In early October, a Siberian husky puppy was brought into the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) shelter with its head bashed in from a horrific case of dog abuse.
The 2-month-old puppy, which has been named “BB Bear,” is making a miraculous recovery from the incident.
He is doing much better than ANY of us could have expected, said one of the Veterinarians
According to MCACC, Bear is now eating, drinking, and walking on his own.
“Basically we’ve been all in. And when you’re all in, you are prepared to do anything possible to save a life, whether it’s a dog’s life or a human’s life,” said one of Bear’s veterinarians.
Phoenix police are still looking for the person who abused the dog and request that anyone with information contact the Phoenix Police Department.
A wildlife photographer captured a stunning image of two male lions in Kenya's Masai Mara. A photograph of two male lions seemingly in an amorous embrace has some humans clutching their pearls. After the release of the photograph, taken at Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve, Ezekiel Mutua, the chief executive of the Kenya Film Classification Board, blamed humans (or maybe demons) for the male-on-male mounting.
"Probably, they have been influenced by gays who have gone to the national parks and behaved badly," Mutua told Nairobi News, before suggesting that the lions be isolated and studied because the "demonic spirits inflicting in humans seem to have now caught up with animals." The actual story behind the photograph shows that Mutua got some things wrong. The mounting behavior isn't actually sexual. And the official jumped the gun on attributing human motivations to animal behavior, experts said.
"It's rare, it's not really sexual and it tells us a lot more about those officials in Kenya and their homophobia than anything else," Craig Packer, the director of the Lion Research Center at the University of Minnesota, told Live Science. "It's a bizarre overreaction."
This isn't the first time two lions have been seen in a same-sex embrace. In March 2016, another photographer snapped a male mounting and humping another male in Botswana. This sequence is fairly similar to what was described in Botswana, where the two lions spent a long time in the mating position. But in both cases, these lions aren't mating, Packer said. When male lions mate, they zealously guard a receptive female for days at a time, having sex every half-hour or so and refusing to let any other males come near the female. A male lion ejaculates almost immediately upon inserting his penis into the female, Packer said, and accompanies his ejaculation with a particular yowl. The male-on-male behavior in Kenya was nothing like that, and the male on top didn't ejaculate, Packer said.
Instead, the photograph captures a rare moment of social bonding between male lions. These lions spend their lives trying to reproduce. To up their odds, they work together in small groups of two, three or more males, called coalitions. These groups cooperate to drive off rival males and take over prides of females, killing any babies fathered by previous males. Long-term studies dating back to the 1970s show that lions who manage to become part of a coalition, particularly a larger one, get more access to females and ultimately produce more surviving offspring than other individuals.
Coalition males are typically affectionate with each other, Packer said. They'll flop down on each other, lick each other and rub each other's faces. On rare occasions, they'll display the mounting behavior that Goldstein witnessed. It seems to be a way to smooth over social tensions. The same sort of behavior occurs in baboons and many other social mammals. Female lions do it too. "It's a social interaction that has nothing to do with sexual pleasure," Packer said.
If you're ever deciding between throwing a red ball or a green ball for your dog to fetch, know this: It doesn't matter to Fido because dogs are red-green colorblind, a new small study suggests. Researchers in Italy tested 16 dogs on their color vision and found the canids had red-green colorblindness, a condition that affects about 8 percent of men and 0.5 percent of women with Northern European ancestry, according to the National Eye Institute.
The finding suggests that, "if you are planning to train your dog to fetch a ball that fell on the green grass of your garden, think of using a blue, and not red, ball," said study lead researcher Marcello Siniscalchi, a professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bari, in Italy.
It's a common misperception that dogs see only in black and white. Rather, research shows that dogs' eyes have two kinds of cones, the photoreceptor cells responsible for color vision. One cone type is sensitive to yellow and another to blue. This suggests that dogs can see yellows, blues and their different combinations, he said. (Humans have three types of cones that are sensitive to red, green and blue wavelengths.)
Although computer models had indicated that dogs have red-green color blindness, Siniscalchi wanted to test it directly. So, he used a variation of the Ishihara Color Vision Test — a series of colored circles that have differently colored numbers in them. If a person can't see a red-colored "12" in a green circle, it's an indication that he or she is red-green colorblind.
But Siniscalchi put a fun twist on the test: Instead of using numbers, he used an animation of a running cat. When the running cat was shown in bright red against a mottled green background, most of the dogs noticed it right away. But when the dogs saw the image with a little less dramatic color variation — a speckled light- and dark-red cat against a mottled green background — many of the dogs didn't appear to notice the feline.
"The present work showed, for the first time directly, canine red-green blindness by using a modified test of color vision in humans,". The red-green colorblindness finding isn't unexpected, however. Most people think of dogs as diurnal, that is, active during the day. But "we must not forget that in an evolutionary perspective, dogs are crepuscular [active at dawn and dusk],".
Color vision isn't crucial for survival and hunting during twilight periods, he noted. Because most pets are active during the day, he advised that if a dog's safety is at stake, don't use red- and green-colored objects. For instance, on the off-chance that a pet owner would set up an obstacle course with red jump markers on the green grass, "the dog will see [both] as shades of yellow, resulting in an accident with possible injuries," he said.
Siniscalchi and his colleagues studied both purebreds and mutts, including three Australian shepherds, one Épagneul Breton, one weimaraner, one Labrador retriever and 10 mixed-breed dogs. But because the study was small, the results need to be confirmed in a larger experiment, he said. The study is published online in the journal Royal Society Open Science.
Keep your pets safe from these four holiday season hazards
While the holidays can be the most wonderful time of year for people, it can be one of the most dangerous for pets.
Pet owners should be aware of the health and safety hazards that are lurking in their homes during the holidays.
Xylitol - In addition to the obvious things to never feed your animal like grapes, dairy and chocolate, an ingredient called Xylitol can be fatal, even in small doses.
Xylitol is becoming more and more of an issue because it’s good for human dental health and it’s an artificial sweetener.
In less than 24 hours, Xylitol can result in liver failure. The ingredient is becoming more popular in foods like peanut butter and sugar-free candies and gums.
Antifreeze - The cold weather can expose your pet to a life-threatening chemical you may not even know is there. Leaking cars can leave antifreeze lingering on your driveway, where dogs often sniff or lick.
One of the dangerous things about it, it’s a very toxic substance. So, a very small amount can be fatal.
Tinsel - When you decorate your tree, keep the tinsel off branches that are close to the ground, where your cat can easily grab.
Cats have barbs on their tongue that point backwards so if they get a piece of string or tinsel on their tongue, they kind of have to swallow it. We all know the dangers of swallowed string...
Relatives and friends - We’re all guilty of sneaking a treat or two under the table, but keep in mind that a small portion for us can be a calorie overload for your animal.
Very small amounts are fine, the problem is when everybody wants to give that animal a small amount at family gatherings, and you know everyone wants to give the animal a treat … it’s all cumulative and adds up.
So keep an extra eye on your pet after you have company over and if they’re acting abnormally, it may be a sign they were exposed to something toxic.
If your pet needs emergency care during a holiday when your vet is closed, you can call the ASPCA at (888) 426-4425 or the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.
Nurses help sneak dying man's dog into hospital for final goodbye...
An ailing grandfather died on this week after battling cancer for several years, but not before his team of nurses and grieving relatives hatched a plan to sneak his beloved pooch into the hospital so that he could say a final goodbye. Ellie Miguel, David King’s granddaughter, shared the plan and photos her grandfather and his dog, Lil Fee, on Twitter, where they quickly gained attention.
“My grandpa is losing his battle with cancer so the nurses helped my grandma sneak their dog into the hospital to say goodbye,” Miguel wrote alongside the Nov. 7 tweet.
“My grandpa loved his dog Lil Fee,” Ellie said. “She would follow him around everywhere. He would bring her everywhere he could. My grandpa had been battling cancer for the past couple of years, but last week it took over his whole body.”
While Ellie’s grandmother brought pictures of Lil Fee to put up in his hospital room, the family knew a visit would be more meaningful for King.
“The nurses always heard my grandma talking about Lil Fee. So they encouraged her and helped her get the dog in. They had my aunt carry the dog in a really big purse. For the first time that day, he moved his arm in attempts to pet his Lil Fee. It was a moment I’ll never forget.”
Many on Twitter sent prayers to the family, while also thanking nurses and hospital staff for allowing the special visit.
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A Marine and his dog’s unconventional journey from Afghanistan to ‘stubborn positivity’
Craig Grossi knew the risks.A Marine deployed to a remote part of Afghanistan, Grossi was well aware that he shouldn’t befriend the short-legged, white-furred, innately well-behaved dog. For safety reasons, Marines are warned against buddying up to animals; if caught, the pup could be put down.
Grossi knew the rules. But still, he approached the canine – an unusual loner without a pack – with a stick of beef jerky in his hand. And the dog’s tail wagged.
It was 2010 and Grossi was in the midst of his eight-year stint with the Marine Corps, doing intelligence work in Afghanistan. His new friend, dubbed Fred, became a fast and obedient recruit. He didn’t bark during patrols – except once to alert his troop of danger – silently endured a secret helicopter ride and cozied up to the men in his unit.
Grossi likes to say that that the pair saved each other – and that’s certainly evident. While risking his life to serve his country, Grossi also took professional risks to protect Fred from the war in the Middle Eastern country, arranging to have him sent to his family in the U.S. while he finished his tour.
And for Grossi, while naturally a happy person, the effects of war and career struggles took a toll.
“That’s where Fred came in. Coming home to him every day and his stubborn positivity,” Grossi said, adding that’s the motto he’s taken. “It’s not a naïve, just smile through whatever you’ve got going on, kind of approach; it’s the opposite. It’s recognizing that there are circumstances in your life that are within your control and ones that aren’t. It’s allowing yourself to focus only on the things you can control.”
Grossi turned his unique relationship with Fred into a book. Craig Grossi said he wrote the story about his adventures with Fred in honor of the men and women he served in the Marines with. “Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other,” recently published by HarperCollins, flips back and forth between the harrowing experiences in Afghanistan and their cross-country travels in 2015.
So what’s next for the duo? The book is just the start, Grossi said. The two are still exploring, still finding ways to challenge one another. “Our adventures and our life and our commitment to stubborn positivity is just beginning.”
If your bedtime is a little ruff, make things easier by curling up with your favorite furry pal So.... Stop What You Are Doing and Get Matching Pajamas with Your Dog!!!
If going to bed is a little ruff on you, there's a new way to make it easier, more comfortable ... and maybe a little bit furry.
That's because the company Fab Dog Inc. now offers matching pajama sets for owners and their fur babies! Caveat: It seems it's just the pants for the humans, while your pup will get a whole-body covering.
That's a relief, considering the debate held in 2015 on just how a dog would wear pants, if he wore pants at all.
The company made the announcement this week, after which so many people apparently wanted to have one of the four styles of the $50 matching pet-and-owner outfits that they sold out!
Still, if you're set on the Fab Dog version, the company said in an Instagram that they would be restocking on Nov. 25. Just in time for the holidays!
Germany: police detain man hiding python in his pants
A young man detained by police during a drunken argument in Germany was found to be carrying a baby python in his pants, and may be in trouble under animal welfare laws.
Police in the southwestern city of Darmstadt said the 19-year-old was detained on this week after a loud argument with another man disturbed residents. They said he was searched and officers noticed “a significant bulge in his trousers.”
The man told officers that he had a snake in his pants, and pulled out a 14-inch baby king python.
He was taken to a police cell to sober up, and the snake put in a box. Police said they were looking for the reptile’s owner and examining whether “the non-species-appropriate transport” violated animal protection laws.