Caturday felid double-header: How do cheetahs run so fast? And Toby the kitten survives a spin cycle.

We all know that cheetahs are fast, but I didn’t know they were this fast: over 60 mph, and some say over 70.  That is three times the speed of Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, when he ran his world-record 100 meter dash.  Imagine: by the time Bolt made it from the blocks to the finish line, the cheetah could run that distance, run back to the blocks, and then sprint to the finish line, drawing even with Bolt.  A new piece on the BBC website discusses recent work on cheetahs, with a nice video showing how they’re studying the running animal, making it run after a piece of chicken on a string, much like greyhounds run after a mock rabbit. (It’s not really clear what the researchers are actually trying to find out.)

And, the feel-good news of the week: Toby the kitten survived thirty minutes of the spin cycle in a washing machine.

A six-week-old kitten has been saved after being trapped in a washing machine for a 30-minute cycle.

Toby is thought to have crawled into the washing machine in Stonehaven before it was switched on.

The collapsed kitten was rushed to the local vets, where staff managed to save the cold and almost drowned pet.

Vet David McLaren said: “The kitten’s belly was full of water. But we slowly warmed the kitten up and it came back to the land of the living.” . . .

TobyPoor Toby!  One traumatized kitten (photo from the BBC website)

11 Comments

  1. newenglandbob
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Vet David McLaren said: “The kitten’s belly was full of water. But we slowly warmed the kitten up and it came back to the land of the living.” . . .

    Obviously goddidit! Hallelujah! Forget the training the Vet had or his careful attention…

    • articulett
      Posted July 13, 2009 at 12:21 am | Permalink

      yep… in fact, god lured the kitty into the washer for his baptism…

  2. AdamK
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Not just a kitty, but a poor little endangered baby kitty.

    Absolutely shameless.

  3. flounder
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    1 down 8 to go….

  4. Thanny
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    I’d like to see a race between a cheetah and a pronghorn.

  5. Joshua Slocum
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Damn it, Jerry. Why do you post things that make me get all weepy? It’s difficult enough to maintain an acceptable of Hardass-ness without you reducing me to a puddle. Poor, poor kitteh:(

    • Zoo
      Posted July 11, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, the story’s bad enough, but Toby looks almost exactly like my Neko, so now I’m imagining how I would feel if it was her.

  6. Sili
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    He doesn’t look all that traumatised. More … miffed. “Where’s my chow?”

    But a scary reminder that people used to drown kittens.

  7. MadScientist
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    That’s certainly not the recommended method for cleaning a cat. I hope they didn’t forget the softener.

  8. articulett
    Posted July 13, 2009 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    I always feel sorry for the big cats pacing in zoos… I think they need to make Big Cat sized exercise wheels…

    • Jim B
      Posted July 17, 2009 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

      Don’t those vets know anything? If you accidentally put your kitten in the wash cycle, the easiest way to dry it out is with the microwave.


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