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.