One Colorado animal shelter has a lot to celebrate this holiday season.
For two days in a row, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region adopted all of their available dogs.
The group was able to achieve the heartwarming success with their #HomeForTheHolidays promotion, helping them adopt over 25 dogs and 23 cats.
The non-profit shared the news through a triumphant video on their Facebook page, accompanied with the proud message, “What happens when your last available dog gets adopted? Your staff and volunteers jump into the kennels to celebrate!”
The shelter already has new animals in need of homes, and asks that people, “keep those adoptions coming!”
You can adopt, or sponsor an animal’s stay at “Hotel HSPPR” here.
The cultural brain hypothesis of human development could also explain cetaceans forming friendships and even gossiping
Life is not so different beneath the ocean waves. Bottlenose dolphins use simple tools, orcas call each other by name, and sperm whales talk in local dialects. Many cetaceans live in tight-knit groups and spend a good deal of time at play.
That much scientists know. But in a new study, researchers compiled a list of the rich behaviours spotted in 90 different species of dolphins, whales and porpoises, and found that the bigger the species brain, the more complex indeed, the more human-like their lives are likely to be.
This suggests that the cultural brain hypothesis the theory that suggests our intelligence developed as a way of coping with large and complex social groups may apply to whales and dolphins, as well as humans.
Writing in the journal, Nature Ecology and Evolution, the researchers claim that complex social and cultural characteristics, such as hunting together, developing regional dialects and learning from observation, are linked to the expansion of the animals brains a process known as encephalisation.
The researchers gathered records of dolphins playing with humpback whales, helping fishermen with their catches, and even producing signature whistles for dolphins that are absent suggesting the animals may even gossip.
Another common behaviour was adult animals raising unrelated young. There is the saying that it takes a village to raise a child [and that] seems to be true for both whales and humans, said Michael Muthukrishna, an economic psychologist and co-author on the study at the London School of Economics.
Everyone knows that dogs bark and cats meow, but we really didn’t know why. That’s what inspired this group of scientists to dig around and figure out what causes the cat’s meow.
The answer that they found is pretty flattering, and so surprising. When you learn the truth, you’ll never look at your feline friends the same way again.
The meow starts off as a kitten vocalization. It’s something they use in order to call their mothers over…the mother is very attentive to those meows. And then as the kitten grows up, it gradually stops meowing, presumably because it just stops working. The mother wants to wean the kittens and stops responding. A pet cat is constantly meowing at its owner. It’s a way of getting the owner’s attention.
Pretty cute, am I right? They’re just trying to talk to us!
Oh, are you looking for dogs? You have come to the wrong place.
You see, there are no dogs here. Not even one dog. All the dogs are elsewhere, and none of them are here.
If you’re looking for dogs, please go somewhere else. Sure, there are lots of animals here, but none of them are dogs.
Here. We’ll prove it to you.
No dogs here. Just two rabbits.
And a nice red lobster, who is also not a dog.
Please stop looking for dogs and let this sheep and cow enjoy their day.
Insane that you would think this spider is a dog.
What, have you never seen a squirrel before?
Please leave this shark alone. You’re scaring him.
There is nothing out of the ordinary about this group of sheep. Thank you for asking, though.
How dare you insinuate that this fine fish or mermaid is a dog?
Nice try, but this is Cerberus, the three-headed guard of the underworld.
This is Big Bird.
Are you trying to ruin Christmas? Let the reindeer do his job.
We don’t know what these are, but they are certainly not Dalmatians wearing hoodies.
This is a person in a dog costume. Don’t be ridiculous.
OK, whatever. We see there’s no reasoning with you.
Good luck searching for dogs. We truly hope you find what you are looking for.
Authorities suspect poisoning caused deaths at popular tourist destination
Eleven lions, including eight lion cubs, have been found dead in Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda after possibly being poisoned, a conservation official said on Thursday. The three lionesses and eight cubs were found dead near Hamukungu fishing village in the popular tourist destination.
An investigation has been opened, but we suspect poisoning, said Bashir Hangi, a communications officer with the Uganda wildlife authority. It is still only a suspicion. We will try to establish the real cause of death.
Lions have been killed in a number of poisoning incidents in Uganda. In May 2010, five were killed in the park in another possible poisoning case. Between May 2006 and July 2007, 15 lions died in the area in attacks blamed on landless herdsmen defending their cattle.
The parks grasslands are home to more than 600 species of bird and about 100 types of mammal including buffalo, waterbuck, leopards, hyena and elephants.
In Argentina, people lined up for what seemed like a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity with a baby dolphin, but their actions possibly ended the creature’s life.
After a person spotted a baby Franciscana dolphin close to the shore at a local beach, they took it out of the water so that people could take selfies with the animal. Allegedly, they kept it out of the water for too long, the dolphin overheated and died.
What’s worse is that this particular species is endangered.
People couldn’t resist the temptation of taking pictures, and their actions ultimately doomed the poor creature.
Baby dolphin dies after tourists ‘pull it out of ocean for selfies’
Posted by The Independent on Thursday, February 18, 2016
Various wildlife organizations have responded to the tragic incident.
It’s possible that the baby dolphin perished before the crowd got their hands on it (which is why it was so close to the shore or possibly washed ashore). Whether or not it was already dead, there is a lesson to be learned here: love our planet and give nature the distance and respect it deserves.
1. This is a Louisiana black bear.
Don’t recognize it? If you ever had a stuffed animal toy, maybe you should.
2. The Louisiana black bear allegedly inspired an American shopkeeper to make the original teddy bear.
The story goes that way back in 1902 President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was on a hunting trip in Mississippi. Despite Roosevelt being a famously avid hunter, when his hosts captured and tied up a black bear (intending to give it to him as an easy trophy), Roosevelt refused to shoot the animal, saying it was unsportsmanlike.
The press eventually got hold of this story, and this excellent cartoon was born:
Well, the story goes on to say that the cartoon was seen by a shop owner named Morris Michtom. Now, at this time there were other stuffed bear toys around, but it was apparently Michtom who first called them “Teddy’s bears,” which proved immensely popular and eventually turned into teddy bears.
3. While many subspecies of of black bears are thriving, the Louisiana black bear in particular have been struggling.
There are 16 different subspecies of black bears, and most have been doing well, but the ones in Louisiana haven’t been doing so hot.
Part of this is because while Roosevelt didn’t shoot that captured bear, other Louisiana bear hunts continued on. And it wasn’t just that: As people chopped down the forests, the black bears were losing their homes. This one-two punch dropped the population of Louisiana black bears to under a hundred.
4. But thanks to a lot of people working hard to restore its home, the iconic Louisiana black bear finally has a brighter future ahead.
In the 1992, the government, recognizing the bear’s plight, added the Louisiana black bear to its list of endangered species, granting it special federal protections.
Now, more than two decades later, it’s been declared that the Louisiana black bear population has recovered. So much that they’re going to be removed from the list of federally protected species. A lot of that is thanks to landowners helping to restore the forests the black bears depend on as homes.
5. That’s great news for a true icon! Why so iconic, you ask? Well, they didn’t just give us teddy bears; they were also the inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh.
President Calvin Coolidge kept a pet black bear in the White House. Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt also had pet bears, but we don’t know the species, unfortunately.
7. Which is kind of amazing, considering they can weigh half a ton.
That was the weight of the biggest black bear even seen, although the typical specimen is more like 400-500 pounds.
8. Their size doesn’t stop black bears from being super athletes.
They’re also quite good at swimming and can run 30 miles per hour.
9. Believe it or not, black bears aren’t just black.
Black bears aren’t just great at sports; they’re fashion models too! They can be blueish, brown, cinnamon-colored, or even white. The white ones aren’t albinos, by the way. That’s just what their fur looks like.
10. Some of their relatives, like these sun bears, look a little goofy.
Two sun bears in Viet Nam. Image from Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images.
American black bears are most closely related to the Asian black bear and the Internet meme-inspiring sun bear.
11. But their ancestors were mega-awesome.
All bears are descended from big, ancient predators known as “bear dogs.” Guess who else is descended from bear dogs? (Hint: It’s dogs.)
12. Black bears generally aren’t picky eaters…
Black bears are omnivores, which means they’ll eat both plants and animals. And yes, they do eat honey, although they also love the bee grubs as well.
13. …but with a sense of smell that is seven times better than dogs’, black bears often find themselves in trouble when they go digging for food in trash cans and campsites.
16. Keeping bears away from our campsites and homes is good for us and for them; that’s why it’s such welcome news to hear that conservation efforts have given Teddy’s bears their homes back.
For nearly the last half century, the U.S. Navy has blasted loud, low-frequency sounds into the ocean in the name of national security. While they were looking for sneaky submarines, they were also causing undue stress to the mammals of the ocean.
According to Wired, the sonars loud, low-frequency waves hit a sweet spot where whales and other marine mammals communicate with one another. In extreme cases, author Nick Stockton wrote, the sonar could spook whales and dolphins into mass beaching events. But the sonar also acts like white noise, creating a lead curtain for whales messages to one another and disrupting the fabric of their social groups.
After a long fight between the U.S. Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Resources Defense Council, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that the current regulations for sonar use by the U.S. Navy does not adequately protect marine mammals. So now the Navy will have to re-configure how they use sonar during peacetime to be less disturbing to marine mammals.
Veganism is on the rise, and not just among humans. But is the trend safe especially when it comes to carnivorous cats?
Donation of animals by Zimbabwe wildlife conservancy to rewild war-torn park could not have happened without big-spending hunters
Call it Noahs Ark on lorries. Dozens of trucks rolled over the Zimbabwe savanna carrying elephants, giraffe, African buffalo, zebras, and numerous other large iconic mammals. Driving more than 600km of dusty roadway, the trucks will deliver their wild loads to a new home: Zinave national park in Mozambique. The animals are a donation from Mozambiques Sango Wildlife Conservancy a gift that the owner, Wilfried Pabst, says would not be possible without funds from controversial trophy hunting.
In remote places and countries with a weak tourism industry and a high unemployment rate, it is very difficult or almost impossible to run a conservancy like Sango without income from sustainable utilisation, Pabst said.
Sustainable utilisation means the use of wildlife for hunting or trophy hunting. Pabst, who purchased Sango in 1993 and opened its doors 10 years later, says that trophy hunting provides approximately 60% of the revenue required to keep Sango running every year. Another 30% comes out of the German businessmans own pockets.
While Sango does welcome non-hunting tourists, Pabst says it is not possible to attract enough in this remote area to equal the revenue made by trophy hunters willing to travel to pay tens of thousands of dollars to shoot iconic megafauna, includingNile crocodiles, elephants and lions.
Sango to Zinave
Over the next six years, Pabst will donate 6,000 large mammals from Sango to Zinave as part of the Peace Park Foundations programme to rewild a vast tract of land in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier conservation area (TFCA).
Mozambiques 15-year-long civil war left its once world-renowned parks almost empty of any animal large enough to shoot and eat, but numerous efforts today are working to bring back animals to Mozambique, often transporting them from either neighboring South Africa or Zimbabwe.
But, Masha Kalinina, a trade policy specialist with the Humane Society International, said the plan to transport thousands of animals across Zimbabwe to Mozambique was misguided and potentially deadly for individual animals. Indeed, such transports are not without risk: an elephant died last year en route to Zinave from South Africa.
Mozambique continues to have one of the highest rates of poaching in southern Africa, she said. Mozambique lost nearly half of its elephants to poachers in five years.
Now both South Africa and Zimbabwe are transporting their own animals to this park just so that they may die at the hands of either trophy hunters or poachers. Is that what we are calling conservation? Kalinina asked.
This little wind-up frog is no match for two of the fluffiest, cutest, most ferocious 8-week-old Samoyed puppies in the world.
Watch as the siblings battle the evil toy with their merciless poofy paws and their deafening roars. After countless attempts to hop away from its attackers, the frog waves its white flag and is carried off by one of the giant beasts like a well-earned trophy. Poor frog didn’t know what was coming and ended in defeat.
Victory to the pups! Huzzah!
Plane gets priority landing after large serpent appears on ceiling of the cabin before dropping to the floor
Passengers on a commercial flight in Mexico were given a start when a serpent appeared in the cabin in a scene straight out of the Hollywood thriller Snakes on a Plane.
The green reptile emerged suddenly on an Aeromexico flight from Torreon in the countrys north to Mexico City on Sunday, slithering out from behind an overhead luggage compartment.
Mobile phone video shot by passenger Indalecio Medina showed it wriggling briefly as if trapped before partially dropping down into the cabin.
I was reading a magazine and the passenger next to me saw it and, Oh my word! Medina said on Monday. He estimated it was more than 3ft (about 1m) in length.
Passengers hastily unbuckled themselves to get clear of the snake before it dropped to the floor, where people trapped it between rows 5 and 6 with blankets provided by a flight attendant, Medina said.
It was a frightening situation … but people remained calm because it didnt get out of that space and nobody became hysterical, Medina said. Some people got up to see what kind of reptile it was, but nobody got carried away.
After the pilot radioed ahead, the plane was given priority landing in Mexico City and touched down 10 minutes later. Passengers exited out the rear, and animal control workers came on board to take the stowaway into custody.
Aeromexico said in a statement that it was investigating how the snake got into the cabin and would take measures to keep such an incident from happening again.
Snakes on a Plane was a 2006 action movie that was about exactly what the title suggests. It is treasured by fans for its campy premise and star Samuel L Jacksons profanity-laced declaration of war on the CGI-generated serpents.
We needed a quick learner; one small enough to fit into the nooks and crannies cats hide in. Mostly, we needed a dog with no desire whatsoever to chase cats
Molly is the worlds first trained cat detection dog. Her job is to rescue missing moggies. We had been looking for a dog with a particular temperament and intelligence to join our team of pet detectives for 18 months. We had scouts out and had spoken to the countrys top breeders.
We needed a quick learner; one small enough to fit into the nooks and crannies cats hide in. Mostly, we needed a dog with no desire whatsoever to chase cats.
I came up with the idea in 2014. Ihad been doing the job for 20 years and my business, Pet Detectives, was getting around 30 calls a week about missing cats. When cats go to ground, they go into a comatose-like state and if they are not found quickly, within a fortnight, they often dont survive after being rescued.
One particular couple who called me had bought their cat after struggling to have children. We found it in a neighbours garden shed, but it later died. Seeing them so bereft was a tipping point for me.
I worked in the police as adetective inspector for many years, and had seen dogs search for drugs and bombs and help with murder investigations. I figured, if a dog can be trained to find amphetamines, then it can be trained to find cats.
We found Molly, an 18-month-old black-haired cocker spaniel, on Gumtree. She was a giveaway. The ad said: Needs a good home, cannot cope. If cocker spaniels are not stimulated they become uncontrollable. She had been passed from pillar to post and had three owners in under two years.
I first met her in February 2016, at the home of Medical Detection Dogs, the charity that would help train her. We had already rejected 12 dogs without seeing them. Three others didnt make it through initial training: one was too timid, one got car sick and the other was too inclined to chase.
At first, Molly was anxious. But she had intelligent eyes and was a problem-solver. She was also hyper and fixated on catching tennis balls. She had the right temperament: abright working dog from a breed with a natural disposition to search for game. We just had to channel that instinct into finding cats.
She had to be cat-tested, so we took her to a farm with a dozen cats to see if she would chase them. She didnt even bark. Her focus was on interacting with her handler.
Her training took nine months with experts, including two doctors of canine behaviour. This had never been done before. She was aquick learner. The first phase was lab training, where we taught her to isolate scents. She then worked with a behavioural specialist who taught her to understand signals and commands. The final stage was teaching us to work together.
On assignments, Molly is trained to pick up cats scents from their bedding. When she finds the missing cat, she lies down to signal success, so as not to scare them, but you can see her trembling with excitement. She gets rewarded with her super-treat: black pudding.
Her first success was in February this year. A tri-coloured moggy had been sighted six miles from home on the roof of a garden shed. Molly quickly picked up her scent on the grass. I sent her across the back of 30 gardens until she started clawing at a fence. She charged across the lawn to a summer house and lay down. The cat was inside. The owners were over the moon and quite amazed by her.
Molly has helped to rescue 11 cats so far, and our search success has increased by a third. She wears afluorescent harness and has her own abseiling kit, which we once used to lower her over a 10ft wall. Were getting special boots made to protect her feet in outbuildings where there may be nails or glass.
Many people said that training a dog to rescue cats was crazy; that all dogs chased cats and it couldnt be done. Nothing has felt quite so rewarding as seeing it work. People are fascinated when they watch Molly at work, but shes not fussed. She still doesnt know that those things with four legs that she searches for are called cats. To her, itis just her favourite game.
As told to Deborah Linton
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An official request for citizens to avoid tweeting anything that could inform terrorists what is going on resulted in a national outbreak of pet pics
When, on Sunday evening, Belgian police asked citizens not to tweet about the armed operations that were being carried out around the country, anyone could have been excused for reacting with fear.
Belgian forces searching for suspects in the aftermath of the Paris attacks told citizens to stay indoors and not go near their windows for safety reasons.
They also appealed for social media silence about any police action users might witness presumably to keep the suspects in the dark.
A tense time, no doubt. But Belgium reacted how else? with cats.
Instead of speculation about the sort of threat police might be reacting to, many people used the #BrusselsLockdown hashtag to post pictures of their pets.
And after the all-clear was announced by officials with the news of arrests there was a sigh of relief and a message of gratitude.
Belgian police later thanked the cats for their help.
Dozens of species have seen their numbers decline, in some cases by two-thirds, because insects they feed on have disappeared
Bird populations across the French countryside have fallen by a third over the last decade and a half, researchers have said.
Dozens of species have seen their numbers decline, in some cases by two-thirds, the scientists said in a pair of studies one national in scope and the other covering a large agricultural region in central France.
The situation is catastrophic, said Benoit Fontaine, a conservation biologist at Frances National Museum of Natural History and co-author of one of the studies.
Our countryside is in the process of becoming a veritable desert, he said in a communique released by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), which also contributed to the findings.
The common white throat, the ortolan bunting, the Eurasian skylark and other once-ubiquitous species have all fallen off by at least a third, according a detailed, annual census initiated at the start of the century.
A migratory song bird, the meadow pipit, has declined by nearly 70%.
The museum described the pace and extent of the wipe-out as a level approaching an ecological catastrophe.
The primary culprit, researchers speculate, is the intensive use of pesticides on vast tracts of monoculture crops, especially wheat and corn.
The problem is not that birds are being poisoned, but that the insects on which they depend for food have disappeared.
There are hardly any insects left, thats the number one problem, said Vincent Bretagnolle, a CNRS ecologist at the Centre for Biological Studies in Chize.
Recent research, he noted, has uncovered similar trends across Europe, estimating that flying insects have declined by 80%, and bird populations has dropped by more than 400m in 30 years.
Despite a government plan to cut pesticide use in half by 2020, sales in France have climbed steadily, reaching more than 75,000 tonnes of active ingredient in 2014, according to European Union figures.
What is really alarming, is that all the birds in an agricultural setting are declining at the same speed, even generalist birds, which also thrive in other settings such as wooded areas, said Bretagnolle.
That shows that the overall quality of the agricultural eco-system is deteriorating.
Figures from the national survey which relies on a network of hundreds of volunteer ornithologists indicate the die-off gathered pace in 2016 and 2017.
Drivers of the drop in bird populations extend beyond the depletion of their main food source, the scientists said.
Shrinking woodlands, the absence of the once common practice of letting fields lie fallow and especially rapidly expanding expanses of mono-crops have each played a role.
If the situation is not yet irreversible, all the actors in the agriculture sector must work together to change their practices, Fontaine said.
Right now, we’re in the middle of the dog days of summer, with temperatures exceeding ten million degrees. But think about this: what if it were autumn?
More specifically, what if we had crisp fall leaves? Also, what if dogs were playing in those leaves? And they were very happy? And no one was sweating?
Sorry, is this cruel? Anyway, here are some dogs playing in a leaf pile. Please try to stay cool.
A few hours ago Cinema Sins uploaded their new issue of “Everything Wrong With…”. This time the animated movie “The Secret Life Of Pets” gets a video critic – and you can be sure that this video will get a lot more than the 70,000 views it now has.
“Here is a movie that wants so very hard to be a good movie. It’s not, but it wishes it was. Instead it’s just… ugh.”
People like to imagine that theyre the pinnacle of evolution, but the animal kingdom suggests otherwise. The discovery that bumblebees use hair on their legs to detect a flowers electromagnetic field offers another reminder that human senses dont always measure up. You share the planet with creatures that can smell veins, see colors you cant imagine, and communicate through their feet. Here are just a few animals with senses sharper than yours.
There is still time to stop an imminent program that would allow facilities to increase slaughter speeds, while reducing the number of trained government inspectors
If you care about animal welfare or food safety, this news will concern you: the nationwide expansion of a risky US Department of Agriculture (USDA) high-speed slaughter program is imminent. But the good news is there is still time to stop it.
The USDA is now accepting public comments on its proposed rule that it euphemistically dubbed the Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection. As a former undercover investigator who worked inside a pig slaughterhouse operating under the pilot project that was, at the time, called HIMP, Ive seen firsthand the hazardous and cruel nature of this controversial program and can say with certainty that its anything but modern.
This expanded program, formally called the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS), would allow facilities to increase slaughter speeds, while reducing the number of trained government inspectors on the lines. In other words, the responsibility of food safety oversight is largely shifted into the hands of slaughter plant employees. Combine this with faster speeds on the kill floor and the result is problems that can and do go unnoticed.
For nearly six months, I worked undercover inside Quality Pork Processors (QPP), no typical pig slaughterhouse. An exclusive Hormel Foods supplier, QPP kills about 1,300 pigs every hour operating under the high-speed pilot program. Thats more than 21 pigs per minute, making QPP one of the fastest pig-killing facilities in the nation.
QPP has widely been considered a model for the USDAs nationwide expansion of the pilot program through NSIS, but when no one thought the public or USDA was watching, behind the slaughterhouses closed doors, I documented pig carcasses covered in feces and abscesses being processed for human consumption, and workers under intense pressure to keep up with high line speeds beating, dragging, and electrically prodding pigs to make them move faster.
NSIS may also allow higher numbers of sick and injured pigs too weak even to stand (known as downers) to be slaughtered for food. As documented on my hidden camera, these animals endured particularly horrific abuses as they were forced to the kill floor in a desperate attempt to keep the slaughter lines moving as fast as possible.
I even documented a supervisor sleeping on the job when he was in charge of overseeing the stunning process to ensure pigs were effectively rendered unconscious before their throats were slit.
One QPP employee even said to me on camera, If the USDA is around, they could shut us down.
That, in a nutshell, is the underlying problem with this initiative: its a program that largely allows the slaughterhouse to police itself.
Though Ive witnessed these horrors firsthand, Im far from the only one warning of the dangers of NSIS. USDA whistleblowers, labor unions, and even members of Congress have expressed their objections to this program.
A 2013 report by the USDAs own Office of the Inspector General stated that since FSIS did not provide adequate oversight, HIMP plants may have a higher potential for food safety risks, concluding that this program has shown no measurable improvement to the inspection process.
In 2016, a letter from 60 members of Congress to the USDA stated the available evidence suggests the hog HIMP will undermine food safety, and that rapid line speeds present some of the greatest risks of inhumane treatment as workers are often pressured to take violent shortcuts to keep up. The letter further states: We are concerned that these new rules are being pushed by the industry to increase profits at the expense of public health.
More than a quarter of a million people have signed a petition against the pilot programs expansion through NSIS, and earlier this month, a coalition of 35 animal, worker, environmental, and consumer protection organizations also urged the USDA to drop the proposal.
At a time when consumers are rightfully demanding more transparency in the food industry, the USDAs so-called Modernization program is a big step backward.
Halting the expansion of the dangerous pilot program and bringing it to an immediate end is the only conscientious and compassionate choice for the USDA, a federal agency that has the opportunity, and the responsibility, to put animals, consumers, and workers above powerful pork industry interests.
To sum it all up in the words of a USDA whistleblower who worked as an inspector at QPP: Its no longer meaningful for consumers to see that mark indicating that their product has been USDA-inspected.
- Scott David is a former undercover investigator and current investigations associate at Compassion Over Killing, a national animal protection organization based in Washington DC.
Google knows that your phone holds untold gigabytes of snapshots of your favorite animal friends. So the search giant is making it even easier to group those pics all together.
The algorithm behind Google Photos will now be able to recognize your Very Good dogs and cats automatically, and will group the reams of photos you’ve taken of them just like it does with pics of people. Google announced the new functionality in a blog post, which is alone worth a read for the sheer number of paw puns pulled off in five short paragraphs.
You’ll also be able to assign a label to each grouping of pet photos, so when you’re in need of an Instagram-worthy pupper shot, you can just search your photos by your dog’s name.
Google claims you’ll be able search your photos by breed, too, but the company acknowledged to BuzzFeed that the algorithm could have trouble differentiating between multiple animals within that parameter. You’ll also be able to search using 🐶 and 🐱 emoji through all of your animal images, whether they’re actually your own, or just the funny cat pics you download from the internet.
The new search and organization features are only available for dogs and cats, though. If you love your horse or iguana or massive rideable python, you’re sadly out of luck. You’ll have to organize those pics yourself.
There’s something so satisfying about watching sushi being made.
JunsKitchen carefully crafts five American-inspired sushi rolls, which explores the difference between American and Japanese sushi. Jun says in the video’s comments that Japanese sushi focuses on “enjoying the pure flavor of ingredients that are in season,” while American sushi is based on the combination of flavors.
As Jun assembles the sushi, his two cats (Haku and Nagi, according to the description on his website) look on, giving their approval as he lets them sniff the ingredients.
Sushi is good. Cat-approved sushi is even better.
The Internet will never tire of the strange beauty of an awkwardly placed cat.
This poor feline who is stuck on the stairs, somewhere between a comfy cat-loaf position and actually being able to stand is a perfect example.
We’re sure the cute kitty was able to find a way to another part of the house, but not before a picture was taken for the Internet’s amusement and so Redditors could photoshop it to their hearts’ content.
You made it weird, Internet.
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Sea turtle that lived in public pond in Thailand dies of blood poisoning despite surgery to remove 5kg of loose change from her stomach
A sea turtle nicknamed Bank has died of complications following surgery to remove nearly 1,000 coins she swallowed during captivity, vets in Thailand have said.
The cause of death was blood poisoning from the loose change, doctors at the veterinary faculty at Bangkoks Chulalongkorn University confirmed.
She at least had the chance to swim freely and eat happily before she passed, said Dr Nantarika Chansue, who removed 5kg (11lbs) of coins from the turtles stomach in a lengthy operation on 6 March.
At 10.10am she went with peace, Chansue, the vet in charge of Chulalongkorn hospitals aquatic research centre, told reporters, adding: She is my friend, teacher and patient.
Thai media began publicising the turtles tale last month and members of the public donated about 15,000 baht (350) towards her surgery.
An online Q&A session with Nils Uakovs, the mayor of Latvia’s capital, Riga, was all well and dandy until a fluffy feline made its debut and casually crashed the interview.
Uakovs is an animal lover and has two cats living at Riga’s Town Hall building, so sometimes this means things can get a bit unpredictable. The cat got a little thirsty, strutted onto the scene, and boldly sipped out of the mayor’s cup like it owned the place.
You can see Uakovs trying to stare his pet down so it’d get the hint. He tries to remain cool, but can’t keep a straight face after the adorable interruption.
Cats rule everything around us, even Latvian government work.
Heres a must-see talented bird who is a total entertainer! Hes a gray and white cockatiel, and he is certainly gifted and loves sharing his talents alongside his partner.
Here he is whistling a tune while joined by his human partner who accompanies him on piano. They performance is the theme song from My Neighbor Totoro. This is a Japanese animated fantasy film that was made in the 1980s. This bird is an expert whistler! Seriously, have you seen humans whistle this well? Hes totally enjoying himself and is pitch perfect throughout the whole performance! This would be a trip to own a bird like this!
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It’s hard out there for an Arctic animal.
The Arctic Circle is one of the last intact ecosystems on the planet to be mostly unaffected by industrialization (so far). But between the wind and the cold and the encroaching industrialization of the Arctic region, things are pretty rough above 66 degrees north latitude.
That’s exactly what makes these animals so remarkable. Adorableness aside (so much adorableness), these majestic critters are survival experts, built to tough out the most extreme conditions. But the looming threat of Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic oil drilling might be the one challenge they can’t overcome.
So while we celebrate their utter cuteness which is of course important let’s not forget that they’re also Mother Nature’s Arctic BAMFs, but it’s up to us to keep ’em around.
Here they are, from the smallest to the, erm, not-so-small.
Most people think lemmings are the opposite of survivalists, thanks to Disney and a certain addictive video game. But lemmings are actually tough little creatures. They’re decent swimmers, and they have some incredible migratory patterns that continue to boggle scientists with their dramatic seasonal fluctuations. Rather than having a reputation for mass suicide, these creatures ought to be known for being able to endure whatever nature throws their way.
There are all kinds of ice seals in the Arctic. Harp seals probably think they’re pretty fancy because their scientific name means “ice-lover from Greenland.” But that doesn’t intimidate the bearded seals; they only get annoyed when people point out that what they have are actually mustaches not beards. Meanwhile, the ribbon seals pretty much just keep to themselves, floating alone on patches of ice. Maybe because they’re all self-conscious about how they’re the only seals born with a weird air sack and scientists don’t understand what it’s for.
But all of the ice seals can agree on one thing: They’d really like people to stop killing them and stealing their fur.
Blubbery buddies. Mustachioed mammals. Kind-of-like-seals-but-totally-different. Whatever you wanna call ’em, walruses are incredibly social. So social, in fact, that their mating rituals are basically giant, violent, sing-song-y orgies. And if that weren’t enough to make a shy walrus feel self-conscious, it turns out that walrus society is also very judgmental about tusk size. Which makes it that much more insulting when humans hunt them for their ivory.
On the bright side, it’s a good thing walruses are used to close quarters because they’ve been making like lemmings and moving en masse thanks to the rapidly melting landforms they once called home.
The world isnt divided into cat and dog people, but pet and petty ones
To celebrate International Cat Day this week, Facebook put its best and brightest to work on this groundbreaking study: cat people are single; dog people like horrible movies.
As I read through the descriptions of things cat people like reading The Hobbit alone in a basement, apparently I was like, Thank god Im not a cat person. And as I read through the things that dog people like watching Duck Dynasty in a group I was definitely like, Dogs are the worst. I am, as scientifically confirmed by my dislike of all the things cat people and dog people love (including cats and dogs), not a cat or dog person. But try as I might, the cat v dog debate is not one Ive been able to avoid.
Ive always been a little surprised how often it comes up. Yes, I know its supposed to be lighthearted fun, but its still everywhere. Ive been asked if Im a cat or dog person in job orientations, on online dating questionnaires, at cocktail parties. My answer has usually been, Im whatever type of person doesnt ask pointless questions.
And as I was rolling my eyes in judgment of the tastes of both types of people as described in the Facebook study, I realized there are two types of people in the world, but they arent dog people and cat people: they are pet people and petty people, and Im the latter.
I scorn both cat and dog people alike. I wrinkle my nose in disdain at your pet pics. I judge your movie choices whether you are a cat person who loves Alien or a dog person who loves the Blind Side. I laugh inwardly at whatever music it is you listen to (which this study didnt cover, but Im going to go ahead and be petty and assume its awful, whatever it is).
I dont want your dogs slobber on me, and I dont want your cats hair on me. I cant tell if that picture you posted on Facebook is of a new cat or an old cat because all cats look like cats to me. I will not attend your pet weddings. I will not celebrate your pet birthdays. And unless your pet has learned how to tell some great jokes, I firmly believe it has no place in dinner party discussion.
And, petty as I am, Im really sick of this cat v dog discussion excluding people like me. So, using Facebooks ultra-scientific information on cat and dog people (pet people) and my own personal knowledge (petty people), Ive decided to reframe this data in a way that includes me and my petty brethren. Youre welcome.
Books and movies
Cat people tend to like sci-fi and fantasy, while dog people like books about love and animals, according to Facebooks data wizards. That is: pet people like books and movies. Petty people like Twitter beefs, Instagram fights and YouTube response videos.
LONDON Need a mental break from all the negative news out there? Here are some magical pictures of the incredible wildlife housed in two of Europe’s remarkable conservation parks.
Partnering with Port Lympne Reserve (Kent, UK) and Parque de Cabrceno (Cantabria, Spain), Sony Mobile challenged park employees to capture more intimate glimpses of wildlife by getting up close and personal with its new Xperia X smartphone.
Park rangers and animal keepers attended a masterclass taught by renowned wildlife photographer Neil Aldridge to pick up some photography tips and learn how best to utilise the phone’s unique features.
Those lessons obviously paid off, because they came through splendidly with some magical images that will make your fingers itch for Instagram. Take a look at some of their shots:
In Sony’s video below, the photographer says features like the phone’s Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, which creates sharper images while tracking moving objects, are useful for taking pictures of the animals.
You can watch a video of the fun below:
We may have a next social media dog in the making. Is there anything a dog can’t do?
The answer is no. Dogs can do everything, including smile.
Blink and you’ll miss this dog slowly smiling directly at the camera, like only the cutest of cute things can do.
Give it a bone because this pooch just won our hearts. This Twitter video was posted on Sept. 5 and it already garnered 141k retweets. We can totally see why.
Can someone look at me the way Hoss looks at its owner? Thanks.
For many people, dogs are so much more than just a pet.
Dogs can be an integral part of life. They’re loyal companions who, just like everyone else in the family, are there for the big moments and the little ones like the birth of a baby or moving to a new home, or the first time you got grounded or binge-watched the last season of “Breaking Bad.” They bring joy and support to our lives every day. It’s easy to see why they’ve held the title of “man’s (and woman’s!) best friend” for … pretty much ever.
That’s the experience Massachusetts-based photographer Amanda Jones had with her long-haired Dachshund, Lily. Jones was inspired to adopt Lily after a photoshoot she did with the breed.
Lily brought 16 wonderful years of energy and love to her family, and Jones was there to capture it all. When Lily passed away, Jones made a memorial card to honor how much she had grown and changed over her lifetime, from a spunky little puppy to a well-loved, experienced senior.
Lily at 8 months, 2 years, 7 years, and 15 years old:
The visual look at Lily’s life gave Jones a bigger idea.
“If I have these photos of Lily, I could probably go back and find some other dogs I’ve taken photos of in the past and do the same,” she recounted to Upworthy over the phone.
As a photographer for 20 years, she knew she had a huge database to work with. So she started following up with some clients from previous dog photoshoots, and turned her idea into a book called “Dog Years.”
In “Dog Years,” Jones shares photographs of 30 dogs in black-and-white at different points in their lives.
“The visual impact of comparing the young and the old varies greatly from dog to dog, just as it does from person to person,” Jones says in the book.
She’s so right.
Abigaile at 4 months and at 8 years old:
Fred at 3 years and 10 years old:
Audrey at 3 years and 12 years old:
You won’t find any props or cutesy backdrops in her photos. Jones focuses on pulling out the dog’s personality instead.
“A dogs life starts off small and then grows to include many different humans, other dogs, new tricks, and new experiences,” she said.
Cooper at 3 years and 10 years old:
Some dogs dont seem to age, yet others show the signs quite openly.
Maddy at 5 years and 10 years old:
“Maddy actually turned completely gray and wasn’t even that old. She had been treated for cancer, and the drugs turned her coat completely gray.”
On that same note, Jones said, she photographed a Yorkie that didn’t make it into the book “because she looked the same at 12 years old as she looked at 1.”
“The easiest part of working with dogs is they dont look at their photos and say, ‘Oh my God, I look awful! Do I really have that many wrinkles?'”
It may be hard to get dogs to sit still and take a picture, but there is one distinct advantage of taking photos of dogs instead of people: They don’t hold themselves to unrealistic standards the way humans do. Which means they’re never self-conscious subjects, and don’t know Photoshop even exists. (And even if they did… they probably wouldn’t care).
“The easiest part of working with dogs is they dont look at their photos and say, ‘Oh my God, I look awful! Do I really have that many wrinkles?'” Jones said.
Visualizing the timeline of a dog’s life is as beautiful as it is bittersweet.
Looking at these photos can bring out strong feelings and personal reflection on the dogs we’ve encountered in our lives, whether or not they were part of our families. There’s a really profound connection between humans and our dogs, and Jones captures it in a very real and touching way.
For a behind-the-scenes look at how she created “Dog Years,” watch this video:
Even from the safety of your vehicle, a charging bear is nothing to mess with.
Cody Kunau and his friend Samantha were driving to the Yakutat Lodge in Alaska for dinner when they encountered a large grizzly bear on the side of the road. As they approached the animal, it quickly scurried across the road and into the woods.
“This is a somewhat normal occurrence for here,” Kunau wrote. “Usually, the bears run off and catching a close up glimpse is hard. We slowed our vehicle down to where we saw the bear cross the road when suddenly it erupted from the bushes and came after our vehicle.”
The bear charged the car, following as the two pulled away in a hurry.
“Holy fuck, we just got charged by a bear,” Kunau can be heard saying in the clip.
The two were unable to find anything that would agitate the bear in the area, so they continued to the lodge where they warned locals of the really angry bear down the road.
Stubbs, a big yellow cat who survived a dog assassination attempt during his 19-year tenure as honorary mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, died peacefully last Thursday. He was 20.
Stubbs was elected in 1998 through a write-in campaign. According to the AP, the 900-person town has no human mayor, and perhaps that’s just as well Stubbs appeared to be extremely popular with the electorate.
And despite surviving both a dog attack in 2013 and false rumors of his death in 2016, Stubbs remained trusting and cuddly to the end, a quality his family lauded in a statement Saturday.
“[Stubbs] was a trooper until the very last day of his life; meowing at us throughout the day to pet him or to come sit on the bed with him and let him snuggle and purr for hours in our lap,” the statement reads.
“Thank you, Stubbs, for coming into our lives for the past 31 months; you are a remarkable cat and we will dearly miss you.”
The late mayor will likely be succeeded by a kitten named Denali, who reportedly “has the exact same personality as Stubbs.”
Here’s hoping he also has the same political acumen. Rest in peace, Mr. Mayor.
Rottweilers, the cutest and cuddliest of dogs, right? Not exactly!
At least the stereotype leads us to believe that these guys are rough and tumble dogs. While they do have a natural instinct to protect and guard, they do have another side to them that not many people get to see. Even certain towns will ban these dogs due to only seeing the guard quality.
Truth is they are beautiful dogs and they love to show affection. You will see in this video, the beauty of this dog and the sweetness they possess. Hugs and kisses? Yep, he loves em! The trippy part of this video is when the dog actually starts purring like a kitty! Its actually a thing among Rottweilers. They call it the rottie rumbles!
This calm and relaxed beauty is amusing and cute as ever! Enjoy his antics and be sure to share with all of your dog loving friends and family!
This highly venomous scorpion residing primarily in North Africa and the Middle East is responsible for over 75% of scorpion related deaths every year.
Although healthy adults usually only feel unbearable pain, children that are envenomated suffer fever, coma, convulsions, and paralysis before their lungs fill up and they drown in their own fluids.
24.Africanized Honey Bee
An experiment gone wrong, in 1957 a Brazilian bee keeper who was trying to interbreed European and African honey bees accidently let some of his pets get away. Much more aggressive than their European counterparts, these genetically mixed killer bees have since then spread through out the Americas. They have come to be feared in some regions because of their tendency to swarm relentlessly and aggressively chase their victims for miles.
Due to farming and riding accidents, 3 people per year die in the US from bulls. In other countries bull riding deaths happen often, especially in Spain.
22. Black Widow and Brown Recluse
In the US, 3 people per year die due to spider bites. Many are young children and they dont receive medical care soon enough to prevent death from occurring. Death is much more common in other countries.
About ten people a year die from bear attacks. They usually try to avoid people, but when an encounter does occur, they can be vicious.
About 75 shark attacks are reported each year, while 10 of those end up in deaths. Great White Shark and the Bull Sharks are often the attackers.
Its unclear how many are killed by leopards each year as not many keep records of such. But in India one year, 15 people were indeed killed by the leopard.
Animal psychologist reveals Queens feeding rituals for favourite pets, including homeopathic and herbal remedies
The Queens corgis, which have been described as a moving carpet preceding her as she walks round her royal residences, have become almost as emblematic of the British crown as their famous owner.
So few will be surprised to learn that Her Majesty likes to treat them like royalty, dispensing succulent dishes of steak, rabbit or chicken from individual menus and served from silver and porcelain borne by a liveried servant.
A stickler for protocol, she employs a rigid pecking order, with each receiving their dishes in order of seniority.
The fascinating secrets of her corgis daily dinner ritual is revealed by animal psychologist Dr Roger Mugford in a forthcoming special edition of Town & Country, dedicated to the Queens 90th birthday on 21 April. Having worked for the royal household for decades, Mugford has long observed the sovereign and her cherished pets at close quarters.
At feeding times, each dog had an individually designed menu, including an array of homeopathic and herbal remedies. Their food was served by a butler in an eclectic collection of battered silver and porcelain dishes, he writes.
As I watched, the Queen got the corgis to sit in a semi-circle around her, and then fed them one by one, in order of seniority. The others just sat and patiently waited their turn.
She has owned about 30 of the dogs during her long reign, breeding them from her first, Susan, given to her as an 18th birthday present by her father, George VI, and mother, Queen Elizabeth. They have since become a non-negotiable part of her life, though Prince Philip has been heard to exclaim: Bloody dogs. Why do you have so many?
When young princesses, she and sister Margaret, invented the dorgi, by cross breeding her corgi, Tiny, with Margarets dachshund, Pipkin. At the time, the Kennel Club snootily observed: The dachshund was evolved to chase badgers down holes, and the corgis to round up cattle. If anyone loses a herd of cattle down a badger hole, then these are just the dogs to get them out.
The corgis have featured in portraits, official photographs and on a golden jubilee Royal Mint crown. They have their own Wikipedia page, and the question What are the names of the Queens corgis? consistently ranks among the top 10 most asked questions on the British monarchys official website.
When Monty, 13, died shortly after starring in the James Bond/Daniel Craig sketch of a parachuting Queen during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, obituaries praised his on-screen tummy roll.
The Queen made a decision to stop breeding her dogs in recent years, so their numbers have declined. She now has just two corgis, Willow and Holly, and two dorgis, Candy and Vulcan.
Mugford told how the monarch showed deep compassion for her pets and was dismayed by any cruelty to animals, and took a dim view of US President Lyndon Johnson, who picked his dogs up by the ears.
When shes talking about her dogs or her horses, you see a completely different side to her: she relaxes. Dogs are great levellers, and theyre not influenced by social status, which must be a great relief to her. No wonder she enjoys being around them, he writes in the spring issue of Town & Country, which goes on sale on Thursday.
Royal staff have been known to take a less indulgent view of the dogs as they frequently tripped over them while forced to roam her palaces and castles armed with blotting paper and a soda siphon to clear up any little accidents. A few have also been on the receiving end of a sharp nip to the ankles.
One footman, in revenge, was once reportedly said to have spiked the dogs food with gin and whisky then watched them teetering tipsily around the palace gardens before his crime was discovered and he was dismissed.
Watching unusual animal pairs always warms my heart.
They are a great example that the power of love is strongest force in this world and can overcome any differences. If these furry animals can do it, why can’t we? Sometimes you are lucky to see cats and dogs being best friends and even become a mother to children that aren’t theirs. But have you ever heard of a cat adopting a baby rabbit?
In the video below, a cat named Snaggle Puss from Rotherham, UK is not your usual mother. She adopted a tiny bunny baby named Bubbles. Bubbles was left all alone when his mom died when he was just 1 week old. Snaggle Puss, who had a litter at the same time, took in Bubbles as one of her own. The kittens dont seem to mind their new rabbit sibling.
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What happens when a baby raccoon falls out of a tree and into a family of two dogs?
Well it turns out that the raccoon begins to believe that shes a canine as well! Such was the case with Pumpkin, an injured baby raccoon who was rescued by a family after they were not able to locate the mother. They nursed her back to health and she began to bond with their two rescue dogs.
She instantly bonded with us and our two rescue dogs and follows me and our two dogs everywhere we go. She now thinks she is a dog she is able to play and be rough with them and she respects them when they have had enough, said the rescuer.
Rosie Kemp found a baby raccoon with a broken leg in her yard
It was abandoned so Kemp and her daughter decided to adopt her
She instantly bonded with us and our two rescue dogs
[she] follows me and our two dogs everywhere we go
She now thinks she is a dog
She is able to play and be rough with them and she respects them when they have had enough
Raising heris a full-time job
They are so unbelievably intelligent
I would say they are even able to express emotions
While dog barking can be annoying, taking measures like this woman did is inexcusable, disgusting, and for animal lovers everywhere, long term prison punishable. This woman is the prime example of such disgust and hopefully she will serve a long time in prison.
Her name is Claudia Tate, 72, and she was charged with two counts of animal cruelty. What did she do? She actually taped her dogs mouths shut. She apparently did this so they would not bark while she napped!
Turns out authorities were called for a welfare check on two dogs that she kept chained outside. When they arrived they were shocked to find the dogs with tape wrapped around their muzzles. The woman came out once the officers started removing the tape.
Take a look at this piece of work:
Image Credit: Gloversville Police Department
The woman admitted to what she had done, and removed the tape from the other dog. Thankfully the dogs were removed from her home and she was transferred to the Fulton County Correctional Facility. Share this with friends and family.
You may have witnessed the guilt-ridden expressions on dogs once they are busted eating someone elses food, but what happens when a chipmunk is totally busted in similar fashion?
This guy is nailed as hes been breaking into a backyard bird feeder. When he realizes he is busted, his surprise look is priceless! Not only does this little guy freeze, but slowly he begins spitting out all the stolen feed he was storing in his mouth! The cameraman couldnt help but comment how gross all of his spitting out of food was, but theres no denying that its also more than a bit funny, and even kind of cute. This little guy was probably stocking up on feed for hibernation time. Often they will grab a bunch and store it in their big, puffy cheeks, so they can transport it back to their own home. But this guy feels so much shame that the food slowly dribbles out. You can almost hear him saying, bird feed, what bird feed?
Check out this amazing capture of a chipmunk caught red-handed and his priceless reaction! Share with all of your animal loving friends and family!