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Despite frigid water temperatures and punishing winds, Snow, a juvenile harp seal, didn’t hesitate when it was time for him to be released back into the Gulf of Maine on Wednesday. The 1-year-old seal was found critically dehydrated on a frozen marsh on Jan. 28. He was found by members of the non-profit group Marine Mammals of Maine and rescued by the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Once he was ready to go back to sea, Snow was tagged with identifying information in case he washes ashore again. He’s expected to migrate back up to the Arctic waters where he was born. — Read it and watch it at Live Science
The state legalized the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes at the start of the year, and it’s had some unintended consequences for pets. Veterinarians in Colorado clinics and hospitals say they’ve seen an increase in the number of pets being brought in suffering from marijuana poisoning after eating edibles laced with pot. Most of the patients are dogs. "The problem is a person will have one brownie, but a dog gets up on the counter and eats the whole tray," said Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald of the VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. "Their natural instinct is to gorge." — Read it from ABC News via Yahoo
About half of the bison in Yellowstone National Park have tested positive for exposure to brucellosis, which causes pregnant animals to prematurely abort their young. But a government funded experiment finds that it would be safe to remove non-infected bison from the park in order to start new herds in other areas. The hope is that bison, who’ve come back from the brink of extinction, could be restored to other areas that were once part of their territory without threatening livestock with brucellosis. By capturing park bison and putting them in quarantine, they could be declared brucellosis-free within three years or less, and introduced to other areas, the researchers said. The study was completed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Wildlife Conservation Society. — Read it from the AP via Yahoo
Monkey see, monkey do. A tourist at Bali’s Uluwatu Temple may have been tempting fate when he put down his $400 GoPro camera to try to film himself feeding the resident monkeys. Mochilao.TV shared video of the encounter on YouTube, writing, “In a matter of a second, my camera was robbed by the little monkey.” The monkeys at the temple are known for their thievery. The footage shows the monkey taking off into the jungle, then inspecting his treasure. It stops abruptly when the animal decides to remove the battery. A woman who works at the temple helped the tourist by giving him fruit in exchange for the camera. “I lost the battery but got this awesome and unexpected video,” he writes. — Watch it at the U.K.’s Daily Mail
Last weekend, a Grevy’s zebra foal was born at the Chester Zoo in the U.K. to first time parents Nadine and Mac. She’s the first newborn of her kind at the zoo in 34 years. “She [the foal] is a lively one but mum Nadine is doing a great job far, particularly given that it’s her first,” said Tim Rowlands, the zoo’s curator of mammals. “She’s certainly earning her parental stripes.” There are believed to be about 2,500 of the endangered zebras left in the wild, in Ethiopia and Kenya. — See photos from the Chester Zoo
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