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Brenda Keitzer left her beloved Siberian Husky, Koda, with her parents in Pennsylvania when she was deployed to an undisclosed location with the Air Force. On Dec. 31, just weeks before she was due to come home, Koda disappeared up a hill near Keitzer’s parents’ home. Keitzer has now returned home, but, despite a desperate search, Koda is still missing. Now Keitzer has hired a pet detective to try to find him, and is asking for the public’s help. “I’m willing to try anything to get my dog back,” an emotional Keitzer said. — Watch it at Pittsburgh’s WPIX
Not only do monkeys use tools, but they use them with humanlike skill, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Georgia found that both humans and Brazil's bearded capuchin monkeys took the time to place nuts in the most stable position on the rock they used as an "anvil” to crack them open, to keep their snack from rolling away. "It's skill in the way that we use that word to talk about human skills," study leader Dorothy Fragaszy said. "It's a goal-directed activity. It's done fluidly. It's done flexibly." The study was published in the online journal PLOS ONE. — Read it at Live Science
A great horned owl nicknamed Mrs. Tiger is now mom to two little owlets who hatched in the window box outside an Oklahoma family’s home. This is the fourth time that Mrs. Tiger has roosted in the spot, but this year, the Click family has set up two live HD web cameras so the world can get the same view that they get out their window. Watching the birds has been a great lesson for the family’s homeschooled second-grader, who’s becoming an owl expert. — Watch it at CNN
Returning to his kayak after a nighttime dive in California, Rick Coleman got quite a surprise when a sea lion pup hopped in just before he did. Luckily, the diver was wearing a GoPro camera to capture the encounter. “Oh my God, you scared me!” Coleman says as the baby jumps aboard. After a visit, Coleman attempted to shoo the animal back into the water, but it climbed right back up. So Coleman paddled to shore with his new friend, and called harbor patrol so that animal rescuers could check the pup out. After 45 minutes of warming up on shore, the pup swam away on its own. — Watch it at Today
A manatee who had to have a flipper removed after being entangled in a crab trap line has been returned to her winter home at Three Sisters Springs in Florida. “Gator” was named for Gator Hole, the spring where she was found in November, and has been recovering at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo since her injury and surgery. She fully adapted to swimming without the flipper, and has regained weight, doctors said. “We’re excited when we can release them back to the wild but it is always bitter sweet,” said Virginia Edmonds, an animal care manager at the zoo. — Read it at Florida’s Bay News 9
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