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At the beginning of a bike race from Sichuan province to Tibet, a group of cyclists met a stray dog who they named Xiaosa. One of them gave the pup some food, and the group soon had a mascot — the dog joined them on their 25-day ride, climbing 12 mountains in the process. “Many people stopped cycling in some sections, then took the bus, but the dog made it,” said one of the riders. At the end of the journey, Xiaosa, who was given a clean bill of health by a vet, got the best reward of all: One of the cyclists adopted her. — Read it at ABC News
After living on the lam for 82 days, a Humboldt penguin was back home at the Tokyo Sea Life Park last week. The bird was spotted on a riverbank about five miles from the aquarium, which has since placed rocks and sandbags around the penguin enclosure to thwart any future escape artists. — Read it at Discovery News
More than 100 veterinary specialists are working together to create standardized CPR guidelines for companion animals. The group hopes that the guidelines, which should be released in June, will help improve the survival rate for dogs and cats who experience cardiopulmonary arrest. — Read it at DVM 360
It took about a year and a half for Navy veteran Joseph Worley, who lost a leg while serving in Iraq, to be matched with a service dog named Benjamin through America’s VetDogs. But the Golden Retriever, who was trained to meet Worley's needs, was worth the wait. In addition to helping the veteran to stand up and retrieve objects, Benjamin takes pressure off Worley when the duo is out in public because the dog becomes the center of attention — instead of Worley's disability. — Watch it at Today
A windy area that runs through the Tehachapi Mountains in California is a crucial refuge for many bird species, including endangered California condors and federally protected golden eagles. Unfortunately, the region is also popular with wind farms, which can be deadly for the birds. In an effort to avoid lawsuits and bad publicity, the wind farms are looking into radar and telemetry systems that could detect when the birds are coming and switch off the turbines. — Read it at the LA Times
On a recent trip to the White House to film a special episode of the Rachael Ray Show, the host got to cook with First Lady Michelle Obama — and sit down with the first dog. In an “interview” with the Portuguese Water Dog, Ray and Bo flipped through Michelle Obama’s new book, American Grown. — Read it at People Pets
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