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An Oregon feline is the World’s Oldest Living Cat — again. Corduroy, who’s lived with Ashley Reed Okura since he was a kitten and Okura was just 7 years old, previously held the Guinness World Record, but lost it to Tiffany Two. That cat lived to be more than 27 years old, but sadly died in June. Corduroy turned 26 on August 1 and was awarded the record again last week. Still, Corduroy has a long way to go to earn the title of oldest cat ever. That record is held by Crème Puff of Austin, Texas, who lived 38 years and three days and died August 6, 2005. — Read it from CNN Wire via Fox CT
A dog was out for a morning walk Saturday near a prison on the Greek island of Corfu when he stopped in his tracks and wouldn’t budge. Then, his confused owner also heard noise coming from the ground below. He alerted a guard outside the prison, and police soon found a nearly 100-foot tunnel stocked with battery-powered fans and food containers. They believe the prisoners serving long and life terms in that wing of the prison were planning to the escape through the tunnel, but they were thwarted when the dog heard them digging. — Read it at the U.K.’s Mirror
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has found that artificial insemination of black-footed ferrets with long-stored frozen sperm “is not only possible but also beneficial to the genetic diversity of an endangered species.” They said this means the facility’s staff will be able to increase the species’ numbers under human care while also improving genetic diversity within the species. — Read it at Discovery News
A crew of Los Angeles City firefighters battling the Cabin Fire in the Angeles National Forest had an unusual rescue Saturday. The wildfire has burned more than 1,400 acres, reports the Los Angeles Times. After using a bulldozer from a county yard to construct fire lines for two days, they turned off the machines in the evening, and when things were quiet, they heard crying noises. They looked under the bulldozer with their flashlights and discovered a tiny newborn kitten in the engine compartment. They believe the dusty kitten had been in the engine for two days, since the bulldozer was in the county yard. “This cat somehow survived all that — the high temperature, the vibration, the noise and the dust and we just took compassion on it because we realized it had been through so much already,” said one of the firefighters. They cleaned the kitten, found a syringe to feed it and set up a cozy box for it. With the help of the Animal Alliance of Chatsworth, the kitten has now seen a veterinarian and has formula. — Watch it at Los Angeles’ KTLA
Little Smokey was surrendered to the KC Pet Project in Kansas City, Missouri, due to the health of his former owner. On Friday, he went home with a new family, who reports that he’s settling right in. The news of his adoption got thousands of likes on the shelter’s Facebook page, and his new owner posted a response with a photo of Smokey. “Smokey is resting comfortably in bed with one of his humans. He had some chicken with rice for dinner and is wrapped up in love. Please always adopt and always consider those that are imperfect, elderly or suffer from abuse. It is the best medicine for fur babies and humans!” — Read it at the KC Pet Project via Facebook
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