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ZLATOUST, Russia, Dec. 2 (UPI) — A Russian couple acted quickly to help rescue a stranded cat whose paws had become stuck in a frozen puddle. Video shared to YouTube showed the cat, covered in snow, sitting among a shallow pile of snow with its paws frozen in a puddle of ice underneath. A woman quickly rushed to grab a green bucket full of warm water to pour over the ice and eventually managed to thaw out the stranded cat. The person who uploaded the video later wrote a comment explaining the cat’s story had a happy ending after a trip to the vet, RT reported. “Called a vet. He gave it anti-inflammatory medicine. The cat is young – 7-9 months [according to the vet],” the uploader said. “By the evening he started to walk. In three days I posted an announcement in social media and a girl from our town picked him up. He’s …

FOREST GROVE , Ore., Dec. 1 (UPI) — Oregon Police responded to a “verbal” altercation after a man refused to stop whistling “Closing Time” outside a woman’s driveway. The woman called Forest Grove police department after the man “obnoxiously” whistled the Semisonic tune outside her home, according to a police log published by the Oregonian. “A verbal altercation occurred after a woman allegedly told a man to ‘shut up’ after he obnoxiously whistled the song ‘Closing Time’ by the band Semisonic near her driveway,” police said. Forest Grove Police Department Cpt. Mike Herb told Time he was unsure what exactly about the song drove the woman to shout at the man before reaching out to authorities. “It’s not clear if the caller would have been more or less upset if it was a different genre or whether it was just the talent lacking in the whistling,” he said. The man had left the area when …

POCATELLO, Idaho, Dec. 1 (UPI) — Rescue crews in Idaho worked to save a horse who became trapped on a ledge after falling from a cliff. Bannock County Sheriff shared a photo of the horse stranded in the middle of a rock formation on the cliff near near Portneuf Gap. “Horses usually don’t get caught in situations like this,” Bill Jons of the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office told the Idaho State Journal. “The horse worked with us pretty good. It was just a tight squeeze for him to get out of.” The horse fell 12 feet from the cliff landing between the black lava rocks, where FM Construction owner Kevin Fay used a backhoe to dump gravel into the nearby crevice to allow the horse to climb out on its own. The horse escaped the situation without sustaining any major injuries, suffering just a few bumps and scratches. “He was a lucky horse,” Fay said. …

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 1 (UPI) — The price of the gifts from the “12 Days of Christmas” went up by more than $200 dollars in 2016, according to PNC Wealth Management. The firm’s annual Christmas Price Index estimated the price of gifts from the traditional Christmas song to be $34,363.49, a meager .7 percent increase from its estimated 2015 value of $34,130.99. Chief investment officer for PNC Asset Management Group Thomas P. Melcher said the small increase in price represents slow economic growth. “The economy continues to expand, and it is likely the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this month or early next year,” he said. “Consumers appear to be cautiously optimistic spenders this year, and we’re anticipating a slight improvement in the holiday retail season.” Wage inflation caused an increase in price for both the pipers piping and drummers drumming, but the largest spike in price came from the two turtle doves, which rose …

LONDON, Dec. 1 (UPI) — A professional soccer player from England’s Premier League set a world record by controlling a ball after a 100-foot crane drop. Theo Walcott of London’s Arsenal F.C. claimed the Guinness World Record for “Highest altitude football dropped and controlled” by bouncing the ball off his foot five times without letting it hit the ground after it was dropped 111 feet from a crane. Walcott beat teammates Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Francis Coquelin and bested the previous record of 105 feet set by football freestyler John Farnworth. The players practiced at lower heights before attempting to set the record with an 111-foot drop. Coquelin almost claimed the record himself before Walcott managed to successfully control the ball by bouncing it in the air five times. “It looked easy at 25 meters (82 feet) but when the ball was released at 34 meters (111 feet), it was a challenge that surprised …

WAUSAU, Wis., Nov. 30 (UPI) — A Wisconsin hunter encountered an unusually friendly white-tailed deer fawn sporting a very strange accessory — an orange scarf. Brian Powers posted a series of videos to YouTube showing his encounter with the young deer during the weekend when he was hunting adult deer near a creek about 15 miles outside of Wausau. The deer, which appeared to be comfortable with humans and was wearing a bright orange scarf, walked right up to the hunter and allowed the man to pet it. “This deer lives in the wild but is friendly toward humans and someone was smart enough to put the orange scarf around his neck to try to protect him,” Powers told WFRV-TV. Powers said the deer spent about 10 minutes with him before wandering away. He said it returned for a second round of affectionate petting later in the day. “Keep your head low, man,” Powers tells …

ORISKANY , Ala., Nov. 30 (UPI) — A group of high school students in New York worked together to craft a special wheelchair for a disabled puppy. Angels of Fur puppy mill shared a photo of Claire, the 2.8-pound Havanese, and her chariot constructed by students at Oriskany High School. “She was born with no femoral heads at the top of her legs where her hips go,” Melissa Jones of Angels of Fur told WKTV of the dog who came to the mill in poor condition. “Absolutely deplorable condition. She literally looked like a overused mop, should I say? She was completely matted from head to toe.” Oriskany High School teacher Chris Lallier heard about the disabled and abandoned puppy and encouraged her students to devise a way to help the dog walk. “She’s an adorable dog,” Lallier told Syracuse.com. “And the kids fell in love with her. So it wasn’t a tough sell at …

TORONTO If getting charged with impaired driving is not enough, police in a small Canadian town are hoping adding Nickelback music to the punishment will be enough to keep drunk partiers away from the wheel. In a Facebook post over the weekend, Kensington police in the province of Prince Edward Island asked holiday partiers to plan ahead and drink responsibly. Kensington has a population of less than 1,500, For those “dumb enough” to drink and drive, Kensington police had a special message: “When we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a years driving suspension we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the offices copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail.” “Now, now, no need to thank us, we figure if you are foolish enough to get behind the wheel after drinking then a little Chad Kroeger …

JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK, India, Nov. 30 (UPI) — A tiger in northern India was caught on camera charging aggressively at an elephant and changing its mind once it got a good look at its intended prey’s size. The video, recorded Nov. 17 in Jim Corbett National Park, shows a tour group riding an elephant on a road while the tiger watched from the long grass at the side of the path. A Jeep facing away from the scene reverses, apparently for a better look at the tiger, and stops a short distance away to watch the scene. The tiger eventually bolts from the grass and runs aggressively toward the elephant, but it stops abruptly just before reaching the creature and decides to run away instead. The filmer wrote the scene was “a wonderful hair raising experience.”

The Bank of England said its supplier of currency, Innovia, is working toward removing the use of animal fat in the production of its new plastic five pound note after objection raised by thousands of vegetarians. The bank said it did not know about traces of tallow, which contains animal fats, in the production of the currency when it signed the contract with Innovia. “We are aware of some people’s concerns about traces of tallow in our new five pound note. We respect those concerns and are treating them with the utmost seriousness,” the bank said in a statement. Earlier, the Bank of England confirmed that tallow is used in the production of the new currency, after an online petition against its use in the notes, started by campaigner Doug Maw, was signed by more 100,000 supporters in less than two days. “This is unacceptable to millions of vegans and vegetarians in the UK,” Maw …

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