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Sarabi, an Alaskan Husky, escaped from her handlers in Anchorage on March 21, after she was dropped from the Iditarod sled dog race. Musher Laura Allaway was sending her home because she had a sore shoulder. Sarabi had a long journey during the time she was missing. She was spotted 100 miles from Anchorage in Glacier View, then she apparently backtracked to Palmer, which is 40 miles from Anchorage. Last week, the 3-year-old Husky was spotted behind the United Protestant Presbyterian Church in Palmer. Rev. Tim Carrick started leaving food out for her, and handlers set up a game camera to watch her actions. Then, they used food to safely trap her Monday night. The wayward race dog was then returned to handler Morgan Hall. Allaway is traveling and will be reunited with Sarabi next week. “She’s over the top, totally elated it’s finally happened,” Hall said of Allaway. “We finally got [Sarabi] and she’s happy and seems healthy.” — Watch it at Alaska’s KTVA
Back in November, Leo the orphaned Stellar sea lion pup was flown by the Coast Guard from Washington state to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, for lifesaving care. In his five months at the center, the pup gained 150 pounds and learned the skills he will need to survive in the wild. Finally, he was deemed ready to return to his ocean home. Leo was released this week near the location of his rescue in Ocean Shores, Washington. Researchers fitted Leo with a satellite tracking device that will allow scientists to observe his behavior in the wild. “Good luck, Leo! We'll miss you!” the Marine Mammal Center posted with photos of Leo on Facebook Tuesday. — Read it from the Marine Mammal Center
Once endangered, bald eagles now appear ready to take on New York City. Experts have confirmed that a pair has built a nest in one of the city’s boroughs for the first time in 100 years. The iconic birds have been spotted in a nest on the south shore of Staten Island, but the exact location hasn’t been disclosed in an effort to protect the birds from any disturbance. Bald eagles now have a population of 69,000 across the U.S., and they’ve increasingly been showing up in big cities including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Miami. — Read it at CBS News
The heiress shared a photo of herself with her beloved Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, on Instagram late Monday, with the sad news that the dog had died. “My heart is broken,” she wrote. “I am so sad & devastated. After 14 amazing years together my baby Tinkerbell has passed away of old age. I feel like I've lost a member of my family. She was such a special & incredible soul. We went through so much together. I can't believe she's gone. I will miss her & think about her for the rest of my life. I love you Tinky, you are a Legend & will never be forgotten.” Tinkerbell was part of Hilton’s life throughout her rise to fame. Hilton posted a series of photos of herself and Tinkerbell throughout the years on Instagram, from a promotion for “The Simple Life” to her appearance with her owner in a Guess ad. — Read it at People
Dayo, a 7-week-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, was born on the same day as Pancake, a cheetah cub — and keepers at Wildlife Safari in Oregon have introduced the pair in the hopes that they’ll become best buddies. Pancake is being hand-raised by the Wildlife Safari staff because her mother wasn’t producing enough milk. So far, Dayo is smitten with Pancake, but she’s a little more tentative about her new canine companion. “Dayo is a baby. He has no boundaries,” said the zoo’s Sarah Roy. “(Pancake) is a diva — she thinks she’s queen of the world. She’ll sit and look at everyone like she’s judging them, but she’s really affectionate once she knows you.” The duo is starting to play, fight — and snuggle. Cheetahs often have companion dogs to help keep them calm. — Read it at Oregon’s News-Review and see more photos on Facebook
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