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The Barth family was packed and ready to move from their home in Virginia to Hawaii when a special part of their family went missing. Mee Moowe, their gray
cat, had disappeared. The devastated family stayed in their empty home for a few days in the hopes that Mee Moowe would turn up, but when she didn’t, they reluctantly went on with their move. It took their boxes more than a month to arrive at their new home, and when they did, there was a big surprise waiting in one of them: Mee Moowe. As the movers began to unpack, they heard a faint meowing coming from one of the boxes. “The guy goes, ‘what was that sound?’ and my heart just kind of sunk for a minute and I thought, ‘no, no way.’ And then we heard it again. And the guy said, ‘was that a cat?'” said Ashley Barth. They opened the box and found Mee Moowe. She’d survived 36 days in the box without food and water. The
cat showed signs she was suffering from starvation, but is now OK. She is now staying in quarantine with a veterinarian on the island because she didn’t have all of her vaccinations. — Watch it at Virginia’s
Washington State University found that contrary to popular belief, killing wolves doesn’t necessarily lessen attacks on livestock. In fact, they found that for every wolf killed in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana in the last 25 years, there was a 5 percent increase in the number of sheep and cattle killed the following year. Researchers said the reason seems to be that killing an alpha male or female frees other wolves in the pack to start breeding, which produces more breeding pairs. Those pairs need to feed their pups, which makes them more likely to prey on livestock than individual wolves would be. The study was published in the journal
PLOS ONE. — Read it from
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A New York court rejected an animal rights advocate’s push to extend legal personhood to chimpanzees Thursday. Stephen Wise, an attorney for
The Nonhuman Rights Project, wanted human rights for Tommy, a 26-year-old chimp who lives alone in a shed in upstate New York. Wise argued that Tommy was being unlawfully imprisoned by his owner and wanted the chimp released to a Florida sanctuary. It was the first case in which an appeals court had been asked to extend human rights to an animal. The five-judge panel said while Wise proved that Tommy was an autonomous creature, it was impossible for the primate to understand the social contract that binds humans together. "Needless to say, unlike human beings, chimpanzees cannot bear any legal duties, submit to societal responsibilities or be held legally accountable for their actions," wrote Presiding Justice Karen Peters. — Read it at
Twin panda cubs were born to 14-year-old mom Rauhin at the
Wakayama Adventure World
zoo in Japan Tuesday night. Twins are unusual for pandas, but this is the third time Rauhin has had twins. She now has seven offspring. There have been 15 pandas born at the Japanese park, which is a record high for a facility outside of China. While twin pandas have a lower survival rate, the cubs appear to be doing well so far. They can be heard chirping loudly in a video from the
zoo, and officials say the first-born cub began to nurse soon after its birth. — Read it from
Agence France Presse via The Straits Times and watch it at
The city of Dallas revealed in an expense list Wednesday that caring for Ebola patient Nina Pham’s
dog, Bentley, while he was in a 21-day quarantine cost the city $27,000. But the expenses of housing and caring for the
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in October was being offset by $19,000 in private donations and grants. While there are no known cases of
dogs contracting Ebola, Bentley was quarantined as a precaution. The cost of caring for a human Ebola patient is much higher, at about $30,000 per day. — Read it at
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