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Horse Rescued From Icy Lake in Wisconsin

By Hailey Kanowsky

A horse who escaped his stable was found in an icy Wisconsin lake last week and was thankfully saved by a group of good Samaritans.

Residents and neighbors told ABC News that they were relieved that they were able to save the horse who is named Jack after Leonardo Dicaprio’s “Titanic” character. Jack was able to get up and stand up after spending three hours in the icy waters in Wood Lake, Wisconsin. Despite the subzero temperatures, residents and rescuers never gave up trying to get Jack to safety.

“This doesn’t surprise me. That is the kind of neighborhood and community that would do something like that,” Mike Strub, the president of the Big Wood Lake Association, told ABC News.

Jack escaped after a tree fell on a fence and created an opening for him to leave, according to Frontier Stables, who helped rescue the horse.

Strub said that residents of the lake saw the horse walk on the frozen water through surveillance camera footage and fall around 8:30 in the morning. They quickly went to the lake to see what they could do. Neighbors spent hours trying to save the horse, running the clock against hypothermia.

“On the scene, there was a veterinarian. As long as the horse was still moving and kicking it was savable. That’s why they never gave up,” Strub said.

Finally, rescuers were able to get a nylon strap under the horse and guide him out of the ice and to safety.

They took the horse to a trailer with a climate-controlled stable and got him warmed back up again. Representatives from Frontier Stables told ABC News that he was doing well and recuperating, and they were able to reunite Jack with his family.

We are so glad that these residents never gave up saving the horse and were able to rescue him from the freezing water.

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Crows Perform Yet Another Skill Once Thought Distinctively Human

Crows Perform Yet Another Skill Once Thought Distinctively Human
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Diana Kwon

Scientists demonstrate that crows are capable of recursion—a key feature in grammar. Not everyone is convinced

Crows are some of the smartest creatures in the animal kingdom. They are capable of making rule-guided decisions and of creating and using tools. They also appear to show an innate sense of what numbers are. Researchers now report that these clever birds are able to understand recursion—the process of embedding structures in other, similar structures—which was long thought to be a uniquely human ability.

Recursion is a key feature of language. It enables us to build elaborate sentences from simple ones. Take the sentence “The mouse the cat chased ran.” Here the clause “the cat chased” is enclosed within the clause “the mouse ran.” For decades, psychologists thought that recursion was a trait of humans alone. Some considered it the key feature that set human language apart from other forms of communication between animals. But questions about that assumption persisted. “There’s always been interest in whether or not nonhuman animals can also grasp recursive sequences,” says Diana Liao, a postdoctoral researcher at the lab of Andreas Nieder, a professor of animal physiology at the University of Tübingen in Germany.

In a study of monkeys and human adults and children published in 2020, a group of researchers reported that the ability to produce recursive sequences may not actually be unique to our species after all. Both humans and monkeys were shown a display with two pairs of bracket symbols that appeared in a random order. The subjects were trained to touch them in the order of a “center-embedded” recursive sequence such as { ( ) } or ( { } ). After giving the right answer, humans received verbal feedback, and monkeys were given a small amount of food or juice as a reward. Afterward the researchers presented their subjects with a completely new set of brackets and observed how often they arranged them in a recursive manner. Two of the three monkeys in the experiment generated recursive sequences more often than nonrecursive sequences such as { ( } ), although they needed an additional training session to do so. One of the animals generated recursive sequences in around half of the trials. Three- to four-year-old children, by comparison, formed recursive sequences in approximately 40 percent of the trials.

This paper prompted Liao and her colleagues to investigate whether crows, with their renowned cognitive skills, might possess the capacity for recursion as well. Adapting the protocol used in the 2020 paper, the team trained two crows to peck pairs of brackets in a center-embedded recursive sequence. The researchers then tested the birds’ ability to spontaneously generate such recursive sequences on a new set of symbols. The crows also performed on par with children. The birds produced the recursive sequences in around 40 percent of trials—but without the extra training that the monkeys required. The results were published today in Science Advances.

The discovery that crows can grasp center-embedded structures and that they are better at doing so than monkeys “is fascinating,” says Giorgio Vallortigara, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Trento in Italy, who was not involved in the work. These findings raise the question of what non-human animals might use this ability for, he adds. “They do not seem to possess anything similar to human language, thus recursion is possibly relevant to other cognitive functions,” he says. One speculation is that animals might use recursion to represent relationships within their social groups.

When the 2020 study on recursive capacities in humans and monkeys was published, some experts remained unconvinced that the monkeys understood recursion. Instead, some argued, the animals chose the recursive sequences by learning the order in which the brackets were displayed. For example, if the training sequence was [ ( ) ], and the monkeys were later shown a different pairing, such as ( ) and { }, they would first pick a bracket they recognized from training, then pick the new bracket pair they had never seen before. Finally, they would pick the matching bracket from the training session at the end of the sequence (because they had learned that the matching bracket comes at the end).

To address this limitation, Liao and her colleagues extended the sequences from two pairs to three pairs—such as { [ ( ) ] }. With three pairs of symbols, the probability of producing the sequences without grasping the underlying concept of recursion becomes much lower, Liao says. Here, too, the researchers found that the birds were most likely to choose center-embedded responses.

Some scientists remain skeptical. Arnaud Rey, a senior researcher in psychology at the French National Center for Scientific Research, says the findings can still be interpreted from a simple associative learning standpoint—in which an animal learns to link one symbol to the next, such as connecting an open bracket with a closed one. A key reason, he explains, lies in a feature of the study design: the researchers placed a border around the closed brackets in their sets—which the authors note was required to help the animals define the order of the brackets. (The same bordered layout was used in the 2020 study.) For Rey, this is a crucial limitation of the study because the animals could have grasped that bordered symbols—which would always end up toward the end of a recursive sequence—were the ones rewarded, thus aiding them in simply learning the order in which open and closed brackets were displayed.

In Rey’s view, the notion of “recursive processing” as a unique form of cognition is in itself flawed. Even in humans, he says, this capacity can most likely be explained simply through associative learning mechanisms—which is something he and his colleagues proposed in a 2012 study of baboons—and to date, there have been no satisfactory explanations of how the ability to recognize and manipulate such sequences would be coded in the human brain. According to Rey, researchers currently fall largely into two camps: one that believes that human language is built on unique capacities such as the ability to understand recursion and another that believes it emerged from much simpler processes such as associative learning.

But Liao notes that even with the help of the borders, the crows still had to figure out the center-embedded order where open and closed brackets were paired from the outside in. In other words, if the birds only learned that open brackets were at the beginning of the sequence and closed ones were at the end, you would expect an equal proportion of ( { ) } mismatched and correct responses. But, she says, her and her colleagues found that the crows chose more of the latter than the former, even with the more complex sequences of three pairs of brackets.

For Liao, seeing that birds whose ancestors long ago diverged from those of primates on the branching evolutionary tree of life—also appear to be able to parse and generate recursive sequences implies that this capacity is “evolutionary ancient” or that it developed independently as a product of what is known as convergent evolution. Because birds’ brain lacks the layered neocortex of primates, this observation, Liao adds, suggests that the latter brain architecture may not be necessary for displaying this cognitive ability.

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For Mathias Osvath, an associate professor of cognitive science at Lund University in Sweden, who was not involved in the new paper, its findings fit into a long line of studies indicating that birds possess many of the same cognitive skills as primates. “To me, this just adds to the catalog of amazing data showing that birds have been completely misunderstood,” Osvath says. “Saying that mammals took over the world cognitively is just simply wrong.”



Diana Kwon is a freelance journalist who covers health and the life sciences. She is based in Berlin. Follow Kwon on Twitter @DianaMKwon Credit: Nick Higgins

Texas fire dog unlocks door after officials get locked out

Sarah Rumpf

A Texas city’s fire dog saved the day when she opened the fire department’s front door for a first responder who was locked outside.

When an official got locked out of the Public Safety building in Georgetown, Texas, the city’s fire dog, Koda, came to the rescue.

The fire department’s surveillance camera caught the moment on video as the golden retriever excitedly, her tail wagging rapidly, goes to the front door and opens it to the relief of the man stuck outside in the dark.

After opening the door, the first responder greets the dog with lots of attention and love.

Koda is well-loved in the community, and fans can follow her on social media.

Koda can usually be found with her best pal and handler, Deputy Fire Marshal Jonathan Gilliam, educating people about fire safety and prevention.

She is also a registered therapy dog to help even more people in the community.

A Very Pampered Pooch

The ARM & HAMMER™ Feline Generous Program Celebrates Purrfectly Impurrfect Cats Living “Happily Furever After” and Hosts a Photo Contest for Five Eligible Shelters to Win $10,000 Each!


The ARM & HAMMER™ Feline Generous program just kicked off its “Happily Furever After” campaign to celebrate purrfectly impurrfect shelter cats who have been adopted and are thriving in their loving homes. Now through Thanksgiving cat lovers who have adopted a shelter cat that may have otherwise been overlooked due to age, appearance or misunderstood personalities are invited to share their own “happily furever after” by uploading a photo/video of their purrfectly impurrfect shelter cat on

The Happily Furever After campaign marks the largest single donation Feline Generous has made to date. In December, five winners will be selected to receive a year’s supply of ARM & HAMMER™ cat litter and each eligible shelter will be awarded $10,000 for a total of $50,000!

Purrfectly impurrfect shelter cats are often overlooked for adoption due to age, illness, appearance, or misunderstood personalities. They also typically require a little extra patience and care to get acclimated in their new home. For example, they may need some modifications to overcome a physical limitation or extra time in their own room to get familiar with their new surroundings.

“An extremely important part of adopting a purrfectly impurrfect cat is to make the transition home as stress-free as possible and to establish a safe environment that will meet your cat’s individual needs so they can thrive,” said Pam Johnson-Bennett, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant. “This may include doing a gradual introduction and adding another litter box if you already have a cat, to avoid conflict or using sound-generating toys if your cat is blind or visually impaired. It’s important to remember cats are amazingly adaptable and easily learn to adjust which means with TLC and a little patience, you can help your cat live happily furever after.”

“The Feline Generous mission is to raise awareness around why purrfectly impurrfect cats make such wonderful pets and to help them find great homes,” said Michael Daif, Associate Director, ARM & HAMMER™ Pet Care. “This includes making sure that they are set up for success when they arrive at their new home. We’re thrilled to celebrate the many cat lovers and shelters that have gone above and beyond to put in the extra time, love and support to give purrfectly impurrfect cats the happily furever after they deserve.”

To follow the conversation online use #FelineGenerous #HappilyFureverAfter.

“Former CEO Is Helping Animals Impacted By The War In Ukraine”

As war rages on in Ukraine, civilians are forced to flee their homes without their pets. After initially setting off to the war-torn country to help support refugees, Nate Mook tells Newsy how he has found himself taking care of these animals.

This cruelty needs to stop!!

They Are giving Cows mRNA Vaccine • Which Will Pass the Vaccine Into Milk, Cheese etc

They Are giving Cows mRNA Vaccine • Which Will Pass the Vaccine Into Milk, Cheese etc

Dylan Eleven

Instant Death Of Cows Who Received mRNA Vaccine. Urgently Warn Everyone You Know
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ShhLittleBirdie Newave,

A friend informed me today that her neighbor, a dairy farmer, is now forced to vaccinate her herd with an mRNA vaccine! (NSW) She complied and of the 200 head of cattle, 35 died instantly! I would sue the DPI The farmer said it is mandatory for all dairy farms to have their herd jabbed with this mRNA vaccine. Am not yet sure if that’s for NSW or across Australia, but will investigate immediately Implications? Dairy herd DNA is altered. Milk is altered and you CONSUME IT! Butter constitution, yoghurt, cheese is altered MEAT is altered Will chicken and other meats be next? Time to grow your own folks, and maybe develop herds that are private, none tagged, and never vaccinated. Time to set up a community farm association with member – farmers who are not part of the system, have herds – animals that are not jabbed or tagged so a community of private people can be consumers of organic produced livestock. It’s time to fend for ourselves as an organised community. Watch this space You might want to on send this message to warn your data base too.



Dog at Ohio Middle School gets her own yearbook picture for 2nd year in a row

Cortney Moore

A facility dog is making waves at an Ohio middle school with her second annual yearbook photo.

Meg, a two-and-half-year-old golden retriever, has warmed the hearts of students, staff and parents at Goshen Middle School – a public school in The Buckeye State’s Clermont County.

She had a yearbook-style photo taken with a red bandana bearing her name, which pops next to her golden fur and blue-gray background. 


The photo was shared on Monday, Sept. 26, by the official Goshen Local Schools’ official social media accounts.

The young, smiling pooch was trained for service from birth by Circle Tail, an accredited assistance dog training organization in Cincinnati, Goshen Middle School Principal Wendy Flynn told Fox News Digital.

“This is her second school year at Goshen Middle School,” Flynn said. “Meg lives with Mrs. Kelly DeNu, a seventh-grade math teacher, and her family.”


DeNu is a paraprofessional in addition to being one of Meg’s trained handlers, according to Flynn.

“During her time with us, she has provided hundreds of students and staff with love, comfort and affection,” Flynn said.

Students schedule one-on-one appointments and class visits with Meg through a QR code that’s posted in every hallway of Goshen Middle School, Flynn said.


“We are so fortunate that our district and the Goshen Education Foundation financially supported bringing Meg in as a facility dog,” Flynn said. “She brings happiness and smiles to all of us and we consider her a member of our Goshen Middle School family.”

Meg has become a local celebrity and has her adventures documented on Instagram under the account @MEGstagram_gms.

Meg’s first yearbook-style photo was taken and shared in 2021. In that photo, she donned a navy-blue bandana with a tropical print. 

Fans of Meg can also keep up with her on Goshen Local Schools’ Facebook and Twitter pages.

Cortney Moore is an associate lifestyle writer/producer for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent on Twitter at @CortneyMoore716.

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Mother, daughter dog trainers arrested after video of their techniques goes viral

Tina Frey and Victoria Brimer (Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office)

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Tina Frey and Victoria Brimer (Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office)

LENA, La. (WKRC) — A mother and daughter who run a dog training facility in Louisiana are facing charges after a video of their controversial methods went viral, according to authorities.

Tina Frey, 52, and her daughter, Victoria Brimer, 21, own and operate the Cypress Arrow Kennel & K9 Academy.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office said they received complaints about animal cruelty at the business.

Police said video was taken of a lesson that reportedly shows Frey “striking a Cane Corso dog on the head with a riding crop.”

Frey’s attorney, Brad Drell, claims she is an “expert” trainer who has never hurt or injured an animal.

He also argued that the breed of dog is well over 100 pounds it can potentially be dangerous to humans if not trained properly.

The video circulating of Ms. Frey using a squirt [a short whip] on [the dog called] Fenixx creates a false impression that dogs are being injured,” Drell said. “While the video is disturbing for many to watch, what needs to be understood is that Fenixx at the time was attempting to chew through a leash, which would have allowed Fenixx to bite either Ms. Frey or her daughter. “

In the footage, Drell added, both Frey and Fennixx can be seen using the squirt on themselves, as well.

While the quirt makes some noise, it is flexible and not painful,” he said. “While I understand that many people feel, and some quite strongly, that the use of the quirt is not what they would do to correct a dog, the use of the quirt is not inhumane under the law. Fenixx was in no way injured, as is shown in the video.”

Police said the arrests were still celebrated by many animal and rescue organizations that shared the video online as a warning to pet owners.

Frey and Brimer have each been charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals. They were both released on a $10,000 bond, but police said the investigation is still active, and more charges could be filed.

“I want to thank the public for bearing with us while we conducted a complete and thorough investigation into these allegations” said Sheriff Mark Wood. “I would also like to commend our Animal Control Section and our detectives in their investigation of this incident and to staying the course, following the evidence where it leads and not bending to pressure of a quick arrest” said Sheriff Mark Wood. “We always take these animal complaints seriously as we do all crimes, but we also have to investigate and make sure the alleged crime fits the law.”

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Deaf dog was rescued after falling down a 100-foot cliff

Hobo, an 8-year-old Australian Shepherd, was rescued after the San Diego Humane Society said he slipped into a ravine near his family’s property in Sorrento Valley, falling down a 100-foot steep hill.

Heather Brinkmann

Video released by the San Diego Humane Society shows the organization’s emergency response crew saving an 8-year-old Australian shepherd after the dog fell 100 feet down a steep hill in Sorrento Valley, California. (Credit: San Diego Humane Society / MAGNIFI U /TMX)

SAN DIEGO – Thanks to the quick actions of emergency crews in Southern California, a deaf dog is safe after a terrifying fall down a 100-foot hill.

Hobo, an 8-year-old Australian Shepherd, was rescued after the San Diego Humane Society said he slipped into a ravine near his family’s property in Sorrento Valley, falling down a steep hill.


“One of our Humane Officers responded to the scene first, climbing down loose rock to reach the dog,” the humane society said.

But officers realized the hike back up was too dangerous, so they needed to call for backup.

The San Diego Humane set up safety lines to rappel down the steep terrain and worked to bring him back up the hill. 

(San Diego Humane Society)

“Members of the ERT Technical Response Unit rushed to the scene, setting up safety lines to rappel down the steep terrain,” they said.


It took five people to free Hobo from the brush before they could secure him.

After a grueling four hours, crews said they were able to make it safely back up the hill, and Hobo was reunited with his family.

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Dogs getting sick with parvo-like virus in northern Michigan, dying within 3 days. ((UPDATE))

An unidentified virus has been sickening and killing dozens of dogs in northern Michigan over the past month.

Similar to canine parvovirus in symptoms, the illness first appeared in Otsego County in northern Michigan, but has spread further north, animal experts in the state say.

Parvo is a highly contagious viral disease of dogs that causes acute gastrointestinal illness in puppies, according to the Baker Institute for Animal Health. The disease, often fatal, most often strikes in pups between 6 and 20 weeks old, but older animals are sometimes also affected.

“The state is in a panic right now,” Clare County Animal Control Director Rudi Hicks told the Clare County Cleaver.

The new unidentified virus is suspected to have come from Louisiana. It kills dogs within days of symptoms, Hicks told the outlet.

How many dogs died? What symptoms did they have?

More than 30 dogs had died of the disease in Clare County alone as of Thursday, Hicks said. It’s not yet known how the virus spreads.

“It is a virus much like parvo, possibly a different strain” said Melissa FitzGerald, director of Otsego County Animal Shelter in Gaylord, Michigan, about 50 miles south of Mackinaw City.

Symptoms, she said, include bloody diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy.

What dogs are affected by the virus?

The virus affects puppies and older dogs, and when the animals are tested by veterinarians, the initial test for parvo is negative, FitzGerald told USA TODAY.

Usually, the dogs die within three to five days. 

As of Monday, FitzGerald said, no dogs at the Otsego County shelter, 70 miles north of Clare County, had contracted the virus.

Most of the dogs who have contracted the illness have been under the age of 2, the Otsego County Animal Shelter posted on Facebook, and some of the dogs were vaccinated.

FitzGerald said some of the dogs have been sent to The Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for a necropsy. 

“The necropsy does show parvo,” she said. “The State vets office is hoping to learn more and come up with a defense as we get more specimens (either necropsies or fecal matter).” 

The shelter has been in close contact with veterinarians in Gaylord, Traverse City, Grayling, Mancelona and Indian River trying to find a solution, but there is currently no cure. 

Jane Sykes, professor of medicine and epidemiology at University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, said that as of Monday she had not heard of any similar cases in California.

“However, there are outbreaks like this that occur periodically,” Sykes told USA TODAY. “Sometimes it is a new pathogen, sometimes a combination of pathogens together with stressors in shelter environments, sometimes it can relate to diagnostic test problems, or problems with vaccination protocols.”

How to keep your dog safe from a parvolike virus

In an effort to avoid the virus, FitzGerald said pet owners should get their pets vaccinated. 

“If you don’t know if your dog is properly vaccinated or you don’t know what properly vaccinated is, contact a veterinarian,” FitzGerald said.

She also recommended keeping pets away from other dogs or areas where a lot of dogs have been, including dog parks. 

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Contributing: Layla McMurtrie, Detroit Free Press

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