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Tragedy at dog race, baby eagles top week's animal stories

Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 01:21

This week's top animal stories include a sled dog race that was marred by an accident, a special penguin with a homing instinct, and the birth of baby eagles. Diane Hodges report.

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Leading off this week's animal stories is the iconic Iditarod sled dog race. Dallas Seavey mushed his team across the finish line first, but the spotlight was on ninth-place finisher Jeff King. Half-way through the race, one of his dogs was killed and others injured when his sled was hit by a man on a snowmobile. This German Shepherd puppy ran what one biologist called a different sort of Iditarod after she fell overboard from a fishing boat. She was found five weeks later on an island off the coast of California, fine but a little hungry. A penguin in Brazil returned to visit an elderly man who found it on the beach five years ago and nursed it back to health. The bird has returned to visit its savior every year since then. A spectacular rescue in Los Angeles County, California after a horse fell into a ravine. No "neigh"-sayers in this operation. In Japan, a baby ringed seal stole the hearts of visitors to the Kamogawa Sea World outside Tokyo. But the real stars were two chicks hatched by a pair of eagles in Washington, D.C. -- called the President and the First Lady. The births were viewed by over a million people, according the American Eagle Foundation, on the webcam they hooked up to the nest.

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Tragedy at dog race, baby eagles top week's animal stories

Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 01:21