Pet Scoop: Rescued Sea Turtle Traveling Cross Country, Clinton Pushes Elephant Protections

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Sapphire, a rescued loggerhead sea turtle, will travel from Miami to her new home near San Diego Thursday.
Sapphire, a rescued loggerhead sea turtle, will travel from Miami to her new home near San Diego Thursday

Loggerhead Gets a New Home

Sapphire, a 129-pound female endangered loggerhead sea turtle, will fly FedEx today from Miami to her new permanent home near San Diego. Sapphire was first rescued in Florida in February 2010 with a wound from a boat strike. She spent 45 days at the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys before being released into the wild. But in May 2013, she was found floating again off the coast. "She has 'bubble butt' syndrome," said Turtle Hospital manager Bette Zirkelbach. "She is unable to evacuate air from her lungs due to a spinal cord injury, so unfortunately for Sapphire, she is non-releasable." The turtle will become an ambassador for her species at The Living Coast Discovery Center, which is 2,500 miles away. — Read it from AP via Yahoo

New Blood Test Detects Canine Cancer Early

Researchers from the University of Leicester in the U.K. have helped Avacta Animal Health create a new electronic system for diagnosing lymphoma in dogs in its early stages and to track whether it’s in remission. Nearly 1 out of 4 dogs will develop cancer in their lifetime, with 20 percent of those cases being lymphoma. The test is based on the cLBT, which detects the levels of the acute phase proteins C-Reactive Protein and Haptoglobin. “We are already widening the application of multivariate analysis to other diseases which commonly affect our pets, and subsequently, this work could also have benefits to human health,” said Kevin Slater, Avacta’s chief science officer. Their findings were published in the journal Computers for Biology and Medicine. — Read it at Live Science

Study: Chimps Exposed to Humans Early Struggle Later

New research from the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago finds that chimpanzees who were removed from their mothers within their first four years and exposed to humans lacked social participation when placed with other chimps later in life. These chimps were kept as pets or performers. The study found these chimps didn’t take part in social grooming, an important bonding factor in chimp communities, as frequently. This behavior was observed even decades after the chimps’ experience with humans. "Chimpanzees are incredibly intelligent and sensitive animals," said lead researcher Steve Ross, PhD. "Denying them access to members of their own species, during the critical infanthood period, results in behavioral outcomes that last a lifetime. Even with the best possible care as adults, they often can't fit in with the other chimpanzees." The study was published in the journal PeerJ. — Read it at Discovery News

Chelsea Clinton pushed for elephant protections during a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting Tuesday.
Chelsea Clinton pushed for elephant protections during a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting Tuesday.

Chelsea Clinton Speaks Out on Elephant Poaching

During an appearance at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting, the daughter of former president Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her concern about the threat to African elephants. “The child Marc and I are waiting to bring into this world could grow up in a planet without elephants,” Chelsea Clinton said in a speech Tuesday. Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child any day now. She called elephant poaching a moral and ecological disaster as well as a security threat because the ivory is used as currency by some terrorist groups. Hillary Clinton also spoke out against poaching and said her daughter has made elephant protection a priority for the Clinton Foundation. — Read it at ABC News and watch it at Science Daily

Four Flamingo Chicks Hatch in San Francisco

The San Francisco Zoo says it’s “tickled pink” with the addition of four fluffy white Chilean flamingo chicks to its flock. The first hatched on August 30, with three others following in the next three weeks. “A successful breeding season indicates that the flock is healthy and happy,” said the zoo’s bird curator, Dominick Dorsa II. “We’re so excited about the hatching and look forward to getting to know each of our adorable new arrivals.” — See a photo of the flamingos and other cute zoo babies


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