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Early last month, Columbus, Ohio, police officer Rodger Nolan helped free a puppy from under the seat in a car where she was trapped after a bad accident. Just two weeks later, Nolan came to Camden’s rescue again. He spotted the 4-month-old Labrador Retriever and Pit Bull mix up for adoption on the web site for the Franklin County Dog Shelter, and went to visit her. “The folks there brought her into the visitation area and she came and sat on my feet the way she did [the day of the accident],” Nolan told Indiana’s Fox28. That’s when Nolan and his wife decided to make Camden a part of their pack. They report that she’s getting along well with their two other dogs, Shea, a Great Dane, and Wrigley, a Boxer. — Read it at the Huffington Post
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a robot inspired by the world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah. The robot can move at speeds that top 10 mph, jump to heights of 16 inches and continue running on battery power for at least 15 minutes. "This is kind of a Ferrari in the robotics world, like, we have to put all the expensive components and make it really that instinctive," said MIT professor Sangbae Kim, who leads the school's Biomimetic Robotics Lab that designed the robot. The researchers are hoping they’ll be able to apply what they’ve learned in creating the robot to designing revolutionary prosthetics and all-terrain wheelchairs, among other things, Kim said. — Read it at CBS News
New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s delayed plan to ban the city’s iconic horse carriage rides is moving forward. A measure that would phase out the carriages by 2016 is set to be introduced at the City Council meeting next week. It’s strongly opposed by 400 drivers and stable hands. They say they were insulted by a proposal in the bill to offer those in the industry the opportunity to become taxi drivers in the city once they lost their jobs. It offers job training classes and waives nearly all fees associated with driving a green taxi in the city. "We're in the tourist field, not the taxi cab business. We don't want to be in the taxi cab business," said horse driver Stephen Malone. While animal rights groups have long opposed having horse carriages in the city, there’s been a groundswell of support for keeping them recently. — Read it from AP via Yahoo
They may be tough on the ice, but give them a bunch of animals, and the Washington Capitals melt. The NHL team’s Caps Canine Calendar 2015 features 10 of the players with their own dogs, seven players with dogs from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue — and one player with his cats. The limited-edition calendars go on sale today for $20 each, and all proceeds go to Homeward Trails. Last year’s calendar sales raised nearly $35,000 for the Virginia-based rescue. It will be available for sale on the team’s web site. — Read it at USA Today and find other gifts that give back
We’ve had Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Today, it’s the third annual Giving Tuesday. The idea for Giving Tuesday is to channel some of that holiday spirit to charity, and animal welfare groups big and small are seeking your contribution. World Vets, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the ASPCA are just a few that are participating. If you visit the web site or Facebook page for your favorite animal non-profit today, you’ll likely find donation information.
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