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3 years ago

September is National Month of the chicken, also National Month of save the Tiger , 

These chickens look happy


September- National Save the Tiger Month

I put this in chat thread, for Lily but thought it was good info
3 years ago

What do urban foxes eat?

They have very varied diet, Urban foxes also eat earthworms, insects, fruit and vegetables and a wide variety of both domestic wild birds and mammals. Insects include large numbers of beetles, cut worms (the larvae of noctuid moths, which they get off lawns on wet nights), and both larval and adult craneflies. Most of the birds they eat are feral pigeons and small garden birds, and the most frequently eaten mammals are generally field voles, abundant on allotments, railway lines and other grassy areas. So urban foxes really do have a good varied diet.

Should I feed my foxes?

If you want to, yes; lots of people feed foxes, either regularly or occasionally, and get a great deal of enjoyment from doing so, but please be aware they are wild animals - feed and watch them, but don't try and tame them. In particular, don't put out excessive amounts of food and clear away any uneaten food. This will help ensure you do attract unwanted visitors, such as rats or cause a nuisance to your neighbours.

What should I feed them?

Virtually anything. Being carnivores, they like cooked or raw meat and tinned pet food. Meat bones and chicken carcasses are fine, don’t worry about putting out cooked chicken bones – foxes love them and, contrary to popular belief, they pass through the foxes gut without any problem. Foxes also like other savoury items such as cheese, table scraps, bread soaked in fat, fruit and cooked vegetables.

Will the foxes become dependent on me?

They won't become dependent on you, but if foxes are fed heavily and regularly they can be come over-confident and less wary of people. This could encourage them approach strangers for food, a situation that should no be encouraged. It's best not to put out large amounts of food every night, If you don't feed them, there are plenty of other food sources around. It may be strange but urban foxes frequently eat peanuts, bird seed, and other food put out on bird tables.

Do foxes have trouble finding food in bad weather?

No, there is still plenty for them to eat, but if you want to give the foxes some extra food, then do.

Why do the foxes run off with the food I give them?

Foxes cache their food (bury it to consume later), hiding it fast before some other animal takes it. A fox will go from house to house repeating the process, returning later to consume its bounty.

Why do I find dead animals buried in my flowerbeds?

The foxes have been caching surplus food, and are likely to be back within a few days to eat it. Foxes are not all fussy about sell-by dates, however, and some of the food they consume is more maggots than anything else, but is still eaten with relish.

Should I hand-feed the foxes?

No. Do not try to make foxes tame. While it is a great thrill to have wild foxes coming to take food from your hand, problems arise because many urban foxes are now so tame that they approach strangers in the expectation of being fed. Perhaps not surprisingly, a lot of people are scared by such behaviour because they do not know if the foxes are being aggressive or just inquisitive.

26th August National Dog Day, (global event)
3 years ago

celebrate, cheers woof woof don't mind if I do  x x x x x

national dog day 2014

3 years ago

There are so many solar power installations that do not use mirrors and work well.  Our local health food store generates all it's own power with solar cells, not mirrors.  It is mind boggling to think of the size of this desert installation. See for yourself, here is a link to the company's website, there are a few videos you can watch.

There is a much better way coming very soon to generate solar power.  Solar power generating paint!  I watched a segment on it in a Nature of Things program almost a year ago.  It stuck in my mind as the best alternative to destructive power generation.  The researcher had a painted roof generating some power, but not a lot.  He said it would take more research to make the paint better.  If we had our cars, trucks, buses, trains, planes etc. painted with this type of paint, we could generate energy all day long and store it in the batteries for night time driving and living.  If we all had painted roofs, then there would be no need for any of the destructive ways to generate power and all the birds and animals would be safe.  Here are a couple of links.  It will not be too long before this is our new reality.  Can't wait for that day to dawn.

This one also has a short video.

3 years ago

These ar supposedly highly intelligent tech people? so how come they didn't think about what travels through and near the mirrors?, it's worrying also that pilots are blinded by the light,.

Now they want to build bigger? in the known flight path of the birds, no it isn't right. I hope people demand that the tech's design these towers with , a system that would take the birds on a detour. I am pro solar, I imagined it would be better for the environment, and all living things, not at the cost of the birds .

Why oh why do these inventors have to make things bigger , more powerful? the smaller "towers" worked well, and didn't set fire to birds? at least that is what then report says ?

The nuclear power stations are also said to be bigger, = 3/4 times more worrying and deadly!

We should be educating people to use less power, and learning to conserve it.

x wendy x k & kelly cats xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

3 years ago

Oh No Sue that is so terrible!!!  Thank God they are halting the work on this facility.  They need to think of something safer!

sorry should have posted this yesterday , but better late than never x x
4 years ago

4 years ago

Lovely story about Molly, so good to know she could be saved.  So often a horse is euthanised when they break a leg because the owners just don't care enough to do the right thing.  Thanks for putting the link to the article Barb.

Someone in Nova Scotia has discovered a white/albino crow visiting her.  It is supposed to mean good luck to see an albino crow, the opposite of seeing a black one, so watch the video to soak up all that good luck.

4 years ago

Hi Lynn I found a link to Molly's article.  so adorable thank you!

4 years ago

Meet Molly
A most heartwarming story --- sure beats the heck out of reading about murders, politics and terrorists! 

She's a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana. She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled.
While there, she was attacked by a dog and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected, and her vet went to LSU for help, but LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.

But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind. He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her. She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weight and didn't overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic.

Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee, and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there.
'This was the right horse and the right owner,' Moore insists. Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She's tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she understood that she was in trouble. The other important factor, according to Moore, is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.

Molly's story turns into a parable for life in Post-Katrina Louisiana ......... 

The little pony gained weight, and her mane finally felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built her a leg.
The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet, reports.

And she asks for it. She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too. And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca.

'It can be pretty bad when you can't catch 
a three-legged horse,' she laughs.

Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people, and she had a good time doing it.
'It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life, Moore said. She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others.' Barca concluded, 'She's not back to normal, but she's going to be better. To me, she could be a symbol for New Orleans itself.'

This is Molly's most recent prosthesis. The bottom photo shows the ground surface that she stands on, which has a smiley face embossed in it. Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a 'smiley' hoof print behind. 

4 years ago

Couldn't help but laugh over the poor Butterscotch story. Cats will go into anything, any size, etc. It really is entertaining most of the time, but there are cases that call for emergency action. Good to know Butterscotch has recovered. He looks pretty chubby in the picture so I imagine he must have an owner somewhere. Hope everything turned out okay. Thanks, Sue.


world elephant day 12th August 2014
4 years ago


10th August 2014 World Lion Day
4 years ago

 I was wondering is there any way the following - could be added to click to donate,

>maybe you could visit -"Care2 Feedback and Suggestions"- group,- then go to the "Suggestions" thread started by- Karen G,

I have asked on that thread ->could this "need" be added to click to donate, we might be able to make a real difference,?.

If you can please visit the group, -go to the "Suggestions" thread, -and add on, from the comment I made, that  -> you would also like to see this initiative added -to click to donate,< -

If you are not a member of "Care2 Feedback and Suggestion group", send me a message, I will add your comments,- if you would like me to, - hope I have explained this , so you understand what I am talking about , love hugs x wendy k x & kelly cats xxxxxxx

today is "world Lion day"- 10th August 2014,- instead of simply acknowledging this day, if we could click to help provide >>>>>>

Today is World Lion Day, and what better way to raise awareness for these amazing big cats, than to see what can be done to protect them.  The people of Tanzania and Kenya are facing a major problem with lions.  And as a result, the lions are facing serious issues with people.  The lions are coming into the villages and attacking livestock, which takes away from the livelihoods of the locals.  As a result, the community retaliates and kills the lions.  This may seem like a never-ending deadly cycle, but National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative thought of a solution: the Build a Boma campaign.

So…what’s a boma?  A boma is a livestock enclosure and fence that costs $500 to build and $25 a year to maintain.  It protects the cattle and other farm animals from the from lions, but also protects the lions from bringing danger to themselves.  It’s too expensive for the community to maintain, so they are relying on donations for building these lifesaving structures.  Even a small contribution can make a big difference.

A Boma

Learn more about the Build a Boma campaign and find out how you can make adifference.  Stop a deadly cycle before it starts.

Build A Boma

4 years ago

A cat got stuck in a very strange contraption weeks ago and was finally rescued.

4 years ago

Hi Wendy, Sue and everyone. Somehow I have neglected this thread so I thought I'd check in tonight.

Wendy, there's acknowledgement of WORLD CAT DAY on the "C'mon in"... thread as well. We didn't forget! I will remember that this would have been a good place for that. I see I didn't know when MUTT DAY was and missed that!   Very informative posts about the tiger... awesome, and I see I missed INTERNATIONAL TIGER DAY! Sheesh. Thanks so much.

Sue, that was a good description of what the ocean vomited out! Too bad there weren't a whole lot more good people like those two out on that beach collecting the garbage. Frightening.

Such good news, though, about the acquarium. I just hope they don't find some loophole to breed them anyway. Thanks for all the news.

8th August
4 years ago

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4 years ago

First the bad news.  The ocean had a big SH*T today.  I wish it happened every day so people would stop using the ocean as their dumping ground.  We get some of our food from there too.

Now the good news.  Going to leave it as a surprise.  It was about time people made the right decision for a change.

4 years ago

It's National Mutt Day.  7/31/2014

4 years ago
But here’s why we do it: Nepal


By 2009 there were an estimated six tigers in the Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve in Nepal, due to extensive deforestation and illegal poaching.


However, after a concerted effort by the Nepalese government and the WWF, there are now thought to be more than 200 in the country.

29th July 2014 - The International Day Of The Tiger
4 years ago
International Tiger Day: Here's everything you need to know

Siberian Tiger

(Picture: AFP/Getty)

As the world marks International Tiger Day (Tuesday), the Independent (and its sister titles) has come together with the World Wildlife Fund to highlight the mortal danger these iconic animals find themselves in.

This isn’t just the Independent sticking a headline like “Cruelty” and then a picture of a whale or something underneath it.

A hundred years ago 100,000 tigers roamed in Asia, but now only 3,000 survive in the wild.


Here’s what we know

It is feared only 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, including 500 Siberian tigers, with 95 per cent of the total population disappearing in the last 100 years.


Three subspecies have already gone extinct, Bali (1940s), Caspian and Javan (both 1970s), while no critically endangered South China tiger has been seen for a number of years, and it is feared it might too be extinct.

They are officially classified as “endangered by the IUCN Red List of threatened species.


Amid rampant deforestation tigers have been reduced to hunting domestic livestock, which leads to local communities retaliating by hunting tigers.

Climate change is also wreaking havoc with tigers’ habitats, such as coastal erosion in India’s Sundarban islands.

Poaching is playing a massive part

The illegal trade in tigers - it was banned in 1987 - is thought to be worth £11billion a year, amid a boom in demand from wealthy businessmen who see tiger skins and bones as a status symbol.


Their claws, teeth and whiskers are also used extensively in traditional Chinese medicine. A tiger’s parts can sell for £30,000.

Increasingly sophisticated and well-armed criminal gangs lay steel traps to snare the tigers before beating them over the head with a stick after they have exhausted themselves from trying to escape.


Shallow pools fill with poisoned water and baited with dead animals are also employed.

Remember Java

The Javan tiger is now officially classified as extinct, having died off in the mid-1970s.

They were similar in appearance to their Sumatran cousins, but smaller, with darker and closer-set stripes and longer whiskers.


On the eve of World War II natural forest covered around a quarter of the island, but by 1975 it had been reduced to just ten per cent, while the human population had increased to 85million.

But here’s why we do it: Nepal

4 years ago

Great idea by IKEA, hope it helps get the dogs adopted.  Love to hear the lions are going to a far better place for them.  10 years is a good start, should be the least  possible for animal cruelty.  Thanks for all the happy ending stories.

4 years ago

Journey to Africa: FOUR PAWS transfers rescued lions from Netherlands to South Africa
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The transfer of the lions, Kongo, Nora, Neida, Simba, Pregan and Gypsy, marks the beginning of an incredible new chapter in the turbulent lives of these beautiful animals, all of whom had previously led a miserable existence in zoos or circuses. For the past few years, the rescued lions have been kept in the Dutch rescue centre FELIDA, a small facility that FOUR PAWS has been helping in the last year to improve standards and living conditions for the big cats.

All the lions have sad histories. The impressive Kongo and his two sisters Nora and Neida, all of whom are 11 years old, were originally brought to the centre by their former trainer when he could not use them for his circus show anymore. Two of the other lions, Simba and Pregan, both seven years old, were born in a zoo in Germany and transferred to the centre in 2012.

Now, after months of planning by FOUR PAWS logistics experts, local animal keepers and a team of experienced Dutch and German veterinarians, the six lions have been released into their new homes, where they can enjoy the huge expanses of land, under the African sun alongside the other 80 rescued lions and 14 tigers who are already living at LIONSROCK sanctuary.

After their first few steps the big cats already seem very comfortable in their new surroundings!

Learn more

4 years ago

Signed the petition Barb and added a very strong and angry comment to the email.  Here is a short article about a rescued false killer whale baby.  I'm keeping everything crossed that it recovers fully and is able to be reunited with its pod.

4 years ago

Signed the Cormorant petition, Barb. Thanks for your hard work.

Sue, thankfully common sense did prevail in the case of the poacher. He'll never get out of jail and that's wonderful. Too bad that in the case of Arturo, the poor polar bear, common sense flew out the window. Thank you for always rooting for a good cause and bringing it to us.

4 years ago

Hello my dear sisters and brothers!  Please sign this petition!

Stop the Killing of Thousands of Cormorants
US Army Corps of Engineers Seeks to Kill 16,000 Cormorants in Oregon

Thank you!;jsessionid=5353CC67EFE2CA0B0E86BEED33D5DEA3.app262b?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=2633&autologin=true

4 years ago

Thanks for signing ladies!  And Lynn thanks for the Kyak/whale video! 

Kayak Gets Lifted Out of Water by Whale
4 years ago

4 years ago

Lynn, glad he got 10 years - so he should. Thank you.

Sue, that's sad news about Arturo. It is good that a poacher gets what he deserves, about time! Thank you.

4 years ago

Finally common sense prevails, poacher gets a real sentence for his crimes.  Just an article, no video this time.

4 years ago

More sad news on Arturo, seems he is going to stay in that awful zoo despite the petition.  Here is a news article from this morning.  Common sense is not prevailing for this too hot polar bear.

4 years ago

Remember the heartbreaking story of Andra Grace, the young pit bull who was cruelly dragged behind a pickup truck for two miles in late October 2013? If...

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4 years ago

Signed Barbara. Thank you.

All signed Sue. Thank you.

4 years ago

signed Barb for the birds and for Arturo Sue

4 years ago

Signed the petition Barbara, will come back to see the other posts later on.

Here is a disturbing account of Arturo the polar bear kept in horrendous conditions in a zoo in Argentina.

Here is a link to the petition that needs 1,000,000 signatures.  Current signings are 561,659

Here is a link to all Change petitions for Arturo if you have more time.  The petition listed above is first in the list that appeared for me.

4 years ago

You are most welcome Lynn and Thanks! 

4 years ago

Barb dear, I was just about to post the petition about the birds in the airport. I was going to put it in the Bird of the Week thread and then saw it here. Of course, I signed it. Thanks so much for posting it. It's so great to see you in here again! ♥

4 years ago

Gotta laugh about the wolves getting into the polar bear enclosure and even the fact they tiptoed around so as to not awaken the bears! Hee hee hee Too bad they couldn't get away into a forest that led into some mountainous areas. Thanks, Sue.

Oh that poor kitty! Thanks, Lynn. So glad she was rescued finally.

Barb, we miss you -- but glad to see you back to say hi and give us this petition. I've signed. Thanks!

4 years ago

Dear Sisters and brothers.  Please sign this petition to stop bird poisonings at airports!!!!  This is so cruel and they just killed allot of these beautiful birds at the Huston airport!

4 years ago

On July 3, rescuers stepped in to save 132 dogs, including newborn puppies, and four birds from deplorable conditions at a puppy mill in Page County,...
4 years ago

Sue, thanks for the Polar Bear/Wolves story.

4 years ago

An article and a video to watch - guess who's smarter than a human.......

4 years ago

Val, see  my post in the computer problems thread about the update for flash player.

4 years ago

thanks Sue hi Val and Brenda

4 years ago

Previously signed Sue - video says need to update media player but always makes me nervous -

4 years ago

Sue, thank you for the cat video - made me laugh!

4 years ago

Almost put this in the joke thread as it made me laugh out loud.  But it is slightly disturbing that cats are having these episodes.  Wonder why this is happening.  There is a video to watch after you read the article.  Click on the big white triangle to watch the video.

4 years ago

i signed that Sue it made me so mad and sad as well 

4 years ago

Lucky kitty had some angels helping her Lynn, wondering how on earth she got stuck in that place though?

Here is a story that made my blood boil this morning.  A disabled dog, rescued and sent to the UK to her adoptive human mother was killed by the vet while her human Mum was in the waiting room.  Read and note the story and please sign the petition.

I had trouble submitting my comment as Care2 is not working properly this morning.  Managed to make a comment last night even though the computer was turned off and I didn't even have the link until this morning!  Nothing that happens here on Care2 surprises me any more.

Poor little kitty had a happy ending
4 years ago

4 years ago

Petition signed, love the giraffe photos Lynn, lucky you to be so close.  Love the white whale, what a rare sight.  Thanks for all the info Wendy.  So glad the croc has a new home, no creature should have to live in our waste, except us.

4 years ago

Lynn Migaloo is amazing what a sight imagine really seeing me thanks sis

4 years ago
World’s Only Documented All-White Humpback Spotted Off Sydney Coast
  Migaloo, the world’s only documented all-white humpback whale, was recently spotted off the coast of Sydney, Australia. It’s only the fourth time in 18 years the ultra rare, all-white whale has been seen in the waters surrounding New South Wales. Migaloo was first sighted in 1991 and its age is unknown. Whale watchers fortunate…

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4 years ago

signed for the geese Barb and aturo too Sue Lynn you look lovely in that pic with morton 

4 years ago

Thanks Val. I hope you other ladies will sign the petition to save the geese.

Lynn how adorable!  You look so pretty in the pictures, as well as Morton! 

Wendy thanks for your giraffe and animal news! 

4 years ago

Forgot I had this picture. It's Morton again but I thought Alicia's sister was just taking my picture. She was smiling as she took the picture and when I saw it I understood why. Mort had come back for more food and was just about to nuzzle my neck!

4 years ago

A few years ago, I went to "Lion Country Safari", a free roaming animal attraction that you go through with your car because all the animals are free to roam and may come up to your car. Closed interaction is allowed.

The only place, aside from the petting zoo for the children, that one can interact with an animal is the giraffe section where you climb up into a gazebo type structure and the giraffes, who are all named, can come up to you. The keeper had just fed Morton and I asked if I could give Morton something. The keeper handed me what looked like a big piece of shredded wheat and I called Morton back over. Here's the picture of Morton and me after I fed him. He looks like he wants more!

Animal rights week - 19th -25th June
4 years ago

Animal Rights Awareness Week: And How We’re Helping

Animal Rights Awareness Week Article Part 1

Animal Rights Awareness Week is running from Thursday 19th June to Wednesday 25thJune and here at Animal Friends we are always looking for ways to help animals in need. Animals are treated appallingly on a daily basis and it’s just not on, especially when they do not have the ability to stand up for themselves, vocally or physically. What gives humans the right to cause defenceless creatures pain and suffering?

We take animals’ rights seriously; it’s at the core of our ethos as business, selling pet insurance to raise substantial amounts of revenue which we then donate to animal welfare charities all around the world. Our current total-donated figure sits at over £1.7 million, with the funds going to a vast array of projects and charities that care about animals’ rights and dedicate their lives to helping as much as they can.

So how are our donations actually helping? Let’s take a look at some of the recent campaigns that we’ve been working on.

The Animal Friends 2014 Rehomed Pet World Cup

To sit in line with the FIFA World Cup, we are running the Animal Friends 2014 Rehomed Pet World Cup; an online competition for 32 lucky rehoming centres to be in with a chance of winning a £5,000 donation from us. The 1st round recently finished at midnight 17th June and we are now onto the 2nd round which sees the 16 winning rehoming centres (from the 1st round) take part in 8 matches (1 vs 1) to try and gain the most ‘likes’ and progress to the quarter finals.

Whilst this project is both fun and topical, the main object of it is to not only help one rehoming centre with a £5,000 donation, but also to raise awareness online about animal rights and animal welfare, highlighting the excellent work of all 32 of the rehoming centres taking part.

Head to the Animal Friends 2014 Rehomed World Cup page to read about the 16 remaining rehoming centres – as well as the pets that are representing them – and place your vote.

Bring Your Dog to Work Day

We are delighted to be the lead sponsor for the first annual ‘Bring Your Dog to Work Day’ in the UK. Taking place Friday 27th June, the day will see businesses welcome their employees’ dogs to the workplace in a bid to raise money for three vital animal welfare charities; All Dogs Matter, Animals Asia and Pup Aid. As well as taking part in the day, we have also donated £5,000 to be split between the three charities.

Here’s a little more about each charity and how they advocate animal rights.

All Dogs Matter: All Dogs Matter is a charity that rescues and rehomes dogs in and around the surrounding area of London. The dogs that the charity cares for come from a variety of circumstances. Some are relocated from council pounds; some come in as strays, whilst others come from owners who can no longer care for them.

Animals Asia: Based in Hong Kong, Animals Asia is a charity that works tirelessly to end the horrific practice of bear bile farming in China and Vietnam, in addition to bettering the overall welfare of cats and dogs in these countries. The charity promotes compassion and respect for all animals and is a shining light in the world of animal welfare.

Pup Aid:  Marc Abraham is well known amongst the animal welfare world for being not just a veterinary expert, but also a staunch advocate of animals’ rights. His campaign, Pup Aid, aims to drive awareness of – and put an end to – the practice of puppy farming. Last year Marc launched an online e-petition to ban the sale of puppies and kittens unless their mothers are present. We have been massive supporters of this project, helping to raise the 100,000 signatures (via our monthly e-newsletter and social media channels) needed to take the issue to parliament.

This article is 1 of 3. Please check back Monday 23rd June for the next instalment and see what other animal rights projects were are working on.

The first ever -world Giraffe Day
4 years ago

Brandon, a two-year-old male reticulated giraffe plays with a toy during the first ever World Giraffe Day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA on Saturday, June 21, 2014.  (Photo by Nancy Chan/Six Flags Discovery Kingdom)

Brandon, a two-year-old male reticulated giraffe plays with a toy during the first ever World Giraffe Day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA on Saturday, June 21, 2014. (Photo by Nancy Chan/Six Flags Discovery Kingdom)

VALLEJO (CBS SF) — The first-ever World Giraffe Day kicked off at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Saturday.

For 2 days, the theme park will work to bring awareness to the plight of wild giraffe in Africa, where giraffe populations there are dwindling at an alarmingrate.

The park’s Giraffe Encounter exhibit area has interactive activities, trainer talks, and special feeding times for the public to see.

Giraffe were treated to an assortment of enrichment devices – toys and puzzles stuffed with carrots, hay and other produce – assembled by park guests as part of activities in celebration of the occasion.

The park was also collecting jeans on behalf of Jeans for Giraffes, an organization dedicated to giraffe conservation. The denim will be recycled and themoney raised will go to giraffe research and programs to protect giraffe populations in Africa.

Currently there are only 80,000 individual giraffe still found in Africa. This includes all individuals within the nine subspecies of giraffe, two of which are critically endangered.

4 years ago

Wonderful stories, follow-ups and Barb - petition signed - thanks ya'll!

4 years ago
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4 years ago

Poor Tony the Tiger, the idiot who could have saved him from a life of being held prisoner at a gas station signed to keep him there indefinitely.  Here is the article.

Here is a fuller article with many more facts, Tony's "owner" wants to be exempt from the law that applies to everyone else.  Wonder who he bribed to get the exemption he already has?

If you haven't signed for Arturo the polar bear being kept in a tropical country, please sign this new petition.  The never ending stupidity of humans amazes me constantly.

4 years ago

A mostly black cat sitting on its guardian’s lap surrounded by the family children seems like a routine scene. But it is nothing short of a miracle...

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4 years ago

I love to post updates on news stories, here is another of Momo, the hero cat who led his owner to safety during the Alberta flooding last year.  Boy that cat can swim.  A written article so no ads to see first.

4 years ago

Breezy the dog's abuser is sentenced.  Breezy was hit with a shovel, rake, kicked and punched then thrown in the garbage can while horrified neighbours looked on.  Sorry you have to watch an ad first to hear the news.

4 years ago

All caught up, love the rescue stories!

4 years ago

Not all non-human animal dads are cut out for family life, but there are a number of species who have become known for their role as fathers who deserve a...

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4 years ago

PLEDGED  Wendy i agrre with you Lynn about the angora 

16th June is world sea turtle day
4 years ago


 16 June 2014

Monday is World Sea Turtle Day, a day when we celebrate some of the ocean’s most beautiful and ancient creatures.

Here at HSI, we’re working to protect these animals from the many threats they face, including habitat loss, commercial fishing operations that take sea turtles as by-catch, and poachers who sell shells as souvenirs and eggs for human consumption.

Help us protect these animals on World Sea Turtle Day. Pledge not to buy products made from sea turtles or other any wild animals.

Many tourists will be exposed to the international wildlife trade all over the world, often without even realizing it. In the Cayman Islands, visitors are allowed to hold sea turtles kept in overcrowded and unsanitary concrete tanks. As the animals continue to reproduce, the older ones are slaughtered for their meat and shells that are sold in tourist or craft shops.

And sea turtles aren’t the only victims. Wildlife products are everywhere, and they all take their toll. From elephant ivory to shark teeth, from marine shows to roadside zoos, annually, millions of animals are shot, poisoned, trapped or stolen to become pets, entertainment or souvenirs.

But you can help. Sign our Don’t Buy Wild pledge today, and help us protect sea turtles and wild animals from the cruel trade in wildlife products.

Humans are the biggest reason for the endangerment of these wild and beautiful animals, and we’re the ones who must save them.

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4 years ago

Gosh, Sue... I told my son the same thing... that she should have to sit in the hot car for a period of time until she said "uncle" which probably wouldn't have been very long!

Wow, everyone, these videos are so amazing. I'll know what to do if I find a fawn, the Oregon Zoo should be boycotted and everything else we can throw at it... 52 year old elephant, how he must have suffered! And all the primates... totally unacceptable.... something obviously very wrong!

The rescue of the mom and her three 'children' was breathtaking! Can you imagine how they felt in that desert with those coats? At one stage I had to get up and shake off the feelings I was getting from the dogs... they wanted to trust, as they did at first, but were so scared. Ahhhhh.... the ending was priceless. And most of it set to one of my favourite pieces of music... Canon by Pachelbel... or is it visa versa. Wonderful rescue.

I can't watch the angora one tonight because I'm already overly emotional. I remember angora popularity, but who thought of it as coming from an animal that could be hurt!

Such a good thread. Thanks for wonderful posts.

4 years ago

It’s a debate that has raged for almost half a century. What exactly caused so many large mammals to die out right around the end of the last Ice...
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4 years ago

This video is graphic and heart wrenching. I used to love angora sweaters but I will never buy angora again!

4 years ago

Last month, bird poop almost divided the city of Oakland, Calif. Ironically, it all started as an innocent cleanup effort. Oakland’s United States...
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As the problems surrounding captivity in zoos continue to make headlines, recent events at the Oregon Zoo highlight more ongoing issues that range from a...
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4 years ago

Recently Matthew Guidarelli was out for a jog over a footbridge on the Normans Kill, a 45-mile-long (73 km) creek in New York state, when he heard what at...

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4 years ago

Timely information for anyone who finds a seemingly abandoned fawn.  This is a video report only.  2 minutes long and no ads to watch first!

4 years ago

Ancient species of walking fish though to be almost extinct because of our human lifestyle.

4 years ago

Cheryl, the punishment for leaving children, pets, or the elderly in cars with the windows rolled up should be having to sit in a hot car with the windows rolled up until they get sick themselves.  Maybe then they would understand how dangerous it is.  I have no patience for the idiots that continue to do this despite all the news stories we hear about how many children and animals die in too hot cars.  Like you I always check out the cars whenever I'm out and about to make certain no one is suffering.

4 years ago

Lynn, caught up on your petitions, thank you. I just hate seeing those big cats along with elephants and any animal in those horrible circus cages. And about the dogs in hot cars... just yesterday my son and I were shopping and he overheard a women at the counter asking the clerk if she would page whoever owned a such-and-such car with two small dogs in it with all windows tightly closed - to go to her car! That woman and I went back to the car and the wee dogs were panting like crazy.... then a man ran over and checked all the windows and looked like he was ready to smash a window or pry open a door. A woman finally came out (a call to SPCA was just going to be made) and she was yelling her head off at us! "My dogs are just fine, they had air conditioning before I went in the store..." Well, all three of us 'went' off at her as she continued to scream at while getting in her car. Right here in our own hometown, as I noted above, is the case of the woman who left six dogs in her car to die! Woweee...... now I am on the alert every time I go shopping. 

Barb, I signed for poor Ozzi... thank you. Who does these awful things? It just boggles the mind what people do to deliberately harm animals/birds. He was such a beauty. I forgot to thank you for that wonderful post you made on animals called to duty. I never would have guessed with some of them.

Sue, what a story about Satan! As the anchor said, "He's been to hell and back." (Good line!) Such a good feeling to have a happy ending.

Thanks, Lily, for lovely peek into moments in the life of that Jay. I would be afraid to leave my window in case something came by as soon as I left. lol 

4 years ago

Took this today....

4 years ago

All caught up signed petitions and watched the videos.  Love the mystery about the black cat growing a white mane.  So good to see the dog trapped by the mudslide rescued.

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn for the stories.
Thanks Sue for the story

Thanks Barbara, I have signed.

4 years ago

so sad for Ozzie Barb signed and shared 

4 years ago

Hi Everyone try this link to sign the petition for Justice for Ozzi

4 years ago

Barb dear, I tried signing the petition for Ozzie but Care2 can't find the page. Another Care2 glitch, it seems.

Sue, good for Satan. He must have been hiding, waiting for the water to recede so that he could go back home. Independent cat, as we saw in the video. Don't touch me! lol

Satan returns! Not the one you were thinking of though
4 years ago
4 years ago

Hello my dear sisters and brothers!


Ozzi, an African grey parrot, was found dead -- and covered in cuts and blood -- in a wooded area behind the home of her owner, Asem Al-Daboubi, in Slave Lake, Alberta, on Tuesday. He had raised Ozzi from the time she was just a few months old; she could speak both English and Arabic.

We need to find out what happened to Ozzi and seek justice for her!

I just signed a petition asking Slave Lake officials, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the SPCA to bring whoever killed Ozzi to justice. Will you sign too? Here's a link to the petition:

Thank you.

Love, prayers and big hugs.

Barb, Baby, Beenie

4 years ago
June 5, 2014
Far too many people are leaving animals trapped in vehicles without realizing the dangers it poses. Many animals, particularly dogs, have died because their owners leave them inside cars on a warm day, and without adequate ventilation.

Currently, only 14 states have laws regarding animals left in "hot cars" that may cause suffering, disability, or even death. Leaving animals to this fate is unnecessary and can be prevented with your help.

For today's Daily Action, send a message to lawmakers to create a bill to help end "hot car" animal deaths.
4 years ago

June 3, 2014
U.S. Rep Jim Moran has reintroduced the Traveling Exotoc Protection Act (H.R. 4525), a bill that would end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling circuses.

Wild animals used for traveling circuses are exposed to heartbreaking and violent abuses, on and behind the scenes. Trainers often use methods of beatings, whips, and even deliberate starvation. This is a chance for Congress to help free wild animals from these abuses.

For today's Daily Action, tell Congress to end the use and suffering of wild animals in traveling circuses.
4 years ago

thanks for all the wonderful posts i signed the petition Cheryl the pitbull made me cry too Lynn what a face he has ,the911 dogs always get me as well so brave and wise  thanks for the animals that served post Barb and the soldier who saved the dog who saved him Lynn  the goat is amazing Sue and the fox  and the hedgehog June thanks everyone

4 years ago

I am so thankful to the soldiers who have saved dogs in Afghanistan and fought to bring them home (to America). And this dog was a U.S. Military combat dog who might have been 'put down' by some. It shows the kind hearts of those who honoured these dogs and did not do that.

And that Pit Bull -- I had tears too, Lynn. Reminds me of the little white dog sitting on top of the garbage dump who was saved. She had the same initial response to the kindness and affection. When you see the dogs happy and spirited afterwards, it makes your heart feel so good. Thanks Lynn.

Thanks June, for signing the petition. I am keeping my ears open for what is going to happen. I can't imagine what was going through the brain of the woman who left them in her truck, and I can't imagine what those poor dogs went through.

What wonderful, amazing, very wise looking 911 dogs! I really think they were meant to be here at that terrible time and they are Earth Angels! All of them really do have a look of wisdom and understanding in their eyes. Thanks June. Wonderful to see them. 

4 years ago

13 Years Later, Where Are the Heroic Dogs of 911?
Photo Tribute to the 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs

4 years ago

Prosecute Dog Walker Who Killed Six Dogs
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At First, This Poor Pit Bull Made My Heart Weep. But I'm So Glad I Hung In To See The End!

4 years ago

While serving in Afghanistan, U.S. military combat dog Layka was shot four times by the enemy at point-blank range. Despite her injuries, she still attacked and subdued the shooter, saving her handler and the other members of the team. Seven hours of surgery and the amputation of one leg saved her life. Her handler, Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald, fought hard to adopt her and she's now become a part of his family. Soldier Adopts Dog That Saved His Life

4 years ago

P.S. After I finish signing petitions and looking at videos on Elephant thread I promise to come back here and do the same!

May 28
4 years ago

I am on the Elephant thread where another link brought up this petition. This happened right here in Langley, BC where I live. People are petitioning to charge the woman (for more than what the RCMP would). Imagine entrusting your beloved dog to a person who then leaves him or her in an extremely hot truck while she takes off into a store for a lengthy period of time.

Then... times this by six, as there were six dogs together who lost their lives suffering in that car. She dumped their bodies in a ditch and said they had been stolen, finally 'fessing up under pressure.

Please sign for these babes. One owner, a man, told the news that their dog was their baby as they couldn't have children.



4 years ago
The pampered pooches saved from slaughter by Olympic athletes who went to Sochi... and came back with more than medals
4 years ago

The Fox and Hedgehog?: Amazing night-time camera captures moment unlikely dining companions meet for dinner

World Turtle Day 2014
4 years ago

World Turtle Day was started to increase respect and knowledge for the world’s oldest creatures. Turtles and Tortoises are some of the most amazing and endangered animals on the planet. Armed with knowledge and passion for these gentle animals, we can come together to preserve Turtle and Tortoise species throughout the world.

Adults and children can do a few small things that can help to save turtles and tortoises for the next generation:

  • If you are looking for a pet, purchase a captive bred animal from a reputable store or breeder. Do not take home a wild turtle as a pet.
  • Never release a pet turtle into the wild. Turtles kept in captivity may not have the important nutrients they need to survive through the cold winter. In addition, pet turtles may not be native to your area and should not interbreed with wild turtles.[7]
  • Join a local Turtle and Tortoise club to learn more.
  • Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured.
  • If a tortoise is crossing a busy street, pick it up and take it in the same direction it was going – if you try to make it go back, it will turn right around again.
  • Help keep beaches and other natural habitats clean. Never leave trash and pick up garbage left by others.
  • Write letters to legislators asking them to keep sensitive habitat preserved or closed to off road vehicles, and to prevent off shore drilling that can lead to more endangered sea turtle deaths.

                             TURTALLY DEVOTED TO YOU , 


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4 years ago
Incredibly rare albino squirrel siblings spotted at country park

The rare albino squirrels were spotted in a park in Waterlooville, Hampshire
One in every 100,000 squirrels is born without any colour pigments 
A family who spotted the twin squirrels have nicknamed them Pinky and Perky

4 years ago

Wow - thanks for all the great stories - theat goat is amazing and Ken is an inspiration!!!  Thanks for sharing!

4 years ago

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4 years ago

The 9 Year Old Who Runs a Non-Profit Shelter
Ken is only 9 years old, but he has already harbored a dream. Ken adores animals and has hoped to one day open an animal shelter of his own to help those animals in need that he sees. However, he never thought his dream would come true so fast.
Despite his age, Ken has done his best to help the local stray dogs and cats he meets near his home in the Philippines. He spends time with them, gives them food and tries to make them feel loved. But what Ken lacked were the resources to really ease their lives.

4 years ago

4 years ago

This Memorial Day, Remembering Animals That Served

Let us tell you about the birds and the bees, and other courageous creatures that answered the call of duty.

By Purbita Saha
Published: 05/13/2014

Many brave men and women have defended this nation against tyranny and injustice. Animals, too, have served and defended our country in a number of different ways. On Memorial Day, when we honor those who died in the line of duty, we're highlighting the sacrifices made by a surprising array of animals.



Back in 1941, when the nation was reeling from the devastation of Pearl Harbor, the Air Force, Army, and Marines decided to strap bombs onto bats. A dentist lent the National Defense Committee the fantastical idea of using bat bombs as retaliation against the Japanese. Several tests were run with Mexican free-tailed bats netted from caves, but ultimately, it was decided that the animals were not to be trusted with explosives: A few escaped during practice runs and set off massive fires in military facilities.


Bomb-sniffing bees may be coming to an airport near you. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is teaching honeybees to smell explosives. When they detect even the subtlest hint of a target chemical, they start to wag their tongue-like proboscises. Officers who are watching the bees can monitor changes in their behavior and send out an alert if they seem disturbed. The bees are kept in a closed chamber during the process, but are returned to their hives at the end of the day. DARPA is still working on mobilizing these security bees. In the future, they may also be used to expose caches of drugs, such as cocaine and meth.

Sea Lions

The US Navy's use of bottlenose dolphins is not a well-kept secret. But most people probably don't know that sea lions are also a part of the military's Marine Mammal Program. They're easy to train and well adapted for deep-water conditions, thanks to their acute vision and supreme directional hearing--making them excellent agents for detecting mines and underwater intruders. Currently, there's one operational unit of sea lions based out of San Diego.



D-Day was the turning point of World War II, but it came at the cost of 9,000 Allied lives. More lives would have been lost however, if it weren't for rock pigeons. As the Allies descended on the beaches of western France, their radios went dead. Communications were blacked out between the troops and the Allied headquarters--until, that is, the pigeons flew in. The birds delivered important tactical information, such as enemy coordinates, and let the Allied leaders in England know how their troops were faring.

Pigeons were used extensively in both of the World Wars. With their precise homing instincts, they were the ideal choice for transmitting information quickly and accurately. They were also the first animals to be formally recognized in the U.S. for their valor. The Dickin Medal, created in 1943, has been awarded to many pigeons, numerous dogs, three horses, and one cat.

Over the decades, historians have uncovered numerous stories about the valor of pigeons-in-service: British paratroopers used them to send coded messages with the locations of German tanks, and Americans outfitted them with fake letters stating that the D-Day invasion was going to take place in Calais. The German army eventually caught wind of the Allied collaboration with pigeons, and started shooting the birds and training falcons to take them down.

Flying Insects

This new invention will help you look at insects in a new light. Cyborg insects are being considered by DARPA as an alternative to surveillance drones. By attaching electrodes to moths, beetles, and other flying insects, scientists in the U.S. have successfully transformed invertebrates into remote-controlled cyborgs. One engineer from the University of California, Berkley went so far as to rewire the musculature of a giant flower beetle so that he could redirect the insect's flight. He then stuck a backpack on the beetle using beeswax. The contraption would emit electrical pulses on his command, forcing the beetle to steer itself in the chosen direction.



The use of elephants in warfare dates back to the conquests of Hannibal in 218 B.C. Conquerors would have the massive mammals transport weaponry, but they were also a valuable part of arsenals. One elephant could effectively take out many soldiers on foot. However, once armies began to transition to artillery and cannons, it became impractical to bring the six-ton animals out onto the battlefield. But they were still tapped for their extraordinary strength in a variety of ways; during WWII, for instance, they helped to construct bridges for the British. Today, the U.S. military avoids handling elephants due to their Endangered status.


Also from DARPA comes the WildCat robot. This futuristic creation, modeled after cheetahs, can gallop at speeds of up to 30 mph. Its practical uses range from fighting fires to wielding firearms in war zones. WildCat's greatest ......

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4 years ago

Prevent Senseless Killing of Ravens

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FW has issued a misguided permit to allow 4,000 ravens to be killed in Idaho "in order to protect sage-grouse." FWS has prioritized nineteen threats to Greater Sage-Grouse. Predation—by many animals, not just ravens—wasn't even in the top ten. Ravens and sage-grouse have coexisted for millions of years. We should address the high priority challenges before launching a campaign against only one of the predators of sage-grouse.

Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rescind the permit for this senseless slaughter. You can send the sample comments below, or edit the letter with your own words for even greater impact.

NOTE: Your name and address will automatically be added to the bottom of the letter.

Send this letter to:
Robyn Thorson, Regional Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Pacific Region
cc: Todd Grimm, Idaho Wildlife Services State Director

Common Raven | Ed Oakes/Photo Awards

Four thousand Common Ravens are being killed to "protect sage-grouse," even though ravens and sage-grouse have co-existed for millions of years. Photo by Ed Oakes / Audubon Photo Awards
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Endangered Speices Day 16/5/14
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4 years ago

Popping in before I have a shower -- hot hot hot here today! Trying to catch up on some gardening.

WONDERFUL video! Thanks, Sue. And thanks to Lynn for another thread! I think every cat person can feel very very proud. It's too bad one can't take their kitty and show them how brave their species is.

That little boy certainly had his guardian angel watching over him.

Any and All Animals News #5 - CLOSED
4 years ago
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Since we don't have a thread for animals and the problems they go through, I thought I'd keep us all up-to-date and post all the news that's fit to read.   Enjoy, respond if you want or just read and note. 

Link to thread #4

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