Hide your honey, your porridge and (in reality) your bird feeders and your garbage cans. There’s a bear on the loose!
Over the past week, a black bear has been spotted in Lower Bucks County. The LBC, as I like to call it, is more urbanized than your usual bear habitat, meaning everyone is freaking out. The bear was spotted at a Bensalem soccer field, on a Bristol Township lawn, and even in Hulmeville, a town you’ve probably never even heard of. Things haven’t been this exciting in the LBC since the Neshaminy Mall was built. Read more »
During Hurricane Sandy, Porsche the cat—yes, that’s really the cat’s name—from home in Chadwick Island, Toms River to Point Pleasant, eight miles away. The cat escaped. Now the Philly Daily News reports she’s back home with her owners, having somehow made the journey over the last few months.
“I never gave up hope,” said Uranie Roberts, 86, Porsche’s owner. She returned to the house in Chadwick Island only at the end of April herself. The cat appeared on the porch two days later, apparently none the worse for the wear. What’s extraordinary about this already-extraordinary event? To get home, Porsche had to find and cross a bridge—probably the one over Point Pleasant Canal—to get home. He’d never made that journey before.
“I am astounded, I’ll tell you, that he made it,” Roberts said.
Having been around cats, though, I presume Porsche walked in, yowled about wanting to be fed, ate, then promptly ingored her frantic owner to go take a nap. Cats! Loyal in their own special way!
The Daily Record reports that in Clinton Township, N.J., a tiny kitty named Justin is recovering from severe burns—somebody in Philadelphia apparently set the kitten on fire last week. He was taken to Jersey for care.
“He has some burns on his back and his head,” said Dr. Wendy E. Ross, owner of Crown Veterinary Specialists in Lebanon, adding that Justin has first-, second- and third-degree burns and has lost the tip of one of his ears. “Someone apparently set him on fire in Philadelphia, and Animal Alliance brought him to us for care.
“He’s doing well. He’s a feisty little guy,” said Ross, adding that Justin is expected to make a full recovery but might have some permanent bald spots. Zinc burn cream is being used to help his skin heal.
A co-worker points out that Justin is still pretty adorable:
Still: Who would burn a kitten? What’s wrong with the kind of person who would do that?Do they not understand that they’re committing evil? Hopefully, we’ll find out soon: The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.
Like most of the rest of the women in America, I read the recent New York magazine essay on “The Retro Wife” with my mouth wide open in disbelief. In case somehow you missed it , “The Retro Wife” tells the story of the brave new anti-feminist wives and moms who are turning their backs on careerhood and instead digging deep down into the pleasures of being a stay-at-home mom. Yes, we’re back to that war again. What I like most about the piece is that its brave poster-mom, Kelly Makino, turns out to have actually been a stay-at-home mom for less than a year—and confesses she’s, well, a little bored. I’m sure things have picked up for her since the story appeared in mid-March, however, since it’s now spring-cleaning time. Read more »
Last night, Smokin’ Betty’s and Devil’s Alley hosted the Puppy Love Valentine’s Party to raise money for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA). Nearly 100 four-legged friends walked their two-legged friends to the event at the 23rd Street Armory to munch on doggie treats, drink water and sniff each other … I mean make friends. Below: Angela Perfetto with Livy (Pomeranian-Bichon), Julie Dorenbos, Susie Celek, with Bruiser her Bernese Mountain Dog, and Maria Papadakis, who was event hostess.
After an intense period of Facebook voting, the people have chosen. And they’ve chosen terribly. Monopoly, for the first time ever, decided to let the silly people have a say in how the game is played, letting them trade one piece for another. So the schlubby, wrinkled-pants-wearing cat-lady Monopoly fans of the world chimed in and replaced the almighty IRON with a whiny, irritable CAT. Here’s the cat being unveiled on the TODAY Show, looking super creepy.
And here are some sample Facebook comments from all the hard-core Monopoly fans following this.
Earlier today, I informed you of a cat who tripped a wire and caused a power outage for 100 people. To continue an Inauguration Day tradition over here at the Scoop, here’s some more news from the animal kingdom.
Today in Longport, a small, cute, beached whale was found on Dog Beach, recovering from what appears to be cuts from a boat propeller. It has been taken to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine.
And in Upper Black Eddy, a woman was walking her horse (or maybe the horse was walking her), when it keeled over and died, trapping her underneath. She sustained non-life threatening injuries. [Inquirer]
This is what we know: Sunday night, a cat caused a short in a transformer at a West Philly housing complex, leading to a power outage. About 100 people had to be evacuated to a nearby high school. Things appear to be fine now. That is all. [CBS 3]
There’s a former racehorse in Gettysburg, who like many retirees, likes to paint.
“He used to just bob his head up and down when we first got him off the track,” said [the owner]. After leaning how to grasp a brush, Metro took it from there. ”You can see how impatient he gets when he doesn’t have a brush.”
“Metro,” the steed, makes $40-$300 per painting. Justin, the Indiana-bred “Jackson Pollock of Quadrupeds,” is whinnying in mockery right now. His paintings sell for as much as $2,500. [WHP]