Cat helps save baby abandoned outdoors in Russia

Published: Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 4:26 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 4:26 PM

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An abandoned baby was saved from a certain freezing death because of a stray cat that is now being hailed as a hero.

According to the New York Post, Masha, a long-haired tabby, climbed inside a box discarded at the entrance of an apartment block in Russia and discovered a baby boy. Instead of being scared away, she stayed with the baby, keeping him warm. Health officials believe the baby had been left outside for a few hours on a day when temperatures were several degrees centigrade below zero.

Obninsk city resident Irna Lavora says she heard Masha "meow" for help. 

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“She is very placid and friendly, so when I heard her meowing, I thought that perhaps she had injured herself. Normally she would have come and said hello to me. You can imagine my shock when I saw her lying in a box next to a baby.”

Lavora believes Masha's motherly instincts took over and the cat took care of the baby as her own. The child was rushed to a hospital and doctors say he is doing just fine. As for Masha, she's being pampered by residents.

“Everyone in the block is very proud of her,” Lavora said. “We have all spoiled her rotten by giving her her favorite food.”



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World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 2:26 AM

Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog, is carried by owner Megan Brainard during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. Zsa Zsa won the contest. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog, is carried by owner Megan Brainard during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. Zsa Zsa won the contest. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)(Jeff Chiu/AP)

An English bulldog has fetched the crown in the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California.

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According to The Associated Press, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old pooch from Anoka, Minnesota, won the pageant Saturday, beating out more than a dozen less-than-pretty pups for the $1,500 grand prize.

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According to the event's website, Zsa Zsa "was a puppy mill dog for five years in Missouri, and instead of placing her in a loving home at her end of breeding, she was put in a dog auction." After Underdog Rescue saved the uncomely canine, current owner Megan Brainard found her on Petfinder and adopted her.

VIDEO: World’s Ugliest Dog Contest Winners

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WATCH: Bear, 5-year-old boy jump together at Nashville Zoo in adorable viral video

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 6:39 AM

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An adorable video of a bear jumping with a 5-year-old boy at Tennessee's Nashville Zoo is going viral.

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According to WZTV, Patrick Parker recently took his son, Ian, to the zoo, where they saw an Andean bear named Luka. Ian jumped happily when he saw Luka, who copied Ian's moves from the other side of a glass divider.

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The video, which Parker shared on Facebook, has been viewed more than 250,000 times.

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Raccoon released after scaling 25-story skyscraper, capturing hearts nationwide

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 2:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 2:46 PM

Raccoon Goes Viral After Scaling Skyscraper

A raccoon's captivating climb up the side of a 25-story Minnesota high-rise came to a happy ending Wednesday after the fuzzy daredevil was released back into nature after reaching the top of the building.

Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 13: Officials with Wildlife Management Services, a pest control business based in Brooklyn Park, said they released the raccoon Wednesday afternoon on private property in the suburbs of the Twin Cities.

The company shared a short video of the raccoon’s release. It darted away from rescuers after only a small amount of prodding.

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Update 9:45 a.m. EDT June 13: Officials said they plan to release the raccoon "somewhere safe" after it was lured into a trap baited with cat food on Wednesday morning at the top of St. Paul’s UBS Tower, the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Tad Vezner reported.

 

Reports surfaced earlier Wednesday that the climbing raccoon had been caught after spending hours scaling UBS Tower.

 

Update 8:45 a.m. EDT June 13: The raccoon was trapped by 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Nelson. Earlier Wednesday, Nelson reported that animal control officers had placed cat food in a trap at the top of the 25-story UBS Tower in an attempt to catch the critter.

 

A representative of the Paige Donnelly Law Firm, situated on the top floor of the high-rise, wrote Wednesday morning on Twitter that building management said the raccoon was “safely in a cage.”

 

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Original report: According to Minnesota Public Radio, the raccoon's harrowing journey began after it got stuck on a ledge of St. Paul's Town Square building. After maintenance workers tried to rescue the frightened critter, it ran to the roof, fled to the neighboring UBS Tower and started climbing. 

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The raccoon slowly made its way up the building Tuesday, taking occasional nap breaks on ledges. It eventually reached the 23rd floor, reported MPR's Tim Nelson, who documented the animal's trek with the now-trending hashtag #mprraccoon. 

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Late Tuesday, the raccoon began to descend the building, taking a breather at a 17th-floor ledge. But it shifted course again early Wednesday, climbing until it reached the roof about 3:30 a.m. EDT.

Although many concerned onlookers had called for help, city officials said saving the animal could be risky for rescuers and the raccoon, which could get scared and fall, according to the Pioneer Press. Instead, animal control workers placed a food trap on the roof, a city Department of Safety & Inspections spokeswoman told the newspaper.

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Another challenge: Employees who work at UBS Tower said the building's windows do not open, the Pioneer Press reported.

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Game warden saves fawn's life with emergency C-section on highway

Published: Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 5:35 AM

Game Warden Performs Emergency C-Section, Saves Fawn

An Oklahoma game warden saved a fawn’s life after responding to a report of a deer hit by a car on Highway 123.

>> Heartwarming video: Scared baby deer is rescued from road by mama

According to the Oklahoma Game Wardens Facebook page, Game Warden Ryan Walker arrived at the scene to find a doe and fawn dead on the road. He reportedly noticed movement around the doe’s stomach and realized the deer was pregnant and still had a fawn trapped inside.

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Walker performed a Caesarean section on the doe and got the fawn out within seconds. It was taken to a rehabilitator in Osage County. 

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Quick Action Saves Fawn A happy ending to a sad story. Late last night in Osage Co., a doe had given birth to a fawn...

Posted by Oklahoma Game Wardens on Sunday, June 10, 2018

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