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In 2008, the Longs’ two adopted Siberian Husky puppies, China and Asia, were stolen from their backyard in Texas. Two years later, China was found in another part of the state and returned to the family. Now, Asia, who was recently found on a highway in Chicago, is also back home. "It was a huge sense of relief," owner Twyla Long told ABC News. "We wish we could be a little speck on her brain so we could know what she has seen in the last four years and what she has been through." — Read it at ABC News
The Centers for Disease Control has connected six current outbreaks of salmonella to small turtles — and at least 196 people have become sick. (The FDA banned the sale of turtles with shells that are four inches or smaller in 1975 after they were found to be breeders of the bacteria.) And kids are particularly at risk of contracting the illness from the tiny reptiles. "Young children are ingenious in constructing ways to infect themselves," said Joseph C. Paige, DVM, a consumer safety officer in the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine. "They put the small turtles in their mouths or, more often, they touch the turtles or dangle their fingers in the turtle tank water and then put their hands in their mouths." The disease can also spread if tanks are cleaned in a kitchen sink or if the turtles are allowed to roam free in the house. — Read it at Yahoo
New research shows that the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem is in steep decline: Half of the Great Barrier Reef has vanished over the past 27 years. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the biggest factors impacting the reef include damage from tropical cyclones, coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish that thrive on agricultural runoff and coral bleaching as a result of climate change. "There are still a lot of fish, and you can see giant clams, but not the same color and diversity as in the past," said study co-author Katharina Fabricius, a coral reef ecologist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. — Read it at Live Science, and see Google maps of the reefs
A Labrador Retriever named Bosko found a hypothermic calf on his owner's ranch — and stayed by the little cow’s side for hours while his family tried to warm the calf at home with blankets and heating pads. That night, the family was finally able to coax Bosko away from the calf, so their other dog, Duke, could take over the night shift. After a few weeks of bottle-feeding, the recovered calf — now named Zeke — returned to his herd. According to Bosko's owner, Zeke is “one of the friendliest cows you’ll find." — See the photos at Imgur
Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM, was tired of hearing questionable advice from self-proclaimed pet experts on TV, so he and a panel of other veterinarians have taped a pilot of The Vets, which is similar to the show The Doctors — the vets give their opinions on medical issues, and feature different specialists each week. “I’m extremely protective of my profession and I want people to know, appreciate, love and have a newfound respect for veterinarians,” said Dr. Ward. The producers are hoping to get the show syndicated on a broadcast network. — Read it at DVM 360, and watch a teaser on YouTube
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