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Kitten nicknamed 'Elsa' rescued, found frozen to blanket

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WEST JORDAN, Utah (UPI) -- A kitten was dropped off at a Humane Society in Utah after being found frozen to a blanket.

The Humane Society of Utah shared photos of the kitten they named Elsa and used the opportunity to remind residents in the state to keep their pets inside during the cold weather.

"With a Winter Storm Warning in effect ...Read more

X-ray reveals 12-month-old puppy swallowed 8-inch kitchen knife

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GLASGOW, Scotland (UPI) -- A Scottish animal hospital shared X-ray images from the body of a 12-month-old puppy that survived swallowing an 8-inch kitchen knife.

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals clinic in Glasgow said Irene Paisley, 46, brought her 12-week-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier to the animal hospital's after-hours emergency ...Read more

VIDEO: Python acted as 'mother' to puppies trapped in well

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VADODARA, India (UPI) -- Animal rescuers in India said a python acted like a "mother" to four puppies that fell down a well and spent four days with the snake.

Neha Patel, an animal activist, said rescuers removed the rock python and four puppies from the 80-foot-deep well in Vadodara, Gujarat, Tuesday.

Patel said the puppies spent an ...Read more

VIDEO: Belgian dog's nearly 3-foot tail is world's longest

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WESTERLO, Belgium (UPI) -- A dog in Belgium earned himself a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world's longest tail.

Keon the Irish wolfhound's tail measures 30.2 inches long from the top of the bone to the tip, without including his hair, according to the Guinness World Records

A professional veterinarian measured Keon...Read more

VIDEO: Colorado house cat defends home from curious bobcat

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TELLURIDE, Colo. (UPI) -- A house cat in Colorado bravely defended his home from a curious bobcat who was peeking through a window.

Erik Fallenius shared video of his cat Waffle as he attempted to scare off a bobcat that was creeping around his sliding glass door.

"If it wasn't for the damn glass I'd shred you for looking at me that way!" ...Read more

Kitten found with head sticking out of rolling trash bin

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WALSALL, England (UPI) -- A kitten in England was rescued after its head was stuck in a drainage hole at the bottom of a rolling trash bin.

West Midlands Fire Service shared a photo of the black and white kitten whose head was seen poking out of the bottom of a dumpster.

"This little fella was feline a lot better after we got him out of this ...Read more

Hero dog kept owner warm for 20 hours after he slipped on snow

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PETOSKEY, Mich. (UPI) -- A Michigan dog helped keep her owner alive by warming his body in freezing conditions after he slipped on snow.

Kelsey the golden retriever stayed with her owner Bob for nearly 20 hours after he slipped and injured his neck while getting a log for his fire on New Year's Eve, according to WPBN.

Bob called for his ...Read more

Dog comes to the rescue of cat with pizza rolls bag stuck on its head

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LOUISA, Ky. (UPI) -- A garbage-digging Kentucky cat that ended up with a pizza rolls bag stuck on its head got a little help from an unlikely source -- man's best friend.

Jason Smith posted a video to YouTube showing the disoriented kitty stumbling around the back of a trash-filled pickup truck Monday in Louisa.

"I walked outside and saw the ...Read more

Cat found covered in pounds of matted fur transformed into social media star

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CHICAGO (UPI) -- A cat found neglected and covered in pounds of matted fur has found a new home and been made over into a social media star.

The Anti-Cruelty Society shared photos of the cat, known as Sinbad, who was discovered by a Chicago utilities worker suffering from extreme neglect.

"His fur was horribly matted, unwashed, and covered in ...Read more

Cat rescued from frozen highway after going missing for 15 months

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BURNSVILLE, Minn. (UPI) -- A cat in Minnesota was rescued on the side of a freezing highway after going missing from its home for 15 months.

Char Gruber found Freddie the cat sitting along a local interstate between a river, freeway and a wetland with "nowhere to go," according to KARE.

"He lifted one cold paw, then the other," Gruber said. ...Read more

Group of abandoned 'Sandlot' kittens rescued from snowstorm

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CLEVELAND (UPI) -- A box full of kittens named after characters from the film Sandlot were rescued after being abandoned in a snowstorm.

Cleveland Animal Protective League shared photos of the four kittens Smalls, Squints, Repeat and Benny, inside the snow-covered box.

"Last night, our team received a call from Cleveland Police about a box of ...Read more

Trash collector gives freezing kitten ride in heated cab

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CACHE, Utah (UPI) -- A trash collector in Utah stopped to rescue a frozen kitten he discovered during a snowstorm on his route.

Sam McGregor discovered Sue, the freezing kitten, lying on the ground while completing his route and decided to take it to Cache Humane Society in the heated cab of his truck.

"He rushed the kittie into his heated cab...Read more

Cat pinned at top of closed garage door rescued without injury in Louisiana

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DONALDSONVILLE, La. (UPI) -- A Louisiana sheriff's office said a deputy was able to rescue a cat found with its body pinned at the top of a closed garage door.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office posted a photo to Facebook showing a cat named Bella trapped with her body pinned between the garage door and the top of the door frame at her owner...Read more

'Midwife' cat refuses to leave pregnant goat's side, gives massages

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COTTAGEVILLE, W.Va. (UPI) -- A West Virginia cat rescue group said a feline named Pretty Boy has appointed himself "midwife" and masseur for a pregnant goat preparing to give birth.

Cat rescue group Operation Fancy Free said in a Facebook post one of its rescued felines, an orange and white long-haired cat named Pretty Boy, has refused ...Read more

'Kitten' rescued from raccoon trap identified as 9-year-old cat

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AUSTIN, Texas (UPI) -- A cat found covered in dirt and caught in a raccoon trap in Texas turned out to be much older than rescuers initially believed.

Austin Animal Center shared photos of the white cat named Klaus after he was found covered in grease and dirt in the trap near an area junkyard.

Klaus was antisocial and scared upon arriving at ...Read more

Japanese railway celebrates 10th anniversary of cat 'stationmaster'

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WAKAYAMA, Japan (UPI) -- A Japanese railway station celebrated the tenth anniversary of its late cat 'stationmaster' on Thursday.

The calico cat named Tama served as the stationmaster for Wakayama Electric Railway's Kishi from 2007 to 2015 when she died and was commemorated with the "Tama Shrine."

More than 100 fans including Wakayama Gov. ...Read more

VIDEO: Giant spool of wire goes barreling down Pennsylvania highway

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UNIONTOWN, Pa. (UPI) -- A massive spool of wire caused havoc for drivers on a Pennsylvania highway after falling off the back of a truck.

Driver David Cole, from Alabama, shared cellphone video with KDKA of the giant wooden spool as it rolled down the highway.

"Not in all my traveling, I've never seen nothing like that. Seen quite a few ...Read more

Kitten trapped in washing machine rescued by firefighters

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BRUNSWICK, Australia (UPI) -- Firefighters in Australia rescued a kitten that managed to sneak into a washing machine without its owners noticing.

Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade shared a photo of Harry the kitten, who wound up going for a spin inside a family's washing machine.

"We were about to head out and we were looking for Harry and ...Read more

Mexican authorities seize tiger cub being walked on a dog leash in Tijuana

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TIJUANA, Mexico (UPI) -- Authorities in Mexico said they seized a 4-month-old Bengal tiger cub from a man seen walking the big cat on a dog leash in Tijuana.

Mexico's Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection, or PROFEPA, said Tijuana Municipal Police received a 911 call this week from a resident about the tiger cub being walked around the ...Read more

VIDEO: Surfing dog raised half a million dollars for charity

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WASHINGTON (UPI) -- A surfing dog has raised half a million dollars for various charities since she started participating in fundraising events for six years.

Ricochet, known as the only SURFice dog, reached the $500,000 fundraising milestone which benefitted more than 250 different causes dedicated to kids with special needs, people with ...Read more