The Water Bowl: Homesick Tiger Stages Hunger Strike; Plus: Chimps Who Chop Their Food!
Radha, a 17-year-old tigress who was relocated to another zoo 8 days ago in Rajkot, India, is staging a hunger strike because she's apparently homesick. The cat, who is being fed intravenously by zoo staff, is experiencing "mental trauma" caused by relocation. --Timesofindia.com
For the first time scientists have spotted chimpanzees in the Nimba Mountains of Guinea, Africa, using stone and wooden tools to chop their food into smaller pieces. --BBC News
Police in the Baltimore area are search for the heartless burglars who broke into the Aliota family home on Christmas Eve, swiped their presents and the family's dog, 4-month-old Max.
Happy ending: A 3-foot-tall Shetland pony found wandering the streets of Los Angeles in early December has found a forever home just before Christmas with a family from Riverside County. --San Jose Mercury News
A cat gone 'crazy' apparently helped an elderly woman named Adeline Rader escape a house fire in Kalamazoo Township, Mich., on Dec. 26. --mlive.com
A heated debate is underway in France over a parliamentary bill that would classify horses as domestic pets instead of un animal de rente (an animal of income). The campaign is being led by Brigette Bardot and French actress Mathilde Seigner. --Timesonline.co.uk
Eighty-year-old Allan Baptiste remembers the 2004 tsunami that he survived with his beloved Great Dane Molly, who saved him from the horrific natural disaster by jumping, growling and tugging on his shirt. --Timesofindia.com