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Animals

Two Grevy's Zebras Born At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

March 6
By City News Service
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Animal keepers said both already are running throughout their grassy habitat and staying close to the herd.

SeaWorld Temporarily Stops Sea Lion, Otter Show To Tend To Stranded Animals

March 6
By City News Service
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SeaWorld San Diego is suspending the show for at least two weeks to deal with an unprecedented number of sea lion rescues this year.

Grab Your Binoculars — San Diego Bird Fest Starts Thursday

March 4
Midday Edition
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The San Diego Audubon Society is sponsoring the Bird Festival, and is emphasizing the environmental and conservation benefits of maintaining bird habitats.

San Diego Zoo Gets Funding To Help Save Northern White Rhinos

March 2
By Erik Anderson
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The zoo, which is home to one northern white rhino, was awarded $110,000 by the Seaver Institute to fund whole genome sequencing.

Sea Lions Struggle Along The California Coast

Feb. 18
By Erik Anderson
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Malnourished sea lion pups are turning up at rescue centers all along the West Coast. Federal officials say the problem will likely get worse before it gets better.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 12

Feb. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Carlos reminded me he was far from an anomaly, as tens of thousands of service members continued to return home from combat, forever altered by what they had seen and experienced in war. He wanted the people who read the blog posts I wrote to know this. That was why he told me his story.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 11

Feb. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Carlos told me he and Logan had been to only one public sporting event since returning from Iraq. It was another Padres game, and the experience drained him.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 10

Feb. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Carlos said he knew Logan had a better sense of smell and hearing than he did, and trusted Logan to alert him of any danger – be it real or imagined - which allowed the Marine veteran to relax, even if only a little bit.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 9

Feb. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Carlos, who served in the Marines as a leader, teaching fellow Leathernecks the tools they’d need to survive in the war zone, decided to become a full-time trainer at Freedom Dogs, teaching Marines with PTSD how to survive their war wounds.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 8

Feb. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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When Carlos first started attending training sessions at Freedom Dogs, he felt he didn’t fit in. Big reason: Carlos was afraid of dogs. He didn’t like them, and he believed they didn’t like him. In the tough, gang-infested Chicago streets where Carlos grew up, dogs were treated more as weapons than pets.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 7

Feb. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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A critical care nurse and veteran’s daughter named Meribeth Russell started Freedom Dogs in 2006. Russell got the idea when she participated in a hospital study that found obese children who were able to bond with a therapy dog had an easier time losing weight.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 6

Feb. 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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Without the distractions of combat, symptoms of PTSD began plaguing Carlos’s everyday life. He began to drink heavily to blot out the depression and anxiety he was feeling. And the guilt.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 5

Feb. 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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In the days following the suicide car bombing in 2004, Carlos didn’t feel angry. He didn’t feel frightened. He didn’t even mourn the men who were so brutally killed that day. Carlos didn’t feel anything at all. He was completely numb.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 4

Feb. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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There was a shyness about Carlos, despite his intimidating appearance. Muscles earned from years of required physical fitness bulged under his black shirt, his sleeves pushed up to his elbows to reveal a maze of tattoos covering both of his forearms.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 3

Feb. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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I first met Carlos Cruz in 2012, two weeks after he officially retired from the Marine Corps. It took quite a few email exchanges to nail down the time and day of our meeting. One of the most marked symptoms of the Traumatic Brain Injury Carlos suffered in the suicide attack is his inability to remember small details.