Flooding of the Edisto River in Dorchester Country, South Carolina, has caused people to leave their homes in search of safety. Unfortunately for some this meant leaving animals behind. Rescue crews worked to evacuate exhausted pigs, goats, chickens and dogs from the flooded area.
Even with the realistic, reassuring quacking sounds coming from his mobile phone, it took Louisiana firefighter Cody Knecht about 90 minutes to catch the first four baby mallards in the south-east Louisiana community of Slidell. Chad Duffaut of St Tammany Fire District said Mr Knecht rescued the two others. After giving them about an hour to calm down, all six ducklings were reunited with their mother in the canal behind a home, where people first reported seeing the babies go into the drain.
Jia Jia is both the current record holder for oldest panda in captivity and the oldest panda ever in captivity, stealing away the title from the previous owner who lived to be 36-years-old. Pandas tend to live longer in captivity than in the wild so she's quite old by any panda standards. To celebrate, she was given a cake made of ice and vegetables, but she mainly stuck to chewing on bamboo and posing next to it.