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It was 19 months ago when Bogie, a Siamese cat, escaped from his kennel on a United Airlines cargo hold flight as his family from was moving from Honolulu to Detroit. The airline says its agents were working to secure the door to his kennel when he got loose and took off. About 6 months ago, a volunteer with Hawaii CatFriends who feeds a cat colony near the airport noticed a friendly Siamese who started showing up with the feral cats, and thought he might be someone’s pet. But it took a few months for Bogie to allow the volunteer, Bill Antilla, to touch him. Once he earned Bogie’s trust, Antilla borrowed a microchip scanner and traced the cat to his family in Detroit. “Probably about 30 minutes later, I received a call from the daughter. She was just ecstatic we found Bogie,” Antilla said. CatFriends shipped Bogie to Michigan on a United cargo flight Thursday night, and he was reunited with his family Friday morning. The airline also said it was “overjoyed” that Bogie had been found and returned to his family. — Watch it at Hawaii’s KHON2
There was another reunion for a long-lost pet over the weekend in Arizona. It was two years ago when Rocky, a Boxer, dashed out of his family’s home in Mesa, Arizona, and disappeared. Brittany Romero, who’d given Rocky to her son Aden for his birthday, thought Rocky was gone forever until she got a call from an animal clinic that he’d been found — in Elkhart, Indiana. Volunteers with Highway Heroes Rescue Transport broke the 1,800-mile return trip into three days and 26 legs to bring Rocky back home to his family Sunday morning. "He's going to be the best dog ever just like he always was," said Aden Wasil, Rocky’s young owner. — Read it at AZFamily
While visiting Kenya, President Barack Obama announced a move to tighten U.S. restrictions on the sale of ivory from African elephants and eliminate the market for illegal ivory in the U.S. The proposed regulations would prohibit the sale of ivory from African elephants across state lines and place stricter restrictions on commercial exports. "We want to ensure our nation is not contributing to the scourge of poaching that is decimating elephant populations across Africa," said Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. — Read it from the AP via the Huffington Post
The summer’s second big literary event is much less controversial than the release of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman.” The much-loved Dr. Seuss died 24 years ago, but he has a new book hitting bookstores Tuesday, “What Pet Should I Get?” Random House has printed 1 million copies of the highly anticipated book. In the book, a brother and sister have until noon to choose a pet from a pet store. “I love it. It’s adorable, whimsical, fanciful — everything you could imagine Dr. Seuss was about,” says librarian Jackie Mosteller of the New York Public Library. The author’s drawings and script for the book were found just two years ago by Seuss’ longtime assistant. It was believed to be written between 1958 and 1962, so the publisher tweaked the text to encourage people to adopt rather than buy pets. — Read it at the New York Daily News
Getting tired of presidential politics already? We have some news that’s sure to lighten the mood. The latest candidate to enter the fray with his claws out is a feline named Limberbutt McCubbins. (You like him already, right?) The Kentucky native is running as a “Demo-cat.” He was registered on the Federal Election Commission’s website by some seniors at duPont Manual High School who are active in student government. "A world with President Limberbutt would be a purrfect world indeed!'' Isaac Weiss said. "We'd keep the other fat cats in politics in check, chase out the rats from Washington, etc.'' The cat’s campaign managers have been surprised by the media interest in their unusual candidate. They weren’t expecting interest beyond their own group of friends. — Read it at Today
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