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Offbeat Dog named 'Lazarus' survives euthanasia attempt Dog named 'Lazarus' survives euthanasia attempt (Photo Gallery)
Animal control officer Wanda Snell knows what she saw: A veterinarian inserted a needle into the black-and-brown mutt and injected a deadly chemical meant to euthanize the dog no one had adopted. The animal moved a bit and was already still and quiet when she left the shelter for home.
Offbeat Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons
The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.
Offbeat Harpist's mellow tones soothe gorillas at Minn. zoo Harpist's mellow tones soothe gorillas at Minn. zoo
Now Tacheny, 57, a zoo volunteer, plays once a month for an appreciative audience that ambles down to the barrier as soon as Tacheny begins setting up her beautifully carved wooden harp. She's been doing it for nearly a decade.