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A 6-month-old German Shepherd jumped the fence in his Wichita, Kansas, backyard on the Fourth of July when his neighbors started setting off fireworks. The scared pup, named Harley, wound up trapped on the ledge of a highway overpass, 32 feet above the ground. Luckily, he was spotted by Sgt. Jim Merrick, who was giving someone a ticket at the time. He checked to see if Harley was friendly and then got help from three other Wichita police officers to pull him over the ledge to safety. Once on the other side, Harley took off again — but other officers in patrol cars were able to catch him. The police department posted Harley’s photo on social media, and he was reunited with his family the next day. — Read it at Life With Dogs
Yes, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta have measured how long it takes different animals to relieve themselves. They found that despite vast differences in size, animals larger than rats — from cats to elephants — all urinate for about 21 seconds. "All animals have urethras of the same aspect ratio: a length-to-width ratio of 18," said study leader David Hu. "This is rare among animals. Usually, body parts change in relative size, such as the eyes and brain." The findings were published inProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. — Read it at Discovery News
Researchers have found the fossil of a massive bird who lived about 25 million years ago. It measured 20 to 24 feet from wingtip to wingtip — the longest of any known bird. It’s 15 percent larger than the next-biggest known bird. The new species "is more like a dragon out of the Game of Thrones show than anything alive today,” says study author and paleontologist Daniel Ksepka of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. “It's so spectacularly weird." The bird was described inProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. — Read it at USA Today
After the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival where the country star performed last week, a fluffy white dog was found alone in a tent. The pooch was named Dolly after the singer and taken in by Happy Landings Animal Shelter. When Parton heard about her namesake’s plight, she stepped up and offered to help. “Heard about the abandoned dog at @GlastoFest?” she Tweeted with this picture of Dolly Monday. “If nobody claims her, I'll take her home to America! Ain't she cute :)” The shelter says for now, Dolly the dog remains in their care. She’s been treated for a “serious ear infection,” and veterinarians are further assessing her health. — Read it at People Pets
Before her death Sunday morning, Mistress Clara Carmack, aka C.C., spent her life patrolling the grounds of the Alamo in Texas, defending it from rats and other critters. She showed up on the Alamo’s grounds in 1996 and was adopted by the employees there. She became a celebrity when she was featured on Animal Planet. "She was already well known before that show, but her popularity just blossomed and the gift shop started carrying a whole line of C.C. products," said Sherri Driscoll, an employee with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Liberty.— Read it at San Antonio’s KSAT
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