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Major knew exactly how to help when his owner started having a seizure. The service dog pulled veteran Terry McGlade’s smart phone from Terry's pocket and stepped on the screen. The phone is set up to dial 911 when Major does this for several seconds. He called multiple times, so the dispatchers could tell something was wrong. Major then waited in the front yard of his Zanesville, Ohio, home for police. When help arrived, he took them to the backyard, where they found McGlade unconscious, and got him to a hospital. The Marine had served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan before being injured by a roadside bomb. He got the Pit Bull and Lab mix to recognize when he has seizures coming on, and to help him cope with PTSD. “I don’t think I could operate in the everyday world without him right now,” McGlade says. The veteran is doing well after spending a night in the hospital. — Watch it at CNN
In a lawsuit filed against the Interior Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Oregon-based Xerces Society argue that the bumble bee should be listed as an endangered species. Scientists say the bee is threatened by disease, habitat destruction and pesticides, and that its population has fallen 95 percent when compared with other types. Honey bees have also experienced a significant die-off. There are no bees currently listed as endangered, although several Hawaiian yellow-faced bees are being considered for the designation. — Read it at Reuters via Yahoo
A local resident in Bristol Bay, Alaska, rescued the 1-week-old female pup after searching the area for other seals and getting authorization to help it from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Alaska SeaLife Center. She’s the first stranded marine mammal of the year to be admitted to the ASL Center, where she’s under the care of veterinary and animal care staff at the I.Sea.U critical care unit. The pup gets a special seal formula five times a day to help her grow. — See photos at Facebook
Oregon’s famous wandering lone wolf, OR-7, may have finally found a mate after trekking thousands of miles on the West Coast. Officials said remote cameras in Oregon’s Cascades Range have captured images of a female wolf in the same area where the male OR-7’s GPS collar shows he’s been living. Biologists said it’s likely the pair mated during the winter and had pups in April, but they can’t yet confirm that without endangering the pups. If that’s the case, they’d be the first breeding pair of wolves in the Cascades since the early 1900s. The experts have planned to start searching for a den in June. "I didn't think it would happen,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist John Stephenson. “It makes me more impressed with the ability of wolves to survive and find one another." Wolves are still protected by the Endangered Species Act in the Cascades, but those protections have been lifted in many other areas. — Read it at the Los Angeles Times
Staff at the upscale Waldorf Astoria Spa at The Boulders Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, thought they heard a bird trapped inside a wall last week, and asked an engineer to come to take a look. But when the engineer cut a hole in the wall, they were surprised to find a baby bobcat crying for his mom. The staff at the resort suspects his mom may have brought him up to the roof and he fell into a vent with no way out. The 6-to-8-week-old kitten was taken in by the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. "He'll be fed every four hours until he is weaned and then he'll actually go into an outdoor enclosure with some bobcat foster parents that will be able to take it from there and kind of raise him and teach him how to be a wild bobcat," said the center’s Kim Carr. They plan to release him back into the wild when he’s ready. — Watch it at AZ Family
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