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Heeding dire warnings from authorities, coastal Florida residents evacuated ahead of the massive Hurricane Matthew on Thursday, with many taking cover in pet-friendly shelters with their animals. In the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, when many pets and owners had to be rescued from the homes they stayed in because they had nowhere else to go, there have been many more options for places to bring animals in more recent storms. “We do everything together so we are here together,” said Marie Griffin, who brought her miniature Doberman, Little One, to a shelter with her. The ASPCA, American Humane and other groups activated their disaster teams to help with any rescue and shelter needs, reported ABC News. — Read it at the Miami Herald
By fitting Arctic squirrels in Alaska with photosensitive collars, researchers found that when they weren’t hibernating, the females kept themselves very busy both above and below ground in their nests. The males, however, engaged in very little activity. The researchers said this is likely because females need to consume more food to fatten themselves ahead of carrying babies. They had to forage constantly every time they left the nest, while males spent a small amount of time foraging and the “rest of their days lolling about.” They thought the males were likely spending their time basking in the sun, which made them more susceptible to predators. The study was published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. — Read it at Phys.org
Dougal has been known to love climbing, but the black cat got a little more than she bargained for when she tried to scale the Rimrocks near her home in Billings, Montana this week. The cat had been stuck on a cliff for two days when Patrick Riedl, who rescues cats from trees professionally, heard her cries and saw her family trying to save her. He drove a truck in to the Rimrocks and tied a 300-foot rope to two trees to rappel down the rock face and reach Dougal. Luckily, he was able to grab her and bring her safely back to her family, who were watching from below on Wednesday. — Read it at Montana’s Missoulian
It was about six months ago when Rex, a 2-year-old Beagle, took off after a rabbit at a dog park in Michigan, and came back sneezing and with a bloody nose. When the sneeze persisted for months and wouldn’t respond to treatment, Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners suggested doing a CT scan on the dog. It turned out that Rex had been living all that time with a 5-inch stick stuck in his snout. Dr. Kristopher Sharpe removed the stick, much to owner Mark Kovicak’s relief. “I felt like hugging him,” Kovicak said. “Honestly, I had tears of joy.” He said Rex was back to his old self almost instantly after the procedure last week, and the hole left in his nose is healing. — Watch it at Michigan’s WZZM 13
Many humans are delighted to get the chance to meet Pope Francis — and one very smiley dog was, too. You can’t help but smile along with a pooch who was recently photographed with a huge grin as he was held over the pope’s shoulder in Vatican Square on Wednesday. Pope Francis met with a dog training group in the square, and spent time blessing some of the dogs. — See photo at Time
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