Kitten spends 10 hours in a car engine from Kentucky to southwest Virginia

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Angel, at 5 weeks old, completed several hundred-mile adventures by staying inside a car engine.

“Angels were watching over her on that 10-hour ride,” said Missy Viars, co-director of Pulaski Animal Care and Control (PACC). “Angel came to us all the way from Kentucky.”

According to the report by WSLS, Viars said the kitten was looking for warmth, and then she entered into a car's engine before the driver left Kentucky. 10 hours later, when he made a pit stop in Southwest Virginia at the Flying J in Max Meadows, he together a passerby heard her sound.

The owner said he don't know where she would have come from – that he didn’t leave near anyone who had a kitten.

“They worked to get the kitten out of the engine, and the owner said it’s not my kitty and left, and left him standing there with the baby,” Viars stated.

That’s how she ended up at PACC, where Viars and her team then looked after her.

“We got her rehydrated and fed, cleaned some stuff out of her eyes. Now she’s fantastic,” Viars stated.

While her past remains unknown, and she’s had quite a rough start, she is now with a new loving family to call her own. Viars said she was adopted by a North Carolina couple who are excited to welcome her to the family.

Another kitten named Piper was also discovered in a car engine by a local mechanic. She is still waiting for her forever family. She is at the PACC and can be adopted by contacting the organization.

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Twitter deletes Dr. Gopal's tweet "white lives don't matter", academics defend her

Friday, June 26, 2020

Cambridge University has supported an academic who wrote on Twitter that “White Lives Don’t Matter” following a public backlash.

The university said it “defends the right of its academics” to express themselves after calls for it to cut ties with Dr Priyamvada Gopal, an expert in postcolonial literature.

On June 23, Prof Priyamvada Gopal, who teaches English at Churchill College, tweeted: "I'll say it again. White lives don't matter. As white lives."

She then added: "Abolish whiteness." Social media outrage to the tweets soon snowballed into an "organised campaign" against her.

Dr Gopal said that she stands by her tweets – which claimed that “white lives don’t matter” – adding that they had been deleted by Twitter rather than by herself.

She said her remarks were “very clearly speaking to a structure and ideology, not about people.”

Prof Gopal said she has received more than 50 abusive emails and hundreds of tweets, some of which include death threats.

Prof Gopal was temporarily suspended from Twitter under its 'hateful content policy' after the social media platform upheld complaints made against her. The ban was later lifted.

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