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A Maine man who dedicated his life to providing a home for ailing elephants may tragically have been killed when one of the animals he cared for stepped on him. Credit: Facebook/Hope Elephants Reports suggest that Dr. James Laurita, 56, founder of the non-profit group Hope Elephants (in Hope, Maine), fell in a corral while caring for the animals at his sanctuary. Laurita apparently fell and hit his head on the cement floor, knocking him unconscious, according to WCSH. Examinations by the state medical examiner's office indicate that an elephant then stepped on him. He died of asphyxiation and multiple chest fractures. RELATED: 10 Ways Elephants Are Like Us Paramedics responded to the...

BERLIN - Firefighters revived a cat found unconscious at the scene of an apartment blaze in Berlin using a tiny oxygen mask made for a child, authorities said Tuesday. Credit: Associated Press A rescue team sent to a fire Monday at a home in the western Moabit district of the German capital found the stricken animal, which had apparently suffered from smoke inhalation. "The fire brigade put out the smouldering blaze in the sitting room of the flat, where there were two cats and a rabbit," police said in a statement. They carried the pets out of the apartment and "had to resuscitate one of the cats using a breathing apparatus". A spokeswoman for the fire service told AFP that the mask...

MELBOURNE - A lucky koala was recovering Friday after being caught by firefighters when it fell unconscious from a tree before being given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Emergency crews were called to the Melbourne suburb of Langwarrin on Thursday night after reports that an injured animal was lying on the road after being hit by a car. When officials arrived, they found the furry native marsupial had climbed a tree for shelter and firefighters were brought in to bring it down. "We believed it had died in the tree, just when we were trying to rescue it," Langwarrin Country Fire Authority's Sean Curtin told Fairfax radio. "Then it fell out of the tree and the members caught it in a...

Staff from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and crew members from the Coast Guard station in Cape May, New Jersey, worked together to free a leatherback turtle. They had received a call reporting a turtle stuck in fishing gear about 30 miles off the coast. The marine reptile was estimated to weigh about 800 pounds, but the crew was able to successfully free its flipper from a tangled buoy line. Share this on Facebook? MORE ON PAWNATION: Grateful Dog Shows Rescuers Some Love Rescued Leopard Remembers Her Human Savior Beagle Freedom Project Rescues More Dogs From Laboratory...