Video: 90 Year Old Tortoise Gets a New Set of Wheels

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For approximately 90 years, Mrs. T moved along just like any tortoise would: At a glacial, slightly wobbly, but persistent pace.  But when she woke up from hibernation in a British garden shed, she discovered those days were over. Something terrible had happened: A rat had gnawed off her legs!  OK, that’s the horrible part of this story. The wonderful part is that her owner, Jude Ryder, got her patched up (at a cost of around $1500), then handed her over to her grown son Dale to help make her mobile again.

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Rare Gray Whale Superpod Spotted

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In late January, a group on a whale-watching trip off the California coast witnessed a rare superpod of gray whales. The footage shows the pod traveling at the end of the day, and they briefly interact with a group of Risso’s dolphins. Captain Todd Mansur and Captain Frank Brennan used a drone to capture the event.

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Wild Animals and Their Young

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Take a look at these beautiful images of animals rearing their young in the wild. Each photo captured the beauty of the unbreakable bond between a parent and their child. If you’re a parent, you’ll surely appreciate this.

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Delays on Highway After Dog Goes For a Drive

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Delays were caused on a busy stretch of the M74 motorway after reports of a dog “taking control of a tractor”. The incident – highlighted on Twitter by Traffic Scotland – took place at J13 at Abington, South Lanarkshire.  It later emerged that a sheepdog called Don, owned by farmer Tom Hamilton, had leaned on the controls of his utility vehicle, taking it on to the road.  Police and Mr Hamilton later recovered Don, who was unhurt, and the vehicle, from the central reservation.

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Video: Elephant Family Stops Traffic to Help Baby Cross the Street

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The bond between an elephant family is not to be underestimated. These dynamic, highly intelligent creatures share many things in common with human beings, one of which being the importance they hold for protecting members of their family. We have seen an elephant mother dig for 11 hours straight to rescue her baby from a well, and another small elephant traverse over 30 miles to find her mother. Elephants might have well as coined the phrase “family first.”

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Girl Without Feet Finds Perfect Patch: Puppy Missing a Paw

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A Tennessee toddler with prosthetic legs has found a friend in a puppy who was born missing a paw. Three-year-old Sapphyre Johnson, a patient at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, South Carolina, got to take the dog home after meeting him this week. Sapphyre, whose family lives in Greeneville, Tennessee, was born with only two fingers on each hand and one toe on each foot due to a congenital condition. Doctors decided to amputate her feet as a baby so that she would eventually be able to walk with prosthetics.

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Animals Licking Windows

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Funny pictures of animals licking windows.  Enjoy.

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Study Reveals People’s Hormonal Link With Dogs

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Dogs are called “man’s best friend” – women’s, too – and scientists say the bond between people and their pooches may be deeper than you might think.  Researchers in Japan said on Thursday oxytocin, a hormone that among other things helps reinforce bonds between parents and their babies, increases in humans and their dogs when they interact, particularly when looking into one another’s eyes.  They described a series of experiments that suggest that people and their canine companions have mutually developed this instinctual bonding mechanism in the thousands of years since dogs were first domesticated.

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Polish Nurse Cat Is The Cutest Medical Practitioner

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The cutest nurse at a Polish animal shelter is under a foot tall, with pointed ears and black fur.  Rademenes, a black cat who lives at the shelter in Bydgoszcz, does the important work of providing comfort and companionship to animals undergoing medical treatment. Duties include gently resting on top of recovering cats and spooning canine patients.The cutest nurse at a Polish animal shelter is under a foot tall, with pointed ears and black fur.  Rademenes, a black cat who lives at the shelter in Bydgoszcz, does the important work of providing comfort and companionship to animals undergoing medical treatment. Duties include gently resting on top of recovering cats and spooning canine patients.

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Fukushima Man Who Returned To Feed Animals Everyone Left Behind

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The untold human suffering and property damage left in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan has been well-documented, but there’s another population that suffered greatly that few have discussed – the animals left behind in the radioactive exclusion zone. One man, however, hasn’t forgotten – 55-year-old Naoto Matsumura, a former construction worker who lives in the zone to care for its four-legged survivors.

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