The world has been without passenger pigeons since 1914. Now, scientists
want to bring them back. Geneticist Ben Novak has embarked on the
project and has begun collecting passenger pigeon DNA from natural
history museums. His “de-extinction” efforts are not without critics.
By Philip Bethge
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When Alma Dominguez’s beloved dog, Leia, went missing from El Paso, Texas, during a rainstorm, Alma and her husband, Alberto, were devastated. The couple searched for their lost dog for more than two years, and had almost given up hope of ever finding her. Then a phone call changed everything.
In this clip from the OWN series “Lost and Found,” Annmarie Anderson — a dog rescuer in Denver, Colorado — recounts the amazing phone call she received from Alma. “She said, ‘You might have my dog,’” remembers Annmarie. But was it really the same Leia, two years and 700 miles away?
After looking at the Dominguez’s pictures of Leia on Facebook, Annmarie put Alma on speakerphone so the dog could hear Alma’s voice. “[Her] little tail was wagging and she was doing the little cry in her throat,” Annmarie says. “We realized right away that we had the right owner and dog.”
Alma was overjoyed, tears running down her face. “I wasn’t expecting it,” she says. “I’d found my Leia.”
How Leia got from El Paso to Denver is still a mystery, but the only thing that mattered was bringing her back home. Alma and Alberto traveled to Denver to reunite with their dog.