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After living in a small cage
for his entire life, Hoover the tiger is finally free. Animal Defenders
International rescued him from a roadside circus in Peru, where he and 11 other
tigers were subjected to daily beatings in their training sessions. Sadly, all
the other tigers were perished before they could be rescued. “Hoover was very lucky to survive, his last cage mate
had died before we could get to him. We were very grateful for the public
support and information that helped us to track the circus down, now he can
live in peace in his wonderful new environment,” ADI president Jan Creamer said
in a statement. — Read it at People
When fisherman Amir Rahim
spotted an olive ridley sea turtle trapped inside a plastic bag in the middle
of the Arabian Sea, he wasted no time. Rahim, fully clothed, dove in to the
water from his boat to help the animal. As he struggled with the bag, his crew
mates stepped in to help cut the debris and they released the now-free turtle
back into the water. “Fishermen and other seafarers need to be educated about the hazards of throwing plastic stuff into the sea
as it may kill a marine animal,” said Rahim. — Watch it at Huffington
Japanese researchers are getting closer to understanding the
anti-cancer mechanism of naked mole rats, the longest living rodent species.
Scientists are hopeful that studying and replicating the mole rats stem cells
can be used to derive new tumor-fighting treatments for humans. — Read it at Science
After returning from service in 2010, former marine Tony Austin suffered from PTSD. It was only after he and his wife rescued a
Mastiff named Hadji that he learned about service
dogs, and they wondered if they should look into getting one. “We were having the conversation about getting rid of him or not, and he was lying on the couch between my wife and I,” Austin says. “I think the next night, or two nights later, was the first night [Hadji] woke me up from a nightmare.” That’s when he decided to train Hadji as his service
dog. Now Hadji springs into action whenever Austin needs help or becomes agitated. “Hadji is definitely my four-legged soulmate,” Austin says. — Read it at
The Australian karrkaratul rarely comes aboveground, so when Kiwirrkurra Rangers spotted one recently they posted pictures and video of the glossy, golden-haired rodent. The blind marsupials live underground and are so elusive that scientists have had trouble classifying their exact behavior or even their appropriate
conservation status (marsupial moles are currently classified as endangered). — Read it at
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