Pet Scoop: Missing Cat Returns 6 Months After Sandy, Horses Help Teach Med Students

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Porsche returned to his home six months after disappearing during Hurricane Sandy.
Porsche returned to his home six months after disappearing during Hurricane Sandy.
Kitty Finds His Way Home

In late October, when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, Uranie Roberts and her family were evacuated by boat from their Toms River, N.J., home — bringing their cat, Porsche, with them. But while they were staying at a relative’s home 8 miles away, the black cat disappeared. Then, on Wednesday morning, the family heard meowing coming from the back deck of their original home. “I saw the green eyes and I said, ‘My God in heaven, it’s Porsche!’” said Roberts. The kitty didn’t look like he’d missed many meals, and is headed to the vet for a checkup. “It’s just amazing how he found his way home,” said Carol Baumann, Roberts’ daughter. “There’s GPS in there,” she joked, scratching Porsche’s head. — Read it at NBC Philadelphia

Baboons Show Ability to Understand Numbers

A new study from the University of Rochester shows that “non-human primates can be as accurate at discriminating between different quantities as a human child," said co-author Jessica Cantlon. Humans build on this ability by learning number words, but even without that linguistic capability, complex math abilities still exist. Cantlon and her colleagues studied eight olive baboons at the Seneca Park Zoo, where the animals were able to correctly guess which container had a larger quantity of peanuts 75 percent of the time. Their findings were published in the journal Frontiers in Comparative Psychology. — Read it at Science Daily

Man Finds Black Bear Trapped in Truck

Evan Nielsen of Truckee, Calif., was in for a shock when he came out to his truck to find a bear had somehow gotten inside. “I was pretty mesmerized by the whole thing,” said Nielsen, who shot video of the incident. The bear made it clear he wanted out, putting his paws on the steering wheel and honking the horn with his snout, so Nielsen called the police for help. They were able to open the door and safely let the bear get away. The truck didn’t fare so well, but Nielsen didn’t seem bothered by it. “It’s just money,” he said. — Watch it at CNN

First-year medical school students at the University of Arizona learn about bedside manner using horses.
First-year medical school students at the University of Arizona learn about bedside manner using horses.

Rare Class On Bedside Manner

At the University of Arizona’s medical school, one unique class takes place not in a hospital, but in a corral. A professor of neurosurgery brings the students to a ranch to help them work on communication — with horses. There, the students learn how to be sensitive and how to approach a patient. Dr. Alan Hamilton’s class has been offered since 2001, and now similar classes are starting to be offered at other medical schools. “This was just one class that I could do as an elective to try and better learn … how to use my body language to interact with patients,” said first-year medical student Riley Hoyer. — Watch it at Today

Jon Stewart Walks His 3-Legged Dog

Daily Show host Jon Stewart was photographed in New York on Sunday walking Champ, his three-legged Pit Bull. In some of the photos, the comedian can be seen giving the tired pup some TLC and encouraging him to finish their walk. The comedian is known for his love of dogs, and for having an office that’s “pretty much dog nirvana,” according to The Bark magazine. “They attend staff meetings, share office chairs [and] charm the celebrity guests.” — See photos at the U.K.’s Daily Mail

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