Fishermen cast their nets over a flooded paddy field on the outskirts of Agartala, the capital of India’s northeastern state of Tripura, May 26, 2010. [REUTERS/Jayanta Dey]
Ancient farming seen curbing extinctions of animals, plants
Ancient farming practices, such as raising fish in rice paddies in China or Aboriginal Australian fire controls, will get a new lease of life under plans to slow extinctions of animals and plants, experts said on Monday.
Turning to traditional farming is seen as a way of limiting what U.N. studies say is the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago, driven by a rising human population that is wrecking natural habitats.
"For the first time in two millennia, wild horses are once again galloping free in western Spain, reversing what happened when the Romans moved here and domesticated the animals.”
A coalition of conservationists has bought nearly 15,000 acres of land in Bolivia, more than doubling a key habitat for the critically endangered blue-throated macaw.
Naki’o lost all four of his feet to frostbite when he was abandoned as a puppy in a foreclosed home. Now he has 4 prosthetic legs and is able to run around happily at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The Horse Who Picked Up A Paintbrush
Matthew Zarrella and his dogs have traveled the world, finding missing people and solving mysteries for the U.S. military, the Peace Corps and the DEA.
The discovery helps to fill in a blank spot in the evolution of horses as the animals became more accustomed to grassy fields.
Endangered green sea turtles make comeback in Florida
NBC News: Green sea turtles, which were once close to extinction, have made a large comeback in Florida, a recent report found.
Biologists at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Florida found 35,000 sea turtle nests in the state this year. In 1979, there were only 62.
This comeback, which scientists call “phenomenal,” was a result of 35-year-old campaign that led to bans on harvesting of eggs, turtle fishing and the sale of turtle meat.
"It’s astounding that once you stop eating a species it really starts to come back," said Blair Witherington, Research Scientist at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "We almost killed every one of them, but now they’re coming back."
Photo: Photojournalist James Craven captures the journey of two green turtles as they make their way from nest to ocean. (Erika Angulo/NBC News)
Boston firefighter rescues husky from icy waters
It’s winter, and sadly there are too many stories of dogs succumbing to the dangerously low temperatures either through mishap or owner neglect. But and while these stories can oftentimes be too much to bear, it is always worth bringing to light a hero that has saved the life of one of our companions.
Boston firefighter Sean Coyle came to the rescue this morning when he pulled a 13-year-old husky named Sylvie from the brink of death after she fell into 20-degree water.
Sylvie and her owner had been walking along the Boston Harbor when she plunged through the ice near Castle Island. Her owner immediately called 911, and seven-year veteran of Ladder 19 answered the call.
Coyle, wearing a survival suit, slid out on the ice in a stokes basket.
“As I got closer, I could see the ice was encapsulating him,” Coyle said. “He was frozen and real scared, I’d say he had less than half an hour left.”
A human wouldn’t have lasted more than 10 minutes. Sylvie had already been treading the 20-degree water for half an hour.
Coyle’s outstretched arm was met by a receptive Sylvie, ever so grateful to have her rescuer’s help. He managed to pull her from the icy water, but needed a rescue for himself when he fell in. He had been judiciously attached to a rope, and was able to be pulled to shore by fellow firefighters.
Both he and Sylvie were gradually warmed up and recovered.
This was the second time Coyle had saved a dog from the water. His first rescue was of a dog stuck below the rocks on Pleasure Bay. He says a life is a life, be it two- or four-legged.
“We look at the pets like citizens,” he said. “They’re loved by their owners and we want to make sure, whether it’s in a burning building or a freezing lake, we just want to get them out safe.” [x]
[photos by Mark Garfinkel]
When Xena was rescued, she only had a 1 percent chance of survival. Not only has the dog beaten those odds, but she also has helped an 8-year-old boy with autism find his voice.
A photo of the 2 rescued pit bull mixes recently went viral, and applications to adopt the bonded pair have poured in.
(Photo: Charles Ledford / Weather.com)
When a devastating tornado hit Jon Byler Dann’s Illinois home on Sunday, ripping it apart, he and his four children were lucky to survive nearly unscathed.
But they were heartbroken by the feeling they’d lost their family pet, a dog named Maggie, who had gone missing in the chaos.