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NEWBORN ELK RESCUED FROM NATION’S LARGEST WILDFIRE

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It’s one of the few feel-good stories to come out of the nation’s largest wildfire. Firefighters in New Mexico have rescued an abandoned newborn elk calf found amid the ashes from the blaze. A Montana-based firefighter says he happened upon the motionless elk calf on the ground of a fire-blackened forest as he was trying to snuff out lingering hot sports. Nate Sink says he didn’t know whether the baby elk was dead or alive. And because wildlife officials discourage having interaction with elk calves left alone in the woods, he searched around first for signs of the mom, but found none. The 32-pound singed bull calf was taken to a nearby ranch for care. It’s been appropriately nicknamed “Cinder.”

GERMAN FARMER EMPLOYS HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE TO SAVE FUEL MONEY

SCHUPBACH, Germany (AP) — A German stud farm owner and horse trainer is going old-school in an effort to keep from having to pay skyrocketing gasoline prices. Stephanie Kirchner has switched from the horsepower provided by her SUV to the kind of horsepower provided by her horse. She uses a horse-drawn carriage to get around her in her town in western Germany. She says with gas prices going up because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, she decided to make the change. She says with prices for everything else going up too, she feels the need to “save a little money.”

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