Dogs often get top-billing as man’s best friend, but cats have proven themselves to be capable of winning the title as well. That was the case with one very tuned-in tuxedo cat that picked up right away there was something wrong with a babysitter. As if smelling the issue on the person, the cat was not only able to sense the problem, but the feline was also able to warn its owners to the issue effectively enough that a bigger tragedy was averted.
A Cat That Earned Its Keep
Even dog people will have to agree this story proves one particular cat was definitely a keeper in the family it ended up protecting, especially in how the feline was able to protect a newborn boy while the parents were away. The family repeatedly highlights their cat as a hero and should. After all, what might have occurred if the babysitter had gotten away with what she was doing?
Cats and Babies
When a new baby comes home, cat owners are regularly warned by medical staff that the feline will likely have a problem with the new family member, acting out and being a problem. They also warn parents to keep the cat away from a child because of the risk of the claws. There’s been more than one story of a spoiled cat making its anger known peeing somewhere when a new baby showed up. That said, cats do just fine with new babies when a parent is around, and that was the case with Zara, their family cat.
Cats tend to pick out a particular person in a family in the house they live in as their primary human, and that was the case with Zara. When Carrie and Dennis had their baby boy, it became very clear their cat was quite enamored with the baby and decided Ollie, the new family member, was her particular focus of attention. In fact, Zara made a point to be available every morning so she could sniff Ollie and be nearby.
A Pleasant Surprise
Carrie and Dennis as expectant parents were assuming Zara was going to be a bit grumpy when Ollie was born and showed up. Fortunately, Zara was a very different feline and became very attentive of the newborn and infatuated with him. Zara seemed to love snuggling with Ollie, never scratching or clawing him, and her meowing and purring soothed the baby regularly, especially at nap time. As soon as the baby was moved, Zara was glued to him whichever room the baby was in.
With the initial newborn months, Carrie was present all the time and found it interesting and amusing how much attention Zara gave the newborn. More than a few times she would catch Zara walking into Ollie’s room while he was napping to see the baby and check on him. It turned out to be an unknown premonition.
Unfortunately, Carrie was a working mother, and her maternity leave was coming to an end. She was going to have to go back to work. Carrie and Dennis made everything work with their income but they both needed to be employed. Ollie was nine months old by then, and it was time for Carrie to find a nanny for him.
Carrie didn’t want to just pick someone out of the newspaper or phone book, so she opted for a known person to be a nanny for her boy. That turned out to be a family friend named Alyssa. It seemed to make sense. Carrie and Dennis both knew Alyssa and were very familiar with her. Plus, the young woman needed income, so there seemed to be a win-win fit with the arrangement.
Alyssa was 21 and needed additional income for her own living support and expenses. Taking on a babysitting job was just what she needed. Carrie knew her for years and came to the conclusion it was the best situation for Ollie in terms of his safety. However, appearances were deceiving. Unknown as to why, Ollie as a baby started acting very different after a few weeks after the babysitting started.
Watch the Cat
When Alyssa had visited previously, Zara was there to inspect and snuggled with the young lady every time. However, once Alyssa became the nanny for Ollie, Zara switched gears dramatically. The cat flat out hated her physically. The feline would hiss at Alyssa in front of Carrie and Dennis, especially as Alyssa moved closer to Ollie. Carrie didn’t pick up on it right away but in hindsight she remembered her cat’s behavior later.
Chalk Things Up to a Smell
Alyssa brushed off the cat’s behavior quickly. She had a dog and figured out loud to Carrie that the dog’s smell probably freaked out Zara. This seemed to make sense. However, one day when she came home she found Ollie with a break on his lip. Alyssa dismissed it as the boy playing with a toy in his crib. Carrie got a weird feeling. A few days later Ollie was acting odd again. Specifically, the baby would flinch if Carrie and Dennis were across rooms and she had to yell to get Dennis’ attention. Ollie flinched again as Carrie saw his behavior and tried to relax the boy. What was going on?
Carrie found herself wondering if her thoughts were bleeding into paranoia. There had been plenty of examples on TV or the news of babysitters abusing kids without their parents knowing. Was that happening to Ollie? Dennis picked up on Carrie’s concern and decided to go a step further. He put a recording device on the cat’s collar that would be nondescript, not easy to see. Zara was an easy observer; the cat was always around Ollie daily.
Meowing and Something Else
At first, the recording picked up usual sounds. The cat generally walked around the house and would meow to trigger a presence with Ollie. However, then Alyssa’s voice could be heard. They also heard Ollie crying. Alyssa’s voice wasn’t a calming one. Instead, it turned to yelling, and then Carrie and Dennis realized Alyssa was screaming at their kid to shut up. It went on again and again and again. Profanity and swearing were all included. Alyssa was also swearing at the cat. Zara started hissing viciously at the same time.
Appearances Don’t Match
By the time Dennis and Carrie got home, however, Alyssa was acting as if nothing had happened. Everything was in order, no yelling or swearing was happening and the home looked like it was all order. Did Dennis and Carrie just imagine what they heard? It was clear to them Ollie was being abused, and the behavior of him and the cat all made sense now.
The First Police Report
When Ollie’s lip had been cut and they found blood on his pajamas, the parents did file a police report, but the prosecutor’s office said there was not enough to pursue any charges with, so the case was dropped. This time Carrie and Dennis felt with the recording they had the evidence. But they decided they needed more.
The couple decided to make sure there were cameras both in Ollie’s room as well as the living room. Both were the most common areas Alyssa would be with the baby when she was present. They left that day hoping Zara would warn them on the camera, but they weren’t prepared for how fast the abuse began. It was only 15 minutes after they left that Alyssa lit into Ollie again.
Shock and Parental Horror
On live footage they could see Alyssa screaming at the baby boy, and it was clear to them Alyssa was unstable. They called the police rushing back to the house. The babysitter was sitting on Ollie, putting her weight on him while screaming at the infant.
The parents were in shock the abuse had been as bad as it was. As Carrie charged into the house, Alyssa was surprised to see here. Soon enough she started to become defensive, starting to ask questions like what was going on and if there was something going on with Ollie she didn’t know about. Carrie didn’t have to engage much. The police were there in minutes, and Alyssa was arrested for child endangerment based on what they initially saw on the camera. 60 days later, Alyssa appeared in court and this time she was going to be charged.
Not Taken Serious Enough
The court, however, gave Alyssa a second chance. She was offered counseling and anger management before ending up with jail time. If she participated, she would avoid jail. Alyssa wasn’t an idiot, and she picked the diversion path. For Carrie and Dennis, however, they couldn’t let someone take care of their boy again. However, Zara the cat had in fact saved the day.
A Good Recovery
Ollie’s behavior went back to normal, and he has grown like a normal, happy boy with loving parents. Zara continues to chase and watch after him wherever the boy goes, and she’s constantly talking to him with her meows and purring. Peace seems to have returned in the household, and Dennis and Carrie don’t want it to be any other way ever again.
Couple’s Home Gets Quarantined After Finding Unusual Object On A Beach
Imagine going for a stroll on a typical beautiful evening then coming upon the strangest thing you’ve ever laid eyes on. A huge rock, but was it a rock?
Not only that, you end up being stuck outside your house because the authority figures you called in to deduce what it is came in droves and quarantined your home.
Yes, this is hard to fathom but one couple lived it after deciding to do more than look at the strange object but to seek help.
Here’s what happened next:
Man Gives Girlfriend Timeless Gift, Two Years Later She Finds the Secret Inside!
Terry held the piece of polished wood in his hands for a moment, thumb gracing the secret seam. The gift had been carefully selected and patiently chosen. After all, what Terry was looking at was far more than a simple piece of polished wood. Inside of the gleaming wooden prism was a second gift, a secret one, for the love of Terry’s life, Anna.
The gift itself was not meant to be found right away and so Terry let Anna hold onto it, knowing one day he’d help reveal the gift inside to her. What was inside? What was Anna’s reaction? Let’s dig in!
She Wasn’t Prepared For The Scribblings Inside Her Husband’s Journal
Grab your phone and overnight bag Claire screamed into her daughters room, as she frantically starting packing her toddler son’s things. It was nearing midnight and they had been sound asleep, but Claire needed to get herself and the kids out of the house quickly.
Elderly Man Found Hanging On To His Capsized Vessel For Survival
Family members, friends, fellow mariners are all thankful that a senior who went missing off the coast of Florida has been found and is receiving medical attention.
62-year-old Stuart Bee was rescued by the crew from a cargo ship en route to Denmark even as the US Coastguards and others searched diligently for him for two consecutive days.
Mr. Bee was hanging on for dear life to the bow of his boat and waving his shirt desperately to draw the attention of anyone in the approaching vessel. Little did he know that they were headed to retrieve him from the salty water and overall weather he had been exposed to for the three days.
The crew on the vessel known as Angeles had been on the lookout for the stranded man as they had received an enhanced call from the United States Coast Guard to stay alert for a missing sailor and his vessel. The critical message from the Coastguards reached every large boat within a certain mile radius to help with the mission.
How did Mr. Bee end up in this horrific situation?
About 4:00 Friday after Mr. Bee went for what was deemed as a typical ride out to sea, which would only be for a few hours. He was onboard a recreational Sea Ray boat named Sting Ray; a 32-foot vessel left to sea from Cape Marina at Port Canaveral.
Mr. Bee, who would typically return to the Marina, had not done so up to Saturday morning, which drew the concern of another marina member. The fellow seaman decided to report him missing just before midday on Saturday, less than 18-hours after the Sting Ray had left the docks.
He emphasized to Coast Guard officials that it was highly unusual for the small boat to be out at night and, even more so, such a long time.
All this time, the sailor was stranded at sea due to mechanical difficulties on his boat while more than eighty miles away from the coast. This rendered the boat immovable, and Mr. Bee had to call it a night. It’s, however, a night he won’t soon forget. On his second night stuck at sea, he noticed around midnight that the vessel was rapidly taking on water. This could not have been worse timing since everything around the mariner was pitch black.
The boat eventually capsized, and he clung to it with all he had, hoping for someone, anyone, to pass by and see him.
The Angeles crew members aboard their 225-foot cargo ship had been vigilant from the moment they got the Coast Guard message, and it reaped success. According to US Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class David Micallefto, about 11:00 Sunday morning, the Angeles crew sighted Mr. Bee and rescued him. To think he could summon the strength to wave after being exposed to the elements all weekend was indeed an inspiration to his rescuers.
Earlier that morning, a US Coast Guard team from Clearwater, with the assistance of an Aircraft hovering, made futile attempts to find the missing mariner. It was a sense of relief when they got the call from the Angeles crew that they had spotted Mr. Bee and rescued him.
Mr. Micallefto emphasized that everything about the rescue is so “amazing.” He said the Coast Guard is grateful to the Angeles team for responding so positively to the broadcast about the missing man. He says, more importantly, Mr. Bee can spend Christmas with his loved ones.
An important point to note is the unity among mariners. Everyone heeded the call for assistance, from the US Customs and Border Patrol to passing vessels. It proved to be profitable with the man’s rescue.
A Incredibly Speedy Kidney Delivery
A Lamborghini is supposed to be used as a race car. It is the ultimate design in vehicular mechanics and road-racing performance. That said, it’s not everyday one goes about driving 300 miles in just under two hours and it’s allowed.
The Italian police picked up their own copy of the Lamborghini Huracan in 2017. Italy is quite famous for some of its characters, and the police decided it made sense to have at least one vehicle that could keep up with an over-powered criminal in a very hot car. That said, that wasn’t the only purpose justifying the acquisition. When delivery of items or materials had to be done quickly, far faster than normal transport could provide, the Huracan was brought out. And that included transporting critical life-saving shipments as well. The vehicle was even fitted for refrigeration as a result.
Physically, the Italian police Lamborghini is by all respects a bona fide police vehicle. It is fitted with a light bar system, a full paint job and logo, and the inside is decked out with a police computer and radar tools for traffic enforcement.
In the latest major use of the vehicle, the Huracan was assigned for a fast delivery of a kidney. The distance was a long stretch, running from Rome all the way to Padua. The engine was more than up to the job. A V10 assembly easily capable of running at 145 mph without straining, the Huracan’s only major issue was the driver’s ability to control the car and other traffic being in the way. The second part was generally resolved with some flashing of the police lights and a bit of siren noise to wake up the sleepy truck driver or two.
Once arrived, the entire trip made for a very handy marketing event that the Italian police were quick to post online via Twitter, showcasing the entire affair and the vehicle as well. Driving from Rome to Padua basically totaled 489 kilometers (a smidge over 300 miles). Time wise, the police made the run in two hours with their Lamborghini, a trip that typically would take over five hours, even with a respectable vehicle at normal speeds.
There were other alternatives for the kidney transfer; Italy has plenty of its own helicopters, including the police agencies. However, the Huracan did prove its worth, and it gave the officers a chance to really put a 602 horsepower engine through its paces with full authorization.
The whole affair was quite operational and had no resemblance to a road rally. There were no crowds waiting at every turn or a track completely flagged with blaring horns and track lights. But as far as the doctors were concerned, there might as well have been because the kidney arrived in ample time, suffered no degeneration, and was implanted into the surgical patient successfully, likely saving another life. And that, ultimately meant everything that all the effort and resources could arguably be justified after all. But there’s no argument, the whole affair made for a good marketing for the Italian police as well.
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