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In March, we told you about how NYPD officers saved
the lives of several kittens who were cruelly abandoned in a suitcase in
Brooklyn. Now, there’s sweet news to report: one of the kittens has been
adopted by NYPD
Officer Nicole Piridis, who fell for
him the day she saved him and his littermates. When Pirdis initially brought
the kittens to the apartment of the woman who’d called 911, little Apollo kept
coming to her. “I picked him up, and he fell asleep,” Piridis said. “We locked
eyes ... I’m like, ‘I’m taking him. He’s mine.’” First though, Apollo and his
young siblings had to be treated by the ASPCA.
Sadly, two of the seven kittens found in the suitcase didn’t survive. Two
females, Oxsana and Albina, are still being
treated and aren’t yet ready for adoption. But three of the kittens, who are
now three months old, went to new homes over the weekend. Apollo went home with
Piridis; her close friend adopted Inessa and re-named her Persephone; and Ilyo was also adopted on
Sunday, reported NYPDNews.com. “This is an incredible outcome for these vulnerable kittens who
were callously discarded,” said the ASPCA’s Howard Lawrence. — Read it at the New
York Daily News
A bright yellow frog with orange feet was discovered in a tree in the
protected Floresta Nacional de Pau-Ros in
Brazil. Pedro Peloso, a herpetologist with the American
Museum of Natural History in New York, said he could hear the frog’s call
and pulled back tree branches while standing in his boat to find it. He named
the new 22-millimeter frog Dendropsophus mapinguari, after
a mythical rain forest beast called the mapinguari. He describes
the frog in South
American Journal of Herpetology. — Read it at National
Six months after he was found on a beach, a dolphin named Octavius has
become the first dolphin to be rescued, rehabilitated and returned to the wild
off the coast of Louisiana. The 6.5-foot, approximately 3-year-old dolphin was
likely washed onshore by high waters and rough seas from Hurricane Patricia in
October. He was named after a veterinarian who cared for him at the Audubon Nature Institute, where he
was treated and nursed back to health. He swam off into the wild last week, and
will continue to be closely monitored. — Read it at Inside
Edition via Yahoo
Last month, a violent hailstorm hit Wylie, Texas, leaving the McCaffrey family’s home unlivable. While they were examining the damage and clearing debris from their backyard, their scared
dog ran through an open fence gate and disappeared. They spotted him several times over the next few weeks but Pluto kept running off. The desperate family shared photos of him on social media and a rescue group put out traps. Finally, their lucky break came when Pluto was spotted playing with Walter, another
dog in the neighborhood. He stuck around long enough for his owners to get there. “Once he finally realized who I was, he leaped into my arms,” said Trevor McCaffrey. “He was ready to finally go home.” — Watch it at Dallas’
For the last 13 years, Vanessa has known exactly where to go to lay her eggs: the courtyard of the Village Elementary School in Michigan. Since her ducklings are too young to fly when she needs to leave the courtyard, the school has made special accommodations for the mama duck. Vanessa waits by the courtyard door for it to be unlocked, then leads her family through the school on a path created by the staff. “It’s so unusual, but everyone gets so invested in this duck because how cool is it that she comes back each and every year,” said Elizabeth Krause, a parent at the school who’s watched Vanessa and her ducklings for many years. — Watch it at Michigan’s
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