Animals Are Smarter Than Humans Give Them Credit For

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Is your dog smarter than your friend’s baby? Are cats smarter than dogs? What about Inky the octopus, who recently made a daring escape from his tank in a New Zealand aquarium — is he smarter than those internet cats whose owners “trapped” them in circles made of tape?

German Shepherd Helps Rescue Children From Burning Home

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Authorities in central Florida say a German shepherd helped firefighters locate the two young children of his owners in heavy smoke as a blaze destroyed their home.  The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office says that the dog named Maxx helped firefighters find the 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl Monday night in their home in the Orlando suburb, Longwood.

Tiny Ocean Animals Get “Drunk” on Algae, Act Crazy

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Even tiny ocean animals get soused—and not just in seawater.  A common species of plankton in the northern Atlantic Ocean becomes intoxicated when it slurps up toxic algae, a new study says. And just like drunk partygoers, “drunk” plankton take questionable risks. (Related: “Do Animals Get Drunk?”).  In contrast to the wobbly gait of inebriated people, plankton under the influence swim faster and on a straighter path, making them more susceptible to predators.

Blind Elephant Just Can’t Accept That Her Best Friend Is Gone

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A blind elephant named Jokia is still mourning the loss of Mae Perm, her close companion of 17 years who died earlier this month at Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park (ENP), a sanctuary and rescue for elephants.  When Mae Perm first passed away, Jokia spent six hours standing over her friend’s lifeless body, “touching and nudging and leaning against” her, Lek Chailert, the founder of ENP, wrote at the time.

These Animals Live in the Most Powerful City in the World

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Walking along the trail on this April day, wildflowers and blossoms dot the ground: bluebells, violets, spring beauties, trout lilies, jack-in-the-pulpit, mayapples, and bloodroot. Redbuds and cherry trees flower along the park’s roadways as bicyclists power up its steep hills.  It may be surprising, but this leafy wilderness is just miles from the White House, in the bustling, traffic-laden city of Washington, D.C.

Rescue Dogs Hug When Asked “Who’s Your Best Friend?”

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Border Collie Lottie and her German shepherd brother Grizzly were both adopted and have learned mant tricks, but one thing they have taught themselves is to give each other hugs.  Taylor Duguay of Sudbury, Ontario adopted Lottie when she was four months old.  A year later, she adopted seven-week-old Grizzly.   From the very beginning, the two dogs developed a very close bond.



How to Save a Billion Animals

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Small changes by businesses and consumers can make a big difference in saving the lives of animals worldwide, said Wayne Pacelle, chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States.  “If we just reduce our meat consumption by 15 percent, we’d save a billion animals,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday.

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