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Friday, 24 October 2014

White Rhinos - Countdown To Extinction

(CNN) - Unique? Suni was much more than that. He was vital to the survival of his kind.

The 34-year-old northern white rhino was found dead in his enclosure (Kenya wildlife conservancy) on October 17, 2014. Rangers are unsure of the cause of his death, but said that he was not killed by poachers.

Suni was one of only seven northern whites left in the world, all of which live in captivity. There are none known to be left in the wild.

More importantly, Suni was one of only two breeding males left, said the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in a statement.

Now the conservationists have but one male and two females that can breed. And that doesn't happen often. When Suni mated with female Najin in April 2012, it was her first time in ten years.

A month passed before they mated again. So far, no offspring. (read more ...)

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Declawing Your Cat ...

People often mistakenly believe that declawing their cats is a harmless "quick fix" for unwanted scratching. They don't realize that declawing can make a cat less likely to use the litter box or more likely to bite. Declawing also can cause lasting physical problems for your cat.

Many countries have banned declawing. The Humane Society of the United States opposes declawing except for the rare cases when it is necessary for medical purposes, such as the removal of cancerous nail bed tumors.

People who are worried about being scratched, especially those with immunodeficiencies or bleeding disorders, may be told incorrectly that their health will be protected by declawing their cats. However, infectious disease specialists don't recommend declawing. The risk from scratches for these people is less than those from bites, cat litter, or fleas carried by their cats. (read more ...)

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Interesting Facts About Elephants

An elephant can die from a broken heart.

Female elephants live in groups of about 15 animals, all related and led by a matriarch, usually the oldest in the group. She’ll decide where and when they move and rest, day to day and season to season.

Their brains weigh 5kg, much more than the brain of any other land animal.

Baby elephants are initially blind and some take to sucking their trunk for comfort in the same way that humans suck their thumbs.

Males will leave the herd as they become adolescent, around the age of 12, and live in temporary ‘bachelor herds’ until they are mature and live alone.

An Elephant herd is considered one of the most closely-knit societies of any animal, and a female will only leave it if she dies or is captured by humans.

Elephants communicate within their herds or between herds many kilometers away mostly using sounds too low for human ears to perceive and by stamping their feet.

Like Great Apes, Magpies & Dolphins, Elephants have passed the mirror test - they recognize themselves in a mirror.

Elephants commonly show grief, humor, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, tool-use, playfulness, and excellent learning abilities.

No other animal has a longer pregnancy term than that of the Elephant which is documented at an average of 22 months.

Female Elephants live in groups of about 15 animals, all related and led by a matriarch, usually the oldest in the group. She’ll decide where and when they move and rest, day to day and season to season.

An Elephants normal lifespan is 60-80 years.

If an Elephant becomes sick, herd members will bring it food and help support it as it stands.

Once it is clear that an Elephant is dead, the herd will become very quiet.

They often dig a shallow grave and cover the deceased Elephant with dirt and branches, and will stay at the grave for days afterwards.

Elephants do not lie down to sleep because of the excellent support their very straight legs give them.

The Elephant taxonomic order, Proboscidea, has only 3 members today, but it used to have over forty.

Unfortunately, all Elephant species are endangered.


Saturday, 17 May 2014

Cat Saves Young Boy From A Dog Attack With Flying Karate Kick

A four-year-old boy has confirmed his faithful cat a hero after she leapt to his rescue when a dog bit him and pulled him off his bike…

Jeremy Triantafilo was playing in the drive of his California home on Tuesday when the dog attacked him, viciously biting into his leg and dragging him from his bike onto the tarmac, only for Tara to fly in, throw herself at the dog and chase it off down the street moments later.

This scene was caught on CCTV and spread like wildfire around the internet attracting over 5 million views on YouTube in just a few days. 

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