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Link of the Day: Spring Babies

Via: MNN.com

Mother Nature Network:  Rite of Spring – Cute Animal Babies

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As of yesterday, it is officially Spring, though it may not necessarily feel like it.  But whether it is snowing, raining, or shining, with Spring comes new life – flowers bloom, the leaves return to the trees, and baby animals are born.

Everyone loves babies, and there really is nothing cuter than a newborn monkey, lion, or bear.  So, whether you need a little cheering up, or would just like to add a smile to your face, check out the link above for some adorable new additions to mother nature!

Happy Thursday All!

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Link of the Day: A New Day for Pit Bulls

Via: National Geographic

National Geographic: The Truth About Pit Bulls

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Pit Bulls have gotten bad rap due to the way they are used.  On account of their natural brute and strength, humans use this breed as attacking dog guards and fighting killers, and because of this Pit Bulls are subjected to breed discrimination on a daily basis.  However, it is not their breed that is harmful, it is the way they are raised and trained.

Yes, certain dogs are aggressive, and sometimes those dogs may be of the Pit Bull breed, however just because one dog of a certain breed is threatening, does not make the breed itself dangerous.  The majority of Pit Bull dogs are loyal and friendly animal companions, and even those who have been subjected to terrible abuse by humans may also be able to be rehabilitated.  It is not the dog that we should fear, but the human owner.

Click on the link above and read the truth about Pit Bulls.  And even though it is necessary to take certain precautions when around dogs you do not know – this goes for all breeds – make sure to keep an open mind and do not discriminate against any certain breed.

Happy Tuesday All!

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Link of the Day: Goldfish Afloat!

The Huffington Post:  Goldfish Uses Harness to Help Stay Afloat While Swimming

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It is a common myth that fish have a three-second memory span.  In fact, fish are relatively intelligent animals who have long-term memories, and studies have shown that fish also use tools.

The video above shows how a simple harness tool has given a new life to a goldfish.  Having trouble staying afloat, this goldfish now is able to swim thanks to her owner, who created a floating harness!

 There has been quite a few disabled animals in the news lately who have gotten a new start thanks to their human companions.  And while most people forget about their silent, swimming friends, it is nice to see that one fish has not been forgotten!

So, check out the link above to read more about this amazing goldfish, and next, learn about “The Hidden Lives of Fish”.

Happy Thursday All!

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Indonesia’s Largest Zoo Accused of Animal Abuse

Indonesia’s largest zoo has come under investigation for animal abuse after a 30 year old giraffe died, with 40 pounds of plastic trash found in its stomach.  However, Kliwon, the giraffe, was not the first to die in Surabaya Zoo as more than 15 out of 4,000 animals at this particular zoo die per month.

The animals live in littered, tiny cages, many of them emaciated and injured, including a white tiger with back problems and covered in skin lesions.  The entire zoo is overcrowded with 180 pelicans practically piled on top of each other in their one volleyball court-sized cage, and breeding is out of control as the males and females are not separated due to lack of space, and contraceptives are too expensive.  The animals are just exhibits in this zoo as the entrance fee is less than $2, clearly not enough to feed and care for all the animals, and the visitors throw food and garbage into the cages.

The staff at Surabaya Zoo have also been accused of stealing the meat meant for the lion’s food to sell at the local market, and some animals, which had disappeared, are suspected of being sold in the exotic pet trade.  Tony Sumampouw, a government appointed experienced zookeeper, has desperately been trying to repair the zoo and has considered “…about privatizing or transferring some of the animals”.

Check out the original article here, at The Huffington Post.

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I am stunned.  It took me a while to consider if I even wanted to write this post because of how pissed I was – and am – just thinking about what is going on at this zoo.

First off, I don’t understand what took so long for this zoo to be accused of animal abuse.  In the original article (the link is above), it states that before Tony Sumampouw was appointed by the government to run the zoo, there were 20 deaths a month, with him bringing the death rate down to fifteen.  If there are 20 deaths a month at one zoo, let alone the country’s largest, and probably most popular, zoo, then why weren’t they investigated before?!  It doesn’t make any sense.

After reading the article, it’s obvious that the 4,000 and some animals are treated with absolute zero respect, especially if the staff of the zoo are stealing the animal’s food and selling the animals to the exotic pet trade!  

The article does not state how we can all speak out against the Surabaya Zoo, but I have done my research and have found the zoo’s email address and phone number.  

I have sent them an email stating that I will never ever be a visitor of their zoo until they find a solution, such as privatizing it like Tony Sumampouw said, or completely renovating it.  I beg you all to do the same, because if we have enough concerned animal lovers speaking out against them, then possibly, along with the bad publicity they are currently getting, things will change and animals could be saved.

So please, pass this along, comment, rant, rave, and give us your opinion of what is going on.

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*Note:  Click on the link above to read the full article and to check my source.  The picture was taken from the source.  I, however, summarized the article (the italicized section at the top) in my own words, and the opinions, thoughts, phrases, and words in this post are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2011.*

Cupid, Trixie, and Maggie: The Story of 3 Survivors

Cat Shot With Arrow

An orange Tabby was dubbed the nickname ‘Cupid’ after he survived an arrow shot through his shoulder.  He was taken to the Brittmore Animal Hospital where the arrow was surgically removed.  Luckily, the arrow pierced no major organs and ‘Cupid’ is underway to a full recovery.  

This article, which I found on The Huffington Post, really affected me in a personal way.  If you read the original article, it states that the veterinarian who operated on ‘Cupid’ believes that the incident “…definitely wasn’t an accident”.  

My family and I have had our own trials of our animals being abused.  The first incident occurred with our cat Trixie.  

We lived outside of Detroit at the time and Trixie was an indoor-outdoor cat.  She enjoyed going outside during the day and roaming the neighborhood.  During one day, Trixie came home and my mother saw dried blood on her face.  Trixie’s eye was swollen and shut so my mom rushed her to the vet.  The doctor looked at Trixie and said that she had been shot.  Luckily, however, the bullet went straight through and missed hitting her brain.  

From then on, Trixie only had one eye, the shot eye permanently sewed up.  My mother knew that it wasn’t an accident and someone had deliberately shot our cat.

The other incident involved our dog Maggie.  We adopted the fawn-colored Boxer from the Michigan Humane Society and loved her at first sight – even with her one physical flaw.  

You usually see Boxers with their ears straight up and their tails as stubs, even though they are born with their ears floppy and down, and their tails long.  However, many breeders and Boxer owners crop the dog’s ears – a procedure, which occurs when the dog is 7-12 weeks old, that involves removing some of the earflap and nerve endings.  It is usually done for “physical beauty” and something that I find to be a very cruel practice.  

When we adopted Maggie, she only had one ear.  The MHS did not know the details to what had happened but they speculated that Maggie had suffered through a terrible cropping job.  Soft, silky, hairless, black skin – which I would curiously gently touch when I was a child – took the place of her one ear.  Fortunately, they had not gone as far as cutting her tail to a stub, so she had a long hard tail which I vividly remembered she would whack us with when she became excited.

My family has been known to adopt and take care of “misfit” animals.  We don’t care about their physical deformations, and would rather have a loyal companion than a beautiful show dog.  However, we do care about what happened to them, and why it happened.

Why ‘Cupid’ was shot with an arrow; why Trixie was shot through the eye with a gun; and why Maggie was subjected to the pain of an ear-cropping that went totally wrong: these are the things I think about.  It is so sad to hear and see that animals are still treated without respect.  They are still abused, taken advantage of, and treated like “things” instead of sentient beings. 

Whether it was a teenager who just received a gun/bow-and-arrow for his birthday, or a bored adult who has no respect or love for animals, these kinds of intentional abuse are still happening.

Animals do have rights, and they have the ultimate right to be safe and secure in a world where humans still think they are superior to every other species.

Please, if you witness an animal being abused, do speak up.  If you are hanging out with a group of your friends and they decide to test out their new BB Gun on a bird, do try to stop it.  And please do not feel embarrassed for standing up for a “lesser being”; you could ultimately be saving a life.

Animals need a voice, and we should be that voice.  Animal abuse is still abuse.

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*Note:  Click on the links above to read the full articles and to check my sources.  The picture was taken from the source.  I, however, summarized the article (the italicized section at the top) in my own words, and the opinions, thoughts, phrases, and words in this post are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2011.*

Here Kitty, Kitty!

For many, pets are the children of the household.  Some people would rather spend the time and money on a puppy, which will show love and loyalty no matter what, than spend money on a baby, which will grow into a resenting and disrespectful teenager.

Yes, animals are very important in our human lives, which makes it even less surprising that there is a list of the Top Cat Names of 2011.

The list starts with Sammy at number 25.

Midnight, Simba, Princess, Buddy, Baby and Kitten are names sprinkled in the middle of the list.

And it ends, at number 1, with no other than…Kitty.

Now don’t get me wrong, my family and I have named our cats some odd names also.

We have had a ‘Trixie’, a ‘Kitty-Cat’, a ‘Jack the House Cat’, a ‘Tigger-Tiger’, and currently have a brother and sister duo named: ‘Jack’ and ‘Jill’ and a naughty little boy named: ‘Ocean’.

And don’t even get me started on our dog’s names!

Check out the full list of the Top Cat Names of 2011 by clicking on the link above.

What about you?  What were some crazy names you called your cats or other pets?

Let us know in the comment section below!

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*Note:  Click on the link for the full article and more information.  The picture was taken from the source.  The words, thoughts, and opinions are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2011.