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The world gained another multimillionaire late last year and by multi, we mean $13 million. If that doesn't seem newsworthy, it might seem a little more extraordinary to know that this multimillionaire is a cat. Tommaso is a stray cat found on the streets of Rome and adopted by millionaire real estate tycoon Maria Assunta who died at the age of 94.
Assunta, who had no kids, originally wanted a donation made to an animal welfare association that would commit to taking care of Tommaso, but later decided to leave her fortune to her cat, who is represented by a trustee.
If this story sounds like something that you'll only read about once in your lifetime, that may not be true. Tommaso is rich, but she is only the third richest pet in the world. In fact, one animal, a chimp named Kalu was supposed to inherit $80 million, but reports indicate that the money was stolen before Kalu's owner died. And even if this chimp did get the money, Kalu would have only been No. 2 on the list of the richest animals.
Countess Karlotta Libenstein of Germany left German Shepherd Gunther III, Gunther IV's father, $106 million. Trustees took the money and invested it and by the time Gunther IV was born, the gift had grown to $372 million. This is a dog with expensive tastes. Gunther IV reportedly purchased a villa from Madonna for more than $3 million and a rare white truffle for $1,500.
Toby Rimes is another millionaire that made her money the old fashioned way: She inherited it. Toby Rimes is a descendant of a poodle owned by millionaire Ella Wendel who, in 1931, left her dog $20 million. Today, the gift is worth $80 million, making Toby Rimes the second richest animal in the world.
Trouble, the Maltese companion of the late Leona Helmsley, passed away in 2010 at the age of 64 (in human years - she was actually 12 years old). Trouble was worth $12 million when she died in Sarasota, Fla. This animal was a symbol of excess, and led the same life that made Helmsley somebody that the public loved to hate. Trouble was hand fed crab cakes, cream cheese and steamed vegetables until she moved to Sarasota where she lived out her life modestly eating canned Alpo.
If you thought that rich animals only came from old money, that's not always the case. Flossie, who passed away in 2010, was a dog that Drew Barrymore adopted from an animal shelter. Flossie alerted Barrymore and then boyfriend Tom Green that their home was on fire. Barrymore credits Flossie with saving their lives and in return, added to her will that her $3 million home would be left to her beloved dog, Flossie.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A 3-year-old girl comforted herself with her favorite toy and ate cheese, leftover lasagna and milk for two days after her mother died unexpectedly in their New Zealand home.
The girl's uncle, Pete Silbery, told The Associated Press on Friday that Shylah Silbery managed to open the fridge and comfort herself with a teddy bear named "Possum" after Lauren Silbery, 28, died.
The family last spoke to Lauren Silbery on Oct. 19, he said. Two days later, they were worried enough to call a friend who lived near her Wellington home. The friend could see the girl inside the home, but not the mother, prompting the family to call police, Pete Silbery said.
Police coaxed Shylah to drag a coffee table to the door so she could reach the lock and unlock the door, before she told them, "Mummy won't wake up," Silbery said.
"I can only imagine her in there for that long, trying to wake Mum up as well," he said.
Shylah spent several days in a hospital recovering from dehydration and diaper rash.
"She's doing OK now. She's still bubbly," he said. "When we lowered the coffin into the grave at the cemetery, though, she pointed at it and said 'Mummy's in there.' It was pretty heartbreaking."
Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy but don't believe Lauren Silbery's death was suspicious, Wellington police spokesman Victoria Davis said.source; yahoo.com
Health authorities in south China said Friday they were investigating a hospital medical team for mistakenly diagnosing a stillbirth and disposing of a baby that was alive.
The probe is taking place at the Nanhai Red Cross Hospital in the Guangdong provincial city of Foshan where the incident occurred on October 26, the Nanhai district health bureau said in a statement faxed to AFP.
According to the statement, Liu Dongmei -- eight months pregnant -- had been rushed to the hospital with internal bleeding and stomach cramps.
She later had an emergency birth, but the baby was neither breathing nor crying after leaving the womb and its skin had turned purple, it said.
Believing it was dead, the medical team disposed of the child but did not follow proper hospital procedures, the statement added.
The Foshan News, a local website, reported that when Liu's sister-in-law asked to see the body around 30 minutes after birth, she was handed a yellow plastic bag containing the infant and found it was still alive.
"I opened the plastic bag and saw the baby's hands and feet moving, the stomach was going up and down and air bubbles were coming out of his mouth," the paper quoted her as saying.
She was further shocked when she saw the baby was a boy -- not a girl as the family had been told, it said.
According to the Foshan News, nurses had told the family the child was a girl in an effort to blunt the blow of its death.
In China, baby boys are often viewed as more precious than girls, as many families can have only one child as part of the nation's population policy and desire a male heir.
Following the discovery, the newborn was rushed to intensive care where he remains in a stable condition.
Officials at the hospital refused to comment on the incident when contacted by AFP.
China's healthcare system -- once widely praised for improving the health of millions -- is now panned as costly, underfunded and providing shoddy treatment, especially in poorer regions.
Liu and her husband are seeking to sue the hospital for 300,000 yuan ($45,000), the Beijing News said.
The head of the maternity ward, a doctor and two nurses have been suspended pending the results of the investigation, it added.source: yahoo.com
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