saved its life,” saidKeith Yip, SeaWorld San Diego’s curator of mammals. — Read it at the Times of San Diego
Federal authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for any information about the deaths of 13 iconic bald eagles who were found dead on a Maryland farm on Saturday. It was the largest single die-off the birds in Maryland in 30 years. The eagles were found by the Maryland Natural Resources Police, which said the cause of death is unknown but that the birds may have been victims of poisoning. "What happens is that when farms have rodent problems, landowners will put out poison to control it, and the eagles will eat the poisoned animals," said spokeswoman Candy Thomson. The investigation has been handed over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is offering the reward. — Read it at NBC News
Two caisson horses who’ve had the somber job of working at the funerals for fallen veterans at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia are now ready for retirement. "Each Caisson Horse offered for adoption has served on average for over a decade," reads the Old Guard's adoption website. "During the course of their service they participate in thousands of funerals for our nation's heroes.” The service is currently looking for homes for two horses. An 11-year-old quarter horse named Quincy is retiring early because he’s suffering from a disease that’s caused lameness in his front feet that makes it hard for him to walk on hard surfaces. They’re also hoping to find a home for Kennedy, a 15-year-old standardbred horse who’s apparently kicked a few soldiers with his hind legs. Members of the public can apply to adopt the horses for free. — Read it at ABC News
Police dogs help their partners with just about everything, and it looks like washing the car is one of this guy’s favorite assignments. In a funny video that the Vermont State Police posted on Facebook on Sunday, K9 Max “helps” Trooper Nicholas Arlington wash his patrol car on an unusually warm February day — by attempting to attack the hose. Max impressively flies through the air in the video, going after the spraying water. “He works hard and deserves some water playtime!” said one Facebook commenter. — Watch it at Today
A baby goat named Chewbacca is the new kid at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. The Nigerian dwarf goat was born to parents Leia and Lucky last Tuesday morning, weighing in at 4 pounds. Within hours of her birth, Chewbacca was up and nursing. After a veterinary exam the day after she was born, the zoo said she was “bright, alert and active.” Native to West Africa, the miniature goats have been domesticated as dairy goats and can now be found all over the world. — Watch it at the Huffington Post and see more cute zoo baby photos
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