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Giraffe licks dying zoo worker

by Rebecca on April 23, 2014

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Giraffe licks dying zoo worker

This photo released Saturday March 22, 2014 by Stichting Ambulance Wens or Ambulance Wish Foundation shows a giraffe at Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam giving a lick to terminally ill Mario Eijs on Wednesday March 19, 2014 . The Stichting Ambulancewens “Ambulance Wish Foundation” offers transport for terminally ill patients who cannot walk to help fulfill a last wish, in Eijs’ case to be taken to the Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam where he worked doing odd jobs for 25 years. Eijs, who has a mental handicap, is dying of a brain tumor and has difficulty walking or speaking. (AP Photo/Stichting Ambulance Wens)

Dog Reunited with Family after 7 years

by Rebecca on April 15, 2014

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John Hartman and his family moved from San Diego to Oklahoma after the raging wildfires destroyed their home in 2007. The family also lost their 2-year-old black Labrador Retriever when the scared dog escaped the backyard.

A vehicle passing by opened its door, and Buddy jumped right in. That was the last time Hartman and his family saw Buddy for nearly a decade.

Amazingly, they recently received a phone call from the Department of Animal Services while visiting their son in San Diego. Their long lost dog had been found running loose in the Imperial Beach neighborhood of San Diego.

Buddy was taken to Gaines Street Animal Shelter, where his microchip was scanned. Hartman and his wife were reunited with Buddy on April 1.

“I was pretty shocked … when we called his name, he came for us,” Hartman said.

Buddy is now settling into life in Oklahoma, where his owners are thrilled to have their missing dog back. The mystery still remains of where Buddy has been since 2007.

“It would be interesting to find out what his odyssey was at 6 1/2 years, but I guess we’ll never know,” Hartman said.


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