Pet Scoop: Joggers and Cop Save Labs From Canal, Pandas May Be as Lazy as Sloths

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Two labs saved from a canal in Arizona
Two Labs cuddle after being saved from a canal in Gilbert, Arizona.

Labs Reunited With Owner

A loving pair of Labrador Retrievers are back home with their owner after two women who were out jogging early Thursday morning found them struggling in a canal in Gilbert, Arizona. The joggers called 911 for assistance. By the time Officer Mikel Curtis arrived, the male black Lab had managed to climb out of the water and was following the female from the side, as she was pushed by the current. With the women’s help, Curtis leaned into the canal and lassoed the female chocolate Lab, pulling her to safety. After the rescue, police employee Sherry Nielsen said the male give the female a kiss. “It was very sweet,” she said. The dogs had scraped up their paws but otherwise seemed OK. Gilbert Police got the word out on social media that the dogs had been found, and they were quickly reunited with their owner, who’d posted fliers in their area looking for them. — Read it at Arizona Central

Dog Ate 62 Hair Bands and Lots of Underwear

In Mars, Pennsylvania, another black Lab is recovering after surgery to remove quite a few unusual items from her stomach. When X-rays showed a mysterious mass in Tiki’s stomach, Dr. Hisham Ibrahim performed exploratory surgery, where he discovered she’d eaten 62 hair bands, 8 pairs of underwear and several other smaller items, including bandaids. “I found this hair band attached to another hair band to another one to another one and to other things again," Ibrahim said. “Thank God, we were able to pull through, and Tiki's recovered very well." — Read it at Pittsburgh’s WTAE

Hunter Won’t Face Charges for Shooting Gray Wolf

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the Utah hunter who killed the first gray wolf spotted near the Grand Canyon in seven decades won’t face charges because an investigation found it wasn’t intentional. The FWS said the man thought he was shooting a coyote, which would be legal in Utah. The wolf is protected in Utah under the Endangered Species Act. The female wolf, who was named Echo by students in a nationwide contest, was 3 years old when she was killed in December. Once he realized his mistake, the man immediately notified authorities. Wildlife advocates said the man should have been charged, and that it’s too easy for a hunter to claim he thought it was a coyote. — Read it from the AP via ABC News

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A panda rests in the wild.

Study: Pandas Similar to Sloths

Researchers who tracked five captive pandas and three in the wild in China found they are far less active than other bears, and are as sluggish as sloths. Pandas used 38 percent as much daily energy as most other land animals their size. "The daily energy expenditure values for giant pandas are substantially lower than those for koalas, for example, and more akin to those of three-toed sloths," according to the study. The researchers also found that pandas had smaller brains, livers and kidneys than other bears, and their thyroid hormone levels are “only a fraction of the mammalian norm.” Low thyroid hormone levels can lead to sluggish behavior. The study was published in the journal Science. — Read it from Agence France Presse via Yahoo

Sochi Rescue Pups Are All Grown Up

More than a year after the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the stray dogs rescued by U.S. athletes are looking happy and healthy. Sports Illustrated shared an update on the now-cushy lives of dogs who went home with snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis, hockey players David Backes and Kelli Stack and slopestyle skier Gus Kenworthy. “My event didn’t pan out the way I would have liked,” said Jacobellis. “But it was nice to get something great out of it.” She rescued a puppy who was a mix of Borzoi, Dalmatian, German Shepherd, German Shorthaired Pointer — and named him Sochi. There were countless dogs on the streets in the Russian host city during the 2014 Winter Games. — Watch it at Sports Illustrated


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