If you have the internet Im sure you might have seen the viral buzz of April the Giraffe... Here is the latest update....April the giraffe’s handlers said they had a long night this week.In a new update, posted to Facebook, Animal Adventure Park officials said they “witnessed some very interesting behavior that had us on edge.”The next morning, however, park officials said April’s behavior had settled. She’ll continue to be monitored and watched, as she has been for weeks.Park officials have been doing Facebook Live videos to answer questions from the many people around the world who have been keeping their eye on the soon-to-be mama giraffe.Below are some things to know about April, courtesy Animal Adventure Park:April is 15 years old. This will be her fourth calf. April has never lost a calf nor had a stillborn. Oliver, April’s partner is five years old. This will be his first calf.The giraffes have some of the biggest pens in the nation (square foot per animal). Animal Adventure Park takes pride in their indoor housing and the level of enrichment and care to keep the giraffes happy and healthy.The calf will weigh around 150 pounds and will be about 6 feet tall at birth. The front hooves will come out first followed by the snout.Mom will naturally raise the calf. Weaning could take between 6-10 months, maybe longer. Animal Adventure Park officials will not rush this process. Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months. Once the calf is born, there will be a contest to name it.---------------------------
Every year a new list emerges... Move Over, Rover: These Are Today’s Most Popular Dog NamesPop-culture, politics, and personalities—want to know the hot topics Americans are most passionate about? Just ask what they name their dogs.Spot and Lassie may be cute dog names from the past, but today's breed reads more like screen credits from a chic Hollywood cast. Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Lola, and Luna are the top five girl dog names and Max, Charlie, Buddy, Cooper, and Jack lead the male category.Six out of the top 10 popular names on the survey proves that dogs are more than a human's best friend. "Now 'pet owners' have begun to think of themselves as "pet parents," and they treat and name their pets more like children," says Gonzales. The names Bella, Lucy, Luna, Max, Charlie and Jack were all some of the top baby names of 2016. The name, "Harry" is blinging more than ever on pooch collars. According to the website: Rover.Com 53 percent of dog owners, including 75 percent of Millennials, have named their dog after a movie, TV, or book character or celebrity. From our fixation with Games of Thrones to This is Us, binge watchers are showing their loyalty to their favorite show by naming their canine after their favorite TV character. But just like the dramatic plots on those shows, there were some shocking twists with the survey. Shows that rise to the top of pop culture usually are reflected in dog names so we were surprised to see last year that names from the hit show Empire were already on the decline. For example, Cookie and Hakeem were down nearly 16 percent from the year before.--------------------------------
Trainee bomb detector puppy shot dead at New Zealand airport...New Zealand police have shot dead a trainee bomb detector puppy that was running amok at Auckland Airport this week, drawing condemnation from animal rights activists.Ten-month-old bearded collie cross Grizz was training to be an Aviation Security explosion detector when he escaped handlers who spent hours trying to coax him away from the runway.Sixteen flights were delayed before airport staff told police to shoot him -- Grizz was just six months from graduation.SAFE for Animals Ambassador Hans Kriek condemned the killing, asking why the animal wasn't tranquilized, but a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said he "didn't believe" that had been an option.Auckland Airport originally announced on their official Twitter they had captured the dog, before revealing an hour later that he had been killed.Grizz escaped from his handler at around 4.30 a.m. local time and ran out onto the tarmac at Auckland Airport."He was on an initial airport environment socialization program as part of his training ... The airport Emergency Operations Center was activated and a full search was commenced," he said in a statement.
But the spokesman said it was too dark and the area too large to quickly find and contain the puppy.
"We tried everything, food, toys, other dogs, but nothing would work ... In these difficult circumstances the Airport's Emergency Operations Center team decided to have the dog destroyed," he said.The spokesman said there would be a review into the incident.Twitter users vented their fury at the airport's authorities. "Embarrassed to be a kiwi today," one poster wrote. "Killing a dog so flights can continue at Auckland Airport. No excuse! Disgusting."Kriek said he believed it was the wrong decision to shoot Grizz, saying given staff were chasing Grizz for three hours there was time to get a tranquilizer gun. "Ultimately they have to call the police in to shoot the dog, and the police have access to tranquilizer guns, and there's also a zoo nearby that would have one as well. So we don't understand why they didn't do that," he said.The Authority spokesman said the question of a tranquilizer gun would be reviewed.-------------------------
Pit Bull Protects Owners During Break In, Survives Gunshot Wounds...Blue is the kind of buddy everyone needs.When two intruders barged into Nina Teller and Leroy Buchanan’s home in West Philadelphia in February, their brave dog did what he could to defend them.“I told Blue to get after the guy,” Buchanan said of the terrifying moments in his kitchen. “He locked onto the guy’s leg and that’s when he fired his gun.”Both of the men ran off that day, but not before wounding the dog.“It was pretty scary and I was shaken up,” Teller said. “But I was worried about Blue. He was bleeding a lot. We were scared for him.”The pit bull was taken to Ryan Hospital’s Emergency Service for treatment and seemed stable, at first.“My first instinct was that the shoulder wound was an entry and the sternum was the exit wound,” said Erica Reineke, associate professor of emergency and critical care. “We knew the wounds were close to his thorax or in his thorax, and he had some air under his skin. So the first thing I was concerned about was thoracic trauma and bleeding from the bullet.”When Blue began having difficultly breathing, air in his chest cavity became a concern. They inserted a needle into his chest to remove air, a procedure called “tapping.”“At that point, Blue initially stabilized,” said Reineke. “But his condition rapidly declined, so we started tapping his right side. Suddenly he decompensated from a respiratory standpoint and turned very gray. We weren’t getting negative pressure, and the air just kept coming through his chest.”Once they were able to stabilize him, Blue went into surgery, where surgeons removed a lung lobe punctured by a bullet.“This was a relatively manageable issue to deal with,” said lead surgeon Dr. Brian Brophy. “Removing that portion of the lung will not compromise Blue’s long-term function. And the damage was in line with the trajectory of the wounds.”Believe it or not, the resilient pooch was up and moving 24 hours after the hour-long procedure, Penn Vet said, and the Charitable Pet Care Fund helped pay for his expensive care.“We’re incredibly thankful,” said Teller. “We really didn’t have that kind of money.”Sally Powell, director of operations for Ryan Hospital, was pleased the hospital could help this loyal friend.“Blue was shot trying to protect his family during a home invasion,” said Powell. “Our Charitable Care program allowed this ‘hero dog’ to return to a family that loves him dearly and is forever grateful for his protection.”------------------
After Losing His Family Dog, Ralph Macchio Thought He'd Never Have a Pet Again — Until He Met This Yorkie...Ralph Macchio was not interested in having another pet after the death of his family’s 14-year-old Shih Tzu, Ginger.“My kids’ whole childhood was with this dog,” he said of his 24-year-old daughter, Julia, and 21-year-old son, Daniel’s beloved dog. “So when she passed away, it was brutal.”But when his wife, Phyllis, 56, sent him a photo of a Yorkshire terrier from the Kent Shelter in Long Island, everything changed.“I said OK, let’s find out more information,” says Macchio, 55, who appears in the upcoming HBO drama, The Deuce. “She brought me back there, and when he came out he started licking me and was looking right into my eyes. There was a connection immediately.”Although he hadn’t adopted before, Macchio says he’s been “converted” since forming this special bond with Oliver.“There are thousands if not more of these animals, so the concept of rescuing feels good, and as a family it feels like a positive thing,” he says. “It feels good to give this guy a happy home.”Macchio has also converted Oliver … to the full-blown domestic lifestyle.“We’re best buddies,” he says. “We watch football, we listen to music. What’s better than that?”----------------