Eighty-two year old Marjorie Bamont pleaded no contest to 14 counts of animal cruelty Thursday, the Inquirer’s Amy Worden reports. She has to pay $7,000 to the SPCA, give up 12 of her cats and her dog to the Pennsylvania SPCA. She was able to keep two cats. She is barred from owning any more pets for 42 months.
The Philadelphia Zoo recently acquired a silverback gorilla, Motuba, in a breeding deal with the Henry Doorly Zoo of Omaha, Nebraska. It was set up by the Gorilla Species Survival Plan. Why, it’s the biggest acquisition this town has made since Chip Kelly signed on as Eagles coach!
The zoo is attempting to breed Motuba, 29, with 14-year-old Kira. Frankly, this is well out of the “half your age plus seven” general rule for dating — but since gorillas are endangered, I shall let it slide.
You’ve probably seen the photos of Pope Francis’s “peace doves” being attacked by other birds in a dark omen that the end of the world is nigh, and the ascension of the Dark One is to begin. That prompted the following press release, fresh in our inbox, presented without commentary:
As if news from Nigeria couldn’t be any more atrocious, this comes along:
According to Leadership, “Nigeria’s most influential newspaper,” a middle-aged woman in Lafia has put out a very public announcement that she wants to get rid of her cat because she feels that he is gay. She says that the cat — which she has owned for seven years — displays “an unnatural sexual behavior” that she describes as “a contradiction of the laws of nature.” More:
Philadelphia, squirrel pioneer. A paper by Penn’s Etienne Benson investigates the proliferation of squirrels in American cities, and finds that they are in no way indigenous to urban areas. City planners and squirrel enthusiasts introduced them to northeastern cities in the mid-19th century. And Philly, he finds, was likely the first to bring the critters to town.
Temple has hired doggies from Therapy Day International to help students during exam period, which starts on Tuesday, December 10th. Though they may be asked to take tests as well, their primary function will be to provide therapy for stress-out students.
Thursday night the PSPCA hosted its first annual Bark & Whine Gala at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center in Philadelphia. More than 300 people came out to advocate for animals. The generous support helps thousands of animals. In 2012, the PSPCA handled more than 10,000 reports of cruelty, found homes for more than 7,000 animals, treated more than 30,000 animals, and performed more than 12,000 spay/neuter surgeries.
According to State Farm, Pennsylvania leads the nation in car-deer accidents, with 119,500 taking place over 12 months from 2011-2012.
A 57 year-old man in Bradford, Pennsylvania claims to have seen two Sasquatches–or Big Feet, if you prefer. His findings were reported by an online nature show called Epic Wildlife. (Epic, bro!) The sighting occurred around the same time of another big Sasquatch Development. A program called the Sasquatch Genome Project announced on Tuesday that they had discovered DNA evidence of the elusive beast. Here’s where Bradford is if you want to go find out for yourself if these people are all messing with you.
Another dead dolphin washed up in Brigantine yesterday, bringing this season’s total to 103. That’s ten more than the previous record, set in 1987. No knows exactly what’s causing the problem, but scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suspect a virus of some sort. [NBC 10]