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Professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson showed he’s a big softy after saving his two French Bulldog puppies over the Labor Day weekend. On Monday, Johnson posted an Instagram photo of himself soaking wet and holding Hobbs and Brutus, who had just joined the family. Apparently, as soon as he let the boys into the backyard to do their business, they sprinted for the pool. While Hobbs was able to do the doggie paddle, Brutus couldn’t swim, and started to sink to the bottom, Johnson said in his post. The wrestler immediately dove in after them, fully clothed and with his cell phone in his pocket. He scooped up Brutus first and brought him to the side of the pool, where he recovered. Then he grabbed Hobbs. He wrote that Brutus “looked up to me as if to say, 'Thank God you didn't have to give me mouth to mouth!' and then ran off to play with his brother." Johnson also said the incident taught him a “few lessons” that he wanted to share with his fans, including that not all dogs can swim. — Read it at Today
There’s good news for sea turtles. Researchers say they rebounded from a slump last year and had one of the strongest summer nesting seasons on record from the Carolinas to Florida. In Georgia, researchers and volunteers counted a record 2,292 loggerhead nests, raising hopes that they’re making a comeback. “Every big year we get, the more confident we are in that conclusion that we're in a recovery period," said Mark Dodd of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. In Florida, more than 12,000 endangered green sea turtles have dug out nests at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. It’s a record for the refuge — and nesting season continues until October in Florida. Still, researchers there warn that although the last five years have been promising, they need to see how things go over the long term before they can determine how successful conservation efforts have been. — Read it from the AP via ABC News
Researchers off the coast of British Columbia spotted a “very newborn calf” with the L pod of killer whales on Monday. It’s the fifth new baby to be born since December to the endangered population. In the 40-year history of the Orca Survey, the greatest number of calves born in a year was 9 in 1977. In 2013 and 2014, however, no newborn calves survived, so this year has provided hope. “We hope this year’s ‘baby-boom’ represents a turn-around in what has been a negative population trend in recent years,” the Center for Whale Research wrote on Facebook with news of the baby’s arrival Monday. — See photos at the Center for Whale Research via Facebook
A kitten is expected to make a full recovery after being rescued from a Tampa, Florida, manhole at around midnight Sunday. After getting a call from a “conscientious citizen” who heard the kitten crying, Tampa Police Officers Dwight Vinkemulder and Matthew Drumsta arrived on the scene. One of the officers climbed down in the manhole to save the trapped kitty. “Thank you Officers for extending your compassion to our furry residents as well. Great job!” the police department posted on Facebook with photos of the event. — Read it at Time
An albino bottlenose dolphin who’s been nicknamed Pinky was seen in Calcasieu Lake in Louisiana over the long weekend. It’s just the latest sighting of Pinky, who’s been seen several times by Erik Rue of the Calcasieu Charter Service. He first saw Pinky eight years ago. Albino dolphins have a pink hue, even though Pinky’s mom is gray. "I've been able to see it quite often. Just about everybody around here thatfishes and spends time in theriver channel sees it during the summer time," Rue said.NOAAonly has records of two other such dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, spotted in 2003 and 2004. "You can hear about a pink dolphin, but when you see it, you go, 'Wow. It is pink!' It is justbeautiful," Rue said. — Read it at Newsweek
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