Category Archives: Animals

Animal friendships that’ll touch your heart

A crow and a dog are inseparable. The crow is almost always on the dog’s back, and the dog barks when people try to touch his pal. So their human built a custom harness for more comfortable rides.

A duck and house cat were raised together. The duck hates water (like cats do) and hasn’t figured out yet that it can fly!

The dog of a worker at a wild-life park in China adopted two tiger cubs, and would regularly visit the cubs.

An orphaned tiger cub has been raised with the family dog since infancy. The two are inseparable.

Humphrey the hippopotamus was a house pet that became too large and was moved to the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve in South Africa, where he was safe but lonely — until a Cameroon Pygmy Mountain Goat climbed the fence into Humphrey’s enclosure and befriended him.

Sobe the iguana and Johann the cat were both rescued by a woman in Brooklyn, NY. Every day when the iguana is let out of her cage, she seeks out Johann to play.

Koko the gorilla, now 46 years old, is famous for having learned to communicate by sign-language. Koko’s two favorite books are about cats. For her birthday in 1984, Koko made signs to her human teacher that she wanted a kitten. Koko got her birthday wish: she chose a kitten from an abandoned litter and named him “All Ball”, and cared for the kitten with great tenderness.

A lioness abandoned by her pack adopted a baby impala after killing its mother. Several times, she tried to leave the baby in the company of other impalas, but ended up taking the baby back when the frightened adult impalas ran away.

A giraffe and ostrich are best friends at Busch Gardens in Florida.

The pet dog of the park-keeper of a hawk conservatory adopted these motherless baby owls.

A stray cat adopted by a family grew fond of their elderly dog. Realizing the dog was blind, the cat took on the responsibility of being the dog’s guide cat, leading him to his water, food, shade, and toys.

A stray cat wandered into an Asiatic bear’s enclosure in the Berlin Zoo. For the next 10 years, the cat made frequent visits to check on his friend.

A fox and cat have been seen together for over a year in Lake Van in Turkey. They were first spotted by a local fisherman who saw them sharing a fish and playing together.

At the Tiger institute in South Carolina, a female chimpanzee raised white tiger cubs after they were separated from their mother.

A photographer witnessed a wild polar bear coming upon a team of tethered sled dogs in the wilderness of Canada’s Hudson Bay. Instead of devouring the dogs, the bear cuddled and played with the dogs, returning every night that week.

Some other examples of strange and improbable animal friendships:

Truly, as St. Bonaventure said, these are creatures without sin.

H/t Shireen

~Eowyn

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Thursday Stress Relief: Sleeping fur-babies

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Hurricane Harvey: Houston looters shoot volunteer rescuers; target whites and Trump supporters

The saying “No good deed goes unpunished” is a comment on the perversity of human beings.

Cajun Navy is a Louisiana-based informal organization of private recreation boat owners who assist in flood search-and-rescue efforts.

Bob Price reports for Breitbart that there are three Cajun Navy groups doing rescue work in the Houston area, where thousands remain stranded in flood waters from Hurricane Harvey.

Yesterday, one Cajun Navy group saved the life of a woman they found floating face down in a flooded roadway.

But Clyde Cain of Louisiana Cajun Navy told CNN that the rescuers are being shot at:

“We have boats being shot at if we’re not picking everybody up. We’re having to pull out for a minute. We’re dropping an airboat right now to go rescue a couple of our boats that broke, and they’re kind of under attack.”

To protect the volunteers, members of the Louisiana Cajun Navy were ordered to stand down. A message on the group’s Facebook page said that the team members are safe after they were shot at by looters posing as people needing rescue during an attempt to rob and steal the Cajun Navy boat. The post has since been taken down, but below is a screenshot of the Facebook message:

Looters are not just shooting at Cajun Navy rescuers, they are boasting about their looting with the Twitter hashtag #harveylootcrew. Here’s a sample of their tweets, congratulating themselves for targeting white people (“crackas”) and Trump supporters.

Their pictures leave no doubt as to their racial identity, but not a word about #harveylootcrew from the corrupt and deceiving MSM.

To make a terrible situation even worse, despite yesterday’s efforts to prevent uncontrolled overflow using slow release, one of two major reservoirs in Houston — the Addicks Reservoiris spilling over for the first time in history. A Harris County Flood Control District meteorologist said the overflow from the reservoirs would eventually flow into downtown Houston, exacerbating the flood from Hurricane Harvey.

Below are the animal welfare groups that are helping to rescue and provide shelter for animals stranded in the terrible flood. Please donate!

Please pray for Houston!

Don’t allow yourself to sink into racism by generalizing from these looters to all black people.

See “Hurricane Harvey: Black man armed with shotgun protects neighborhood from looters“.

~Eowyn

Bull gores anti-bullfighting activist who jumped into French arena

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Almost got himself a Darwin Award.

From Fox News: An anti-bullfighting activist protesting the gory sport on Sunday was attacked by a bull when he jumped into a French arena in an attempt to protect the animal, police said.

A man in his 30s and a woman attending the event in Carcassone in southern France sneaked their way into the main ring, AFP News Agency reported. The incident happened during the “novillada,” when younger bulls are placed in the ring.

A bull charged toward the man, stabbing him with its horns and causing “a long but not deep” injury, police said. The woman was not injured.

A source told AFP the man “was very lucky” and was not “properly gored.” 

The man was rushed to the hospital and treated for his injuries.

Two other protesters hung a banner that read, “Stop Bullfighting” at the event earlier in the day. Bullfighting is banned in most parts of France except in some towns in the southern part of the country where it is part of the local traditions, AFP reported.

In August, a vegan activist jumped into a bullfighting ring at a French festival to urge French President Emmanuel Macron to ban the sport in the country, according to The Local.

The protester ran through the ring with a sign that read: “No to the Corrida, save the bulls — Vegan strike group.”

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Animal Kindness

Watch this dog open the door to let the cat in from the snow:

~Eowyn

Animal friends

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Victim’s pet parrot helped jury to convict Michigan woman of murder

Parrots are not just gifted mimics, they are among the most intelligent of birds.

On July 19, 2017, with the help of eyewitness testimony from the victim’s pet African grey parrot Bud, a Michigan jury found Glenna Durham guilty of murdering her husband, Martin.

The AP reports (via The Detroit News) that in May 2015, 46-year-old Martin Duram was shot five times. His wife Glenna, 49, suffered a head wound in what prosecutors said was a suicide attempt, but survived.

On July 2017, a Newaygo County jury deliberated about eight hours before finding Glenna Duram guilty of murdering her husband.

Martin’s ex-wife Christina Keller testified that after Martin was killed, his pet parrot Bud kept saying “Don’t (expletive) shoot” in Martin’s voice. Keller had taken ownership of the bird after Martin’s death.

The jury saw a video of Bud mimicking an argument between two distinct voices — those of Martin and Glenna. Glenna’s voice said “Shut up” and “Get your (expletive) over here”, followed by Martin’s voice saying “Don’t (expletive) shoot.”

On August 28, Glenna Duram will sentenced for the murder and a felony firearm charge.

National Enquirer reports:

“Despite the many witnesses and incredible evidence in the explosive trial, none was as mesmerizing as Martin’s pet African extraordinary ability to mimic human voices.

The creatures, which weigh about one pound, also have the cognitive ability of a young child.

‘That bird picks up everything and anything, and it’s got the filthiest mouth around,’ claimed Martin’s mother, Lillian Duram.

Amazingly, Glenna might have gotten away with murder had Bud stayed with her after Martin’s death. Instead, the parrot was given to his ex-wife Christina Keller.

Initially, cops believed Glenna was a crime victim, but changed direction after learning of the parrot’s chattering talent.

Relatives of both Keller and Martin believe Bud witnessed the horrific shooting.”

Good bird, Bud!

~Eowyn