Thurrock Ikea car park kitten gets new home – BBC News

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Image caption Vinnie was abandoned in the Ikea superstore car park earlier this month

A kitten abandoned in an Ikea superstore car park in Essex has found a new home.

Five-month-old half-Bengal Vinnie was discovered in a cat carrier containing toys and food at the store in Thurrock.

A note on the basket said his owner could not keep him “for personal reasons” and he was “very sad”.

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The RSPCA said the kitten’s carrier could easily have been crushed by a car. After dozens read Vinnie’s story on Facebook a new owner has been found.

The note left with the kitten went on to say: “I am totally loveable, enjoying long cuddles/snuggles.”

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Image caption Vinnie was left in a cat carrier with a note explaining his owner could no longer look after him

More than 100 people commented after an appeal was put out by the RSPCA to find the kitten’s owner.

Many were critical of the woman for leaving her unwanted pet in a busy car park.

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The RSPCA said it was “delighted” to have now found a “new, loving home” for Vinnie but urged people to take pets to one of their shelters, or other rescue centres rather than abandoning them.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-36112353

Loyal Pup Stands Guard After Owner Faints On Busy Street

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If you’ve been considering getting a dog, this video might be all it takes to push you over the edge and send you running to your local SPCA. While cats make great companions, there is nothing that can match the fierce loyalty and undying friendship of a dog. They don’t care if you are in a bad mood or haven’t showered all day, and they’ll definitely never judge you for ordering takeout or “forgetting” to clean the bathroom. As long as you give them a meal and some love, they’ll look at you like you’re their parent, god, and best friend forever, all rolled into one. 

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As we found out in this video, loyal dogs will even stay by their owner’s side in the most harrowing of moments. In December 2012, a man fainted in the middle of a busy street in Guizhou, China. Although cars, bikes, and people are rushing by, his faithful dog stays by his side, barking and growing more protective by the second. Not knowing that the police and rescue workers are there to help, the tiny dog nips at their hands and dances worriedly around his owner, acting like a dog of a much larger and more ferocious size. 

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Finally, EMTs load the man into an ambulance. And the dog? He wasn’t going to let them forget about him! Luckily, a kind EMT allowed him to ride to the hospital with his owner – no doubt a violation of rules and health codes. The clip of the loyal dog and thoughtful EMT soon went viral, and has racked up nearly three million views over the past four years. 

Don’t forget to SHARE this incredible dog with your friends and family! 

H/T: AppleDailyEnglish

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‘World’s Oldest Dog’ Dies At 30

A Kelpie that may have been the oldest dog ever died in her bed on Sunday in Woolsthorpe, Australia. 

Brian McLaren told the local Weekly Times newspaper that his dog Maggie lived to the remarkable age of 30. 

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She was still going along nicely last week,” McLaren reportedly said. “She was walking from the dairy to the office and growling at the cats and all that sort of thing.”

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According to the American Kennel Club, Maggie would have been about 164 years old in human years (the American Veterinary Medical Association said the whole 1 dog year = 7 human years thing is a myth). 

Last year, 7 News Perth did a story on Maggie, who at the time was believed to be 29 years old. 

“We’re good friends,” McLaren told the station. “We’ve grown up together.”

He said Maggie was deaf, but in otherwise good health. Until two days ago.

“The best thing about it is the last couple of weeks I was petrified I was going to have to put her down, and that was going to break my heart,” McLaren told Australia’s ABC News. “I’m so pleased she went the way she went.”

McLaren recalled the dog’s loyalty, saying that Maggie would wait for the kids to come home from school each day.

“When the kids were growing up they’d get off the bus at 4:10 p.m. and if they weren’t, she’d be there barking at 4:15,” McLaren told ABC.

McLaren doesn’t have any documents that prove Maggie reached 30, but said she joined the family when his son — now 34 — was just 4 years old. 

Because of the lack of paperwork, however, Maggie’s record is unofficial. 

The official record-holder for the “world’s oldest dog” is Bluey, an Australian cattle-dog who died at the age of 29 years and 5 months old in 1939, according to Guinness World Records.  

“Most dogs live for 8 to 15 years, and authentic records of dogs living over 20 years are rare and generally involve the smaller breeds,” the organization said. 

(h/t Mashable)

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/04/19/maggie-oldest-dog-dead_n_9735800.html

OK, Who Put ‘Man-Eating’ Nile Crocodiles In Florida?

If you’ve thought that crocodiles in Florida were looking a little bigger and uh, hungrier for people lately, you may be onto something.

Three reptiles captured between 2000 and 2014 in South Florida were Nile crocodiles, University of Florida researchers confirm in a report published in April in the Journal of Herpetological Conservation and Biology.

Nile crocodiles, native to Africa, can reach 20 feet in length and weigh up to 1,650 pounds, according to National Geographic. An average length and weight, however, is more like 16 feet and 500 pounds. For comparison, American crocodiles can also reach up to 20 feet in length, but “rarely” get longer than 14 feet in the wild, according to the National Park Service.

And while American crocodiles are reclusive and typically shy away from people, Nile crocodiles have a rep for chowing down on humans.

And don’t take too much comfort in the fact that researchers only found three of them.

“The odds that the few of us who study Florida reptiles have found all of the Nile crocs out there is probably unlikely,” herpetology collections manager at the Florida Museum of Natural History said in a University of Florida news release.

So how the heck did these potentially human-flesh-hungry crocs get to the wilds of Florida? Dumb humans, most likely. Plenty of the crocodiles have been imported into the U.S. not only to live at places like zoos and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but also for the exotic pet trade (because a person-eating, 20-foot croc sounds like a great pet!). Researchers suspect those “pets” ended up in the wild, either by escaping, or from people releasing them.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/05/20/florida-nile-crocodile_n_10070980.html

‘Humans Of New York’ Honors Dog Who Helped Senior Pets Find Homes

“Humans of New York” photographer Brandon Stanton doesn’t just create moving portraits of ordinary people — he clearly has a soft spot for canines as well.

Stanton’s dog, Susie, died on Friday, he wrote on Facebook in a tribute to his beloved pet. He adopted Susie five years ago, after he started petting the small dog on a stoop in Brooklyn and the owner revealed that he was no longer able to care for her. Stanton was sleeping on a friend’s couch at the time, he wrote, but taking Susie was “one of the best decisions” he ever made.

“I’d never had a dog before,” he wrote. “It was a new experience. I was introduced for the first time to a dog’s unexplainable and unconditional love. After a few weeks, it seemed that Susie’s only concern in life was staying as close to me as possible. There was now a joyous reunion waiting for me at the end of every workday. And I learned that there are few greater blessings than a wildly happy dog greeting you at the door.” 

Susie was 12 years old when Stanton took her in. She served as the inspiration for his fiancée, Erin O’Sullivan, to create Susie’s Senior Dogs, a nonprofit that promotes the adoption of older dogs.

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Brandon Stanton and Erin O’Sullivan at Animal Haven: Benefit for the Animals in New York City in 2015. (Susie is not the dog pictured.)

The nonprofit posted its own tribute to Susie, writing that she “spurred a movement bigger than she’ll ever know.”

Hundreds of people commented on the posts with photos and stories of their own senior dogs. Some said Susie was their inspiration for adopting older pets.

It’s a good moment to remember why senior pets — which are often overlooked in shelters — can make such amazing companions. Older animals are often calmer and more mellow than younger ones and are already trained, making them especially great pets for those with quieter lifestyles, like senior humans.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/04/23/humans-of-new-york-dog-susie_n_9765834.html