TIME animals

Feline Lucky? Cat Survives 12-Story Fall

It should give his owner paws for thought

A cat named Gizmo recently fell 12 stories from the penthouse terrace of a Manhattan apartment building, landing on a third floor landing and getting wedged between a skylight and a wall.

Gizmo’s owner, Samuel Jacobs, didn’t see what happened, but speculated that his cat slipped through the door to the terrace and then off the edge, the Associated Press reports.

After climbing out of a neighbor’s window, Jacobs rushed Gizmo to a vet, fearing internal injuries. When they got there, however, Gizmo was given a relatively clean bill of health—some scratches and a single broken tooth.

So how did Gizmo survive the fall? It turns out our feline friends are actually well-equipped to land unscathed after falling from high places. When cats are 3-4 weeks old, they begin to develop what’s called the ‘righting reflex‘, which is how cats twist in midair to land on their feet. It’s perfected at around 7 weeks old. (Here’s a cool schematic that shows how they actually manage to do it.)

A study conducted in 1987 and published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association examined 132 cats that had fallen from buildings and were brought into vets around New York Animal Medical center for treatment. It found that injuries per cat increased depending on the height the cat fell up to 7 stories, but actually decreased when the cat fell from above that threshold. The researchers speculated that this was due to the cats’ ability to right themselves and their relatively low terminal velocity.

[AP]

TIME animals

Houston Zoo’s Baby Giraffe Makes Her Public Debut

"Kamili" is only two weeks old

Kamili—this adorable baby giraffe—was born on Aug. 3 at the Houston Zoo, becoming the 10th animal in their herd. Check out her poised and graceful debut, just a few weeks after entering the world. She won’t stay that miniature size for long, though — newborn calves can nearly double their height in the first year of being born.

TIME animals

Terrifying Genius Cat Figures Out How to Open Doors

He'd make a good cat burglar

Meet Mulder. Mulder is cute. Mulder also has a secret power: He can open doors. He can even do it when there’s a tub of water in the way. Now if he can only figure out how to flush the toilet, he’d be the perfect house cat.

TIME animals

This Corgi Swimming in a Pond Is the Definition of Delightful

Looks like it's having the best summer ever

What’s this? Oh, just a long-haired corgi going for a nice swim in Japan. Watch as it flaps its stubby little legs and struggles to keep its adorable, giant head above water. None of us will ever know joy like this.

To see more of this awesome pooch, check out its blog.

TIME Television

The People and Animals With the Best Shark Costumes for Shark Week

The outfits are so cute, we can only hope they live EVERY week like it's Shark Week

In case you were unaware, it’s officially Shark Week, Discovery Channel’s annual deluge of shark-related programming. Some people — like, for example, scientists who actually know things about sharks — are not super into this annual sharkstravaganza, claiming that it peddles fiction disguised as fact. But others — you know, the rest of us plebs who just thinks sharks are super awesome — are still pretty into the whole thing.

And so, we’d like to take a moment to pay tribute to the especially die-hard Shark Week fans: the people (and animals) who’ve dressed up like sharks to mark the occasion. We can only hope that these folks are truly taking to heart that age-old advice to “live every week like it’s Shark Week.” We have a feeling they are.

Who else is a big fan of @discoverychannel's @sharkweek? ✋ #sharkweek #sharkweekfanboy #extrasharky #extrasmiley

A photo posted by #wallymonster (@wallythewelshcorgi) on

#lucibryn the chubby cheek #shark for #sharkweek

A photo posted by #LuciBryn (@lucibryn) on

#sharkweek #richardthedog

A photo posted by meganrfitzpatrick (@meganrfitzpatrick) on

I love #SharkWeek and #sharkafterdark #spawnofpaws I hope I make it on tv!!! =^..^=

A photo posted by Tara The Cat (@the_tara_cat) on

Because #sharkweek

A photo posted by Ashley Erickson (@ashsaysom) on

The tripawd shark in her natural habitat (Sadie is such a trooper, I couldn't stop laughing!) #SHARKWEEK

A photo posted by Vine: Sadie Tripawd (@sadietripawd) on

Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water….Happy Shark Week! #sharkweek

A photo posted by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Emily Maksimowicz (@emilyruth_mak) on

 

TIME animals

Watch a Dog Desperately Try to Keep Fish Alive

Looks like it has never seen a fish out of water

This dog looks like it just can’t stand watching other animals die. Splashing water on fishes lying still on the ground, it seems bent on rescuing them from suffocation. This dog’s determination is sure to warm the coldest of hearts.

WATCH: Dog Absolutely Loses Its Mind When It Meets The New Family Kitten

PHOTOS: Hounds of Helsinki: Behind The Scenes of the 2014 World Dog Show

MORE: What Is This? Oh, Nothing. Just a Bunch of Corgis Frolicking on a College Campus

TIME Bizarre

Man Un-Ironically Calls Cops to Report Chicken Crossing the Road in Portland, Oregon

Police "were unable to determine the chicken's intent."

A man un-ironically called the Portland, Oregon, police Monday to report a chicken was crossing the road, causing traffic.

“Hi, um this is actually not a prank call,” the man began in his call to a non-emergency dispatcher. “I had to slow down to almost to a complete stop.”

According to the Associated Press, Sgt. Pete Simpson said responding officers could not locate the bird and thus, “were unable to determine the chicken’s intent.”

The Portland Police very ironically posted the call on YouTube:

Whether this is the greatest or worst thing of all time is up for interpretation.

TIME animals

This Cat That Can Open Doors Reminds Us That We’re Never Truly Safe

Further proof that an international cat uprising is nigh

“Cats can’t open doors because they don’t have opposable thumbs and also because they’re just silly little cats.”

You’ve probably thought that before, but it’s time for you to learn the truth. Cats CAN and DO open doors, as we’ve learned from this video uploaded by YouTuber Kristian Svenson.

What this means is that nowhere is ever truly safe for us and that cats will most likely rise up and try to stage a massive coup and we should probably start taking the proper precautions before it’s too late.

MORE: Never Drink Alone Again Because Now There’s Wine for Cats

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WATCH: Giant Spider Interrupts British News Broadcast

Or crawled over a BBC News camera lens, we can't decide

A giant spider roughly the size of a BBC news anchor’s head interrupted a live broadcast of the morning news, or so it appeared to amused viewers who tweeted pictures of the “attack.”

It was of course a normal house spider that had spun a web across the camera lens, and wasn’t about to let a live telecast get between it and breakfast.

 

TIME animals

Chinese Panda Brings to Bear Rare Batch of Triplets

Three of a kind

A rare batch of panda triplets was recently born at China’s Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, the Associated Press reports.

Their mother, Ju Xiao, was impregnated with sperm from a panda at a Guangzhou zoo in March, and she gave birth to the cubs on July 29. China made the announcement this week after it was certain that the cubs had survived, according to the AP via China News Service.

The AP also reports that the triplets, which reportedly weigh between 8-12 ounces, mark the fourth panda triplet born via an artificial breeding program. It is unclear how many of those triplet groups have survived, however.

MORE: TIME Launches Panda Cam During Government Shutdown

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