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4 Oct

Baby Giraffe Who Lost His Family Snuggles Up to His Rescuers

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

 People traveling through Meru National Park in Kenya came upon a newborn giraffe wandering around completely alone.
Luckily, these people are exactly the type of humans a vulnerable animal needs to see. Acting as guardians for animals in need like this one, they are a part of the Meru Mobile Veterinary Unit, supported by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).
Rescuers found the giraffe on September 19 and brought him to the DSWT, where he's the tallest addition to the organization's herd of rescued orphaned animals. They named him Kiko.

"Two days after his rescue, he went out into the Nairobi National Park with his keeper, and has been feeding very well on his milk which we hope he keeps up," a representative for DSWT told The Dodo. "As a newborn giraffe, he currently calls the elephant stockades home — too tiny to sleep in the specially built giraffe stockade, which is currently home to ostriches Pea and Pod." 

DSWT added: "As the tallest mammal in the world, we suspect Kiko will soon dwarf his human carers, but for his keepers, feeding Kiko is a very different experience to bottle-feeding orphaned elephants, and soon, they'll use a special mobile feeding ladder to ensure he gets the nourishment he needs."

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4 Oct

Paddleboarder Has Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience with Pair of Whales

Dave Price is one lucky guy. While he was paddle boarding off the coast of Esperance, Australia, a pair of Southern Right whales decided to come over to him and say hello! Thanks to the quick thinking of an Esperance local, Jaimen Hudson, the moment was captured on camera. Once Hudson heard news of the whales' appearance, he launched his drone and caught this amazing encounter. This birds-eye perspective truly showed how large these animals really are, especially compared to humans!


Photo by Jeff Foott (not the whales from the video)

Southern Right Whales grow to about 45 to 55 feet and can weigh up to 60 tons! They are native to the water of Australia, South Africa, and Argentina. It is also estimated by NOAA that there are only 7,000 of them left in the world. 

Learn more about some amazing whales here!

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3 Oct

Starving Dogs Rescued From Life of Fighting Wild Hogs to Death

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Deep in pockets of the rural South, there's a secret problem no one is talking about — hog-dog fighting. It's a gruesome practice in which spectators flock to organized events, place bets on animals, and then watch as dogs and wild hogs are made to fight to the bloody death.

But rescuers from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are trying to do something about it — by saving one dog at a time.


"We first started finding out about it 15 years ago," HSUS's Chris Schindler, senior manager of animal fighting response, told The Dodo. The hog-dog fights were advertised as "family entertainment" and are often referred to by participants as "rodeos."

"This [hog] is basically being ripped apart by dogs," Schindler said. "People would bring children."

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2 Oct

This Photo Of Dead Wildebeests Isn't As Shocking As It Looks

(Guest post by Christina M. Russo from

Astonishing photos published at Africa Geographic show hundreds of wildebeest dead in the Mara River in northern Tanzania.

It's a dramatic image. But here's the kicker: It's normal.

Or at the very least, not uncommon. Hundreds — if not thousands — of wildebeest die during their annual great Serengeti migration that finds wildebeest moving 1,200 miles from Tanzania into Kenya and back every year, according to Richard Estes, esteemed wildebeest expert and author of the book "The Gnu's World." 

"Many die crossing the Mara River," Estes told The Dodo. Estes, who is also a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, began studying wildebeest in 1962. "They die all over the place, but the Mara is where the tourists go [and therefore from where more images emerge]."

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30 Sep

The Rock Says Goodbye to His Puppy with the Sweetest Words

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

For Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, his family and anyone who followed the love that this man had for his dog Brutus, today is a sad day.


Another reminder we have to live and love as greatly as we can today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed. At approximately 11:15pm last night myself and @laurenhashianofficial had to make the painful decision to end Brutus' suffering by taking him off of life support and sending his soul to pup heaven. I held his lil' paw as he was finally at peace. As all puppies and dogs do, he ate a mushroom while playing outside with his brother Hobbs. This mushroom happened to have a lethal toxicity and within hours it was rapidly destroying his liver and immune system to the point of no return. I encourage all of you out there to be mindful of mushrooms in your yards, parks or anywhere outside your dogs play. What looks innocent, can be deadly to your lil' family members. Thank you Dr. Deckelbaum and Dr. West and the incredibly caring nurses and staff at The Animal Medical Center At Cooper City. We'll always love you Brutus.. and you'll always be my lil' main man and rough housing Brute. #RIPBrutus #WishICouldveSavedYouOneMoreTime

A photo posted by therock (@therock) on Sep 29, 2015 at 12:04pm PDT

On Tuesday, The Rock announced on Instagram that after eating a poisonous mushroom, young Brutus had died.

The Rock's family just adopted Brutus earlier this month. He is survived by his brother, Hobbs.

Taking an opportunity to find light in a darkness of mourning, The Rock wrote a touching caption, memorializing his lost family member and calling the tragic event "another reminder we have to live and love as greatly as we can today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed."

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28 Sep

Florida Woman 'Rides' Protected Sea Turtle, Shares Photos, is Arrested

After photos of a woman "riding" a sea turtle went viral through the popular Snap Chat app earlier this summer, Melbourne Police reported via Facebook that they had arrested the woman Saturday morning on a felony warrant.

According to the report, the photos of two women "flooded social media networks" and many people forwarded complaints to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The Washington Post reported that police officers responded to a separate disturbance call and identified the woman as 20-year-old Stephanie Moore.

Sea turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act and Florida's Marine Turtle Protection Act. Florida's east-central shoreline, where Melbourne beach is located, is “the second most important nesting beach in the world,” according to the Sea Turtle Conservancy. According to CBS News, 90 percent of the United States' population of sea turtles call that stretch of beach home.

Watch as Jeff Corwin works to protect sea turtle nests:

28 Sep

The World Just Took One Huge Step Forward for Elephants

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

In a move already being hailed as " historic," U.S. President Barack Obama and China's President Xi Jinping agreed to ban ivory sales in their respective countries on Friday.

"The United States and China commit to enact nearly complete bans on ivory import and export, including significant and timely restrictions on the import of ivory as hunting trophies, and to take significant and timely steps to halt the domestic commercial trade of ivory," the White House stated in a fact sheet released Friday . "The two sides decided to further cooperate in joint training, technical exchanges, information sharing, and public education on combating wildlife trafficking, and enhance international law enforcement cooperation in this field. The United States and China decided to cooperate with other nations in a comprehensive effort to combat wildlife trafficking."


Photo credit: Getty Images/Tetra Images

The announcement marks the first high-level commitment by Xi to end ivory sales in China, the world's largest market, and follows a pledge made by Chinese officials in May to phase out the domestic legal trade, WildAid said in a statement they released immediately following the announcement. The U.S. is the world's second largest market for ivory.

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28 Sep

Man Hears Barking Beneath Sidewalk, Finds Dog Buried Alive

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

A pregnant dog who had been buried and left to die beneath the ground was able to make it out alive — all thanks to a kindhearted man who refused to ignore her cries for help.

The animal's shocking ordeal began last Friday outside a housing unit in the Russian town of Voronezh in what some suspect was an act of cruel indifference. City workers had been called out to the spot to patch a section of sidewalk where a sinkhole had formed weeks earlier. In so doing, however, they somehow ended up entombing the dog in a cavity that remained under the building's front steps. 

She might never have been discovered if it weren't for her refusal to be forgotten. In the days that followed, residents Vadim Rustam and his family were alarmed to hear the sound of barking below the freshly-laid bricks, so they appealed to the city's housing authority for assistance. 

After being told that nothing could be done to help, Rustam took matters into his own hands

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27 Sep

UPDATE: Deaf Dog Who Took a Bullet For His Owner is Finally No Longer Homeless

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

A hero pit bull who saved his owner and then ended up homeless is finally getting his second chance, in the form of a new forever home all his own.

Kiko, now 14, took a bullet for his owner during a home invasion in 2012, and shortly after became homeless after his owner was forced to move and could not take Kiko with him. Mighty Mutts, a rescue organization based in NYC, took Kiko in 2014, and has been searching tirelessly ever since to find him the right home.

Mighty Mutts

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26 Sep

Rare Bird Looks Downright Stunning in His First-Ever Photos

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

It's taken decades of searching, but scientists have finally done it — they've captured the very first photos of one of the most elusive and mysterious birds on the planet.

And boy, was it worth the wait.

All that was known about these elusive birds, native to the forests of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, came from just three female specimens collected half-a-century prior. Male moustached kingfishers, meanwhile, had never once beenobserved by scientists before — but that all changed last week. Now we know just how stunning they really are.

The vibrant-hued bird, of course, was released back into the thick veil of the forest where he belongs, leaving us with these fantastic images for posterity. 

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