First, the Daily Mail reports that zookeepers in Hampshire (UK) were introducing new meerkats to their already established brood, but apparently meerkats are a cantankerous bunch and fight, so…. the vet recommended … VapoRub! Yes, smear a little on their noses to confound their sense of smell. It worked. The new meerkats were accepted and they’re getting along famously, and perhaps new little meerkats are in the future. And, just for the heck of it, a collection of five or more meerkats isa mob or a gang.
Meanwhile, the “grim reapurr: the cat that can predict death,” is all over the news today. Oscar the cat was adopted as a kitten and grew up in a dementia unit at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabiliation Centre, where people are treated for Alezheimers, dementia, etc. Anyway, Oscar makes the rounds, just like the medical staff, who soon noticed that the cat would end up sitting with people who died a few hours later. If Oscar decides to sleep with you, you’ve got less than four hours to live. You can read the full story at the Daily Mail or just Google it.