Apple Has Had To Lay Off 200 Employees From Their Self-Driving Car Project

It seems as though every day we hear about companies focusing their efforts more and more on things like automation, artificial intelligence, and self-driving cars. Everyone wants a piece of the pie in this industry, but who will be the first to dominate? Apple have been working hard on their offering, but perhaps it’s not going as well as they’d hoped.

Apple Have Had To Lay Off 200 Employees From Their Self-Driving Car Project

Project Titan

Apple have been working on their own electric car project since 2014, with rumors circulating since then that this would be no ordinary electric car. Codenamed Project Titan, patents allegedly belonging to Apple soon revealed that their iCar would also be self-driving. Over the last few years, as the automated vehicle market has grown ever competitive, it seemed as though Apple were ramping up their efforts on Project Titan.

Apple Have Had To Lay Off 200 Employees From Their Self-Driving Car Project

Bringing In The Experts

Recently, Apple have been working hard to ensure they’ve got all of the experts on their side when it comes to releasing their self-driving car or, at least, a system that can be incorporated into existing self-driving cars. Back in August 2018, they hired the former senior engineering VP from Tesla, Doug Field. As soon as this expert took the reigns of Project Titan, he decided to shake things up in the hope to get things moving forward.

Apple Have Had To Lay Off 200 Employees From Their Self-Driving Car Project

Bumps In The Road

Back in January 2019, it was reported that Apple had laid off 200 employees from their self-driving car project. However, according to Apple, it’s all part of the plan and many of those staff were moved to other areas of the business. This isn’t the only bump in the road that Project Titan has faced, however. Recently, it was rumored that an Apple employee had been caught stealing self-driving car tech in order to sell it to a Chinese company – the second time this has happened on the project.

With so many setbacks, the world can’t help but wonder if Apple’s Project Titan is going as well as they’d hoped. As of yet, no details have been released about what their plans are for 2019 and beyond.

Man Rescued A Creature From Under The Bed, But Was Baffled When He Realized What It Was

Paul lived a quiet life in Churchill, Pennsylvania when he got the news of a distant relative’s illness. Reaching out to help any way he could, Paul had no idea that agreeing to look after his relative’s pet cat would turn into an unexpected adventure.

A Sickness In The Family

Many people are sadly familiar with the heart wrenching pain of having a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. As much as family’s try to do everything they can for the ones they care about who have been struck by the affliction, sometimes it’s necessary to turn to a professional. After a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania man became too sick to stay with his family he was moved into an assisted living home. The whole family knew they had to come together.

A Sickness In The Family

Offering Up A Helping Hand

Paul Russell may have been a distant relative to the sick man, but distance is relative when it comes to helping out a family member in need. After talking to the nursing home and discovering that they had a strict “no animals” policy Paul decided to do the right thing and check in on his family member’s cat. After driving to the home in Pittsburgh, Paul entered the house and a strange and dramatic series of events began to unfold.

Offering Up A Helping Hand

First Steps Inside The House

Entering the house Paul came face to face with a dark and dusty domicile. Clearly nobody had passed through here in awhile. He looked around for his relative’s cat but it just couldn’t be found anywhere inside the spooky house. This isn’t the most unusual thing in the world of course, cats have a tendency to find small, enclosed spaces and hide away in them. Paul decided that for the meantime he would leave the cat food and come back.

First Steps Inside The House

What Was Paul To Do?

Coming back to his own home Paul had to have a conversation with his wife about what to do about his relative’s cat. For now, he and his wife weren’t interested in adopting any animals so in the meanwhile the solution seemed to just be to continue leaving food and hope that someone else in the family would come forward to claim the cat. But one mystery still lingered, Paul hadn’t seen the cat – had something horrible happened to it?

What Was Paul To Do?

Exploring The Dark, Creepy House

Paul came back to his sick relative’s house with a mission: find the cat, no matter what. His first clue that the cat was alive and well was the empty food bowl, clearly the cat was feeling well enough to eat. He wandered through the house, going room to room calling for the poor feline. The house was dark and reminiscent of a haunted mansion, this though passed through his head when suddenly he heard a noise from the bedroom.

Exploring The Dark, Creepy House

The Source Of The Noise

As he made his way towards the bedroom, Paul heard the noise again. He stepped cautiously in the darkened room, his eyes darting around, looking for any sign of the source of the noise. Suddenly a huge creature emerged from under the bed! Paul couldn’t see what it was, it looked to have a blanket draped over itself, and before Paul could react it darted past him heading straight for the stairs headed down to the dark and damp cellar.

The Source Of The Noise

Preparing For The Next Day

Paul didn’t immediately go sprinting after the animal though, the house was dark and it had been enough excitement for one day. Instead he went back home, but thoughts were preoccupied with what had transpired back at his relative’s house. The next day, Paul got up, got dressed, and had breakfast. After saying goodbye to his wife he got back in his car ready for one last trip to his relative’s. But this time, Paul brought some supplies with him.

Preparing For The Next Day

Finally Ready For The Investigation

Paul pulled up to the house in Pittsburgh determined to end the mystery surrounding this elusive hiding cat. He grabbed the flashlight he had brought with him and stepped once more into the house. It was still dark and quiet, with so sign of any animal, or the blanket it had wrapped around itself from yesterday. Paul clicked on the flashlight and headed towards the cellar. One step at a time he descended until suddenly, he had found the thing.

Finally Ready For The Investigation

There’s Something In The Cellar

There, lying in the corner underneath what appeared to be a pile of laundry, something was breathing. Paul’s heart sank after he saw it. His guess was that it was the cat, and it had somehow gotten stuck underneath the same blanket he had seen the day before. While the cat wasn’t in any immediate danger, there was the worry that the cat could be smothered underneath the blanket. Paul reached down to pull it off, and was immediately surprised.

There’s Something In The Cellar

The Beginning Of The Story

In an interview with People magazine, Paul still looked back on that incident with amazement. “At first I thought it was a cat who had a blanket draped over her that she dragged down.” He had no idea what he was really looking at, no idea that uncovering the mystery surrounding his relative’s cat would lead him down a path that would eventually result in magazines and newspapers from all over the country calling him looking to talk to him.

The Beginning Of The Story

The Reason For Paul’s Nervousness

The reason for Paul’s trepidation surrounding this mysterious creature in the cellar was that Paul had already found one cat living in his relative’s house. Siam was an orange tabby who, after some searching a few days prior, had been located inside the house. What was making this mystery so strange was that there was another creature living in the house. Paul didn’t think that his relative had another cat, but he was soon about to find out the truth.

The Reason For Paul’s Nervousness

The Horror Of It All

Paul jumped back in horror after touching what looked like the cat with the blanket wrapped around it. For a minute he thought the stress and the driving was finally taking its toll on him. Was that a blanket he had just touched? It sure didn’t feel like a blanket, it felt like something much, much different. Paul took another deep breath. The creature still hadn’t moved. He bent down once again, and reached out a hand towards this cat.

The Horror Of It All

The Mystery Is Finally Revealed

It took Paul a minute to realize the truth, he hadn’t seen anything like this, but the cat wasn’t caught in a blanket. What looked like a blanket smothering the cat was actually her own hair! Paul thought that cat hair stops growing after a certain length. For this cat, the hair had been continuously growing. The reason Paul hadn’t noticed this was because he didn’t know about a second cat, and this little guy had been quite the hider.

The Mystery Is Finally Revealed

Paul Looks To Enlist Help

The cat was fine with Paul touching it, but the second he tried to pick it up the cat darted away. Paul didn’t think that he was going to be able to catch the poor guy. After several fruitless efforts Paul enlisted the help of his wife, who agreed to come down to Pittsburgh and help out her husband. Not long after she arrived, and together the two mulled over the question – how were they going to catch this cat?

Paul Looks To Enlist Help

The Mission To Catch Him

They decided that the simpler the better in terms of catching the cat since nobody wanted to hurt her. Luckily, the weight of the hair prevented the cat from running back up the stairs to the cellar. So the couple grabbed the cage and hurried down to catch her. After placing the cage in front of the cat, the two succeeded in pushing the cat inside the cage. Success! But now what was to be done with the poor animal?

The Mission To Catch Him

Deciding What Can Be Done

The cat looked like a creature from a cartoon show, something that had tentacles growing out of it. As Paul and Jill rushed him into the car they were frantic. What were they going to do with it? Was it healthy? They put the poor animal in the car and looked at each other, deciding what to do. After making some calls, the two had come to a conclusion. Paul put the key in the ignition and they drove off.

Deciding What Can Be Done

The Decision Is Finally Made

After making a few phone calls the Russells decided to take her to the Animal Rescue League and Wildlife Shelter in Pittsburgh, which is affiliated with the Western PA Humane Society. On the way, he explained to them the situation, “She hid down in the corner of the cellar. I’m down there with a flashlight looking – it was almost like a horror movie. And I found her hunkering in the corner. Probably very scared. Probably in a lot of pain.”

The Decision Is Finally Made

The Medical Professionals Examine Him

Paul and Jill had hoped that the veterinarians would have an immediate answer to the cat’s problems, but they had never seen anything like what was happening here. The couple waited anxiously as the veterinarians talked amongst themselves, determining the right course of action that was going to be best for this poor, scared animal. Finally, after what seemed like hours, the veterinarians came back to Paul and Jill. They had a solution, all they needed was the Russell’s permission.

The Medical Professionals Examine Him

The Veterinarians Get To Work

Of course Paul and Jill were eager to let the veterinarians do whatever they needed to in order to take care of this poor, scared cat. The clumps of hair had turned into dreadlocks, and were no doubt very heavy and possibly painful for the cat. The first thing the vets did was give the animal a general anesthetic in order to safely remove all the fur. After the cat was safely under the medication, they got down to work.

The Veterinarians Get To Work

Nothing Like That Seen Before

Looking back now, the veterinarian team are still stunned at what they had seen the day that Paul and Jill had brought this cat in. “They hadn’t seen anything like that,” Caitlin Lasky, senior marketing communications manager for Western PA Humane Society, said in an interview with the online magazine, The Dodo. “Even looking online, I had a hard time finding anything similar, so it’s definitely a unique case.” But the question remained how this cat had gotten this way.

Nothing Like That Seen Before

The Weight Of Removed Fur

After their work was done, the team of veterinarians had removed what was likely several years worth of matted fur off of the poor animal. Senior marketing communications manager for Western PA Humane Society, Caitlin Lasky, said that the amount of removed fur weighed two pounds. After the makeover was complete the veterinarians gave the now shaved cat another inspection. Suddenly, it became very clear how and why this cat had grown so much matted fur all over its body.

The Weight Of Removed Fur

The Reason For The Hair

The cat was 14 years old at the time the Russell’s brought him into the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center, relatively old for a cat. It seemed as though Paul’s sick relative may have found it difficult to properly care for the animal as he suffered under his disease. As a result, the cat had grown morbidly obese and probably found it difficult to groom itself. Thus, much of the hair matted together on the poor, frightened animal.

The Reason For The Hair

The Results Of The Examination

After a thorough examination, the veterinarians found the cat to be in overall good health, just a little frightened and disoriented from the medicine. They told the Russells that the cat needed to stay in the shelter for awhile, until the team was sure that he was healthy enough to be adopted by a loving family. During that time, some internet savvy workers uploaded a few before and after pictures of the cat, and ended up with a big surprise.

The Results Of The Examination

Some Surprising Support On Facebook

Some workers from the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center had uploaded a few photos of the unusual cat onto the center’s Facebook account. There, they wrote about what had befallen the poor animal along with reassuring readers that the cat had been well taken care of and was perfectly healthy. Soon, an outpouring of support came flooding in, praising the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center. But the question remained, what would happen to the cat now?

Some Surprising Support On Facebook

The Russells Make A Decision

Paul and Jill had also debated the question of what would happen to the cat after this whole ordeal. The chaos and excitement of helping a defenceless creature had caused the two of them to feel quite attached to her. But it wouldn’t be fair to just take the one cat and not the other one, Siam. After a bit more discussion, the two of them had come to a conclusion, and went back to the shelter to tell everyone.

The Russells Make A Decision

The Russell Family Gets Bigger

Driving home, Paul and Jill had a much fuller car than usual. In the back were two new members of the family. There was of course Siam, the first orange cat who had been found and who Paul had known about since the beginning, and then there was the other cat. The one who had been the result of all this craziness, who had been cared for by the center. Paul and Jill knew just what to call her too.

The Russell Family Gets Bigger

The Name For The Cat

After chasing after a cat that had first been hiding under the bed, and then hiding in the cellar, and appeared to be hiding under what looked like a blanket, Paul and Jill had decided on the perfect name. They decided to call her Hidey, after her penchant for hiding from everybody. Hidey had had a difficult past year, but Jill and Paul were determined to give her a fresh start. Could Hidey adjust to having two new owners though?

The Name For The Cat

Living With Their New Roommate

Since moving in with Jill and Paul, Hidey has slowly adjusted to his new life with the Russel family. Although, as Paul and Jill report, he’s still a fan of hiding underneath the bed. That being said Paul is patient with her, “For the first couple of days she hid under the bed,” Russell says. “When you hold her, she’s clearly shivering and nervous.” As she slowly adjusted, Paul and Jill couldn’t help but notice another problem with poor Hidey.

Living With Their New Roommate

The Persistent Problem With Hidey

Although Hidey was slowly spending more and more time around Paul and Jill, and less time hiding by herself underneath the bed, there was still a noticeable problem with the traumatised animal. Paul noticed that she “slinks around” in a fashion that he assumes was picked up after “years of walking with that big coat on her, so she doesn’t have the grace of a normal cat walking.” Could she really adjust to life with a new family after everything?

The Persistent Problem With Hidey

Giving Hidey Much Needed Rehabilitation

Eventually, much like when it came to getting Hidey into the cage, Paul decided that what the cat needed was a little bit of prodding to get her to improve. “I’ve been dragging her out (from under the bed), and holding her, and she purrs a lot. The last couple of days, she’s climbed out from under the bed on her own and into a cat bed I have. So she’s starting to work her way to see people more.”

Giving Hidey Much Needed Rehabilitation

Hidey Finally Begins To Adjust

Things have finally started to improve for the Russel family and their new cat companions. After worrying that nobody would want older cats, the Russel’s stepped up to adopt them and give them a great and loving home for them to live out the rest of their lives. Jill especially has high hopes “In six months she’ll be running the house, and hopefully she’ll be a little trimmer.” But there was one person left to thank for the two cats.

Hidey Finally Begins To Adjust

League Shelter And Wildlife Center

The Animal Rescue League and Wildlife Shelter is affiliated with the Western PA Humane Society. They care deeply about animals and their mission and website is a reflection of that. They have available animals for adoption, along with rehabilitating wildlife animals, meaning anyone who finds an injured animal in Pennsylvania can bring it into the Animal Rescue League and Wildlife Shelter and they will take care of it. Additionally, they provide low cost veterinary services to families who need it.

League Shelter And Wildlife Center

A Great Big Thank You

There’s no doubt that without the hard work from the Animal Rescue League and Wildlife Shelter things may have ended up very differently for Hidey. For Paul, Jill, Hidey, and the rest of their family, they owed a big debt of gratitude to the Rescue League and Wildlife Shelter along with the staff of generous veterinarians and technicians who work there. They decided to take this opportunity and experience with Hidey and the Shelter to spread a very important message.

A Great Big Thank You

Responsibility Of Owning A Pet

“The companionship of a pet can bring many positive benefits to the elderly, however, owning a pet is a large responsibility.” This is according to none other than Dan Rossi, CEO of the Animal Rescue League Shelter and the Western PA Humane Society.

Responsibility Of Owning A Pet

The Final Message For Everyone

Dan Rossi, CEO of the Animal Rescue League Shelter and the Western PA Humane Society, wants people to know that they can always turn to the animal shelter with any animal related problems that they have. “Also, open door shelters such as Animal Rescue League Shelter and the Western PA Humane Society do not turn any animal away if there are no other options for the pet.” It’s good to know that there’s always a place for cats like Hidey.

The Final Message For Everyone