AP Photo/Detroit Zoo, Mark M. Gaskill
One of three new North American river otters dives in the pool on June 7, 2012, at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Mich. The pups were born March 20 to 9-year-old mother Whisker and 6-year-old father Lucius. The births of the two males and a female double the zoo's river otter population.
Meet one lucky little squirrel. While having my morning coffee on my deck on Saturday, I noticed something unusual moving about in the pool of my neighbours, Glad and Shirley Lang. At first glance it appeared to be some sort of pool cleaning device skimming the surface. On second glance I soon realized that this was a distressed young squirrel swimming in circles, desperately trying to get out of the pool. Quickly realizing that my neighbours weren't home, I barged into their backyard with a long stick — hoping that the squirrel would grasp on it to climb out. By the time I got to it, the poor thing was floating on its back trying to conserve energy. Grabbing it by the scruff of the neck, I pulled it onto the deck. The squirrel was clearly in trouble and I wasn't sure it was going to make it. After wrapping it up in a towel, I raced off to my vet's office with it cradled in my arms — encouraging this little creature to hang in there and that there would be a great big peanut reward at the end of the day.
A few hours later, the kind folks at the Ajax Animal Hospital said that this little squirrel pup, who almost drowned, was full of beans and ready to go home!
Here's Bobbie, (what she was nicknamed) just before I released her back into our neighbourhood — of course with a firm scolding to stay out of swimming pools......... and my tulips!
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Baby squirrel who fondly became known as Bobbie, looks out of her temporary home provided by the Ajax Animal Hospital before she is released back into her neighbourhood.
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A Bengal tiger is hosed by a spray of water from a zookeeper on a hot summer day at the Birsa Munda Zoological Park in Ranchi on May 30, 2012. Zoo authorities are helping the animals cope with temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius by providing coolers, special roofs and regular hose-downs.
AP Photo/Martin Meissner
Europe's last wild horses are driven into an arena to pick out young stallions in Duelmen, Germany, Saturday, May 26, 2012. It is believed that this is the last herd of wild horses on the European continent in this 350 hectare reservation in western Germany, where more than 300 of the indigenous horses stay free and wild without any care under the protection of the Duke of Croy. Only once a year the new born stallions are caught and sold, all mares stay with the herd and guarantee the survive of the endangered species.
A wild leopard reacts after it fell into a water reservoir tank at a tea estate in Sangatram, some 30 kms from Siliguri, on May 28, 2012.
A wildlife rescue official looks on from an opening as a wild leopard reacts after it fell into a water reservoir tank at a tea estate in Sangatram, some 30 kms from Siliguri, on May 28, 2012.
A wild leopard climbs up a ladder, put in place by wildlife rescue officials, after it fell into a water reservoir tank at a tea estate in Sangatram, some 30 kms from Siliguri, on May 28, 2012. The animal was rescued by the Sukna Forest rescue team from the Mahananda Wildlife sanctuary by lowering a ladder into the tank.
The Purina Incredible Dog Challenge held in San Diego, California, is a sporting event that features a variety of events including dog surfing, dog diving, freestyle flying disc, head-to-head weave poles, Jack Russell hurdle racing and agility.
Jack Russells compete in hurdle racing during the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge in Del Mar, Calif., June 9, 2012.
Cody, a one-year-old Cockaweenie, bails during the surfing competition of the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge in San Diego, California.
Cochiti a six-year-old Whippet, competes in the diving dog competition during the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge in Del Mar, Calif., June 9, 2012.
Todd Murnan and his dog Big Air Bella perform at the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge in Del Mar, California, June 9, 2012.
Betsy, a seven-year-old English Bulldog, rides a wave during the surfing competition of the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge in San Diego, California