Basketball player saves dolphin
A marine park in China recruited a long-armed basketball player to help save a dying dolphin.
The female dolphin, named Linda, had swallowed a plastic mat which had got stuck in her stomach.
Staff at the Hangzhou Polar Ocean Park, Zhejiang province, x-rayed Linda after she lost interest in her usual trick of stealing fish from a bucket at the waterside.
"She seemed very upset and had no appetite at all. We were worried she was ill," said a spokesman for the park.
Vets' tools could not reach into the dolphin's stomach so an appeal went out to the local sports bureau for help.
And retired basketball player Zhang Youliang, who is 7ft 1in tall and has arms more than a metre long, stepped forward.
With the help of more than 10 staff, Zhang managed to reach into the dolphin's stomach and remove the mat at the second attempt.
Vets say Linda should now make a full recovery in about a week from the damage to her stomach.
Spaz the dog saves woman from fire
Lillian Miller thought her little dog Spaz just needed to make a middle-of-the-night trip outside to relieve himself.
It turns out that the Chihuahua mixed-breed dog was trying to warn her about a fire.
Miller, 58, who had taken out her hearing aids, was asleep at about 3 a.m. on Saturday when she heard the faint strains of Spaz's barking.
She took him outside, but when she returned to her mobile home on Timber Village Road in Groveland, she saw flames coming from her living-room window.
"He must have heard the fire alarm, but she couldn't hear it because she didn't have her hearing aids in," said her mother, Eudora Miller. The fire spread, and the two were lucky to get out, Eudora Miller said.
Eudora Miller isn't sure how old Spaz is — he's getting a little grey around the whiskers but is still "as cute as can be," she said. But now he will have a special place in the Miller family's heart. "As far as I'm concerned, he saved her life," Eudora Miller said.