The world's oldest known seabird is expecting - again.Biologists spotted the Laysan albatross called Wisdom at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month after she returned to the island to nest.She was incubating an egg at the same nest she uses each year with her mate. She's believed to be 66 years old. She's also the world's oldest known breeding bird in the wild.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's project leader for the refuge, Bob Peyton, said in a statement that Wisdom has been returning to Midway for over six decades.An ornithologist first put an identification band on her in 1956. She's had a few dozen chicks.Midway is about 1,200 miles northwest of Honolulu. It's part of the Papahanaumokuakea (pah-pah-HAH'-now-moh-cuh-ah-cay-ah) Marine National Monument.
Seeing eye camel' acts as guide for blind horse at zoo...A horse and a camel at a Maine petting zoo have formed an unlikely friendship.The 5-year-old camel, Caesar, at the Pony X-Press Zoo in Winslow has become a guide for Dolly the horse, who is blind.The zoo's Ed Papsis said Dolly's probably the only horse with "a seeing eye camel."He says Caesar needed the company of another animal and Dolly needed a guide, so the two were put together and they bonded. Dolly relies on the camel and follows him around. She whinnys for him if he's not nearby and he bellows back for her.------------------------------
Turkeys cause power outages in Oregon townA flock of wild turkeys, long considered menaces to one Oregon town, have sparked new ire after causing power outages in the eastern part of Medford.Local news outlets reported that wild turkeys flying into Pacific Power Lines have been responsible for four morning outages in the last month, each time cutting off power for more than 1,600 residents and businesses.Pacific Power spokesman Monte Mendenhall says the outages are definitely caused by the turkeys, though it's unclear how the utility will resolve the issue.Unlike in rural areas, it is illegal to shoot or hunt within Medford's city limits. And trapping turkeys is thought to be difficult and time consuming.State wildlife biologists say the power outages are a new symptom of the old problem of people feeding turkeys, allowing them to establish urban flocks.----------------------------
Police Say A Black cat crossed a suspect's path and rats him out...A Pennsylvania police department says a black cat was lucky for one of its officers tracking down a fugitive.The Ephrata Police Department posted on its Facebook page that officers were searching for Jonathan Michael Steffy last month over an outstanding bench warrant.They found the 23-year-old in a backyard but he fled. As they searched the area, one officer noticed a black cat in a nearby yard staring intently at a shed. The officer checked that shed, but it was empty. The officer again saw the cat, and it became apparent it was staring at a different shed behind the officer.The officer opened that shed and found Steffy.Police say their thankful for any crime-fighting help, "whether human or feline!"------------------------------
Christmas pets simply aren’t a great giftIt’s a common sight in holiday advertising or programming. A family coming down the stairs and seeing a new puppy or kitten (bow and ribbon optional on their head), under the Christmas tree, the newest member of the family.While this image may be heartwarming, it may not be ideal for most families, which is why local animal rescue agencies are advising not to adopt a pet on impulse for Christmas or give one as a gift to someone else.Pet experts agree that the decision to get or give a pet this holiday should not be an impulse gift.People don’t always see it as a life-long commitment. You have to be prepared for the financial responsibility of owning a pet.And if you really want a pet, it should be a full family decision, to be done at a later date. And if it is a gift you should have the persons full blessing well in advance.----------------------