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After a ship from Egypt arrived in Britain and unloaded its cargo on March 25, the staff heard a strange noise coming from a sealed container full of linens. "We heard this screeching noise. I have never heard a cat make that noise before,” said Graham Monteath, managing director at Mediterranean Linens. “I just turned round and thought 'good God', what is that?' Then this cat's head popped out of the door.” The
cat hadn’t had anything to eat or drink in 17 days, so Monteath gave the hungry feline his own beef lunch and called the
RSPCA. “He’s such a curious cat,” said the RSPCA’s Pippa Boyd. “He just seems to be wanting to be everywhere and see everything. I imagine they were loading and he just sneaked in." Now named Sinbad, the
cat will be kept in quarantine for four months before he can be put up for adoption. The group is
asking for donations to cover the nearly $3,000 it will cost to quarantine him. — Read it at the U.K.’s
USDA is supporting an effort to come up with dog care standards to reduce animal suffering. The standards could eventually lead to a private
dog breeder accreditation program. The
Purdue University Center for Animal Welfare Science will spend the next two years developing and testing uniform care standards for breeding and raising
dogs. “I think this program will go a long way to ending the abuse and the poor welfare practices we have seen in puppy mill types of facilities,” said Robin Ganzert, PhD, president and CEO of the
American Humane Association. — Read it from
After reviewing medical records for hundreds of lemurs going back more than 50 years,
Duke University researchers found that dwarf lemurs who choose to hibernate increase their overall longevity. They said the longer the animals spent hibernating, the longer they tended to live — and hibernating lemurs lived as much as 10 years longer than other lemur species who didn’t hibernate. "If your body is not 'working full time,' metabolically-speaking, you will age more slowly and live longer," said study co-author Marina Blanco. The study was published in the
Journal of Zoology. — Read it at
A young female golden eagle is being nursed back to health at a wildlife hospital after San Ramon, California, firefighters found her on a sidewalk last week, unable to fly more than 50 feet. Veterinarians at the
Lindsay Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital found the rare
bird was suffering from a head injury and possible poisoning after eating a small mammal that may have consumed rodent poison. The eagle had previously been fitted with a GPS monitor, indicating she was part of a local study tracking the flight paths of birds. “Our goal now is to rehabilitate the
bird back to her usual feisty self,” said associate veterinarian Lana Krol. Once the eagle passes flight tests and shows she can hunt live prey, she’ll be released back into the wild. — Read it at
NBC Bay Area
A 3-month-old baby polar bear met the public at a
zoo in Japan Wednesday, but was more interested in sticking by its mom. The painfully shy cub hid under its mother’s legs. It did venture out to play in the snow, but then went right back to mom and snuggled up for a nap. The
zoo hasn’t yet revealed the cub’s gender. — Watch it at
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