Quick Hits: Mischievous Octopus; Pickens Rescue Plan Delayed

updated 03/02/2009 AT 10:29 AM ET

originally published 03/02/2009 AT 10:30 AM ET

These stories are worth a click:

* A mischievous octopus in the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium opened a valve, causing a minor deluge. – Bo Knows

* Madeleine Pickens, set to testify to Congress on wild horses Wednesday, says her rescue plan has been slowed by the turmoil of the changing administration, but is still going ahead. – AP

* Cash-strapped pet owners forgoing expensive treatments or even euthanizing their animals because of the recession – New York Daily News

* Young kids are especially vulnerable to dog bites–especially in the head and especially in summer. – Science Daily

* A couple traded a Louisiana baby-sitter $175 and a cockatoo for two children. – Metro UK