Friday, May 22, 2015

Celebrities Help Save the World's Last Male Northern White Rhino

One of the world’s most critically endangered animals is about to get a little star-studded support.  Over the next few months, as many as 18 celebrities from around the world will travel to Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where they will have the opportunity to meet one of the planet’s rarest animals: Sudan, the last male northern white rhino.  Only five northern white rhinos remain alive, and Sudan is 42. Three of them live at Ol Pejeta. Two other elderly females live at zoos in San Diego and the Czech Republic. None of the animals is capable of breeding naturally. Ol Pejeta is exploring artificial means of reproduction to preserve the species.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lucky The Elephant's Paintings Raise Money For Her Treatment

Lucky the elephant is an artist unlike any other, using her talents to not only raise awareness for an important cause, but to also raise money to help herself fight a rare disease.  Fifteen-year-old Lucky was raised at the Cambodian rescue center after she was abandoned at only 6 months old. Her mother, rescuers said, was likely killed by poachers.Nick Marx, wildlife rescue director at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center in Cambodia, said that she has become a symbol of the conservation movement at the center.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

More Say Animals Should Have Same Rights as People

Almost a third of Americans, 32%, believe animals should be given the same rights as people, while 62% say they deserve some protection but can still be used for the benefit of humans. The strong animal rights view is up from 2008 when 25% thought animals' rights should be on par with humans'.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

21 Animal Pictures To Make You Crease Yourself

THERE ARE OF course thousand, nay, MILLIONS of gas animal pictures on the internet.  This is just a selection of our favorites…

Monday, May 18, 2015

He Didn’t Know How Long His Puppy Had To Live So He Filmed Her Every Day

Dave Meinert made a beautiful film of his dog Pegasus as she grew up.   This video has gone hugely viral in the last week.  It was made by Dave Meinert, 34, a film-maker from South Africa, and it stars Pegasus.Meinert rescued her from backyard breeders when she was a puppy.  He told BuzzFeed: “Most of her siblings died or were deformed. I’ll never know what was wrong.”  He said: “She saw seven vets in the beginning. She’s just a dog that’s always sick and always, always happy.”

Friday, May 15, 2015

Seeing Humanity In Farm Animals

You can tell a lot about a person from their expressions. Perplexed eyebrows, pursed lips.  Animals are no different.  From raised noses to lowered heads, outward displays of emotion are not exclusive to humans. But perhaps that isn't the message inked in these portraits taken by Ronan Yver.  Farm animals have their own stories. Their lives consist of more than rolling in the mud and grazing the fields. The perception of farm life cannot be taken at face value. You have to dig deeper for the truth under the skin.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

For the Love of Animals

Linda and Gary Childs go almost everywhere with their “little girl.”  The retirees, from West Boylston, Mass., love to parade 3-year-old Chino down busy streets in her stroller. They take her to restaurants dressed in her fur-lined vest or polo hoodie where “she sits in her own chair, very polite.”  But their favorite place may be the seashore, where Chino wears sunglasses and one of her four beach dresses while lounging in a chair embroidered with her name.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Can Emoji Help Save Endangered Animals?

Saving wildlife is now just a tweet away.  On Tuesday, WWF International launched its worldwide “Endangered Emoji” campaign, which lets users contribute to the organization’s conservation efforts by tweeting any one of 17 endangered emoji animals.The campaign reflects recent efforts by charities and advocacy groups to marry philanthropy and social media. In the last few years, donating to a cause has become increasingly simple, as websites, text messaging, and finally Facebook and Twitter provided anyone with a smartphone or an Internet connection with a way to participate or give with a click.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ancient Egyptian Mummies Often Not Actually Mummified Animals

According to a new study, many animal mummies from ancient Egypt contain zero mummified animal. Cats are maybe not 100% pure unadulterated cat; ibises might be mud and some feathers. I’m sorry but the window for refunds has quite definitely closed.  That’s according to the BBC, reporting on findings by the Manchester Museum and the University of Manchester. In a pretty neato application of modern technology, they’ve been scanning a bunch of animal mummies they’ve got lying around. Around a third contain precisely zilch in the way of skeletons.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Cutest Animal Parenting Moments Ever

Humans aren’t the only species that can be incredibly affectionate towards their children. As these adorable pictures show, the intimate child-parent relationship can be witnessed across the animal kingdom.