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Marathon Runner Saves Kitten

Sarah Bohan stopped running in the Chicago Marathon when she saw a tiny kitten that needed help.
Two runners wearing numbers on their tank tops stand in front of a barricade, behind which is a woman holding a kitten.
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Sarah Bohan (second from left) and Gia Nigro (left) take a photo with Andrea Maldonado (holding kitten) during the Chicago Marathon.

A runner stopped in the middle of a race, giving up the chance for a record finish to help a tiny kitten!

Sarah Bohan was running the Chicago Marathon, a 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) race. She had only 5 miles left when she saw the black and white kitten in a pile of leaves near the side of the road. Bohan thought maybe the mom cat would be back soon. Then again, it was also possible the mom cat wouldn’t come back. After all, the kitten was alone, with none of its brothers or sisters. Bohan decided to pick it up.

Bohan loves animals—and she has two cats of her own. Her participation in the race was even being sponsored (paid for) by PAWS Chicago, an animal shelter. 

Bohan took the 1-pound (0.5-kilogram) kitten in her arms and walked along the racecourse. Another racer, Gia Nigro, soon noticed Bohan carrying the kitten and stopped running to find out what was happening. Together, the two runners decided to find someone in the crowd who might take the kitten.

Andrea Maldonado was watching the race with her family. She promised to adopt the kitten and take him to a vet to make sure he was okay.

Bohan ended up finishing the race in just over 3 hours and 31 minutes. It wasn’t her fastest time, but Bohan is okay with that. She says she’ll try for a record again next year.

Today, the kitten—named Casper—is part of Maldonado’s family, which also includes four kids, a dog, and two other cats.

“Our girls love him,” Maldonado told Business Insider. “Our family loves him. Our dog loves him.”

You can check out more photos of Casper in the slideshow below!

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Celebrating Diwali!

Four colorful lanterns hanging and lights running along the ground with people sitting and standing next to them.

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The five-day festival called Diwali (or Divali) is observed each year in October or November. In 2023, Diwali falls between November 10-15, 2023.

Diwali originated in India and is part of the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain religions, though it’s also observed by some Muslims and Buddhists. Diwali is observed differently in each religion. In Hinduism, for example, the holiday honors Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Homes are decorated with lights to invite Lakshmi’s presence and bring prosperity.

In general, Diwali is a celebration of the triumph of light over darkness, or good over evil. People celebrate by feasting, eating sweets, exchanging gifts, and cleaning their homes. Though Diwali lasts for five days, the main celebration takes place on November 12.

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Cats usually have between four and eight kittens per litter.

A Lot to Learn!

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Kittens need to stay with their mom for several weeks after they’re born. During this time, the mother cat will teach her kittens many skills. They will learn how to hunt, what to eat, how to play nicely with the other kittens, and even how to behave around people.

For example, if a kitten plays too roughly, the mother cat might make a sound, gently swat the kitten, or walk away to show the little one that this is not the correct way to behave.

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A fluffy white cat bathes its kitten, which says Mom I appreciate the bath, but ouch!
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A cat’s tongue feels like sandpaper! Why is that? You can find the answer to this question and others at Britannica.
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