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Firefighters in Kern County, California,
rescued a 7-month-old Pit Bull mix after he stuck his head
through a car wheel rim and couldn’t get it out. His owner, Meagan Beeler,
said little R.J. and her other puppies were playing on her patio where the rims
had been temporarily stored. She drove him over to the fire station, rim and
all, for help. The firefighters put vegetable oil on the puppy’s neck, which
allowed them to pull the wheel off of him. The rescue took about 10 minutes,
and photos of the incident quickly went viral. Beeler said all of the puppies
are up for adoption. — Read it at California’s Bakersfield Now
After spending thousands of hours observing lionfish swimming, a
new study by a team of marine biologist in Australia finds that they use their
pointed, venomous fins to hunt prey together. The fish appear to fan their fins
together “like fishermen with nets” while hunting, said the study's lead author, Oona Lonnstedt of James Cook
University. “Cooperation requires high cognition, but fish have
traditionally been perceived as being at the bottom [of the cognition scale]," Lonnstedt said. “But when you look at their social behaviors, you can see that
these fish are way more advanced than we thought.” The findings were published
in the journal Biology
Letters. — Read it at National Geographic
A new study finds that because of their blood-only diet, vampire
bats can’t detect bitter tastes, which was surprising to scientists because
bitter tastes often signal poison. “The highly specialized diet with extremely
narrow components results in [a] remarkable reduction of bitter taste
function in vampire bats, which would never encounter toxic foods in nature,"
said study researcher Huabin Zhao, a zoologist at Wuhan University in
China. Zhao’s previous work has shown that they also can’t detect sweet or
savory tastes, but the ability to taste bitter was thought to be more crucial.
A genetic analysis found that the bats were once able to sense bitter tastes
but have lost much of that sensibility. The study was published in the journal Proceedings
of the Royal Society B. — Read it at Live Science
The tennis champ was on his way to practice at
Wimbledon Sunday when he saw a
Labradoodle running in the road. “I parked the car at the traffic lights and basically got out of the car and tried to stop the traffic because the dog was running towards the oncoming traffic,” Murray said. “So I ran in front of the road and stopped the traffic.” He got the
dog into the back seat of his car and parked while he called the number on the dog’s tag. The owner was “happy I picked it up,” he said. It turned out that the woman sometimes walks with Murray’s own two
dogs. (You might remember how they
donned his medals during the 2012 Olympics in London.) The Scot is the defending men’s champion at Wimbledon and won his opening match Monday. — Watch it at
A Portland, Oregon, homeowner called the police Monday afternoon when she returned home from work to find her home had been burglarized. Because they didn’t know whether a suspect was still in the home, the police went in first. The victim’s
cat was in the home, and
Portland police officer Sarah Kerwin picked her up to make sure she didn’t step on the broken glass on the floor in the basement and in a bathroom. The
cat decided to perch on the officer’s shoulders, and remained there for the rest of the search. Authorities are still searching for the perpetrator. — See photos at
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