My favorite story of the week was reported by the Huffington Post. Daniel, a cat with 26 toes, chose Amy Rowell, the executive director of the Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center, as his human by tapping her on the head with his big paw when she walked by his cage. He is now inspiring donations to help keep the center alive. The center is in need of a new home after the mall it was located in raised the rent to make room for retail stores. The 26-toed feline is inspiring $26 donations to help cover the $40,000 down payment on an alternative building. Read the rest of the story on The Huffington Post.
I bet you never thought that a big cat’s roar is similar to a human baby crying for attention (although at much higher volume!). Researchers at the National Center for Voice and Speech, which is administered by the University of Utah, found that roaring is similar to what a baby sounds like when it cries. While the comparison was not part of the study, speech scientist Ingo Titze says a baby “cries to have people come to help it. The lion uses similar attention-getting sound, but mainly to say, ‘I am here, this is my territory, get out of here.'” The study found that lions’ and tigers’ fearsome roars are due to their unusual vocal chords. Read more about the study on Science Daily.
The coolest kindergarden ever is located in Wolfartsweier, Germany. I first saw this on Catsparella, and I just had to find out more. The building was designed by French artist Tomi Ungerer and opened in 2002 after a year-long construction. Children enter the building through the cat’s mouth. The red carpet symbolizes the cat’s tongue. The cat’s large eyes flood the inside with natural light. Kids can play with the cat’s tail in the back of the building, which doubles as a slide. For more photos of this amazing building, visit the Fresh Dads website.
Today’s video shows an incredible interspecies friendship between a cat and two pet rats. Now why can’t humans get along like this?
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: photo of Daniel The Huffington Post, photo of lion roaring from Science Daily, photo of German kindergarden from Fresh Dads