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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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#1039 Beagles freed from lab cages learn how to be pets

By Cathryn Wellner / June 25, 2014

Imagine a beagle who has never been touched or loved. Think of looking in the eyes of a dog whose only association with humans is the pain they inflict on research animals. The Beagle Freedom Project is rescuing beagles and other lab animals and placing them in loving homes. Their friendly, trusting nature is the […]

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#1031 Have piano, will play…for elephants

By Cathryn Wellner / June 17, 2014

The talented contemporary and classical pianist, Paul Barton, plays most of his music for people. He has, however, been known to bring joy to a rather different audience, elephants. Since 1996 Barton has been playing for elephants in Thailand. He respects and loves the great animals, who gather around to hear his music. In the […]

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#988 The wolves who restored Yellowstone

By Cathryn Wellner / March 31, 2014

Sustainable Man caught my attention with this one, thanks to Simonne, who alerted me to the video, How Wolves Change Rivers. This illustrated version of a portion of George Monbiot’s TED talk is mesmerizing. I knew about wolves being reintroduced into Yellowstone, after having been hunted to extinction 70 years earlier. I knew ranchers were […]

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