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It’s been a good week for Lady the Lab. Last month, the senior dog’s sad story went viral. After her original owner died in 2012, she wound up at a Kansas shelter. She was adopted but didn’t get along with the owner’s other dogs, so she went to live with a new owner earlier this summer. Then, Lady escaped that home and wandered 30 miles. When she was found, neither owner wanted to take her back, reported Kansas City’s KCTV. The shelter shared her story on Facebook. It went viral — and reached the right person. Helen Rich, an author and heir to the Wrigley chewing gum fortune, heard about Lady and immediately stepped in to help. Her assistant called the shelter and boarded a private jet to pick Lady up in Kansas and bring her home to Rich’s 127-acre farm in Florida last Thursday. This week, Rich’s animal rescue initiative On the Wings of Angels posted happy photos of Lady with Rich. Rich reports that Lady is enjoying her new life on the farm and in Rich’s 15,000-square-foot home. "That's just Karma, isn't it?" Rich told WFLA. — Read it at Florida’s WFLA
Researchers at Yale University were shocked to discover that the offspring of brown African butterflies could change their colors within just six generations in their lab. “Within one year they look purple — I could not believe it, to be honest,” said study co-author Hui Cao. By examining them, the scientists discovered that the butterflies had changed their wing structure to reflect violet light. “That’s why they can evolve much faster and easier to really adapt to environmental change,” Cao said. The study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. — Read it at National Geographic
A witness at the Berlin Zoo says they saw a woman in a bikini go for a swim in the seal pool after closing time, while a man took photos. The zoo staff didn’t manage to catch the woman but said they would have called the police if they had. "The woman could have been seriously injured if the seals had bitten her," said a zoo manager, Ragnar Kuehne. "To intrude into their compound is absolutely irresponsible,” said Doerte von der Reith of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. — Read it at Reuters
A volunteer pilot flew a black bear cub whose paws were badly burned in the Carlton Complex wildfires in Washington to California for help. The fires have burned 400 square miles since mid-July. The 6-month-old cub was found by a homeowner who saw her hobbling up his driveway and called authorities for help. Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care in California, which has taken in nine other bear cubs so far this year, agreed to treat the 37-pound bear and has named her Cinder. — Read it from AP via Yahoo
Early in their relationship, Mitch surprised his girlfriend Casey with two full-length penguin costumes for Halloween. So, when he decided to propose, he knew he wanted penguins to play a role. He contacted the Pittsburgh Zoo, and workers agreed to be in on the secret. They told Casey the couple had won a private behind-the-scenes penguin encounter. That’s when Mickey the penguin waddled out wearing a special surprise: a bow with a diamond ring attached. Casey quickly put it all together — and she said yes. — Watch it at People Pets and see more animal-themed proposals
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