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Police Rescue Frozen Kitten From Highway

A pair of Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were driving on a Saskatchewan highway last week when they swerved to avoid something in the middle of the road. They thought it was a chunk of ice — until they saw it move. They stopped their car once they realized it was an animal, and got out to investigate. The partially frozen and very vocal kitten knew help had arrived, and started moving toward the officers, who scooped him up and got him to a veterinary clinic. There, he was warmed up, fed and treated for frostbite. One of the kitten’s heroes, Cpr. Sean Chiddenton, was surprised to find a happy and active kitten when he returned later that day to check on him. “He has stolen all our hearts!” the Prairie Animal Health Centre wrote in a Facebook post. The fluffy kitten has been named Ambrose, and is now being spoiled by the family who adopted him. — Read it at the Huffington Post


Great White Shark Numbers Growing Off Cape Cod

Surveys taken between June and October 2016 identified 147 great white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod, including 89 new sharks that researchers hadn’t seen in previous years. When the survey project began in 2014, only 68 sharks were spotted during the same time period. Still, the jump in the numbers may not mean that the population is growing, warns study leader Gregory Skomal. While there are “positive signs that conservation is working,” it’s possible some of the new sharks may have been missed by previous surveys, he said. — Read it at Live Science


Bald Eagle Parents Shelter Eggs From Storm

As a late-winter storm brought snow, sleet and wind to Washington, D.C., a pair of nesting bald eagles at the National Arboretum huddled together atop their fragile eggs on Tuesday. The park’s eagle cam captured the duo, named Mr. President and First Lady, sitting on the eggs in their snowy nest together for hours on Tuesday. The First Lady had protected her eggs on Monday night and Tuesday morning before her mate arrived to help her. The eggs are expected to hatch in the last week of March.

Friar Dog at Monastery Gets His Own Robe

Carmelo, whose official name is Friar Bigoton (Friar Moustache), is an adorable Schnauzer who lives at a Roman Catholic monastery in Bolivia. The little guy has quickly gained fame this week, as photos of him dressed in the traditional brown robes like the monks he lives with have gone viral. Several news stories have reported Carmelo was adopted as a stray and wears the robes regularly, but the monk who shared his cute photos clarified the pup’s story this morning. In a new Facebook post, Kasper Mariusz Kapron Ofm (Order of Friars Minor) wrote that the dog wasn’t actually a stray and doesn’t always wear his robes. Instead, he was given to the monks as a Christmas gift when he was a puppy — and he sported his custom robe as a “prank” on their seminarians for Carnival this year. Still, it’s clear that the little guy is loved and adorable. — Read it from Kasper Mariusz Kapron Ofm via Facebook


Rare Whale Caught on Video for First Time

Two True’s beaked whales were caught on camera by students during an expedition in Portugal’s Azores Islands. Live sightings of the elusive whale species is extremely rare, and the video is the first recording of them in the wild. A study published Tuesday in the journal PeerJ includes the video, rare photos of a whale calf and further data collected from strandings and sightings of the True’s beaked whales. — Read it at Yahoo


Study: Warming Climate Creates Risks for Songbirds

A new report finds that rising temperatures and heat waves with a greater duration and intensity are posing a grave danger to songbirds in the Southwest. Songbirds that are common in the region, including the lesser goldfinch, house finch, cactus wren, Abert’s towhee and the curve-billed thrasher, are facing a greater risk for death by dehydration and mass die-offs under projected conditions where temperatures increase by 7 degrees Fahrenheit during summer by the end of the century. “When it’s really hot, they simply can’t evaporate enough water to stay cool, so they overheat and die of heat stroke,” said co-author Blair Wolf of the University of New Mexico. “In other cases, the high rates of evaporative water loss needed to stay cool deplete their body water pools to lethal levels.” The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Rare Baby Sifaka Makes Public Debut

Yousstwo, a Crowned Sifaka, was born in December at the U.K.’s Cotswold Wildlife Park to mom Tahina and dad Bafana. This rare breed of lemur is native to Madagascar. Yousstwo’s parents are the only breeding pair of Sifakas in the UK, and his mom is the first hand-reared Sifaka in history to parent-rear her own offspring. Only seven zoos around the world have this rare species. Yousstwo has been in a heated enclosure under his mom’s watchful eye since he was born, but he has now ventured outside and made his public debut. — Get updates from the Cotswold Wildlife Park’s Facebook


Bald Eagle Hatches in D.C.

A pair of bald eagle parents, Mr. President and The First Lady, made headlines earlier this month as they huddled over their nest at Washington’s National Arboretum during a late winter snowstorm. Well, their hard work and protection has paid off. The first of their eggs hatched on Wednesday morning, and is being referred to as DC4. The pair’s second egg has not hatched yet. Another patriotic pair of D.C. eagles, Justice and Liberty, had an eaglet of their own on March 15. — Read it at Washington’s WTOP


“Wonder Dog” Saves Her Owner

A woman who fell down a cliff in South Australia has her dog to thank for going to get her help. Sue Pethnick, 55, was walking with her Red Heeler, Abby, at a beach camping area on Monday afternoon when she tumbled down a sandy embankment and broke her leg. Abby knew what to do, and returned to the campsite to get the woman’s husband, Michael. “Abby the wonder dog, then led the man back to the cliff face several hundred meters away,” South Australia Police said. Rescue crews arrived to help and Sue was flown by helicopter to a local hospital, where she’s now in stable condition. “She’s certainly a little hero now,” Michael said of Abby. He planned to reward his dog with a big bone back at home.

Great Dane Rescued From Freezing River

Earlier this month during a snowy walk near the Willimantic River in Connecticut, a 140-pound Great Dane named Mike got a little too close to the edge, and tumbled 16 feet down an embankment and into the ice-cold water. “I was frantic the strong river current would carry him away,” said his owner, Patricia Halloran. Mike managed to stand in chest-deep water on a ledge of tree roots while Halloran called 911. Two firefighters donned cold weather gear and rappelled into the water to reach the 11-year-old dog — who was quite happy to see them. Once they guided him to the bank, Mike was able to walk up the hill on his own. The firefighters wrapped the shaking dog in a thick blanket and police drove him to the veterinarian, where he was treated for mild hypothermia. “I am so thankful that Mike was OK,” said Halloran, who made him chicken soup and gave him TLC once he was back home. “He’s a tough old boy.” The rescue happened on March 10, but the video was recently shared on Facebook by a local meteorologist. — Watch it at Today


Rare Florida Panther Kittens Spotted in New Area

In a “major milestone on the road to recovery” for the endangered Florida panther, a trail cam recorded a nursing mom followed by two female kittens earlier this month. It’s evidence that panthers are expanding their breeding territory across the Caloosahatchee River naturally, establishing a second, distinct population. This is the first wild female who’s been seen north of the river since 1973, when they were added to the endangered species list. A recovery plan for the species calls for three distinct populations to protect the cats from disease. — See photos at the Miami Herald


Footage of Wild Tiger Cub Sparks Hope

Around the world in Thailand, there’s exciting news for another rare cat. The discovery of a new breeding population of tigers in Thailand has been considered “miraculous” for a sub-species almost wiped out by poaching. Six cubs, as well as their moms, were seen on footage from camera traps in an eastern Thai jungle in 2016. It’s the second known breeding population of the endangered Indochinese tiger. “The extraordinary rebound of eastern Thailand’s tigers is nothing short of miraculous,” said John Goodrich, the tiger program director at Panthera, a wild cat preservation group. Experts warned that the breeding populations remain vulnerable.

Dog Saved From Burning Apartment

Crystal Lamirande came home to find her apartment on fire Tuesday afternoon but couldn’t get through the thick smoke to find her 10-year-old dog. Nalu was found unconscious and rescued by Santa Monica, California, firefighters, who then performed CPR on the dog for 20 minutes and saved his life. The grateful and emotional owner and her Bichon Frise mix visited the station Thursday to thank the crew. “That was just a great morale booster for all of the guys here in our department,” said firefighter Andrew Klein. — Watch it at Los Angeles’ ABC 7


First U.S. Bumble Bee Listed as Endangered

The rusted patch bumble bee was added to the government’s list of endangered species on Tuesday, making it the first wild bee in the continental U.S. to get federal protection. The addition came after President Trump’s administration lifted a hold it had placed on federal protections proposed by the Obama administration last fall. The population and range of the bee, once widely found in the Northeast and upper Midwest, has declined more than 90 percent since the 1990s due to disease, pesticides, climate change and loss of habitat, wildlife officials said. — Read it at Reuters


Study: Sea Otters Used Tools Before Dolphins

Scientists say sea otters have been using stone tools for thousands or even millions of years. Tool use seems to be innate in sea otters, unlike in dolphins, researchers said. A genetic study of wild sea otters living off the California coast suggests their ancestors living millions of years ago also showed this behavior. “Orphaned otter pups raised in captivity exhibit rudimentary pounding behaviour without training or previous experience, and wild pups develop tool-use behaviour before weaning regardless of their mother’s diet type,” the researchers wrote. The study was published in the journal Biology Letters.

Kitten Stuck Inside Wall

Using a thermal imaging camera, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, firefighters managed to find the location of a tiny kitten who was stuck inside the wall of a resident’s home. Firefighters said the kitten was a stray whose mom may have given birth in the homeowner’s attic, or brought her little ones there looking for a safe place to stay. Either way, this kitten apparently wandered away and fell into the wall space. “The owner was more than happy to let us cut a hole in the wall. They found the little guy in there,” said deputy fire chief Timothy Heiser. “They didn’t know how long he was in there for. They washed him off and brought some food for him back to the station.” The kitten has been named Wall-ee, and will be up for adoption at Broward County Animal Care. — Read it at ABC News


Study: Cats Like You Better Than Food

Cats often get a reputation as being rather aloof. But a new study finds that felines favor human interaction over toys, smells and even food. The researchers tested 50 cats from private homes and an animal shelter and took away their access to those four types of stimuli. Then, they reintroduced the stimuli to figure out which of them the cats liked best. Half of the cats most favored human interaction over anything else, although 37 percent went for the food. The study was published in the journal Behavioural Processes. — Read it at SF Gate


Panda Cub Twins Play Outside for First Time

Now nearly 7 months old, Zoo Atlanta’s twin panda cubs reached an adorable milestone on Monday when they had their first outdoor playdate. Their personalities were on full display as Ya Lun the adventurer quickly started to explore her new space while her more reserved sister, Xi Lun, was a little more cautious. Now that spring has arrived, the sisters will continue to explore their outdoor space at limited times during the day.

Cheetah Cub Baby Boom at Smithsonian

The animal care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia must be seeing spots! Two large cheetah litters were born in one week in March. Happy, 3, had five healthy cubs on March 23, while Miti, 7, gave birth to seven cubs on March 28. Sadly, two of them were very small and less active, and didn’t survive. But luckily, the 10 surviving cubs are doing well and being raised by their attentive moms. Each of the litters of five includes two boys and three girls. “The average litter size is three, so this time we’ve got an incredible pile of cubs,” said Adrienne Crosier, SCBI cheetah biologist and manager of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Cheetah Species Survival Plan. “In just one week, we increased the number of cheetahs at SCBI by 50 percent.” The Virginia facility is affiliated with the National Zoo in Washington. — Read it at the National Zoo


Mexico to Put Rare Porpoises in Refuge

In a controversial new “emergency plan” to save the vaquita marina porpoise from extinction, Mexico’s government announced plans to put some of the animals in a temporary refuge. But conservationists warn the world’s smallest porpoise species isn’t an animal that can thrive in captivity. There are only 30 vaquitas remaining, and they face extinction by 2022. The porpoises are threatened by illegal fishing in the Gulf of California. They get caught up in nets that are meant to catch the totoaba, which is an endangered fish. — Read it from AFP via Yahoo


Best Friends Opens New York Adoption Center

Known for its animal sanctuary in Utah, Best Friends Animal Society is spreading the love. On Tuesday, they opened an adoption center in New York City. The New York space has room for about 30 dogs and cats, and includes a state-of-the-art kitten nursery. They’re hoping the center will help educate animal lovers, and will be another step toward their goal of making all U.S. animal shelters no-kill shelters by 2025. Best Friends also has an adoption center in Los Angeles.

Old Girl Falls for Blind Cat

Britta Bergeson, 8, first spotted Justice on the Arizona Humane Society’s web site, and pleaded with her family to adopt the blind cat, even drawing sweet pictures of the kitty in her home. Her parents agreed, and the whole family (grandpa, aunts and cousins included) arrived at the shelter asking to meet Justice last week. “She started crying and it was an instant love connection,” when Britta was introduced to Justice, said adoptions supervisor Vanessa Crues. “Justice just melted in her lap and was so calm with her new friend. The family was very emotional. Love connections like these are what make this job so rewarding, especially for a cat like Justice who really needed to find a great home!” — Read it at People Pets


Rare Giraffe’s Birth Caught on Video

As the world waits for April the giraffe to have her long awaited baby at a New York state zoo, an endangered Rothschild giraffe was born across the pond at the U.K.’s Chester Zoo on Monday. The baby’s birth was caught on CCTV cameras, and the zoo released the stunning video, which also shows the baby’s first wobbly steps, on Tuesday. “Those long legs take a little bit of getting used to but the new calf is doing ever so well, as is mum,” said Sarah Roffe, giraffe team manager. “She’s an excellent parent and is doing a fantastic job of nursing her new arrival.” This is the second Rothschild giraffe to be born at the zoo in just fourth months. And the zoo couldn’t help but make a little dig at the giraffe mom who’s been all over the news. “The world may be waiting for April the giraffe to have her calf over in America, but Orla has beaten her to it!” Roffe said. — Read it from the Chester Zoo


New Mountain Lion Kitten Found in Santa Monica

Researchers from the National Park Service have found and tagged a mountain lion kitten who’s believed to be the daughter of a puma mom referred to as P-23. The baby was given the name P-54. Wildlife officials are concerned the kitten might be a product of inbreeding because the cats are stuck on an island habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains, but said she’s healthy and they’re pleased the mountain lions continue to breed successfully. While P-54 was the only kitten they found in her mom’s den, officials said it’s possible they might be surprised with one or two more kittens at some point.

Vets Intervene to Save Lion Cub

An adorable lion cub overcame “considerable odds” to make a safe arrival at the Dallas Zoo on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Bahati Moja, whose name means “Lucky One,” was born to mom Lina and dad Kamau. Lina had previously given birth to stillborn cubs, so veterinarians intervened in an effort to ensure this little girl’s survival. Thanks to their hard work, she’s now “bonding beautifully with Lina, nursing, putting on weight and turning into a feisty little cub,” the zoo said in a Facebook post last week. The mother and daughter duo will remain behind the scenes for a few months before they make their debut. — Read it at Zooborns


Wild Dogs Feared Extinct Captured on Camera

More than 50 years after they were last seen, New Guinea highland wild dogs have been spotted in their natural island habitat. The rare canine species are the same as or close relatives of New Guinea’s singing dogs, which only live in captivity. Camera trap pictures from last year reveal at least 15 individual dogs, including males, females and pups. DNA evidence suggests the wild dogs may be the most primitive canines alive today, and scientists are hopeful they can shed more light on the ancestry of domestic dogs. — Read it at National Geographic


Still No Calf for April the Giraffe

It was back in February when thousands of fans started tuning in to a live stream of April the giraffe at New York’s Animal Adventure Park, expecting her to give birth at any moment. The zoo’s veterinarian made news on Friday when he predicted that the mom would give birth over the weekend — but the joke was on him. Still, in a Facebook post on Sunday night, Dr. Tim said April isn’t overdue. “I’m not concerned she is ‘taking so long,’ nor should you be,” he wrote in response to questions from fans. “She remains happy and comfortable (considering the circumstances) … she will have this calf when she is good and ready.” He added that he doesn’t plan to give a new timeframe for the baby’s arrival. “It really shouldn’t be much longer, I’m just not going to tell you my guesstimate anymore.”

Mom Saves Pups From Factory Fire

It was December when a Good Samaritan found a Pit Bull mix on a road in South Carolina, close to the abandoned factory where she’d been living. That same day, the empty factory caught fire. “They took her to animal control and realized she had a broken front left leg and knew she was still producing milk, so she had puppies somewhere,” said Victoria McGonigal, owner of Dochas n Gra Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. Animal control called the local fire department to ask about returning to the site to look for the dog’s puppies, but it was four days until the area was safe enough to go back. When they did, the mama dog led animal control straight to the wooded spot where she’d moved her puppies. All six were safe and sound, and the rescuers believe the dog they named Miracle had broken her shoulder while moving each puppy out of the factory. Her leg was later amputated and she’s recovered. The puppies stayed with their mom until recently, when they were ready for adoption, and now their hero mom is ready for a forever home, too. — Watch it at ABC News


Rescued Meerkat Pup Gets 24/7 Care

A wide-eyed meerkat pup is getting lots of TLC at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in South Africa after his mom was struck and killed by a car. A man who was afraid the pup would be hit, too, caught him and brought him straight to the ranch for help. There, the keepers named the 6 to 8 week old pup Scout, and has been getting around-the-clock care at the facility’s Animal Care Center. He’s formed bonds with his caregivers, who are working to instill natural meerkat behavior in the little one. Scout will live at the ranch’s meerkat exhibit indefinitely. — See photos at Zooborns


Study: Puffin Couples Who Migrate Together Have More Chicks

Puffins are long-lived, monogamous birds who migrate long distances to wintering grounds. A new study that tracked 12 puffin pairs found that those mates who followed similar migration routes bred earlier and more successfully the following spring, showing a clear benefit for puffins to migrate close to their mates. The Oxford University study was published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series.