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A team from a property rental agency jumped into action when they looked out their office window to see a cat dangerously perched on the Hammersmith Flyover, a busy bridge in London. Three of the workers drove to the bridge while their colleagues filmed the rescue from the office. In a video shared online Tuesday, they can be heard cheering as they watch their coworkers pull the cat to safety. “When we saw the cat in such a dangerous situation we knew she needed to be rescued quickly before she fell or was hit by a car,” said Leon Gaskin, one of the rescuers."We were worried we might scare her when we got up there but luckily she was happy to come with us." The rescuers brought the cat to Blue Cross Animal Hospital, where she was named Bridget, after the place where she was rescued. Veterinarians said she’s friendly and trusting, and came through her ordeal “pretty much unscathed.” — Watch it at People Pets
Conservationists came to the rescue of more than 4,000 critically endangered freshwater turtles being kept in terrible conditions in a warehouse in the Philippines. The turtles had apparently been without food or water for 6 months, and the Philippine Freshwater Turtle Conservation Programme said they were destined for pet and food markets in Hong Kong and China. Veterinarians have been working around the clock for the last four weeks to save the turtles — and their species. "This number equaled the estimated remaining population of Palawan forest turtle in the wild, hence bringing the species to the brink of extinction," the group said. Some 360 of the turtles have died, about 230 are still being treated and the rest have been released back into the wild. The owner of the building couldn’t be found after the raid. Trapping or trading the turtles is punishable by jail time and fines. — Read it from Agence France Presse via Yahoo
A 13-year study from the University of California, Davis, finds that humans are to blame for more than half of the known deaths of mountain lions that were studied. Most of them were killed by vehicle collisions, illegal shootings or human-caused wildfire, among other things. One of the biggest problems is that I-15, a major highway, is nearly impossible for the mountain lions to cross — something that animals of breeding age need to do to ensure their genetic diversity. "Nowhere in the U.S., outside of the endangered Florida panther, have mountain lion populations been documented that are this cut off and with survival rates this low," said lead author Dr. Winston Vickers, an associate veterinarian with the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. "This means that the odds of an individual animal making it across I-15, surviving to set up a territory, successfully breeding, and then their offspring breeding so the genes are spread throughout the population is harder to have happen naturally than one would expect." The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. — Read it at Science Daily
Regina Pugh was playing fetch with her 10-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever at a dog beach in Tampa, Florida, Sunday when the dog suddenly started to drown. She rushed into the water and pulled Xena to shore, where other beachgoers came to help. Three people took turns doing chest compressions while Pugh gave her dog mouth-to-mouth. At the same time, a crew from Tampa Fire Rescue was driving by, and a bystander flagged them down. After getting oxygen for a few minutes, Xena regained consciousness and was able to get up and move around. “People jumped right in, got on their hands and knees, and did whatever they could do,” Pugh said. “They were perfect strangers willing to do whatever they could to help me.” — Read it and watch it at The Tampa Bay Tribune
A sneaky seagull captured some beautiful views of the Cies Islands in Spain after taking off with a tourist’s GoPro camera. The camera’s owners can be heard trying to stop the bird as it picks up the device, but it seems the bird was doing us all a favor. In the end, we all get to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the rocky cliffs — and a view of the seagull’s feet when it drops the camera back on a ledge. — Watch it at USA Today
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