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There were racecar drivers, princesses, characters from “Breaking Bad” and the Statue of Liberty in New York’s
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade Saturday. You won’t find a bigger canine costume parade than this annual event, which was sponsored by Purina’s Beggin’ Strips. Many owners coordinated their costumes with their
dogs, including humans dressed as Chewbacca and R2-D2 with their pup, who was an ewok. Some of the participants spent months preparing their costumes for the 24
th annual event. Two
dogs who were part of an elaborate Titanic display took home the Best in Show 2014 prize. — Watch it at
New research finds that male great bustards, big
birds that are native to Europe and Asia, eat toxic blister beetles to make them appear healthier and more attractive during courtship rituals. The great bustards are one of few animals in the world that can consume some species of blister beetles. Male great bustards put plenty of time and energy into wooing mates, including contorting their bodies to show off bright white feathers and a special throat sac. The study was published in the journal
PLOS ONE. — Read it at
The first Dallas nurse to contract Ebola from a patient she cared for was released Friday from the
National Institutes of Health in Maryland. She met with President Obama at the White House before traveling home to Texas. But her reunion with her four-legged best friend, Bentley, will have to wait another week. The 1-year-old
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has tested negative for Ebola but will be tested again before he can be released from his 21-day quarantine on Nov. 1. “I’m lobbying for her and the dog, but we have to do what the doctors and scientists think is best,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who has overseen the area’s Ebola response. Luckily,
Dallas Animal Services reports that Bentley has been
doing great in isolation. — Read it at the
Dallas Morning News
In South Lake Tahoe, it’s time for the spectacular annual run of kokanee salmon, which attracts lots of hungry bears — and
lots of tourists. This year, officials from the U.S.
Forest Service have seen so many people trying to snap selfies with the
bears that they’ve had to issue
a warning about the dangers of getting too close to the animals.
"We've had mobs of people that are actually rushing toward the bears
trying to get a 'selfie' photo," said Lisa Herron, spokesperson for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
Officials said they may have to close down the area if the selfies continue. — Read it
at the Reno
Firefighters in Mesa, Arizona, came to the rescue when a horse who was
wandering in his owner’s backyard somehow stumbled into the family’s swimming
pool and got stuck. A veterinarian came to the scene to tranquilize the
distressed horse. The firefighters kept the horse’s head out of the water in
the shallow end while they positioned straps to carefully pull him out. Mesa Fire Capt. Forrest Smith said the horse was not injured
in the incident and is recovering well. — Read it at USA
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