Pet Scoop: 27-Year-Old Cat Gets Adopted, Volunteers Drive Dog 1,100 Miles Home

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At 27 years old, Banjo has a new home after he was left in a box at a shelter.
At 27 years old, Banjo has a new home after he was left in a box at a shelter.

“Britain’s Oldest Cat” Gets a Home

A sweet, very senior cat who was left in a box outside an animal shelter in London three weeks ago will now get the chance to live out his life in a loving new home. The staff at the RSPCA Southall Cattery discovered Banjo was microchipped in 1991 when he was about 2 years old, so they estimate he’s now between 25 and 27 years old. A shelter staffer says he’s the oldest cat they’ve had by far — the oldest before Banjo was about 13 to 14 years old. “He is such a charming, sweet old man, he is eating well and enjoying life in the cattery,” said staffer Aneel Odhwani, reported the U.K.’s Daily Mail. Banjo will be heading to his home with a “nice family” this week. — Read it at People Pets

Florida Dog Found 1,100 Miles From Home

Cynthia Abercrombie has no idea how her 10-year-old Great Pyrenees mix, Apollo, wound up in Massachusetts six weeks after he disappeared from his Florida home — but she’s thrilled to have him back. Apollo was found on Friday night, 1,100 miles from his home. She believes someone may have stolen him. East Coast Paws, a volunteer animal transport service, arranged to get Apollo back home to Florida. They organized nearly two dozen volunteers to drive an hour before handing Apollo off to the next driver, and reunited him with his emotional owner. “A great big thank you to all who helped get Apollo home,” Abercrombie commented on the group’s Facebook page on Tuesday. “I hope more volunteers will begin to help because of Apollo’s story.” — Read it at First Coast News

Traffic Noise Makes It Hard for Owls to Hunt

A new study finds that owls can lose nearly 90 percent of their hunting efficiency when the level of traffic noise is loud enough. Owls rely heavily on their sharp hearing to find food. In a study of 78 long and short-eared owls in Japan, researchers found that when traffic noise was lowest at 40 decibels, the owls lost 17 percent of their ability to hear the prey over road sounds. But when the decibel level reached 80, the birds lost 89 percent of their ability to hear their prey. The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports. — Read it at Seeker

An orphaned sea otter pup is settling in to his new home at the Vancouver Aquarium.
An orphaned sea otter pup is settling in to his new home at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Baby Otter Settles in to New Home

Rialto is making himself at home at the Vancouver Aquarium — and giving out lots of sweet kisses to his caregivers. The sea otter pup was found emaciated, sick and alone on a remote beach at the edge of Olympic National Park in Washington State on August 1, and got 24-hour care for six weeks at the Seattle Aquarium. On Sept. 19, he made the trip to his new home in Vancouver. U.S. officials have deemed Rialto non-releasable because he was stranded at just a few weeks old, and never got the chance to learn how to survive on his own. The pup will be gradually introduced to the aquarium’s other otter residents. For now, he’s adorably cuddling with head veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena, as you can see in a video of his latest check-up. — Watch him at the Baby Otter Cam

Firefighters Rescue Trapped Newborn Kitten

Firefighters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, created a makeshift tool to safely remove a 2-day-old kitten from the concrete culvert where it was found on Thursday. Lt. Jason Baloga and Inspector Dan Rickard used a flashlight, a pike pole and an adhesive trauma dressing as a tool to pull the kitten out of the space without injury. The kitten was taken to a local Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital for treatment. “Many of us are animal lovers and situations like this definitely make everyone involved feel good,” said Fire Chief Jon Unruh. — See photos at Click on Detroit


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