Vetstreet Newsflash - Monday, October 17

Cat rescued from dashboard
When a woman tried to rescue this cat after she accidentally hit the feline with her car, she never expected that the kitty would climb under her dashboard.
Stuck in the Middle

We all know stories of cats who get rescued from trees. But how about a dashboard? After an Ohio woman hit a cat with her minivan, she decided to take the feline to the humane society. The cat had other plans: While the woman was driving, the kitty crawled under the dashboard. It took a mechanic three hours to dislodge the feline, who the woman plans to adopt. — Watch it at the Washington Post

Seniors Helping Seniors

It can be hard for older animals to find someone who's willing to adopt them. So two women in California had an idea: Seniors 4 Seniors. Their goal is to find homes for 20 senior pets at an adoption event next weekend. By pairing the pets with "the young at heart,” one organizer hopes to "help the public realize how adoptable senior animals are and how enriching they can be to a senior person's life." — Read it at USA Today

Escape Artist

A baby zebra already gained a reputation as a troublemaker its first day on exhibit at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. The foal managed to escape through the exhibit’s electrical fencing — with her mom in tow. After the zoo was evacuated, the 5-day-old foal returned to the enclosure after 40 minutes, but it took zoo officials about two hours to wrangle mom back inside. — Read it at the Boston Herald

Pete the Moose Dies

The moose, who gained notoriety in 2009 when he was allowed to live in captivity on a game preserve in Vermont, died early last month after he was tranquilized to have his hoofs trimmed. The owners of the preserve admit that they delayed telling state officials about the popular animal’s death. “We were mortified,” said the owner’s son. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Has the German Shepherd Had Its Day?

In an opinion piece for The New York Times, the author of Rin Tin Tin: The Life of a Legend writes that German shepherds have seen their time in the spotlight — and a decline in the breed’s popularity is actually a good thing. — Read it at The New York Times

Shark Surfing

“It was just like the movies,” said Doug Niblack, who felt his surfboard hit something while catching waves off the Oregon coast — and then saw a dorsal fin in front of him. That was when he realized that he was surfing atop a great white shark’s back. The story sounds hard to believe, but it was corroborated by a U.S. Coast Guard member who was surfing nearby. — Read it at Discovery News

Animals Get Smaller as the Earth Warms

Researchers say that we can expect to see many living things shrink in size as global temperatures rise. Scientists have already linked declining sea ice to smaller body size in polar bears. — Read it at Live Science

Squirrel in a peanut butter jar
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Nuts About Peanut Butter

This pet squirrel couldn’t believe his luck when he got the gift that keeps on giving: an empty jar of peanut butter. So he climbed inside of it and rolled around, indulging in the leftovers. — Watch it at Paw Nation


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