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Sara was 830 miles from home when she was discovered wandering at the base of a canyon. The Border Collie mix was staying with family friends when she disappeared three years ago. "I was in incredible shock,” says owner Kristin Riccitti about getting the call that Sara had been found. Riccitti secured Sara a lift with some friends of friends, and at the end of the long trip, the dog’s reunion with her family was caught on camera. — Watch it at Fox 12 Oregon
According to a new study from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, some apes are a lot smarter than others. Apes like Natasha, a female in her 20s who lives at a sanctuary in Uganda. She made headlines due to her clever antics — and also aced nearly every mental challenge devised by researchers to test whether some chimps could be considered the Einsteins of the animal kingdom. Natasha was classified as “exceptional,” suggesting that geniuses exist among non-humans. — Read it at Discovery News
Many zoo and aquarium managers are torn over how to educate kids about the affect that climate change has on the animals that they see. While some institutions have held back on exploring the topic so as not to alienate paying customers, others are putting the issue front-and-center with the hope of inspiring a younger generation. — Read it at The New York Times
Last week, a critically endangered Sumatran tiger named Jaya gave birth to a cub at the Point Defiance Zoo in Washington. Mom and baby (shown left) appear to be doing well, and the zoo hopes to introduce the tiger baby to visitors in about two months. — Watch it at YouTube
Plus: The Chengdu Panda Base in China released video of the birth of a panda cub who entered the world on Saturday. This is mom Yuan Yuan’s fourth baby, and veterinarians at the breeding center quickly examined and transferred the cub to an incubator. — Watch it at The Guardian
You can’t help but stare at Venus, who has a face that’s divided perfectly between a black and a calico kitty — along with two different colored eyes. Known as a chimera cat, Venus has gone viral, already amassing 25,000 Facebook fans. — Watch it at the Huffington Post
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