Tourists who carried a baby fawn in their arms to a Grand Canyon ranger provoked an unusual reaction - the frustrated ranger burst into tears.

 Ranger Della Yurcik was manning the Phantom Ranch Ranger Station last Thursday at noon, with temperatures hovering at 110 degrees, when a tourist couple showed up with a leggy fawn wrapped in a T-shirt, according to The Arizona Daily Sun.

Worried that the fawn would suffer the same fate as the bison calf who was euthanised after a family visiting Yellowstone National Park in May loaded it into its car thinking it needed help, the ranger said seeing the young fawn made her cry.

'The baby just happened to be walking by when people came, so in their mind it was coming up to them for help,' she told the outlet. 'Unfortunately it’s commonplace for them to leave their young and it’s common for visitors to see what they assume to be abandoned animals.'

Luckily, this story had a better ending than the bison calf story.

Rangers returned the fawn to her habitat and kept an eye on her, eventually seeing her mother return to her that evening.

They have since spotted mama and baby going on about their lives.

Yurick says she will issue the couple a citation. The punishment could be up to six months in jail or five years probation and/or a $5000 fine.

The ranger wants visitors to leave the wildlife alone, but she also understands that sometimes people just can't help themselves.

A new-born puppy’s life was saved thanks to the swift actions of police officers who broke a window of the car he was trapped in.

 With temperatures in excess of 30C, officers from Pensacola Police Department in Florida had no choice but to shatter the car’s front window.

As you can tell from the pictures, the poor little brown and white puppy pictured was suffering from the heat.

After the incident, the force posted the following plea on Facebook:

"Don’t. Just don’t. If you leave your dog in a hot car and that dog is suffering, we will do whatever we have to do to free him. Or her. Doesn’t matter, we like both kinds of dogs. We will drive your pooch to the caring folks at the Escambia County Animal Shelter and we will drop you off with the caring folks at the Escambia County Detention Facility. You will both receive attention, food, and shelter, albeit different kinds. So, don’t."

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Why are hot cars dangerous? Animals are only able to cool themselves off by panting, sweating and through their paw pads, which makes being locked inside a car especially dangerous.. Pets can suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke in a matter of minutes.

An ancient variety of squash that was all but lost to history is now being rediscovered.

Native Americans in the Great Lakes region have cultivated this squash for centuries, and now tribes are sharing the seeds with each other and with small farmers to bring the plant back.

Eighth Day Farm in Holland, Mich., is among those that acquired seeds from this mystery squash. And the farm's Sarah Hofman-Graham says they didn't know what to expect when they planted it last year.

"I definitely didn't have a firm idea of what kind of squash it was going to grow—or even what the plant was going to look like," she says. "It was just a fantastic surprise."

The seeds grew into massive bright orange squashes, each more than 2 feet long. Hofman-Graham invited me to a dinner party featuring a soup made from the ancient squash — it tasted sweet and mild.

The seeds passed through a couple of pairs of hands before they got to the farm. But they started with Paul DeMain, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. DeMain says his seeds originally came from the Miami tribe in Indiana and are thought to be from a line that's somewhere between 1,000 to 2,000 years old.

"The squash and the seeds that are going around now have provoked quite a bit of excitement in the native community because it is an indigenous seed," he says.

DeMain says several stories have circulated about the seeds' origins and that it's possible several stories have morphed together over time. According to one story, the seeds were found in a clay vessel that was unearthed during a construction project in Wisconsin.

"There were seeds in it that were regrown," Demain says. "And allegedly these seeds were dated [to] about 850 to 900 years ago."

Seeds of the ancient squash, called Gete Okosman. 

"As communities begin healing after a hundred years of decline — of displacement — it comes along with a revival of the language, the revival of songs and ceremonies," he says.

One tribe in Michigan wants to make sure these seeds stay around a lot longer.

In a small basement room in the Jijak office, there are dozens of glass jars on wooden shelves, with native varieties of corn, beans, tobacco, watermelon and ancient squash.

Finney opens a jar of the seeds of the ancient squash, called Gete Kosman: Gete means ancient, or something from a long time ago, and kosman is the word for squash.

"They're big, just like the squash. And they're "really fat, and that's a good thing for a seed," Finney says.

He calls the ancient squash "heroic."

"This squash has re-emerged. It's an ancient, lost and forgotten thing. It's a champion for all of these seeds," he says. "They were forgotten, and all of them are making their re-emergence again."

"There is spirit within those seeds," she says. "So that's why we want to keep revitalizing things like this, and keep building things like this, to provide for those next seven generations," she says. "And also thinking about those ones that were in the past seven generations, that because of them, we're here. Because of them, those seeds are still here as well."

She calls the work they're doing "food sovereignty" — growing their own food in traditional ways, on tribal land.

 The seed library maintained by the Jijak Foundation contains dozens of native varieties of corn, beans, tobacco, watermelon and ancient squash.

The SyFy series, which portrays a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies, features Native actors protecting their homelands in an episode entitled, “We Were Nowhere Near the Grand Canyon”.

 Eddie Spears as Gorden Firecloud aka Red Hawk: Gorden Firecloud aka Red Hawk is the leader of part of a Native American tribe that followed him to their ancestral land to survive the zombie outbreak, in the hopes that their ancestors would protect them.

The son of Chief Dan Firecloud and brother of Ayalla Firecloud, he appeared in the 10th episode of season 2, "We Were Nowhere Near the Grand Canyon". Before the apocalypse, he was a college professor specializing in native culture.

His tribe is wary of the zombie virus infecting their community, calling it "Zendigo" and a "disease of the soul", and Red Hawk blames the outbreak on whites.

"We Were Nowhere Near the Grand Canyon" is the tenth episode of Season 2 of Z Nation and the twenty-third episode of the series overall.

Native actors: Eddie Spears, Gene Tagaban, Tonantzin Carmelo, Tinsel Korey and Jeff Barehand.

Ayalla (Tinsel Korey) commented on her role on the set of ZNation. “Our Indigenous women are nurturing, powerful warriors. So, it was an honor to help create such a strong, intelligent, kick-butt character like Ayalla. The producers and director really valued all the Native actors’ opinions and helped bring to life multi-dimensional and futuristic Native heroes.”
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Heart-wrenching moment: A golden snub-nosed monkey mum refused to leave her baby's body after the one-year-old baby monkey fell from a 20m tall tree and died

 Photos taken in the Qin Ling Mountains of central ‪China‬ on June 28 show a monkey mum lingering around her baby's body after the one-year-old baby monkey fell from a 20 meters' tall tree and died.

The baby monkey who fell in the process of food gathering can be seen lying on the rock, whilst the monkey mum kept screaming as if she was calling her baby not to leave her.

The monkey mum was then seen leaving the rock carrying her baby's body.

About 20,000 of golden snub-nosed monkey remain on Earth. Some 4,000 inhabit the mountainous region where Chinese officials set up the Zhouzhi National Nature Reserve to protect the species.

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Guo Songtai, an Chinese professor specialised in the golden snub-nosed monkey told that it was not uncommon for a primate to carry its dead baby.

It has been observed in the Qin Ling mountains for a golden snub-nosed monkey to carry her infant for as long as 35 days after its death, said Guo, who teaches at the College of Life Sciences in the Northwest University in Xi'an.