(TMU) — A heartwarming and unlikely pair of roommates at a pet shelter has inspired the love of social media users across the globe this week.
Lundy, an 8-week-old Chihuahua puppy who cannot walk, has become fast friends with Herman, a pigeon who cannot fly due to a neurological condition.
The two were recently photographed giving each other tender cuddles while at the Mia Foundation, a nonprofit animal shelter in Rochester, New York that caters to creatures with special needs.
Gary Rogers, who helps run the shelter with his wife Sue, told WHEC:
“This guy here has touched the hearts of millions of people.”
Indeed, images of the duo have already led to a flood of inquiries, messages, and donation offers from across the globe.
I see a new friendship blooming ❤️Herman and Lundy 😊
Sue Rogers added:
“Unbelievable that a simple, cute picture would go this crazy.”
Herman the pigeon has lived at the shelter for roughly a year after he was rescued from an auto dealership, while Lundy arrived just six weeks ago from North Carolina unable to make use of his hind legs due to “swimmer’s syndrome.”
When wildlife specialists declared Herman to be untreatable, euthanasia seemed like the only option until Sue and the Mia Foundation intervened to give him a new lease on life.
Since then, Herman has forged an important cross-species bond with the adorable little Chihuahua pup.
Sue noted that things really took off earlier this month when she posted a photo of the two. She explained:
“I took Herman out of his playpen to give him some time out and I put him in a dog bed and then I had to tend to Lundy so I put Lundy in with him.
They just looked really cute together so I took some pictures and posted them to Facebook and the next morning it was crazy.”
Continuing, she added:
“Just from a simple picture of a pigeon and a puppy being shared, we’ve already brought in over $6,000 in donations.”
But the offers have continued to pile up over the weekend. In an update to the social media site, she explained how the foundation has been “inundated with requests to share the story behind the Lundy and Herman pictures from all over the world the last 48 hours.”
Offers have flooded in “from Mexico to Italy, Australia, Russia, UK, and more,” she added.
The Mia Foundation shelter was founded in 2012, and since then has offered invaluable aid to cats, horses, turkeys, goats, and even a donkey—animals that might otherwise be euthanized without intervention.
Sue told People:
“Our main goals is to take in animals born with birth defects … But people bring us injured birds and squirrels sometimes.”
While Herman is now a permanent resident at the foundation, Sue hopes that Lundy can soon find a forever home as well as a wheelchair that can help the 17-ounce pup get around on his own. Sue noted:
“I think the world needs good stories and when you have two species that basically fall in love, it can only touch hearts.”
Police Rescue Dogs Trapped In Car on Sizzling Hot Day, Owners Complain About Broken Window
Police in the UK acted quickly to save a two dogs locked inside a car in sizzling hot temperatures by smashing open a window, upsetting the car’s owner over the damage.
Officers responded Sunday to reports that a beagle and another dog were trapped in a car parked in the seaside British city of Brighton on a day of boiling heat.
In video captured of the incident, an officer can be seen jamming his baton through a rear window before finally shattering it to free the pooches.
This prompts the car alarm to go off as the car’s owners can be seen rushing toward it, upset over the police intervention.
A woman, standing with her shocked family, says: “You broke my window out!”
One of the officer responded: “It’s a hot day. You shouldn’t be leaving the dog in the car in this weather.”
The incident happened on a day when people across the region flock to the seaside resort city to dip into the beaches amid surging hot temperatures.
The onlooker who filmed the incident noted that the owners seemed unaware of the dangers posed to their pets by weather conditions.
“Where they had parked there is just no shade,” they told The Sun. “It’s directly on the seafront in 25°C (77°F) weather outside – I’ve got no idea what it was inside the car.”
The family was indignant over what they claim was an overreaction by the police.
“At first it was ‘what the f*** are you doing, why did you break my car window? I was only gone for 10 minutes,’” another witness explained.
“The bloke obviously thought he was completely in the right,” they added. “He didn’t really seem to have much empathy.”
According to UK animal welfare group RSPCA, outside temperatures of 22°C (71°F) can reach a brutal 47°C (116.6°F) inside a car within an hour.
“Police officers attended and tried to get a contact number for the owners of the car but were unable,” a Sussex Police spokesperson said. “Officers had no choice but to smash the side window to gain access and a kind member of the public donated a bottle of water.”
Authorities added that the officers let the pet owners off with a stern warning, without ticketing the family or separating their dogs from them.
Golden Retriever Filmed Giving Woodchuck Ride Across Massachusetts Lake
There are some occasions when the natural world resembles something we might think belongs to the realm of Disney films but no – it’s simply the animal kingdom in motion.
Such was the case when a dog owner captured amazing footage of her dog giving a ride to a small rodent across a lake in Massachusetts.
Lauren Russel was with her dog, Wally the golden retriever, at Hickory Hills Lake in Lunenburg last month when the dog encountered a woodchuck in the water.
So Wally did one any good dog of his breed would do – he gave his new friend a ride back to shore.
“He was about 100 meters out and a woodchuck, I think, just crawled right up on his back and he swam back to shore with him,” Russell told WCVB on Monday.
She always knew that her Wally was a friendly pooch, but she never imagined something like this.
“We were flabbergasted. It was unbelievable. We couldn’t believe what we were seeing,” Russell continued.
To top things off, once they arrived onshore, Wally and his fast friend gave each other what appeared to be a kiss.
“They like touched snouts and then he ran away,” Russell said.
You can watch the video of the touching event here:
Tiny Creature Frozen for 24,000 Years is Brought Back to Life
A microscopic creature has come back to life and reproduced asexually after 24,000 years of lying dormant in the permafrost of Siberia.
Russian scientists found the tiny freshwater creature, called the bdelloid rotifer, in the rich soil of the Alazeya river of Russia’s far northern Siberan region of Yakutia.
The multicellular organism is common throughout the world and is known to be extremely resilient, capable of surviving extreme cold, dryness, starvation and low oxygen.
While previous research found that it could survive a decade when frozen at -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit), the new study published by the journal Current Biology offers a stunning testimony of the survivability of the tiny animal – which is by far the longest survival period known of any creature in the world.
“Our report is the hardest proof as of today that multicellular animals could withstand tens of thousands of years in cryptobiosis, the state of almost completely arrested metabolism,” said Stas Malavin, an author of the study, in a statement.
Malavin’s Soil Cryology Lab in Pushchino, Russia, used a drilling rig to extract the miniscule organism from roughly a dozen feet below the remote Arctic location.
Once the ancient organism thawed, it reproduced on its own through a process of parthenogenesis. Researchers then found that it could withstand repeatedly being frozen and thawed dozens of times due to its innate processes of cell and organ protection.
“The takeaway is that a multicellular organism can be frozen and stored as such for thousands of years and then return back to life – a dream of many fiction writers,” Malavin said.
“Of course, the more complex the organism, the trickier it is to preserve it alive frozen and, for mammals, it’s not currently possible,” the scientist added. “Yet, moving from a single-celled organism to an organism with a gut and brain, though microscopic, is a big step forward.”
Researchers hope that the knowledge gleaned from studying the microscopic organism will bring further insights on how to preserve animals’ cells, tissues and organs – including those belonging to human beings.
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