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A tortoiseshell cat miraculously survived an hour underwater on a sinking powerboat on Lake Havasu in Arizona. The cat had apparently snuck into a compartment on the boat while it was still docked. It’s unclear how long she was in there before the boat became caught up in waves and sank about 15 feet underwater. Luckily, the local sheriff’s department called John Zucalla of Dive Time Recovery, who made it to the scene quickly. He pulled the boat from the water within about an hour and brought it to a mechanic to have the water flushed from the engine. But the mechanic got quite a surprise when he discovered a wet, hungry and scared cat in one of the panels on the boat. "I've been doing this for 15 years, and I've never found a live animal on a sunken boat. She was down there for an hour — it's miraculous that she survived," Zucalla said. He explained that boats often have pockets of air after they go underwater, and the cat, who’s been nicknamed both River and Lucky, likely survived by staying in one of those pockets. The cat is now staying at the Western Arizona Humane Society, and will be put up for adoption if an owner doesn’t claim her. — Read it at People Pets and watch it at Fox 10 Phoenix
A Minnesota dentist and hunting enthusiast, Dr. Walter Palmer, is at the center of a firestorm after admitting he killed Cecil, a 13-year-old lion who was lured from a Zimbabwe sanctuary during a game hunt this month. The lion, who was collared and part of a study, was well known and loved. His death has struck a chord with animal lovers and conservationists worldwide and has stirred international outrage. A memorial with several stuffed animals has sprung up outside Palmer’s closed office and hundreds of people protested there Wednesday, reported USA Today. Palmer apologized for the killing in a letter to his patients that reads in part, “I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion. That was never my intention.” — Read it at The New York Times
Firefighters in Orange County, Florida, have a temporary new resident at their firehouse: an adorable 8-week-old kitten. The Orlando firefighters took the kitten in after coming to her rescue Wednesday. They were called to a former furniture store to save the kitten from a storm drain. Once they pulled her out, they had her examined by a veterinarian, who gave her a clean bill of health. They brought her back to the station, where she’s getting plenty of TLC while the crew tries to find her a new home. — Read it at Orlando’s News 13
Tammy and Tilly, a pair of critically endangered cotton-top tamarins, have been born to first-time parents at England’s Cotswold Wildlife Park. “This is the first time we have bred this species for many years, and the keepers are delighted at the progress of the youngsters so far!” said curator Jamie Craig. The species is one of South America’s rarest monkeys because deforestation and gold mining have destroyed 95 percent of their habitat. They’re now found only in a small corner of Colombia. The newborns’ father, Johnny, has an unusually pure bloodline, so their births are considered significant to helping ensure the species’ genetic diversity. — Read it at Zooborns and see more cute zoo baby photos
Move over, Grumpy Cat. You’ve got some canine competition. Earl, a Pug and Beagle mix from Iowa, looks constantly cranky — but his owner says that in reality, he’s anything but. Earl is “the most relaxed, content puppy," said his owner, Derek Bloomfield. Still, he’s created Facebook and Instagram accounts so you can follow the adventures of Earl the Grumpy Puppy — and he’s already gained thousands of fans. — See photos at USA Today
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