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Trio of Injured Sea Lions Gets a Second Chance
Peruvian environmentalists released Fiona, Felix and Flynn back into the wild on Saturday. The sea lions, who were nursed back to health by a research and conservation program, were found malnourished, dehydrated and suffering from kidney failure three months ago after fishermen attacked them. — Watch it at Today
In his memoir, Uggie: My Story, the famed Jack Russell Terrier reveals his love for Water for Elephants costar Reese Witherspoon, who received a dedication in his book. Uggie, who also starred in The Artist, dished about the memoir during an interview on the Today show with his trainer, Omar von Muller, and showed off a few tricks. — Watch it at Today, and read an excerpt
According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Australian researchers placed fake scented birds’ nests throughout a field. Normally, rats who smelled the nests would think that there was food nearby, but when they continually saw that the nests lacked eggs or birds, the rodents learned to ignore the formerly enticing scent. Even after prey was returned to the nests, the birds had a 62 percent higher chance of survival because the rats attacked fewer nests. — Read it at the LA Times
Singer Bret Michaels Has a Wild New Neighbor
The Poison front man joked at a press conference for All-Star Celebrity Apprentice that he has a novel pet. "I have two German Shepherds, horses, cats — and a bobcat!" he said, explaining that the animal has been living near his Arizona home. "He just walks by and I'm like, 'Hey, how you doing.'" He also tweeted a picture of the cat (shown left) and a cheeky comment: "I’m working on the big Bobcat collection lol." — Read it at People Pets
After being reported missing on Friday, Dr. Neal Peckens of Virginia and Dr. Jason Hiser of Maryland were found uninjured in the park’s backcountry on Monday. The men, who met 10 years ago in veterinary school, are experienced hikers. Searches for the pair, who had a backcountry permit, were hampered by wintry weather that included 18 inches of snow that had fallen on the trails. "They're both in very good physical condition," said Hiser's mother prior to their rescue. "They're both intelligent young men, just lost. We're hoping for the best." — Read it at ABC News
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