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Andy Bouchillon’s family has had two amazing stories of survival this week. When a tornado was headed for their Van, Texas, neighborhood Sunday, Bouchillon and his wife scrambled into their car with their 2-week-old baby and two dogs, and tried to get away. The EF-3 tornado with 140 mph winds picked up their car, spun it around and flipped it over. Incredibly, everyone survived — but one of their dogs, Tater, ran off. On Tuesday, cameras captured the moment when Bouchillon found Tater in his neighborhood. “I have all girls, this is my son. Today’s the first day we got to get back out here and look for him, and here he is. I don’t really know what else to say, I’m just glad my dog’s back,” he said before breaking down into tears. “God was watching over us.” — Watch it at NBC News
Army veteran Michael Hammons heard people in a Georgia parking lot talking about a distressed dog stuck in the backseat of a hot car Tuesday. The police had been called, but Hammons didn’t think there was time to wait. He smashed a window in the Mustang to free the dog. "I've got PTSD, and I've seen enough death and destruction," Hammons said. "I didn't want anything else to happen if I could prevent it." But when the dog’s owner came out of the store, she was furious and called the police. She demanded Hammons be arrested. "We would not have made those charges on our own," said Oconee County Chief Deputy Lee Weems. "The deputies on scene say the owner of the dog and the car were very insistent that he be charged with criminal trespassing." The dog’s owner said she was only away from the car for five minutes but Hammons argues it was longer. The owner was cited for leaving the dog in a hot car. — Read it at People Pets
Authorities are trying to figure out how thieves broke into a zoo in Beauval, France, Saturday night and took two families of monkeys — seven golden lion tamarins and 10 silver marmosets. The thieves avoided security cameras and patrols. "These are extremely rare, extremely fragile monkeys that are part of an international breeding program," said sanctuary director Rodolphe Delord. The zoo staff is becoming more and more concerned about the health of the monkeys as the days pass. "It is essential that we find these animals very quickly," said Delord. "They are very difficult to feed and should be looked after by specialists. We hope to find them very soon." — Read it from Agence France Presse via Yahoo
Two California Highway Patrol officers came to the rescue of an injured owl on the state’s Highway 101 Friday. The owl was apparently struck by a vehicle and suffered damage to its left eye. The bird had coordination problems and couldn’t hop or fly out of the way of traffic on its own. CHP Officer Justin Fetterly said he put on his leather gloves and used an emergency blanket to wrap up the owl. Santa Rosa-based Bird Rescue Center's Director of Avian Care Ashton Kluttz says the owl can eventually be released into the wild after it’s rehabilitated. — Read it from the AP via NBC Bay Area
Lucy was one of 367 dogs that the ASPCA rescued from a multi-state dogfighting ring in 2013. She was found in the extreme heat in Alabama, with no visible fresh food or water. Once she was rescued, she got veterinary care and behavioral enrichment from the ASPCA and was then taken in by the Bully Project, a New York City rescue group. Peter and Anthony, who had just settled in Harlem, were looking for a dog to adopt when they came across Lucy last month. “When we were shown a picture of Lucy, it was love at first sight,” said Peter. They brought her home five days later. “While Lucy can be timid and shy at first, she is incredibly sweet and loving. Watching her personality come out as she becomes more comfortable around us is heartwarming and entertaining all at the same time,” he said. — Read it from the ASPCA
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