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The “indispensable” police dog Diesel, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, was killed in a dramatic predawn raid Wednesday in a Paris suburb. French authorities confirmed Thursday that the operation killed Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind of last week’s tragic terrorist attacks. Several police officers were wounded in the raid, and news of the dog’s death struck a nerve on social media. The hashtag #JeSuisChien, which means “I am dog,” started trending around the world, and people shared tributes to Diesel. The #JeSuisChien hashtag is a nod to the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag used after the January attack atthe satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The Police Nationale of France Tweeted a photo of Diesel with the caption, “Assault and explosives search dogs: indispensable in the missions of the operators of the #RAID” — Read it at USA Today
Researchers say they were able to train pigeons to detect the difference between healthy tissue and tumor tissue on slides pathologists use to look at biopsies in the lab. After two weeks of training, the birds had an 85 percent accuracy rate. "The birds were remarkably adept at discriminating between benign and malignant breast cancer slides at all magnifications, a task that can perplex inexperienced human observers, who typically require considerable training to attain mastery," said Richard Levenson, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UC Davis Health System who worked on the study. The birds did even better when they worked together. "The resulting 'group' accuracy level reached an amazing 99 percent," the researchers wrote. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. — Read it at NBC News
An endangered Eastern Pacific green sea turtle was spotted far from home recently, in the San Joaquin River in Northern California. Fisherman Dan Maloon saw the wayward turtle and posted a YouTube video of it. Experts who viewed the video confirmed it was an Eastern Pacific green sea turtle, which is usually found in the warmer waters to the south, off Mexico. They said it may have become confused and swam north. They are concerned that the rare turtle is at risk for hypothermia in waters that are so much colder than its natural habitat. — Read it at Discovery News
Scared and alone, Bundy was stuck at the top of a concrete overpass in Round Rock, Texas, Friday night. After getting calls from witnesses, animal control arrived to help, but the frightened dog jumped from the flyover and fell 100 feet to the road below. Once the dog was on the ground, Animal Control Officer Lisa Stem was able to safely contain him, and bring him to an emergency veterinary clinic. Luckily, there was a happy ending for Bundy. He survived the fall with no broken bones or internal bleeding — and the staff found his microchip. He was reunited with his owners, who said he’d been missing since Halloween. — Read it at Texas’ KXAN
At just 6 months old, “Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth’s newly adopted puppy stands almost as tall as him. The actor’s former fiancé, animal lover Miley Cyrus, is getting credit for helping connect him with the dog, who he rescued from Wylder’s Holistic Pet Center in California. Hemsworth shared a photo of himself with his new pal on Instagram, with the caption, "New 'gigantic' rescue pup! Dora the Explorer." The rescue group also posted a picture of the duo, writing, “Thanks @mileycyrus for loving dogs as much as we do!! You helped find this gigantic, 6 month old puppy a new home. @liamhemsworth you will give this deserving baby a great life!” — See photos at Today
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