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22 Dec

Monkey Saves Friend with "CPR"

 

How amazing is this video of a monkey in India reviving an injured member of his troop? The injured monkey was knocked unconscious after being shocked by high voltage wires and falling to the ground. His friend then administered the monkey version of CPR, which was to bite and dunk him under water to try to wake him up.

There was no mouth-to-mouth or chest compressions, and the manner might've lacked finesse, but it worked. The injured monkey eventually recovered and was able to walk away. 

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 Protect Wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation. 

 

18 Dec

Shedd Aquarium Otter Pup Has a Brand New Name: Meet Luna!

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©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

Last week, Chicago's Shedd Aquarium - with the help of Good Morning America and over 10,000 voters - announced the new name for Otter 681, who was taken in by the aquarium through a partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium last month.

Voters had the opportunity to choose from five names (Cali, Ellie, Poppy, Ana and Luna). Which was the winning name? Luna! We think it's a perfect fit.

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©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

During the special event held at the aquarium last Thursday, Luna was introduced to the otter exhibit at the Regenstein Sea Otter habitat in the Abbott Oceanarium at Shedd - where she'll become a fixture in the spring of 2015.

When she was first brought in, she weighed in at just six pounds. She's 11 pounds now and learning new things every day - from diving, to foraging for food, to grooming on her own.

For the latest updates on Luna, visit Shedd’s website at sheddaquarium.org/sheddpup, or follow the pup’s progress on Shedd's Facebook page and Twitter account.

To learn more about otters, check out this article. To see a sea otter learn how to forage for fish, watch the video below:

17 Dec

Derby Gets Prosthetic Legs, New Life

Derby is a dog with malformed front legs. It wasn't until he was adopted that he got the chance to run.

"I kept looking at his photo and hearing his story, and I cried literally every time," caretaker Tara Anderson told 3D Systems. "Finally, I messaged [her] and I was like 'Okay, I'll do it. I'll take care of him!'" 

Tara felt the obligation to help Derby and started by getting him a cart, which helped but still limited his mobility and ability to play with other dogs.

Derby

(YouTube/3D Systems)

Unsatisfied with the wheeled options to assist disabled dogs, Tara sought additional help. The result was a set of custom designed, 3D printed prosthetic legs that allow Derby to run, play and LIVE!

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7 Nov

Prepare Yourself for Cute Overload: Shedd Aquarium Rescues Orphaned Sea Otter Pup

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©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

We couldn't send you off into the weekend without something ridiculously cute to look at, so enjoy awwing at the cuteness of Otter 681, who just arrived at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium as part of a joint rescue effort with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the United States Fish and Wildlife Services.

The orphaned six-pound female pup arrived at Shedd last Tuesday after living the first four weeks of her life at Monterey Bay in order to make sure was stabilized.

"Pup 681’s situation was urgent. As an organization dedicated to marine mammal care and conservation, we were perfectly positioned to ensure that this little pup had a home, providing the long-term care needed to survive," Tim Binder, Vice President of Animal Collections for Shedd, said in a statement. "This rescued animal provides an opportunity for us to learn more about the biological and behavioral attributes of this threatened species and to encourage people to preserve and protect them in the wild."

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©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

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30 Oct

Bats Need Love Too

Halloween is upon us, and what animal is more a symbol of the holiday than the bat? It's also Bat Week, a designation created to help raise awereness about how awesome bats are, how important they are to us, and to help people realize that most of what you THINK you know about them is wrong. Read on to have all of your bat myths dispelled!

3642531568_a1a9253ef2_bPhoto by Mark Evans via Flickr Creative Commons.

Did you know?

  • Bats are diverse. With over 1,000 species, bats are the most diverse group of mammals.
  • Bats are not rodents. They're not even closely related to rodents. They belong to the mammal order Chiroptera (rodents belong to the order Rodentia), so calling them "flying rats" is flat-out wrong.
  • Bats eat more than mosquitoes. Some bats do eat mosquitoes, but that's not all they eat. Most species in North America feed primarily on insects and help control populations of beetles and moths that are agricultural pests. Other species feed on flower nectar and are important pollinators. Some eat fruit. There are other species that specialize in feeding on fish, frogs or small mammals. And of course, there are three species of vampire bat that feed on the blood of other animals.
  • Bats aren't blind. All bat species have eyes and none are blind. Many species do primarily rely on echolocation to find their prey.
  • Bats won't get tangled in your hair. Bats sometimes swoop close to people, likely in an effort to catch mosquitoes trying to bite us, and so it's possible that behavior inspired this myth.
  • Bats are not dangerous. While bats can carry rabies like most other mammals, your chances of being bitten by a rabid bat are exceedingly low. That chance goes down to zero if you never try to handle a bat. A bat can't bite you if it doesn't touch you, and the only way that will happen is if you try to touch it. Here's how to remove a bat (or bats) that get into your home.
  • Bats are in trouble. Over six million bats have died in North America in just the last few years. The deadly killer is a disease known as white-nose syndrome that mysteriously appeared in 2006 and proceeded to wipe out mass numbers of bats. Biologists are still trying to figure out what white-nose syndrom is and how to stop it.
  • Bat boxes do work. Many people try to help bats by putting out bat boxes, only to be disappointed when bats don't move in. Bats boxes do work, but you have to have the correct model and you have to mount it properly. Here's a good tutorial on building and mounting a bat box.

So there you have it: bats are awesome! If you're still not convinced, watch this video of an orphaned bat responding to its caretakers, and your heart will melt. 

  

 Adopt a Bat with the National Wildlife Federation.

21 Oct

Hundreds of Salamanders Gather on Steps

What would you do if you woke up one morning and found THIS in your stairway? 

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Photo by Missouri Department of Conservation via Facebook.

That's exactly what happened to one St. Louis area homeowner. No, these are not snakes, or even reptiles. They are an amphibian species called a ringed salamander.

The Missouri Department of Conservation posted this picture of the gathering--which is called a "congress of salamanders"--to their Facebook page and had this to say about it:

"Our St. Louis office got a call last week from a homeowner who had this pile of ringed salamanders trapped in an outside stairway. In autumn they travel by night to fishless woodland ponds where they may congregate by the hundreds for breeding. The salamanders were moved to a nearby fishless pond so they could continue.... If you see activity like this, let us know so we can help wildlife get back on the right road."

I'm most impressed with the homeowner, who did the right thing by contacting the Missouri Department of Conservation instead of a pest control company.

Amphibians like salamanders are on the decline globally. They are affected by habitat destruction, collection for the pet trade, climate change, pollution and disease.  Their sensitive skin aborbs toxins from the air and water and as a result, amphibians are considered "canaries in the coal mine" because their presence is an indicator of the health of the greater environment. If you have them in your neighborhood, that's a great sign.

Find out what you can do to help amphibians from the National Wildlife Federation. 

20 Oct

Nothing is Cuter Than This Baby Rhino Playing With a Goat

Today's installment of utter cuteness comes to us from the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in South Africa.

The centre's mission is to conserve rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. A big part of their work is captive breeding of endangered species. While they specialize in cheetahs, the Centre cares for many other species as well, including Gertjie the orphaned white rhinoceros

Gertjie--nicknamed "Little G"--has a sad story that is all too common. He was found next to the body of his dead mother, who was killed and mutilated by poachers. They hacked off her horn for the lucrative traditional Chinese medicine black market.

Practiced throughout Asia, traditional Chinese medicaine holds that rhino horn is used to treat a variety illnesses--despite the fact that science has shown that it actually has no medicinal value and despite the fact that killing rhinos for their horns is illegal. Rhinos are rapidly declining and some species are close to extinction. Yet such is the power of tradition and faith.

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Southern white rhinoceros calf.

Luckily for Little G, he was rescued and brought to the Centre. White rhinos are the most social of the five rhino species, and even after Little G recovered from the trauma of losing his mother, it was evident that he needed companionship. So the folks at the Centre introduced Little G to a pair of goats, and a fast friendship was born.

Here is Little G frolicking with Lammie the goat. The joy the two animals are experiencing in this video is evident and infectious. Whenever I get down about the horrible things people do to animals, videos like this one and the story of Little G's rescue help remind me that there are still good people and good things happening in the world.

 

Photo by Vanessa via Flickr Creative Commons.

8 Oct

Washington Firefighters Rescue Family of Hamsters

 

BABY-HAMSTER-OXYGEN-500 Firefighters in Lacey, Washington, had the chance recently to be heroes in more ways than one when they rescued a family of hamsters from the home of their human family.

"I can think of a handful of times where we have saved small animals (rodents, birds and even a few fish) from house fires," Battilion Chief Tim Hulse told Animal Planet. "The most common animal rescue is family dogs and cats. Obviously, our first priority is to locate and rescue any humans in the structure. Once we have confirmed that the house is clear and that the situation is under control, checking for family pets is often one of our next tasks."

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The firefighters found the family in the living room and after removing them from the structure, they gave them oxygen via breathing tubes, which were tiny enough to act like teeny oxygen masks for the hamsters. Sadly, one baby hamster was lost, but two adults and two other babies were saved - which is pretty amazing considering what they went through.

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6 Oct

Great Cause: Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge

Pet-challenege-blog Here at Animal Planet, we love great causes that help animal organizations financially and also help raise awareness about their cause.

The Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge launched Sept. 29 and has already done big things in a short amount of time. The challenge, which is meant to help organizations that specialize in reducing euthanasia in shelters - whether it's through TNR, SNR, spay neuter, shelter and rescue and so on - is giving organizations a platform to raise money to help their cause. The best part? The organization that raises the most money will also receive a $50,000 donation. The second will get $20,000, the third $10,000. Each week, organizations will also have a chance to win up to $20,000 in prizes.

And while this is a challenge with a competition element, whatever each organization raises between now and Oct. 30, they'll get to keep. And so far a little over $135,000 has been raised. We'd say that's pretty awesome.

If you want to learn more about the challenge and also support a cause of your choice, head the the challenge page. We also encourage you to learn more about Found Animals, an independently funded non-profit that seeks to to reduce the number of animals euthanized in shelters each year.

And don't forget to check out our ROAR campaign as well!

3 Oct

Man And Dog Reunited At Villalobos After Weeks Apart

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Do you believe in Karma?

Since Villalobos Rescue Center arrived in New Orleans, Tia and her team have become familiar with the homeless community, who turn to the rescue for their dogs needs.

One homeless man named Rick relied on the VRC’s generosity before. One day, his pit bull, Karma, fell into a local river, and Rick jumped in after her. Karma came out unscathed, Rick ended up with a bad staph infection that forced him into a hospital for treatment, according to VRC. That forced Rick to do the unthinkable and leave Karma with Tia at VRC.

Tia didn’t get Rick’s last name or the name of the hospital he’d be staying at. Who knows if Rick would ever return? Regardless, Tia made Karma feel at home, as did the VRC supporters that sent in plenty of pink collars and other goodies for the pit bull.

Fortunately for everyone involved, Rick returned to VRC about two weeks later. Needless to say, Karma couldn't look any happier. Have some tissues handy and take a look at the pictures on the VRC Facebook page.

UPDATE: Things are looking up for Rick and Karma! VRC announced that Rick is working for the rescue and has found temporary housing! To learn more and help the two, visit the VRC Facebook for more information.

More amazing rescues await when Pit Bulls and Parolees returns for its sixth season Saturday at 10/9c! Believe us, you’ll want to have some tissues handy for the season premiere!

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