The Week in Animal News: Dog Refuses to Leave Grave, Frog Rides Snake to Safety, and More (Slideshow)


Photo: Vanderlei Almeida/AFP

For the last few days, a dog named Leao has refused to leave the grounds of a makeshift cemetery for victims of the worst natural disaster ever to hit Brazil.

There, beneath the moist, red mud, lies his owner, Cristina Maria Cesario Santana -- one of the estimated 630 people killed by the devastating wave of mudslides and floods that struck near Rio de Janeiro late last week.

Leao is just one of the animals in the news this week: There's also Richard Henry, the bird who saved his species; a newly-discovered massive pink jellyfish; the elusive Borneo bay cat; a brave frog escaping Australia's floods on the back of a snake; and more.

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