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Jaws of life: A rescue dog pulls a boat with her teeth.

Jaws of life: A rescue dog pulls a boat with her teeth.

Flailing and splashing, a panicky-looking woman cries out from the middle of the lake. A Belgian Shepherd leaps from a nearby boat into the water, a lifebelt in tow. Moments later, the dog brings the floating ring to the struggling swimmer. She grasps it and holds on tight as the dog hauls her to the safety of the boat.

Read the whole story here: http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/search/Result.html?siteSect=882&ty=st&sid=11040015

You can also listen to an audio version I did for Swissinfo’s weekly podcast.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/index.html?siteSect=15050&sid=11078599&autoPlay=y

In the 14-minute podcast, I come on at about 7 minutes, 30 seconds.

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Me and my new tarantula friend Sophie

Me and my new tarantula friend Sophie

With nearly 4,000 creatures living in the Zurich Zoo, it’s only natural that there are ample opportunities for visitors to connect with them. Yet some of the zoo’s programmes are quite unusual. For example, how about fixing and serving lunch for the penguins? Or letting a gentle tarantula help you brush away arachnophobia? Or getting married with primates as your witnesses?

Read the whole story here: http://www.swisster.ch/en/news/society/zurich-zoo-offers-direct-connections-with-animals_117-1885106

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