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Warnings About Nature

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(image) Don't go close to any wild animal ecspecially bears. If you go close to baby bears their mother will get mad. She will try to attack you. Don't go close to big snakes they can kill you. If there is an animal that is nice and is very close to you don't touch it just look it needs its personal space.



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Big And Beautiful Cats

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The term big cat – which is not a biological classification – is used informally to distinguish the larger felid species from smaller ones. One definition of "big cat" includes the four members of the genus Panthera: the tiger, lion, jaguar, and leopard. Members of this genus are the only cats able to roar. A more expansive definition of "big cat" also includes the cheetah, snow leopard, clouded leopard, and cougar. Despite enormous differences in size, the various species of cat are quite similar in both structure and behavior, with the exception of the cheetah, which is significantly different from any of the big or small cats. All cats are carnivores and efficient apex predators. Their range includes the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe.RoaringThe ability to roar comes from an elongated and specially adapted larynx and hyoid apparatus. (However, the snow leopard cannot roar, despite having hyoid morphology similar to roaring cats.) When air passes through the larynx on the way from the lungs, the cartilage walls of the larynx vibrate, producing sound. The lion's larynx is longest, giving it the most robust roar.ThreatsThe principal threats to big cats varies upon geographical location, but primarily are habitat destruction and poaching. In Africa many big cats are persecuted by pastoralists or government 'problem animal control' officers. Certain protected areas exist that shelter large and exceptionally visible populations of lions, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs, such as Botswana’s Chobe, Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti. It is rather outside these conservation areas where persecution poses the dominant threat to large carnivores.In the United States, 19 states have banned ownership of big cats and other dangerous exotic animals as pets, and the Captive Wildlife Safety Act bans the interstate sale and transportation of these animals.Family FelidaeGenus Panthera (roaring or great cats) Tiger, Panthera tigris (Asia)Lion, Panthera leo (Africa, Gir Forest in India; extinct in former range of southeast Europe, Middle East, much of Asia, and North America) Jaguar, Panthera onca (the Americas; from the Southern United States and Mexico to northern Argentina)Leopard, Panthera pardus (Asia and Africa)Genus AcinonyxCheetah, Acinonyx jubatus (Africa and Iran; extinct in former range of India)Genus PumaCougar, Puma concolor (North and South America)Genus UnciaSnow Leopard, Uncia uncia (mountains of central and south Asia)Bornean Clouded Leopard, Neofelis diardi (Borneo and Sumatra)Clouded Leopard, Neofelis nebulosa (southeast and south Asia) Big Cats FactsThe cheetah is the world's fastest land mammal. It can run at speeds of up to 70 miles an hour (113 kilometers an hour). An adult lion's roar can be heard up to five miles (eight kilometers) away. Long, muscular hind legs enable snow leopards to leap seven times their own body length in a single bound. A tiger's stripes are like fingerprints—no two animals have the same pattern. The strongest climber among the big cats, a leopard can carry prey twice its weight up a tree. The Amur leopard is one of the most endangered animals in the world. In one stride, a cheetah can cover 23 to 26 feet (7 to 8 meters). The name "jaguar" comes from a Native American word meaning "he who kills with one leap." In the wild, lions live for an average of 12 years and up to 16 years. They live up to 25 years in captivity. The mountain lion and the cheetah share an ancestor. Cheetahs do not roar, as the other big cats do. Instead, they purr. Tigers are excellent swimmers and do not avoid water. A female Amur leopard gives birth to one to four cubs in each litter. Fossil records from two million years ago show evidence of jaguars. Lions are the only cats that live in groups, called prides. Every female within the pride is usually related. The leopard is the most widespread of all big cats. Mountain lions are strong jumpers, thanks to muscular hind legs that are longer than their front legs. Tigers have been[...]



GRIZZLY BEARS: WONDERFUL CREATURES

2012-04-27T08:03:00.125-07:00

1. CharacteristicsThe grizzly bear is also known as the brown bear. It has fur that ranges from a cream or silver color to an almost black color. Some grizzly bear's fur is tipped in a lighter color than the rest of its fur. This gives the fur a grizzled look and is how the bear got its name. The grizzly bear has a slight hump above its shoulder and can weigh between 350-1500 pounds.2. Life CycleMating season runs from May to early July. It takes from 180-266 days for cubs to be born. Cubs are usually born between January and March. The female usually has two cubs. The cubs are blind and furless and weigh a pound when they are born. The cubs are weaned when they are about five months old, but they usually remain with their mother for two to three years. Grizzly bear cubs can climb trees until they are about a year old. 3. RangeThe grizzly bear's range circles the arctic. It can be found from the Arctic coast down into the central parts of Europe and Asia. In North America, it can be found in Alaska and western Canada. The grizzly bear was once common west of the Mississippi but its population dropped as the west was settled. There are still some populations in scattered areas of the western United States. The grizzly bear is a threatened species in the lower 48 states. There are currently about 1,200 grizzly bears in the lower 48 states and about 31,700 grizzly bears in Alaska. Unfortunately, men hunt this beautiful creature for its fur to make coats.4. HabitatThe grizzly bear lives along rivers and coastal areas, mountain meadows and in the tundra. In parts of Europe and Asia, the grizzly can be found in forests and mountain woodlands. You can see many grizzly bears in Yosemite, California. The famous mountain El Capitan in Yosemite 5. Social SystemUnder most circumstances, brown bears live as lone individuals, except for females accompanied by their cubs. Brown bears congregate in places where food is abundant, such as a salmon stream or a garbage dump. In such circumstances, adult males are the most dominant individuals. 6. DietThe grizzly bear is omnivorous. It eats berries, roots, fungi, grasses, fish, carrion, small mammals and insects. It is very good at catching fish and it often uses its long claws to dig insects out of rotting logs and small mammals out of their burrows. Some grizzly bears in the Canadian Rockies hunt larger animals like moose, elk and goats.The grizzly bear usually forages for food in the early morning and evening and rests during the day. A grizzly bear's territory can range between 70 and 400 square miles! More than one bear may share the same territory, although they will sometimes fight over a good fishing spot! 7. BehaviorThe grizzly bear digs a den under rocks or in the hollow of a tree. It may also make its den in a cave or crevice. The grizzly bear goes into its den between October and December and stays there until the early spring. It has a protective layer of fat that allows it to stay in its den while the weather is cold. It does not really hibernate and can easily be woken up in the winter. [...]



Loch Ness Monster: The Legend of Nessy

2012-04-27T07:59:45.129-07:00

The most famous mystery about Loch Ness surrounds the phenomenon of an enormous creature that is believed to live in the water – known universally as the Loch Ness Monster, or ‘Nessie’ as she’s affectionately known.Where is itLoch Ness and its monster are both found in Northern Scotland What is it Loch Ness is part of the Great Glen, an enormous fissure in the earth that just about splits Scotland into two. There are a series of lochs, rivers and canals that link the Atlantic with the North Sea. this is the most eastern of these. Monster legend Said to have started with an account of Saint Columba, in 565 A.D rescuing a swimmer from a lake creature. From then on stories of such a creature emerged periodically, but little is actually recorded until the 20th century It was only after1933, when a new road was built along the lake shore and people were first able to visit the area in large numbers, that reports of sightings really took off. For at least 1,500 years a legend has held sway in the Scottish Highlands that Loch Ness is home to a mysterious aquatic animal. Find out how this legend got its start and how various possible sightings have kept the legend alive.Birth of a legendWhen the Romans first came to northern Scotland in the first century A.D., they found the Highlands occupied by fierce, tattoo-covered tribes they called the Picts, or painted people. From the carved, standing stones still found in the region around Loch Ness, it is clear the Picts were fascinated by animals, and careful to render them with great fidelity. All the animals depicted on the Pictish stones are lifelike and easily recognizable—all but one. The exception is a strange beast with an elongated beak or muzzle, a head locket or spout, and flippers instead of feet. Described by some scholars as a swimming elephant, the Pictish beast is the earliest known evidence for an idea that has held sway in the Scottish Highlands for at least 1,500 years—that Loch Ness is home to a mysterious aquatic animal.In Scottish folklore, large animals have been associated with many bodies of water, from small streams to the largest lakes, often labeled Loch-na-Beistie on old maps. These water-horses, or water-kelpies, are said to have magical powers and malevolent intentions. According to one version of the legend, the water-horse lures small children into the water by offering them rides on its back. Once the children are aboard, their hands become stuck to the beast and they are dragged to a watery death, their livers washing ashore the following day.The earliest written reference linking such creatures to Loch Ness is in the biography of Saint Columba, the man credited with introducing Christianity to Scotland. In A.D. 565, according to this account, Columba was on his way to visit a Pictish king when he stopped along the shore of Loch Ness. Seeing a large beast about to attack a man who was swimming in the lake, Columba raised his hand, invoking the name of God and commanding the monster to "go back with all speed." The beast complied, and the swimmer was saved.Mackay's and Campbell 1933 The MacKays owned a pub at Drumnadrochit, and on April 14th saw an "enormous animal" in the Loch. They told the man responsible for controlling salmon fishing in the Loch, a Alex Campbell. Campbell, because of his job spent a lot of time observing the Loch, and he saw Nessie a number of times. Campbell put it at 30 feet long and described it as having "a long, tapering neck, about 6 feet long, and a smallish head with a serpentine look about it, and a huge hump behind..." Hugh Gray photo 1933 The monster was first photographed by a Hugh Gray in 1933. Gray claims "I immediately got my camera ready and snapped the object which was then two to three feet above the surface of the water. I did not see any head, for what I took to be the front parts were under the water, but there was considerable mo[...]



Animal Albinism

2012-04-27T07:49:38.874-07:00

Animals that are white instead of their normal color quickly capture our attention and imagination. Albinos are rare, but common enough that almost everyone has seen one, or knows someone that has.Albinos have the characteristics of other members of their species, except that their cells are unable to produce melanin, a dark pigment that results in normal coloration in the skin, scales, eyes or hair. A lack of melanin usually causes an animal—or parts of an animal—to appear white or pink, or to have a bleached look.Animals can be pure or partial albinos. Pure albinos usually have pink eyes, nails, scales and skin. They're pink because, without coloration, the blood vessels show through. In humans and some other animals, the eyes of an albino are light blue or green because of the way light passes through the iris.Partial albinos have some of the coloration typical of their species, but parts of their body appear white. Piebald deer, which have splotches of white on their fur as adults, are a good example. Many red-winged blackbirds have a partially white wing, and partial albino raccoons will have a white patch on their fur.Being white doesn't make an animal an albino. The true test is whether it has pink or light blue eyes.Leucistic animals have mostly white skin, hair or scales, but will have some dark pigmentation in their eyes and nails. Though leucistic animals are not as rare as true albino animals, many are displayed at zoos.An Inherited TraitAlbinism is passed genetically from parents to offspring. Each cell contains numerous pairs of genes, one from each parent. These genes transmit traits through generations. An albino offspring results from a specific combination of genes.Albinos are infrequent because the genes for that trait are recessive, while the genes for normal pigmentation are dominant. If both are present, normal pigmentation occurs. If only recessive genes occur, albinism may result. Only a small percentage of animals carry the recessive gene, so the chance of the pairing of recessive genes in an individual animal is slight.In humans, for example, about one in 70 people carry a recessive gene for albinism, and about one in 20,000 humans are albinos.At least 300 species of animals in North America have albino individuals. In Missouri, people have photographed or witnessed albinism in turtles, catfish, salamanders, deer, frogs, snakes, bluebirds and raccoons.The degree of albinism varies among animal groups. Some researchers working withmammals estimate that true albinos occur in about one in 10,000 births. Some of our Conservation Department hatcheries have seen albino catfish produced as frequently as one in 20,000 fish. Yet some researchers working with birds found that albinism occurs in 17 of 30,000 individuals, or one of 1,764 birds.Normal- or random-breeding usually decreases the chance for albino offspring. Inbreeding among small isolated populations, or among closely related individuals, can increase the chances for albinism. Even among humans, albinism rates vary with geographic location.Animals in some areas have extremely high rates of albinism. In Marionville, for example, white squirrels dominate the population. The number of these partial albinos remains high because people living there feed and pamper their white squirrels and have passed ordinances to protect them from hunters and motorists.Perils of AlbinismLacking protective coloration, albino animals are more likely to be seen by both predators and prey. It's easy, for example, to spot Marionville's albino squirrels against the dark trunks of the trees they climb.Although it seems logical that albinos would have a survival disadvantage, some studies suggest that albino animals may not be as conspicuous to other predators as they are to us.Predators such as hawks, for example, may rely on a search image for prey that primarily involves shap[...]



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Wildlife Photography Awards 2011

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Animal Portraits winner: Mystical Deer by Mark Smith. Fallow deer (Dama dama) in Richmond, Surrey, England. Animal Portraits highly commended: Windy Day by Steward Ellett. Red squirrel (Sciurrus vularis) Formby Point, Merseyside, England. Red Fox by Matt Binstead. (Vulpes vulpes) British Wildlife Centre, Lingfield, Surrey, England.Urban Wildlife winner: Champagne Starling by David Biggs. European starling (Sturnes vulgaris) Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. Urban Wildlife highly commended: Tabby Cat with Blackbird Nestling by Doug Mackenzie Dodds. (Turdus merula) Reading, Berkshire, England.Urban Wildlife highly commended: Flower Power by Damian Waters. Brown hare (Lepus capensis) Wirral, merseyside, England. Urban Wildlife highly commended: Gulls Fighting in London by Matt Smith. Black headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) Westminster Bridge, London, England. The Congregation by James Smith. European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) Blackpool, Lancashire, England. Animal Behaviour winner: Grey Heron Walking on Water by Andrew Parkinson. (Ardea cinerea) Derbyshire, England.Puffin Fighting on Inner Farne by Glyn Thomas. Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) Inner Farne, Farne Islands, Coast of Northumberland, England. Standing Room Only by Philip Kirk. Herring gull (Larus argenatus) Seahouses, Northumberland, England. Blue Tit Taking Feather by Paul Sawer. (Parus caeruleus) Peasenhall, Suffolk, England.Camouflaged Fallow Stags by Neil Bygrave. (Dama dama) Parkland Deer, Devon, England. Dunlin Tug-of-War by Andrew Parkinson. (Calidris alpina) Shetland Islands, Scotland. Wildlife in My Backyard winner: Busy Wasp on Blackberries by Rana Dias. Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) Horley, Surrey, England. Wildlife in My Backyard highly commended: Jay Taking Off by Ron Coulter. (Garrulus glandarius) Buckinghamshire, England. Wildlife in My Backyard highly commended: Squirrel with a Conker by Thomas Hanahoe. Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) Potton, Bedfordshire, England.Habitat winner: Hare in Morning Light with Hoar Frost by Ian Paul Haskell. Brown hare (Lepus europaeus) in Norfolk. Diamonds in the Deep by Mark N Thomas. Diamond sturgeon (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii) at Jackdaw Quarry, Over Kellet, Lancashire. Hidden Britain highly commended: Ladybird on Rose by William Richardson. (Harmonia axyridis) London, England. Grey Seal Behaviour by Robert Bailey. Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) Farne Islands, England. Young British Wildlife Photographers - winner of the Up to 11 Years category: Frog Checking Its Frogspawn by Walter Lovell (age 8). Common frog (Rana temporaria) Painswick, Gloucestershire, England. Young British Wildlife Photographers - winner of the 12 to 18 Years category: Red Fox Yawning After His Afternoon Nap by Oliver Wilks (age 16). (Vulpes vulpes) Warnham Local Nature Reserve, West Sussex, England. Young British Wildlife Photographers - 12 to 18 Years category highly commended: Feed Me! by Ella Cooke. Great tit (Parus major) Buckinghamshire, England.[...]



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Amazing Moms of the Animal Kingdom

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Emperor PenguinSuccessfully raising a chick is a truly remarkable accomplishment for this mom and dad. Courtship for a typical couple starts in March and April when temperatures in the Antarctic are around -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Emperor Penguins are also serial monogamists and will wait for their previous year's mate before breeding again. The female produces one egg and leaves it in the care of its father while she makes the nearly 74-mile journey back to sea to capture the fish that she will need for feeding. Upon returning to the nesting site, she must relocate her mate and chick. Then, the pair switches off caring for their offspring, while the other makes the same long journey to the ocean and back for food. Help out these amazing moms at The World Wildlife FundHarp SealAs if raising a child on a moving sheet of ice patrolled by Polar Bears and fur poachers wasn't hard enough, the harp seal mom nurses her pup on 48% fat seal milk continuously for 12 days without eating. Her pup will gain an average of 5 lbs. per day during this 12-day nursing period, while mom herself will lose about 7 lbs. per day.Koala BearRelying almost entirely on eucalyptus leaves for her diet, the Koala Bear mom rarely leaves the safety of her treetop home. The mom gives birth to a quarter-inch long joey, a hairless, blind, and earless version of herself. The joey stays in her unique pouch for about six months where it slowly grows from a diet of only her milk. After six months, the joey crawls out of the mother's pouch and takes up a place on to her back, where it will remain for another six months.MeerkatMeerkats live in packs of about 20, dominated by one mating pair that give birth to 2 to 5 pups in a litter, with up to four litters a year. In a group of meerkats with so many new pups, it is often the aunts and sisters of the group who care for the young. After 21 days underground, the pups emerge to join the foraging party, where they learn the skills needed to live in the Kalahari Desert.Queen BeeLiving like a queen isn't necessarily true for the Queen Honey Bee. On a warm day, she will mate with 12-15 males, or drones. But mating this one time is enough to fertilize her eggs for 2-7 years. Once mated, the Queen will lay around 2,000 eggs a day during the springtime throughout her life.OrangutanThe only exclusively Asian living genus of the great ape, the orangutan is considered "critically endangered" but with a reproduction cycle of about 6 to 7 years between offspring, repopulation has proved difficult. It does not help that orangutans reconstruct their homes of leaves and sticks every single day, meaning that a typical mom lives in about 30,000 new homes during her lifetime.Polar BearA habitat where the average winter temperature can reach -40 degrees Fahrenheit isn't exactly ideal for raising young, so mother polar bears dig an underground den where they remain in a hibernation-like state through the coldest winter months. Mothers birth between November and February, to a litter that almost always consists of two cubs, who then live in the safety of the den while nursing on the fasting mother's milk. At the end of this period, the family emerges from the den and eventually makes their way to the moving sea ice, where the mother can catch seals once again. At this point the mother has been fasting for up to eight months, while raising two hungry cubs.SeahorseTalk about role reversal: Many of the functions performed by females in most species are handled by dad in seahorse couples. Mating takes place when the female seahorse deposits dozens to thousands of eggs inside the male's brood pouch, as the male r[...]



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Successful Sea Lion Rescue

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(image) The slippery rocks of the Marina del Rey jetty caused a failed rescue attempt with a sick sea lion this Sunday. The very ill animal backed into the water just before the rescue attempt took place.
With Lifeguards and Harbor Patrol alerted to watch out for her, a call came in the afternoon about a sea lion in the water, struggling to breathe and possibly entangled in the dozens of fishing lines at the end of Santa Monica Pier. Marine Animal Rescue (MAR) responded and with assistance from Santa Monica Harbor Patrol, MAR hoop netted the sea lion just before she would have been dragged by the surf and currents into the pier pilings.Thanks to the Santa Monica Harbor Patrol for their assistance.Peter WallersteinMarine Animal Rescue SpecialistFriends of Animals

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Horse Anaesthesia

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Horses are dangerous animals to work with: Dangerous to you, dangerous to your equipment and dangerous to themselves. Not only are they dangerous, but they’re very expensive so you have to take the best care you possibly can.
This presents some difficulties when knocking a horse out for surgery. The bigger they are, the harder they fall, and if they fall hard they might hurt themselves, which will upset the horse owner. They’re allso heavy, and if they lie on their side or back for too long they may squash their muscles and become temporarily lame, or just not breathe. This also upsets horse owners.
It can be scary when a horse goes down for an anaesthetic if you don’t know what to expect, so we got to see several horses being knocked out with different anaesthetics. I made a video for you if you want to see. Be warned, the 3rd horse was a bit of a surprise!

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Top 5 Pet-Friendly Spring Break Locations

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In schools and colleges all across the country, students are looking forward to that sacred time of year known as Spring Break. Spring Break can be a wild and fun time for everyone, including your pet! Here are my top 5 picks of some great pet-friendly spots to check out from coast to coast.1. Nothing says Spring Break more than the party peninsula, Florida. Head South to Key West where you'll find pet-friendly accommodations to fit your budget and many restaurants with outdoor dining areas so that your dog can join you for dinner. Key West also has an off-leash dog beach so that your pooch can get in some quality social time without restrain. After a day at the beach, Bringfido.com recommends heading over to the Afterdeck Bar at Louie's Backyard. According to their site, "As long as the dog has dried off and is leashed, you'll both be allowed to have a drink at the waterfront bar."2. This might not be your typical Spring Break locale, but if you want to avoid the party goers, a taste of wine country might be just your speed. Petfriendlytravel.com recommends the Russian River Valley in sunny California. This area of Sonoma County offers more than just wine-tasting. There's beach-combing, hiking in the Redwood forest and off-leash river beaches, plus the largest selection of pet-friendly lodging in the area.3. For a "cooler" Spring Break spot, try Chicago! Check out Montrose Dog Beach for some off-leash action. Chi-town also boasts a variety of dog parks. Check out Chicago Canine for more info and a great "things to bring" checklist.4. Woofstock! In San Diego at Balboa Park on April 12th (four days after my birthday, for anyone who’s counting), check out this fun festival featuring delicious food (for you and your furry friends), tie-dyed shirts (so 60's chic), flyball, and freestyle dancing. Singing: "Imagine all the people ..." and dogs! Groovy!5. L[...]



Pet Head

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Dixie and I both love to pamper ourselves. For myself, I prefer Kiehl’s, Ahava, Mario Badescu and I treat my locks to Bed Head. Now, Dixie can too!Pet Head, by the makers of Bed Head, debuted at the Global Pet Expo and I was able to get the inside scoop. I brought a big 'ol bag to the expo so that I could take home all the different products from the line to try out on Dixie. Not only do all these rock, but I give the head honchos at Pet Head major kudos for taking the time to come up with fabulous names. When the owner asked me if I’d like some "Dirty Talk," I was a little worried ... until I saw the bottle.Some of my favorites are:Life's An Itch - skin soothing shampoo so doggies won’t scratch Dirty Talk - deodorizing shampoo to make mutts smell sweet Spoil Me - conditioning crème rinse to give any dog an extra pampering treatment Furball - detangling spray for smooth brushingNot only are the products great for a dog's coat and skin, they come in the same trademark, edgy and funky packaging that you're used to seeing from the Bed Head line. The only problem is making room in my bathroom for Dixie's stash.And don’t even get me started on the clothes and beds! They have designed FOUR separate lines with different pet personalities in mind. Clockwise from Top Left: Grungy Pop, Punk Princess, City Soul, BikerPhotos Courtesy: Pet Head/Skaffles, LLCGrungy Pop – This line reminds me of falling in love with the bad boy you just know will break your heart. Smells like dog ... er, teen spirit!Punk Princess – This line is for the sassy gal with an edge. She’s sugary sweet, but don't let the pink fool ya, she's all about girl power!Biker – This babe needs nothing but the motorcycle. I wouldn’t mess with this dog. From the leopard print, round bed with the bright red border to the absolutely adorable leather tutu, th[...]



Cutest Pupies on Carpet

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Endangered Animals

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(image) Despite some good news for endangered animals, such as the discovery of a massive wildlife migration across previously war-torn southern Sudan, animals are becoming increasingly under threat by deforestation and other forms of habitat destruction, pollution and poaching.

In its annual Red List of Threatened Species, the World Conservation Union announced that 200 species moved closer to extinction in 2007, with more than 40,000 species, including gorillas, dolphins, corals and many species of birds and fish, total on the list.



Modern Beetles Predate Dinosaurs

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Wait, don't squash that beetle! Its lineage predates dinosaurs.New research hints that modern-day versions of the insects are far older than any tyrannosaur that trod the Earth.Today's plethora of beetle species were thought to have blossomed 140 million years ago, during the rise of flowering plants. But the new study of beetle DNA and fossils, published in the Dec. 21 issue of the journal Science, pushes their appearance back to 300 million years ago. That beats the arrival of dinosaurs by about 70 million years. "Unlike the dinosaurs which dwindled to extinction, beetles survived because of their ecological diversity and adaptability," said the study's lead scientist Alfried Vogler, an entomologist at Imperial College London and the Natural History Museum in London. Today, 350,000 species of beetles dot collections around the world, and millions more are estimated to exist but haven't been discovered — which means they make up more than one-fourth of all known species of life forms. The reason for this tremendous diversity has been debated by scientists for many years but never resolved. Vogler thinks beetles' head start on our planet with its ever-changing environments was the secret to their success. "The large number of beetle species existing today could very well be a direct result of this early evolution," Vogler said, "and the fact that there has been a very high rate of survival and continuous diversification of many lineages since then." To reach this conclusion, Vogler and his team teased out evolutionary data from the DNA of 1,880 modern beetle species, then compared it to fossil records dating back 265 million years to build detailed evolutionary trees. The new genetic maps suggest that a common ances[...]



Dumb animals - we don't think so!

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The BBC Natural History Unit's search for Britain's cleverest performing wild animal reveals some unexpected talents.Words: Mike BeynonImages: Richard TaylorBright badgersI've made many films about badgers and have always found them to be delightful but dim. I would never have associated their bumbling antics with the word 'clever' - until I heard about Don Hunford's badgers.Don, a respected expert, was impressed when a badger he was caring for managed to climb out of its underground shelter by ingenious means. The only way out of the shelter was through a hatch 3-4 feet above floor level. Pushing with its shoulder, the badger managed to shunt a handy box into position beneath the hatch and stand on it to escape.Don decided to see if wild badgers could learn to use a similar strategy to obtain a food reward. He built a feeding platform on a tree just out of the badgers' reach, and provided a cube of wood nearby. The badgers figured out that by pushing the wood over to the tree, and climbing on top of it they could reach the treats.Meet BettyCows, donkeys, otters, woodpeckers, foxes, rats and grey squirrels, they're all here. But the programmes we've made about animal intelligence are invariably dominated by examples of avian acumen. It was among the corvids that we found the star of this show. Betty is a female Caledonian crow and long-time resident at Oxford University.When you see Betty in the flesh, you really get a sense of her remarkable intelligence. The inquisitiveness, the fascination with anything new, the way she cocks her head to study a novel object, the impression that she's working things out in her head before going into action.Her ability to figure things out is demonstrated [...]



Animals Home

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BadgerBadgers use a complex system of underground tunnels leading to multiple entrance holes, the number of which has no bearing on how many animals actually use the sett.If you find a badger sett, count the number of entrance holes that are well used. You can tell this if they have freshly dug earth leading from the inside of the hole to the outside. Also, see if you can find piles of bedding which have been left out by the badgers to dry.RabbitA rabbit's home is similar to a badger's, with a multiple entrance hole system called a warren. However some rabbits live on the surface, hiding in thick bramble in areas where there is little risk of predation. FoxFoxes make their dens almost anywhere. In urban areas they turn up in the most unlikely places, such as underneath portable dwellings or discarded builders' rubble. The traditional fox den is usually a solitary entrance hole that may originally have been made by a badger. A good way to tell if a fox is at home is to smell the air around the entrance hole. The harsh musty smell of a fox is often overpowering. It's not unusual for foxes to share a badger's sett, so don't be surprised if you see both species emerging from the same hole.Grey squirrel Grey squirrels live in dreys that look superficially like birds' nests, built as they are from materials such as sticks and moss. Squirrel dreys are usually found close to the trunk of the tree. They can be found in holes in trees or in large nesting boxes. In urban areas squirrels sometimes build their dreys in the lofts of houses. Otter Otters living close to and in the water make their homes in the banks of rivers. They are called holts, and may be a hole in a bank or[...]



A disaster waiting in the wings

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(image) Please help Compassion in world Farming to tackle the root cause of H5N1, namely an end to intensive poultry farming.

We are seeking to take positive steps to highlight the unnecessary suffering so often caused by intensive poultry farming. Each year, 10 million turkeys are produced specifically to meet the heightened demand for turkey at Christmas. Of all the turkeys in the UK, 90% are reared intensively, spending their short 15 week lives in windowless, crowded, barren sheds.

Our scientific report, The role of the intensive poultry production industry in the spread of avian influenza (2007), concluded: "The booming global trade in intensively farmed poultry and poultry products – an industry that has grown by 300% worldwide in the past two decades – is a serious risk factor in the emergence of the highly pathogenic strain of avian 'flu (H5N1) and its consequent spread around the world."

Please support this Christmas appeal. It underpins a major campaign to resolve the root cause of the suffering and risk of disease caused by intensive farming: we want humane and sustainable farming to be the New Year Resolution that everyone sticks to.



Animal photo contest fights factory farming

2012-05-01T06:22:56.714-07:00

Chris Cheesman A photography competition to find 'the world's best pictures of farm animals' has been launched by an organisation campaigning against factory farming.Launched by Compassion in World Farming, Focus On Farm Animals is open to amateur and professional photographers worldwide.Entrants are asked to submit photos of animals from 'any kind of farm, whether small, large, indoors or outside'.Winners and runners-up images will be published in the magazine Farm Animal Voice and on the website http://www.ciwf.org.uk/.The winning entries will also form the centrepiece of the publicity campaign for World Farm Animal's Day on 2 October 2008.'We want our competition to draw attention to the fact that these are sentient creatures and that intensive modern farming systems cause them sometimes great suffering,' said World Farming's chief executive Philip Lymbery.The competition aims to find images 'showing farm animals as they really are: feeling beings with physical, psychological and emotional needs'.There is no cash prize but organisers point out that they will mention winning photographers' own websites for images used in publicity.Copyright remains with entrants but organisers say they reserve the right to use winning entries as they see fit, crediting the photographer accordingly.Full details are available at http://www.ciwf.org.uk/.The closing date is 30 June 2008.Picture credit: Martin Usborne/Compassion in World Farming 2007 [...]



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New law: Vets must report animal abuse

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DENVER – A new Colorado law that went into effect on Sunday requires veterinarians to report any case in which they suspect an animal is being abused or involved in fighting.Diane Balkin, with the Denver District Attorney's office, says that cruelty is defined by law as any act of mistreatment or neglect.The law does not apply to physical abuse alone, says Dr. Michelle Smith, of the 29th Avenue Animal Hospital at Stapleton."It can be neglect in the form of leaving a dog outside without adequate shelter on a hot day, or not giving enough food or water," she said.The law is patterned after child abuse laws where a medical doctor is required to report child abuse.Some fear that the law will discourage people from taking their pets to the vet for treatment, but Denver city leaders disagree."The studies have indicated that individuals won't be deterred from seeking veterinary care for fear the vet will report them. There are certainly a host of people that won't go to the vet at all just like there are people who will not go to the pediatrician or go to any type of medical doctor," said Balkin.Only six other states have passed similar animal abuse prevention laws. The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association has backed the law with overwhelming support.[...]



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African Wildlife and Safaris

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The Virus that Never Dies?

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Carrie Allan/HSUSI guess you could say I was lucky: I got through six years as an animal control officer without encountering an outbreak of parvo at my shelter. True, I was called out now and then to pick up a sick puppy, usually a sad little unvaccinated scrap of a creature for whom euthanasia was the only solace I could provide. Afterwards, I scrubbed and sprayed my truck until my throat was sore and my eyes watered from the disinfectant fumes. I was terrified by the tales I heard of past years when parvo had made its way into the shelter itself and total depopulation was required to bring the disease under control. I was determined not to be responsible for such a disaster.My luck lasted almost six months into my employment as a shelter veterinarian, but it finally ran out one late Friday afternoon (after almost all the staff had gone home, of course). We had finished up spay/neuter surgery for the day and the last of our patients were groggily coming around, ready to be transported back to their kennels. Among our surgery patients was a litter of nine roly-poly rottweiler-mix puppies, transferred from another shelter a couple of weeks earlier. I was writing up my records when a technician wandered in to tell me one of the puppies had broken with diarrhea. Just to be on the safe side, we decided to run a parvo “snap” test. The blue dot indicating a strong positive result was quick to appear, and I stared down at it in horror, thinking about all the places and people t[...]



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Museum with a message

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A tour of the Creation Museum, a place where dinosaurs and children play side by side, where poison is harmless, and where every animal from tiger to Tyrannosaurus eats only plants, is more than a lot to swallow. But ever since its opening outside Cincinnati in northern Kentucky in late May, the Creation Museum (open seven days a week) has been drawing thousands of visitors with its assertion that such a world existed—if only briefly—and in the recent past.That proposition is yours to consider as you walk through an exhibition of the first chapters of Genesis, where detailed dioramas bring to life stories long confined to flannel graph: God creates a perfect world in six days—Adam and Eve disobey—creation is cursed—life has been hard ever since. Within an ornate setting of the Garden of Eden, where a life-size Adam is naming the animals and fingering Eve's hair not far from a 28,800-leaf tree of life, what may have been two-dimensional history for even Bible believers becomes 3-D.Source[...]



The Dangerous Silky Bed!

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Makdi spider is happily singing a song!“See the soft, soft web I’ve made,Away from the sun, in the shade!My tiny claws snip-snap the threadAs I make this soft, soft silky bed!See it sway to and fro.Come one, Come all - have a go!Are there any tiny sleepy heads?Do come and sleep in my rocking bed!""May I sleep in it?" asks Katmu bedbug.“I’m SOOOO tired. Been busy sucking blood from folks all day long!”“Step into my web,” says Makdi happily. “I’ll spin a warm quilt just for you!”So Katmu crawls sleepily into Makdi spider’s web.“Your bed is sticky!” grumbles Katmu, as Makdi spins a silken quilt tightly around him. “I can’t breathe. HELP! Your quilt is TOO tight!”“I’ll give you a little prick,” says Makdi. “Just in case you feelsick!”Do you know what Makdi does?She injects poison into poor Katmu!That is the end of Katmu, the little bloodthirsty bedbug!“Now I’ll poke him once again and put my special juice into him,” mutters Makdi very, very softly. “His soft insides will become soup!”Makdi spider is VERY happy.She will have bedbug soup for lunch!“Who’s that sleeping in your web?” asks Maccha mosquito.“Katmu, the little bedbug!” says Makdi gleefully.“I too am tired. Been sucking blood from folks all night long!” says Maccha enviously.“Step into my web!” says Makdi happily.So Maccha steps into Makdi’s web[...]