Pet Scoop: Marine Reunited With Military Dog, Sea Lion Saved in Rescue Mission

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Donna, a military bomb-sniffing dog, was reunited with her handler in Houston Saturday.
Donna, a military bomb-sniffing dog, was reunited with her handler in Houston Saturday.

Bomb-sniffing Dog Retires

Marine Corporal Joaquin Aranda was happily reunited with Donna, the yellow Labrador Retriever he served with in Afghanistan, at Houston’s Hobby Airport Saturday. Aranda worked with the bomb detection dog for 9 months while he was deployed on a mission in Afghanistan two years ago. Now that 7-year-old Donna is retiring, Aranda wanted to take her in. Donna thanked him with kisses as she arrived in Houston with Kristen Maurer of Mission K9 Rescue, who helped facilitate the reunion. "We all loved her, so the least I could do with her retiring is give her a good home, lots of land to play around in, lots of love, so I’m excited that she'll be loved at home,” said Aranda. — Read it at My Fox Philly

Urine Marking Could Help Save African Wild Dogs

The number of African wild dogs has plummeted mainly because of the increasing conflicts with humans as they move into previously unsettled areas where the dogs live. Now, new research shows that scent marking could help save the endangered animals. The researchers collected sand that had been sprayed by wild dogs and moved it near other packs to keep them inside a certain area, and it worked — even better than fences.  "We found that the scent marks from foreign packs kept the wild dogs from moving into those areas," said Craig Jackson from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. — Read it at Science Daily

Rare Rhino’s Birth a “Major Victory”

Monica, an endangered Indian rhino, was born June 5 at the Buffalo Zoo — 10 years after the death of her father. She was conceived with artificial insemination using frozen sperm from Jimmy, a rhino who lived at the Cincinnati Zoo and died before he had any offspring. Last year, the cryogenic tank where the semen was stored was transported to Buffalo where Tashi, a 17-year-old female, didn’t have a partner. The Cincinnati Zoo’s reproductive physiologist, Monica Stoops, worked with keepers and veterinarians at the Buffalo Zoo on a successful insemination process, and baby Monica was born 16 months later. “We are always thrilled to welcome a new baby to the Buffalo Zoo, but this birth is particularly exciting because the science involved is critical to saving endangered animals,” said Donna Fernandes, president of the Buffalo Zoo. — Read it at Today and see more photos of cute zoo babies

Pickles the juvenile sea lion found entangled in fishing line. He was treated and released.
Pickles the juvenile sea lion found entangled in fishing line. He was treated and released.

Entangled Sea Lion Rescued

Earlier this month, a juvenile sea lion with a visible wound around his neck was spotted lounging on San Francisco’s Pier 39 with hundreds of other sea lions who were taking a break from their migration up and down the California coast. Knowing it was a clear sign of a dangerous entanglement that would get worse as the animal grew, the Marine Mammal Center mobilized its stranding and veterinary teams. The group piled into a boat and was able to sedate the sea lion and rescue it from the floating dock. The sea lion, who the team named Pickles, stayed at the center’s hospital for less than 48 hours while veterinarians removed the monofilament fishing line embedded in his skin and applied antibiotic ointment to treat the infected wound. Pickles was then released back to the wild at Rodeo Beach. — Read it from the Marine Mammal Center

Maltese Puppy Retrieves Lost Wallet

Lady Bunny, a 7-month-old Maltese, surprised her owners last week when she found a wallet in her yard in Juneau, Alaska. It turned out that the wallet belonged to sanitation worker Rudy Vonda, who hadn’t even realized it was missing. Lady Bunny’s owners, Brad and Bonnie Gruening, called Vonda to report their dog had found his wallet, and he drove to their home to pick it up. “When the lady said a dog brought my wallet home, I figured it was a Labrador or German Shepherd," Vonda said. "When I pulled up to her place, she's coming out and she's got her little dog in her arms and my wallet," he laughed. — Read it from the AP via Toronto’s CP24

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