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Thanks to a kind couple in Texas, Sadie the dog was reunited with her owners a year after she went missing. Jason Ludwig and April Truesdell found Sadie wandering around their backyard about a month ago. The dog was “definitely thirsty, and it was covered in burrs and looked like it hadn't been taken care of in a little while," Ludwig said. Using Sadie’s rabies tag, they were able to track down her owners, Sherry and Kaylee Payne, who live about an hour away. The Paynes' emotional reunion with their very happy dog was caught on video. “Tears of joy for sure,” said Kaylee. On Friday, the same day Ludwig and Truesdell were being interviewed about their good deed, another lost dog arrived at their home. "Maybe there's a neon sign that only dogs can see that says, 'Stray dog hostel,'" Ludwig joked. The couple is trying to find the second dog’s owner but hasn’t had success yet. — Watch it at Missouri’s KSDK
Using GPS tracking devices, researchers in the United Kingdom have found that some seals are repeatedly drawn to offshore wind farms and pipelines. They think the structures have become artificial reefs and attractive hunting grounds for the animals. "You could see that the individual appeared to travel in straight lines between turbines, as if he was checking them out for potential prey and then stopping to forage at certain ones," says Deborah Russell of the University of St. Andrews. The scientists say it’s unclear what the implications of the behavior might be for seals as more offshore wind farms are built. The study was published in the journal Current Biology. — Read it at Science Daily
The Cape Cod town of Chatham, Massachusetts, is embracing the sightings of great white sharks in the area. A study released last month found the number of great whites off the Eastern United States and Canada is surging after decades of decline. From plastic toy sharks and stuffed animals to T-shirts and candy, entrepreneurs in the resort town are cashing in on interest in their summer visitors. "I mean, truthfully, we've probably grown about 500 percent in terms of the sale of our shark apparel," said local business owner Justin Labdon. — Read it from AP via Yahoo
A critically endangered male rhino was born to mom Lembe and dad Jambia at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on July 12. There are an estimated 5,000 of his species left in the wild. “Poaching is the main reason why the numbers of black rhinos are on the decline,” said keeper Julie Anderson. “Any birth here at the Park is an important birth, and we have been very fortunate to have a newborn baby here at the Safari Park.” The calf stays close to his protective mom in their exhibit. She runs around with her tail pointed up, a cue that lets the baby know she’s on alert and watching over him. — Read it from the San Diego Zoo and see more cute zoo babies
Plus: South Africa’s flagship wildlife reserve, Kruger National Park, is considering a plan to evacuate some rhinos from the park in an effort to protect them from poachers. The goal is to spread the poaching risk to other reserves, but a spokesman at Kruger notes there’s no guarantee the rhinos would be safe in another park. — Read it from AP via the Huffington Post
An exercise wheel designed to help indoor cats stay active could be coming to a store near you, after a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. One Fast Cat, which looks like a hamster wheel for felines, was posted on the crowd-funding site less than three weeks ago with a goal of raising $10,000. But so many people hopped on board that the project has brought in 10 times that amount. — Read it at People Pets
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