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The crew aboard the E/V Nautilus got a rare view of a sperm whale this week when the massive animal decided to circle its ROV Hercules several times. The encounter happened nearly 2,000 feet below the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, and cameras captured incredible footage of the curious creature. The scientists aboard the ship were watching and broadcasting live as the whale visited — and their giddy reaction was priceless. “Wow!” “Oh awesome!” “Whoa!” “Holy cow!” “This is amazing!” they can be heard exclaiming in the video. The Nautilus is currently on an expedition to explore the impact of hydrocarbon seeps on the ocean and atmosphere. — Watch it at YouTube
In Kenya, four armed rangers are working around the clock to guard Sudan, a 42-year-old rhinoceros who’s believed to be the last male northern white rhino on earth. Sudan has been living at Ol Pejeta Conservancy with three females of his species, Najin, Fatu and Suni, since 2009. The rhinos were moved there with the hope that they’d reproduce if they were living in more natural conditions. So far, that hasn’t happened, but an international team of experts is working on helping to facilitate Sudan’s reproduction. “In Kenya, we have made progress in the last eight to 12 months and, touch wood, it will continue,” said Richard Vigne, the conservancy’s CEO. — Read it at ABC News
Fulton County Animal Services in Georgia is looking for a new home for Brohan, a 1-year-old Pit Bull mix who was thrown in a Dumpster behind a Goodwill store, along with his bed, Friday. Police are still trying to find the person or people who abandoned the pup, and PETA is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to their arrest and conviction. Brohan, who’s described as healthy and happy, can be adopted for free during a special promotion at the shelter this month where all pets over 25 pounds are free. — Read it at Atlanta’s 11 Alive
An 8-week-old kitten is safe and dry thanks to a Hillsborough County, Florida, sheriff’s deputy. When Deputy John Kotfila found the kitty in a storm drain in the Tampa Bay area this week, he was wet and scared but wasn’t injured. Kotfila comforted the kitten and gave him a ride back to the office in the front seat of his patrol car, where he spent some time exploring and found a warm seat on the keyboard of a laptop computer. The kitten was adopted by Sheriff’s Office Communications Dispatcher Heather Worsley-Kelly, who named him Stormy. — Read it at Florida’s WRIC
“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams has rarely been seen in public since he was suspended from his job without pay in February. But on Sunday, he was spotted getting a little puppy therapy. He was photographed cuddling and walking his daughter Allison’s adorable Golden Retriever pup, Moxie, in New York City. Allison, who stars in HBO’s “Girls,” and Williams’ wife, Jane, were with him as well. Williams has only been seen in public one other time — at a fundraiser for his New Jersey high school — since his suspension over his discredited claims about being in a helicopter that was under fire in Iraq. It’s unclear whether Williams will go back to his anchor spot at the end of his suspension. — See photos at People Pets
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