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When they took their motor home on a road trip to Florida’s Daytona International Speedway in November, Jacob and Bonnie Richter brought their cat, Holly, with them. But while they were there, Holly got spooked by fireworks one night, and escaped. The Richters searched for their pet for days but had no luck. Finally, they made the 190-mile drive south to their West Palm Beach home. The indoor cat apparently spent the next two months walking home, and was recently found emaciated in a yard just a mile from her owners’ home. The woman who found Holly took her to a veterinarian and discovered a microchip with her owners’ information, and helped Holly make the final leg of her trip home to the Richters. “It was quite a journey for this little girl,” Jacob Richter told Florida’s WPBF-TV. “We just can’t believe she came home.” — Read it at ABC News
In a written order last week, U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline ruled that a plan designating more than 187,000 square miles as habitat for threatened polar bears was too extensive. The matter was sent back to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to correct "substantive and procedural deficiencies." The polar bear was the first species to be designated as threatened under Endangered Species Act of 2008 because of global warming. — Read it at the Huffington Post
The Rhode Island Red chicks were headed for Blountsville, Ala., but because of a shipping error, they ended up in Washington, D.C. The shipper didn’t think the chicks could survive another long journey, so after spending four days under heating lamps and blankets at the Washington Humane Society, they departed for their new home at Farm Sanctuary in the Finger Lakes region of New York last week. — Read it at Today
Lemon Pie, a Belgian shepherd mix who suffered terrible abuse at the hands of Mexican drug traffickers, is currently recovering at the Milagros Caninos sanctuary in Mexico City. Found in a trash can about a year ago without its two front legs, the dog can now walk, run and jump thanks to a prosthetic pair. — Watch it at AP via USA Today
With a ferocious purr measured at 100 decibels, Merlin the cat is four times as loud as the average kitty. “When I’m on the phone I often have people asking me what on earth the noise is,” said owner Tracy Westwood. The current Guinness record holder, Smokey, was measured at 92 decibels, so Westwood is aiming to get the official designation for her 12-year-old rescue cat. — Hear it at the U.K.’s Mirror
Even if you watched the Golden Globes last night, you may not have seen some of the nominees’ biggest fans. From Eric Stonestreet’s Jack Russell Terrier and Beagle mix to Anne Hathaway’s chocolate Labrador Esmeralda, check out this gallery of nominees with their furry fans. — See photos at People Pets
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