Animal physiologist Richard Browning stood at the edge of the water, shocked. On Saturday night, May 1st, forecasters predicted the Cumberland River, running along the edge of linkurl:Browning's research farm; at Tennessee State University in Nashville, would crest at only 35 feet (around 10 meters) on Sunday evening -- high, but not high enough to damage the farm. But when he and his team arrived Sunday morning, the river had risen to 38 feet. Half the farm was underwater. Goats milled about, knee-high in water. Browning and his team began to rush around, leading the animals to higher ground. Little did they know, the water was still rising, threatening the only comprehensive breeding lab for goats used as meat in the country. Across the field, Browning spied two guardian dog puppies, only six weeks old, trapped on a hay bale. He began walking toward them, but by the time he...

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