The numbers for August 30, 2013: Animals

2 hours

New York subway lines B and Q were shut down for two hours yesterday, in Brooklyn, as transit employees searched for two kittens that scurried down near the third rail. The kittens are now safe.(NY Post)

$400

The going rate for a 10-foot alligator caught during Louisiana's alligator hunting season, which kicked off this week. The cost of a whole alligator could jump 10 percent over last year. (Marketplace)

20 million

The number of shares of stock that weren't processed by the Nasdaq on one day in 1987, after a squirrel touched off a power failure in Trumbull, Conn. That left the exchange offline for 82 minutes, and is being remembered this week after Nasdaq said software -- and not a squirrel -- was to blame for last week's outage. (NYT)

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Ethan Lindsey is the senior digital editor for Marketplace.
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