A cat that fell from a moving car on a Massachusetts highway on Christmas Day has been found alive....
Owner Erin McCutcheon was taking 6-year-old Juno from Boston to her mother's house in New Hampshire when it slipped out of its carrier. McCutcheon's boyfriend, James Norton, opened and re-shut their rattling van door, and the cat tumbled onto Interstate 93.
The couple spent days searching for the cat.
Electricians doing maintenance work at I-93 found the cat crouched and hiding 80 feet up in the air on a steel girder that runs under the highway in Charlestown.
A worker lured the cat with food before grabbing it and taking it to safety. The electricians recognized the cat from a poster McCutcheon and Norton had put up and contacted them.
8 lives left.
OLD MCDONALD'S DRIVE-THRU HAD SOME HORSES, 'E-I-E-I ... WHOA!'
Two Wyoming boys, a little bored over their holiday break, saddled up for a trip to McDonald's and a goat followed along.
15 year old Joel Perez, and 13 year old Trajen Collins, rode their horses into town last week, not an uncommon sight itself in the small city of Powell. But usually goats don't tag along and there are no fast-food stops.
The teens said they didn't plan to take the animal, but apparently it was up for an adventure, too.
"We just wanted to get out of the house and do something," Perez told local media. The goat "just started walking right behind us."
Perez ordered some sandwiches, but nothing for the horses. Collins said they dismissed the idea of getting a salad for the goat because it had eaten some grass earlier. No word on whether they considered a "kid's meal."
The teens stopped by other stores to get a bowl and water for the animals.
Perez and Collins said they didn't get in trouble with their parents and that they would be up for another horse ride into town.
Some elusive and charismatic lynx have been parading past awe-struck Colorado residents and visitors this winter, electrifying social media and giving biologists reason to smile....
One of the rare, fluffy-looking cats strolled nonchalantly across the Purgatory resort in southwestern Colorado last week, threading through a crowd of skiers and snowboarders who swerved around the animal and stopped to take videos.
Two weeks earlier, a pair of lynx loped along a mountain highway a few feet from Dontje Hildebrand's car.
"My heart just about busted out of my chest when I realized what I was seeing," said Hildebrand, who was driving over Molas Pass, about 15 miles north of the Purgatory resort, when he came upon a female lynx and her kitten.
Between 50 and 250 lynx live in the wild in Colorado, mostly in the southwestern corner of the state, biologists say. That's down from previous estimates of 200 to 300, but officials cite better calculations, not a population decline.
They are protected under the Endangered Species Act in the contiguous 48 states.
Lynx, native to Colorado, virtually disappeared from the state by the 1970s because of hunting, poisoning and development. The state brought them back starting in 1999, transplanting lynx from Canada and Alaska.
The medium-size cats have tufted ears, short tails and broad paws that work like snowshoes, letting them walk across powdery snow. They can grow to nearly 3 feet long and 30 pounds.
Lynx generally are not a threat to people. They are docile, they eat mostly snowshoe hares and they likely would not take on anything as large as a human. But they also are unpredictable, and people should never approach them or feed them.
Is your dog going prematurely gray? Stress may be at play
Stress can make humans turn prematurely gray and now there's evidence our four-legged furry companions may suffer a similar fate.
Young dogs that are anxious or impulsive are more likely to have a gray muzzle than their calmer counterparts, a new study has found.
It’s the first research to look at premature graying in dogs, said co-author and Colorado-based veteran animal behaviorist Camille King.
As dogs get older, it’s common for them to lose pigment in their facial hair, just like humans.
For the study, King and her colleagues photographed 400 young dogs, 1 to 4 years old, mostly found during visits to dog parks and dog shows. Their owners filled out a detailed questionnaire that included ratings of each dog’s level of fear, anxiety and impulsivity. The researchers wanted to know if the dog whines or barks when left alone at home, for example, or if it cringes, cowers, hides, or tries to avoid handling when at the vet.
When they crunched the data, they found dogs that showed higher levels of anxiety and impulsivity were also more gray around the muzzle, regardless of size, medical issues or whether they were spayed or neutered.
When dogs were particularly fearful of loud noises, and unfamiliar animals and people, that “significantly predicted” muzzle grayness.
Checking in at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania... host hotel for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
New York history echoes throughout the grand, red-marble lobby and long, long guestroom corridors of the Hotel Pennsylvania, a fixture at Seventh Avenue and 33rd Street, right across from Madison Square Garden. Upon opening in 1919 it was the largest hotel in the world, boasting 2,200 rooms; now with 1,700 units, it remains an imposing presence on the local hotel scene, ranking as the city’s fourth largest.
Despite its age, the venerable Hotel Pennsylvania is pretty frisky and still has a skip in its step. Just ask all the dog owners who flock there every February during the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, held at Madison Square Garden.
Those who remember the Big Band era know the Hotel Pennsylvania as the home of Cafe Rouge, once the hotel’s main dining room, which played host to greats like Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller. It was the Glenn Miller Orchestra that immortalized the hotel and its phone number in the 1938 Jerry Gray composition “Pennsylvania 6-5000.” To this day, the hotel has the same number (212-736-5000) since opening, reputedly the longest-running single phone number in New York. The space occupied by Cafe Rouge, once the world’s largest hotel restaurant, is now a private basketball court owned by Michael Jordan and used for special occasions, with a separate entrance from the street.
Tourist magnets like the Empire State Building and Macy’s department store are just blocks away, and all the excitement of Times Square is an easy jaunt.
The host hotel of the Westminster Dog Show is pet-friendly year-round, welcoming dogs of all sizes and cats, too. During the annual show, it hosts events like the New York Pet Fashion Show and has a doggie spa that offers bathing tubs, a grooming area, exercise area and in-house relieving area.
A historic landmark with an enviable location, the Hotel Pennsylvania is an obvious choice in Midtown Manhattan.
For information, visit www.hotelpenn.com.