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Russian cat makes shocking impression, with 31K followers on Instagram

October 6, 2021

Fedya, who has his own Instagram account—@fedjakot—with 31,000 followers, was found in his owner’s backyard in Rostov, Russia, nearly two years ago, according to British news agency SWNS.

 According to The Toronto Sun, Natalia Zhdanova found the kitty when he was only one week old and struggling to survive and him in—noticing the misaligned eyes created a permanently shocked expression.

“We’re not sure if it’s a genetic deformity or if he was dropped by his mum as a kitten,” Zhdanova said.  “Now he is much healthier. He is a very sweet, gentle, playful, and intelligent cat. He purrs very loudly.”

The kitty, who is now 21 months old, was nursed back to health with the help of a neighbor’s cat, named Handsome, who came over daily.

“Handsome cleaned and licked Fedya and became like a father figure to him,” Zhdanova told SWNS.

 Zhdanova, who makes educational books for children in Rostov, added: “He is inseparable with Handsome. They are the best of friends.”

 Research contact: @TheTorontoSun

Surfing pet goat is ‘chill’ on the waves at California beach

March 26, 2021

As cheering children and men frantically paddle their inflatable surfboard through the frothy Pacific waves onto the beach, one passenger placidly sits in the bow taking it all in—a large, white goat.

California surfer Dana McGregor has always loved the thrill of catching a wave—but it wasn’t until he took his pet goat surfing with him one day that he truly found his calling, The Toronto Sun reports.

“I got one goat to clear my poison oak in the backyard and I decided to take it surfing on my birthday and then I just ended up surfing goats,” recalled McGregor of the day his goat-surfing journey began almost ten years ago.

McGregor, 42, now teaches children how to surf from Pismo Beach, north of Santa Barbara, using his pet goats Pismo and Grover to help them overcome their fear of the water.

“When it’s your first time it feels scary but actually after you keep on doing it and doing it, it’s really fun,” ten-year-old Mileah Robbins—fresh from riding a wave with eight-year-old Pismo—told the Sun.

The goats seem to enjoy it too, judging by Pismo’s relaxed expression as he hit the waves.

“There’s a freedom in surfing that you can’t find just anywhere,” said McGregor, hugging his goats as they stand on the boardwalk, attracting attention from children and other passers-by.

“You’re riding waves that God brings us, that bring healing and joy and freedom and peace into our lives so I want everyone to experience that.”

Research contact: @torontosun