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Dogs dominate week's top animal news

Sunday, March 06, 2016 - 01:17

Dogs race in the Iditarod, get rescued in Peru and get retired in Japan ... plus an an elephant runs amok at a religious festival in India, as we round up the week's top animal stories. Diane Hodges reports.

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Dogs were on top in this week's animal stories, but THESE dogs got off to a difficult start, when the beginning of the world-famous Iditarod sled dog race had to be shortened, because of a lack of snow. Organizers had to bring in snow by train, so the dogs could dig in and get going. This dog is glad to be high and dry, after nearly being washed away in the River Chili in southern Peru. Heavy rains triggered floods, but a local taxi driver rushed to the rescue and pulled the pup to safety. Elderly dogs in Japan can now go to a special retirement home. Staffers care for the pets during their final days, making these dogs lives as comfortable as possible. But dogs weren't the only animals in the news this week. In Bolivia, a spectacled bear is receiving special care, after being beaten by villagers who said he tried to attack a child. Finally, in India, an elephant brought in for a religious festival in the Indian state of Kerala went on a rampage. Fortunately, his anger was directed at motorbikes, and other vehicles. Maybe, like many people, he objected to the noise.

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Dogs dominate week's top animal news

Sunday, March 06, 2016 - 01:17