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2009-07-13 14:40:00

Researchers recently reported that felines have found a way to manipulate humans through vocalizations. A team at the University of Sussex discovered that cats use a "soliciting purr" to overpower their owners and garner attention and food by producing a sound that incorporates a "cry" with a similar frequency to a human baby's. Cats have tapped into a human bias by producing a sound that humans find very difficult to ignore, the researchers wrote in the journal Current Biology. Lead author...

2009-05-18 19:06:48

A Scottish woman said her cat has become a local sensation for his ability to scale the two-story wall of her home when he becomes locked outside. Hannah Smith of Denny, Scotland, said her 7-year-old feline, Charlie, has been nicknamed Spider Cat by neighbors for his ability to use nothing but his claws and muscle to scale two stories of wall and reach the balcony of his owner's home, the Daily Mail reported Monday. Charlie meows at the front door to be let out. So we let him out, but no...

2008-11-21 13:30:30

A kitten with two faces, each of which can issue a feline meow, has been born in the Australian city of Perth, a nurse says. Nurse Louisa Burgess said the 12 years she has spent taking care of animals, she has never seen anything like the two-faced kitten that was born during a recent surgery, the Melbourne Herald-Sun said in its Thursday edition. I have seen cats with two tails and extra legs, but not this, Burgess said. It has a full tummy and it survived the night so that is a good sign....

2006-04-15 09:21:08

BERLIN (Reuters) - A cat saved the life of a newborn baby abandoned on the doorstep of a Cologne house in the middle of the night by meowing loudly until someone woke up, a police spokesman said on Saturday. "The cat is a hero," Cologne police spokesman Uwe Beier said. "Its loud meowing got the attention of the homeowner and saved the baby from suffering life-threatening hypothermia. The homeowner opened door to see why the cat was making so much noise and discovered the newborn."...

2006-04-15 07:31:32

BERLIN (Reuters) - A cat saved the life of a newborn baby abandoned on the doorstep of a Cologne house in the middle of the night by meowing loudly until someone woke up, a police spokesman said on Saturday. "The cat is a hero," Cologne police spokesman Uwe Beier said. "Its loud meowing got the attention of the homeowner and saved the baby from suffering life-threatening hypothermia. The homeowner opened door to see why the cat was making so much noise and discovered the newborn."...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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