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When choosing a family pet, please consider adopting from your local animal shelter...it'll do your heart good!

"Within the heart of every stray lies the singular desire to be loved"

 

 

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A Magnificent Sight

In January, 2010, the weather in Comox, BC was so cold, the eagles in the area were unable to find food.  They landed at Goose Spit and found they had some human friends in the area.  Some kind residents (pictured above) gathered together some fish and fed the eagles to help them survive the cold spell.  The word seem to get around to all the others and they were soon surrounded by dozens of the majestic American Bald Eagles. Thankfully, they took some gorgeous pictures too. Simply fascinating!


Einstein: The Tiny Pinto

Look at this adorable miniature horse!  His name is Einstein and he was born April 22, 2010.  He weighed only six pounds at birth and is 14 inches tall - a whopping 7 inches and 12 pounds smaller than the average miniature horse.  He may well be the future Guinness World Record Holder for World's Tiniest Horse.

Einstein is completely healthy and perfectly proportioned. Fortunately, he was born in a responsible, ethical farm where the goal is a healthy animal and is not intent on breeding the tiniest horse possible. His new owners, Charles Cantrell and Rachel Wagner, bought little Einstein partly to keep him out of some kind of life in a circus...thank goodness! 


Einstein - The Tiny Pinto

 


Saving Pandas After the Earthquake

Here are some amazing pictures of the rescue efforts undertaken by the Chinese after China's devastating earthquake in 2010.  The pandas' habitat was severely hit and many needed to be relocated.  Fortunately, most of the pandas in this particular area were able to be rescued with special attention given to the babies. These photos were taken shortly after the earthquake.  Happily, all pandas were released back into the wild and it was noted that all the bears stayed together. They're so cute, they hardly look real.

 


Daddy, the Magnificent Pit Bull

From Cesar Millan's Official Website: CesarsWay.com

In Memoriam: Daddy the Pit Bull

Cesar Millan, all his family and friends, his staff and volunteers, and dog lovers all around the world today will mourn the passing of one of the most loyal, trusting, well-balanced, and influential pit bull ambassadors the world has ever known. Daddy, Cesar’s longtime friend and partner in canine rehabilitation, died peacefully surrounded by family on Friday the 19th of February. He was sixteen years old.

He lived each day of those sixteen years happy and fulfilled as Cesar’s right-hand-“man,” helping to shape the behavior of entire generations of dogs by showing them the way to balance. He stood as champion for calm-submissive pit bulls everywhere, and was instrumental in helping to repair their image as violent, savage, uncontrollable beasts. He successfully battled cancer and weathered chemotherapy, and even got the opportunity to present at the 56th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards!

His name is now added to that honorable roster of dogs gone by whose influence is still felt today, and which includes some of Cesar’s beloved childhood heroes: "Rin-Tin-Tin." "Lassie." … "Daddy."

He has been immortalized by Dog Whisperer fans in all mediums, from painting, to photographs, to charcoal drawings and papier-mâché sculpture. And, of course, he lives on in his work, reflected in the balance and calm-submission of his protégé Junior, the countless animals to whom he was a positive role model, and in the hearts and minds of everyone who knew him as a calm, sweet, and mellow example of a widely misunderstood breed.

In Loving Memory.

If you would like to honor Daddy’s memory and the contribution he made to improve the lives of other animals, you can make a donation to Daddy’s Emergency Animal Rescue Fund, which will provide assistance for dogs who are victims of abuse or violence, man-made disasters (hoarder and puppy mill rescues), and large-scale natural disasters (hurricanes, fires, and other natural catastrophes).

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I have been a fan Cesar's and Daddy's for many years and am deeply saddened by Daddy's passing.  His contribution to the change in America's attitude towards pit bulls is immeasurable and he will be missed.  Our thoughts go out to Cesar and his family.

So long, Daddy.  We'll see you again on Rainbow Bridge!


The Man with Something Extra....

This Ranger is assigned to prevent poaching around the wildlife refuge area of Lanseria, South Africa. The way these animals interact with him is absolutely stunning! The lions seem to know he's there to protect them. His charm works with hyenas and cougars too. Hyenas are usually vicious. Check out the pics taken in the river - astounding because lions hate water.  What an amazing man.

 


 


The Gangs of Helena Montana  

It's gangs like these that the people of Helena have to put up with...a bit different from the problems in other cities.

It proves that every state has their own "unique" gang  problems. They roam the streets and yards night and day. They hang out in even the  best neighborhoods...and you CANNOT  (legally) stop them.

 

 

 

 

 

I want to live in Helena, Montana!

 


The Remarkable Coyote  

Meet the wiliest of all coyotes:  Hit by a car at 75mph, embedded in the fender, rode for 600 miles - and SURVIVED!  

 

When a brother and sister struck a coyote at 75 mph they assumed they had killed the animal and drove on.  They didn't realize this was the toughest creature ever to survive a hit-and-run.  Eight hours, two fuel stops and 600 miles later they found the wild animal embedded in their front fender - and very much alive.  

 

Daniel and Tevyn East were driving at night along Interstate 80 near the Nevada-Utah border when they noticed a pack of coyotes near the roadside on October 12.  When one of the animals ran in front of the car, the impact sounded fatal so the siblings thought there no point in stopping.  'Right off the bat, we knew it was bad,' Daniel explained.  'We thought the story was over.'  

 

After the incident around 1am, they continued their 600 mile drive to North San Juan - even stopping for fuel at least twice.  But it was only when they finally reached their destination at 9am did they take time to examine what damage they may have sustained.  At first it looked as though it was going to be quite gruesome.  '[Daniel] saw fur and the body inside the grill,'  Tevyn East said. 'I was trying to keep some distance.  Our assumption was it was part of the coyote - it didn't register it was the whole animal.'

 

  Daniel East got a broom to try and pry the remains out of the bumper and got the shock of his life.  'It flinched,' Tevyn East said. 'It was a huge surprise - he got a little freaked out.' 

 

 

 
Tricky, the toughest coyote ever, rests in a cage after its ordeal - which it survived with just some scrapes to its paw.


 

'We knew it was bad': Tevyn East, who was in the car when it hit the coyote, bends down to take a look at the fur poking through the fender.

 

Fur Pete's sake: What Mr. East spotted as he bent down to inspect the damage to his car - the body of the coyote poking out through the radiator. 

 

Wily coyote: The animal's head can be seen as rescuers took apart the front fender to save it after it was struck by the car at 75 mph.

 

Miracle escape: As the animal struggled, wildlife protection officials put a loop around its neck to prevent it from further injuring itself.

The front of the car is completely taken apart as the coyote begins to wriggle free.

 


Angel Lives Up to Her Name!

Golden Lab named Angel saves boy from charging cougarDog is man's and boy's best friend.

CBC News reports that on Saturday night, 11-year-old Austin Forman was gathering firewood in his Boston Bar, B.C. backyard when his 18-month-old golden retriever ran towards him, jumping over a lawn mower and right into the path of a charging cougar.

"I knew at that moment that I would have to go get help, otherwise [Angel] wouldn't have any hope," Austin told CBC News.

Austin ran into the house, where he and his mother called 911. When Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrived at the scene, they found Angel under the back porch with the cougar's jaws gripped around her neck. Constable Chad Gravelle shot two rounds into the cougar's rear end, but it continued to attack Angel. Gravelle then got closer to the cougar and shot again, instantly killing the cougar, who still had Angel's face clenched within its jaws, CTV.ca reports.

"I feel very, very lucky. If it wasn't for my dog, I don't think I would be here," Austin told CBC News.

The dog came out of the ordeal with some extensive injuries, including a fractured skull, according to NBC's "Today." She has undergone surgery to repair the damage and her vets hope for a full recovery.

"She was my best friend, but now she's more than a best friend," Austin told CBC News. "She's like my guardian now."

Source: PawNation.com by Sonia Zjawinski


The Baby Moose...

A baby moose was found struggling in a creek in Minnesota but, fortunately, a nearby resident was able to rescue him. The poor little thing had to be rescued a second time when he stumbled back into the creek. The mother was unable to be found and it is unknown why they were separated. Understandably frightened by the day's events, he followed his rescuer home. They kept him overnight and took some great pictures you don't get to see everyday. The following morning, he was taken to a local wildlife haven and was sheltered with a rescued fawn. 

 

 


A Polar Bear Attack in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

These are pictures of an actual polar bear attack in Churchill. They were taken while onlookers watched in horror but could do nothing to stop the attack.  Fortunately, reports from the local newspaper say the victim will make a full recovery.

 

Your SMILE is great exercise for your heart!

 


Koalas and the Heat

When you think life is rough, try being a koala ...at 120 degrees in Australia, it was SO HOT for a week, koalas were asking people for water.  It's never been seen before.


One little koala went to a house to try to get some relief from the scorching heat and here's what happened when the owner gave him something to drink.  So cute!

"Until one has loved an animal, part of his soul remains unawakened."


Build it and they will come......

A family  that lives on the outskirts of Milford, NH . . decided to build a sturdy,  colorful playground for their 3 and 4 year old sons. They lined  the bottom with smooth-stone gravel all around to avoid knee scrapes  and other injuries. They finished building it one Friday evening and were very pleased with the end product.  


The following morning, the mom was about to wake up the boys and  have them go out to play in their new play center. This is what she  saw from the upstairs window...  


This gives a whole new meaning to build it and they will come!  


An Uplifting Story of Elephants & Humans

The Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia happens to have been built next to a mango grove that one family of elephants have always visited when the fruit ripens. When they returned one year and found the luxury accommodation in the way, they simply walked through the lobby to reach their beloved grove of trees.

 

 

 

The animals come in two-by-two.  Hotel staff and visitors have gotten used to the elephants' impromptu strolls through the lobby.  Now the family group, headed by matriarch Wonky Tusk, return every November and stay for four to six weeks to gorge on mangos - up to four times a day.  Andy Hogg, 44, the lodge director, has lived in South Luangwa National Park since 1982.  But in all his years of dealing with wild animals he has never seen such intimate interaction between humans and wild animals. "This is the only place in the world where elephants freely get so close to humans," says Andy. "The elephants start coming through base camp in late November each year to eat the ripe mangos from our trees." 

 

 

 

"The most interesting thing about these wild animals," explains Andy, "is that this is the only herd that comes through, and they come and go as they please."

Mfuwe Lodge consists of seven camps and the base camp where the elephants walk through.  Employing 150 staff, the management of the lodge report that there have been no incidents involving the wild elephants to date. "The elephants  get reasonably close to the staff, as you can see in the pictures of the elephants near the reception area," Andy explains. "But we do not allow the guests to get that close."

 

 

 

 

"Guests can stand in the lounge but only as long as there is a barrier between the elephants and the guests," he added.

"The elephants are not aggressive but you wouldn't want to tempt them.  It is the elephant's choice to be here and they have been coming here for the last ten years.  There are other wild mango trees around, but they prefer ours.  The lodge was unwittingly built upon their path," Andy says, "so we had no idea they would do this.  It wasn't a design error, we just didn't know.  The lodge was built and the elephants started walking through afterward." 

 

 

 

"We keep people at a safe distance, but allow them close enough to see what is going on.  These are still wild and dangerous animals, so there must be enough time for people to get away." 

 

 

The hotel is set in an idyllic national parkland. Naturally, the lodge becomes busier for both elephants and guests during November. "We find that we get more people visiting us during the elephant migration because of the unique experience of being so close to wild animals in an unusual environment," says Andy. "But as I said this is a totally natural phenomenon, as the elephants come here of their own accord. It is certainly a rare but magnificent sight." 


Allyson Siegel is Our Hero!

Allyson Siegel, a North Carolina woman with a heart of gold, saved a poor little puppy with five legs from a life of certain loneliness and sadness in a Coney Island Freak Show.  Upon hearing the puppy's owner, Calvin Owensby, was selling her to John Strong, owner of a Freak Museum for $3,000, she offered Owensby $4,000.   Owensby accepted her offer after realizing Strong owned a Freak Show and not an amazing animals farm as he had been led to believe.

Ms. Siegel not only gave the puppy a new lease on life, she also gave her a new name.  Originally named Precious, she is now renamed Lilly.  Lilly was born with an extra leg growing out of her abdomen between her hind legs which will be removed within a few weeks.

"I saw her and she's so adorable and I felt like I needed to be an advocate for her because she can't speak," Siegel said. "It just broke my heart. I needed to see if there was something I could do. She is beautiful, she's not a freak, she's a normal little puppy dog and she should be just like all the others."

And on another happy note, a Manhattan veterinarian was so touched by Allyson Siegel's kindness, he offered to remove the Lilly's extra leg free of charge. Dr. Neil Shaw, co-owner of NYC Veterinary Specialists on W. 55th St. said he would give Lilly an evaluation and plan the surgery.

Siegel was thrilled with the news of Dr. Shaw's generosity. She had been informed by her own vet that it would charge $2,000 to perform the operation.


Odin, the White Bengal Tiger

These incredible photos are of a White Bengal Tiger named Odin. He is six years old and 10 feet long from nose to tail. Odin was raised and lives at a zoo in Vallejo, California, near San Francisco After Odin was weaned, his British trainer Lee Munro discovered his remarkable skill.  When a lump of meat was thrown into a pool of water, Odin would happily dive in after it. He makes a funny face - and it's actually to close his nostrils to stop the water from going into his nose.  Not all big cats enjoy the water but for tigers from the hot climate of Southeast Asia, it's a great way to cool down.  Plus, they hunt in and around water. Odin particularly loves the water and he loves food. Not all big cats will dive and swim underwater even for meat treats. Munro said tigers were the most powerful swimmers out of all land-dwelling animals.  Tragically, within our lifetime, zoos may be the only places left to see these magnificent animals.  A century ago there were about 100,000 tigers in the wild now a meager 2,500 adults, with the Bengal variety almost extinct. None has been seen in the wild since the last white tiger was shot and killed in 1958.  White tigers are very rare and get their color from an unusual and extremely rare genetic combination.

 

 


A Slightly Peeved Moose

Without the picture,  this would be hard to believe.

    

 Pogo Moose Incident - Fairbanks , Alaska  

They were laying new power cables which were strung on the ground for miles.   The moose are rutting right now and very agitated. He was thrashing around and got his antlers stuck in the cables.  When the men (miles away) began pulling  the lines up with their big equipment,  the moose went up with them. They noticed excess tension in the lines and went searching for the problem.  He was still alive  when they lowered him to the ground.  He was a huge 60 inch bull and slightly peeved!


A Thankful Shark

Happening off the South Australian coast, near Port Lincoln..

A Love Story

The French Magazine : "Le magazine des voyages de peche" in its 56th edition, brought up some amazing news: An astonishing love story.

Arnold Pointer, a professional fisherman from south of Australia, set free from a certain death, a large female white shark that was caught in his fishing nets.  Now the fisherman has a problem; He says: "It's been 2 years and she doesn't leave me alone. She follows me everywhere I go and her presence scares all the fish. I don't know what to do any more."

It is hard to get rid of a 17 foot long shark since the white sharks are protected by the wildlife conservation, but a mutual affection has been established between Arnold & "Cindy".  Arnold says: "Once I stop the boat she comes to me, she turns on her back and lets me pet her belly and neck, she grunts, turns her eyes and moves her fins up and down hitting the water happily...." 

Simply amazing....

More Amazing Pictures!

 


Tiger Temple in Thailand

The Tiger Temple or Wat Pha Luang At Bua is a Theravada Buddhist temple in Thailand and has been a sanctuary for many endangered animals including several tigers that walk around freely once a day and can be petted by tourists. The temple received several tiger cubs where the mothers had been killed by poachers. As of 2007, over 21 cubs have been born at the temple and the total number of tigers is about 12 adult tigers and 4 cubs.

The tigers are tamed by being fed with cooked meat to avoid giving them a taste for blood. The staff keep the tigers under control and the abbot will intervene if the tiger gets agitated. They are treated as family members in the temple and visitors are asked to give a donation if they want to take photos with the tigers.

 

 


The Parakeet and the Kitten

These two little buddies seem to have no problem getting along.  They've decided to be best friends forever despite their obvious differences. Maybe we could learn something from them. Could they be more adorable?


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