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A Calico kitty who’d become “part of the family” at the Boston Police Department’s SWAT team base
went missing three weeks ago. The stray
cat began prowling around the team’s base two years ago, rolling over for belly rubs from the officers — and joining them for meals. The unit adopted her and took care of her, getting her spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Now, the team is asking the public to help them find “SWAT Cat.” “It’s sad, she’s not there. It’s like going to work and not seeing a well-liked coworker,” said one SWAT officer
in a news release. — Read it at
Heidi, a black Shepherd and Lab mix, is trained to search out missing dogs for her owner Anne Wills’
Dogs Finding Dogs tracking service in Maryland. But in February, she started burying her head in Wills’ chest, pawing at her anxiously and insistently, as if she’d found something important. Wills, concerned for Heidi’s health, brought her to the vet to be checked out, but she was fine. So, she went to her own doctor, and a CT scan revealed cancerous tumors in her lungs. Wills was treated with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy and is now in remission, thanks to Heidi. — Read it from the Baltimore Sun via Wisconsin’s
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dogs lapping up water, scientists at
Virginia Tech say they’ve determined why they’re such sloppy drinkers. Because dogs can’t suck up liquids, so they lap them up by reaching out with their tongue and retracting it quickly, creating a column of water underneath. As the column of water is about to fall back into the water bowl, the
dog snaps his jaw closed, capturing the liquid. The researchers also found that they splash a lot more water than
cats do because they plunge much more of the surface area of their tongues into the liquid. The findings were published in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. — Read it at
Utility workers came to the rescue of a raccoon who’d spent several
days trapped at the top of a power pole in Massachusetts. The animal was first
spotted by Karen Blakeney last Thursday, and residents have been calling the
police and the power company to try to help it. They even placed bales of hay
around the bottom of the pole to soften the raccoon’s landing in case it fell.
Finally, on Monday, National Grid workers shut off the power and used their
bucket truck to reach the raccoon, with the help of the Animal Rescue League of
Boston. The raccoon will be examined before being released in a safer spot. “It
seems to be a happy ending,” said Blakeney. — Watch it at NBC
The youngest member of the Beckham family now has her own Instagram account, and
quickly picked up 54,000 followers. It’s the latest splash on social media for
the adorable Olive Beckham. David and Victoria’s son Brooklyn announced
the pup’s arrival on Twitter in August, and a picture of her wearing a
Christmas sweater posted to David
Beckham’s account a week ago got more than 500,000 likes. The cute canine’s
first post was a photo of herself with Brooklyn with the caption, “This is my owner I'm just helping him with his Christmas
homework.” — Read it at People
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