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Somehow, a lost black
Labrador Retriever knew exactly where to go when he injured his leg — and the staff at Indiana’s Community Hospital Anderson quickly stepped up to help him. “He literally walked straight up like he knew he was coming to the right place,” said Dr. Thomas Short. The emergency room doctors checked him out and made him comfortable. Once their shift ended, they took him to an emergency vet, who thought he’d been hit by a car but would recover. In the meantime, the hospital
shared a photo of him on Facebook, in the hopes of finding his owner — and it worked. Capone’s owner, Nick Karagianis, said the 1-year-old dog got away when he took him for a walk after he got home from work at about 2 a.m. Thursday. When he resumed his search in the morning, he talked to a passerby who said she’d seen a
dog meeting Capone’s description on Facebook. They were reunited later that day. “Thank you sooooo much to the community hospital team for taking care of my baby boy!!!” Karagianis commented on Facebook. The kind hospital staff even paid Capone’s vet bill, on the condition that his owner get him neutered and microchipped. — Read it at Indianapolis’
Scientists who found a hidden colony of Tasmanian devils in a remote area say the animals could help save their species by adding diversity to their gene pool. The marsupials have been devastated by the contagious and deadly facial tumor disease. “For us this is massive,” said
University of Sydney geneticist Kathy Belov. “For years we have been calling devils clones because there’s so little diversity and now we find that there is diversity out there, it’s just in remote areas.” The genetic diversity could prove to be a key component to the species’ survival. — Read it at the
Using tiny computers attached to harbour porpoises by suction cups, researchers in Europe have found the small cetaceans hunt and eat almost constantly because they require a lot of energy to survive. "Our results show that porpoises hunt small fish, typically less than five centimeters, nearly continuously day and night at ultra-high rates, attempting to capture up to 550 fish per hour, and frequently more than ten per minute with a remarkable success rate of more than 90 percent," said Danuta Wisniewska of
Aarhus University in Denmark. They also said that anything that might limit the porpoises’ ability to feed could put them in serious jeopardy. The study was published in the journal
Current Biology. — Read it at
A flock of baby geese got a special escort as they made their way down California’s Interstate 80 on Sunday morning. The California Highway Patrol in Oakland got a call about some goslings who were wandering along the busy roadway. “We ran a traffic break and we stopped the freeway so we can get them corralled to the right hand shoulder — and that's where the world's slowest pursuit took place,” said Officer Sean Wilkenfeld. At least three CHPs vehicles gathered the “felonious fowl,” as Wilkenfeld called them, and guided them toward an exit to get them to the water. CHPs Oakland shared a
video of the “nail-biting pursuit” on Facebook. — Watch it at
When North Guilford High School, North Carolina, student Harry Hulse had his photo taken for the yearbook, the photographer also got a quick portrait of Taffy, his
diabetes alert dog. Taffy is always by Harry’s side, pawing at him whenever his blood sugar needs an adjustment. Taffy is “basically one of the kids,” said the school’s yearbook editor, Stephanie Hicks. So, when she heard his photo had been taken, she thought Taffy “obviously has to be next to Harry in the yearbook, he always is.” The yearbook staff kept the plan a secret so Taffy’s placement would be fun a surprise when it was published. Harry was surprised, and touched, by the gesture for his “best friend.” The news comes on the heels of the story of another service
dog who appeared in a
Louisiana middle school yearbook this year. — See photo at
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