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Three 2-month-old Humboldt penguins have finally emerged from their
nests at the U.K.’s Cotswold Wildlife Park. Two of
the rare chicks were the offspring of 24-year-old Mushy, who was the park’s
oldest penguin. Sadly, she recently passed away from an age-related illness.
Now her mate, Wonky, is raising the female chicks, named Basil and MJ, on his
own. So far, they’ve been healthy and developing well under their dad’s
watchful eye. The third chick’s name is Peanut, and her parents are named DJ
and Mrs. Doyle. All three have successfully fledged and have been swimming with
the rest of their colony in the Penguin Pool. Humboldt penguins are becoming
increasingly rare, with only about 12,000 left in the wild.
More than 45,000 pets have been adopted
this month as part of the second annual Clear the Shelters campaign, which
included more than 680 shelters around the country. The NBC-sponsored adoption
drive resulted in 20,000 animals finding new homes on Saturday alone. At many
participating shelters, adoption fees were waived or reduced, and many of them
also waived spaying and neutering costs. “Happy, happy tears,” read the caption
of a Facebook photo of shelter workers standing in empty kennels at the BARCS
Animal Shelter in Baltimore on Saturday. All of that shelter’s 72 residents
found homes in just six hours. — Read it at NBC
Veterinary researchers at the University
of Saskatchewan have helped produce three wood bison calves using in vitro
fertilization for the first time. Bison cows gave birth to three calves through
IVF earlier this month. A fourth calf was produced using a frozen embryo that
was taken from a bison cow back in 2012 and transferred to surrogate cow in
2015, in another reproductive first for the species. The bison, which is
indigenous to Canada, is threatened by disease and loss of habitat. There are
an estimated 5,000 to 7,000 of them left in the wild, and researchers are
hopeful these new techniques can help the species. — Read it
Doting Husky mom Annie gave birth to the latest litter of rangers-to-be at
Denali National Park in Alaska on Saturday. Mom and her “happy and healthy” puppies are “doing great,” but their caretakers are watching closely to make sure everyone gets enough rest during the first few days so they continue to thrive. The puppies will one day join the park’s staff of 30 to 35 canine rangers. Specially bred sled
dogs have helped maintain the park’s unique environment since 1922, and Denali is the only national park with canine rangers. Stay tuned to the park’s Facebook page to find out when their ever-popular puppy cam will be ready to watch. — See video from
Denali National Park via Facebook and see more
photos of the Denali dogs
A 14-year-old boy who became separated from his group at a summer camp in Mexico found a loyal companion to help him through his ordeal. The boy, Juan Heriberto Trevino, was searching for firewood when he slipped and fell down a ravine. He was injured and disoriented, but thankfully, he wasn’t alone. Max, a yellow
Labrador Retriever who Trevino had met earlier at camp, had followed him on his trek, and down into the ravine. Max stuck by the boy’s side, keeping him warm as the temperature dropped overnight. After 44 hours, searchers found the pair and airlifted them to safety. As it turned out, Max was lost, too — and he was reunited with his family. — Read it at
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