These stories are worth a click

By People Staff
Updated May 03, 2012 03:30 PM
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Shanthi, an elephant at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, loves playing a pair of harmonicas mounted in her enclosure, often making up her own songs and playing for several minutes at a time, even when humans are not present. “It is very good enrichment, especially for this specific elephant,” keeper Debbie Flinkman said. –AP

A group of bottlenose dolphins in Brazil have taken to helping fishermen lure and trap their prey. The dolphins round up the fish and then alert the humans by slapping their fins to show where to throw the nets. The arrangement is mutually beneficial; any fish that manage to escape the nets inadvertently head straight for the dolphins’ mouths. –Discovery News

Web company Terra has set up special receptacles in 10 Mexico City parks that measure the weight of the dog poop placed inside the trash as an incentive for pet owners to trash their animals’s waste properly. Every time poop is deposited into the trash can, a scale calculates its weight and then rewards visitors at the park with free Wi-Fi minutes. –TIME

A hybrid wolf-dog that was set to be euthanized for aggressive behavior has been given a reprieve after a judge handed him over to prison officials who want to utilize him as a guard at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. “I’m just glad for the dog,” said Judge James Best. “The dog is going to provide good service and be well taken cared of.” –TheAdvocate.com

A “loose” giraffe was captured Wednesday as part of the Franklin Park Zoo’s annual animal escapee drill, in which an animal is let loose on the grounds and authorities test-drive emergency measures. “We’ve over the years used everything from lions to tigers and leopards,” said John Linehan, president and chief executive of Zoo New England. “We have a pretty elaborate plan.” –Boston.com