March 22, 2012 07:00 PM

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Despite experiencing changes in body temperature, a slowed heart rate and lack of food and water, black bears are capable of healing themselves during hibernation. Researchers studying the phenomenon hope it can provide answers to treating humans suffering from malnourishment, hypothermia or other ailments. –Discovery News

A rescued dachshund mix in El Dorado Hills, Calif., gave birth to a litter of tiny puppies, including what could be the world’s smallest dog. Two-week-old Beyonce is currently as big as an iPhone. –CBS Sacramento

Veterinarians at Australia’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo are searching for the cause of death behind four white rhinos that “died suddenly after showing some neurologic abnormalities such as stumbling,” according to the zoo’s website. In the meantime, the remaining white rhinos have been placed in quarantine. –ABC News

Chance, a golden retriever mix that was found abandoned on the side of the road with a bullet wound, has been placed with a new adoptive family. The dog’s previous owner did come forward, but no longer wished to keep him, while the perpetrator of the gunshot wound remains unknown. –NBC San Diego

From busybody bulldogs to haughty Persian cats, see the characters of Downton Abbey reimagined as pet breeds. –Dogster.com

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