Each week, we bring you the top 5 amazing, ridiculous or just plain awesome pet and animal stories from around the web. We call them, the Furry Five:
5. Cat wanted for attempted murder
Aqua, a 2-year-old tuxedo tabby, prompted a call to police when he suddenly turned on Marta Hevia, 52, inside her Inwood apartment, biting her knee and clawing her arm.
Hevia has been struggling to figure out why he snapped.
“Nothing like this ever happened before. He kept jumping and jumping at me,” she told the Daily News. “I was coming out of the bathroom when he attacked. I said, ‘No, Aqua! No!’ He was trying to kill me.”
The NYPD’s elite Emergency Service Unit was called in to snare the crazy feline, but Aqua managed to jump through a glass window to avoid being caught by cops.
“I’ve never seen a cat do that,” said one cop who was trying to make the collar.
Aqua was fast and daring, but the cops caged him in the end.
4. Rare footage of the Mimic Octopus
This eight-legged creature is a true master of disguise, masquerading as a crab, fish, snake and even a turkey!
3. Museum to offer painting of euthanized dogs
Mark Barone and Marina Dervan who founded An Act of Dog, a nonprofit group fighting against euthanasia at animal shelters, are putting together an entire museum full of paintings of dogs that were euthanized in animal shelters. The goal is to raise awareness about the millions of homeless animals that lose their lives every year. The museum would hold 5,500 paintings of dogs painted by Barone while they were waiting to be euthanized. Barone chose 5,500 because he says it represents the number of dogs killed in America’s shelters in one day.
Paintings can be purchased, sponsored or viewed at An Act of Dog.
2. Bear Boogies in the night
1. New app allows humans to communicate with Bonobos
Communicate with a monkey? Yep, there’s an app for that.
Researchers at the Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary in Des Moines, Iowa, are developing an app that acts as a human-ape translator, allowing both species to communicate with one another using a tablet.
All seven of the bonobos at the Sanctuary are already trained to use a vocabulary of over 400 words, but since they can’t vocalize those words, researchers have taught them to associate words with lexicons on a touchscreen, which the apes touch accordingly when they want to speak. This format will translate extremely well with the interface on a tablet.
One of the coolest features of the app will be that human users won’t be required to understand the apes’ lexicons. Rather, humans merely need to talk into their device and the app will translate that speech into the corresponding lexicons on the bonobo’s device. After the bonobo responds in turn by using its touchscreen, the app performs a reverse translation and delivers a spoken message to the human’s device.
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