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An “exhausted” and distressed common seal was found Monday morning in a field in Newton-le-Willows, England. He could have traveled as far as 20 miles up the River Mersey from the sea before becoming lost in the field. He was found by a dog walker, and police and animal rescue officers were called to rescue the wayward animal. Authorities and a local farmer used brooms to herd the seal into an RSPCA trailer and brought him to a wildlife hospital. "We think he's come from the Mersey area, which is tidal, and he's come up the bank here and he's got lost,” said Rachael Fraser of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue Service, which was called to the scene. "It's very unusual." The RSPCA said it plans to “release the seal back into its natural habitat” once it’s fully recovered. — Read it at the U.K.’s BBC News
On Friday, a federal judge threw out the Obama administration’s decision to remove gray wolves in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin from the endangered species list. But on Monday, a group of wolf experts disputed the idea that the wolves are endangered or that the ruling will help the region’s population of 3,700 wolves spread to other states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could appeal the ruling. A spokesman said the agency is still considering its next steps. — Read it from the AP via Yahoo
Scientists from Whitman College in Washington state were shocked to find an unknown variety of snailfish at a record 26,872 feet deep, in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench, near Guam. The white translucent fish was filmed several times on the ocean floor during experiments. The species had broad wing-like fins and an eel-like tail, and slowly glided over the bottom of the seafloor. A snailfish with this body shape, which is very different from other deep-sea fish, had never been seen before. — Read it at Science Daily
In a stunning video from India, a monkey who was knocked unconscious after walking on high-tension wires at a train station Saturday was saved by another monkey. The injured monkey was shocked by the electrical wiring and fell onto the tracks. For 20 minutes, his friend shook him, bit his neck and dunked him in water in an attempt to revive him. The hurt monkey eventually came to and walked away from the incident as a crowd of onlookers clapped and cheered. The video of the monkey’s quick thinking has gone viral. — Watch it at CNN
If you’re looking for a café where you can cuddle with kitties, your options are vastly improving here in the U.S. The concept has been popular in Japan and Europe, and a pop-up café in New York earlier this year saw long lines and lots of headlines. Last week, Cat Town Café & Adoption Center opened in Oakland, California; the reviews are in for Meow Parlour, a new permanent establishment in New York; and the Denver Cat Company has opened its doors with adoptable cats from the Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue, just to name a few.
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