Category Archives: Animals

Aquarium to raise “genderless” penguin

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Cockatiel sings Darth Vader’s Theme from Star Wars

What a talented little bird!

And here’s the original theme:

H/t John Molloy

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Good Samaritan homeless dog untethers pup tied up outside store

In the town of Novorossiysk, Russia, the owner of a pit bull puppy tethered the pup to a fence in front of the store so he could do some quick shopping inside.

But a homeless dog, who is well-known in the area to be very smart, always using the crosswalk to cross streets, was convinced the pup had been abandoned.

So he worked to set the pup free by using his teeth to untether the pup from the fence.

After untethering the pup, the homeless dog tried to lead the pup away by its leash.

Fortunately, Dmitriy Timchenko witnessed this and went inside the store to alert the pup’s owner.

Timchenko took this video:

The “Good Samaritan” stray dog seems to be in good health and able to take care of himself. But hopefully someone would adopt this smart, kind-hearted and well-meaning “creature without sin”.

H/t PawMyGosh

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Goldfish lets owner stroke and hold it in his hand

Bon Shaw has a goldfish that is a genuine pet.

The fish demands Shaw’s attention. When Shaw puts his hand into the aquarium, the goldfish interacts with the hand and even allows Shaw to stroke and hold it in his hand.

Shaw writes:

This little guy just loves to watch me wherever I am in the room, he’ll do anything to get my attention. And when I look at him he flares out his gills and dances from side to side just hoping that I’ll come over to play. If I drop food in the aquarium he’ll ignore it and hope to play. I have to walk away to get him to go find the food which has floated away by then.

We think fish have no expressions, but this goldfish’s face clearly shows pleasure and joy in interacting with Shaw.

Simply remarkable.

Watch this and be amazed:

Did you know that a 2016 study found that archerfish can recognize human faces? In so doing, the study upended a long-standing belief that only “intelligent” creatures like humans and primates have the ability to recognize human faces because of their large and complex brains.

A 2017 study found zebrafish to be social animals in a similar way to humans and other mammals. The researchers discovered that being in a group gives zebrafish a kind of “social buffering” so they are less afraid when confronted by danger. This effect was associated with a distinct pattern of brain activation known to be involved in social buffering in mammals.

The study led the (UK) Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) to conclude that fish are sentient animals who form friendships, experience positive emotions and have individual personalities. Dr. Penny Hawkins, head of the RSPCA’s research animals department, told The Independent the study added to the growing body of evidence that fish should not be viewed as lesser animals: “I think if you are going to think it’s okay to eat any animal, then you have to realise what you are doing. You are causing the death of an animal who is sentient, who has experiences, interests.”

I already abstain from eating animal meat. To quote English philospher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation:

The French have already discovered that the blackness of skin is no reason why a human being should be abandoned without redress to the caprice of a tormentor. It may come one day to be recognized, that the number of legs, the villosity [hairiness] of the skin, or the termination of the os sacrum, are reasons equally insufficient for abandoning a sensitive being to the same fate. What else is it that should trace the insuperable line? Is it the faculty of reason, or perhaps, the faculty for discourse?…. [T]he question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive being?…. The time will come when humanity will extend its mantle over everything which breathes….

Now I will have to refrain from eating fish as well.

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Rescue dog always leaves half of his food in bowl

PawMyGosh reports that a year ago, Joice Lamas and her husband adopted a dog named Otávio from a rescue group who took him in from an abusive household where many dogs were neglected.

Otávio was fearful of humans at first, but Joice was determined to change that. She told The Dodo: “From the first moment we saw him, we’ve never been apart.”

In the months after bringing Otávio home, the couple saw him blossom right before their eyes. He has learned to trust and cuddles instead of turn away in fear.

But a heartbreaking remnant from his past still remained.

Although dogs, unlike finicky cats, are known to eat any and everything, Otávio would only eat some of his food, always leaving half of the food in his bowl.

Joice suspects it’s because of Otávio’s past household where he and the other “many” dogs were abused and neglected. Otávio likely had to ration his meals or set aside some of the food for the other dogs.

Either way, it was heartbreaking.

Joice said: “It’s sad. I always tell him, ‘It’s OK if you eat everything.’”

Joice hopes that in time, Otávio will learn that he can leave that part of his past behind: “I know he will never be without anything in life — not food, not love. We try to make him as happy as possible.”

Joice said it’s one of the challenges of adopting a formerly abused dog: “They need patience and a lot of love, because they can take longer to adapt. But it is remarkable how love changes animals. A rescued animal is much sweeter, more grateful and affectionate than others. They’re simply incredible!”

See also “Animal altruism: Why homeless cat would only accept kibbles in a plastic bag,” because the cat was bringing food back to her kitten.

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Muslim cleric killed by cow he tried to ritually slaughter

Qurban is the ritual animal sacrifice of a livestock animal during Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) — one of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. In 2019, the Feast of the Sacrifice was August 11.

According to News Punch, Eid al-Adha is “the Islamic festival that involves killing millions of helpless animals (sheep, goats, cows, camels) that are forced to have their necks cut so they bleed to death slowly while fully conscious and writhing in pain, which can take several minutes depending on the size of the animal.”

Asip Hasani reports for The Jakarta Post that on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Miftahul Jannah Mosque in Blitar, East Java, a Muslim cleric named Sureki, 64, who was set to slaughter a cow as animal sacrifice for Eid al-Adha, was struck and killed by the cow.

Mosque caretaker Farhan said the incident started when one of several cows escaped from its tethers and ran full speed for about 100 meters (328 ft.). Sureki was supposed to slaughter 4 sacrificial cows and 17 goats when a “big and fierce” cow broke its leash, “suddenly ran toward him and struck [Sureki’s] chin with its head.”

Sureki fell backward with the back of his head hitting the pavement of the mosque yard. Knocked unconscious, he was immediately admitted to the hospital.

After undergoing head surgery and three days in a coma, Sureki died on Wednesday evening at Ngudi Waluyo Hospital.

Below is a video showing the cruelty of the Muslim ritual of animal sacrifice.

WARNING: Graphic!

H/t Paul Joseph Watson of Summit News

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Sunday Animal Funnies!

 

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Tiny kitten’s persistence in following dog got rewarded with adoption

Jon Nienaber was walking his basset hound in his neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, when a tiny stray kitten ran up to them and decided to tag along.

Leslie Nienaber told Love Meow that her husband called her about the kitten. So she quickly grabbed some cat food to where her husband was. Leslie said the little kitten followed “Jon and I as we were walking away! He seemed determined to stay with us.”

When the kitten followed them to the end of the street, Leslie said to her husband that they had to take him home. The kitten, whom the Nienabers named Pinot, was so tiny he could fit into the palm of their hand.

Leslie said: “When I got him home, he was really dirty, and I tried to clean him the best I could. He seemed hungry.”

But the couple already had three cats and a dog, so Leslie thought about her sister, Sarah, who is also a cat lover. Sarah came the next day and was smitten with Pinot from the moment she saw him.

Leslie said: “My sister Sarah was seriously an angel. I am convinced that he would have died if we hadn’t brought him home. I’ll admit that it was really hard to give Pinot away – he was just this brave, determined little soul who wanted to survive, and was the cutest kitten we had ever seen. It made me really happy that my sister took him in, because I knew I’d get to see him grow and I could always visit him. He is obsessed with Q-tips, to the point where Sarah has found them scattered all around her bathroom, and loves watching birds from their apartment window.”

The tiny palm-sized kitten has blossomed into a beautiful fluffy cat.

That kitten knew what he was doing! >^..^<

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Wednesday Animal Funnies!

Dog plays dead:

Cat watches horror movie:

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Guinea pig and dog are best friends

A little guinea pig named Frank(enstein) and the many-times-bigger Pippin, a female Golden Retriever, are inseparable best friends.

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