Monthly Archives: February 2015

Seattle Girls Befriends And Gets Gifts From Crows

A little girl in Seattle has found a way to bond with nature much better than anything heard of in recent times. Eight year old Gabi Mann has become very food friends with her neighborhood’s local pack of crows, as she has started to feed them on a daily basis. But more than that, they actually b ring her offerings and gifts back in gratitude for her sharing food with them.

According to an article found on reddit and written by BBC, Gabi was just four years old when she decided to start feeding the crows on her street, and as she got older she would begin to share her lunch and breakfast with them as she waited for her school bus to pick her up. Soon the crows realized that she was a good source of food and they would keep coming back to see her, and it even got to the point where they were greeting her at her bus stop as she returned home. After a couple of years, the crows started to bring gifts to her which consisted of everything from glass beads, jewelry, bits of glass that were smoothed out by the ocean and other little trinkets said the girl. The crows would place their gifts in the water fountain where she would replenish their food. Gabi stores each gift she gets from the birds in a special filing system she has at home

Lion Cub Rescued and On The Mend

The lion cub, Magnus, was starved by his previous owners to keep him small for picture taking. This caused his esophagus to shrink and the cub was no longer able to eat food. So the circus who owned him took Magnus to a vet to have him euthanized said Brad Reifler.

The rescue group “Let’s Adopt” was called, hoping that they could save the little lion. Viktor Larkhill of ‘Let’s Adopt’ says that the decision was not a hard one. One look at magnificent Magnus was all Larkhill needed to want to do everything in his power to ensure that the cub would be brought back to health.

First was to get Magnus into surgery to help with his shrunken esophagus. Not long after, the young big cat was able to munch on solid foods and has already started gaining weight. The group is also teaching him to act like a lion and to be less emotionally attached to humans.

Some of the damage from starvation is irreparable so Magnus cannot be released to the wild. But ‘Let’s Adopt’ is making sure that he can at least live a happy life.

1,300 Dogs And 5 Elderly Women: A Match Made In China

Stray pets exist worldwide existing off of the scraps of others and constantly searching for shelter. Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG points out that China in particular has a large stray dog problem, especially those with rabies. The government responded by enacting a one dog per household policy and that dog must have rabies vaccinations plus weigh less than 11 lbs. Five elderly ladies have take it upon themselves to care for as many dogs as they can. Wang Yanfang opened a dog sanctuary in 2009 and began feeding and caring for any canine that came her way or was dropped off. Wang is now 60 years old and feeding almost 1,500 dogs a day. These ladies display a true love and dedication to their furry friends. Nobody pays them to wake up at 4 AM daily to feed the group and perform the daunting work that they perform. PETA would be proud of these woman and their efforts to be humane in a country who would prefer them dead.

Levenson the Philanthropist

Bruce Levenson serves as evidence that the American Dream cannot only be obtained for oneself, but its benefits can be shared with others. Levenson has successfully built several businesses in various fields from business to sports and cooking technology to communication. In fact, as co-founder of United Communications Group back in the late 1970’s Levenson built the company into one which guides companies to solutions for their work in numerous business sectors such as government contracting, energy, healthcare, software, banking, technology, and defense. His financial success has allowed him to take on numerous other endeavors such as becoming an owner of the Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise, and the GasBuddy mobile app that helps drivers to find the least expensive gas stations for filling up.
Profits from his many ventures have also snowballed into donations for many causes about which he and his wife, Karen, are passionate.

The areas that the Levensons have funded include many to help disadvantaged youth and those supporting the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. by providing the education and tools necessary for positive work to be continued by participants. In fact, there are several endeavors that did not pan out, and due to the desire for programs to not only be launched but effectively run with professional managers, the couple took their giving one step further by setting up the Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management at the University of Maryland to help educate and equip non-profit leaders to effectively oversee non-profit organizations.

The Levensons hope this program will provide undergraduate and graduate coursework that focuses on philanthropy as well, including the opportunity for classes to review grant requests by non-profits on which the class then votes to decide where award money may be philanthropically given. Since 2011, this has resulted in about $40,000 worth of grants being given each year. In 2016, this program will cross into international territory when it expands to China. For the Levensons, projects, profits, and philanthropy are the key to paying it forward. More information can be found on their website.

Bald Eagles Make Comeback in United States

An article on the JSTOR Daily website discusses how bald eagles, the national symbol of the United States, have made a great comeback since 1976 said Dan Newlin. Back in the 1970’s, there were only around 500 bald eagles in total in the U.S., but now they exist in larger numbers.

This comeback happened because of the efforts of the United States government to protect the birds. Also, banning the use of the chemical DDT has helped protect. Today, bald eagles are even seen in New York City.

The article cautions that the eagles still face dangers as humans expand their living areas. The advance of the Seattle suburbs into what was formerly the wilderness is cited as an example of this. Also, the article mentions that eagles in national parks are not necessarily safe from humans.

To me, this article was very encouraging. It shows that humans have the ability to undo the environmental damage that we do. Hopefully, we can reverse climate change and do for the climate what we have done for the bald eagle.

When you think about it, humans are the most clever species but also the most stupid. Only the human animal, for instance, has the ability to invent something like the internal combustion engine, yet only the human animal has the ability to destroy the ozone layer by doing so. A bunch of dogs couldn’t do either.

Bald Eagles Are No Longer Endangered

 

For what might have seemed like ages, the beautiful bald eagles that are the symbol of the United States were on the endangered and threatened list. Some good news has come out telling the world that this is no longer the case, and there are now ten times or more bald eagles in the country since they reached an all time low almost 40 years ago.

For the first time in about 100 years, some baby bald eagles were spotted by Ray Lane and friends soaring around Statten Island, which means that one day they could reach the Big Apple again. The birds are known to frequent the Hudson River, but this is surely a sign of something great happening here with our wildlife.

Even though it seems the bird species have stabilized, they are not completely out of harm’s way. There are still many toxins and other problems with over fishing that can hurt the birds down the line, but for now they are on an upswing. According to an article found on reddit and written by Daily Jastor, Alaska was one of the best places for the eagles to rebuild and recover from the detrimental stage of their breed. They were able to take the few pairs that were left over and create a breeding ground for them to repopulate the country, and apparently that is the case. They are also widely found in Canada as well.

Beneful: They Offer a Complete Menu of Nutritional Dog Food

For your convenience, peace of mind, and favorite canine, Nestle Purina Petcare markets Beneful’s wet and dry dog foods and snacks. Besides variety, Beneful prides itself with providing your faithful, four-legged, tail-wagging, best friend with products they’ll enjoy eating and are nutritionally complete.

In 2001, Nestle Purina Petcare committed to Beneful’s line of dog food products by unleashing a multi-million dollar advertising campaign. Because Beneful’s dog food tastes as good, and is as nutritious as the advertisements claimed, their products became the world’s fourth largest selling dog food.

Your final choice of a Beneful dog food, with the appropriate nutrients, will depend on the age and condition of your pet. Beneful offers a wide range of dry foods for a variety of conditions your canine companion may encounter.

For example, Beneful’s Healthy Growth for Puppies is tasty enough for even sluggish eaters to chomp down. When they do, they’ll ingest the calcium and vitamins needed for them to grow in stature while developing strong bones and teeth.

When your pal is fully grown, switch to Beneful’s Healthy Fiesta dry dog food. This rich tasting blend furnishes your adult dog proper levels of chicken, grains, vegetables, and rice. By supplying them these nutrients, your mature playmate will physically prosper as an adult canine.

Nevertheless, no matter the care, things happen in a dog’s life. To reach a higher level of canine protection through proper nourishment, Beneful furnishes dry dog foods that protect both your precious partner’s shiny coat and their teeth.

For those miniatures that may share their owner’s pillow at night, Beneful has a dry dog food with smaller bite-sizes pieces. These morsels are easier for tiny teeth to chew and tiny tummies to digest.

Maybe, though, your proud pooch likes wet dog food. For them, Beneful offers 20 different menu selections already in their own serving dish. You just take off the lid and set it in front of them. Now, that’s convenience. Like the dry dog foods, these meals come packed with nutrients.

In addition, Beneful has a variety of meals that come in traditional sized cans.

No, Beneful didn’t forget dog treats. They offer seven special flavors and textures your special dog will relish chomping into.

A Helpless Dolphin was saved in Burmese Waters

Dolphins are a revered ocean animal. That is why some Burmese fishermen rescued a baby dolphin that had become stranded on a Myanmar beach. After several attempts to help the dolphin back to the sea, they had to come up with a different plan.

The strong waves were preventing the little dolphin from swimming into deeper water. The Burmese locals used a speedboat to carry the dolphin back to its home waters.

“It was very touching to see grown men cradling the dolphin like they would hold a newborn infant” said Jaime Garcia Dias. According to wordpress.com  they were very gentle with this dolphin, and they were on a mission to get it back with its family. Once they got out further and found calmer waters they released the baby dolphin. Their mission was successful and there was a good ending to the story.

Poor Palate in Penguins

When it comes to the taste buds of penguins, it’s not as black and white as you might think. While humans can taste salty, bitter, sour, sweet, and umami, our penguin friends’ DNA has been found to lack the necessary genetic material to allow taste receptors to impart anything other than salty and sour tastes, according to researchers. Click here.Interestingly, this could possibly be due to the fact that their roots in Antarctica may play a part. It appears that the receptors for tastes are sensitive to the cold, and do not work in these temperatures. Since penguins don’t really have access to many brownies or cupcakes, their lack of understanding what sweet means is not really a likely concern for them. However, another interesting tidbit is the fact that some penguins are said to have no taste buds at all, which might seem kind of sad when you realize that they can’t even taste their fish as angel.co reported. Yet, it isn’t much of a problem for penguins because they swallow their food whole, much like another species: the American teenager said Alexei Beltyukov.

Neighbors Unite to Save Stray Dog From Freezing Temperatures

Once there were dozens of feral dogs living in Highbridge Park. For five years they lived in a pack said resident Jamie Garcia Dias. One by one they were either caught by animal control or simply wandered into different areas. For the last ten years, concerned citizens have done what they can to take care of the last dog living in the park, known as Charlie to those of Highbridge and by Ricky by those of the Inwood Hill Park end.

Charlie, a charming dog with tan, black and mottled blue fur lived alone for the last five years, depending on the kindness of strangers that brought him food stated wordpress.com. Once the temperatures began to fall, one resident, Denise Lauffer, set up a shelter in the park and slept with the dog for two nights and part of two more. She made him a bed with a pillow that she lined with hand warmers.

Other Charlie lovers also helped. One Con Edison worker donated 30 hand warmers. Lauffer’s goal was to get Charlie to trust her. She set out to get the dog to associate food and warmth with her so she could coax him out of the woods and into a warm environment.

The group finally succeeded in getting Charlie into a vehicle, and taken to an Animal Medical Clinic. The group has raised over one thousand dollars to pay for Charlie’s medical care.