MINOCQUA - Animals usually like to hide their newborns to keep them safe, but a mama cat chose the wrong place to hide her litter.
This is Tiki, the only surviving kitten of his litter. Tiki is about seven weeks old. A woman brought him into the Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua a week and an half ago.
"She and her friends had attended a bonfire the night before. Unbeknownst to them, they threw a mattress that had the kittens nestled inside of the mattress," says Karen Seehafer-Petersohn, Certified Veterinary Technician.
The woman pulled the mattress out of the fire when she realized the kittens were inside, but Tiki was the only survivor.
He has 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his legs and paws. The hospital staff wants to remind people that baby animals can easily hide in places - like abandon buildings, garages, and under porches.
"Another thing that we have found in the past is boats. They like to go into boats that have been stored for the winter, get underneath the tarps that have been stored for the winter," says Karen Seehafer-Petersohn.
Tiki still has a high fever and needs a lot of medical care before he can be adopted.
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
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