Saving the last West African giraffes in Niger- 4 December 2018
"For almost 50 years, the highly threatened West African giraffe has been absent from Niger's Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve.
Illegal hunting, climate change and habitat loss have all contributed to the population's decline.
An ambitious conservation initiative has now re-introduced eight giraffes into the reserve, in the first conservation effort of its kind for the West African subspecies."
India's First Elephant Hospital
"The organization Wildlife S.O.S. runs an elephant shelter in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India.
They recently opened the first hospital for elephants in India as well, adjacent to the shelter.
The Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital has state-of-the-art equipment like wireless digital X-rays, thermal imaging, digital scales for massive animals, ultrasonography, and facilities for quarantine and tranquilization of the huge mammals." Read more about the hospital at Reuters.
Former US Nuclear Center Now a Wildlife Refuge- Text + Audio - 24 September 2018
"The United States Fish and Wildlife Service officially opened the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado last week.
The factory made plutonium triggers for nuclear bombs for nearly 40 years."
Australia unveils plan to save endangered koalas - 7 May 2018
"The Australian Koala Foundation estimates there may be as few as 43,000 koalas left in the wild, down from a population believed to number more than 10 million prior to European settlement of the continent in 1788."
Living With A Raccoon: 1 Year Update
"Raccoons are great when they are babies, but they don't stay young for long.
They grow up fast, and when they do, they become very stubborn.
This is because they are preparing to leave their mom when they are out in the wild.
They are trying to figure things out for themselves because they will be on their own very soon..."
'Kung Fu' red pandas settle into new Laos sanctuary- 11 May 2018
"The three animals, nicknamed Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Peace, were among six found stuffed into crates
during a random check of a van traveling from China over the border into northern Laos in January."
The red pandas are coveted for their shiny copper fur and "cute" appearance
"A Dunedin man, who credits his dog with helping him recover from paralysis, says it's a miracle that he's been reunited with her,
five weeks after the Labrador-Huntaway cross disappeared in wake of a car crash."
Myanmar, Conservationists Working Together to Save Elephants- Text + Audio- 4 March 2018
"Elephants have had a rich history in Myanmar, the country also known as Burma.
Throughout the country’s past, the animals have been used for everything, including transportation, agriculture and warfare.
But the survival of elephants is under threat."
The bold tech-fuelled plan to save Africa's big beasts - with pictures - 5 October 2017
"Kenya's rhinos, elephants, and zebras pull in millions of tourism dollars and supply jobs.
Poachers threaten that – but an ambitious programme is combining the influence of local communities and innovative technology to keep them at bay."
Adult elephants and a calf chained in an indoor enclosure
at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, US in 1989.
Elephant family springs into action to save drowning calf - 20 June 2017
"A drowning baby elephant is saved by its family after it fell into a deep pond in South Korea’s Seoul Grand Park.
Two adults rush into the water to help the young calf which struggles to keep its head above the water.
After a group effort, the youngster makes it back onto dry land."
Ultimate Cat Lady: Woman Shares Her Home With 1,100 Felines
"A caring cat lady has given up her 4,200 square foot home to more than a thousand felines.
Sixty-seven-year-old Lynea Lattanzio now lives in a trailer on her six acre property and allows the cats to run freely through the five bedroom house. Today she runs Cat House On The Kings which is California’s largest no-cage, no kill sanctuary for feral and abandoned cats. Lynea and her team of volunteers care for about 800 adult cats and 300 kittens.
The team starts feedings at the shelter at 4am and they also give medical attention to critically ill cats..."
Dogs rescued from slaughter house - VIDEO - 27 March 2017
"Forty-six dogs were flown to New York from South Korea after being rescued at a farm where they were to be slaughtered
for human consumption, animal advocates said on Sunday."
Our Lady of Strays - 25 February 2017
"The Territorio de Zaguates is a home for abandoned and stray dogs on a farm in Costa Rica.
Lya Battle keeps around 300 dogs, saved from the streets or euthanasia, on ten acres of her family farm because she loves them."
The man who looks after 735 dogs - 19 December 2016
"Rakesh Shukla is a software engineer who's found his life's calling in looking after dogs that no-one wants, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Bangalore."
"The canines get through 200kg of chicken and another 200kg of rice daily."
Man Locks Himself Inside Kennel at Shelter To Draw Attention To Pet Adoption - 6 November 2016
"French humorist, and animal lover Rémi Gaillard has decided to lock himself away in a kennel, inside of a shelter, to draw attention to the plight of many adoptable shelter animals who go unnoticed...
On November 11, Gaillard will lock himself in a kennel until 300 dogs are adopted, or $55,000 is raised on their behalf, to help better their situation. He is performing his awareness protest at the SPA shelter in Montpellier..."
On November 12th, he has got more than 65.000 euros!
Chimps Finding a Happy Ending- Text + Audio + Video - 16 October 2016
"Chimpanzees are human beings’ closest relatives. Using chimps for medical research has ended in the United States.
A chimp named Foxie once was used for experiments, but now spends her days playing other chimps and enjoying life.
But there are more than 650 other chimps who need new homes."
Los Teques, Venezuela
"Maria Silva, Milena Cortes, Maria Arteaga, Jackeline Bastidas and Gissy Abello pose for a photograph at the dog shelter where they work."
Over 100 Tigers To Be Removed from Buddhist Temple - Text + Audio - 31 May 2016
"Tigers are being removed from the grounds of a temple in Thailand after reports of poor treatment.
The temple said the tigers were treated well, but wildlife groups said some were kept tied in chains and had become sick.
The captured animals will be sent to three wildlife areas in Thailand."
Tigers seized from controversial Thai Buddhist temple- Article + Photos + Video - 31 May 2016
"Wildlife authorities in Thailand have begun removing tigers from a Buddhist temple, after accusations of wildlife trafficking and animal abuse...
The animals will be taken to three government animal refuges across Thailand...
Animals rights groups accused the temple of being involved in the black-market animal trade."
Beached Whales In Mexico Spark Rescue Operation- 16 May 2016
"Mexican authorities struggled for 15 hours to rescue over two dozen short-finned pilot whales that had beached themselves on the weekend, but managed to save just three of the mammals, environmental protection officials said on Sunday."
Elephants bow out at top US circus - 2 May 2016
"The 11 Asian females from the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus are being retired amid changing attitudes to animals used as performance acts...
They will be housed at a conservation centre in Florida run by the company...
Elephants have been used in American circuses for 200 years...
In increasing numbers of US cities, it has become harder for circus elephants to perform, with some outlawing the use of the bullhook - a sharp instrument used in training."
What is the incidence of pet pantries?
"The latest trend is social welfare programs to give free food to dogs and other pets (NYT)
The pantries have become part of a broader movement among animal welfare organizations, pet lovers and others that aims to reduce the population of animals in shelters by assisting pet owners before they resort to giving up their companions. The ASPCA has awarded $400,000 in grants since 2010 to 121 organizations nationwide to support pantries, food banks, and other programs that distribute free food for pets."
(marginalrevolution.com) "The New York Times reports:
Cookie, a snow-white pit bull with light gray spots, knows the hand that feeds her. She has become a regular visitor at a new pet food pantry in the Bronx that sends free Costco-size bags of kibble home with owners who may not have enough money to feed themselves, let alone their animals.
Animal Care Centers of NYC, a nonprofit that runs the city’s animal shelters, opened this pet food pantry in December, and in the first month alone, the pantry gave out more than 2,000 pounds of food for 71 dogs and 50 cats."
Nearly 700 Sick Animals Rescued From Shelter- Text + Audio + Video - 2 February 2016
"Close to 700 dogs, cats, horses and pigs were rescued from a shelter in North Carolina.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is working with North Carolina to remove and rehab the animals."
Facebook fans save runaway Swedish pig- 19 December 2015
"A pig that escaped from a Swedish abattoir to avoid ending up on a Christmas dinner plate won a stay on execution from its owner after an outpouring of solidarity on social media.
Determined to save its skin, the 110-kilogramme sow took to its trotters on Monday in Mjallby, a village in Sweden’s southern farming heartland..."
Unchained: Mountain lion returned to forest after life in back of circus pick-up truck - 19 November 2015
"Watch, enjoy and share as Mufasa, the last wild animal in a Peruvian circus, is cut free from his chains and walks free after 20 years. After Peru banned wild animals in circuses, most circuses defied the law. One by one ADI tracked them down and removed the animals. Finally in a dramatic stand-off, during which riot police were called, the last circus was cornered and Mufasa was cut from his chains."
(YouTube) "Peru banned circuses from using wild animals, but not all of them complied. Animal Defenders International made it a priority to find confined and abused animals still kept by circuses. One they found was Mufasa, a mountain lion that had been in the circus for at least 20 years.
He was kept chained in the back of a pickup truck.
Mufasa’s journey to freedom began in April, when ADI received a tip-off that Circo Koreander was illegally operating with wild animals in an isolated village in northern Peru. ADI, police and wildlife officers moved in for a surprise raid but were met by hostile resistance. An eight hour stand-off saw riot police and a Public Prosecutor called in before Mufasa – Peru’s last wild animal in a circus – was handed over, along with a condor.
The cat was taken to the Spirit of Freedom rescue centre near Lima to recover. He got veterinary care and a pen to stretch out in.
When he recovered his health, Mufasa was taken on a three-day journey to the Taricaya Ecological Reserve at the edge of the Tambopata rainforest reserve. Now he has both support and the freedom to run through the forest. "
Baby deer rescue and release
"A deer doe abandoned one of her twin fawns, the fawn had injured leg and could not keep up with the mother.
I do not support keeping wild animals as a pets, but this was special situation. The baby deer was healed and released back to her real mother.
Update: The doe and two her fawns is still around..."
Cats of the Urban Wild
"Tens of thousands of feral and stray cats roam the streets of New York.
How we should deal with the overpopulation has been contentiously debated for decades."
(vimeo.com) "There are thousands of feral cats in the streets of New York City. They were abandoned, or else were born to feral cats.
They hide in the shadows and don’t trust people. What to do about all those cats?
There aren’t enough homes for the feral cat population, so the response until recently was to catch and put them down.
But in the last couple of decades, the T.N.R. method has shown some promise. That’s "trap, neuter, return (or release)."
It’s been found to be effective in slowly reducing the population of feral colonies.
This video from The New Yorker follows volunteers as they go about trapping and caring for feral cats in Brooklyn."
Stranded on Liberia's lab chimp islands - 7 September 2015
"A group of 66 tame chimpanzees used for US medical testing faces being abandoned on six Liberian islands amid a potential funding crisis.
The animals are those left from 108 chimps used for biomedical research carried out by a New York-based charity, Blood Center."
French cow who fled abattoir is spared- 15 August 2015
"A young cow ('Cornette') which fled an abattoir to avoid being slaughtered has been saved by well-wishers, a French animal rights group announced on Saturday...
The desperate animal rampaged through the building and got outside, taking refuge in the grounds of a nearby hospital...
Stephane Lamart, who runs an animal rights group, joined with a French singer and actress, Stone, to raise money to save her."
Newfoundland Dogs Help the Italian Coast Guard Save Lives - 5 August 2015
"The Newfoundland dog breed has been nicknamed the lifeguard dog and with good reason.
Aside from their intelligence and gentle disposition, these dogs are known for bravely saving swimmers in distress."
The rescued dogs that rescue people - 10 July 2015
"When she retired, Wilma Melville decided to train a dog in search and rescue in earthquake-prone California.
Her project grew into a charitable organisation and she has sent dogs all over the world to help in crises - including the recent earthquakes in Nepal." (BBC)
Children in US Help Wild Elephants in Thailand, Kenya- Text + Audio + VIDEO - 27 June 2015
"A few months after visiting Africa, Miriam watched “How I Became an Elephant,” a documentary about the mistreatment of elephants in Thailand, and a young girl’s campaign to save them. Miriam decided she wanted to launch her own effort to raise money to save elephants." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Tiger cubs rescued in Thai smuggling plot - VIDEO - 27 October 2012
Police in Thailand discovered 16 tiger cubs in the back of a pick-up truck, after the driver tried to avoid a highway checkpoint...
Thailand is a hub of the international black market for protected animals and wildlife parts, often used for traditional East Asian medicines."
Stray dog taken to Sweden after epic trek around Ecuador- 24 November 2014
"As four Swedish athletes sat down to eat some canned meatballs ahead of a dangerous rainforest trek in Ecuador, they gave one to a stray pooch.
That dog - who's now been named Arthur - then followed them to complete their entire 430-mile Adventure Racing World Championship...
Adventure Racing is a form of extreme sport that combines continuous hiking, trekking, mountain biking and kayaking over a successive number of days."
+ Facebook page. (BBC)
The samurai and survivors of Fukushima
"One of these people – considered a lunatic by some and a hero by others – is Keigo Sakamoto, a farmer and former caregiver for the mentally handicapped. Sakamoto said no to evacuation, stayed inside the zone and made animals his mission. He ventured into empty towns and villages
and collected all the dogs and cats and rabbits and chocolate marmots abandoned..." (blogs.reuters.com)
Argentine dog saves abandoned baby
"An eight-year-old dog has touched the hearts of Argentines by saving the life of an abandoned baby, placing him safely alongside her own new puppies.
The country's media are calling him "the miracle baby"...
The Argentine media has descended on the shanty town, talking of "the Argentine Romulus and Remus", the founders of Rome, abandoned as babies and rescued by a wolf, nearly 3,000 years ago." (BBC)
HE has to be the luckiest koala in Australia.
Hit by a car, the marsupial survived a 12km ride with his head stuck through the vehicle's front grille.
So it's no wonder the staff at the Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast have dubbed koala Ely "Lucky Grills" after the late Australian TV actor..." (news.com.au/heraldsun)
Belarus Soldier and Squirrel - with photos
"Soldiers in Belarus found a little squirrel and brought it to the Warrant officer. The squirrel was very weak and about to die, so the officer took care of it, fed it like a baby every 4 hours. 3 months ago the guy left the army and now works as a taxi driver - and the squirrel is always in his pocket no matter where he goes!" (animalliberationfront.com)
Rescue Dogs Taught How To Drive A Car In New Zealand - Video
"The drive for publicity by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals saw the four-legged friends spend weeks getting to grips with four wheels.
The dogs, a giant schnauzer, a whippet cross and a beardie cross can change gear, steer and brake.
They sit in a driving position on their haunches responding to instructions called out from the dog behaviour experts...
The SPCA in Auckland wants people to see just what rescue dogs are capable of doing.
They hope more of these dogs will end up in good homes. " (YouTube)
- crawl / rescue / edging his way / haul / clamber / go straight through the ice / get hold of
- the ice gave way / eggshell thin
- extremely dangerous / foolish act of bravery / be mad / the man could have been killed / could get trapped under the ice / not worth the risk / Frozen lakes and rivers are potential death traps
Dotty the Donkey gets PDSA award for saving sheep+ a video "A donkey which saved a sheep from being savaged by a dog has been honoured for her bravery."
Dotty "pinned the dog to the ground until it let go of five-year-old Stanley...
Nearly two years on, the two animals are inseparable - even sharing the same stable at night." PDSA = People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (BBC)
Fox Pups Rescued With Help From Soap
"Three fox cubs got their heads stuck in a drain grate in Plainfield, Connecticut last Friday.
Neighborhood residents could hear their mother calling for them from out of sight.
After firefighters were unable to cut the grate, Animal Control Officer Karen Stone tried lubricating the pup’s heads with Vaseline, then corn oil, but had no luck. What finally did the trick was a dose of Dawn dishwashing detergent.
The pups were freed from the grate and driven back to the area of their den, soapy but unharmed." (courant.com)
Teen kidnaps puppy to save it from euthanasia
"Public rallies around desperate pet owner to help him pay expensive vet bill.
A New Zealand teenager faced legal action for stealing his own injured puppy from a clinic to save it from euthanasia when the family couldn't afford expensive surgery after it was hit by a car. " (msnbc.msn.com)
Dog rescued after drifting 75 miles on ice in Baltic Sea
"It was really a tough struggle. It kept slipping into the water and crawling back on top of the ice. At one point it vanished underwater, under the ship and we thought it was the end, but it emerged again and crawled on an ice sheet,"...
"At that point, the crew lowered a pontoon down to the water and a crew member managed to grab the dog by the scruff of its neck and pull it to safety." (telegraph.co.uk)
Buddy the dog saves owner's home from fire
"A German Shepherd named Buddy saved his owner's home by guiding emergency services to the blazing building...
The dog will be presented with a silver-plated dog bowl next week in recognition of his work. " + a VIDEO (telegraph.co.uk)
English lessons for 'Polish' dog
"A dog caused confusion in an animal home when he failed to respond to basic commands - until staff realised he could only understand Polish...
Staff ( at the RSPCA centre) brushed up on Polish commands and, four months on, they say Cent is now bilingual and ready for a new home. " (BBC)
Dog saves boy from cougar A Canadian family's golden retriever saved its 11-year-old owner's life on Saturday when the boy was charged by a cougar in British Columbia." (telegraph.co.uk)