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Stowaway kitty Ni Hao finds new home in Redondo Beach

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

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Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

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Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control


Ni Hao's journey of 6,500 miles will end, fittingly, by the sea.

The stowaway kitten from Shanghai, trapped without food or water inside a shipping container bound for the Port of Los Angeles, is being adopted Thursday.

Found near death on July 11, the now five-month-old, 4 1/2 pound feline will be the newest member of a Redondo Beach family, L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control officials announced.

The department received more than 80 applications to adopt Ni Hao -- which means "hello" in Mandarin -- while the tiny, male, domestic shorthair was kept in quarantine by the Health Department at Carson Animal Care Center. 

DACC's Evelina Villa told KPCC last month that the lucky boy was making marked progress.

"When Ni Hao came into our care, he was dehydrated, extremely weak, and was unable to open his eyes. When he came to us, he was just under 2 lbs and now, he is gaining weight, has a GREAT appetite, and we’ve even started to feel palpable muscle mass. And, his eyes are open.  He’s making great progress! His prognosis looks great!"

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Stowaway kitten from Shanghai poses for new pics

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Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Ni Hao now.

Ni Hao before.

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

kitten stowaway

Photo: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control


The stowaway kitten who survived a two-week ocean voyage from Shanghai, China inside a freight container, is hanging in there, say officials.

Making eyes at the media on Wednesday, the tiny Ni Hao – meaning "hello" in Mandarin – showed off his 3.3 lbs physique. The orange and white Domestic Shorthair Mix was found inside a container on July 11 at a business in Compton.

Evelina Villa with the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control told KPCC, "it’s incredible that Ni Hao survived for such a long time" without food or water.

"When Ni Hao came into our care, he was dehydrated, extremely weak, and was unable to open his eyes. When he came to us, he was just under 2 lbs and now, he is gaining weight, has a GREAT appetite, and we’ve even started to feel palpable muscle mass. And, his eyes are open.  He’s making great progress! His prognosis looks great!," she said in an email.

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Mental health of suspect Rachel Ann Guerro prompts urgent search for missing boys

missing kids Rachel Ann Guerro

Photos: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement Sunday that Rachel Ann Guerrero took her 6-year-old son and her 21-month-old son while having lunch Thursday with the children's grandmother.

Authorities say a 30-year-old woman with mental health problems suspected of abducting her two young sons in Southern California may be headed to the Dominican Republic.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement Sunday that Rachel Ann Guerrero took her 6-year-old son and her 21-month-old son while having lunch Thursday with the children's grandmother.

Guerrero's father has full custody of the children. On Friday, Guerrero agreed to meet and release the children to their grandfather at Universal Studios, but she never showed up.

The Department of Children Family Services notified sheriff's investigators on Saturday that the children may be danger because Guerrero is bipolar, schizophrenic and may have a substance abuse problem.

Sheriff's officials are asking for the public's help in finding Guerrero and the children.

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SWAT standoff: Barricaded parolee shoots at parents, car, deputies

handgun recovered

Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Handgun recovered at the scene of an 8-hour standoff on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

An eight hour standoff between sheriff's deputies and an armed, barricaded parolee ended with an arrest and a trip to the hospital for the suspect who suffered non-life threatening injuries.

On Saturday a man and woman went to the Carson Sheriff's Station and told deputies their 31-year-old son had shot at them, at their car, and had locked himself in the house, LASD said in a release. The father suffered minor injuries to his foot. 

Deputies arriving at the 40 block of South Camelback in Carson asked the suspect to step outside, but he refused. Additional patrol deputies were called and soon after LASD Special Enforcement Bureau SWAT deputies and a K-9 and handler arrived to the scene.

Gunfire was heard periodically from inside the location and deputies took cover. Fragmented stucco was seen coming out of the exterior walls. No deputies were hit by gunfire during the standoff, and no deputies shot their firearms. 

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Thursday’s freeway attack in Carson looks like the work of a serial shooter, authorities say

Graphic by LA County Sheriff's Department

Authorities are now saying that the man shot last week in an apparently random act as he drove on the 110 freeway may be the victim of a shotgun-toting serial shooter.

Investigators believe five shootings in or around Carson over an eight-day period this month may have been carried out by the same person, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Office.

Last Thursday evening, 21-year-old Anh Tram Nguyen of Placentia was driving northbound on the 110 near Torrance Street when shrapnel blew through the drivers-side window of his car and hit him in the ear. Investigators later determined that Nguyen had been hit by birdshot from a shotgun. He was not seriously injured.

Investigators are seeing similarities between Nguyen’s shooting and that of four other victims in the area beginning on April 18, when a woman was shot in the arm as she walked on Main Street in Carson.

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