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On Monday, country legend Dolly Parton
vowed to adopt a dog who was left behind at the Glastonbury Music Festival in the U.K. where she performed last week. But the fluffy white pooch’s owners reclaimed her Thursday from the
Happy Landings shelter where she was staying. "We got a call that the true owners did come forward," Parton said. "They had reported the dog missing but there was a language barrier. I think they were from another country. They got the
dog back, everybody feels good about it. The Happy Landings shelter has a happy ending now." The dog, who’d been nicknamed Dolly by some and Doggie Parton by others, was 15 years old and wouldn’t have been able to travel overseas to Parton’s home. The singer had already picked out a name for the
dog. "I was gonna rename her 'Glassie' because of Glastonbury … I was gonna say, 'Glassie come home,'" she said, in reference to the movie “Lassie Come Home.” — Read it at
A new study finds that chimpanzees inherit much of their intelligence from their parents, much like humans. Using a series of cognitive tests, researchers found that genetics determined as much as 50 percent of the chimps’ performance. "We have what we would call a smart chimp, and chimps we'd call not so smart," said study co-author William Hopkins, a neuroscientist at
Georgia State University in Atlanta. "We were able to explain a lot of that variability by who was related to each other." The results were published in the journal
Current Biology. — Read it at
Researchers from the
University of Vermont have found that an increase in the number of large whales around the world could lead to healthier oceans and more fish. They found that when whales feed at great depths and return to the surface to breathe, they mix up the water, spreading nutrients and microorganisms through different marine zones. That helps other marine creatures feed. They also spread nutrients when they travel long distances to mate, and when the huge mammals die and sink to the ocean floor, they provide nourishment for scavengers. The study was published in the journal
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. — Read it at
Four new HD cameras live stream the scene at Katmai National Park’s
Brooks Falls in Alaska, the world’s largest run of wild sockeye salmon — and
the perfect place to watch brown bears. The cameras have captured more than 30
bears there at once, as well as a 10-hour drama where a mother bear and her cub
were separated and then reunited. The cameras were launched last week by explore.org,
a site created by philanthropist Charles Annenberg. — Read it
and watch the cams at explore.org
An audience of about 5,000 people gathered at Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda earlier this
month for an annual ritual called Kwita
Izina, where 18 adorable baby mountain gorillas were named. The babies were all
born inside the protected park within the last year. The species is critically
endangered, and deforestation is the biggest threat to its survival. Fortunately,
the population has grown by 26 percent since 2003. Some of the babies’ names
this year, translated from Kinyarwanda to English, include "protection
from danger," "welcome" and "reliance." — Read it
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