Monday, January 7, 2013
Cat that spent a week in tree in Massachusetts is found
A stray cat that spent at least a week stuck in a Massachusetts tree before plunging 80 feet to the ground and fleeing has been found, and all things considered, appears to be in good health.
A Marion Animal Hospital veterinarian said last week it’s “unbelievable” that the cat dubbed Fortunate has just a couple of pulled muscles and a possible parasitic infection.
The cat was spotted in a Rochester, Mass., tree on Christmas Eve. Several rescue attempts failed before firefighters cut the branch it was perched on. Cat shelter founder Pam Robinson finally trapped the skittish feline.
Robinson tells The Standard Times she will keep the cat for a few weeks so it can regain weight before putting it up for adoption.
Berlin elephants get to feast on tasty Christmas trees
Elephants at the Berlin Zoo finally got a chance to tuck into their Christmas dinner: a feast of donated pine trees.
The zoo treated its elephants and some of its other animals to the trees for lunch Friday. Before gobbling the greenery, elephants young and old played with the trees, whose strong smell attracts them.
Elephant keeper Ragnar Kuehne said the unsold Christmas trees were donated by local vendors.
He said “the animals love it. For them, the Christmas feast is starting now.”
Kuehne says the zoo doesn’t accept trees from the public, which could contain chemicals or leftover decorations. He also says Christmas trees inside houses aren’t as fresh and juicy as those at cold outdoor markets — which is just how the elephants like them.
Mass. cops caught egging superior officer’s home
Massachusetts police responding to reports of teenagers tossing eggs at a house last month got quite a surprise when they tracked down the suspects.
A department spokesman tells The MetroWest Daily News the three people who egged the house in Framingham early Dec. 11 were fellow law-enforcement officers serving with the Newton police.
They were off duty at the time.
They told Framingham police the egging incident was “a prank, a joke between friends.”
The homeowner is a Newton police sergeant and their superior officer. He says he is handling the matter internally.
No charges were filed, and the Newton officers were not publicly identified.