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Firefighters launch tense rescue after pet tortoise traps pet dog in underground burrow

The Fortin family poses with Scottsdale, Ariz., firefighters Derek Owen and Preston Fuller after they rescued the Fortins’ pet dog, who ventured into their tortoise’s burrow. CREDIT: Courtesy Scottsdale Fire Department

Tortoises dig burrows to regulate their body temperature and escape predators. Sulcata tortoises, also called African spurred tortoises, tend to dig extensive dens, which can run as deep as 20 feet underground.

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File – In this June 2, 2021, photo a man sits next to his dog at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va. DCJK

CDC eases up on dog travel ban

The United States government has eased up on a rule that had banned the importation of dogs from 113 countries because of concerns over fraudulent...