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Get ready to cry happy tears as this owner is reunited with her dog. Caitlin Strischek was at work Friday when she saw smoke coming from her nearby apartment building in Atlanta. Knowing her beloved rescue dog was in her apartment, she panicked and ran to the scene. She begged firefighters to let her inside to get Marley, but it was too dangerous, reported the New York Daily News. Luckily, she talked to dog-loving firefighter Monty Adams, who said he’d help. He was able to enter her basement apartment, where he found 7-year-old Marley sitting in his favorite chair, where he waits for Strischek to come home each day. Strischek was crying in fear but was quickly overcome with joy when firefighters put Marley safely in her arms. "Oh my God! My dog! My dog is alive! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Thank you," Strischek said as Marley licked her face. Marley had a trip to the vet and got a clean bill of health. — Watch it at People Pets
There was a scare at the Tiger Safari in Tuttle, Oklahoma, Wednesday when some of its exotic animals escaped their enclosures after a tornado tore through the area. Residents in the surrounding area were warned to say indoors, but by about 10 p.m., the Grady County Sheriff’s Office told the TV station KFOR that all of the animals had been accounted for. — Read it at Oklahoma’s KFOR
A team from Stanford University attached GPS devices to nine blue whales off the coast of Long Beach, California, to track their response to large ships passing near them. They found that when a ship was approaching, the whales would play dead instead of getting out of the way. “Instead of diving, where the animal kicks tail up and goes down vertically, they just sink horizontally. This results in a slow dive and leaves them susceptible to ship strikes,” said senior author Jeremy Goldboge of Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station. A whale would have to dive about 30 meters to be safe from a ship’s propeller. “It’s not part of their evolutionary history to have cargo ships killing them, so they haven’t developed behavioral responses to this threat.” The study was published in the journal Endangered Species Research. — Read it at Discovery News
Police in Laguna Beach, California, are searching for the person or people who poured large amounts of chlorine into a salt water holding pool at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center Monday night or Tuesday morning, injuring sea lions who were ready to be released. More than 400 sea lion pups have been treated by the center so far this year as part of the ongoing crisis where thousands of malnourished pups have stranded on the state’s coastline. “It’s hard for all of us,” said Keith Matassa, the executive director of the non-profit. “Our volunteers and staff have taken these animals from near death and rehabbed them back and gotten them ready to go back into the wild and to have this happen right before they’re ready for release, it’s shaken the staff.” Eight of the sea lions who were injured have healed but seven others need at least four more weeks of treatment before they can be released. — Watch it from KABC Los Angeles via Yahoo
When Ana Barbosa brought her cat, Garry, to the veterinarian for an annual vaccine, Dr. Jess Maguire found a large mass in his stomach. Barbosa was afraid it could be a life-threatening tumor. But it turned out that the 2-year-old cat had been eating shoelaces — and lots of them. Barbosa said she’d taken the laces out of her sneakers to wash them, and didn’t realize Garry had gotten ahold of them. “We are so grateful to the PDSA for saving Garry — he’s a big part of the family,” Barbosa said. “Now we know how naughty he can be, we’ll keep an eye on him.” — Read it at the U.K.’s Mirror
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