Funny Bodycam Footage of Police Chasing a ChickenIn the cold, mean streets of Jonesboro, Arkansas, only the toughest, most hardened of cops can survive. This officer is one of them. He and his partner responded to one of the most dreaded of calls: a chicken was on the loose.The woman complained that the chicken would not leave her porch. UPI reports that Officer Nathan Swindle engaged in a hearty foot pursuit of the offending bird through the parking lot of the apartment complex, including a difficult crawl beneath a car.Ultimately, the chicken was captured and arrested. And now Officer Swindle has a new nickname among his colleagues: “Rooster.”-via Dave Barry
Cat Adoption Doesn't Turn Out as PlannedOne thing a first-time cat owner needs to understand is that all cats are different and have their own personalities, just like people. Jeremie and Alyssa met in college and got married. Alyssa thought it would be a great idea to adopt a pet together. Jeremie had never lived with a cat before, and assumed that would be easy, because cats are aloof and independent. You can see where this is going. Like people, cats do not always fit into generalities. The couple adopted a kitten they named Wilbur, who had an injured paw. Wilbur turned out to be an affectionate cat, to the point of being clingy. Alyssa was gone in those early days to start a new job, so Wilbur bonded with Jeremie. But Jeremie found that, even with the extra work, he likes being Wilbur's sun and moon! You can keep up with Wilbur and his little brother Solomon, another rescue cat, at Instagram.
Luna the Panther is a House CatYou may have seen an article or a video making the rounds that tells the story of a woman who found an abandoned kitten on the side of the road, and took that kitten in. She was surprised to see the kitten grow into a panther! Well, that's not the real story at all. Luna was born in a "traveling zoo"in Siberia. It sounds like something we in the West would call a circus. Luna's mother refused to nurse, and her cub was suffering greatly. Victoria, who had experience with big cats, volunteered to take the cub in and feed her. She named the cub Luna. Luna is a melanistic leopard, which we call a panther, although melanistic jaguars are also called panthers. Victoria heard that the zoo was trying to sell Luna, so she bought the cub herself. Luna became part of the family, and made friends with the female Rottweiler that belongs to Victoria's parents, named Venza. They became best buddies and playmates!
Rescued Lions Travel Thousands of Miles to Reach Home​Animal Defenders International (ADI) works to free wild animals from unnatural living conditions. They support wildlife shelters and opened their own preserve in South Africa. When Peru banned circuses from using wild animals, compliance was slow. ADI tracked down one circus high in the Andes and took two lions, brothers named Rey and Simba. It was a monumental task, involving a fight with the circus, a 19-hour drive to Lima, and then two years of paperwork, and finally an intercontinental flight taking 33 lions to South Africa. But after all that work, it was a joy to see Rey and Simba getting to walk on grass and explore their roomy new stomping grounds in the place they belong. These lions have formed a community with the other rescued lions at the preserve, but they are bonded to each other for life. They know what they've been through together.
Baby Puffins Get Hurled Off Cliffs In This Video We know it sounds like a bad thing, but it’s not!The residents of Iceland have an interesting annual tradition. It turns out that they get busy during late August and early September hurling baby birds off their country’s cliffs. Before you march out with pitchforks, we must stop you– this longstanding phenomenon is a good thing for the avians. The baby birds, also known as pufflings get tossed so they don’t stay in their nesting area for quite too long. This is because if residents left these animals to their own devices, the birds might succumb to a dwindling food supply, and be at higher risk of being nabbed by predators. We don’t want that, right? In a trending viral video, the pufflings were shown to take it in stride, but initially act confused about where the ocean is. According to the Smithsonian Magazine, this is because the bright lights of nearby towns in the Westman Islands (where they nest) shine so bright that the birds can’t see the moon, which acts as their guiding light during their travels. To see the full video of the baby birds, check out the full video here! Image via wikimedia commons
The National Zoo Welcomes Five New CheetahsSmithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, was the site of a blessed event on September 12. An eight-year-old cheetah named Echo gave birth to a litter of five cubs! There was also a sixth cub that did not survive. Cheetahs have been known to give birth to any number up to eight cubs at a time, but the average is four in a litter. The cubs appear to be doing quite well, and are being left alone with Echo. When they are a bit older, staff will take inventory to see how many males and females there are, and take a blood test to determine who the father is. It will be either Asante or Flash, both part of the Cheetah Breeding Center Coalition program, which the zoo is a part of. You can peak in on the cheetahs any time with the Cheetah Cam, although Echo has been moving them around, so you may have to come back later to see them. Read more about this cheetah family at Zooborns.​