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Lazarus the cat makes dramatic return to stun owner

Bart the cat is on the mend after clawing his way back from the dead, surfacing five days after he was hit by a car and buried for dead
Bart the cat is on the mend after clawing his way back from the dead, surfacing five days after he was hit by a car and buried for dead
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

If cats have nine lives, Bart the black and white feline from Tampa, Florida, has certainly used up one.

When Bart was hit by a car earlier this month, owner Ellis Hutson was so distraught he could not stand the thought of burying his pet, so he asked a neighbour to dig a shallow grave.

But Bart refused to go quietly and turned up five days later, bedraggled and meowing for food. Mr Hutson is hoping to raise the cost of surgery to remove one of Bart's eyes, wire his jaw shut and insert a feeding tube.

Old flames

Senior citizens are still enjoying active sex lives, according to the first major study of sexual health in the over-80s. And more than half of men (54pc) and almost a third of women (31pc) over the age of 70 said they were still sexually active, with a third of those having "frequent" sex of at least twice a month.

More than 7,000 older people took part in the research for the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (Elsa), led by Dr David Lee, an Age UK Research Fellow at the University of Manchester's School of Social Sciences.

Grave disquiet

New Orleans' oldest cemetery will soon be closed to visitors without an official escort or familial ties to the deceased, the result of a spate of vandalism that has included the tomb of voodoo queen Marie Laveau. Vandalism is not a new problem at Laveau's tomb and others at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, which dates to the late 1700s and is perhaps the most famous graveyard in the city.

Superheroes clash

A man who dresses as superhero Mr Incredible has been sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to attacking a woman costumed as Batgirl in a Hollywood Boulevard turf dispute.

Muhammet Bilik (35) was also ordered to attend anger management therapy, perform 20 days of roadside clean-up and stay away from the so-called Hollywood Entertainment District.

Taylor Swift hacked

Pop star Taylor Swift said her Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked, but the rogue posts were quickly removed from the social media services. The 25-year-old "Shake It Off" singer, whose album "1989" has been atop the charts for the past three months, has built a following of young fans through social media and has the fourth-most popular Twitter account with 51.4 million followers.

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