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17 Jun

Alien Cat Matilda Has Landed on Earth ... Er, Instagram

Meet Matilda, a rising Instagram kitty cat star with over 60,000 followers. She was born on Valentine's Day 2013, according to her earthling parents, who go by "The Bearded Man" and "The Lady."

She was born with normal eyes. But a progressive, genetic condition that has developed since her birth has left her with large, alien-esque eyeballs, leaving her blind.

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3 Jun

Caitlyn the Dog on Road to Recovery After Being Found With Muzzle Taped Shut

WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 - Charleston News, Sports, Weather 

A 15-month-old chocolate Staffordshire terrier mix is in danger of losing part of her tongue after she was found with her muzzle taped shut by electrical tape. According to WCIV-TV Charleston, her muzzle was taped so tight, her tongue was stuck out between her teeth, and turned black.

Caitlyn the puppy, who has been the focus of hashtags, thousands of dollars in rewards, and campaigns calling for harsher penalties for animal abusers, was found by former care takers who immediately contacted authorities. They say they sold the dog on Memorial day for only $10 dollars, after fear that they could not control the puppy and she would cause them to be evicted. Only two days had passed when they found the puppy in critical condition outside of their home. Authorities are continuing to investigate the case and have arrested the man who previous owners say they sold the dog to.

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2 Jun

Missing Cat Rescued from Inside Garden Wall (VIDEO)

We love a heroic rescue - and the actions of Lee Cooper, a builder in Fishbourne near Chichester, England, are just that. After hearing the cries of a cat coming from a wall in his yard, Cooper worked for two hours to free the black and white cat named Domino from the enclosure, according to the Hastings & St. Leonard's Observer.

After working to free the cat, Cooper took it to a nearby vet as it appeared to have little use of its hind legs. Thankfully the cat was microchipped and belonged to a neighbor not far from Cooper's home.

“I had almost given up hope of finding him so I’m very relieved to have him home," his owner told the Observer.

Domino will need to rest indoors for some time and will need to be prevented from jumping as he recovers. It's unclear how he got into the wall as there are no clear openings on either side.

For more on the story, head to the Observer.

For another heartwarming rescue, watch this clip from Treetop Cat Rescue:

2 Jun

Firefighters Save 17 Pets in Ohio House Fire

Firefighters in Euclid, Ohio saved 17 pets from a house fire early Thursday morning, according to Cleveland.com. The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen after a cardboard box on top of the stove caught fire and caused about $50,000 worth of damages. While flames were out quickly, 19 animals suffered smoke poison injuries from smoke inhalation, one dog and one cat were unable to be saved. Many of the dogs and cats were rescue animals. To find out how to help, click here.

To see more daring cat rescues, check out the video below and tune into Treetop Cat Rescue every Saturday at 9/8c!

27 May

Super Cool Bear, Just Hanging Out, Walking Around Like a Human (VIDEO)

Oh hi, bear. What's happenin'? Going for an afternoon stroll, you say? ...

Check out this too cool for you Asiatic black bear who struts his stuff on his two hind legs, like a human:  

Although this video may appear to be too cute, the bear's backstory isn't so adorable -- he was rescued from a bile farm where he was malnourished as a cub. Because he was so underfed, his upper body developed much smaller than your typical Asiatic black bear, allowing him to be able to support himself on his hind legs.  He learned to stand up on his hind legs at his rescue as a means of receiving food from visitors.

Bear-walks
Photo: YouTube image

*HUGS* ... We heart you, Bear. <3

 

Learn more about bears in our video archives: 

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13 May

Firefighter's Helmet Camera Captures Amazing Dog Rescue (VIDEO)


A helmet camera captured the perils firefighters face on a daily basis - and also captured the rescue of a dog suffering from complications from smoke and heat, according to AOL.

St. Tammany Fire District No. 3 shared the video from last Wednesday's blaze in Lacombe, Louisiana. Apparently, the dog was rescued, given oxygen, then taken to an emergency vet, but it's condition is not currently known.

Watch this video of another amazing dog rescue by a firefighter:

8 May

Watch: Time Lapse of Rescue Dog from Puppy to Adult (VIDEO)

When filmmaker Dave Meinert rescued a sick, four-week-old Great Dane puppy, he did so because he wanted to be sure someone was looking out for her. The puppy, named Pegasus, was the result on an irresponsible backyard breeder. Other puppies in Pegasus's litter had either passed away or were deformed, and Pegasus herself suffered from a pigment deficiency that can lead to deafness and blindness, Fast Company Create reported.

Meinart wanted to document his work with Pegasus - so he set up a camera in front of the treadmill he used to help her exercise. And from there he captured an adorable collection of her growth and of their warm relationship.

As Meinert states in the video, the months he's had with Pegasus have been great, but because of her illness, he isn't sure how long he has with her. We think that Pegasus is one lucky pup to have someone looking out for her and ensuring that however long her life might be, it's one filled with love.

Learn more about Great Danes:

1 May

Farm Animals Rescued After California Freeway Crash

Los Angeles firefighters were on the scene after a tractor-trailer carrying farm animals crashed on the westbound 210 freeway in the northern area of the San Fernando Valley on Wednesday, 89.33 KPCC reports.

NBC 4 reports that the driver suffered non-life threatening injuries and was being treated at a local hospital. The trailer contained two pregnant cows, sheep and a dog. Sadly, one of the cows suffered a broken leg and had to be euthanized. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

For more on the story, check out NBC4.

Watch this incredible video of a cow giving birth:

30 Apr

Villagers in India Come to Elephant Calf's Rescue After it Falls Down Abandoned Well (VIDEO)

After discovering that a baby elephant had fallen into an abandoned well while traveling with its herd, Villagers in southern India worked together to rescue the animal - something we can all celebrate because we could all use something a little heartwarming this Thursday.

The two-year-old calf, who was traveling in Kuttampuzha Forest Range in Kerala according to The Independent, fell into the hole and its cries alerted villagers to its troubles. The poor little guy was confused and was seen going under water, trying to dig its way out.

Forestry officials were called and they brought in an excavator to dig a pathway for it, then helped pull it out. The calf then ran into the forest, were we hope it found its herd.

While Yao Ming worked with African elephants and not Asian ones, we still find acts like this encouraging. Watch Yao Ming interacting with an orphaned African elephant calf in the video below:

9 Apr

Stray Dogs Attend a Stray Care-Giver's Funeral Unannounced

After dedicating years of her life to taking care of strays, dogs and cats alike, 71-year-old Margarita Suárez, received an unexpected honor at her funeral.

Even though she was transported 830 miles from her home town, strays in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, gathered to express their condolences. 

The workers at the funeral home hadn't seen anything like this before. 

Her daughter Patricia Urrutia said her "mom has always been good with all animals and people... Always fed the dogs on her block and the 20 stray cats that lived there." She even carried around bags of food for the strays she met. 

Maybe the food and love she gave to the strays around her home was the talk of the stray community all over Mexico? Who knows! Canine friends just wanted to come to pay respects and mourn the loss of this generous woman. 

"They stayed with my mother all day, and then at night they all stayed- but In the morning all the dogs vanished but one, but one hour before we brought my mom to be cremated the dogs came back and grouped around as if to say goodbye," Urrutia told ABC News. "I swear by God that it was beautiful, marvelous."

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