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July 3, 2012: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.
Rufus the Wimbledon Hawk Reunites With His Owner
Rufus, the hawk who’s spent the past 12 years patrolling the skies near Wimbledon — and keeping pigeons from interfering with the legendary tennis tournament — was stolen from his owner's car last week. Thankfully, he has since been returned to a London animal hospital, but authorities gave no details about his captors. Rufus is recovering from a sore leg, but he should be back at work in a few days. — Watch it at the AP via USA Today
Plus: Rufus isn’t the only missing bird making headlines this week. Residents of Coconut Grove, Fla., report that nearly 35 peacocks — a hallmark of their neighborhood — have been pilfered recently. — Watch it at MSNBC
Hundreds of homes have been burned, and tens of thousands of people have been evacuated in Colorado, leaving many pets displaced. But several local organizations are working together to come to the aid of these animals. — Read how you can help at People Pets
At just 4 months old, a bonobo named Teco is able to ask a researcher for a grape using an iPad touchscreen. Researchers say that Teco, whose dad is one of the most linguistically advanced non-humans in the world, is more of a natural at using language-enabling touchscreens than other apes. — Read it at MSNBC
Parasite Carried by Cats May Increase Suicide Risk
New evidence shows that women who are infected with a parasite carried by cats were 1.5 percent more likely to attempt suicide. According to Teodor Postolache of the University of Maryland, the study of 45,000 Danish women found that although the increased risk was small, it’s still too big to have been caused by chance. People can become infected with Toxoplasma gondii when they change a cat’s litter box, but scientists still aren’t sure how the parasite affects a person’s brain. However, Postolache urged that "people should not give their cats away" because of the study. — Read it at NPR
In an effort to improve the chances of survival for dogs and cats who experience cardiac arrest, more than 100 veterinary specialists worked together to come up with standardized CPR guidelines for pets. Currently, the survival rate for pets who suffer cardiac arrest is only about 6 to 7 percent. Humans had a similar survival rate before evidence-based, standardized CPR rules were in place, upping the survival rate for people to 20 percent. Vets hope that the new standards for animals will have a similar effect. — Read it at DVM 360
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