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Experts say only about 2 percent of all manatee births result in twins
— and it’s even more unlikely to see them in the open as infants. But sweet
photos from Homosassa
Springs in Florida show a pair of infant manatees swimming alongside their
mom this week. “In the past 10 years, maybe
I’ve spotted a dozen set of twins but never once have I seen them in the
springs nor have I seen a mother and her calves quite so visible in Homosassa
waters,” said Ivan Vicente of the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service. “Nursing mothers usually isolate themselves in low
trafficked areas to keep the calves protected from mainly people, only this
time they aren’t as isolated.” He expects the mom and her calves to stay in the
protective springs for the next few weeks, until she feels confident enough to
bring her babies into the coastal areas along the Gulf of Mexico. — Read it
County, Florida’s Board of Commissioners
A herd of 30 curious cattle in England gathered around an unusual
visitor — a 5-day-old lost seal pup. When Ian Ellis noticed the pup, he looked
around for the mother, but couldn’t find her, so he called the nearby Natureland Seal Sanctuary. They
told him how to move the pup to safety until they could come to get her. The
pup was named Celebration in honor of the sanctuary’s 50th anniversary,
and she’s been recovering well there. Her rescuers think she was separated from
her mom and got caught in high tide, then became stranded when the tide went
out again. She’s been rehydrated and is eating a high-fat diet to help her gain
weight. “She will continue through the
rehabilitation process until she is 60-70 pounds and is able to feed in the
water by herself. We will then release her back to the wild," said
Natureland director Richard Yeadon. — Read it at the U.K.’s Telegraph
Because monkeys are so clever, scientists often have a hard time
testing them for pathogens. Gathering samples from them is important to protect
humans and monkeys from diseases that could become pandemics. But a team with
the Predict Project found an easy way to collect oral samples from the monkeys.
They give them ropes dipped in strawberry jam or banana baby food. The monkeys
chew on them and then discard them — leaving behind a sample almost as effective
as an oral swab for the scientists. The researchers described their method in
the journal PLOS
Neglected Tropical Diseases. — Read it
New York Times
A baby sloth bear at the
Smithsonian’s National Zoo has been getting around-the-clock care from her keepers, who quickly bonded with Remi and learned her vocalizations, movements and sleep patterns. But as Remi gets older, it’s important for her to learn how to live with other bears. Although male sloth bears don’t usually have any role in raising their offspring, Remi’s dad, Francois, has stepped up to the plate. He’s a very social guy who loves to play with other bears, and now he’s helping to socialize his cub. “He’s a good role model for her to help her learn about being a bear,” said keeper and sloth bear expert Mindy Babitz. — Read it from the
National Zoo via Facebook
The actor, who’s going through a divorce with his wife of 10 years, Jennifer Garner, was photographed Monday cradling a fluffy
Golden Retriever puppy as he arrived in Atlanta. Affleck was reportedly in Atlanta to visit his three children, who are staying with their mom while she’s filming a new movie there. The family adopted the puppy in May, shortly before Affleck and Garner announced their split. — Read it at
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