Salvador Dolly, an Adorable—and Adoptable—Puppy With a Daliesque Fur Mustache, Is the Internet’s Newest Dog Sensation

Hearts & Bones Rescue
Hearts & Bones Rescue

In late July, the Dallas- and New York City-based dog rescue Hearts & Bones partnered with Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center to save a mom dog and her 11 still-nursing five-week-old shepherd mutt puppies, including a female with an unusual marking. Named Salvador Dolly, the puppy bears an uncanny resemblance to legendary Spanish Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, complete with a black handlebar “mustache.” (Dalí's facial hair is such an iconic part of his image that even when his body was exhumed in 2017, his mustache was still intact.)

"Ladies and gents, we give you The Mustache Puppy!," Hearts & Bones wrote on their Facebook page. “We just rescued this pup, her 10 siblings and their beautiful mama thanks to our friends at Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center and a $5000 grant from Maddie’s Fund at the Best Friends Animal Society National Conference! The whole fam is heading to an amazing foster home in Dallas today, where they’ll get lots of love and the medical care they need. NYC friends, are you ready for this? Mustache pup and co[mpany] will be looking for foster and forever homes in the Big Apple the last week of August. Apply to foster or adopt today at heartsandbonesrescue.com, and tell us mustache pup sent you.”

Yes, Salvador Dalí in dog form could be yours—and so can her siblings and mom.

Gertrude Stein with her puppies
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Keeping with the art theme, the rest of very active and playful pups are named after other famed artists: Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Kara Walker, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Fernando Botero, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Gertrude Stein (mama dog). Hearts & Bones told Mental Floss they’re overwhelmed with Dolly applications, but encourage New Yorkers to apply to foster and adopt the rest of this adorable brood.

Besides the artist puppies, Hearts & Bones has several other puppies and adult dogs waiting to be adopted or fostered. You can adopt Meryl Streep, Lloyd Christmas, Cher Horowitz, Harry Dunne, Charlotte York, Steve Carell, George Costanza, or the Stranger Things cast. If you’re unable to adopt or foster these dogs, you can make a donation to help cover their medical costs.

Fish Tube: How the 'Salmon Cannon' Works and Why It's Important

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If you’ve been on the internet at any point in the past week, you’ve certainly come across footage of wildlife conservationists stuffing salmon into a giant plastic tube and shuttling them over obstacles. It’s so bizarre—even by the already loose standards of the web—that it briefly ignited discussions over fish welfare, its purpose, and the seeming desire of people to be similarly transported through a pneumatic tunnel into a new life.

Naturally, the “salmon cannon” has a mission beyond amusing the internet. The system was created by Whooshh Innovations, a company that essentially adopted the same kind of transportation system featuring pressurized tubing that's used in banking. Initially, the system was intended to transport fruit over long distances without bruising. At some point, engineers figured they could do the same for fish.

The fish payload is secured at the entrance of the tube—acceptable species can weigh up to 34 pounds—and moves through a smooth, soft plastic tube that conforms to their body shape. Air pressure behind them keeps them moving. The fish are jettisoned between 16 and 26 feet per second to a new location, where they emerge relatively unscathed. Because there’s no need for a water column, the tubing can cover most terrain at virtually any height.

The tubing solution is a human answer to a human problem: dams. With fish largely confined to still bodies of water thanks to dams and facing obstacles swimming upstream to migrate and spawn, fish need some kind of assistance. In the past, “fish ladders” have helped fish move upstream by providing ascending steps they can flop on, but not all fish can navigate such terrain. Another system, trapping and hauling fish like cargo, results in disoriented fish who can even forget how to swim. The Whooshh system, which has been in used in Washington state for at least five years, allows for expedient fish export with an injury rate as little as 3 percent, although study results have varied.

The video features manual insertion of the fish. In the wild, Whooshh counts on fish making semi-voluntary entries into the tubing. Once they swim into an enclosure, they’re curious enough about the tube to go inside.

If all goes well, the system could help salmon be reintroduced to the Upper Columbia River in Washington, where the population has been depleted by dams. Testing of the device there is awaiting approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

[h/t Popular Mechanics]

Virginia Zoo Is Auctioning Off the Chance to Name Its New Red Panda Triplets

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The red panda population at the Virginia Zoo grew significantly earlier this summer, The Virginian-Pilot reports. On June 18, mother Masu and father Timur welcomed a brood of triplets into the world, bringing their total number of offspring up to five. The three red panda babies are currently without names, but the zoo is giving a few lucky bidders the chance to change that.

Red pandas are endangered, with fewer than 10,000 of them living in their natural habitat in the Eastern Himalayas. Red panda breeding programs, like the one at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, are a way for conservationists to rebuild the species's dwindling numbers.

In 2017, Masu relocated to Virginia from the Denver Zoo as a juvenile. Zookeepers paired her with a male red panda there named Timur, and in June 2018, she delivered twin cubs named Adam and Freddie. Red pandas typically breed in the spring and summer months and usually have just two babies at a time. But when Masu gave birth again this past June, she had three tiny cubs.

The three new red panda babies each weighed about 5 ounces when they were born and weigh roughly a pound today. Masu has been moved to a private, climate-controlled den to care for her young and will be returned to her original exhibit with her cubs sometime this fall.

By the time they make their debut, the youngest red pandas at the Virginia Zoo will have names, chosen not by the zoo, but by members of the public. Starting yesterday, August 19, and ending August 30, the zoo is holding an online auction for the naming rights of each of the three red panda cubs. As of press time, the honor of naming the two boy red pandas has already been sold for $2500 each, and the current bid for the girl stands at $1000. All the money that's raised will be donated to the Zoo’s conservation partner, the Red Panda Network.

Perhaps due to the results of previous public naming contests, the Zoo did lay out a few stipulations for the winning bidders. It won't accept any repeat names of red pandas that have lived there in the past. Additionally, "any racial, religious or ethnic slurs, explicit language, obscene content, reference to alcohol, drugs or other illicit substances or otherwise unlawful, inappropriate, objectionable, or offensive content" will be rejected. All name submissions from the winners are due to the zoo by September 9.

[h/t The Virginian-Pilot]

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