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Transportation Security Administration officers at LaGuardia Airport in New York were shocked to find a 7-year-old
Chihuahua in a suitcase they were screening last week. The checked hard-sided suitcase set off an unknown-contents alarm last Tuesday, indicating officers should open in the bag. The TSA said the owner had no idea the dog had crawled into her bag. She “was just as surprised as the TSA officer who found it,” said agency spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. “The woman said that the
dog must have climbed into the suitcase and curled up in the clothing while she was packing for her trip. She had no idea the little pup had crawled in.” The woman’s husband went to the airport to pick up the
dog so the woman could continue on her trip. — Read it at
The long-lost Myanmar Jerdon's babbler was rediscovered by a team of researchers in grasslands near the town of Myitkyo in May 2014. They recorded its call, and when they played it back, the
bird came into view for the first time since 1941. Over the next two days, the team found the small brown
birds in multiple locations. "The degradation of these vast grasslands had led many to consider this subspecies of Jerdon’s babbler extinct," said Colin Poole, director of the
Wildlife Conservation Society's efforts in Singapore. "This discovery not only proves that the species still exists in Myanmar but that the habitat can still be found as well." The rediscover of the bird is described in the journal
Birding Asia. — Read it at
One of the owners of Jagger, a prize-winning
Irish Setter, says the dog died after being “maliciously poisoned” at the U.K.’s
Crufts Dog Show. "I don't believe in my heart of hearts that this was another competitor or anyone involved in the dog world,” said Dee Milligan-Bott, one of Jagger’s devastated owners. "I can only imagine that it was a random act that somebody premeditated and wanted to cause total distress at the best dog show in the world.” Jagger came in second in his class Thursday, and died after returning to Belgium. The owners say the dog’s veterinarian found chunks of meat with poison in his stomach. The Kennel Club, which runs the show, said it was “deeply shocked and saddened” to hear about Jagger’s passing, and is now waiting to get a toxicology report from Beligan police. — Read it at
Conservation Society has released a composite of photos from a Russian
camera trap that shows a family of endangered Amur tigers in the wild —
including a dad. A female and three cubs follow the male in the image.
Biologists say this is the first time this behavior has been photographed. Adult
male tigers are usually solitary creatures. The composite is made up of a
series of images of the tigers walking by a camera trap over a period of two
minutes. "We have collected
hundreds of photos of tigers over the years, but this is the first time we have
recorded a family together,” said Svetlana Soutyrina, a former WCS Russia
employee who set these camera traps. “These images confirm that male Amur
tigers do participate in family life, at least occasionally, and we were lucky
enough to capture one such moment." — Read it at Science
As snow piled higher and higher in their nest in Pennsylvania, a pair
of bald eagle parents protected their eggs from the winter weather. With snow
up around their necks, the mom and dad took turns sitting on their eggs while
being filmed by a remote camera. The eggs are expected to hatch in about three
weeks. — Watch it at ABC
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