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Butt out! Dog walker almost loses his trousers as cat attacks him and his pet after they stray too close to her kittens 


CCTV footage shows the man hoisting his pet off the ground as the cat launches her attack in the Bagcilar neighbourhood of Istanbul, Turkey. As the cat, who staff at the nearby cafe have named Azrael, claws her way up the dog walker's body she pulls down his trousers and exposes his backside, while he struggles to keep his pet out of harm's way. The cat is thrown to the ground several times but continues leaping at the dog cradled in the man's arms. He manages to yank up his trousers and hold onto his pet before onlookers rush to his aid and see off the territorial feline.

CCTV footage shows the man almost loses his trousers trying to protect his pet from the cat The video, taken in the neighbourhood of Bagcilar in Istanbul, Turkey shows the man hoisting his pet  

CCTV footage shows the man, who almost loses his trousers in the struggle, hoisting his pet away from the cat who is attacking them in the neighbourhood of Bagcilar in Istanbul, Turkey

The dog walker desperately tries to kick the cat, who shows no signs of giving up and continually lunges at the dog, while also yanking his trousers back up.

According to the Turkish newspaper Sozcu, the unnamed man was walking his dog past a cafe when he noticed the cat suddenly running towards them. 

Realising the feline was intent on attacking his dog, the man hoisted his pet into the air by its lead so the cat jumped all over him trying to reach the hound.

The cat was eventually removed by two bystanders who helped the man, one even using a chair to shoo the animal away.  

The cat, called Azrael, attacks the man and his dog for getting too close to her kittens The man attempts to swing his dog out of harms way as the cat attacks  

The feline, who staff at the nearby cafe call Azrael, attacks the man and his dog for getting too close to her kittens. The man attempts to swing his dog out of harm's way 

Workers at the cafe defended the cat, saying she had five kittens and that she was very protective. They said she had also attacked other dogs that came near her young.

They named the feline Azrael after the cat from the Smurfs, owned by the evil villain Gargamel. It often attempts to help him catch Smurfs so he can turn them into gold.


This is the adorable moment a Doberman 'befriends' a butterfly at it flutters near his head and eventually lands on his nose.

The 13-year-old dog, called Titan, stands in his backyard as the curious insect flies round his head in Deerfield Beach, Florida

Footage shows Titan, a rescued brown Doberman, holding his head still as the orange butterfly lands on the tip of his nose.

Loyal dog Dou Dou walks 37 miles in 26 days to find home after 'its owner left it in a service station by accident'

The seven-year-old canine, nicknamed Dou Dou, was forgotten by the Chinese family when they stopped at the motorway facility for a break, according to reports. It came home 26 days later.


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Golfer Charlie Smith tries to line up his drive at Bromley Golf Centre in Kent, but a cheeky magpie keeps knocking the ball off the tee  A woman in a pink shirt and cowboy hat smiling next to a horse  This was on the ABC during last weekend. The tribe standing in the way of a Prince's $700b dream



A woman in a tan leather jacket Saudi activist Alya Alhwaiti says she regularly receives death threats after fleeing the kingdom to live in London.(ABC News: Tim Stevens) Share  

Alya Alhwaiti was Saudi Arabia's first female professional equestrian. For seven years she competed at a professional level.

But the determination she showed on horseback has seen her become an enemy to some powerful people in her beloved nation.

Now she's living in London and risking her life to speak out against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi Government.

After the brutal 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, standing up against the Saudi Government is not for the faint-hearted.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist, went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never came out. His fiancee has filed a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, accusing him of ordering the killing.

"I wonder sometimes if there is someone behind my back, but I can't be scared because I'd be scared to death," Alya told the ABC on a street in central London.

It's not far from the Saudi embassy in Mayfair, where she once worked before fleeing and becoming a thorn in the kingdom's side.

A woman patting a horse Alya was a professional equestrian before she cut ties with Saudi Arabia.(Supplied: Alya Alhwaiti)



The Saudi Crown Prince wants to create the world's first high-tech megacity, known as Neom.

As Mohammad bin Salman tries to build an economy less dependent on depleting supplies of oil, Neom is a $700 billion project designed to attract mass foreign investment and tourism.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sits in the audience of the Future Investment Initiative conference. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is behind the Neom development.(Reuters: Hamad I Mohammed)

But the farms and homes of the Al-Huwaitat tribe are in the way.

Advertising for the city says it will have flying drone taxis, a Jurassic Park-like island, they'll be an artificial moon, glow in the dark beaches and it will have more Michelin star restaurants per capita than in any other city in the world.

And the propaganda says it's being built on "virgin" land.


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Many of us know from personal experience that raising children can be stressful, but a new study reveals that stress can be enough to affect the quality of parenting – in mongooses, at least.

recent study investigates the relationship between stress hormones and parental care in the banded mongoose, a small African mammal that lives in large family groups.

The research team found that individual banded mongooses that spend a lot of time caring for pups lose weight and have elevated levels of stress hormones (glucocorticoids). This in turn affects the care they can invest in subsequent litters of pups. A feedback loop is created between care and stress, with attentive care leading to stress, and high stress levels then leading to a reduction in care.

As is the case in humans, the decisions animals make will affect them later in life. In ecology this is called a “carry-over effect”. While this is a well-known concept in biology, little is known about the physiological mechanism that lies behind it. This study from Jenni Sanderson and colleagues shows stress hormones are likely to be responsible.

The mongoose is well-suited to the study because, unusually, it is a “cooperative breeder” that rears pups in large communal litters. Several females become pregnant at the same time and give birth together, down to the same night. The resulting litter of pups is reared communally by the group, with most adult members contributing something towards pup care.

Also unusual is that, after weaning, each pup from the communal litter forms a bond with a single adult (not necessarily the parent) known as an escort. This adult feeds its escorted pup, but also carries, grooms and protects it from predators. Some adults are diligent escorts, others less so, or choose not to escort a pup at all. By controlling for factors such as age, sex, and quality of the territory they live in, the researchers found that the care each adult gives varies considerably, suggesting that stress hormone levels may be the cause.

“Cooperative breeding”, they said. “Makes your life easier,” they said. Jennifer SandersonCC BY

This research is possible because of a 20 year long research project on banded mongooses living wild in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda, following the lives of individual mongooses from birth to death. All the mongooses in the study are accustomed to the presence of researchers, so observers can stand just metres away and still be ignored by their subjects. They have even been trained to step onto portable electronic scales so that they can be weighed and body condition monitored – essential for a study such as this one. Hormone levels are monitored by collecting and testing their droppings.

The quality of care provided by escorts could have a huge effect on their pups: pups with good escorts get more food, grow faster and are more likely to survive than those with poor escorts. This stretches into adulthood, as better escorted pups start breeding earlier and so may have greater evolutionary fitness.

It’s not just about mongooses

The results of this study don’t only apply to mongooses, but are likely to apply to other species too (perhaps even humans). Links between stress hormones and reproduction have been shown in other species such as house sparrows. However, species where one or two parents care for offspring may differ from banded mongooses in their response to stress. For bi-parental species, stressed females may lead to smaller broods or litters, smaller eggs or young, or a reduced chance of conceiving. In contrast, carers in cooperative breeding species may have little ability to control what happens prior to the birth of the litter – instead stressed carers are limited to varying the care they give their pups.

These effects may also apply to humans. Stress hormones have been shown to interfere with the human ovulatory cycle. However, the complexities of the presence of siblings of different ages, different needs, and the many ways in which parents care for their children would make studying this effect in humans extremely difficult.


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