This is Cinder, a black-bear cub whose paws were hurt during the largest fire in Washington State history. She's doing okay.
Cinder Was Discovered Hiding Under a Horse Trailer: And she "was so badly burned on her paws she was walking on her elbows," the AP reports. Those bandages have to be changed daily. Now Cinder is recuperating in California "enjoying fresh fruit and trout," and her rescuers think she has a good shot at being returned to the wild. Why? "Cinder doesn't like people." Atta girl, Cinder!
Iraqi and Kurdish Forces Reportedly Retake the Mosul Dam in Iraq: After assists from U.S. airstrikes against ISIS militants. It's not just that the dam controls the water supply and electricity for most of Iraq, although there is that; it's also that the "seizure of the dam by the ISIS militants raised fears that a 65-foot wave of water could be released over northern Iraq."
More About the Mosul Dam and Why It Matters:Right here.
Oh Yeah, One More Piece of Good News: Several Stranger staffers are away on summer vacation right now, so Cienna Madrid will be joining us in the office all week long, blogging on this here Slog!! If you're new to town and unfamiliar with this Cienna person, you must read this and you also must read this. And maybe also this.