Cat recovering after 80-foot drop
MARION, Mass., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Veterinarians in Massachusetts said a cat is recovering from pulled muscles after falling 80 feet from a tree.
Dr. Rachel Francis of the Marion Animal Hospital said Wednesday the cat, dubbed "Fortunate," is receiving treatment for pulled muscles and a possible parasitic infection after she was trapped Tuesday, two days after she fell 80 feet from a tree when firefighters cut the branch she was perched on in a rescue attempt, The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard Times reported Thursday.
"I don't see anything wrong with this cat; it's unbelievable," Francis said of the cat's miraculous lack of serious injuries.
Francis said no owners have come forward for Fortunate yet, but staff members said her behavior indicates she was a pet and not a feral animal.
The veterinarian said the cat will go up for adoption in about six weeks if no owner is found.
Lottery ticket hunt lands man in waste bin
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Emergency responders in Amsterdam said they rescued a 76-year-old man who became trapped in an underground paper container while looking for his lottery ticket.
Police said the man lowered himself into the underground waste paper container when he realized he had accidentally thrown away his lottery ticket and was heard shouting for help when he was unable to climb back out.
Police and firefighters arrived and were able to rescue man, who was not injured.
The man was not able to find his lottery ticket, police said.
They said it was not yet known whether the ticket was a winner.
Police seek owner of 1938 telegram
DALY CITY, Calif., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- California police said they are trying to find the owner of a 1938 telegram found in the back seat of a mail carrier accused of stealing credit and gift cards.
Daly City police said Romeo Natan, 38, was busted on charges of stealing credit and gift cards from mail he was supposed to be delivering to San Carlos homes and investigating detectives discovered a telegram from Christmas Day 1938 among the thousands of letters allegedly stolen by Natan, the San Mateo County (Calif.) Times reported Thursday.
Senior Detective Joe Bocci said the telegram must have been dropped into the mail prior to the holidays.
"I think someone was passing down some family history," he said. "It means something to somebody."
The telegram is from a couple named Minnie and Fred and addressed to a woman named Emma Gonzales in San Francisco. The text wishes Gonzalez a happy holiday and informs her the couple arrived safe in Reno.
Natan and two alleged accomplices are facing numerous felony charges.
San Francisco gets first otter in decades
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Experts in California said they were shocked by the presence of the first river otter to be seen in San Francisco in at least five decades.
Megan Isadore, the co-founder and director of outreach and education for the River Otter Ecology Project, said the lone otter was dubbed Sutro Sam after he was seen swimming in the ruins of Sutro Baths, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.
"This otter is the first otter recorded in decades and decades in San Francisco, and as far as I know he is the only otter in San Francisco," Isadore said. "He's a beautiful animal, well fed. He appears to be perfectly happy and not afraid of people."
Isadore and other experts said the otter must have crossed into the area from Marin County where a large number of the animals have recently been seen in several areas.