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Shayne, a koala joey who was rescued in Australia after his
mom was fatally struck by a car, is finding some comfort in a stuffed animal
koala who’s just his size. He’s being cared for at the Australia
Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital, where he’s been wrapped in cozy blankets as he
clings to the toy as a coping mechanism while he learns to live without his mom.
“He wouldn’t have lasted even a day in the wild by himself at this young age,”
said the hospital’s director, Dr. Rosie Booth. The staff is giving him
around-the-clock car and helping Shayne learn social and survival skills. They
hope to release him back into the wild when he’s ready. — Read it at Today
New research shows horses have the ability to read symbols
on a sign and convey their desire — in this case, whether they want a blanket.
The researchers spent two weeks training the horses to read three signs. One
was pure white, one was white with a horizontal black bar and the third was
white with a vertical black bar. The scientists said that after just 11 days,
the horses had caught on and were using the signs to report whether they wanted
a blanket. They said the horses also appeared excited at being able to
communicate with their trainers in this way, sometimes responding without being
asked. The study was published in the journal Applied
Animal Behaviour Science. — Read it at Phys.org
At the end of a car chase in New Zealand in August, a police
officer reached under the seat of the vehicle abandoned in the pursuit and
found a “tiny, fat and scared” 5-week-old puppy. The police thought she might
have been stolen in a burglary with the property that was found in the car.
They brought her to a local shelter but no one ever came forward to claim her,
so one of the officers involved, Marisha Allen, and her husband adopted the
pup. They named her Chase, and she’s “thriving as a much loved family dog,” the
Police wrote in a Facebook post Monday. — Read it at New Zealand’s Stuff
Amazingly, another animal has been pulled alive from the rubble of the devastating earthquake in Amatrice, Italy — 32 days after it struck. The gray and white
cat named Rocco was found trapped beneath the ruins and reunited with his “happy owners,” the
fire service shared on Twitter Sunday night. Another
cat, Pietro, was found alive 16 days after the earthquake. Before that, a cat named Joy was found after five days and a
Golden Retriever named Romeo was found alive after nine days. — Read it at Italy’s
There’s good news for Freya, a pooch with epilepsy dubbed the “world’s loneliest dog” by a U.K. newspaper in June after she’d spent her entire 6 years in a shelter. Three months later, Freya has a happy home with her adopter — and she’s been working alongside legendary actor Sir Anthony Hopkins in the upcoming movie
Transformers: The Last Knight. Director Michael Bay offered Freya a role after he heard about her plight in the paper, and said, “she’s done an amazing job.” The movie debuts in June. — Read it at
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