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1 Sep

Unique Fish Species is Dangerously Close to Extinction

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

After roaming the ocean for the last 55 million years virtually unchanged, the end may soon be nigh for one of the planet's most unique species.

What makes spotted handfish so special is evident in their name. Instead of swimming, these rare little fish evolved hand-like pectoral fins, which they use to quite literally 'walk' along the sea floor. Throughout their long tenure on Earth, spotted handfish endured while others died out — but now they face their greatest challenge yet. 

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1 Sep

Injured Dog Saved from Burning Truck by Her Devoted Human

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)
 
Wade Newman was willing to do anything for his beloved dog, Snowflake, even if it meant putting his own life on the line.

Newman, a truck driver, was driving on a Winnipeg, Canada, road with his two dogs when his semi crashed into another vehicle. The truck burst into flames. Newman's other dog, Sasha, escaped unscathed but Snowflake, a two-year-old poodle, was badly burned.

Newman, who also suffered extensive burns, rushed into the wreckage to carry Snowflake to safety.

 

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Snowflake was taken to the Winnipeg Humane Society where she has been undergoing daily, intensive treatment for her severe injuries.

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31 Aug

Dog Hit by Car and Left to Die Learns to Run Again

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

Lawson the stray dog was already all alone in the world.

And then one day Lawson, just barely 1 year old and living on the streets of Istanbul, was crossing a busy road to rummage for scraps of food from a dumpster when he was struck by a speeding car. His legs were completely destroyed.

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He lay paralyzed on the side of the road for days, as people passed by not knowing what to do about the dog left to die a slow and agonizing death. 

 

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31 Aug

UPDATE: Officer Booted After Refusing to Kill Bear Cubs

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

A conservation officer in Canada who was suspended for refusing to kill two orphaned bear cubs is now set to pay an even higher price after that laudable act of defiance.

Earlier this summer, Bryce Casavant of the Conservation Officer Service, was called to a residence in rural British Columbia after a mother bear, with two cubs in tow, broke inside. While it was ultimately decided that the adult bear needed to be euthanized as a result of the incident, he saw no use in cutting short the lives of her helpless offspring.

Instead of euthanizing the 8-week-old cubs, the officer defied protocol by capturing them and sending them to a nearby wildlife rehabilitation center. For his actions, Casavant had initially been suspended from duty, but was later reinstated.

But now he's being removed from the job entirely, transferred out of the Conservation Officer Service into an unspecified new position, reports CBC

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31 Aug

Abused Dog with Cut-Off Nose Completely Transformed by Surgery

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

Her spine, ribs and kneecaps were broken, her legs dragged behind her and her nose was completely cut off.

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There are no answers to how anyone could endure such inexplicable cruelty. But a dog named Khaleesi, found deformed and starving in Orlando, Florida, is proving to everyone that she's a survivor.

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28 Aug

Whale Washes Up On Beach and People Do the Exact Right Thing

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

A minke whale who washed up on a coastline was slowly drying out, and time was running out to save him.

Good samaritans alerted Project Jonah, an organization in New Zealand that helps whales in need.

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28 Aug

Rhino Flies Across the World to Save the Last 100 of His Kind

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

A critically endangered rhino in Ohio is preparing for the trip of a lifetime.

Already declared extinct in Malaysia, the Sumatran rhino is one of the rarest animals on Earth — there are only about 100 left.

In an effort to breed the species and prolong the Sumatran rhino's survival, a rhino named Harapan will voyage from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Indonesia to help, the Cincinnati Zoo announced this week. He has been the only rhino of his kind on view to the public anywhere in the world. But because breeding efforts are crucial for the species' survival, the zoo is saying goodbye to Harapan, who was born there in 2007.

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27 Aug

Puppy Left for Dead in Cardboard Box Gets a New Lease on Life

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

Rain seeped into the cardboard box where she lay: alone, abandoned and on the brink of death.

When workers arrived at Animal Care Center in New York one dreary April morning in 2014, they found this box on the Manhattan sidewalk with a crying, nameless puppy inside. She was about 8 weeks old and in dire need of immediate medical attention. They called Second Chance Rescue (SCR), an NYC organization that responds to cases of severe abuse and neglect.

"She wasn't moving, but occasionally she'd let out a cute little breath," SCR volunteer Denise Diaz told the Dodo. Diaz borrowed her sister's car in order to race this young puppy to the animal emergency center. "She was in extreme pain and had the worst case of mange I've ever seen," said Diaz, also noting how the stench the dog's dying skin "lingered in my car for weeks. … I could smell it in my mouth and in my stomach."

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Peach's fight back from the brink

Bumper-to-bumper traffic along the FDR Drive slowed the car down to snail's pace for 40 minutes. Whenever the car came to a stop, Diaz peeked into the cardboard box, hoping to see the puppy still breathing. 

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27 Aug

Park Visitor Leaves the Most Ridiculous Note About Bears

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

For some folks, the great outdoors is apparently only "meh."

One recent visitor to Yellowstone was evidently less than fully satisfied with his stay at the world-famous National Park — all because of one major disappointment. As it turns out, the performance of the park's wildlife fell quite short of expectations, with bears showing particular disregard for his vacation plans. It's like they didn't even try.

In a note to park staff, the guest left a ridiculous suggestion for how the park might improve 

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26 Aug

Horses With 3-Foot-Long Hooves Freed From Maryland Farm

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(Guest post by Christina M. Russo from thedodo.com)
 
Days End Farm Horse Rescue 

Early last Friday, three horses were found on a private farm by field service officers with the Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC), a nonprofit organization that contracts with Washington County, Maryland to provide animal control services.

The officers were initially responding to a concerned citizen calling about the welfare of pet pigeons. But protocol demands that the officers investigate the conditions for the other animals on the property, as well.

What they found was this: three horses — two stallions and a miniature — confined to individual stalls.

They were emaciated. They had rotten teeth. Their hooves, which had never been properly cared for, were more than 3 feet long.

And they had been living like this for upwards of 15 years.

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