Famous Puppies, Cowardly Lizard, and Hamilton’s Other Leading Animal Journalists
From fur to scaly, there is just something about animals that piques our human interest.
Whether it’s cute faces, heartwarming stories, or a twisted combination of our biggest fears, animals have been on our minds this year.
Here is a sample of the critters, creatures and canines that captured our curiosity:
Lizard in freedom
The city was under surveillance when a naughty reptile fled from the keepers of its small ray using a door slightly ajar to, apparently, leave the nature center, so it could, presumably, increase the number of tourists. local. It would take 69 days before the truth about Markhor was revealed. The scaly creature never actually left the zoo and was hiding under the reception. Maybe like all of us, he just needed a little more R and R after a tough year.
On the sidewalk of a Burlington street, a kitten is rescued after a disturbing display of animal cruelty. After extensive medical treatment and an amputation, the feline is adopted into its lifelong home. Such is the origin story of Furiosa, Hamilton’s three-legged rescue cat nominated for America’s Favorite Pet. The six-year-old continues to struggle with various illnesses that will limit his life, but his story has touched the hearts of voters in the lowlands.
Luna the pity
She’s huge on TikTok. Luna, a mix of pit bull and cane corso, entertains the masses with a unique form of storytelling and challenges the negative reputation and stigma that intimidating breed dogs follow while she does – or while her human does. Whether it’s wearing duck pajamas or watching “The Lion King,” this Stoney Creek dog’s social media account has garnered millions of views.
Diplomats on hold, some adorable rescue puppies have been chosen to be London Dog Week ambassadors. The inseparable Chihuahuas – Betty, with a scruffy sip, and Bean, with short hair and long ears – were featured on billboards and in digital advertisements across the UK capital.
In a scene that could have been taken from nightmares, millions of tiny insects were born in the city sinkhole, thanks to a mixture of sewage and heavy rains. Mid-season has hit harder than usual and, thanks to climate change, that shouldn’t change next year.
One man’s trash can is another man’s furry bundle of joy. An ordinary citizen foiled an act of sheer meanness when she came across a litter of kittens in a bucket of water left inside a dumpster. All but one were successfully rescued thanks to Purrfect Companions in Delhi. RIP kitty dumpster.
Pint of mutts
The beers we love to drink and the puppies we love to cuddle? Yes please. Found in a cardboard box on one of the city’s beautiful trails, the SPCA came to the rescue of these helpless, multi-day-old puppies. Social media has helped name the abandoned dogs after Collective Arts beers. They have all since been adopted into permanent homes.
The flying monsters
If you encountered a bat in your home last summer, you weren’t alone. Calls are up 20 to 25 percent from a year ago for a wildlife control company, the owner of which has dubbed Hamilton the “Bat Capital of Canada.”
Hamilton slipped to 15th from ninth place on Orkin’s list of most rat infested cities this year, but that might not be a reason to be celebratory. In all likelihood, homeowners take care of the pests themselves rather than call in pest control.
It’s not a real Pokemon, although the rather terrifying four-pound monster fish does look like Magikarp. “Super invasive” goldfish are invading stormwater ponds and creating an ecological disaster for the city’s waterways. Better to think twice before rinsing the pet.
Death to all beavers? Not exactly, although toothy rodents exacerbated the flooding at the Stoney Creek Dam in Glanbrook. Lethal force to eliminate Canada’s national animal is considered a “last resort”.