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When the Ozark City Animal Shelter in Alabama couldn’t find a home for a 4-year-old mixed breed dog, he was set to be put down on Sept. 10. Animal control officer Wendy Snell said she was there when the veterinarian injected the chemical meant to euthanize the dog. But when she arrived for work the next morning, he was up and walking around. "He was back up and breathing and going right about business like it's nothing," said Ozark police Capt. Bobby Blankenship, who supervises the shelter. The dog had arrived at the shelter in August after being hit by a car and injuring his foot. A shelter worker who found him after the procedure named him Lazarus after a man in the Bible brought back to life by Jesus. Officials aren’t sure how Lazarus escaped death. Once news of his survival spread on social media, Lazarus was taken in by a rescue group, and he’s found a happy home with a family in Helena, Alabama. — Read it from AP via ABC News
Churches around the world offered their annual Blessing of the Animals over the weekend, including the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York. The crowd included the usual dogs and cats, as well as owls, alpacas, parrots, camels and miniature horses. Actress Edie Falco tries to attend the event every year with her kids. This year, she and her son brought a goat to be blessed, because their dog gets sick in the car. The event honors St. Francis, who lived in the 13th century. — Watch it at CBS New York
For days, a homeowner in Wisconsin could hear loud cries coming from a tree and could see two snouts sticking out the bottom of it. She called the state’s Department of Natural Resources, who discovered two bear cubs trapped inside. Officials think they climbed into a hole in the tree, then debris from a dead part of the tree fell down, sealing off the hole so they couldn’t get out. After determining their mom was nowhere to be found, the local fire department cut two windows in the tree to allow the cubs to exit. A rehab specialist gave the dehydrated cubs some watermelon before they safely ran off into the woods. — Watch it at USA Today
The school’s football team has officially been known as the Wolfpack since 1947, and several animals have been cast as their mascot. They tried having timber wolves play the part of Lobo, but the animals didn’t take well to the packed stadium. They tried a coyote, but fans lost interest in him when they realized he wasn’t a real wolf. After trying packs of Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes, in 1970 the school gave up on having a live mascot at their games — until 2010. Then, they found Wave, a family’s 110-pound Tamaskan, which is a mix of German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky. They worked out an agreement with the family, and Wave has now played the part of Tuffy, who appears on the Wolfpack’s cartoon logo, for five seasons. He sits on the sidelines at North Carolina State games and enjoys meeting the fans. — Read it at The New York Times
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