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Clem Schultz lost his wife, Geri, and his home in the tornado that hit Fairdale, Illinois, Thursday. Thankfully, there was a glimmer of light Saturday afternoon as he was reunited with Missy, his white German Shepherd, who disappeared after the storm. A crew with a local power company spotted Missy in a field and called the police, who alerted the family. Schultz’s grandson, Tyler Rowan, chased Missy for 2 ½ miles before he finally caught up to her and returned her to Schultz. The family reports Clem Schultz hasn’t let go of his beloved dog since they were reunited. — Read it at NBC Chicago
The parents of a 2-year-old boy who fell into a cheetah exhibit at the Cleveland Metropark Zoo Saturday afternoon could face charges. The boy’s legs were injured after he dropped 10 to 12 feet into the exhibit. "Unfortunately, we have a number of eyewitness accounts that point to the strong likelihood that the child was dangled over the rail," said Dr. Christopher Kuhar, the zoo’s executive director. The boy’s parents quickly went into the exhibit to get him, and the cheetahs never tried to interact with either of them. Cleveland Metroparks, which manages the zoo, reportedly plans to push for child endangerment charges against the parents. — Read it at CNN
A wayward baby sea lion wound up five blocks from the beach at Mar Vista High School in San Diego County Wednesday. The sheriff’s department responded and “detained” the pup, having it sit in the back of a police car until animal control and SeaWorld trainers arrived. In a press release, the sheriff’s office had some fun with the situation, saying the pup "clammed-up and requested his lawyer" when he was questioned. But the sea lion is just one of more than 2,250 who have been stranded this year along the California coast, in a situation that’s been a serious concern to experts. — See photos at LAist
Keepers at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City have stepped in over the last few months to raise Bornean orangutan Tuah. Tuah’s mom, Eve, died a few weeks after he was born and his father, Elijah, died of cancer in September. The baby needed around-the-clock care and had to hang on to someone even when sleeping. The keepers wore fleece vests that simulated an orangutan’s fur and carried Tuah everywhere. "We lived like an orangutan," said keeper Bobbi Gordon. "It was exhausting." His keepers are working on training his 10-year-old sister, Acara, to take care of him, and the pair has lived together for the last month. Now 5 months old, little Tuah met the public at the Hogle Zoo Saturday. — Read it from the AP via Yahoo
There’s something about Nala. The teacup Poodle isn’t formally trained as a therapy dog, but she’s certainly helping the residents of the Lyngblomsten care center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The residents there call Nala “an angel,” and the staff says she has an amazing ability to know who needs her attention most. Nala’s owner, Doug Dawson, who works at the center, took Nala in after she failed as a therapy dog at another nursing home where he once worked. He believes she was too young and spent too much time in a kennel, which made her "whiny and neurotic." But in her new job, residents take turns holding and loving Nala. "She's here for a purpose. She really is doing God's work,” Dawson says. — Read it Minnesota’s KARE 11
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