The Water Bowl: Giraffe from Toys R Us Ads Dies at 18; Plus, Curious Cat Gets Stuck in Chimney!
09/15/2009 AT 11:03 AM EDT
Tweet, the famous giraffe that appeared in Toys R Us commercials and in the Jim Carrey film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, died on Friday. The 18-year-old giraffe had just completed scenes for the new Kevin James comedy The Zookeeper before collapsing in the care of his trainer. A spokeswoman from PETA says the animal's death is "an outrage" caused by a stressful Hollywood life.--Bostonherald.com
A curious feline named Sammy from Bremerton, Wash., got himself stuck in a neighbor's chimney on Thursday. It took several hours, but firefighters were able to free the cat on Saturday.--kitsapsun.com
Research shows that dogs have developed an extraordinary social intelligence by living with people. This fall, Brian Hare, assistant professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University, is opening the Duke Canine Cognition Center, where regular dogs will be tested so Hare and his team can learn about how human's have shaped the canine mind.--Time.com
TV dog trainer Cesar Millan's new magazine, Cesar's Way, launches today and will become bi-monthly next year--USA Today
A lamb named Marcus reared by school children as a part of a class project in Kent, England, has been slaughtered despite a public fight over the animal's fate. TV host Paul O'Grady had offered to buy the lamb, and one parent fought to stop its death for meat, but the move had support from the majority of students and teachers there.--BBC