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Just two days after she was adopted, Candi’s family says the
1-year-old Terrier mix saved their lives. The Reyes family was asleep in their
South Florida townhouse at about 1 a.m. Monday, when Candi started barking and
howling. Sylvia Reyes went downstairs where the dog was to see what was going
on, and found the kitchen engulfed in smoke. She said there was a problem with
the refrigerator’s compressor that was causing the smoke. Reyes woke up her
husband and son, and the family evacuated their home and called 911. "She rescued us. She saved our lives," Silvia Reyes said.
"We were sleeping (and) we wouldn't have known otherwise." Candi
suffered some injuries in the incident, including smoke inhalation and a
collapsed lung, but she’s expected to make a full recovery. — Watch it
at Florida’s Local
A research team from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary
Anthropology spent eight years following orangutans at Tanjung Puting
National Park in Indonesia to find out how males with two distinct facial types
fare reproductively. There is usually only one male with large, protruding
cheek pads in a given area, and he’s usually the dominant male. The cheek pads
were suspected to be a sign of fitness and status, making them more attractive
to females. The researchers believe this may be true after finding the large-cheeked
male in the group they studied fathered more offspring than any of the males
without cheek pads. Some other males in the area did father offspring, but they
did so only at the beginning and end of the dominant male’s reign. The study
was published in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. — Read it at the Washington
New York state’s Court of Appeals declined Tuesday to hear appeals by The Nonhuman Rights Project,
which was seeking legal personhood for chimpanzees Kiko and Tommy. Lower courts
had rejected the animal rights group’s argument that the chimps should be
qualified for basic rights including freedom from imprisonment because of
scientific evidence showing their emotional and cognitive abilities. In
December, a midlevel court declined to give human legal rights to Tommy, who
lives alone in a cage. The three justices were unanimous in saying that chimps "cannot bear any legal duties, submit to societal
responsibilities or be held legally accountable for their actions." — Read it
from the AP
A reporter for the U.K.’s BBC One got very excited when a massive blue whale appeared in his live shot while he was interviewing an expert aboard a boat in
Monterey Bay's National Marine Sanctuary in California Monday. The surprised reporter, Steve Backshall, interrupted whale expert Dorris Welch as soon as he heard about the whale’s presence. “Oh, I’m so, so sorry! I don’t believe I’ve just heard — this is incredible — I’ve heard word that we have on our helicopter [camera] a blue whale! It is to the south of us absolutely clearly, I can see it now, the largest animal ever to have lived on our planet,” Backshall exclaimed. He went on to enthusiastically describe the endangered whales’ plight and the efforts to help them recover. — Watch it at
CNN “360” anchor and “60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper paid tribute to his beloved
dog Molly on social media Tuesday. “An old picture of my sweet dog Molly, who passed away today,” he
wrote with a photo of the
Welsh Springer Spaniel snuggling with him. Shortly afterward, he posted another cute picture of Molly’s face. Last year, Cooper spoke about his great love for dogs — and Molly in particular — during a segment he did for CBS’ “60 Minutes,”
Does Your Dog Really Love You? "I'm a total dog person. I just really love dogs. I like other people's dogs. I like
dogs of all kinds,” he said at the time. — Read it at
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