Last month Kristin Pietrowicz jumped more than 35 feet from a burning building with her little Persian cat, Phoebe, wrapped in a blanket in her arms. When she landed, she shattered her heels, and her cat ran off into the woods behind her apartment building. She was unable to search for Phoebe herself because of her injuries, but when Lynn Turner, a librarian at the Geological Sciences Library at UNC-Chapel Hill, heard about the missing cat, she added Phoebe the list of other cats that she was looking for. She set traps around the woods, catching some highly annoyed raccoons. Occasionally she'd see Phoebe running away, but the cat was so frightened that Turner wasn't able to get close enough to nab her. She found out that Phoebe loves peanut butter, and when she baited the traps with that - success! That little cat managed to survive for almost a month in the woods - with a broken leg. Kristin was delighted to get her brave little kitty back. Aren't librarians the best?
I'm a sucker for a happy ending animal story (but don't even talk to me about Old Yeller. Or Where the Red Fern Grows. Or Sounder. Or The Yearling. Or The Red Pony). Okay, I'll stop now. But if you'd like to read more about Phoebe's rescue, check out this article from The News Observer, and here is an article about events before the recovery of Kristin's cat.
The time change is a great time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. Take a moment to do that!