Pet Scoop: 13-Year-Old Lab Rescued From 100-Foot Cliff, Police Close Road to Save Cat

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Firefighters saved Murphy, a 13-yera-old Lab, from a 100-foot cliff in California.
Firefighters saved Murphy, a 13-yera-old Lab, from a 100-foot cliff in California.

Firefighters Pull Dog From Cliff

A crowd gathered to watch as rescuers wearing safety cables made their way down a 100-foot cliff in Encinitas, California, Sunday morning to save a 13-year-old Labrador Retriever. Murphy had gotten away from his owners, Brad and Julie Evarts, while on a walk with their other dog, and wound up trapped on a bluff. Once firefighters reached Murphy, they rubbed his head to keep him calm — but the old boy was quite mellow and happy to see them. They strapped him into a harness and he wrapped his legs around one of the firefighters as they were pulled to the top of the cliff. The 2-hour ordeal left Murphy thirsty and tired, but he wasn’t injured and was happy to see his owners. “He’s been an amazing animal and he continues to be. He survived another Murphy adventure,” said Brad Evarts. The Evarts say they plan to keep Murphy on a tighter leash. — Watch it at San Diego’s CBS News 8

Animal Groups Prepare to Help in Nepal

A massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing at least 4,000 people — and the death toll is continuing to rise. World Vets activated its disaster response team to help animals in the devastated nation Monday. The rapid response veterinary team will be in Nepal for at least three weeks, providing field rescues and supporting local animal welfare groups that are taking in animals. Other animal rescue groups including the Humane Society International and the International Fund for Animal Welfare say they’re also ready to activate. Scores of pets are feared dead in Nepal, according to the International Business Times. Meanwhile, an elite team of search and rescue dogs from the U.S. has been deployed and was expected to arrive in Nepal Monday. The rescue groups are accepting donations for their work. You can donate here: World Vets | HSI | IFAW

Study: High-Pitched Sounds Can Trigger Seizures in Cats

Confirming years of anecdotal reports from cat owners, a new study finds that common high-pitched noises such as crinkling tin foil or a spoon on the side of a ceramic feeding bowl can cause seizures in some elderly cats. Researchers said the problem can be treated with medication. “How wonderful to be able to go back to those worried owners who came to us for help with a problem previously unrecognized by the veterinary profession with not only an explanation for their cats’ behaviors, but (also) a way to help them as well,” said researcher Claire Bessant, chief executive of International Cat Care. The findings were published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. — Read it at Discovery News

Police in New Jersey shut down a stretch of highway to save a frightened cat.
Police in New Jersey shut down a stretch of highway to save a frightened cat.

Highway Closed to Save Cat

Police in Middletown Township, New Jersey, closed a stretch of State Highway 36 for more than an hour Saturday afternoon while they worked to save a frightened cat. A concerned driver called the police about a cat who was “clinging to its life” on the road’s concrete median barrier. Officers arrived on the scene and stopped traffic as they attempted to rescue the 9-to 12-month-old gray striped cat. But as they approached, the cat leapt from the barrier, ran to the side of the road and disappeared under Officer Nicholas Fenezia’s police car, where it hid in the undercarriage. The police kept the road closed while they called a tow truck and animal control for assistance. They were finally able to free the cat, who wasn’t injured in the incident. The cat is staying at the local Humane Society and authorities are hoping to locate its owner. — Read it at New York’s PIX 11

D.C. Zoo Hopes for Another Panda Cub

The Smithsonian National Zoo’s panda team artificially inseminated Mei Xiang on Sunday and Monday, in the hopes of her having another cub. For the first time, they used semen collected from Hui Hui, a panda living at the China Conservation and Research Center in Wolong, who was determined to be a strong genetic match for Mei Xiang. They also used semen collected from the zoo’s resident male Tian Tian. Tian Tian is the father of Mei Xiang’s two offspring, Tai Shan, who’s nearly 8 years old, and Bao Bao, who will be 2 years old in August and was recently separated from her mom. If Mei Xiang becomes pregnant, she would give birth in three to six months. — Read it from the National Zoo


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