Look, hiking a few miles up a mountain is hard. If you're a 190-pound dog named Floyd, who may not be in the best shape of his life, it's a bit too much.

The 3-year-old mastiff was hiking with his human up the Grandeur Peak trail in Salt Lake County, Utah, on Sunday and got so worn out he couldn't make it back to the car.

About five concerned hikers passed by the pup and his owner, who were stopped on the trail for hours, and called 911 once they got back to cell reception. Salt Lake County Search and Rescue were dispatched to rescue Floyd and quickly sprang to action to make sure the doggo got off the mountain before it got too dark and too cold, Todd Taylor, the team's squad leader, told BuzzFeed News.

"They started hiking around noon and it's usually a three-hour hike," Taylor said. "But they were sitting up there for a few hours. He would walk a few feet and then sit down and his paws were hurt and cut up."

The nonprofit, all-volunteer crew does about 50 rescues a year, Taylor, 49, said. They range from injured runners, dehydrated hikers, swift-water incidents, and jumping out of helicopters to get to stranded rock climbers. Most of the volunteers have been rescuing people for 10 to 15 years. Saving dogs, though, is much rarer and required some strategizing.

"This was an interesting rescue because of the size of Floyd," Taylor said. "We knew we had a big dog, a 190-pounder, and we treated it like a normal rescue for a person."

Ten rescuers on two teams arrived armed with helmets, ropes, radios, and a litter — a piece of equipment used to carry people — to rescue Floyd. However, the wheel broke about a mile into the rescue, Taylor said, so the crew had to carry the massive mastiff the rest of the way down.

But Floyd handled the entire situation like a champ and was the best of boys.

"We were prepared to have to strap him down, but he was very well-behaved," Taylor said, adding that Floyd seemed very grateful and relieved during the four-hour operation.

His human was, too.

"The owner was really surprised when we showed up because he didn't know people had called 911. There's no cell service up there and he was prepared to spend the night with his dog and get him in the morning," Taylor said.

The team posted photos and video of Floyd's rescue, showing the exhausted dog curled up on a red blanket as responders carefully carried him down the trail in the dark. Several hikers recalled seeing Floyd on their way down and were so happy to hear the news that he was OK.

"We passed him on the way down and it's all my kids could talk about," Melanie Peterson wrote on Facebook. "We were so happy and relieved to pass you all heading up for the rescue. What awesome people you are!"

The dog owner's sister, Amy Sandoval, said on Facebook that they had been out for a family hike, took a wrong turn on the descent, and "ended up on a very tricky slope."

"It was so hard getting everyone back up the trail. Poor dog just couldn't take any more after that," she said. "Thanks to all the nice hikers who offered us more water, as we used the remainder of ours to keep Floyd hydrated."

People had a lot of empathy for Floyd, who did his very best, and were extremely grateful for the volunteers putting so much time and care into saving the "gentle giant."


For the first time in nearly 150 years, bison will roam a new corner of a South Dakota national park. It's a vital step in growing the population of America's national mammal.

Badlands National Park officials released four bison into a newly expanded range on Friday. And if the way they careened out of their trailer onto the snow-covered plains is any indication, it seems the bison immediately made themselves at home.

The new real estate came from a land swap with a local ranch that blocked bison from entering the less rugged side of the park. Park officials worked with the US Forest Service and World Wildlife Fund among others to secure the additional 22,000 acres of land in 2014, according to the National Park Foundation.

The project also included new fences along the perimeter of the new land to separate bison from local cattle.

Around 1,200 bison now live in the 244,000-acre park, and their health secures the health of their ecosystem, the foundation said. All that noshing on grassy plains creates the preferred environment for prairie dogs to set up shop, and those populations attract other animals like coyotes and birds of prey that keep the ecosystem in check.

From critically endangered to America's national mammal

More than 30 million bison once roamed North America, but their populations plunged with Western expansion and hunting. They began to recover in the early 20th century, with the founding of the National Bison Range.

Now, there are around 31,000 of them raised solely for conservation purposes, according to the National Park Service. Another 360,000 are raised for meat and leather. The bison finally got its due in 2016, when it was declared the national mammal of the US. President Barack Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act, citing the animal's historic significance in "America's story."


According to Mike Phillips, director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund, it would take 20 to 40 wolves to reintroduce the species to Western Colorado. Within two decades, that number would naturally increase to 250.

It’s the beginning to a long-sought counterbalance by conservationists to the government-supported wolf eradication programs that began in the U.S. as early as the 1600s and led to the near extinction of our country’s gray and red wolves.

Phillips, director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund, is one of the world’s foremost experts on wolf restoration. In his career, he has led some of the world’s most significant public and private efforts to restore imperiled species. His work has helped restore red wolves to the southeastern United States and the gray wolf to Yellowstone National Park and surrounding national forests of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

In his talk, Phillips will examine the history and future of wolf recovery with an emphasis on western Colorado. Phillips and the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund’s current mission is to place a wolf restoration measure on the ballot this November.

Harnessing conservation biology and politics

Phillips received his BSc in Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution from the University of Illinois and his MSc in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Alaska. He has served as the director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund and an advisor to Turner Biodiversity Divisions since he established both with Ted Turner and his family in 1997. From 1986 to 1994, he was the Field Coordinator for the Red Wolf Recovery Program. He was also instrumental in the return of gray wolves to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Phillips is the leader of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project and the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund, and he has authored or co-authored hundreds of reports and over 65 publications. Phillips currently serves as a Montana State Senator.

The Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series is presented by the Damrauer Endowed Lectureship Fund. Registration is recommended for the event, which is free and open to the public. Visit the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series website for more information or to register.

The gray wolf is listed on the federal Endangered Species Act, though in March the federal Fish and Wildlife Service proposed removing the gray wolf from the federal protection list and return management to the states. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission in 2016 formally opposed returning wolf populations to the state.

Backers of reintroducing wolves are circulating petitions to place Initiative 107 on the state’s 2020 ballot. They have until Dec. 13 to gather 124,632 voter signatures.

Ex-state resources chief Walcher joins opposition to Colorado wolf reintroduction

When Greg Walcher was executive director of the state Department of Natural Resources, he believed that reintroduction of lost species provided to the landscape of Colorado. He worked on bringing back endangered fish, lynx, moose, bighorn sheep and even prairie chickens, he said Wednesday.

But wolves? Walcher isn’t running with that pack.


Things did not look good for a wild baby giraffe in Kenya after it got stranded in the Uaso Nyiro river.

The animal was stuck in the middle of the river for roughly four hours according to Baba Sue, who posted photos of the rescue to Samburu Aboriginal Heritage museum forum’s Facebook page.

A group of courageous rescuers took a risk of being attacked by crocodiles and waded into the fast-flowing river to rescue the giraffe. There were dead branches trapping the giraffe’s long legs, so men came out with machetes to cut away the woody binds.

Their brave deed has won praise. “Wow! What a show of courage and passion for wildlife – our precious heritage,” said one comment.

Giraffes are one of Africa’s most iconic animals, instantly recognizable to people of all ages and backgrounds from around the world. Many people don’t realize that there are actually nine different subspecies of giraffe, three of which are found in Kenya: the reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata; also known as the Somali giraffe), Rothschild’s giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi), and the Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi; also known as the Kilimanjaro giraffe).

Reticulated giraffes are found predominantly in the northern portion of Kenya, but they are also quite common in zoos and wild animal parks; we ticked this subspecies off our list during our visit to the KWS headquarters in Nairobi. Rothschild’s giraffes are highly endangered because they frequently hybridize with other subspecies; only a few hundred “pure” individuals are thought to exist in the wild.

One of the few locations where they can be observed is Lake Nakuru National Park, where small herds of them can often be found foraging together. By far the most common during our travels was the Masai giraffe, which can be seen in parks, on reserves, along roadsides, and on pastureland.

Giraffes are also known for having horns–or, more accurately, ossicones, which are horn-like growths of ossified cartilage (not bone tissue) that are permanently covered in skin and fur (rather than a velvet that can be rubbed off). Some people will tell you that giraffes are the only animals that are born with horns, but technically this isn’t true–and now you know enough to call their bluff!


October's full moon, called the Hunter's Moon, will rise tonight (Oct. 13), reaching its peak fullness at 5:08 p.m. ET.

The Hunter's Moon, which is the full moon following the Harvest Moon and the closest full moon to the fall equinox, is reportedly the best time for hunting deer and other animals, according to the Farmer's Almanac. In northern locations, leaves have fallen, deer have fattened and harvesters have cleared the fields, making it easier to see the animals under the light of the big bulb in the sky, according to NASA.

But people of different cultures and regions gave their own names to full moons. The Algonquin tribes, for example, called October's full moon the Travel Moon, the Dying Grass Moon and the Sanguine or Blood Moon; the latter three are thought to be named after the changing colors of the leaves and dying plants, according to NASA.

The Ojibwa people called this month's full moon the "Mskawji Giizis," or Freezing Moon, as October typically marks the first frost, and the Cree people called it "Pimahamowipisim," or Migrating Moon, because of bird migrations, according to, Live Science's sister site. In the Southern Hemisphere, the days are getting warmer and longer, and as such, some common names for this October moon include Waking Moon, Pink Moon, Seed Moon, Fish Moon and Egg Moon.

The names don't end there, but they all seem to hint at the same idea: Seasons are changing. Phases of the moon are dictated by the amount of sunlight that's reflected off the moon as the moon revolves around our planet. A full-moon phase is as close as the moon can get to being fully lit up by the sun. It occurs when the moon is 180 degrees from the sun, when the moon, the sun and Earth form a line, according to

Also, stargazers can still catch sight of the Draconid and Southern Taurid meteor showers which will be setting the night sky alight with stunning shooting stars today and tomorrow, across the United States.

October Full Moon Names from different cultures Tugluvik (Inuit). Kentenha (Mohawk). Long Hair Moon (Hopi) Ten Colds Moon (Kiowa). Falling Leaves Moon (Arapaho). Corn Ripe Moon (Taos Native American). Hunter's Moon, Blood Moon (Neo-Pagan). Leaf Fall Moon (San Juan Native American). Blood Moon, Wine Moon (Mediaeval English). Blood Moon Falling :Full, Leaf Moon :Dark (Janic). Hunter's Moon, Travel Moon, Full Dying Grass Moon (Algonquin Native American/Colonia).

Other Moon names : Spirit Moon, Snow Moon, Shedding Moon, Winterfelleth (Winter Coming), Windermanoth (Vintage Month), Falling Leaf Moon, Moon of the Changing Season, White Frost moon