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New "bone-crushing" canine species fossil found…

Paleontologists this week have uncovered a new canine species!

Cynarctus wangi is believed to have belonged to the extinct "bone-crushing dogs" known as the Borophaginae family.

The study which discovered the fossil say the dog was about the size of a coyote.

They lived along the shore of eastern North America over 12 million years ago and survived on a diet of meat and veg - says lead author Steven E. Jasinski:

"Based on its teeth, probably only about a third of its diet would have been meat - It would have supplemented that by eating plants or insects, living more like a mini-bear than like a dog."

Expect the Cynarctus wangi to make an appearance in the next Jurassic Park blockbuster!

Pic: An illustration of Cynarctus wangi by Mauricio Antón

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.