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When he heard meowing coming from the Pierce Elevated expressway in Houston, rickshaw driver Robert Williams tried to get help. But a security guard wouldn’t get involved and a police officer couldn’t find the kitten, who was stuck in a crack under the overpass. It was three days before Williams was able to get the right rescuers to the scene: the Houston SPCA and the city’s firefighters. They tried to coax the kitten out with tuna, but when that didn’t work, they forced him out with water and caught him in a bag. "I was elated. I was extremely happy when I saw them reach up and grab him," said Williams. The kitten was scared but otherwise OK, and was taken to a veterinarian to be examined on Friday. If he’s healthy, he’ll be put up for adoption — and Williams says he’ll be the first one in line to take the kitty home. — Read it at Houston’s KHOU
A two-year-old boy died on Sunday when he fell into a wild dogs exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Police said the toddler’s mother was holding him up to give him a better view of the African painted dogs when he lost his balance, fell several feet into the enclosure, and was fatally attacked by the pack of 11 dogs as zoo staff and police tried to help. The zoo remains closed, and the incident is under investigation by both police and the zoo. — Read it at AP via USA Today
Step away from the dog treats. Scientists at the University of Liverpool in the U.K. have found that dogs can experience metabolic syndrome, which is common in obese humans. The condition happens when several health problems, like increased blood glucose and increased cholesterol levels, develop at the same time, increasing the risk of other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The metabolic abnormalities improved when the obese dogs in the study lost weight. The study was published in the journal BMC Veterinary Research. — Read it at Science Daily
What's black on one side, orange on the other and lives in the sea? This lobster. The rare 1-pound crustacean was caught just in time for Halloween by a Salem, Mass., lobsterman. Scientists believe the unusual coloring is caused by a cellular split when the egg is first fertilized — and it only happens about once in 50 to 100 million lobsters. Curious landlubbers can see the phenomenon up close and personal — the lobster will reside at the New England Aquarium. — Read it at Massachusetts’ Salem News and see photos from the New England Aquarium
Biologist Michel Garey first came across the tiny, three-fingered frog while on a birthday trek across the Atlantic rainforest reserve in southern Brazil in February 2007. Now a post-doctorate fellow at Paulista State University in Sao Paulo state, Garey’s discovery was officially established as a new species in June of this year, and was published in the most recent issue of the journal Herpetologica. He believes the frogs’ missing fourth finger is due to an evolutionary process, not environmental factors. — Read it at Discovery News
The tiny pig who gained fame when he belonged to Honey Boo Boo made a visit to New York last week to appear on Anderson Live. "It's very hard to find places for pigs to stay in the city, let me just tell you that," said Cooper. "I think he kind of likes me," the host and CNN anchor joked, when the squealing pig finally calmed down while he held him. — Watch it at People Pets
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