Scent Detection Golden Retriever Cooper on AMW Show Tonite 9pm

I have never watched the show but maybe tonight will have to be an exception.

‘America’s Most Wanted’ lauds police dog’s efforts in solving guard’s slaying
Gina Tenorio, Staff Writer

It was a murder case that took two years to solve. The 2004 slaying of Corey Medlock – a Brinks Armored Truck security guard from San Bernardino – will be featured today on “America’s Most Wanted.” The one-hour show airs at 9 p.m. on Fox.

The show will cast its spotlight on Cooper, a golden retriever and a specially trained scent dog with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who is credited with solving the case in 2006.

Officials and the show’s producers say the dog led investigators to Ronald Patrick Hoffman, 37, the man eventually named as Medlock’s killer, said Ed Miller, a correspondent with “America’s Most Wanted.” According to a Riverside police news release issued in 2004, Medlock entered a Food 4 Less store in the 4200 block of Van Buren Boulevard the morning of Jan. 8 to make a cash delivery when a man in disguise approached from behind and shot him in the head.

The gunman then grabbed the money bag, which held $3,000, and ran out to a waiting red Ford Taurus, officials said. Medlock, 28, died the next day at Riverside Community Hospital. A stolen red 2002 Ford Taurus believed to be the getaway car was later found abandoned at a medical office in the 3900 block of Van Buren Boulevard.

Hundreds of leads were generated by news of the killing. A reward was offered, and the case was featured on “America’s Most Wanted,” but no one had been arrested for years, officials said. Then, last summer, Riverside County sheriff’s deputies got word that an armed man was threatening customers at a store in Mira Loma. The suspect, later identified as Hoffman, led authorities on a brief chase July 25 that ended with deputies fatally wounding him, officials said.

News clippings of Medlock’s shooting were found among Hoffman’s things, officials said, helping them put the pieces together. That’s when Cooper was brought in to match the scents taken from the suspect’s shoes and the 2002 Taurus, Miller said. “We ran this story several times on `America’s Most Wanted,”‘ Miller said. Referring to Cooper’s abilities, he said, “we felt this was a fascinating tool that hardly gets any attention.”


Tortoise Adopts Baby Hippo — with 1 year update

Tortoise Adopts Baby Hippo


NAIROBI (AFP) – A baby hippopotamus that survived the tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast has formed a strong bond with a giant male century-old tortoise, in an animal facility in the port city of Mombassa, officials said. The hippopotamus, nicknamed “Owen”, and weighing about 300 kilograms (650 pounds), was swept down Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean then forced back to shore when tsunami waves struck the Kenyan coast on December 26, before wildlife rangers rescued him.

“It is incredible! A less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise, about a century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a ‘mother’,” ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park, told AFP.

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One Year Later: Update on the Tortoise and the Baby Hippo


A year after they first met, Owen, the baby hippo that survived last December’s Tsunami, and Mzee, a 130-year-old tortoise are still best pals. They live together at the Haller Park preserve in Mombasa, Kenya.

Last year when Owen first arrived, the tortoise resisted his companionship, but the persistent Owen kept following him around the park, into the pool and trying to sleep next to him. Mzee relented after several days. As the bond grew, the tortoise even returned signs of affection. They are now inseparable.

Conservation workers soon plan to introduce Owen to a 13-year-old female hippo named Cleo, hoping to see the two develop a strong relationship. The female hippo has lived without companionship from her species for more than a decade. The delicate process will begin with getting the two animals to meet and get used to each other’s smell before they move them into a larger enclosure together with the tortoise.