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  • Diamond dog finds diamondback terrapin, sets rescue mission into motion

    Diamond dog finds diamondback terrapin, sets rescue mission into motion

    Out for a walk around 6:45 a.m. the morning of July 4, Diamond the American Staffordshire terrier found something unique at a small beach near a marina in Hillsmere — a diamondback terrapin. The diamondback terrapin is the official turtle of the state of Maryland. It has scaly gray and whitish skin,...

  • Baby giraffe at Maryland Zoo still struggling to gain weight

    Baby giraffe at Maryland Zoo still struggling to gain weight

    A baby giraffe born at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore last month continues to struggle with bottle feeding, and his weight dropped by a few pounds over the weekend. The giraffe care team works several times a day to get the calf — named Julius — onto the bottle, zoo officials said in an update Saturday....

  • 16 Maryland shelters offering free cat adoptions in July

    16 Maryland shelters offering free cat adoptions in July

    Sixteen animal shelters in Maryland are betting that 2,000 of you won’t be able to resist those big feline eyes, that soft fur and that playful nature — especially when it’s combined with a bargain basement price. These humane societies and shelters have agreed to temporarily waive standard adoption...

  • National Aquarium to release Phil the rescued seal back into the wild

    National Aquarium to release Phil the rescued seal back into the wild

    Phil the seal will be released into the wild Tuesday after rehabilitating at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The harbor seal is healthy and eating independently after weeks of close monitoring. In April, rescuers found Phil stuck in a Delaware swamp after he swam 12 miles inland and stranded...

  • Baby giraffe at Maryland Zoo improves

    Baby giraffe at Maryland Zoo improves

    A giraffe born at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore this month is beginning to thrive, zoo officials said Sunday. The calf named Julius, born June 15, was failing to nurse enough from his mother, Kesi. He lost weight and had to receive infusions of colostrum and plasma to boost his immune system. Since...

  • Amid around-the-clock care, Maryland Zoo's baby giraffe gets a name fit for an emperor

    Amid around-the-clock care, Maryland Zoo's baby giraffe gets a name fit for an emperor

    A giraffe calf born in poor health earlier this month at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has been given a name fit for an emperor: "Julius." "The name means 'youthful, downy-bearded,' both of which he is," said mammal collection and conservation manager Erin Cantwell in a statement Friday. "But for...

  • Herd mentality: Goat yoga is gaining popularity in Maryland

    Herd mentality: Goat yoga is gaining popularity in Maryland

    A cool breeze rippled through the grass as baby pygmy goats roamed inside a fenced-off field in Carroll County one recent Saturday. The gentle call of birds floated overhead, occasionally mixing with the goats' bleats, as yogis laid out mats among the pygmies. That back-to-nature feel — and the...

  • Newborn giraffe at Maryland Zoo receives plasma transfusion after having trouble nursing

    Newborn giraffe at Maryland Zoo receives plasma transfusion after having trouble nursing

    A baby giraffe born at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore received a transfusion of plasma Saturday from a giraffe at the Columbus Zoo after the calf was having trouble nursing. The unnamed calf is “doing OK, but not out of the woods yet,” said Maryland Zoo veterinarian Samantha Sander. Because the...

  • Maryland Zoo in Baltimore welcomes another baby giraffe

    Maryland Zoo in Baltimore welcomes another baby giraffe

    A baby giraffe was born at the Maryland Zoo early Thursday, but zookeepers say he is struggling to nurse. The 143-pound, six-foot male calf — born hooves first like all giraffes — is being fed a colostrum formula from cows. Veterinarians were optimistic Saturday his natural nursing instinct will...

  • National Aquarium rescues wounded grey seal

    National Aquarium rescues wounded grey seal

    A grey seal that was found injured and stranded in Ocean City has been admitted to the National Aquarium’s rescue facility. The juvenile female seal — which the aquarium has nicknamed Luna, after Luna Lovegood from the “Harry Potter” series — was found with numerous bite wounds and suffering from...

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