Happy news about animals

June, 2007

Jango, a Belgian Malinois, and Rocky, a German shepherd, have stood up to armed criminals for years with no protection. Until now. A ninth-grader from Shaler has raised $5,000 to purchase bulletproof vests for the two pooches, as well as for two other trained dogs that work for the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office. “This is […]

A little aquatic bird without name has piqued the A. MUSTAFFA BABJEE, so he has turned two years of and recording into a documentary for nature lovers. WHAT partly inspired me to devote two years of study on a little aquatic bird was that it had no Malay name. My journey took me to villages […]

Animal control officers are trying to figure out why at least 19 domestic rabbits were living and breeding, unattended, in an aviary off White Road this week. The rabbits were found Thursday at a rural Emerald City Way property, injured and malnourished alongside a pair of nesting geese, pigeons, doves and about 30 chickens, after […]

If you have ever taken a photograph of a wild bird, the chances are about 99 percent that you have been frustrated. Birds are difficult to photograph – extremely difficult most of the time. Just for starters, they seldom stay in one spot for more than a few seconds. And they are wary about letting […]

One thing I enjoy about working at Wild Birds Unlimited is playing bird detective – attempting to help people identify the birds in their yards. Usually, they describe what they are seeing, and I ask lots of questions. “Was it smaller than a crow, bigger than a breadbox? Did it have wing bars? What shape […]

A boy who suffers from a rare illness which stunts his growth has shot up two inches – with the help of hamsters. A pioneering treatment using the rodent’s enzymes has given Oliver Moody his life back, according to his parents. As well as the growth spurt, the 12-year- old’s organs are being cleansed of […]

A miracle dog from Missouri is making a big difference for thousands of abandoned animals in the Triad. Quentin managed to survive a trip to the gas chamber in 2003. Now he’s convincing local leaders to shut down theirs. “There’s this dog standing on a pile of dead dogs,” says Quentin’s adopted dad Randy Grim. […]

YOU’VE heard of pampered pooches – now meet Bert the spoilt bunny. While most rabbits have to make do with a hutch in the garden, Bert revels in luxury in his own double bedroom. He also has the run of his owner Nina Whitehead’s four-bedroomed house. But he needs the space… for one-year-old Bert is […]

San Diego County bird lovers warmly welcomed the long-absent California condor yesterday, saying the Boeing 747 of birds is something every enthusiast wants to see. They were reacting to the announcement that a female condor took a spin around San Diego County’s mountains this week after flying up from Mexico. As of Wednesday, the 3-year-old […]

It’s a reality show with a difference. On a visit to Chhatbir zoo the last thing you expect to see is a man atop a tree whistling away to glory, a wildlife guard making loud, strange noises and another one busy beating a drum. No, it’s not even an effort to recreate a tiger hunting […]

A mother cat in China has adopted a mouse, letting it join her family of newborns. The cat was brought into a children’s clothing store to catch mice, reports Yanzhao City News. A mother cat in China has adopted a mouse, letting it join her family of newborns /Lu Feng. Ten days ago, the cat […]

The largest of the world’s “big cats”, the Amur tiger, has bounced back from the brink of extinction after the charity WWF disclosed that it had reached its highest population for more than a century. The Amur is a magnificent beast, its glossy gold and black coat gleaming as it pads its way on huge […]

Turkey is one of the most spectacular countries on earth, with an extraordinary rich cultural and natural heritage. The main reason underpinning this richness is Turkey’s location. It intersects three old world continents: Asia, Europe and Africa. Over thousands of years, many species of birds, plants and other biodiversity have found their home in this […]

PROFOUNDLY deaf Trevor Larke did not think a hearing dog would make much difference to a life he had almost given up on. That was until the former Greene King brewery worker and his wife Jean were introduced to Megan – a specially trained terrier cross who has utterly transformed their existence and on one […]

The cardinal may be Ohio’s state bird, but the fowl spotted most in a recent count is considered by many to be its No. 1 pest. The aggressive, messy Canada goose is so annoying that even the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium doesn’t want it around . Because of its location along the O’Shaughnessy Reservoir, a […]

US coastguards had to use a helicopter to rescue a man who climbed a 60ft pine tree to retrieve his pet parrot. William Hart, 35, from Montgomery County, near Houston, Texas, followed his £1 000 white cockatoo Geronimo after it escaped its cage. After he got stuck, about 30 Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters converged on […]

Ever have a pet that was lost? A lot of people know the feeling of what it is like to have their pet be lost, it is hurts emotionally to know that they might be hurt somewhere and you cannot help in any way, shape, or form at that moment in time. Mickey, the Boston […]

The man who solved one of New Zealand’s ornithological mysteries in Kaikoura more than 40 years ago was recognised with a prestigious award on Saturday. Christchurch man Geoff Harrow, 80, has won an Old Blue award from the New Zealand Forest and Bird Protection Society for outstanding contribution to conservation for his efforts in protecting […]

Call him the Mona Lisa of the bird kingdom. The rare recurve-billed bushbird, recently rediscovered by scientists in Colombia after a 40-year absence, sports a curving beak that gives the illusion of an enigmatic smile. The elusive species had not been spotted between 1965 and 2004, due to its limited range and remote habitats. It […]

Salem probably doesn’t have many of his nine lives left. Salem, a 7-year-old black cat with spooky green eyes, survived a 75-day ordeal and recently was reunited with his owners, Jon and Kathryn Snowden of Franklin. After Salem ran away on March 31 — a common occurrence — they expected him to return the next […]

About two decades ago, Kathleen Schwartz says, she felt sorry for a 20-year-old horse named Toby who was so weak and sick from years of neglect that he was not expected to survive much longer. At a time when Howard County animal control was not equipped to handle abused or neglected horses, Schwartz nursed Toby […]

The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois Article written my Mr Chris Young The first bald eagle successfully hatched in Sangamon County in recorded history flew off the nest last week, just as its species was on the brink of flying off the endangered-species list. Helicopter pilot Steve Young, Illinois Department of Transportation bureau chief of […]

Poachers seeking to bag a Royal Bengal tiger in the Sunderbans reserve are encountering a unique new security measure to keep them away: hundreds of crocodiles that have been released in the mangrove forest. Originally brought into the reserve in the late 1990s for breeding, the crocodiles are having the unintended beneficial effect of scaring […]

On his recent visit to the Providence Volunteer Fire Company’s station on Providence Road, Moosecoons BB, a big, friendly Maine Coon cat, seemed disinterested in the miniature oxygen mask that was pressed gently against his face for demonstration purposes. What Moosecoons didn’t know was that in certain circumstances that mask could save his feline life. […]

Freddie Flintstone and his friends in Bedrock won’t be the only persons to see a woolly mammoth alive, if researchers have their way. Palaeontologists are piecing together the complete genome species of long-dead species such as the woolly mammoth and the Neanderthals in an effort to bring them back to life, much like billionaire John […]

An injured bald eagle found earlier this month is slowly recovering at Wildlife Prairie State Park. The eagle, discovered June 11 in a private Fulton County lake, has regained strength while living in an enclosure and taking antibiotics for a week, said park naturalist Joe Hand. “He was pretty weak when he was found,” Hand […]

For Smitty the cat, Monday night was exciting, terrifying and unusual. Warren Animal Control Officer Heidi Garrity found the animal on a roof next to Warren Town Hall, and with the help of the Warren Fire Department, Smitty, formerly known at the Warren Animal Shelter as “Cookie Dough,” was rescued. “There were some dogs in […]

A bizarre mix of horse and rabbit blood is keeping a schoolgirl alive. Antibodies drawn from the animals’ blood are giving 14-year-old Cara Heaney a chance of survival as she fights bone marrow failure. Pioneering doctors are hoping to kick-start the youngster’s immune system and cure the rare illness, known as aplastic anaemia, which affects […]

Three nests of the rare Kirtland’s warbler have been discovered in the state, which wildlife authorities say shows recovery efforts for the endangered species are working. “It’s a historic moment not only for the conservation of species,” said Sumner Matteson, an avian ecologist at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, “but a historic moment in […]

Nature serves as an inspiration for many technologies, and researchers in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University are taking their inspiration for a micro air vehicle (MAV) design from the hummingbird. The researchers are using a scale model that can mimic the wing motion of an actual hummingbird, allowing accurate measurements and […]

Teenagers have online cliques at MySpace, students star in Facebook, LinkedIn is an internet networking stage for professionals, and dogs and their human counterparts run with the pack at Dogster. San Francisco-based Dogster is a flourishing social networking website for canines, referred to as “animal companions” instead of “pets” in the politically correct City by […]

Everybody watching chuckled. The 6-year-old passed the reins of her horse to the judge so she could scratch her head. Though it was an uncommon practice, she still got a fourth-place ribbon after she showed her 29 year-old mare, Taz, at the Huachuca Saddle Club Open Horse Show held Sunday at the Rockin’ JP Ranch […]

The Center for Biological Diversity released a report today showing the bald eagle population in the lower 48 states and the District of Columbia is 11,040 pairs in 2007. This is a nearly 1,300-pair increase from the 2006 estimate of 9,789 pairs. Just 417 pairs remained in 1963. “The bald eagle’s recovery from the edge […]

Fifteen White-tailed Sea Eagle chicks are to be released in Ireland’s Killarney National Park as part of a five-year breeding experiment to re-introduce eagles to the Irish countryside. The chicks will be reared with minimum human contact and monitored closely by a team of experts. The White-Tailed Sea Eagle was once common in Ireland but […]

Despite the recent loss of a newborn dolphin, a marine mammal acoustic researcher said Sunday the ability to record sounds emanating from the calf as it was born may provide new insight into dolphin communications. “We have his first sounds, which took place about two seconds after birth, ” said Jack Kassewitz of SpeakDolphin.com. Before […]

Something is happening at the National Aquarium, and the dolphins know it. They are taking turns peering through a small opening in the gate that separates their tank from another one. In the next tank is a new dolphin! “They’re really curious animals in general,” Aquarium spokeswoman Hillary Bates said. “They know when somebody new […]

Tourists on board an 80-foot boat watched an unexpected avian rescue when a baby Caspian tern was found drowning in a harbor. The 20 passengers cheered when lifeguards, who had responded to an emergency call, scooped up the bird out of the water near a steel barge anchored about a half-mile offshore. The bird was […]

The only surviving pair of endangered pygmy rabbits released as part of a program to increase their numbers in the wild have dodged coyotes, badgers, hawks and owls to find time for love, proud scientists said Thursday in announcing the rabbits have successfully bred. “We were worried. It took them a little while, but they […]

Expectation and excitement filled the air outside the Kahuku Public & School Library before it opened Thursday as children waited to read to an audience that was all ears — dog ears. Faces beamed and children trailed behind as a black labradoodle, a black labrador and a Welsh corgi made their way to a large […]

Just in time for Father’s Day, tests show that a bull elephant known as a prodigious stud has sired another offspring. The Louisville Zoo said the tests showed Jackson was the father of Scotty, a male elephant recently born there. Scotty’s mother was artificially impregnated in 2005. With six living offspring, the 28-year-old Jackson holds […]

A blind man from Sebec was reunited with his Seeing Eye dog Sunday morning after accidentally leaving the animal in the Augusta Wal-Mart parking lot. Augusta police said the dog was picked up by a delivery driver who found the 6-year-old black Labrador retriever known as Colby after finding him apparently abandoned in the shopping […]

It was a happy reunion for a dog and his owners. Tiffany Garcia’s dog had been missing for three years when she got a call this weekend that her beloved pet had been found. The pet had a chip implanted in its body that helped authorities find Garcia. The dog disappeared three years ago when […]

Call it a case of puppy love — or maybe kitten love is more appropriate. Sprinkle, a 1-year-old white Chihuahua owned by Westminster resident Teresa Coale, considers the newest addition to the household her new puppy. Her new “puppy” is actually a 2-week-old black kitten. Sprinkle regularly grooms the kitten, licking its face and body. […]

Mike and Linda Stabler of Waterloo are two creative people who recognized a need shared with many other horse owners and met it with technical innovation in a market that underwent little change for generations. There are 203,000 horses in Indiana, according to a recent study commissioned by the American Horse Council Foundation, with an […]

Told that she was not old enough to volunteer at a local shelter, animal lover Molly Knox and her parents devised a unique way to help kittens in trouble. They collected socks donated by family and friends, filled them with catnip, sealed them with hot glue and attached ribbon to create toys for the felines. […]

They say cats have nine lives – so meet Des, who has 26 toes. While most pet cats have 18 – five on their front paws and four on their rear – the 10-year-old boasts seven on his front and six on his back paws. The extra digits have left owner Alison Thomas, of Felindre, […]

There was strange discovery in east Lubbock late Monday morning, when Lubbock Animal Control received a call that a leopard or cheetah was perched in a tree on East Brown Street. The call came from the 1800 Block of E. Brown Street. When animal control arrived on scene, they found the large cat sitting in […]

Janice Burleson is tending a quartet of orphaned baby rabbits, including one with a spinal cord injury. The Oteen animal rehabilitator said this is the time of year of the wildlife baby boom. And with every boom comes either orphans or babies people assume are motherless. “First it was baby squirrels. Right now it’s baby […]

A dog missing since last fall has been reunited with her family, thanks to the kindness of strangers. Molly, a basset hound, disappeared on a windy October day after the gate to the Galipeau family’s fenced-in yard blew open. She had gone missing before and was returned after wandering in the neighborhood. This time was […]

People may think Catherine Rapinchuk is joking when she tells how she and her new dog, Toto, came to find each other. She’s not. The key element of that story, of course, involves a tornado. Because of a natural disaster in the town of Holly — Toto’s tragedy — and the disappearance of Rapinchuk’s own […]

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