Barnaul residents are petitioning for a cat to be named mayor.
Locals in the Siberian city are said to be growing so frustrated with human politicians that they want Barsik the cat to lead the city's government, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reports. Pensioner Yevgeny Kuznetsov said: "People don't know who to trust any more. They have come to the conclusion that they can't trust the authorities."
Amazon.co.uk has found that the most pampered pets in the United Kingdom at Christmas are those living in Southampton.
Receiving all kind of gourmet treats and costumes to grooming products and new bedding, it's Hampshire pet owners who splash the cash most on their beloved animals. Pet Supplies Manager for Amazon Melis del Rey commented: "Britain has always been a nation of pet lovers, and we really see this come Christmas time, with our furry friends enjoying the very best food, toys, bedding, and outfits. This year, the luckiest pets can be found in Southampton, but it's clear that family pets up and down the country will be included in this year's festive celebrations."
Cows milked at night produce milk that makes people sleepier.
A study at the Uimyung Research Institute for Neuroscience in South Korea claims that the milk taken from the farm animal during late hours contains "exceptionally rich amounts of tryptophan and melatonin", the Daily Telegraph newspaper reports. The research team said: "Milk has long been known and used to promote sleep. The sleep-promoting effect of milk has been attributed to its psychological associations (i.e. the memory of a mother giving milk at bedtime) and its rich store of sleep-promoting components."
A man has spent two days trying to entice his pet owl down from the roof with a dead rat.
Mark Smith from Peterborough, England, was spotted waving the frozen specimen in the air as he tried to rescue his beloved Bengal Benny from the great height, the Independent newspaper reports. As he tried to get her down off the roof, he said: "I could be here for hours. She's started talking, which is a good sign."