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Marine Cpl. Jeff DeYoung had an emotional reunion at the Detroit Metro Airport Thursday with Cena, a black Lab who served with him in Afghanistan. Cena sniffed out improvised explosive devices and developed a strong bond with DeYoung. "This dog saved my life,” DeYoung said. “I trust him more than I trust most human beings.” The pair had been apart for four years; DeYoung finished his deployment and returned home while Cena kept working. But DeYoung never forgot his friend, and he was able to bring him home with the help of the nonprofit Mission K9 Rescue. "I am so glad that he recognized me,” DeYoung said. Cena will spend his retirement with DeYoung, who’s now married and has two young daughters, with a third on the way. — Watch it at Click On Detroit
Male mientien tree frogs have found an ingenious way to amplify their mating calls using city storm drains in Taiwan, a new study found. The males increased their chances of finding an available mate by making their calls longer and louder. They “selected perches inside drains that facilitated call transmission,” researchers said. The species is relatively small, with a higher-pitched call than other frogs in Taiwan, so they need help in attracting female attention — and using the drains seemed to work. The researchers observed females coming into the drains or perching on nearby vegetation. Their findings were published in Journal of Zoology. — Read it at Discovery News
The horse who’s won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes will try to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 when he competes in the Belmont Stakes Saturday. California Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn says jockey Victor Espinoza’s tactical decisions will be the key to a win in the 1 ½-mile race. “This is a jockey’s race,” Coburn said. “We know Chrome can do it. He can go the distance. So it’s going to be up to Victor to put him in position to where he can win this race.” The horse will be allowed to wear a nasal strip to help with his breathing after the New York State gaming commission lifted its ban on the patch. — Read it at the Washington Post
Three weeks after news came that Oregon’s famous wandering lone gray wolf, OR-7, had found a mate, state wildlife officials confirmed this week that the pair have become parents. The discovery of their puppies makes them the first known wolves to reproduce in Oregon since the 1940s, when wolves were exterminated there. On Monday biologists spotted two pups poking their noses out of the adults’ den — and they suspect the two have more siblings inside, as wolves usually have litters of four to six pups. — Read it at Live Science
Mom Kashifa prowled and growled protectively as she showed off her five cubs for the first time at Zoo Miami Thursday. When Kashifa gave birth to four of the cubs in March, zookeepers decided to introduce Kwasi, her late sister’s cub, to the litter. (Kwasi’s mom, Asha, died of heart failure.) Kashifa’s nephew had no problem taking on the role of big brother to his new sister, Amirah, and three brothers, Bantu, Saba and Asani. The zoo hopes to incorporate male lion Jabare into the pride by Father’s Day. — Read it at the Miami Herald
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