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Good Samaritans who were walking their dog in Port Orange, Florida, last week heard whimpering coming from a wooded area. There, they found a dog with her head stuck in the base of a tree. It’s believed that the lost dog became stuck when she tried to take cover from storms that had passed through the area that day. The town’s police and fire crews arrived on the scene, as well as a local veterinarian, who sedated the pooch they called “Jane Dog” so her rescuers could use the Jaws of Life and other tools to free her. Finally, they were able to pull her out, have her checked by the veterinarian — and reunite her with her family. Jane Dog’s name is actually Sailor, and in comments on the police department’s Facebook page, her owner said she’d run off in the woods when she spotted an animal during a late-night walk. “Words can't describe how joyful my daughters, wife and I are that she was rescued,” wrote Luis Santa Cruz. “Thank you so much POPD and POFD [and] everyone else involved in rescuing Sailor.” — Read it at People Pets
For four teams of sled dogs who traveled to Alaska from Norway for the iconic Iditarod race, the 1,000-mile event wasn’t the most challenging part of their journey. After the race was over, they were planning to fly from Anchorage to Seattle and then back home to Norway. But when they got to the airport in Anchorage, they were told cargo planes wouldn’t fly the dogs to Seattle. So, they began the 2,500-mile drive to the Seattle airport with the 53 dogs. They kept stopping and setting up camp for the dogs, and after five days, on Tuesday, they were spotted by an employee of the Nisqually Native American tribe in Washington. She and the tribe invited the mushers and their Huskies to stay on their land. The dogs were able to play in an open field and get plenty of fresh water, and the mushers got some much-needed hospitality, too. The group was expected to arrive in Seattle on Wednesday to board their flight home. — Watch it at ABC News
Rare video footage captured the sweet scene of a mother panda and her cub chomping on bamboo and playing in the Qin Mountains in northwest China. The endangered bears are elusive and rarely seen by humans in their natural habitat. — Watch it at NBC News
A southern white rhino born at the Al Ain Zoo in Dubai has been named Nola for one of the four remaining northern white rhinos left in the world when she died at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2015. “What a beautiful tribute to our sweet Nola,” the San Diego Zoo Safari Park wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “Her legacy lives on in this precious little one, reminding the world of the dire cost of poaching and inspiring us to fight even harder against extinction.” The last three northern white rhinos live at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where they are protected by guards. — Read it from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park via Facebook
A mother’s work is never done — and no one knows it like Cora, a polar bear at the Brno Zoo in the Czech Republic. An adorable video captured by a surveillance camera at the zoo shows Cora’s 4-month-old cub trying desperately to get her to play. In the video, mom looks like she’s trying to relax while her little one climbs all over her, hugs her and lies on his back like he’s looking for a belly rub. Sorry Cora — we wish we could be there to babysit! — Watch it at Yahoo
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