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A Bulldog named “Mortimer” rests while sedated on an operating room table after 19 pacifiers were removed from his stomach at the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston on June 7. Vets think Mortimer had been taking the pacifiers from his owner’s two children over the course of months. The dog has fully recovered, according to a spokesman.

Veterinarian: Bulldog swallows 19 baby pacifiers

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston veterinary hospital got quite a surprise recently when a family brought in their bulldog after he stopped eating. The Angell Animal Medical Center found 19 baby pacifiers in the dog’s stomach. It started in April when the Wellesley family noticed that their 3-year-old dog, Mortimer, started getting nauseous before meals. His owner, Emily Shanahan, brought Mortimer to the vet, who prescribed medicine to take care of the issue. But it didn’t help and Mortimer eventually stopped eating entirely. Shanahan went to Angell, where they took an X-ray and discovered the pacifiers. Vets think Mortimer had been taking the pacifiers from Shanahan’s two children over the course of months. The pacifiers were removed using a medical scope that did not require surgery. Mortimer recovered and is back at home.

Firefighter uses YouTube duck calls to rescue ducklings

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — A flock of ducklings is safe in suburban Denver after a firefighter used a recording of duck calls to coax some of them from a storm drain. A video from South Metro Fire Rescue shows how a firefighter was able to scoop out four of the birds in the water at the bottom of the drain on Thursday. Four others, though, were hiding in an adjacent pipe. The firefighter held up his cellphone to an opening in the pipe and played a YouTube video of duck calls. The ducklings walked toward the sound. The fire district says the ducklings were reunited with their mother, who was nearby.

Naked man causes disruption at Detroit Metro airport

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man took off more than his belt and shoes at a Detroit Metropolitan Airport security checkpoint, and that he got completely naked before trying to pass through a metal detector. The Wayne County Airport Authority said in a statement that the man walked up to a checkpoint at the suburban Detroit airport early Friday and disrobed. He then disconnected a stanchion, or barrier, and approached a metal detector, but security didn't let him through. Airport police and fire crews responded and determined the man didn't pose a threat, but word of his naked appearance spread on Twitter. The airport says the man was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

12-foot gator hit by truck captured on Florida interstate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A trapper in Florida has seen his fair share of alligators, but the one he captured on Interstate 10 was one of the biggest. News outlets report that the gator was about 12 feet long, weighed about 463 pounds and was causing a hazard for drivers. Trapper Broderick Vaughan says the reptile was stunned and walking in circles after being hit on the snout by a truck earlier this month. It was euthanized due to the severity of its injuries.

Washington state city to use goats to help prevent wildfires

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A community in Washington state plans to use goats to reduce the risk of wildfires. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Wednesday that a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will fund the rental of goats to clear flammable brush around Wenatchee. A wildfire near the city 148 miles east of Seattle four years ago destroyed 28 homes and three businesses. Chelan County Fire District 1 Chief Brian Brett says 300 goats will be used for up to 10 days in July to eat fast-burning grass from areas that are hard to reach. Brett says if the experiment goes well, the goats will return next spring.