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Joanie, a white Lab-Pit Bull mix, was found in a Georgia neighborhood
earlier this month carrying an appreciative Chihuahua in her mouth. The pair — named for teenage lovebirds Joanie and Chachi of "Happy Days"
fame — were picked up by animal control officers who saw that Chachi
suffering from a severe eye infection. Veterinarians had to remove Chachi’s
left eye, and he was reunited with Jonie last week, after few days of
not every day we get to see such devotion between two special dogs like
this," said Animal Control Officer Christina Sutherin. "They are both such sweet
animals. But the relationship they share just sets them apart." Officials
are now looking for someone to adopt the dedicated duo together. — Read it
at the Huffington
The Heiltsuk, an aboriginal tribe in British Columbia, thought about a dozen grizzlies
lived near them in the 69-square-mile Koeye watershed. But a study published in
the journal Ecology and Society revealed there were actually 57 bears
living there, which is a very high density of bears for such a small area. "It was a bit
of a shock to me," said the study’s lead author, William Housty. Yellowstone National Park, for
example, is about 3,472 square miles and hosts about 150 grizzly bears. The
researchers used wire snares baited with enticing scents to attract the bears. When the grizzlies came to check out the scents, they rubbed up against the wire and
left hair samples. The team analyzed the DNA from the samples to count the bears
without subjecting them to any invasive procedures, in accordance with the laws of the
Heiltsuk First Nation. — Read it at National
In a study of 13 mammals, African elephants were found to
have the best sense of smell. They had the largest number of genes
associated with smell, with five times as many as humans and twice as many as
dogs. African elephants had 1,948
olfactory receptor genes, compared with just 396 in humans. The
pachyderms use their strong sense of smell to search for food and identify
family members. "It's extremely
sensitive," said Bruce Schulte of Western
Kentucky University, who was not involved in the study. "They really
do follow their nose.” The study was published in the journal Genome Research. —
Read it at Live
Kecil has had a rough start to life. The Bornean orangutan was born at the
Toledo Zoo in January, but officials there soon noticed that his mom, Yasmin, wasn’t showing interest in him. The newborn was moved to the
Milwaukee County Zoo so that another adult female, M.J., could be his surrogate. But after a month, they realized that M.J. wasn’t the right fit for Kecil either. On June 20, he was moved to the
Brookfield Zoo in Chicago where he was introduced to 53-year-old Maggie, who’s an experienced surrogate mom. It looks like the third time is a charm for Kecil. “We’ve seen a lot of progress with both Kecil and his development, and we’ve seen a lot of progress with the relationship between Maggie and Kecil since he arrived at Brookfield Zoo,” said Jay Petersen, the zoo’s curator of carnivores and primates, in a
video the zoo released Monday. — Read it at
Wahl, a company that makes pet grooming products, and
GreaterGood.org are teaming up for their third annual Dirty
Dogs Contest. They asked shelters to submit before and after photos of dogs they’re caring for. Celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky and award-winning photographer Seth Casteel chose the 25 best makeovers and now the public gets the chance to select the top three contestants. The
dog with the most votes will get $5,000 for its shelter. You can vote once daily through July 31. — Choose your favorite at
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before and after photos
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