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Dolphins assist in dog rescue in Florida

An 11-year-old Doberman in Marco Islands, Florida, was missing for more than 15 hours when residents were alerted to his location by dolphins making loud splashing sounds, according to the United Press International (UPI).

The dog was found treading water in a nearby canal, surrounded by the dolphins, reported the Huffington Post.

Cindy Burnett, owner of the dog, named Turbo, was grateful for the dolphins' help in the animal rescue effort.

"If he had to tread water all night long, I know he wouldn't have been able to," Burnett told UPI.

Using brain scans including magnetic resonance imaging, dolphin intelligence has been studied and found to be high, leading to discussions of dolphins' animal rights.

“Many dolphin brains are larger than our own and second in mass only to the human brain when corrected for body size,” Lori Marino, a zoologist at Emory University, told the Times Online in 2010.

Brain size relative to an animal's body is an important measure of intelligence, according to the news source, which also reported that Dr. Thomas White, an ethics professor at Loyola Marymount University, believes that dolphins are ''non-human persons" who deserve the same moral rights.
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