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After having two puppies of her own via C-section at a Canadian animal shelter, German Shepherd Timber’s maternal instinct was in full swing — and she decided to make eight more young puppies at the shelter her own. The orphaned pups were about one week old when they were found in a box at a park, just three days before Timber’s own pups were born. The staff at the Langley Animal Protection Society had been bottle-feeding the puppies around the clock, but when Timber’s litter was born on Dec. 6, her veterinarian said the puppies could be introduced to the new mom to see if she’d accept them. Timber took in the pups, who are believed to be a Pit Bull mix, and is nursing all 10 of the puppies. She’s a “very doting mom,” the shelter says on its blog. — Read it at the Huffington Post Canada and watch the puppies on a live stream
Scientists at Sweden’s Lund University have been studying the rhinarium, a specialized nose structure in some mammals. “We want to know what mammals can do with specialized nose tips,” said Lund zoologist Ronald Kröger. The researchers are examining how the interiors of the wet and hairless noses differ from human noses in their nerve connections, as well as how they help cool the animals. The new nose research group is currently writing papers based on what they’ve researched over the last year. But for now, they’re sharing fascinating infrared images that compare the temperatures of some animals’ noses. — See images at Popular Science
A 35-year study from the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina finds that babies born to older lemur moms are less likely to get bitten than those born to younger mothers. On average, the babies who avoided injury were born to moms who were two years older than those who were badly bitten. The reason may be that older mothers are better at fending off attackers or protecting their young during fights, the researchers say. Female lemurs compete with one another for food and chase away males at meal times. The scientists’ findings are based on the analysis of the detailed medical records of more than 240 ring-tailed lemurs at the center. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. — Read it at Science Daily
The first penguin chick to hatch at SeaWorld Orlando’s new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin exhibit arrived on Nov. 30. The attraction is home to a colony of 250 penguins from the king, Adelie, gentoo and rockhopper species. This chick now weighs about 30 ounces, and is being raised by its mom and dad. Keepers are expecting more new arrivals to hatch in the coming weeks. Visitors might be able to catch a glimpse of the chick during feeding times.
The Internet now has the ultimate update to the famed Yule Log video that first aired in 1966 on a local New York TV station: the addition of the adorable Lil’ Bub. The permakitten adorably curls up in front of a crackling fire for 60 minutes of purring, nodding off, and being her cute self. "Loop it on your screen, and let Bub warm your home with science and magic this holiday season," says the feline star’s Web site. — Watch it at Today
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