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He has impressive stamina in the water and can easily pull a struggling swimmer to shore, making Bruno the Newfoundland a natural lifeguard. His owner, David Alvarez, a lifeguard himself, started bringing the pooch to work with him in the coastal town of San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain, so the dog could go for a swim. But Bruno’s skills quickly earned him a full-time job. “If I rush out to rescue someone and there is a second person with them, then Bruno can carry one of them and pull them to shore,” says Alvarez. He says his employers have been so pleased with Bruno’s work that they’re considering adding more dogs to their lifeguard staff. — Read it at the U.K.’s Daily Mail and watch it at ABC News (starting at :30)
All eight species of the scaly anteaters known as pangolins are now listed as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Pangolins are the only mammals in the world with true scales made of keratin. Native to Asia and Africa, Pangolins are illegally hunted and poached — and eaten. They’re considered a delicacy and their parts are used in medicine in China and Vietnam. "In the 21st century, we really should not be eating species to extinction — there is simply no excuse for allowing this illegal trade to continue," said Jonathan Baillie, co-chair of the pangolin specialist group for the IUCN's Species Survival Commission and conservation programs director at the Zoological Society of London. — Read it at Live Science
The World Wildlife Fund says efforts to save tigers are being undermined by countries that are holding out on carrying out tiger population surveys. The conservation group said India, Nepal and Russia completed their surveys and Bhutan, Bangladesh and China will soon release the results of theirs. But the populations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam are unknown. The world tiger population is estimated to be as low as 3,200, but the WWF is trying to get a more accurate count in order to know if its efforts to save the animals are working. Tiger populations have been in decline because of trophy hunting, poaching and habitat loss. — Read it from Agence France Presse via Discovery News
The proposal on the season finale of the "Bachelorette" was upstaged Monday by a surprise guest appearance by none other than Grumpy Cat. The “Bachelorette” herself, Atlanta lawyer Andi Dorfman, became known during the season for her "frowny face" — which even has its own Twitter account. So, after discussing contestant Josh Murray’s proposal, host Chris Harrison surprised the couple with a visit from the feline known for having the best frown on the Internet. “It’s their first kid,” Harrison joked. Dorfman couldn’t help but smile while holding Grumpy Cat. — Watch it at ABC and read it at Bustle
Xiao Liwu, a San Diego Zoo panda who’s also known as Mr. Wu, celebrated his 2nd birthday with a 100-pound ice cake. The creation took the zoo’s nutritional services team weeks to complete, but it didn’t take this 88-pound toddler nearly as long to eat it. He ate the fruit slices on top and later climbed on top of his treat to chew on the bamboo stalks. The cub’s keepers describe him as extremely smart and precocious. Mr. Wu lives at the zoo with his mom and dad, Bai Yun and Gao Gao. — Read it from the San Diego Zoo
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