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When Baltimore Ravens rookie offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley arrived at a local animal shelter with his girlfriend and a teammate last week, he knew what kind of dog he wanted to find. “We are looking for dog that's been here a long time and maybe not-so-adoptable,” he reportedly told the BARCS shelter’s delighted front desk staff. They introduced him to a few dogs who met what the shelter describes as his “seriously awesome" criteria and Stanley quickly fell for 6-year-old Winter, who’d been found dehydrated and scared at a vacant property. Although she’d often been overlooked for the hanging belly she had due to overbreeding, that didn’t bother Stanley. “Well, that's just what happens when you've had babies,” the staff remembers him saying. Winter smothered Stanley with kisses. She’s now been renamed Lola and is now happy at home with her new family. “What a lucky pup to have such a great daddy,” BARCS wrote in Facebook post. — Read it at ABC News
New research has found that in the indris singing lemur of Madagascar, the young males croon vocalizations that are out of sync with the rest of the group to get attention. The researchers described the lemurs’ song as starting with a series of harsh roars, possibly to get everyone’s attention. Those are followed by long whoops, spiraling into a series of shorter noises. They found that the young males tended to sing in a call-and-response style that draws more attention to single voices, rather than blending their voices with the rest of the chorus. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience. — Read it at Live Science
After Tim Buckner adopted Banjo last year, he seemed to be trying to tell his owner something. The dog came up to Buckner and pawed at a wart-like spot on his arm, even scraping it off. A few weeks later, the growth reappeared — and Banjo scraped it off again. That prompted Buckner to seek medical help. His doctor said the spot was at least stage II skin cancer, and he would need chemo to treat it. Buckner credits his rescue dog with sounding the alarm about the spot and letting him know that something wasn’t right. — Read it at People Pets
Queen Elizabeth II marked her 90th birthday last week and people all over England celebrated. The ZSL Whipsnade Zoo joined in the jubilation, naming an Asian elephant born Friday Elizabeth, after the long-reigning monarch. The calf was born to 17-year-old mom Karishma after a 22-month gestation period. The mom had shown no signs of going into labor, so her keepers were surprised to find Elizabeth getting to know her herd when they arrived at the zoo on Friday morning. “You really can't get a better surprise than a baby elephant,” said Lee Sambrook, the zoo’s curator of elephants. “She's strong, healthy and already forming bonds with her brothers and sisters. Maybe one day she'll be the matriarch of her own herd.” — Read it at the U.K.’s BT.com
Mia, a proud new mom of six adorable puppies, posed for photos of her newborns recently — and the results are precious. The tiny puppies slept soundly on a fluffy white blanket while sporting colorful custom-knit hats while their Dachshund mom watched over them in the photo shoot last month. Mia’s owner, Monica Sanchez, shared the photos online and — not surprisingly — they have gone viral. — See photos at Today
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