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Looking dapper in a vest made to look like a military dress uniform, Gabe was at his best friend’s side on his wedding day. The 2-year-old
Golden Retriever graduated from
Warrior Canine Connection and assists the groom, Army veteran Justin Lansford, with daily tasks and post-traumatic stress disorder. Lansford lost his left leg in an IED explosion in Afghanistan three years ago. Last year on Veteran’s Day, Gabe helped Lansford propose to his longtime girlfriend, Carol Balmes. And on Saturday, he served as Lansford’s best man and happily posed for pictures with the bride and groom. There’s no word on what he had to say in his toast to the happy couple. — Read it at
Last week, 30 endangered black-footed ferrets were released at the
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, a former toxic waste site on the industrial edge of Denver. Their release by the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is part of a program to reintroduce them to 12 states where they once lived. The animals were once thought to be extinct, until a small colony was found in Wyoming in 1981. There are now an estimated 300 of the ferrets in the wild, and the recovery program’s goal is to build that population to 3,000. — Read it from
AP via Yahoo
Last month, we told you about
Chris the sheep, who was living in the wild for at least five years before he was caught and rescued by the
RSPCA. The sheep was weighted down with so much merino wool that he could hardly walk. His emergency haircut removed 90 pounds of wool — and now he’s officially set a
Guinness World Record with his shearing. He easily topped the previous record of 63.7 pounds of fleece sheared from Big Ben, who was also saved after wandering in the wild for several years. Chris recovered and is now settling into a new life at a hobby farm in New South Wales. — Read it at
Queens, New York, resident Vahan Avagyan
turned to Twitter to get help for a kitten he could hear meowing from under a
storm drain Monday. He got a response from the NYPD’s 104th precinct,
after Tweeting them directly. The officers who responded first had to find the
owner of a car that was parked on top of the drain grate. Once they opened the
drain, they could see the kitten as stuck deep inside. Efforts to lure the
kitten out with food failed, but another rescue group that arrived on the scene
was able to scare her out with the noise of a compressed air machine — and
Avagyan caught her as she darted out. The ordeal took nearly four hours. The
kitten was named Penelope after the street where she was found, is up for
adoption through the rescue group Four Paws Sake
NYC. — Read it at NBC
A newborn giraffe who was found wandering alone in Meru National Park
in Kenya last month was taken in by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
The calf “has been feeding very well on
his milk which we hope he keeps up," a representative for DSWT said. Kiko
will soon tower over his keepers, so they plan to use a mobile feeding ladder
to bottle feed him. The sweet photos of him getting some affection from his
rescuers during his transport have gotten more than 20,000 likes on
Facebook. — Read it at Discovery
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