Sunday, April 12, 2009

Cat Adopt Puppies

A cat in China has adopted two orphaned puppies - and is trying to teach them how to catch mice.
The female cat - named Tom - nurses the puppies and washes them with her tongue, reports the Yaxin Network.
Owner Ms Shen, who lives in Urumchi, said the puppies' natural mother, Mao Mao, died delivering them a month ago.
She hoped that Tom might take care of the puppies as she had just given birth to three kittens and had been close friends with Mao Mao.
"We didn't dare put the puppies in Tom's basket at first, but just outside of it. Unexpectedly the puppies crawled over to Tom and started to fight for breast milk with the kittens," Ms Shen said.
She said Tom was treating her adopted children very well, even feeding them first, before the kittens.
And, each day, Tom was trying to show the puppies how to catch mice, including how to jump onto the sofa and hide in a corner before pouncing on them.
However, the two puppies lacked the cat's agility and generally failed to jump on to the sofa and just bit and scratched the cover instead.

Motorized Pink Bunny Slippers

The Fast and the Furry-ous
The 7.5-foot slippers are each powered with a 36-volt system that uses six YellowTop 12-volt optimus. The two front wheels are driven by a 7-inch brushed DC motor from Advanced DC motors. There is a welded steel and plywood frame, covered with pink rugs. There is a caster wheel at the back for steering (apparently only fork-lift trucks use this system) and the driver sits on a tractor seat. Top speed is 15 mph.

1,000,000 to 1 SHOT


Laughing man prompts full scale rescue

A helicopter rescue team were scrambled after screams were heard in a German forest - only to find a man laughing his head off at a new book.
A woman dialed for emergency help after she thought she could hear someone being tortured at the woodland near Elmstein, western Germany.
But 'victim' Roland Hofmann was astonished when armed police surrounded his car which he had driven into the forest and ordered him to give himself up and release his hostage.
He told police he had gone to the forest to read "in peace and quiet".
"We realize that people think the sound of Germans laughing is unusual, but we're sure the caller meant well," said one officer.

Easter Egg Investment

A British department store is urging shoppers to stock up on its UK£ 1000 = $1,464.6 U.S. dollars Easter eggs - as an investment.
Selfridges hopes customers will be tempted to shell out for the eggs, which contain a gold coin, reports Sky News.
The retailer says the confectionary, which is handmade by Melt, "makes for a wise investment".
The one troy ounce gold coin is worth almost £900, 75% higher than in 2005, and forecasters expect the value to rise even further.
Ewan Venters, director of food and drink at Selfridges, said: "Don't invest in the stock market this Easter, invest in the golden egg instead.
"It really is worth its weight in gold - even after the fantastic chocolate has been eaten."
A Selfridges spokesman added: "According to the financial institution Swiss bank UBS, demand for gold will double this year compared to 2007, as investors see the precious metal as a safe haven during the current volatile economic climate."

Canine castaway found

A pet dog which was washed overboard on a boat trip has been found four months later - as a castaway on a remote Australian island.
Jan and Dave Griffith thought pet Sophie Tucker had drowned after she vanished in stormy waters off Queensland.
But the dog somehow survived a five mile swim through shark-infested waters to the largely uninhabited St Bees Island.
There she lived on a diet of baby goats until being found by visiting rangers, reports the BBC.
The Griffiths were amazed to hear of the discovery and have now been reunited with their pet.
"She surprised us all," said Mrs Griffith. "She was a house dog and look what she's done, she has swum over five nautical miles, she has managed to live off the land all on her own. We wish she could talk, we truly do."
The Griffiths had been on a sailing holiday off the north-east Queensland coast when Sophie Tucker - an Australian cattle dog - was lost overboard.
"We hit a rough patch and when we turned around the dog was gone," Mrs Griffith said.
There was an emotional reunion when the Griffiths met the rangers' boat bringing Sophie Tucker to the mainland.
"We called the dog and she started whimpering and banging the cage and when they let her out she just about flattened us," Mrs Griffith said.