Pet Scoop: Kitten Rescued From Reporter’s Car Engine, Zoo Otters Play the Keyboard

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A black and white kitten was freed from a WBTW car engine in Myrtle Beach.
A black and white kitten was freed from a WBTW car engine in Myrtle Beach.

Fire Crews Free Kitten from Engine

TV reporter AJ Janavel drove a WBTW News13 Ford Focus from the Myrtle Beach, S.C., station to a city council meeting Tuesday, not realizing he had a tiny stowaway in the engine compartment. When he arrived, he heard a faint meowing and then caught a glimpse of some fur under a wheel well. But the kitten had found his way so deep into the engine that he couldn’t be seen when the hood was open. Workers from WBTW tried unsuccessfully to get the kitty out and finally walked to a police station for help. Five firefighters soon arrived on the scene. They lifted the car and crawled underneath. When the first firefighter got ahold of the frightened kitten, the cat hissed and tried to run back under the car. Luckily, another firefighter caught the frisky kitten and an animal control officer checked the cat out. The kitten recovered back at the station before heading home with a WBTW web producer. — Watch it at South Carolina’s WBTW

Zebras Make Longest Migration in Africa

Conservationists at the World Wildlife Fund documented the 311-mile migration of thousands of zebras from the Chobe River floodplains in Namibia/Botswana to Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana. They found that animals spend the dry season along the Chobe River floodplains, then make the longest terrestrial migration in Africa to the Nxai Pan National Park over several weeks. They spend several months there before returning to the floodplains. The researchers believe the migration happens annually, but they haven’t yet confirmed that fact. The study was published in the journal Oryx. — Read it at Discovery News

Snowy Owls Released in Massachusetts

After eight weeks of treatment and rehabilitation at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic, two snowy owls were released Monday at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island in northeastern Massachusetts. The two were injured by the downdraft of jets taking off at Boston’s Logan International Airport. One of the birds was treated for soft-tissue wounds, and the other had surgery to repair a broken wing. They will likely spend a little time building up their strength at Plum Island before heading north to the Canadian Arctic, according to the wildlife clinic director. Officials at the airport have captured and relocated more than 100 of the Arctic owls this year, compared with just 10 of the birds last year. They have said they think the increase is due to the abundance of prey in the area.  — Read it at CNN

Asian small-clawed otters play the keyboard as part of their enrichment at the National Zoo.
Asian small-clawed otters play the keyboard as part of their enrichment at the National Zoo.

National Zoo Otters Play Keyboard

Asian small-clawed otters show off their musical talent in a new video from Washington, D.C.’s National Zoo. The otters reach through a cage to hit the keys on a keyboard twice a month as part of the zoo’s enrichment program. Zoo officials say playing music helps the animals with their sight, touch and hearing skills. "I wouldn’t go so far as to say certain ones have a musical affinity because what may be interesting to them one day may not interest them the next," says zoo spokeswoman Jennifer Zoon. "Otters are generally inquisitive about enrichment, including new loud toys." — Watch it at the Huffington Post

Depressed Goat Reunited With Donkey Pal

Mr. G, a goat, and Jellybean the donkey were sent to separate sanctuaries after living together for years at a menagerie owned by a hoarder. Mr. G’s rescuers at Animal Place in California soon realized that he was desperately lonely. He sat inside, refusing to eat for six days. Medical tests showed he was healthy, so the workers thought he must be missing Jellybean. They contacted the sanctuary where Jellybean was living and offered to take in the donkey. An Animal Place worker drove 14 hours round-trip to pick Jellybean up and reunite him with Mr. G. The goat’s personality quickly changed when his best friend arrived. He perked right up — and started eating again. — Watch it at People Pets

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