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Tom and Audrey Osprey have a full nest. On Sunday, the Chesapeake Conservancy's live web cam trained on the pair’s home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore caught the hatching of the first chick from their clutch of four eggs, and on Wednesday the second chick pecked its way out. And you still have a chance to see two more arrivals! In the meantime, you can vote on your favorite names for the little ones in the Conservancy’s poll. They’ll post the results on their Facebook page. — Watch video of the couple with their first chick on YouTube
A new study by researchers at Yale University finds that toddlers aren’t the only ones who act out when something doesn’t go their way. They found that chimpanzees and bonobos pout, whimper, scratch themselves (a sign of anxiety) and bang on things when they take a risk that doesn’t pay off, or when they have to wait for a reward. The findings, which were published in the journal PLOS ONE, suggest that like humans, apes also let emotions influence their decisions. — Read it at Live Science
After examining the records of more than 27,000 dogs with one or more of 24 genetic disorders, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found that purebred dogs don’t necessarily have more inherited disorders than mixed breed dogs. Genetic disorders can include things like orthopedic problems, heart diseases and certain types of cancer, among other things. They found that 13 of the 24 disorders were just as prevalent in purebred dogs as in their mixed breed counterparts. “Results from this study give us insight into how dog breeding practices might be modified to reduce the prevalence of certain genetic disorders,” said animal physiologist and lead author Anita Oberbauer. The study was published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. — Read it from UC Davis
A team of 22 physicians, veterinary technicians and radiologists worked together to save the life of Sarah, a 29-year-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Sarah works with disabled children at Island Dolphin Care in Key Largo, Fla. When staff members noticed she wasn’t breathing right, they brought her in for a CT scan, where doctors found one of her airways was only letting in 20 percent of the air that her right lung needed. Veterinarians and pulmonologists worked together on a plan to give Sarah surgery that had never been done on a dolphin in the U.S. before. On May 11, they used a balloon to gently force her airway open. The procedure worked, and a few hours later, she was back in the water. Sarah is now back to work helping children with disabilities. — Watch it at Today
Jacki Sharp was in her first year of college in 1997 when she adopted a kitten from a California animal shelter to help relieve her stress. Three years later, she moved into a place with a nearby creek, which Dallas loved to explore — but one night, he didn’t come home. She was never able to find the missing cat. Then, last week, Sharp got a call from the VCA Animal Care Center saying her cat had been found, near the same creek where he disappeared in 2000. Dallas was dehydrated and emaciated, but when the clinic tracked down his owner, they gave him aggressive treatment to help him. "He stared at me, then he climbed up into my lap and started to purr," Sharp said of seeing Dallas during his recovery. "I always loved his eyes with those grey specks in them. Once I saw his eyes, I knew it was him." — Read it at Paw Nation
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