hman:Meet the First Dog to Climb Mt. Everest
“He’s become the first canine on record to climb Mount Everest after trekking for 10 days with Lefson to base camp, 17,000 feet above sea level…”
The story describes the dog, whose name is Rupee, as a bootstrapper—a former stray who was rescued and eventually became much more than just a stray.
A no-kill shelter’s annual calendar features men posing with adorable kittens — and yes, you can buy one. All proceeds benefit the Hull Seaside Animal Rescue.
Prison program gives dogs, inmates 2nd chances
ALTO, Ga. - It isn’t often that one hears about inmates saving lives, but at one state prison in north Georgia they are doing just that. A special program allows prisoners to help rescue dogs from shelters and give them a second chance at life.
Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto appears to be a typical prison on the outside, but on the inside there is something special going with dogs living with inmates. Forever Friends K9 Rescue is a program that pairs inmates with dogs from the Habersham County Animal Shelter.
Dogs who have been at the shelter too long and were slated to be put down get a second chance. For 12 weeks 7 dogs live and train with two inmates a piece. They concentrate on obedience, crate training and being house broken. The goal is for the dogs to be adopted out by their forever family.
And for the inmates it is a bit more complicated. 37-year-old Pearl Hartley says she was a very lost person going into the prison. She says her addiction to pills landed her behind bars.
Pearl’s projects are Angel, a lab mix who spent the first 6 months of her life in a cage built for a Pomeranian. She is still a bit unsure of the world, but Pearl has helped Angel come out of her shell. If you ask Pearl, she says it’s angel who has taught her how to live.
And that’s what Warden Kathy Seabolt says it is all about, the second chances.
The prison tried out the program for the first time this summer. All the dogs were adopted out to staff and families of inmates. This group of dogs will be ready for adoption the week before Christmas.
For more information on how you can adopt one of the dogs visit the Habersham County Animal Control website by clicking here.
Video at the link!
Tired swimmer rescued in Finland
During the first weekend of November, a Finnish man was kayaking on a lake in a thick fog. He saw something floating in the water, and when he got closer he saw that it was a Northern Hawk-Owl. It was clearly exhausted and the man lifted it out of the freezing water onto the tip of his kayak. The owl then crawled to his lap for warmth and burrowed under his lifejacket.
Since his original destination was too far away, the man decided to head for a nearby art museum on the lake shore. Once there he was eagerly assisted by both visitors and a museum guide, who took the bird in to rest and dry up next to a warm stove. At the end of the day the owl had recovered and was released back into the wild.
How the owl ended up in the lake in the first place remains a mystery. It may have got lost in the fog, or have been driven out to the lake by Hooded Crows (if a flock spots a predatory bird they tend to chase it away quite aggressively).
(This is my summarized translation of the article which is only available in Finnish. No copyright infringement is intended, only sharing this to celebrate the brave little owl and all the people who helped him.)
Dolphins’ wide geographic distribution has caused isolated populations to evolve into distinct species that have adapted to their own local habitat types.
San Francisco Zoo’s Baby Gorilla Takes First Steps
“The gorilla, who was born on July 17, has yet to be named, but after 850 submissions, the zoo has whittled down the suggestions to three:
- Malaika, which means “heavenly messenger” in Swahili
- Kenura, which means “joy” in Kikuyu
- Kabibe, which means “little lady” in Swahili”
Read more from KQED News.
Officer Dan Waskeiwicz Responds To Call About Vicious Dog.. And Adopts Lovable Pit Bull Instead
In May 2012, a Baltimore police officer named Dan Waskeiwicz received a call about a vicious canine.
But when he arrived, he instead found a sad, shy pit bull with his tail between his legs. In a letter about the incident to the Modified K-9 Blog, Waskeiwicz wrote that people had also been yelling out their windows at the dog and even throwing bottles.
But Waskeiwicz knew the pit bull wasn’t dangerous — just misunderstood. The officer got out of his car, called the dog over, and gave him some water. Then, instead of calling the pound, he took the scared dog in his patrol car and later adopted him. The supposedly vicious pit bull — now called Bo — was warmly welcomed into Waskeiwicz’ home with two other dogs.
This week, more than a year after the rescue, Waskeiwicz shared his story with Rachel Ray on her morning show.
Bo has been happy, healthy and not at all vicious. He even has an adorable best friend — Waskeiwicz’ girlfriend’s new corgi. Waskeiwicz describes them as “the little odd couple,” and video shows the two dogs joyfully trotting around together.
All Bo really needed, it seems, was the right owner.
"I was actually looking for a dog," Waskeiwicz says on the show, "and it just turned out great that he found me."
Monkey That Purrs Like a Cat Is Among New Species Discovered in Amazon Rainforest
At least 441 new species of animals and plants have been discovered over a four year period in the vast, underexplored rainforest of the Amazon, including a monkey that purrs like a cat.
Found between 2010 and 2013, the species include a flame-patterned lizard, a thumbnail-sized frog, a vegetarian piranha, a brightly coloured snake, and a beautiful pink orchid, according to World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Discovered by a group of scientists and compiled by WWF, the new species number 258 plants, 84 fish, 58 amphibians, 22 reptiles, 18 birds and one mammal. This total does not include countless discoveries of insects and other invertebrates.
"These species form a unique natural heritage that we need to conserve. This means protecting their home — the amazing Amazon rainforest — which is under threat from deforestation and dam development," said Claudio Maretti, Leader of Living Amazon Initiative, WWF.
Eastern Steller sea lion populations have made a resounding recovery, from 18,000 individuals in the late 1970s to over 70,000 by 2010.
The fossil gives researchers insight into the types of creatures that lived together at Dinosaur Cove during the Early Cretaceous period.
Scientists have discovered a “lost world” of unknown creatures in a remote rainforest perched on a giant boulder plateau in Queensland, Australia.
In an expedition bearing parallels to Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel, the team of biologists found three unidentified reptile species living on the upland plateau, which is accessible only by helicopter because of a “monstrous wall” of “millions of giant, piled up boulders the size of houses and cars”.
It is believed that the species have been isolated from their closest cousins for millions of years. “We’re talking about animals that are ancient” said Dr. Conrad Hoskin, from James Cook University.
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(Photo: Benjamin Faske / U.S. Air Force via Reuters)
The United States’ first national monument to a soldier’s best friend, recognizing the sacrifices of dogs in combat, was dedicated by the U.S. military on Monday.
Charlie, Gentle Great Dane, Is Able To Instinctually Identify 3-Year-Old Brianna Lynch’s Oncoming Seizures
Charlie the Great Dane is so much more than a pet to a family from County Clare in Ireland.
The primary role he plays is that of bodyguard to their 3-year-old daughter Brianna Lynch.
Brianna suffers from epilepsy and experiences frequent seizures, the Clare Champion reports.
“She is quite a complex child,” her mother, Arabella Scanlan, told the Champion, “She forgets to breathe and then goes into seizure. She has gone through eight different types of medicine and it now looks like she needs brain surgery.”
Her family watches out for her 24 hours a day as a result of her condition, but they can’t always act preemptively to keep her from injuring herself during her episodes. That’s where Charlie comes in. The 2-year-old pooch’s keen senses allow him to detect Brianna’s seizures 20 minutes before her symptoms manifest. He’ll then hold her gently against a wall until someone can administer a sedative.
“Charlie is so sensitive to her needs — if the other dogs get boisterous, he will stand by her side to ensure she doesn’t get knocked over,” Scanlan told the Irish Times. “We know, when he is acting strange, she is going to have a seizure.” [x]
Around 60 animals and plants that are thought to be new to science have been discovered in the mountainous rainforests of south eastern Suriname.
A tiger quoll has been sighted in the Grampians National Park in western Victoria for the first time in more than 140 years.
The elusive marsupial was caught on film by a remote camera set up to monitor wallabies in a very remote area deep inside the park on September 25.
The last record of a sighting of a live tiger quoll in the region was in 1872.
There have been a few unconfirmed sightings, but it was largely presumed to be extinct in the Grampians.
Parks Victoria ranger Ryan Duffy says scientists had to verify the photo.
"When I first saw it I was incredibly excited," he said.
"We’ve always thought that this animal could occur within the park, but we’ve never had any evidence to prove that."
Another Parks Victoria official, Ben Holmes, says he could not believe his eyes.
"There is no mistaking the spotted body colour, which can only be a quoll," he said.
The tiger quoll, which is also known as the spotted-tail quoll, is a carnivorous marsupial, which can grow up to one metre in length and is listed as an endangered species in Victoria.
Parks Victoria will now “refine” the use of the cameras to hopefully build a better picture of how widespread the population is across the national park, following several unconfirmed sightings over the past few years.
Parks Victoria chief executive Dr Bill Jackson says it is an extremely exciting rediscovery and highlights the critical role parks play in conserving unique biodiversity. [x]