Bank the green sea turtle flapped her flippers with vigor in her first swim after a life-saving operation to remove a heavy mass of swallowed coins from her stomach...Veterinarians in Bangkok put the turtle in water Friday for the first time since her surgery four days ago to see how well she could move. The turtle was gently lowered into a large plastic tank and very quickly began swimming as best as she could in the restricted space.The 25-year-old turtle was rescued from a pool in the seaside town of Sri Racha by the Thai navy. The cause of her ill health was revealed by 3D scans that showed she had been eating the coins thrown into her pool by passers-by who believed doing so would bring them luck or longevity.Over the years, the loose change got stuck in the turtle's digestive tract, cracking her ventral shell and causing a life-threatening infection.The surgeons needed four hours to remove 11 pounds of money, counting 915 coins of various currencies. Some are still inside. Veterinarians hope Bank will pass them naturally.Her rehabilitation has involved manipulating her limbs to make sure the muscles don't stiffen up after being out of water for a prolonged period, and checking that the surgical scar does not get infected. But there are lingering concerns.After having blood tests, her nickel concentration is very high so they will have to work on that. And while that sounds like a funny pun... it is not.-----------------------
Dogs are all honest, loyal and obedient, right? Well, not always. Our pets can be sneaky and manipulative when they want to maximise the number of tasty treats they get to eat....Marianne Heberlein, who studies dog cognition at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, wanted to test the animals’ ability to use deception to get what they want from humans.To see if dogs would deceive humans too, Heberlein and her colleagues paired various pooches with two partners – one who always gave the dog treats and another who always kept the treats.
After the dogs learned which partner was cooperative and which was competitive, the pets were given the opportunity to lead each partner to one of three boxes containing either a juicy sausage, a less-appetising dry dog biscuit or nothing at all.After each trial, they led their owner to one of the boxes, and the owner would allow them to eat whatever was inside. This gave them an incentive to deceive the competitive partner by taking them to the empty box before leading their owner to the tasty treat. And that’s just what they did.Over two days of testing, the dogs led the cooperative partner to the sausage box more often than expected by chance, and more often than they led the competitive partner there.They also led the competitive partner to the sausage less often than expected by chance, and to the empty box more often than they led the cooperative partner there.Heberlein was also surprised how rapidly some dogs figured out the optimal behaviour. A few of them led the competitive partner to the empty box from the very first trial, and always managed to get the most treats.This feeds into an ongoing debate about what kinds of sophisticated cognitive abilities dogs and other animals share with humans.----------------
Boy who lost a leg to cancer adopts his perfect companion: A 3-legged dog...I wanted a three-legged dog because he would share my struggle, he would know what it felt like. He would know he wasn’t the only one to have an amputation, said Quinn Scharn, of Napa, California.
Quinn had been asking for such a pooch since losing his leg in April 2015. He was 10 and being treated for bone cancer, his second bout with a form of cancer.His wish came true last week when he brought home Logan, a pit bull mix with a missing front left leg.The seventh grader and his furry companion made an instant connection.As a toddler, Quinn underwent a year of chemotherapy, multiple surgeries and weeks of radiation after being diagnosed with a soft-tissue cancer in his abdomen. His family was overjoyed when he reached the five-year mark of being cancer-free.When Quinn was 10, though, he felt pain in his right leg that progressed to a limp, and ultimately, a diagnosis of bone cancer in his hip. His leg and part of his pelvis were removed in April 2015, and treatment kept him out of school for months. In January 2017, the family finally received the good news that Quinn no longer had any signs of cancer.In the time since the family has had Logan the 3 legged dog, Quinn's Mom has seen a wonderful change in her son, with his feelings of loneliness and fear falling away.----------------Radioactive wild boars have taken over two Japanese towns... still no sign of Godzilla...
Hundreds of radioactive wild boars have reportedly taken over at least two towns located within the exclusion zone near the abandoned Fukushima power station in Japan.The meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant six years ago forced thousands of residents to leave the surrounding area, but now the Japanese government wants residents to return home
After people deserted the towns, wild boars emerged from local forests to scavenge for food and, according to local media, have flourished.The boars have been eating food and plants, which have caused the animals to be exposed to radiation levels far in excess of government stipulated safe levels.Reports state that teams of hunters have been dispatched to cull the boars from the towns of Namie and Tomioka.----------------
Florida man using drone to reunite missing pets with their owners...A group in Florida is using technology to help pet owners in one of the scariest situations—losing a pet.Loxahatchee Lost and Found Pets is a non-profit that uses a Facebook page to reunite lost pets with their owners.Gail Bass created the page four years ago, and it's grown to a membership of more than 10,000 Facebook users.Through the page, Bass and her friends Michelle French and Dawn DiBari help reunite an average of 85 lost pets with their owners every month in the Loxahatchee area."When a post is made about a missing dog that needs help, or a cat, calves, it's everything that we reunite," Bass said. "Pigs, turtles—the community is always there."But Bass says a lot of animals in the area still aren't found. For that reason, the group partnered with Kenneth Hendrick and his drone."I wanted to help out, because I have animals that I know what happens when they go missing," Hendrick said. "It's like one of your kids is gone, and you go crazy until you find them."Hendrick uses a state-of-the-art drone that captures high-definition video, then uploads the video and shares it with the Loxahatchee Lost and Found Pets Facebook page. Anyone can review it, and help look for the lost pet, in case Hendrick missed anything.Hendrick's drone can cover several miles in a short time, and it shows areas that couldn't be reached by foot. Hendrick says he often searches in wooded areas and near canals."You can cover more of an area quicker than you can walking or driving up and down a road looking for an animal," Hendrick said.The idea of using a drone to help in search efforts is new. Hendrick has only been doing it for a few months."We hopefully can find pets quicker," French said, Because usually they run and you don't know which direction they went, so at least with the drone, you can cover a lot of area."But to do so, it's important that pet owners are quick, too."The minute that their animal goes missing, get on there and post it," Hendrick said. "Every minute counts, and you have to get out there right away." ------------------------