How does a thing become a person? In December 2013, the lawyer Steven Wise showed the world how, with a little legal jujitsu, an animal can transition from a thing without rights to a person with legal protections. This Op-Doc video follows Mr. Wise on his path to filing the first-ever lawsuits in the United States demanding limited “personhood” rights for certain animals, on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State. http://tinyurl.com/kpveayt -Igor Purlantov
For one very talented ape, having no trainer and no assistance is no problem when it comes to making a favorite fireside snack. Kanzi the bonobo is not your average animal. The ape knows some American Sign Language, can create stone tools, and apparently cooks. That last trait is highlighted in aviral videofrom BBC One. The U.K. network's show "Monkey Planet" explores "your animal family as you've never seen it before." In the series, the characteristics that primates share with humans are explored. A shining example comes courtesy of Kanzi. George McGavin, the host of the show, narrates the video. In the minute-long clip published to the BBC's YouTube channel, Kanzi is shown building a fire. The bonobo breaks debris and wood before piling the pieces neatly. He then lights a match and uses a small branch to ignite the fire. http://tinyurl.com/m3jjt33 -Igor Purlantov
Cats might be the darlings of the Internet, but you don't often see them out and about with their humans, lounging at coffee shops or parks like their canine counterparts. So unless you're a cat breeder, a regular reader of ourcat breed profilepages or a faithfulcat show attendee, chances are there are many cat breeds and varieties you've never heard of. Whether you're looking tobring home a new kittyor simply want to impress your friends with your superior feline knowledge, here are 11 rare or lesser-known cat breeds you should know about.
After falling 75 feet from a tree onto concrete, an adorable baby squirrel is on the mend, with a super cute cast on her broken ankle. The injured squirrel was found by a private citizen on April 8, who took her to Animal Control Services in the District of Columbia. She was then brought to City Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center in Washington, D.C., where she was treated. http://tinyurl.com/kbq9dh2
How did the zebra get its stripes? It sounds like the theme for a “Just
So” story that Rudyard Kipling never got around to writing. You would
think that someone would have come up with the definitive answer by now,
but, in fact, the reason zebras have stripes remains a biological
mystery. The laws of evolution suggest that the random emergence of
stripes on the ancestors of modern zebras must have had some sort of
advantage that allowed them to reproduce more prolifically than their
unstriped brethren. The striped animals would have become more common
with each generation, ultimately outlasting the ones without stripes.
It’s kinda strange." That was New Jersey resident Barrett
Griner's first thought when he checked his mail last week and found that
one of the mail items from his local county clerk's office was not for
him. It was for his 5-year-old German Shepherd dog, IV. "I got the mail and I look at it, and I’m like IV Griner, this is my dog’s name," he said. "I’m wondering like, What is this?
Something from the county office about her vaccinations or something?
Like, why is my dog getting mail?"
Easter is a holiday
that celebrates the coming of spring and the birth of new life. Hence,
many images of Easter are synonymous with images of springtime such as
flowers, gentle colors and baby animals.
Although decorated eggs, Easter baskets (usually filled with candy),
and the Easter Bunny are the most iconic Easter imagery, baby animals
are also ever-present symbols in the holiday’s décor.
A daring dog that raced alongside a Metro-North train from the South
Bronx to Manhattan last week as passengers and crew cringed in fear she
would get hurt has been adopted, officials said Monday. The dog, named Tie by MTA workers for
all the railroad ties she ran across, went home to her new family on
Sunday, according to Animal Care & Control.
Fans of the PBS series “Nature”
are used to having their breath taken away by the photography, but
they’re less accustomed to having their heartstrings tugged. Wednesday’s
installment, “My Bionic Pet,” about animals with disabilities, goes for
the emotions. It’s one of three programs this week that prove that
television about nonhuman creatures can be more than mere pretty
pictures or idiotic turtle wrangling.
As political unrest continues to threaten the peace in Ukraine, thousands of animals at one of the country's zoos are at the brink of starvation, an international conservation group announced this week. TheLawrence Anthony Earth Organization, a nonprofit headquartered in South Africa, told The Huffington Post there has been a severe scarcity of food and medical supplies for the estimated 5,700 animals at the 104-year-old Nikolaev Zoo, located in southern Ukraine, since government funding for the zoo dried up a few weeks ago. "The fact is, they were just two days away from totally running out of food for the carnivores when we found out about this and began providing meat," the organization's international president, Barbara Wiseman, told HuffPost via email. "The rest of the animals were just two weeks away from running out of food."