The Male Tortoiseshell Kitten Who Is Britain's Rarest Cat

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Eddie the cat has defied genetics and odds of 400,000 to one after he was born a MALE tortoiseshell.Vet Karen Horne was stunned to discover the black and ginger tom, who overturns the normal laws of biology.She said she named him after the cross-dressing comic Eddie Izzard because ‘he is essentially a boy dressed in girls’ clothing.

Male cats, like human beings, have only one X chromosome in their DNA meaning it is technically impossible for them to inherit different colours.Of eight million pet cats in Britain only a couple a year are born male tortoiseshells – making Eddie an extremely rare accident.

Karen, 38, said: ‘As a vet I can tell you that it is genetically impossible to get a male cat that is tortoiseshell coloured.

‘My colleagues and I have 30 years of experience between us and we have never seen anything like this.’
The eight-week-old kitten was brought into Karen’s veterinary surgery in Harpenden, Herts, with his three tortoiseshell sisters by local charity Cat and Kitten Rescue.But as Karen set about vaccinating the siblings she discovered to her amazement that one was a boy.
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The Male Tortoiseshell Kitten Who Is Britain's Rarest Cat

unique cat of uk

Eddie the cat has defied genetics and odds of 400,000 to one after he was born a MALE tortoiseshell.Vet Karen Horne was stunned to discover the black and ginger tom, who overturns the normal laws of biology.She said she named him after the cross-dressing comic Eddie Izzard because ‘he is essentially a boy dressed in girls’ clothing.

Male cats, like human beings, have only one X chromosome in their DNA meaning it is technically impossible for them to inherit different colours.Of eight million pet cats in Britain only a couple a year are born male tortoiseshells – making Eddie an extremely rare accident.

Karen, 38, said: ‘As a vet I can tell you that it is genetically impossible to get a male cat that is tortoiseshell coloured.

‘My colleagues and I have 30 years of experience between us and we have never seen anything like this.’
The eight-week-old kitten was brought into Karen’s veterinary surgery in Harpenden, Herts, with his three tortoiseshell sisters by local charity Cat and Kitten Rescue.But as Karen set about vaccinating the siblings she discovered to her amazement that one was a boy.
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Lucky Yeboah: Male Gorilla With 3 Female Playmates In London Zoo

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Lucky Yeboah: Male gorilla with THREE female playmates in London zoo We all like to be given a sneak preview before meeting a date for the first time.And judging by their reaction to his photograph, the beau lined up for these three gorillas must be quite a dish.
The three singletons at London Zoo will soon be joined by 12- year-old male Yeboah, who’s being flown over from France.
Mjukuu, 10, Effie, 16, and Zaire, 34, have lacked male attention since the death of silverback Bobby in December.

Staff offered them a glimpse of his 20-stone replacement to see if they would make an association between the picture and Yeboah’s face when he arrives.Staff at La Boissière du Doré zoo in western France have also shown Yeboah photos of the females for the same reason.
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Cat Gets A Wash In The Dog-O-Matic

Earlier i had posted about washing machine for dog …..now this
When we first heard about the Dog-o-Matic, we thought its inventor was insane (and maybe a little cruel). But when we read cats could also be put into, well, we just had to see it.

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Does Your Pet Need A Massage?

And you thought you’d heard everything when it comes to pet pampering. Now we’re signing up our furry friends for alternative therapies. “Many people don’t want their pets on medications for long periods of time,” says Carvel Tiekert of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. Popular alternatives:

TTouch. This type of massage uses a combination of specific touches to calm hyper or nervous pets.

Acupuncture. The ancient therapy could ease arthritis pain.

Supplements. Chondroitin may relieve joint pain; calcium keeps bones and teeth strong.

Bach flower essences. The liquid formulas can help calm pets with behavior problems.

Skeptical? Results can vary, but the American Veterinary Medical Association agrees that these treatments are safe for most pets.

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Poodle Doodles………

They may resemble pandas, buffalos and camels – but these animals are actually poodles, all competing for the title of top dog at ‘creative grooming’ shows across the U.S. Something of a canine fancy dress contest, it takes just two hours for owners to transform their pets, which are sheared and coloured to achieve each look.
The incredible transformations were captured by photographer Ren Netherland, who travels thousands of miles each year to attend each competition.

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Meet The Bond, James Bond Of Pet Carriers

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Fido? Check. Laptop? Check. Portable doggie dome? Yep, they all fit inside this futuristic new product.

If James Bond had to fight super villains while carrying around a Pekingese, here’s the device he’d use—it’s an origami puzzle of a backpack called Pets @ Work, and it lets you tote around your small pup, a foldable doggie dome and your laptop without using your hands.

Pets @ Work, or P@W (get it?), is designed by the high-end Italian accessory company, PetEgo. It’s bulkier than the standard backpack, and actually looks more like a parachute. Inside, there’s a cushioned flap that drops down and turns into a dog seat, allowing your fella to snuggle securely while peeking through an opening (or a mesh screen if you prefer). The backpack is expandable to as deep as 16 inches and as wide as 15 inches, roomy enough for most dogs 10 lbs. and under.

But wait—there’s also a clever contraption that zips out and unfolds into a soft mini-crate; the idea is that once you’ve backpacked your pup to work, you’ve now got a comfy little Dome in your office for them to curl up in. And, as if that weren’t enough, there’s even a roomy compartment for your laptop.
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The Monkeys That Prove Babies Can Be Born To Three Parents

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The monkeys that prove babies can be born to THREE parents… and may be the key to halting genetic illness
Scientists have produced four baby monkeys who each have three biological parents.They used an IVF procedure designed to stop the spread of incurable inherited diseases.Scientists believe the breakthrough could lead to the first geneticallyengineered children within a few years.It has provoked an ethical storm, however. Critics say it is a step towards an era of hybrid children and warn that it erodes the sanctity of life.

The technique is intended to help women who carry genetic diseases. It involves transferring healthy DNA from the mother’s egg cell into an egg donated by another woman.

Children conceived by the technique would inherit DNA from three sources – their mother, the donor and their father.The American team who produced the macaque monkeys – named Mito, Tracker, Spindler and Spindy – say the technique could be used to eradicate potentially fatal forms of inherited epilepsy, blindness and heart disease.The diseases, which affect some 150 UK babies a year, are caused by mutations in the mitochondrial DNA which is passed down from mothers to children.

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Mitochondria are sausage- shaped ‘power packs’ that float around inside cells, converting food into energy that the body can use. Each contains a tinystrand of DNA, carrying just 37 of the 20,000 or so human genes. The rest are in the DNA in the cell’s nucleus.Spindler is another of the four monkeys who appear healthy after the technique

Spindler is another of the four monkeys who appear healthy after they were conceived using the new techniqueMitochondrial DNA can only be passed on via mothers’ eggs, not through sperm.

Doctors have identified around 50 diseases caused by mutations of this DNA – some of which kill before adulthood. Symptoms include muscle weakness, dementia, blindness, hearing loss and heart and kidney problems.

The U.S. experiment, reported today in the journal Nature, involved researchers at the Oregon National Primate Research Centre. They took an egg cell

from a mother carrying a mitochondrial disease and removed its nuclear DNA. This was then transferred into a second, healthy egg, whose own nuclear DNA had been removed.

The resulting ‘hybrid’ eggs contained nuclear DNA from the mother and fully-functioning mitochondrial DNA from the donor, and produced apparently healthy baby monkeys.

Such a process alters the DNA inherited by future generations, however – an idea that has long worried ethicists – although mitochondrial DNA affects only how cells convert food into energy, so children would inherit physical characteristics from their real mother’s nuclear DNA.

Josephine Quintavalle, of the campaign group Comment on Reproductive Ethics, said: ‘This is genetic engineering.

‘We should avoid at all costs interfering in the pattern of reproduction that has evolved

over millions of years. The objective is to stop mitochondrial diseases in the next generation – but it would be absurd if it unleashed something worse in generations to come.’

Stephen Green, director of pressure group Christian Voice, said he had concerns that scientists were going ‘too far, too fast’ and ‘playing God’.
He said: ‘These things are always done with the best of intentions but we have to think whether this will lead to any unintended consequences. When the child finds out they have two mummies, how will they feel?

‘We have to have a lot of sympathy for those with inherited conditions but we need to be very careful before we start interfering with nature.

‘There’s a thought that because scientists can do something they always want to do it and that’s not necessarily the right way’. But

Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, of the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine at Edinburgh University and leader of the team that cloned Dolly the sheep, said: ‘This demonstrates an exciting new route to therapy for diseases such as myopathy, in which muscle fibres do not function properly.

‘It also seems likely that mitochondrial malfunction predisposes patients to diseases such as osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke.’

Last year Newcastle University researchers created ten human embryos using a similar technique. They were destroyed after six days because current UK law says they cannot be kept longer than 14 days.

But the new Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, which comes into effect on October 1, could open the door for a change in the rules.

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Big Contender! Great Dane Could Nab Title of World's Tallest Dog

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When world’s tallest dog Gibson lost his battle with cancer on Aug. 7, he left his Guinness World Record up for grabs. Though he’ll never be forgotten, another dog will soon take on the title of world’s tallest — and that lucky pooch just may be Titan, a Great Dane living in San Diego with owner Diana Taylor.

The 4-year-old Titan was measured at a local dog day spa on Saturday and reportedly stands at 42.375 in. tall (compared to Gibson’s 42.2 in.). But he’s not just special because of his height. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Taylor adopted the dog in May 2005 from a Great Dane rescue in Tennessee.
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Big Contender! Great Dane Could Nab Title of World's Tallest Dog

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When world’s tallest dog Gibson lost his battle with cancer on Aug. 7, he left his Guinness World Record up for grabs. Though he’ll never be forgotten, another dog will soon take on the title of world’s tallest — and that lucky pooch just may be Titan, a Great Dane living in San Diego with owner Diana Taylor.

The 4-year-old Titan was measured at a local dog day spa on Saturday and reportedly stands at 42.375 in. tall (compared to Gibson’s 42.2 in.). But he’s not just special because of his height. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Taylor adopted the dog in May 2005 from a Great Dane rescue in Tennessee.
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