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Offers to adopt a 2-year-old German Shepherd have poured in to a California shelter after it released surveillance video and images of her deftly making her way out of her kennel and through three doors to escape last week. Ginger had been reluctantly surrendered to the Apple Valley Animal Shelter by her homeless owner days earlier, because he didn’t want her to have to live out of a vehicle. The shelter staff believes the heartbroken dog was trying to get back to her owner. Luckily, alarms went off and Ginger was found three days later a few blocks from her previous owner’s home. She’s now in a more secure area while the shelter staff reviews the many applications to adopt Ginger that have come in since her escape story made news. — Read it at California’s KSAT
New legislation that was signed into law Saturday allows Californians to break into vehicles to rescue dogs or cats who appear to be in danger from excessive heat. Under the new law, the citizen must first call law enforcement to report the situation, but if they believe the animal is in imminent danger and authorities aren’t arriving quickly enough, the law gives them immunity from criminal liability for damaging the car to save the animal. — Read it at the Los Angeles Times
The International Union for Conservation of Nature said Sunday that Africa’s elephant population has suffered its worst drop in 25 years, due to poaching. Estimates from across Africa put the total elephant population at around 415,000 — down about 111,000 over the last decade. The numbers show “the truly alarming plight of the majestic elephant,” said IUCN chief Inger Andersen. “It is shocking but not surprising that poaching has taken such a dramatic toll on this iconic species.” — Read it at Phys.org
A pair of adorable endangered 3-month-old red pandas met the media for the first time last week at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in New York. The male cub was named Ravi, or “king,” and his sister was named Amiya, which means “delight.” Their experienced mom, Tabei, has been taking care of them in their nest box out of view from the public, and it will still be a while before they’ll be ready to meet the public. The cubs have opened their eyes and can move about, and they’re expected to begin climbing out of their nest box soon. — See photos at Zooborns
A small dog who went missing from his California home in 2014 was found 800 miles away in New Mexico. They’re not sure where Huxley has been all of this time, but owner Justine Martin said he’s actually much chubbier than he was when he disappeared. His family now lives in Nevada, and couldn’t afford the $250 ticket to fly him there. Luckily, they quickly raised the money on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe, and Huxley will soon be reunited with the Martins. — Read it at CBS Los Angeles
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