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Scientists named the male killer whale Iceberg after seeing his 6.5-foot white dorsal fin break through the surface of the North Pacific Ocean. He was traveling in a pod of 12 black-and-white orcas, and is believed to be at least 16 years old. “In many ways, Iceberg is a symbol of all that is pure, wild and extraordinarily exciting about what is out there in the ocean waiting to be discovered,” said Erich Hoyt, co-director of the Far East Russia Orca Project. — Read it at CNN and watch the video at YouTube
Iceberg isn’t the only uniquely colored animal in the news. A researcher identified four new species of freshwater crab — all of which have purple shells — in remote parts of the Palawan Islands in the Philippines. The scientist who made the discovery says that the bright purple hue likely has a “signal function” for mating. — See the photo at Discovery News
Police say that a blind woman’s seeing eye dog used a special device to contact authorities after an intruder, who fled the scene, attacked the woman inside her Philadelphia home. — Read it at the Huffington Post
A Tennessee Girl Scout troop wanted to do more than just supply people with sweets during their annual cookie sale — they wanted to also feed pets in need. So the troop is using a portion of their proceeds to purchase pet food for a local pantry. — Read it at the Elizabethton Star
Woman Reunites With Bichon Frise — Six Years Later
A woman from Pomona, Calif., was shocked to get a call informing her that Princess, her Bichon Frise, had been found six years after she escaped from a backyard. The dog's microchip enabled the pound to track down owner April Allen. “I just couldn’t believe it,” she said. — Watch it at ABC News
In January, wolves were delisted from the Endangered Species Act in Minnesota, and although there'd usually be a five-year wait before they could be hunted, the legislature has decided to allow it now to help control the population. — Watch it at USA Today
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