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Police Searching for Drugs Find Trapped Puppy Instead

In this photo provided by the Arizona Humane Society a rescued puppy is reunited with its mother in Phoenix, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Police serving a drug-related search warrant at a Phoenix home found themselves part of a 10-hour rescue effort to free a puppy trapped in a sewage pipe. (Arizona Humane Society via AP)
Arizona Humane Society/AP In this photo provided by the Arizona Humane Society a rescued puppy is reunited with its mother in Phoenix, on Aug. 21, 2015.

It took 10 hours to rescue the young pup

Police in Phoenix helped with a 10-hour rescue of a puppy after they found the dog trapped in a pipe at a home where they were executing a drug-related search warrant.

After the long rescue effort, the puppy was extracted from the pipe and reunited with its mother.

The Arizona Humane Society determined the puppy was 1 to 2 weeks old and a pit bull terrier mix. Officers also found two puppies that had died, and a grown female dog that survived. All the dogs were believed to be strays, the Associated Press reports.

After the ordeal, it is unclear whether the officers found any drugs.

[AP]

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Sumatran Rhino Deemed Extinct in Malaysia

Male Sumatran rhino (Borneo rhino) (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) in wallow, Tabin Reserve, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Asia
Louise Murray—Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis A male Sumatran rhino (Borneo rhino) pictured in Malaysia, in a file photo dating Feb. 2012.

The survival of the species now depends on fewer than 100 rhinos in Indonesia

Correction appended, Aug. 21, 2015

The Sumatran rhino—one of the rarest rhino species—is now considered extinct in the wild in Malaysia, according to a study published this month.

While two female Sumatran rhinos were captured for breeding in Malaysia in 2011 and 2014, no other rhinos have been spotted in the wild in the country since 2007, said a press release from the Natural History Museum of Denmark. The survival of the species now depends on fewer than 100 rhinos in Indonesia.

The Sumatran rhinos are going extinct because they’re losing their habitat, being poached for their horns and living too far apart from each other, researchers said. The researchers who wrote the paper recommended that Indonesia prioritize conserving the last few rhinos within the country’s borders.

Correction: The original version of this article misstated the rarity of the Sumatran rhino. It is one of the rarest rhino species.

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These Are the Best Places to See Baby Animals

Head to these hiking trails, beaches, and wildlife refuges for the opportunity to meet baby koalas, tiny turtles, and other cute baby animals

In Kaikoura, New Zealand, a forest trail begins along a crystal-clear stream that feeds into the Pacific Ocean.

Are those dogs barking? Splash! What was that big, black creature that just swam by? Ten minutes into your hike, the mystery is revealed: hundreds of baby fur seals are having an unsupervised pool party. These pups are leaping, twirling, and diving into the freshwater pool fed by a raging waterfall.

Just as uplifting? Baby leatherback turtles hatching on the shores of Trinidad. Or a baby giraffe taking its first wobbly steps in Kenya. Or an alligator emerging from its shell in Louisiana.

For the animal lovers and wildlife photographers, spring and summer are the prime times to observe rambunctious youngsters and their fiercely protective mamas, whether out in nature or in a preserve. You can book a trip to cuddle a koala in Queensland, spot rare cave chicks in Cook Islands, or peek in on the world’s teeniest primates in Peru. Read on.

  • Giraffes, Kenya

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    Lanee Lee

    “I kissed a giraffe, and I think I liked it”—that could be the theme song of the Giraffe Centre, a conservation center on the outskirts of Nairobi that breeds and protects endangered Rothschild’s giraffe subspecies. From the viewing platform, put a pellet between your lips, lean out, and smooch. One of the giraffes from the tower roaming the 120-acre refuge will gently lick your face to retrieve the snack. Want more quality time with mothers and baby giraffes? Stay at nearby Giraffe Manor, where you can feed them from the dining room or your room’s window.

  • Leatherback Turtle Hatchlings, Trinidad and Tobago

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    Nakita Poon Kong for Turtle Village Trust

    Leatherbacks are the world’s largest turtle, weighing up to 1,000 pounds and reaching eight feet long, and they’re also the oldest species of their kind, outliving dinosaurs. From March to August, approximately 6,000 leatherbacks journey to the shores of Trinidad and Tobago to nest. You can spot them along Matura, Manzanilla, and Grand Riviere beaches in Trinidad and Turtle Beach and Englishman’s Bay in Tobago (although contact the Forestry Division first for a permit). Or enlist a guide from conservation groups and eco-tour operators like Save Our Sea Turtles and Nature Seekers. Lucky visitors get to witness a birth, or see the one-inch hatchlings scramble into the ocean.

  • Polar Bear Cubs, Canada

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    Michael Poliza—Churchill Wild

    Six hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle, the Churchill region of Manitoba is by far the most accessible place to spot polar bears. They gather along the headlands overlooking Hudson Bay each fall in anticipation of the water icing over—though that wait is getting longer, as the local climate warms. Churchill Wild offers a weeklong “Mothers & Cubs” safari at its Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, overlooking Hudson Bay. Sightings are never guaranteed, but there have been years in which they’ve had a 100 percent success rate.

  • Fur Seals, New Zealand

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    Lanee Lee

    From April to October, hundreds of native fur pups clamber upstream (yes, they really hike up rocks) to play in a freshwater pool fed by a raging waterfall. It’s like a seal daycare, as they happily splish-splash around while waiting for their mothers to return with dinner. The seals are used to being around humans and may even come right up and stick their nose on your camera lens. Take the easy 10-minute Ohau Stream trail located off the South Island’s Highway 1 to witness this natural marvel. It’s free, with no security and no guardrails.

  • Pygmy Marmosets, Peru

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    Bluedogroom

    Peru’s Cocha Salvador Lake is the place to witness the teeniest primates on the planet. Pygmy monkeys have babies so little (newborns weigh about half an ounce) that two can cling to a human’s finger. Founder Josh Cohen of Wild Planet Adventures recommends visiting during peak birthing seasons: May and June or November through January. Guides are specially trained to locate troops among the quassia trees and even have a special call to draw them out.

  • Baby Bottlenose Dolphins, Fort Myers, Fla.

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    Brandon Cole Marine Photography/Alamy

    One of the world’s largest Atlantic bottlenose dolphin populations clusters just off the shores of Fort Myers. Spot calves in the spring, playfully leaping and twirling in the waters within their family pods. Take a dolphin cruise with Adventure in Paradise, or for an up-close encounter, go kayaking with Good Time Charters. Dolphin calves are very curious and often swim near the kayaks to say hello.

  • Orangutans, Malaysia

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    Lindsay Taub

    Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, in collaboration with the Sabah Wildlife Department, has devoted 64 acres to the care of orphaned baby orangutans—an endangered species found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Twice a day, they come out to play and snack on fresh fruit. Watch from a platform amid the jungle as they leap overhead, swing on obstacle courses, and monkey around with the caretaker.

  • Eaglets, Haines, Alaska

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    William McRoberts

    With up to 400 full-time feathery residents, the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve has the world’s largest concentration of bald eagles. You can spot eaglets in early May or late June during hatching season or during September’s fledgling season (when they begin to try out their wings and fly). The preserve is free and open to the public; head to the Chilkat River between mile markers 18 and 24 on Haines Highway to see America’s emblematic bird. If you prefer a guide, choose from offerings that include Chilkat Guide’s rafting trip and Alaska Nature Tour’s “Valley of the Eagle” walking excursion.

  • Joeys, Australia

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    Tourism Western Australia

    As the locals say, Lucky Bay is so beautiful (with its white sands and turquoise waters) that even the kangaroos love it. Their adorable offspring, a.k.a. joeys, can be spotted year round, but opportunities are best during summer—November through January—when they come to drink from a nearby fresh spring in early morning or late afternoon.

  • Kodiak Brown Bear Cubs, Kodiak, Alaska

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    Matt Von Daele

    With roughly 3,500 Kodiak brown bears (a grizzly subspecies) in the area, the odds of spotting a furry youngster here are in your favor. Especially in August, according to Edward Ward, general manager of the Kodiak Brown Bear Center. That’s when the cubs are “acting just like toddlers” and getting swatted around by their protective mothers. The Brown Bear Center on Karluk Lake in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge offers the island’s only overnight viewing tour, along with accommodations.

    Read the full list here. This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure

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Bear and Cubs Found in New Jersey Family’s Swimming Pool

Party animals!

Tim Basso of Rockaway, New Jersey, found a mama bear and her five clubs taking a dip in his family’s swimming pool Tuesday.

He told News 12 New Jersey that when he first noticed the bears, “My first thought was really, where is the dog? And where are the kids?” The animals wrestled while exploring his kids’ backyard swing, toys, water slide, floaties and caused some damaged some in the process, he told the news station.

In one of the videos, the kids can be heard crying, and his wife can be heard telling Basso, “Leave them [the bears] alone. The water is already dirty.

 

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The Only Thing Cuter Than a Baby Panda Is a Baby Panda Sleeping in a Basket

Giant panda cubs are seen inside baskets during their debut appearance to visitors at a giant panda breeding centre in Ya'an
Reuters Giant panda cubs are seen inside baskets during their debut appearance to visitors at a giant panda breeding centre in Ya'an, Sichuan province, China, on Aug. 21, 2015.

So here are three cubs just hanging out

A total of 10 cubs born at a giant panda breeding centre in Ya’an, in China’s Sichuan province, made their debut appearance to visitors on Friday. The pandas ranged from one week to two months old.

Read next: Panda Poop Suggests They Shouldn’t Eat Their Favorite Food of Bamboo

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Woman Beats Animal Rights Activist With a Duck

It happened at a "duck chase" in Spain

He was trying to save the ducks, or at least chronicle what he saw as the abuses against them Instead, an animal rights activist in Spain ended up getting beaten with one.

The activist was filming the “duck chase” in the Catalonian town Roses, Yahoo reports, home to a controversial annual tradition in which ducks are thrown into the Mediterranean to be caught and brought back to land by swimmers.

As the activist films the chase, a woman in a white bathing suit swims up and, holding a duck by its legs, begins beating him with it.

A recent Change.org petition to end the chase because of the “suffering, fear and anxiety” it causes the ducks has received over 10,000 signatures.

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Celebrate Nandi the Elephant’s First Birthday With the Cutest Montage Ever

She was born Aug. 20, 2014

An Arizona zoo has released an adorable video that celebrates the first birthday of Nandi the elephant.

The compilation starts with Nandi’s first breath, moving through major milestones before fully focusing on cute moments, like when she blows bubbles for the first time. Nandi’s also clearly a big fan of romping in the mud, as evidenced by multiple play dates with her brother and friends.

Her name comes from the Zulu language, and according to the Reid Park Zoo website, means “sweet” or “fun.” Nandi is also the name of of famed warrior king Shaka Zulu’s mother.

 

 

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Inside the Mafia’s Illegal Street Horse Racing

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Francesco Faraci Young men take out a horse that is used in illegal horse racing for training in Ballarò, Palermo, Italy, in June 2015.

Horses have nerves removed so they feel no pain racing on hard streets

As the sun rises over Palermo, a stretch of asphalt is transformed into a racetrack where yet another clandestine horse race is set to begin. The early hour, with its quiet roads and shuttered shops, provides a haven from passersby and, most importantly, the police. Horses paw the ground, moving nervously, spooked by the shouts of spectators and the sound of car horns.

Welcome to Fast and Furious, Sicilian-style, where horses are the cars that are exploited, abused, doped, forced to run to exhaustion and then thrown away. The past three years have seen a dramatic rise in illegal horse racing on the streets of Sicily, according to police. Illegal racing has spread around the island and spawned its own own Internet sites, photos, YouTube videos, fan pages and songs dedicated to champions.

The latest report by the Italian Anti-Vivisection League, one of the country’s largest animal welfare associations, offers a grim tally: over the last 18 years in Southern Italy, police stopped 111 illegal races, confiscated 1,238 horses and reported 3,344 people to the judicial authorities (46 so far in 2015). The most recent police operation was on July 22 last year when authorities stopped a race at 7 a.m. in a suburb of Palermo. The following day, the body of a horse was found near the motorway, a few hours after another illegal race in the Sicilian capital.

“Unfortunately, police forces are barely scratching the surface of the illegal racing iceberg, which in this city is seen by many as a normal part of everyday life,” Ciro Troiano, a manager at the Anti-Vivisection League told TIME. “Since 2013 there has been a dangerous decline in operations against illegal racing. And yet during the same year there was a massive increase of reports from citizens and of videos uploaded to YouTube by participants.”

The races’ early start times are deliberate. “That’s when policemen go home after the night shift,” says Giovanni Guadagna, founder of Geapress, a Sicilian press agency for news on the protection of animals. A delay of several minutes in police response is enough time for organizers to stage a race, where, according to police, the value of a single bet ranges from $100 to $5,000, with sweepstakes of up to $25,000. Riders on scooters and motorbikes pursue the horses, goading them to the finish line by sounding their horns and shouting. Races are held on an uphill slope to avoid injuries to horses that have already had their foot nerves surgically severed so they feel no pain racing fast on hard asphalt.

For years, illegal horse racing has been the prize business of the ruthless Sicilian mafia, the Cosa Nostra. “It’s palpable that races are managed by the criminal underworld,” says state prosecutor Amedeo Bertone in an interview with TIME. “Individuals reported to the authorities are often part of the criminal system. Some have previous convictions for mafia association. However, racing is not just about the money, it’s also a hobby for Sicily’s wise guys who have always had an avid interest in horse racing and betting.”

Historically, horse racing was the most popular sport in Italy’s gambling industry. But, according to Snai, the leading Italian gambling business, over the last four years, 40 percent of legal stables have shut down. Former racing champions have been bumped from the glory of the track to the shadows of asphalt — and worse. On the morning of Sept. 30, 2012, in Palermo the body of a horse was found sprawled on the roadside in a pool of blood, its head smashed in. A label around its neck bore its name: It’s A Dream. The horse was the son of Varenne, a celebrated racer in harness. An investigation concluded It’s A Dream died in an accident while being exercised for an illegal race.

Keeping horses in legal stables is expensive — around $2,000 a month — so horses are kept in cheap, illicit stables. Police estimate there are more than 300 underground stables in Palermo alone, usually small units inside garages hidden in the labyrinth of alleys and courtyards. Conditions are grim in the stables, which are dark and devoid of drainage; horses are typically immobilized by ropes attached to their bit rings, anchored to the walls on each side. A dilapidated stable discovered last year was filled with an array of doping agents and antiinflammatories, injected into the animals to enhance their run.

If their life is awful, their end is abysmal. In 2013, three miles outside Palermo in the Pezzingoli countryside, the charred remains of a horse were found. Investigators say it had been butchered when it could no longer compete.

But there’s money to be made from death too. In March 2013, authorities discovered an illegal slaughterhouse in Ballarò in Palermo specializing in horsemeat, a delicacy in the area. Authorities believe criminals coerced local businesses into purchasing the racehorse meat for food. “It’s a business within the business,” Troiano says. “And I don’t think Ballarò is an isolated case. The health risk is extremely serious as doping substances injected into horses are harmful to people.”

The health of the horses and humans is a minor concern for the mafia. But under the cover of each night, horse owners and gamblers continue to prepare for the next short and explosive race, which will probably finish before the authorites become aware that it started.

 

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Watch a Whale Photobomb a TV Presenter as He Moans About Not Seeing Any Whales

It turns out the whale was right on time

BBC presenter and zoologist Mark Carwardine was in one the most popular blue whale hotspots in the Pacific Ocean and yet couldn’t find any whales. Or so he thought.

“It just makes it so challenging. It makes it quite exciting in one way, but it’s very frustrating in another,” Carwardine said to the camera. “You know they’re here, you just jolly well can’t find them.”

But as soon as he explained to viewers that they likely wouldn’t see any whales that day, a spout shot up. The camera then pans to show the very thing they thought they wouldn’t see — a giant, majestic blue whale.

“Oh look,” he sheepishly giggles. “There is one!”

Carwardine, a noted zoologist, was working with a camera crew to produce a new BBC show called Big Blue Live, The Independent reports.

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Man Finds Bear Chilling Out in His Swimming Pool in Vancouver

The bear even took a dip in the hot tub

A man found a bear sitting in the swimming pool in the backyard of his home in Vancouver, British Columbia, CTV News reports.

It even scootched over into the hot tub.

But it was not the first time that homeowner, Tony Diering, saw a bear on his property. About a month ago, one helped itself to some bird seed.

No word on whether this visitor was a bear running away from the man in a bear costume harassing bears in Anchorage, Alaska (though probably too far a trek, of course.)

In any event, it is just the latest example of a bear making headlines for wading into a stranger’s pool, from the one that smelled up a pool in Pennsylvania to one that played with children’s toys while taking a dip in a pool outside a Kentucky home. Then there’s the Los Angeles woman who found out there was a bear in her pool after hearing helicopters and loud speakers tell residents to stay in their homes.

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