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3 Aug

Mama Goose Defends Flock Against Animals They'd Never Encounter in the Wild

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

Never mess with a mama goose protecting her babies. Three giraffes learned that the hard way when they got a little too close for comfort to a family of these beautiful birds.

It started out simply enough, with a lone giraffe stuck behind bars just wanting to pay a visit to some animals he had never seen before.

 

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When the second giraffe moved in, things got a little heated and the mama goose was forced to give him a warning.

 

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By the time the third giraffe strolled up, the mama goose had had enough and let the curious giraffes know it.

 

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3 Aug

Loyal Dog Waits Days Outside Hospital for His Dying Owner

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

There are few expressions of love purer than the loyalty of a dog. Care staff at a hospital in Brazil recently witnessed that immense dedication firsthand.

Earlier this month in the city of Sidrolândia, an elderly woman with a life-threatening illness was rushed by ambulance to the local hospital. Perhaps sensing that she was unwell and unwilling to await her return, the patient's dog, who had been left alone at home, somehow managed to track his human down.

Paramedics suspect the dog may have followed one of the ailing woman's family members to the hospital door, G1 Globo News reports — but the most remarkable thing is what happened when he got there.

The dog waited. And waited. And waited.

For more than a week, the dog refused to budge from his spot outside the hospital doors.

"He looked inside like he was waiting for someone and would not leave," Olga Caroline Baldin, a receptionist at the hospital, told the local news outlet. "He stood at the ready, looking inside, waiting — it was impressive. There were times when people had to jump through the hospital entrance because he didn't move for anyone."

Sadly, the dog's long wait was in vain. Just a few days after being admitted, his dying owner passed away even as his vigil continued.

The dog's incredible loyalty, and incredible loss, wasn't lost on those who worked at the hospital. According to the facility's director, they've since arranged for him to stay with a foster until they can find him a permanent home:

"Many people want to adopt him, many people came to me to want to take the dog, I received many calls. Even a doctor of ours wanted to adopt." 

Here's footage of the dog, taken on the third day of his vigil.

There's a reason dogs are called a "mans best friend". Watch this touching clip from Pit Bulls and Parolees when two dogs were reunited with their owner, a war veteran who recently relocated to California. 

3 Aug

Dog Stuck in Shelter So Long They Changed His Name

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)
 
Sometimes the longer a pup is at a shelter, the less likely it feels he'll ever get adopted. One shelter decided to give an extra boost to a dog who has been particularly down on his luck.

The Humane Society of South Mississippi was troubled that a wonderful dog named Elmo hadn't found the right family for him. Elmo came to them, sickly and weak, from an overcrowded local shelter where he was on the euthanasia list.

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"He is such a great dog … he's a great size, he's got a great personality and he's breaking our hearts every day he stays in the shelter," the Humane Society of South Mississippi told The Dodo. "So, we decided to post just exactly how many days he has been here."

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3 Aug

This Incredible Hummingbird Changes Colors With Every Turn

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

Can you count how many times this bird changes colors in less than 4 seconds?

He's an Anna's hummingbird, and technically, the bird's feathers never change color. It's the angle, not the feathers, that determine what color we see.

"A good comparison would be a thin layer of oil on water," Kenn Kaufman, the National Audubon Society's field director, told The Dodo.

Microscopic platelet structures on the hummingbird's feathers reflect light the same way that oil does on water. As the angle between the source of light, these microscopic platelets and our eyes changes, the color of the feathers appears to change too, according to Kaufman.

As for this particular Anna's hummingbird, let's slow the footage down, so we can catch every mesmerizing costume change.

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3 Aug

Second American Hunter Accused of Illegally Hunting Lion

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Photo by Michal Bednarek/Veer

Not long after an American dentist took part in an illegal lion hunt, another American hunter finds himself facing similar accusations.

Officials with Zimbabwe's National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority allege that Jan Casimir Seski illegally killed a lion during a bow hunt in April near Hwange National Park.

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3 Aug

Mange Covered Puppy is Unrecognizable

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 (Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

When Kristy was first pulled from an animal shelter by a rescue group, she had been homeless and suffered from a severe case of mange. Her skin was covered in pustules and she'd already lost so much hair, vets couldn't determine what breed of dog she was.

There seemed to be no hope of her being adopted, especially since the shelter didn't have the funds to get her the care she needed. Kristy was set to be euthanized when the folks at Vet Ranch Rescue, luckily, found her.

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3 Aug

Baby Lions, Wild and Free

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(Guest post by Emily Watson from thedodo.com)

You're only as small as you think.

For more resources about how you can help protect our wildlife, goto AnimalsAreNotTrophies.com.

Watch full episodes of Into the Pride here.

Check out some clips from the series here:

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3 Aug

Brave Little Jaguar Cub Immediately Regrets Leaping Into Pool

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

Black jaguars are known to be quite capable swimmers — but even they have to start somewhere.

Here's an adventurous cub named Cielo who seems to have somewhat overestimated her inborn aquatic abilities. While hanging out poolside with her caretakers from the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation, Cielo summoned the blind confidence to take a big bold leap into the water — only to discover that staying afloat isn't as easy as it looks.

But hey, who hasn't been there?

 

Funny as it is, this sweet scene of Cielo's humbling swim lesson nearly never happened. Prior to being rescued by the foundation, she was destined for a life of exploitation:

The original people who 'cared' for her at birth planned to sell her to a pet shop owner whose mission was to drug her to take photos with the public for profit. We were so lucky to have intercepted her from a life (if one could call it that) in confinement. She was our first baby and the cornerstone of the Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation. Cielo is a force of nature to be dealt with and she loves to exhibit her power, beauty, and grace whenever possible.

Thankfully, Cielo has since grown up to be as beautiful as an adult than she was cute as a cub.

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3 Aug

Dog Realizes He's Being Watched, Gets Totally Self Conscious

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

Dogs all have their guilty pleasures, the things they like to do when the humans aren't around. This pup was engaging in a little scratching against one of the kitchen cabinets, which he thought no one knew about ... until someone did.

The dog is just scratching away, minding his own business ...

... when he realizes that he's been discovered. He decides if he just doesn't move, maybe no one will remember this ever happened. 

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3 Aug

There Aren't Many Words for This Pomeranian's Sneeze

Everyone has their own unique sneeze. This Pomeranian puppy in particular has a very, VERY unique sneeze. As if toy breeds don't already sound like squeaky toys!

This dog can sneeze on command! Check him out here:

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