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Daniel the 26-Toed Cat Helps Shelter Raise Money
Daniel, an orange and white tabby, has 26 toes – leaving him just two short of the world record for cats. Amy Rowell, owner of the Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center in Greendale, Wis., found Daniel at an animal control facility and decided to adopt him as the shelter’s mascot. When she found out the rent on her center was going to be doubled at the start of the new year, she started a campaign to raise money to move – asking for donations of $26 each, or one dollar for each of Daniel’s toes. And it’s been a success. So far, about $50,000 of the $80,000 that has been raised has come from these $26 contributions. — Read it at the Huffington Post
Maybe it was his horns that caught her attention. Officials at an animal park in China said Chunzi, a female deer, and Changmao, a male sheep, have forged an inseparable bond. Handlers haven’t had much luck in their attempts to separate the ram and doe couple, and they said Changmao has integrated himself into the deer herd. — See photos at Today
In San Francisco, where the dog population has swelled higher than the number of children, new rules are being considered that would affect the pooches and their owners. Some of the possible restrictions include regulations for professional dog walkers and a reduction in off-leash play areas. — Read it at The New York Times
Dog Found Alive and Well in Rubble of Home Explosion
The day after its Dallas-area home exploded, a family was thrilled to find its dog, Diva, alive in the rubble. The family members had escaped unharmed but had feared the worst for their pet when they couldn’t find her. Diva was shaken up but was found to be in good shape. — WFAA
In a University of Chicago study, rats repeatedly worked to free their companions from a restraint, scientists observed. This is the first time that helping behavior has been seen in laboratory rodents, they said. — Read it at Science Daily
Forty-nine little blue penguins waddled back to the sea in New Zealand on Thursday. They were among 343 penguins who were rescued and cleaned after being coated in oil when a container ship struck a reef on New Zealand’s north island in October. — See photos at Today
"You are the most gentle and tender creature I know, your sweet little essence ever soothing to my soul," actor Michael Vartan wrote to his chocolate Labrador, Millie. Vartan, who recently starred in the TV series Hawthorne, wrote those words to be included in a book of correspondences from dog lovers to their pets, titled A Letter to My Dog. — Read the letter at People Pets
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