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30 Jul

The World Would be a Better Place #IfAnimalsMadeLaws

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Early Thursday morning, perhaps as a collective response to the tragic killing of Cecil the lion, Twitter users across the country began tweeting out the laws that would exist if animals were in charge. The hashtag #IfAnimalsMadeLaws was soon trending nationally.

Some of the suggestions are serious.

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Some are silly.

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30 Jul

In the Darkness of Cecil's Death, Jane Goodall Sees Light

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

After the tragic news broke over Cecil the lion's death, the internet has been flurried with a mixture of mourning and dentist-bashing. A source of stability in the chaos, Jane Goodall speaks out about Cecil's death as only she can in her always calm, clear and passionate voice.

While many have found it hard to articulate what we should do now that Cecil is dead and his killer is still free, Goodall sees the light: "Only one good thing comes out of this – thousands of people have read the story and have also been shocked. Their eyes opened to the dark side of human nature."

Here is her full statement, released on Wednesday by The Jane Goodall Institute.

"I was shocked and outraged to hear the story of Cecil, Zimbabwe's much loved lion. Not only is it incomprehensible to me that anyone would want to kill an endangered animal (fewer than 20,000 wild lions in Africa today) but to lure Cecil from the safety of a national park and then to shoot him with a crossbow...? I have no words to express my repugnance. He was not even killed outright, but suffered for hours before finally being shot with a bullet. And his magnificent head severed from his wounded body. And this behaviour is described as a "sport." Only one good thing comes out of this – thousands of people have read the story and have also been shocked. Their eyes opened to the dark side of human nature. Surely they will now be more prepared to fight for the protection of wild animals and the wild places where they live. Therein lies the hope."

JaneGoodall.org

See an amazing lion-to-human connection here. 

30 Jul

Too Cute: Baby Elephant Chases Birds

What's cuter than a baby elephant tripping over its trunk? A baby elephant tripping over its trunk AND chasing a flock of birds. This adorable moment was captured in the Kruger National Park in South Africa as a baby elephant chased a flock of swallows without a care in the world. 

Here are some adorable baby elephant facts!

  1. Elephants have the longest gestation period, up to 22 months, and can weigh up to 200 pounds at birth!
  2. Baby elephants take time to figure out their trunks and have been known to suck on them, like a baby human sucks their thumb.
  3. Elephants can only conceive a baby every four to five years.
  4. They're adorable.

Watch this adorable clip from Saving Africa's Giants where a baby elephant falls in love with Yao Ming, or at least with his long, grey-looking legs!

30 Jul

Seal Frolics With Friendly Dog, Boops His Nose

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from thedodo.com)

Seals and dogs are both notoriously friendly, so it's little surprise that they'd become friends upon meeting.

A recent video shows a curious seal and playful dog bonding over some shared beach playtime. The little seal glides through the breaking waves while the dog bounces in and out of the surf. At one point, the seal appears to "boop" the dog on the nose repeatedly with his flipper.

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Dogs and pinnipeds appear to have a special gift when it comes to crossing species barriers. Just last week we saw a dog try to befriend a pod of dolphins, and a sea lion trying to drown a group of divers in cuddles.

You can watch the full video below.

 

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30 Jul

Puppy Mill Dogs Feel Grass for the Very First Time

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Last Saturday, 93 furry lives were changed forever.

The little dogs were all different: Some were Shih Tzus, some were poodles, some had long matted hair and some had short coats. Some of the dogs lay quietly, while others paced nervously and whined in their crates. But, all the dogs had one thing in common — they had just been rescued from miserable lives in puppy mills.

North Shore Animal League

Nearly one hundred dogs arrived at the North Shore Animal League America from puppy mills all over Oklahoma. They had all been used for breeding, spending their lives locked in cages, forced to have litter after litter of puppies for sale in pet stores.

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30 Jul

Four Paws-itively Awful Bear Jokes

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(Guest post by Emily Watson from thedodo.com)

These are seriously unbearable!

 

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30 Jul

The Latest from Instagram: Meet Tonkey the Sharpei, an Adorable Teddy Bear Look-Alike

After all the terrible animal news of recent, let us all take a moment to soothe our minds with a major cute overdose ... Enter, Tonkey.

Tonkey is an adorable 4-month-old bear-coat Sharpei, living in Alberta, Canada, with mom Christine Park. Park created an Instagram account for her new totally cute addition to the fam, only to amass over 150,000 followers in eight weeks.

She also has a big sister -- a 2-year-old border collie named Maxi, who is her total BFF and always looking out for her. 

Meet Tonkey: 

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29 Jul

Fat Cat Pounds Makes Amazing Transformation

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

Many times when we see pleasantly chubby cats and dogs we think, eh, no big deal. Some animals, however, just aren't meant to be that big.

A cat named Skinny was adopted by a member of the Dallas-based veterinary clinic, Heal Veterinary. Dr. Brittney Barton adopted Skinny in 2012 — when she first brought him home, he weighed a whopping 42 pounds.

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While that's definitely a LOT of weight for a cat, with a little love (and free reign of the veterinary clinic), Skinny was able to lose a little weight — about 21 pounds to be exact.

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Indeed, Skinny's transformation is pretty amazing. The kitty is practically unrecognizable, and he could definitely win any "before and after contest" he fancies to enter.

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29 Jul

Grown Man Just Discovered His Inner Kitten

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

Not many grown men play hide-and-go-seek, but when your best friend is a curious little kitten, the game is hard to resist.

Round 1: Man seeks kitten. Kitten does a pretty bad job hiding.

Round 2: Kitten seeks man. Kitten not expecting to find man so quickly. 

YouTube/Greg Tokarski

 

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29 Jul

Brave Dog Who Lost His Eyes Will Never Lose His Smile

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

Humans can be so cruel to animals and yet, in the face of such cruelty, many animals still refuse to give up. A 5-year-old pit bull, brought to Animal Humane New Mexico, has had a practically unimaginable life — but he still keeps fighting, KRQE News New Mexico reported.

Raj (which means King), was brought in to the shelter by a woman who lived near him and witnessed his harsh beginnings, Animal Humane New Mexico wrote in a Facebook status. Raj belonged to a family with two other dogs, all of which were kept chained outside at all times.

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Raj lost an eye while in that home, due to unconfirmed trauma, and eventually he and his two dog siblings were poisoned. Raj was the only one who survived. After that, the family decided they no longer wanted him and gave him up to the neighbor woman.  

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