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It was a whale of a rescue for a humpback off the coast of Southern California over the weekend. The whale was entangled in hundreds of feet of fishing line stretching from its mouth to its tail, and it took rescue crews two days to cut it free. The whale was first spotted Friday, and a team with NOAA was able to cut away about 100 feet of rope and buoys before the whale became agitated and dove deep. It was spotted again Saturday, 60 miles south off the coast of San Diego. A team from SeaWorld San Diego then cut away another 230 feet of the remaining line. "We hope we gave this whale a second chance at life," said Kelly Terry, a spokeswoman for SeaWorld. The 35-to-50 foot adult whale then swam away to the south. — Read it from the AP via Yahoo News
The only Sumatran rhino left in the Western Hemisphere arrived at his new home in Sumatra Monday after a 36-hour, 10,000-mile journey from the Cincinnati Zoo. Conservationists hope 8-year-old Harapan, whose name translates to “Hope,” will mate with one of the three female rhinos in the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park, as he tries to help save his critically endangered species. Harapan will also join his brother, Andalas, at the sanctuary. Harapan was accompanied by a keeper and a veterinarian from the Cincinnati Zoo and is adjusting well so far. "He is healthy and has a great appetite," said Bambang Dahono Adji, a senior biodiversity conservation official in Indonesia's forestry ministry. "We noticed this morning he was lapping up all the leaves. Being Sumatran, perhaps he preferred local fare, like rice instead of cheese," he joked. — Read it from the Agence France Presse via Business Insider
After becoming the first horse in 37 years to take the Triple Crown earlier this year, American Pharoah finished his historic career Saturday with a big win at the Breeders’ Cup Classic in Kentucky. With jockey Victor Espinoza, the horse got an early lead and never looked back. "I wanted him to go out the champion that he is," said his emotional trainer, Bob Baffert, after the victory. — Read it at CNN
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted local kids and the children of military families for trick-or-treating on the White House lawn Saturday — and first dogs Bo and Sunny joined the fun. White House photographer Pete Souza shared this photo of the Portuguese Water Dogs posing with a display featuring their doppelgangers, with the caption “Bo and Sunny. Bo and Sunny.” — See photos on Instagram
Last week, the Dumfries-Galloway Police Division in Scotland solved an important case: the theft of a garden hose and murder of a garden full of tulips. The crimes were reported by a local resident in September, and as suspected, the alleged culprit is pretty cute. “You will be pleased to know, the murder squad followed up a number of 'leads' and identified the suspect as a 5-month-old yellow Lab named Dudley,” the department posted on Facebook with the pup’s mug shot. “He was arrested in an early morning dawn raid and will be appearing at court tomorrow, where it is expected he will be sent to the big dog house.” Case closed. — Watch it at Iowa’s KCCI
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