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Rescued elephant cries tears of joy after 50 years in captivity

After being shackled and abused for 50 years, Raju, an Asian elephant found in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, took his first steps of freedom in the early hours of July 4. And in response, he shed tears of joy.

"Raju was in chains 24 hours a day, an act of ­intolerable cruelty. The team were astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue," Pooja Binepal, a spokeswoman for rescue organization Wildlife SOS, told the Mirror.

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Known as African wild, painted, or Cape hunting dogs, these endangered canines closely resemble wolves where there is a strict ranking system within the pack, led by the dominant breeding pair.

They are the world’s most sociable Dogs and do everything as a group, from hunting and sharing food, to helping sick members and assisting in raising young where all members take care of the babies. African wild Dogs communicate between one another through touch, movement and sound. Pack members are incredibly close, gathering together before a hunt to nose and lick each other, whilst wagging their tails and making high-pitched noises.


photos by daniel r. roberts from alaska’s katmai national park of grizzlies waiting patiently for salmon, of which they can eat up to 170 pounds a day. (see also: previous bear posts)