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Love at first snort: Meet these unusual pets

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jun 24, 2017 in Rat News
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Sometimes human company just isn’t enough.

But for these households, the standard pet such as a cat or a dog isn’t enough, either. And while every animal is unique and special, there are some pets you don’t expect to find in a household.

We talked to three local families about their unusual pets. What’s so unusual is how normal the pets actually seem.

This little piggy

Amy Brown said she always wanted a pet pig.

That wish came true last year when her husband, Tim, took her to Sandy Creek Farms in DeFuniak Springs to pick out a piglet. That’s when she met Lily.

It was love at first snort.

“She very affectionate,” Amy said. “She’ll sit with you in the chair. She’s like a puppy.”

Lily has easily adapted to the family, which includes Amy’s granddaughters, Alissa and Taylor, who gave Lily her full name: Lily Margaret Brown. Lily also gets along with the family’s Chihuahua, Chico.

She roams freely around the house during the day, snorting as her hooves tap on the floor. Amy said there’s a different snort for each mood.

Pigs often get a bad reputation for being, well, piggy. But Amy said Lily is a clean and low-maintenance animal.

“She’s litter-box trained, she doesn’t shed,” Amy said.

Lily’s favorite food is Cheerios, which Alissa and Taylor like to feed her. She also eats special feeding pellets, fruits and regularly has a “big kale salad,” Amy said.

Amy said she highly recommends pigs as a pet. The only slightly disappointing thing is that Lily doesn’t take to pet clothes as much as she had hoped.

“She’s just a joy,” Amy said. “She’s been a great addition to our family.”

A different dog

Friends lovingly refer to Brandy and Ricky Heuer’s home in Mary Esther as a zoo. 

At the least, it seems like a pet sanctuary with three gerbils, three rabbits, two dogs, one cat and perhaps the most unusual of the bunch: two prairie dogs.

Tazz and June are year-old female prairie dogs. Although they are not related, Brandy said the two girls bonded right away.

“When we put them together, they started making noises we never heard before,” Brandy said with a laugh.

Tazz is outgoing while June is reserved. They love to play with one another and the cat, Daisy, on the screened-in porch.

Brandy said her husband, who grew up in the Midwest where prairie dogs thrive in the wild, was open to having them, but she said they did a lot of research before taking them in.

“They are pretty low maintenance but a little expensive in the beginning,”she said. “If done correctly, you have to get the right cage and home for them. We believe they should be able to live in a similar habitat if they were in the wild.”

Tazz and June’s home consists of a metal tub filled with cedar so they can dig around and create little tunnels. Brandy said she would like to have a big pen for them in the backyard so they can dig around in “real dirt.” Their meals are a mixture of fresh vegetables and food pellets.

Although they can be moody occasionally, the prairie dogs get along with the rest of the brood. Daisy the cat likes to sit on top of their cage and wag her tail at them. Brandy captures the daily lives of Tazz and June on an Instagram account, tazz_and_june_heuer.

Brandy said she would recommend prairie dogs as pets as long as families do their research.

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“They do crave attention — well, Tazz and June do,” she said. “They can also get mad if you bother them when they don’t want to be bothered. But I believe if you love on them, they will be just as loving on you. They are really sweet and playful.”

Rat-a-tat

Some people would be freaked out with a rat in their house, but to Tara Sindelar, pet rats are what make her house a home.

“They’re so cute,” she squealed.

Tara and her husband, Daniel, have had a total of seven feeder rats over the years in their Fort Walton Beach home. Her love for the little rodents began when her sister’s pet snake wouldn’t eat one of his meals.

“I’ve always been a bleeding heart for animals,” she said. “She looked like a little, gray sewer rat and for some reason the snake wouldn’t eat her. My parents wouldn’t keep her, so I took it home. Her name was Pepper. She put her head in the crook of my arm and I was hooked.”

Feeder rats only live two to three years, but Tara said she likes being able to save them from their fate. Her two current rats are 5-month-old Po and 3-year-old Ohm, who live in a large, elaborate cage full of toys. “They need a lot of space,” Tara said.

The rats eat typical food pellets, which Po and Ohm hold in their tiny, rat paws as they nibble. Sometimes they’re treated to foods such as fruit or unsalted french fries — Wendy’s seems to be their favorite, Tara said.

“One night Daniel was making spaghetti and he actually made Po and Ohm little plates of spaghetti,” she added.

Tara said many people would be surprised to find how intelligent and clean rats can be.

“They have about the intelligence of a dog,” she said. “Most rats can also be (litter box) trained. Sometimes they piddle where they go; they don’t have very good eyesight. They also groom themselves. They’re very clean animals.”

Tara and Daniel often refer to YouTube videos or rat forums for research, which they urge anyone interested in pet rats should do.

“My favorite part about having pet rats is watching them learn. It’s like watching a 2-year-old learn, essentially,” she said. “I love how smart they are and how much they feel. Most of my personal Instagram is pictures of my ratties.”

Do you own a cool pet that deserves to be in the newspaper? Submit digital photos to pets@nwfdailynews.com or mail prints to Pet of the Day, c/o the Daily News, P.O. Box 2949, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549. Be sure to include your name and city of residence. Photos cannot be returned. Pets must be living at the time of submission.

 

Article source: http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20170621/love-at-first-snort-meet-these-unusual-pets

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Humane Society seeks homes for pet rats | Northumberland Today

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jun 23, 2017 in Rat News
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PORT HOPE – 

Northumberland Humane Society has a rat problem.

It’s not, however, your typical rat problem.

General Manager Kate Lennan said since December three separate groups of rats have been abandoned at Municipal Animal Services and then transferred to the Humane Society.

Each time, the rats were left “in a plastic tote in the early hours of the morning and forced to find a way to stay warm, especially in December and January, until the staff arrived to pull them into the warmth of the indoors,” Lennan said.

As soon as they arrived at the Humane Society, they were separated by gender immediately. Two females were already pregnant and 13 babies born. More than 60 rats have come through the doors since December, with another 18 abandoned recently on June 12.

Some people may think rats are an unusual pet and certainly are not for everyone, but Lennan said they are intelligent and social animals and deserve as much compassion as all other animals.

Since getting the rats, the Humane Society has successfully found homes for 60, but 18 are still looking for their forever home. Lennan said rats are very social animals and need to be in pairs or more.

Owners are encouraged to reach out to the Humane Society at 905-885-4131 if they are no longer able to provide care for their animals. The Humane Society is a community resource and will help with the process of surrender or try to find an alternate solution, specifically for rat owners whose colony have become unmanageable.

The Northumberland facility can also assist with downsizing and gender separation.

The antics of rats together can provide amusement for extended time, Lennan said, noting they keep themselves quite clean, and managing a cage is easy when done daily. Rats are very intelligent, easily trained and make great pets for children, she said.

You can add rats to your family for only $10 per pair.

Visit www.northumberlandhumanesociety.com for a full list of adoptable pets.

pfisher@postmedia.com

Twitter.com/NT_pfisher 

Article source: http://www.northumberlandtoday.com/2017/06/21/northumberland-humane-society-seeks-homes-for-pet-rats

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Northumberland Humane Society seeks homes for pet rats

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jun 22, 2017 in Rat News
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PORT HOPE – 

Northumberland Humane Society has a rat problem.

It’s not, however, your typical rat problem.

General Manager Kate Lennan said since December three separate groups of rats have been abandoned at Municipal Animal Services and then transferred to the Humane Society.

Each time, the rats were left “in a plastic tote in the early hours of the morning and forced to find a way to stay warm, especially in December and January, until the staff arrived to pull them into the warmth of the indoors,” Lennan said.

As soon as they arrived at the Humane Society, they were separated by gender immediately. Two females were already pregnant and 13 babies born. More than 60 rats have come through the doors since December, with another 18 abandoned recently on June 12.

Some people may think rats are an unusual pet and certainly are not for everyone, but Lennan said they are intelligent and social animals and deserve as much compassion as all other animals.

Since getting the rats, the Humane Society has successfully found homes for 60, but 18 are still looking for their forever home. Lennan said rats are very social animals and need to be in pairs or more.

Owners are encouraged to reach out to the Humane Society at 905-885-4131 if they are no longer able to provide care for their animals. The Humane Society is a community resource and will help with the process of surrender or try to find an alternate solution, specifically for rat owners whose colony have become unmanageable.

The Northumberland facility can also assist with downsizing and gender separation.

The antics of rats together can provide amusement for extended time, Lennan said, noting they keep themselves quite clean, and managing a cage is easy when done daily. Rats are very intelligent, easily trained and make great pets for children, she said.

You can add rats to your family for only $10 per pair.

Visit www.northumberlandhumanesociety.com for a full list of adoptable pets.

pfisher@postmedia.com

Twitter.com/NT_pfisher 

Article source: http://www.northumberlandtoday.com/2017/06/21/northumberland-humane-society-seeks-homes-for-pet-rats

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UPDATE: Firefighters rescue 2 dogs, 2 cats and 5 rats from pair of …

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jun 21, 2017 in Rat News
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SPCA seeks homes for 33 rats seized in Portsmouth

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jun 20, 2017 in Rat News
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PORTSMOUTH — The city’s animal control officer seized 33 pet rats from a Gosling Meadows apartment Monday and brought them to the New Hampshire SPCA, where they will be placed for adoption.

Lisa Dennison, executive director of the NHSPCA, said the rats were brought to the Stratham shelter on Monday and are a mix of ages, colors and genders. She said the owner originally had two rats, thought they were both male, then learned otherwise when they began multiplying. 

Portsmouth Housing Authority Director Craig Welch said caged animals are not allowed in public housing neighborhoods and he was grateful for the assistance from the SPCA. Dennison said the animals were surrendered because they are not allowed in Gosling Meadows, adding it was “not a hostile surrender.” 

“It was a breeding situation that got out of control,” she said. 

Dennison said Monday afternoon that the rats had not yet been medically evaluated and will be separated by gender to prevent further breeding. Among the 33 new resident rats, she said, some are nursing babies. 

The SPCA director said rats are not an unusual species for the shelter to encounter but large amounts of any species is unusual. 

“It’s not always malicious,” she said. “It happens.” 

Dennison said rats make great pets and when the 33 from Portsmouth are medically cleared they will be placed for adoption. She said the shelter doesn’t have the time or the money to neuter rats, but instead keeps them separated by gender. When they are placed for adoption, she said, they’ll likely go to new homes in same-gender pairs. 

Dennison said the shelter would appreciate supplies or gift cards to help care for the rats. She said the SPCA needs rat cages, blocks, water bottles and Oxbow Regal rat food.

Donations can be made to the NHSPCA online, or at the shelter located at 104 Portsmouth Ave. in Stratham. 

Article source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20170619/spca-seeks-homes-for-33-rats-seized-in-portsmouth

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Britain is hotter than THAILAND with frazzling Father’s Day poised to become hottest June 18 EVER (it’s still going …

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jun 18, 2017 in Rat News
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Britain will be hotter than Thailand as today’s Father’s Day frazzle pushes the hottest June 18 since records began 167 years ago – but thunderstorms threaten Glastonbury mud from midweek. 

Today has already nudged 30C and the Met Office has forecast sunshine with 30C in the South-East tomorrow and up to 28C in the North-East. 

Monday is due to be even hotter at 32C. Even Scotland is seeing 27C.

Beach babe: Corinne Evans pictured enjoying the sun and the surf at the Tolcarne Beach in Newquay, Cornwall. A 2,000-mile wide Spanish Plume of hot air from 45C Spain is bringing the sizzle to Britain this weekend

Beach babe: Corinne Evans pictured enjoying the sun and the surf at the Tolcarne Beach in Newquay, Cornwall. A 2,000-mile wide Spanish Plume of hot air from 45C Spain is bringing the sizzle to Britain this weekend

Britain will enjoy its hottest day of the year – beating May 26’s 29.4C in Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland – and will tomorrow be close to the hottest June 18 since records began in 1850, date temperature records used to compile Met Office records show.

The June 18 record is 32.2C, set in 1893 in Ochtertyre, Perth and Kinross, Scotland.

Britain is currently hotter than 29C Phuket, Thailand, and 25C Malta.

The heat was so intense in London that at least five Guardsmen were stretchered off after fainting in their sweltering uniforms during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at the Queen’s birthday celebration. 

At least five Guardsmen were stretchered off after fainting in their sweltering uniforms

At least five Guardsmen were stretchered off after fainting in their sweltering uniforms

Dressed in full uniform, including a 2lb bearskin, one soldier fell forward out of his formation as temperatures soared to 28C (82F) in Central London.

As the band marched towards his position, the guardsman collapsed to his knees before landing face down with his hands to his side.

Dressed in full uniform, including a 2lb bearskin, one soldier fell forward out of his formation 

Dressed in full uniform, including a 2lb bearskin, one soldier fell forward out of his formation 

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But many people were lucky enough to wear bikinis not bearskins and anby of them flocked to Brighton beach in east Sussex 

But many people were lucky enough to wear bikinis not bearskins and anby of them flocked to Brighton beach in east Sussex 

But many people were lucky enough to wear bikinis not bearskins today, and they escaped the city heat for the beach in droves. 

And one couple, keen to enjoy their sun-soaked day on the sand, brought their furry friends to enjoy the seaside breeze too.

But the kooky couple had nothing as conventional as a cat or dog in tow – they chose instead to bring their pet rats for a dip in the sea.

A couple who did not want to leave their furry friends sweltering alone at home for the day decided to take their pet rats for a walk on Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall today as temperatures soared across the country

A couple who did not want to leave their furry friends sweltering alone at home for the day decided to take their pet rats for a walk on Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall today as temperatures soared across the country

And all this sunshine has unsurprisingly given a major boost to beach visits and BBQ sales.

The biggest beach rush since last summer sees traffic jams expected on coastal routes including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset, A30 to Cornwall and M55 to Blackpool.

Brighton is expected to see 150,000 sunseekers today and the same numbers are expected again tomorrow.

People enjoy the hot weather at the Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall with a surf lesson on the beach's famous waves. The good weather is bound to be a welcome boost to coastal businesses as thousands of people descend to Britain's shore line

People enjoy the hot weather at the Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall with a surf lesson on the beach’s famous waves. The good weather is bound to be a welcome boost to coastal businesses as thousands of people descend to Britain’s shore line

A BBQ frenzy is seeing Asda expected to sell a million burgers and 500,000 sausages this weekend. Tesco is set to sell 200,000 ice lollies, up to three million bottles of beer and two million bottles of wine. 

But deaths are also feared as temperatures soar. 300 extra Brits died in July 2009 amid 32C highs, Department of Health records show.

And the good weather is creating some stunning photo opportunities. This image captures children plaing in a water fountain in Bradford, Yorkshire, as Britain is set to bask in its hottest day of the year this weekend, with the fine weather continuing

And the good weather is creating some stunning photo opportunities. This image captures children plaing in a water fountain in Bradford, Yorkshire, as Britain is set to bask in its hottest day of the year this weekend, with the fine weather continuing

The biggest beach rush since last summer sees traffic jams expected on coastal routes including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset, A30 to Cornwall and M55 to Blackpool. Brighton is expected to see 150,000 sunseekers both today and tomorrow

The biggest beach rush since last summer sees traffic jams expected on coastal routes including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset, A30 to Cornwall and M55 to Blackpool. Brighton is expected to see 150,000 sunseekers both today and tomorrow

A Government Level 2 heat alert put hospitals on alert for an increase in admissions and ordered health and social workers to prepare to make daily contact with the ill, vulnerable and elderly.

Public Health England’s Heatwave Plan for England said: ‘Excessive exposure to high temperatures can kill. Excess seasonal deaths start to occur at 25C.’ 

Brighton's famous pier will be a popular spot for sun worshipers this weekend as people head out to enjoy what is predicted to be one of the hottest days of the year with temperatures exceeding 30c Seasonal weather in Britain

Brighton’s famous pier will be a popular spot for sun worshipers this weekend as people head out to enjoy what is predicted to be one of the hottest days of the year with temperatures exceeding 30c Seasonal weather in Britain

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A 2,000-mile wide Spanish Plume of hot air from 45C Spain is bringing the sizzle.

But Glastonbury risks mud as thunderstorms threaten Britain from Thursday, with a wet weekend following ‘for all parts.’

Corinne Evans enjoys the sun and the surf at the Tolcarne Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, as Britian basks in hot weather over the weekend. The temperatures in Britain are hotter than Thailand this weekend and records may be broken tomorrow

Corinne Evans enjoys the sun and the surf at the Tolcarne Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, as Britian basks in hot weather over the weekend. The temperatures in Britain are hotter than Thailand this weekend and records may be broken tomorrow

Cooling off: People relax by the water at Hove beach. The weather is set to reach record temperatures tomorrow for June

Cooling off: People relax by the water at Hove beach. The weather is set to reach record temperatures tomorrow for June

The 150,000 fans attending the Somerset festival were told to ‘certainly’ prepare for rain. Glastonbury runs from Wednesday to Sunday.

Highs are most likely to ease to the mid 20s from midweek.

June’s record temperature is 35.6C, set on June 28, 1976, in Southampton. 

This graphic shows the three day weather forecast across Britain this weekend and into Monday

This graphic shows the three day weather forecast across Britain this weekend and into Monday

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: ‘Sunday looks like around 30C and close to the June 18 date record, with Monday hotter at 32C as the heat peaks.

‘Tuesday is due 26C with temperatures then most likely to ease, although with a low probability of temperatures climbing again into the upper 20s.

A group enjoy the seasonal weather in Newquay, Cornwall today as temperatures soar into the 30s in some places

A group enjoy the seasonal weather in Newquay, Cornwall today as temperatures soar into the 30s in some places

The beaches are set to be busy this weekend as people rush to the shore to soak up the exceptionally good weather

The beaches are set to be busy this weekend as people rush to the shore to soak up the exceptionally good weather

‘Glastonbury fans should certainly prepare for rain, which would give an increasing risk of soft ground.

‘The festival looks like a warm start but the UK sees a chance of showery outbreaks arriving from the West on Thursday and Friday, which may be thundery, then rain for all parts at the weekend as temperatures tail off.’

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: ‘It remains very warm in the South – but there is the risk of thunderstorms.’

Surf's up! People pictured enjoying the hot weather at the Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall and grabbing surfboards to hit the waves. The UK is set to bask in sunshine all weekend with record temperatures forecast tomorrow

Surf’s up! People pictured enjoying the hot weather at the Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall and grabbing surfboards to hit the waves. The UK is set to bask in sunshine all weekend with record temperatures forecast tomorrow

Corinne Evans enjoys the sun and the surf at the Tolcarne Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, as Britian basks in hot weather 

People cool off at Hove beach on a hot and humid day. The weather has already nudged 30C and the Met Office has forecast sunshine with 30C in the South-East tomorrow and up to 28C in the North-East of the country this weekend

Summer sunshine: Crowds bask in the hot weather at Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall. Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: 'Sunday looks like around 30C and close to the June 18 date record, with Monday hotter at 32C

Summer sunshine: Crowds bask in the hot weather at Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall. Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: ‘Sunday looks like around 30C and close to the June 18 date record, with Monday hotter at 32C

Thousands of people are expected to hit the beaches this weekend as the summer sun entices people out to the water 

Thousands of people are expected to hit the beaches this weekend as the summer sun entices people out to the water 

The waves are proving a popular place to cool off as hundreds of people don wetsuits to and grab surfboards and body boards to enjoy the swell at Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall while Britain's temperatures soar higher than Thailand's

The waves are proving a popular place to cool off as hundreds of people don wetsuits to and grab surfboards and body boards to enjoy the swell at Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall while Britain’s temperatures soar higher than Thailand’s

A surfer enjoys the waves in Newquay, Cornwall as the sun shines across Britain with record temperatures forecast

A surfer enjoys the waves in Newquay, Cornwall as the sun shines across Britain with record temperatures forecast

People bring tents and windbreakers to shield sunbathers from too much of the elements as the beaches fill up this weekend

People bring tents and windbreakers to shield sunbathers from too much of the elements as the beaches fill up this weekend

A paddleboarder conquers both waves and whitewater at Newquay, Cornwall today as temperatures soared in Britain

A paddleboarder conquers both waves and whitewater at Newquay, Cornwall today as temperatures soared in Britain

A girl's best friend: A woman enjoys the stunning sunshine while walking her dog on Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall today

A girl’s best friend: A woman enjoys the stunning sunshine while walking her dog on Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall today

 

Article source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4613370/Britain-hotter-THAILAND-tomorrow-break-records.html

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Britain is hotter than THAILAND with frazzling Father’s Day poised to become hottest June 18 EVER (no wonder a …

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jun 17, 2017 in Rat News
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Britain will be hotter than Thailand as today’s Father’s Day frazzle pushes the hottest June 18 since records began 167 years ago – but thunderstorms threaten Glastonbury mud from midweek. 

Today has already nudged 30C and the Met Office has forecast sunshine with 30C in the South-East tomorrow and up to 28C in the North-East. 

Monday is due to be even hotter at 32C. Even Scotland is seeing 27C.

Beach babe: Corinne Evans pictured enjoying the sun and the surf at the Tolcarne Beach in Newquay, Cornwall. A 2,000-mile wide Spanish Plume of hot air from 45C Spain is bringing the sizzle to Britain this weekend

Beach babe: Corinne Evans pictured enjoying the sun and the surf at the Tolcarne Beach in Newquay, Cornwall. A 2,000-mile wide Spanish Plume of hot air from 45C Spain is bringing the sizzle to Britain this weekend

Britain will enjoy its hottest day of the year – beating May 26’s 29.4C in Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland – and will tomorrow be close to the hottest June 18 since records began in 1850, date temperature records used to compile Met Office records show.

The June 18 record is 32.2C, set in 1893 in Ochtertyre, Perth and Kinross, Scotland.

Britain is currently hotter than 29C Phuket, Thailand, and 25C Malta.

The heat was so intense in London that at least five Guardsmen were stretchered off after fainting in their sweltering uniforms during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at the Queen’s birthday celebration. 

At least five Guardsmen were stretchered off after fainting in their sweltering uniforms

At least five Guardsmen were stretchered off after fainting in their sweltering uniforms

Dressed in full uniform, including a 2lb bearskin, one soldier fell forward out of his formation as temperatures soared to 28C (82F) in Central London.

As the band marched towards his position, the guardsman collapsed to his knees before landing face down with his hands to his side.

Dressed in full uniform, including a 2lb bearskin, one soldier fell forward out of his formation 

Dressed in full uniform, including a 2lb bearskin, one soldier fell forward out of his formation 

The Colour being paraded on Horse Guards this year was the flag of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards

The Colour being paraded on Horse Guards this year was the flag of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards

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But many people were lucky enough to wear bikinis not bearskins and anby of them flocked to Brighton beach in east Sussex 

But many people were lucky enough to wear bikinis not bearskins and anby of them flocked to Brighton beach in east Sussex 

But many people were lucky enough to wear bikinis not bearskins today, and they escaped the city heat for the beach in droves. 

And one couple, keen to enjoy their sun-soaked day on the sand, brought their furry friends to enjoy the seaside breeze too.

But the kooky couple had nothing as conventional as a cat or dog in tow – they chose instead to bring their pet rats for a dip in the sea.

A couple who did not want to leave their furry friends sweltering alone at home for the day decided to take their pet rats for a walk on Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall today as temperatures soared across the country

A couple who did not want to leave their furry friends sweltering alone at home for the day decided to take their pet rats for a walk on Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall today as temperatures soared across the country

And all this sunshine has unsurprisingly given a major boost to beach visits and BBQ sales.

The biggest beach rush since last summer sees traffic jams expected on coastal routes including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset, A30 to Cornwall and M55 to Blackpool.

Brighton is expected to see 150,000 sunseekers today and the same numbers are expected again tomorrow.

People enjoy the hot weather at the Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall with a surf lesson on the beach's famous waves. The good weather is bound to be a welcome boost to coastal businesses as thousands of people descend to Britain's shore line

People enjoy the hot weather at the Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall with a surf lesson on the beach’s famous waves. The good weather is bound to be a welcome boost to coastal businesses as thousands of people descend to Britain’s shore line

A BBQ frenzy is seeing Asda expected to sell a million burgers and 500,000 sausages this weekend. Tesco is set to sell 200,000 ice lollies, up to three million bottles of beer and two million bottles of wine. 

But deaths are also feared as temperatures soar. 300 extra Brits died in July 2009 amid 32C highs, Department of Health records show.

The biggest beach rush since last summer sees traffic jams expected on coastal routes including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset, A30 to Cornwall and M55 to Blackpool. Brighton is expected to see 150,000 sunseekers both today and tomorrow

The biggest beach rush since last summer sees traffic jams expected on coastal routes including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset, A30 to Cornwall and M55 to Blackpool. Brighton is expected to see 150,000 sunseekers both today and tomorrow

A Government Level 2 heat alert put hospitals on alert for an increase in admissions and ordered health and social workers to prepare to make daily contact with the ill, vulnerable and elderly.

Public Health England’s Heatwave Plan for England said: ‘Excessive exposure to high temperatures can kill. Excess seasonal deaths start to occur at 25C.’ 

Brighton's famous pier will be a popular spot for sun worshipers this weekend as people head out to enjoy what is predicted to be one of the hottest days of the year with temperatures exceeding 30c Seasonal weather in Britain

Brighton’s famous pier will be a popular spot for sun worshipers this weekend as people head out to enjoy what is predicted to be one of the hottest days of the year with temperatures exceeding 30c Seasonal weather in Britain

A 2,000-mile wide Spanish Plume of hot air from 45C Spain is bringing the sizzle.

But Glastonbury risks mud as thunderstorms threaten Britain from Thursday, with a wet weekend following ‘for all parts.’

Corinne Evans enjoys the sun and the surf at the Tolcarne Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, as Britian basks in hot weather over the weekend. The temperatures in Britain are hotter than Thailand this weekend and records may be broken tomorrow

Corinne Evans enjoys the sun and the surf at the Tolcarne Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, as Britian basks in hot weather over the weekend. The temperatures in Britain are hotter than Thailand this weekend and records may be broken tomorrow

Cooling off: People relax by the water at Hove beach. The weather is set to reach record temperatures tomorrow for June

Cooling off: People relax by the water at Hove beach. The weather is set to reach record temperatures tomorrow for June

The 150,000 fans attending the Somerset festival were told to ‘certainly’ prepare for rain. Glastonbury runs from Wednesday to Sunday.

Highs are most likely to ease to the mid 20s from midweek.

June’s record temperature is 35.6C, set on June 28, 1976, in Southampton. 

This graphic shows the three day weather forecast across Britain this weekend and into Monday

This graphic shows the three day weather forecast across Britain this weekend and into Monday

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: ‘Sunday looks like around 30C and close to the June 18 date record, with Monday hotter at 32C as the heat peaks.

‘Tuesday is due 26C with temperatures then most likely to ease, although with a low probability of temperatures climbing again into the upper 20s.

A group enjoy the seasonal weather in Newquay, Cornwall today as temperatures soar into the 30s in some places

A group enjoy the seasonal weather in Newquay, Cornwall today as temperatures soar into the 30s in some places

The beaches are set to be busy this weekend as people rush to the shore to soak up the exceptionally good weather

The beaches are set to be busy this weekend as people rush to the shore to soak up the exceptionally good weather

‘Glastonbury fans should certainly prepare for rain, which would give an increasing risk of soft ground.

‘The festival looks like a warm start but the UK sees a chance of showery outbreaks arriving from the West on Thursday and Friday, which may be thundery, then rain for all parts at the weekend as temperatures tail off.’

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: ‘It remains very warm in the South – but there is the risk of thunderstorms.’

Surf's up! People pictured enjoying the hot weather at the Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall and grabbing surfboards to hit the waves. The UK is set to bask in sunshine all weekend with record temperatures forecast tomorrow

Surf’s up! People pictured enjoying the hot weather at the Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall and grabbing surfboards to hit the waves. The UK is set to bask in sunshine all weekend with record temperatures forecast tomorrow

Corinne Evans enjoys the sun and the surf at the Tolcarne Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, as Britian basks in hot weather 

People cool off at Hove beach on a hot and humid day. The weather has already nudged 30C and the Met Office has forecast sunshine with 30C in the South-East tomorrow and up to 28C in the North-East of the country this weekend

Summer sunshine: Crowds bask in the hot weather at Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall. Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: 'Sunday looks like around 30C and close to the June 18 date record, with Monday hotter at 32C

Summer sunshine: Crowds bask in the hot weather at Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall. Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: ‘Sunday looks like around 30C and close to the June 18 date record, with Monday hotter at 32C

Thousands of people are expected to hit the beaches this weekend as the summer sun entices people out to the water 

Thousands of people are expected to hit the beaches this weekend as the summer sun entices people out to the water 

The waves are proving a popular place to cool off as hundreds of people don wetsuits to and grab surfboards and body boards to enjoy the swell at Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall while Britain's temperatures soar higher than Thailand's

The waves are proving a popular place to cool off as hundreds of people don wetsuits to and grab surfboards and body boards to enjoy the swell at Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall while Britain’s temperatures soar higher than Thailand’s

People bring tents and windbreakers to shield sunbathers from too much of the elements as the beaches fill up this weekend

People bring tents and windbreakers to shield sunbathers from too much of the elements as the beaches fill up this weekend

 

Article source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4613370/Britain-hotter-THAILAND-tomorrow-break-records.html

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Phil Archer reunites with dog he, sheriff saved in 2016 floods

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jun 14, 2017 in Rat News
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HOUSTON – One year after the devastating Brazos River floods, Archer the dog continues to be a ray of light to all she meets. 

While covering the Brazos River floods of 2016, KPRC Channel 2 News reporter Phil Archer and rescuers came across a dog holding on for life as the waters rose around her. Now, a year later, Phil and Archer, the dog named after Phil, were brought together for a very special reunion.

Archer became famous for simply surviving. The dog was left chained to a porch, forgotten in the rapidly-rising flood water of the Brazos River. She was just minutes away from drowning when she was found. She was pulled from the water shivering and hungry, but alive.

Her survival was a small ray of good news in a bad time, and after almost dying, she is now thriving as a cherished member of Fort Bend Sheriff Troy Nehls’ family. Nehls was the man in the boat who first spotted her that day and couldn’t turn away from her.

“He called and he said at the time, ‘Love, we’ve rescued this dog. It was tied up. It’s the cutest dog. I’m going to send you a picture,'” the sheriff’s wife, Jill Nehls, said. “I was already thinking, ‘Oh, is there going to be something more to this dog?'”

Jill Nehls and their three girls had already put together quite a menagerie of animals: Two other dogs, a couple of pet rats and a duck with a damaged wing named Lucky.

The new addition was aptly named Archer because Phil Archer helped fish her out of the water, and she fits right in with the rest of the herd in the Nehls household.

“The joy this dog brings to the kids, I mean Tori just loves — Gen and Cambry just love Archer,” Troy Nehls said. “(She) just blends right into the family.”

“Now her tail wags all the time,” Jill Nehls said. “She’s happy. You come indoors, she’s jumping up on you to greet you — we’re still working on that.”

The lucky dog is a happy dog now, but she wasn’t the only animal left alone or in trouble when the high water came last year.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other animals — dogs, cats, or livestock — died in the flooding.

The Houston Humane Society took in hundreds of other animals who were lost or abandoned and provided initial emergency care for those who were rescued, including Archer.

Monica Schmidt, with the Humane Society, said responsible owners should prepare their pets for the next big storm as they would prepare for themselves.

“(Have) a first aid kit, (have) a go bag with extra food in it and toys, (have) a pet that maybe, don’t crate, but you get them trained so that they’re not going to freak out if they go into a crate,” Schmidt said. “Don’t wait until (the) storm has hit to say, ‘Gosh, wish I had gotten my pet micro-chipped.'”

It’s storm season again, so when you make out your checklist, be sure and include all the members of your family.

The Houston Humane Society has helpful hints on its website that you can find by clicking here.

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Rat-dical: Rats all the rage among New York pet owners

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jun 13, 2017 in Rat News
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NEW YORK: When Breonne Rittinger, 21, and her boyfriend, Taylor Cowan, 27, were looking for a pet last year, they considered their options.

As models who travelled often, the couple wanted a pet that required less oversight. They shared an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with two other people, and one of their roommates already had two cats. A dog didn’t seem feasible.

So Rittinger had an idea: rats.

Now they have three.

“I’ve definitely turned into a crazy rat lady,” Rittinger said while her rat Zelda stashed Cheerios in Cowan’s backpack and another rat, Nibbler, raced through an empty LaCroix box in her cage. “But I’m totally OK with that.”

Nibbler and her sister, Leela, arrived in January, adopted from a Staten Island family who had rescued them from a local pet store. And then, a few weeks later, came another duo, Liliu and Daisy, from a reputable “rattery” on Long Island. When Leela died in April, and Liliu soon afterward, Zelda joined the pack.

Rittinger was familiar with rodents as pets, having grown up with gerbils in Georgia. But Cowan was hesitant. His previous apartment, on the Lower East Side, had been infested with rats, a problem he later attributed to the landlord. After he did some research, Cowan came around to the idea. “It was really hard to find negative things online about pet rats,” he said.

Initially, Cowan said his sister was “grossed out” by the new pets, as were several of their friends. When Rittinger brought the rats to her modelling agency, two employees refused to meet them. The couple were met with a handful of baffled stares when they took their new pets to Central Park.

These experiences, rat owners say, are nothing new. Rats, known for scurrying through trash heaps and nabbing pizza slices at subway stops, have long been the scourge of the city. Recent research suggests that the street rat population could be near 3 million. It is easy to grasp why many New Yorkers will not embrace their domestication.

Rat owners say it is all a big misunderstanding.

“When you say the word ‘cat,’ people automatically associate that word with a pet at home, not a feral cat on the street,” said Melissa Stewart, 34, who works in TV and film production. “Whereas, when you hear someone say ‘rat,’ they immediately think it’s feral or a street rat.”

Although rare, there are stories of street rat domestication, but these rats, she said, have a much harder time finding a home. Street rats, she explained, are brown rats, which are said to be less civil and healthy, and are different from “fancy” rats, the species that most New Yorkers look to adopt.

Stewart was first introduced to the idea of pet rats eight years ago at a studio party in the Williamsburg neighbourhood of Brooklyn, where someone told her that a rat named Minky was up for adoption. Stewart, a native New Yorker who had owned a hedgehog in college, was interested.

“As soon as I got her, I was so amazed by how incredibly cool, smart and sociable they are,” she said. “They don’t bite. They’re like little dogs, mixed with a cat.”

Very few doctors treat rats. “Most veterinarians either don’t have the interest or treat mostly dogs and cats, and, without the right exposure, often provide a disservice to these types of pets,” said Dr. Anthony Pilny, of the Centre for Avian and Exotic Medicine, in Manhattan, who recently owned five rats.

He said this deficit of caregivers drove the community to online forums and Meetup groups, where “proud rat moms and dads” swap tips, tricks and photos. Breeds like Dumbos, known for their floppy ears, are described in detail, while new parents ask for advice: What’s their hygiene? (They clean themselves, but their tails can get dirty.) Do they need company? (Definitely.) What do they eat? (Probably not pizza.) And cohabiting with cats? (It depends.)

Having that community can be comforting, owners say, as requests for rat sitters and medical questions are often met with rapid response. Forum participants encourage breeders over pet stores, which typically sell rats as feeders for snakes, while wheels in cages are also hotly debated and rat products are peer reviewed. The home craft website Etsy, it turns out, is a major source for rat hammocks, rat homes, rat sweaters and even rat costumes in the shape of pepperoni pizza slices.

Rat adoption is happening in places other than New York. After using the hashtag #ratsofinstagram when she posted her photos online, Stewart connected with owners in Europe, where rat adoption groups reportedly saw an increase after the Disney movie Ratatouille opened in 2007.

It is a sense of acceptance she hopes her hometown will one day adopt.

But practically since its creation, New York has waged an endless war against rats, with some citizens even taking it upon themselves to hunt them down. In 2015, the health department invested an additional US$2.9 million in targeting “rat reservoirs,” or areas with high concentrations, and has recently begun small-scale tests with a fertility sterilisation compound. The city also offers free workshops in Rat Management Training to landlords and building superintendents. — NYT

Article source: https://www.nst.com.my/node/247734

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Rat-dical: Rats all the rage among New York pet owners

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jun 13, 2017 in Rat News
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NEW YORK: When Breonne Rittinger, 21, and her boyfriend, Taylor Cowan, 27, were looking for a pet last year, they considered their options.

As models who travelled often, the couple wanted a pet that required less oversight. They shared an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with two other people, and one of their roommates already had two cats. A dog didn’t seem feasible.

So Rittinger had an idea: rats.

Now they have three.

“I’ve definitely turned into a crazy rat lady,” Rittinger said while her rat Zelda stashed Cheerios in Cowan’s backpack and another rat, Nibbler, raced through an empty LaCroix box in her cage. “But I’m totally OK with that.”

Nibbler and her sister, Leela, arrived in January, adopted from a Staten Island family who had rescued them from a local pet store. And then, a few weeks later, came another duo, Liliu and Daisy, from a reputable “rattery” on Long Island. When Leela died in April, and Liliu soon afterward, Zelda joined the pack.

Rittinger was familiar with rodents as pets, having grown up with gerbils in Georgia. But Cowan was hesitant. His previous apartment, on the Lower East Side, had been infested with rats, a problem he later attributed to the landlord. After he did some research, Cowan came around to the idea. “It was really hard to find negative things online about pet rats,” he said.

Initially, Cowan said his sister was “grossed out” by the new pets, as were several of their friends. When Rittinger brought the rats to her modelling agency, two employees refused to meet them. The couple were met with a handful of baffled stares when they took their new pets to Central Park.

These experiences, rat owners say, are nothing new. Rats, known for scurrying through trash heaps and nabbing pizza slices at subway stops, have long been the scourge of the city. Recent research suggests that the street rat population could be near 3 million. It is easy to grasp why many New Yorkers will not embrace their domestication.

Rat owners say it is all a big misunderstanding.

“When you say the word ‘cat,’ people automatically associate that word with a pet at home, not a feral cat on the street,” said Melissa Stewart, 34, who works in TV and film production. “Whereas, when you hear someone say ‘rat,’ they immediately think it’s feral or a street rat.”

Although rare, there are stories of street rat domestication, but these rats, she said, have a much harder time finding a home. Street rats, she explained, are brown rats, which are said to be less civil and healthy, and are different from “fancy” rats, the species that most New Yorkers look to adopt.

Stewart was first introduced to the idea of pet rats eight years ago at a studio party in the Williamsburg neighbourhood of Brooklyn, where someone told her that a rat named Minky was up for adoption. Stewart, a native New Yorker who had owned a hedgehog in college, was interested.

“As soon as I got her, I was so amazed by how incredibly cool, smart and sociable they are,” she said. “They don’t bite. They’re like little dogs, mixed with a cat.”

Very few doctors treat rats. “Most veterinarians either don’t have the interest or treat mostly dogs and cats, and, without the right exposure, often provide a disservice to these types of pets,” said Dr. Anthony Pilny, of the Centre for Avian and Exotic Medicine, in Manhattan, who recently owned five rats.

He said this deficit of caregivers drove the community to online forums and Meetup groups, where “proud rat moms and dads” swap tips, tricks and photos. Breeds like Dumbos, known for their floppy ears, are described in detail, while new parents ask for advice: What’s their hygiene? (They clean themselves, but their tails can get dirty.) Do they need company? (Definitely.) What do they eat? (Probably not pizza.) And cohabiting with cats? (It depends.)

Having that community can be comforting, owners say, as requests for rat sitters and medical questions are often met with rapid response. Forum participants encourage breeders over pet stores, which typically sell rats as feeders for snakes, while wheels in cages are also hotly debated and rat products are peer reviewed. The home craft website Etsy, it turns out, is a major source for rat hammocks, rat homes, rat sweaters and even rat costumes in the shape of pepperoni pizza slices.

Rat adoption is happening in places other than New York. After using the hashtag #ratsofinstagram when she posted her photos online, Stewart connected with owners in Europe, where rat adoption groups reportedly saw an increase after the Disney movie Ratatouille opened in 2007.

It is a sense of acceptance she hopes her hometown will one day adopt.

But practically since its creation, New York has waged an endless war against rats, with some citizens even taking it upon themselves to hunt them down. In 2015, the health department invested an additional US$2.9 million in targeting “rat reservoirs,” or areas with high concentrations, and has recently begun small-scale tests with a fertility sterilisation compound. The city also offers free workshops in Rat Management Training to landlords and building superintendents. — NYT

Article source: https://www.nst.com.my/node/247734

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