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A 100-pound loggerhead sea turtle named Akut-3 became the first of his
kind to get a 3D-printed prosthetic face after he was found injured by a boat
propeller on the coast of Turkey. When he was found floating in the water last
July, his jaw was fractured and almost 60 percent of it was missing. He was
found by the rescue AKUT Arama Kurtarma
Derneği and taken to the Dekamer Center for
rehabilitation. They worked with BTech
Innovation to reconstruct the turtle’s jaw and beak. It was printed in
medical-grade titanium and fitted to Akut-3’s face during surgery. He’s now
able to move his lower jaw, and the Dekamer team is waiting for the soft tissue
of the turtle’s face to attach to the prosthesis. Once Akut-3 has healed, he
will be returned to the sea. — Read it at CNET
The bear that inspired the teddy bear once had a population of fewer
than 100. But its numbers have now recovered and federal and Louisiana state
officials say the species no longer needs to be listed as endangered. Plush
teddy bears were created after President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a
Louisiana black bear for a hunt trophy in 1902. But, some animal activists
think the bear should retain its protection, arguing that it still has a
relatively small population compared to what it once was. "Seven-hundred-fifty from a traditional population of
20,000 is a sign that the bear is really in trouble," Harold Schoeffler,
chairman of the local Sierra Club. — Read it from AP
Researchers have discovered that java sparrows aren’t only tweeting
when they sing songs. They seamlessly add bill clicks to the rhythm, “similar
to percussionists,” wrote study co-authors
Masayo Soma and Chihiro Mori. They also found that bill-clicking patterns were
similar between fathers and sons, suggesting the dads teach their chicks the
clicks along like they teach them the song notes. The study was published in
the journal PLOS
ONE. — Read it at Discovery
After two months of being nursed back to health, a
cat found in Saskatchewan, Canada, with his paws bound in electrical tape is ready to find a forever home. A
GoFundMe campaign to support the
Bruce Almighty for his determination and will to live, went viral and collected $24,000 to help pay for his veterinary bills, as well as those of other animals at the
Regina Humane Society. Bruce has recovered well and is walking around, but he still has some limitations. "We want to make sure that he will be put into an environment that will give him the best chance of long-term health and happiness," said Regina Humane Society spokesman Bill Thorn. The group will start taking adoption applications for Bruce Almighty Saturday. — Read it at Canada’s
Gracie, a Chihuahua-Yorkie mix, has battled mammary masses and a
flea allergy that left her partially hairless. The tiny
dog was surrendered to the
Richmond SPCA in March, where she was treated. Now, she’s found her calling. Gracie was adopted last month by Cheryl Tankersley, who owns
Planet Hair, a salon in Richmond, Virginia, that specializes in services for women going through chemotherapy. Gracie has made it her job to comfort the clients at Planet Hair, quietly sitting in their laps while they go through the emotional process of having their heads shaved or get fitted for wigs. “This
dog is a blessing to other people,” said Tankersley. “And they’re a blessing to her.” — Read it at Virginia’s
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