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Just two weeks after Hunter, a 3-month-old Husky mix, was adopted from a Michigan shelter, he returned the favor by rescuing his new family. Hunter woke owner Jill McLarty around midnight last Wednesday with nonstop whining. McLarty brought the puppy outside, but he just sat on the ground and kept whining. She brought him back inside to her bedroom, where he continued to whine before running in circles and leading McLarty to the kitchen. McLarty turned on the lights and saw Hunter sitting in front of the stove. That’s when she noticed that one of the burners was on very low, so it was leaking gas into the house where the family was sleeping. The McLartys think the burner must have been on for about six hours, since they made dinner. After she turned the stove off and checked to make sure everything was OK, Hunter went right to sleep for the night. “He saved our lives, anything could’ve happened that night,” said Jill’s husband, Tim. “As cliché as it sounds, the life you save may save yours.” — Watch it at the Michigan Humane Society
Plus: In Rhode Island, another dog is being called a hero. Authorities at the East Providence Fire Department say a 50-year-old man fell asleep with his laptop on his bed. The battery overheated and sparked a fire on his mattress, and it was his dog, Liberty, who alerted him to the danger by licking his face to wake him up early Wednesday. The crew says the dog likely saved his owner’s life. — Watch it at Rhode Island’s WPRI
The arrival of a brown banded bamboo shark pup at the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium has made history. It was the first shark hatched via artificial insemination in Australia. Aquarists collected a semen sample from a shark in northeastern Australia in September. It was flown south to Melbourne and used to inseminate the mother on the same day, making it the first shark pup in the world to be born via a live semen sample transported from one facility to another. Researchers are hopeful that the technique could be used to boost the numbers of grey nurse sharks, which are critically endangered. — Read it at Discovery News
Three Sumatran tiger cubs were born to 5-year-old mom Melati at the London Zoo on Feb. 3, the zoo announced Wednesday. Their births were captured on hidden cameras that were closely monitored by animal care staff. They were all born within one hour. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, with only about 300 left in the wild. Keepers have been watching the young cubs around the clock, and are particularly on alert after the devastating drowning death of a cub in a pool in its enclosure there six months ago. They said they’ve seen the cubs’ personalities starting to shine. "We've nicknamed one Trouble, as it's much bolder than the others — it was the first to start exploring its den, and we've spotted it waking up its siblings when they fall asleep," said keeper Teague Stubbington.— Read it at BBC News
Fern, an 18-month-old Boxer, got a little impatient when her owner left her in the car to browse in an art gallery in Scotland — and decided to take matters into her own paws. The pooch hopped into the driver’s seat and calmly honked the car’s horn continually with her paw for 15 minutes. When Graham Haddow, 58, returned to his car, he found that a crowd had gathered to video the hilarious scene. "Usually when Fern sees me she stands up and gets excited with her tail wagging but this time she just gave me a sideways glance and kept on honking the horn," Haddow said. Several videos of Fern’s antics were shared online, and she’s quickly becoming an Internet celebrity. — Read it from the New York Daily News
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