Thursday, July 2, 2015

Video: Turtle Takes GoPro Through Great Barrier Reef

Maybe you meant to book a tropical vacation this summer and just kept putting it off. But does it even matter? It's not like you were going to catch a piggyback ride on a turtle's shell, relaxing like you've never relaxed before.  This turtle doesn't even know that the UNESCO World Heritage Committee is deciding whether or not his super cool hometown, the Great Barrier Reef, will be considered endangered. He's just casually gliding through the ocean with a GoPro on his back, checking out some fish.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Animals Key To Understanding Host Of Human Problems

Just a day after rescuing a Smooth Collie mix from her local shelter, Sara Laufer from Los Angeles was shocked to learn her new dog Alli had breast cancer.  Laufer took Allie to see Mona Rosenberg at the Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City.  “She did have surgery to remove her breast tumors and then she started on a brand new chemotherapy drug that we’ve not been able to use in veterinary medicine but has been used for many, many different types of cancers in people for more than 20 years,” Rosenberg said.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Girl Donates Birthday Money to Help Animals

On a day when most children savor getting gifts and lots of personal attention, Zoe Marcum thought of others, especially some four-legged friends.  Zoe, who turned 8 on Monday, celebrated at Young-Williams Animal Center by stopping by the animal holding areas and giving each animal a gift. She paid for the gifts with her birthday money.  "I was thinking about all those animals, and I really like animals. And, I really enjoy pets. I really have a bunch of stuff already and I kind of wanted to take a break from getting more," she told 10News.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Ridiculously Good Looking Gorilla Is Very Popular in Japan

All ladies are swooning, but this time it's not over a man. Well not a human one at least. Believe it or not these women have eyes for a gorilla.  With a chiseled face, smug smile and sunken eyes, the attractive primate named Shibani lives at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden in Japan.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Latest Tool to Help Save Tigers From Extinction

Conservation scientists have a new tool in the battle to save tigers. They have found a way to track the animals via their scent spray, which is—no kidding—a citrus-scented mix of urine and anal gland secretions that tigers use to mark their territory and tell other cats when they’re in the mood for love.  Scientists typically use scat to trace tigers. But tiger spray is two to eight times more frequently found than scat, generally as an oily sheen on certain bushes about five feet above the ground. In the new research, published in the June issue of the journal Conservation Genetics Resources, scientists showed that the DNA in tiger spray was better for tracking and identifying individual cats than the genetic material in scat, which breaks down in humid climates.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lion Among 23,000 Species Threatened With Extinction

The mighty lion, reclusive cave crabs and the world's rarest sea lion are among nearly 23,000 species at risk of dying out, a top conservation body warned on Tuesday.  In an update to its "Red List" of threatened species, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature hailed some clear advances in saving endangered species like the Iberian Lynx.  But, it warned, those successes have been overshadowed by declines in a range of species, with 22,784 species of animals and plants threatened with extinction.  "Our natural world is becoming increasingly vulnerable," warned IUCN chief Inger Andersen, urging increased efforts to save species teetering on the edge.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Do Animals Laugh? Tickle Experiments Suggest They Do

How do whales hear music? They listen to orca-stras!  I told that joke to a lizard and got crickets. It made me wonder the same thing as Eid Muhammad Afridi, who asked Saturday's Weird Animal Question of the Week, "Do animals laugh?"  So far, apes and rats are the only known animals to get the giggles.  Koko, the western lowland gorilla famous for her facility with sign language, "thinks that me being clumsy is funny," and will make laughing noises, says Penny Patterson, president of the California-based Gorilla Foundation.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Meet the Brave Cat Who Won a ‘Hero Dog’ Award

For the first time, a Los Angeles shelter’s Hero Dog award has gone to a cat.  In May 2014, Tara the cat fought off a dog that attacked her 6-year-old owner as he rode his bicycle in the driveway of the family’s Bakersfield home.  Tara body-slammed Scrappy, a chow-mix that lived next door, when the dog got out of his yard, ran for Jeremy Triantafilo, grabbed his leg and started shaking from side-to-side. Tara chased the dog toward its home. It was later euthanized.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Deaf Dog Learns Sign Language While Waiting For Someone To Love Him

Gordon's world is a silent one.  Totally deaf and abandoned on the streets of London, Gordon would have reason to withdraw from the world around him.  For Gordon, who has been looking for a forever home since last year, being deaf has hurt his chances of being adopted.  Still, Gordon is an incredibly sweet individual, and people at the shelter Gordon currently calls home are not quick to give up on finding him a real home, and a way to communicate — through sign language. "Our staff are teaching him sign and rewarding him with treats," Raffy Hamid, of The Mayhew Animal Home, told The Dodo.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The World's Most Famous Utilitarian on Animal Rights

Most philosophers dream of having one big, deeply influential idea. Peter Singer has had three. His 1975 book Animal Liberation served as the founding text of the animal rights movement, and provided a powerful ethical rationale for vegetarianism. In Practical Ethics and Rethinking Life and Death, he challenged traditional ideas about personhood and offered a vigorous defense of abortion and, in some cases, infanticide. His 1972 essay "Famine, Affluence, and Morality" used a simple thought experiment to back up a powerful conclusion: people in rich countries, he thinks, are morally obligated give away a big portion of their income to poor people in the developing world.