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When a pair of dogs was abandoned on the streets of Los Angeles, their bond with each other helped them survive. Local residents tried to help them, but the dogs wouldn’t let them get close enough. They called Annie Hart, whose new group, Rescue From the Hart, came to save them. At first, it seemed like it was going to be easy to win over the pair Hart nicknamed Monica and Chandler, for the couple on the TV show “Friends.” But then Monica grew wary, and gave Chandler warning barks not to go near the rescuers. Finally, they were able to trap Monica — and her boyfriend ran right up to the rescuers so he wouldn’t be away from her. Despite their initial hesitation, the pups quickly became affectionate with the humans who saved them. Rescue From the Hart covered the costs of their medical care, including having them spayed and neutered and treated for fleas and ticks. They’re now happy and healthy, and the group Hands Paws and Hearts is looking for a home where they can live happily ever after together. — Watch it at YouTube
A siphonophore appeared on an underwater camera recently, stunning even the scientists who were watching it during a live broadcast. The Nautilus Live Expedition crew is spending months mapping the sea floor off the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The researchers were fascinated by the creature, which is actually made up of many separate animals, called zoids. They’re so integrated that they appear to be one drifter on the sea floor. “Oh how cool! Oh my gosh!” the scientists can be heard exclaiming as they watch the siphonophore. — Watch it at Discovery News
The pop-up Catfe is coming to Southern California. Carlos Wong is partnering with Los Angeles’ Chinatown Business Improvement District and Best Friends Animal Society L.A. to open California’s first cat café for a limited time — Oct. 2-5. It will feature coffee, tea and cats to play with or even adopt, if you’re over the age of 18. “Catfe is like a Starbucks petting zoo with cats,” according to the Kickstarter page where it’s getting funding. In April, another pop-up cat café was open in New York for four days. — Read it at People Pets
Nearly three years after Giuseppe DiBella’s toy Fox Terrier disappeared from his backyard in New York, she’s been found in Florida. DiBella says he thinks the dog was stolen from his yard. He looked everywhere for her, putting up fliers and checking with local shelters and veterinarians. Then, a few days ago, he got a call from an animal shelter in Marion County, Florida, saying Nika had been found on the doorstep of a home there. They tracked DiBella down through the dog’s microchip. "It was shocking," he said. "I never believed a 5-pound dog —two pounds at the time — would end up in Florida."DiBella hopes to reunite with Nika at Thanksgiving. — Read it at NBC New York
An adorable Indian rhinoceros calf made its arrival out in the pasture with the rest of the herd at The Wilds in Ohio. “We had been watching the mother very closely over the past week. Her udder development and behavior told us the birth was imminent; however there are several good hiding places across 100 acres,” said the safari park’s Dan Beetem. “The calf is doing well and already enjoys swimming in the lake with mom.” It’s the third baby for mom Sanya, 15, and also the third for the father, Rustum, 11. The calf’s gender hasn’t yet been determined. — See photos at Zooborns
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