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#1175 If you see a fawn in these woods, call Hope for Wildlife

By Cathryn Wellner / December 10, 2014

A cat-battered robin was Hope Swinimer’s first rehab animal. That was in 1995, when she was managing the Dartmouth Veterinary Hospital in Nova Scotia. No one knew how to treat the injured bird so Hope took it home and began studying wildlife rehabilitation. Within a year she had treated 40 animals. The work required a […]

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#1122 Save the world, starting with bees

By Cathryn Wellner / September 16, 2014

Just when news of the day threatens to make optimism look like a fool’s errand, I learn about a 4-decade-old organization that connects scientists and citizens around an important goal: to protect invertebrates and their habitat. Since 1971 the Xerces Society has cared about many of the unloved but essential creatures of the world. Our […]

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#1097 Koko the gorilla mourns for Robin Williams

By Cathryn Wellner / August 22, 2014

I still can’t wrap my mind around the despair that led Robin Williams to commit suicide. That his comedic genius is now legacy, that he will make no more films, seems impossible. We humans are not the only ones saddened by his death. Koko the gorilla, who has never known life in a natural habitat, […]

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#1074 Good deed for dolphins becomes good deed BY dolphins

By Cathryn Wellner / July 30, 2014

Adam Walker had already swum the English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Molokai Channel, and the Catalina Channel. He had been stung by jellyfish, “smacked in the face” by huge waves, and tracked by a shark while swimming the Tsugaru Channel. Nothing was deterring him from his determination to swim the Ocean 7, an epic endurance […]

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#1072 The cure for anger is love, at least for this odd couple

By Cathryn Wellner / July 28, 2014

Rex was out of sorts. His life held no joy. He lashed out by barking, growling and threatening anyone or anything that came within biting distance. Although he had lived in the Puriton animal shelter in Somerset, England for 8 years, he had been turned into vicious dog during the 3 years he spent at […]

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#1065 Dogs show sympathy for humans, take them out for walks

By Cathryn Wellner / July 21, 2014

Poor Australians. They’re as overworked as North Americans. Many of them spend long hours in cubicles, staring at screens, working and commuting so many hours they rarely get enough exercise or healthy food. So the Lost Dogs’ Home took pity on them and held a Human Walking Program in Melbourne. On April 4, 2014 they […]

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#1061 Did you ever hear a rat laugh?

By Cathryn Wellner / July 17, 2014

Rats are seriously unimpressed by human jokes, but you can make them laugh. How? Tickle them. The scientist who is credited with that discovery is neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp. He and his colleagues discovered that not only did rats engage in play with each other. They also liked to play with humans. One activity they sought […]

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