Breastfeeding mother ‘amazed’ by orangutans’ reaction during Melbourne Zoo visit


Note: Beautiful story, nice find KS!!

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-09/breastfeeding-mother-has-emotional-encounter-with-melbourne-zoo/7153746

Woman breastfeeding her 13-week-old son with an orangutan looking on at Melbourne Zoo.

A breastfeeding mother has had an emotional encounter with two orangutans at Melbourne Zoo.

Elizabeth was at the zoo on Sunday with her family, celebrating her three-year-old daughter’s birthday.

Her 13-week-old son Eli was hungry so she walked around the corner to breastfeed him in private.

That is when two orangutans came over to watch.

“I went around the corner to be a bit private and I was breastfeeding and this orangutan locked eyes with me and came over to check out what was going on,” she told 774 ABC Melbourne.

“It started off with just one, then another one came over who seemed to be a bit older and shooed this one off for a little while.

I felt so proud and I felt she was proud of me and … I don’t know. It was just amazing.

Elizabeth, breastfeeding mother

“And she [the older one] came over and gave me a bit of a nod.”

Elizabeth said she felt the nod was significant because she had been unable to breastfeed her first child.

“It was absolutely amazing,” she said.

“I felt so proud and I felt she was proud of me and … I don’t know. It was just amazing.”

Other zoo patrons saw what was going on, and a crowd gathered as the encounter continued.

“They were all just in awe of what was going on,” Elizabeth said.

Elizabeth’s mother took a photo which was shared on Facebook.

Her baby has red hair and Elizabeth said she thought maybe the orangutan thought she was nursing a baby orangutan.

After the encounter Elizabeth and her family joined up to be members of Melbourne Zoo.

First Ever “Glowing Sea” Turtle Found


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By Amanda Monteiro via Collective Evolution, 30 January 2016

To me, the ocean has always been a scary place, mostly because I am very aware that 95 percent of it remains unexplored and 80 percent of the ocean floor has not been mapped. This is pretty shocking considering that the ocean makes up 70 percent of the earth’s surface and scientists estimate we still only know about a tenth of the marine life on Earth — which, in my mind, leaves a lot of room for sea monsters and giant squids to be lurking about. So I’m happy to say that one sea creature a marine biologist recently discovered wasn’t scary at all, but quite fascinating!

The Discovery

Marine biologist David Gruber was in the Solomon Islands on a TBA21 Academy expedition, when he and Markus Raymann, director of their group, discovered the biofluorescent turtle, the Hawksbill. They were taking pictures of coral they already knew were biofluorescent when 40 minutes into the dive a bright red and green ‘space ship’ came underneath his camera:
Scientists have only really tuned into biofluorescence in the last ten years, and as soon as we started tuning into it we started to find it everywhere. First it was in corals and jellyfish, then it was in fish, and there it was, this UFO. 
Alexander Gaos, director of the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative, said that “Biofluorescence is usually used for finding and attracting prey or defense or some kind of communication,” but believes in this case it could be used as camouflage, since during the day it makes creatures difficult to spot in their rocky reef habitat.
This is the first reptile scientists have discovered exhibiting biofluorescence (the ability to reflect the blue light hitting a surface and re-emit it as a different colour). Studying and learning more about this turtle may prove difficult, however, because their population numbers have declined by 90 percent in recent decades, marking them critically endangered.
“What’s even more sad, I think about this, is that these turtles have such a story to history and now they’re critically endangered. There’s some places where there is just a few thousand breeding females remaining.” 

The Sad Truth

A study was led by the University of California-Berkeley, Stanford, and Princeton published last week in the journal Science Advance claims that the Earth has entered its sixth mass extinction phase, emphasizing that our time to avoid serious consequences is rapidly running out.(source) The last time something this grand happened was 65 million years ago, where it is believed a meteor wiped out the dinosaurs. Since 1900, more than 400 vertebrates — animals with no backbone — have disappeared. About 41% of all amphibians and 25% of mammals are currently threatened with extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and at least 50 animals move closer to extinction every year.
You can read more about this here.

On The Bright Side…

Because the ocean’s depths are still pretty much uncharted territory, scientists are discovering new species every day, according to The World Register of Marine Species. Their aim is to become an inventory of all known ocean life, and have so far added 228,000 species to their list. Over the past year and a half, scientists have discovered 1,451 new species in our oceans alone. “It is humbling to realise that humankind has encountered and described only a fraction of our oceanic kin, perhaps as little as 11 per cent. The main gap at the moment is because of the under-exploration of the oceans. There are many, many places we have never been,” says, Dr Jan Mees, of the Flanders Marine Institute in Belgium and co-chairman of the marine register programme.
But still, he adds, “Sadly, we fear, many species will almost certainly disappear due to changing maritime conditions – especially warming, pollution and acidification – before we’ve had a chance to meet.”(source)
Check out the amazing discovery below!

 
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Report: Wildlife “disappearing” around massive LA gas disaster — Residents: “It’s completely quiet”… birds, butterflies, rabbits, coyotes are missing… all fish in pond found dead — “All of this is gone… Makes me wonder how bad it really is” — Animal with “worst blood” ever seen by doctor (VIDEO)


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City News Service, Jan 18, 2016 (emphasis added): Porter Ranch residents report unexplained ailments, behaviors in pets… [A family] lost all 20 of their brightly colored Koi fish after they started dying… [Others] have noticed fewer bird and wildlife sightings.

Al Jazeera, Jan 22, 2016: [The Katz’s], parents of five… are living a nightmare… Her pride and joy was her garden and a koi pond. She cries when she recounts how all 20 fish died…“The birds, the butterflies, all of this is gone. It’s quiet now.”

L.A. Daily News, Jan 22, 2016: “We used to see coyotes and animals” [Jennifer Marotta] said. “It makes me wonder how bad it really is.”

L.A. Daily News, Jan 16, 2016: [Residents] have noticed fewer bird and wildlife sightings… [Attorney Rex Parris wrote to officials] that pets are ill or disappearing and wildlife, such as birds and rabbits, seem to be disappearing as well from the community… [Sally Taylor’s dog] quickly became lethargic and threw up some 20 times within an hour… “[The vet hospital] said it was the worst blood work the vet has ever seen”… For the Balen family, it’s the sound of birds they’ve missed the most. In late December, they said the absence made their home… “completely quiet… for 10 years… every morning, we wake up to the birds chirping. Not anymore.”

KABC, Jan 19, 2016: [The gas leak is] affecting many pets… “We’re seeing probably several hundred total and it’s been going on for around three months now,” [Dr. David Smith at Northridge Animal Hospital] said. Smith said it started shortly after [they] first reported the leak… Smith said he has serious concerns about the health risks for the animals.

Government officials have come up with their own interesting explanations for the disappearance of wildlife:

L.A. Times, Jan 18, 2016: Wild animals may have left the area because of the noise coming from crews attempting to fix the well, [Department of Fish and Wildlife] spokeswoman Mary Fricke said.

Steve Gonzalez, public information officer for the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, Jan 16, 2016: “There is a lot of noise and construction… Typically, animals like coyotes and bears will stay away from loud noises.”

Watch KABC’s broadcast here

 

http://enenews.com/wildlife-disappearing-around-massive-la-gas-disaster-residents-completely-quiet-birds-rabbits-coyotes-butterflies-missing-all-fish-pond-dead-all-gone-quiet-makes-bad-really-animals-worst-b

Millions of Bees Turning Up Dead Around GMO Corn Fields Soaked with Neonicotinoid Pesticides


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By David Gutierrez, Natural News, January 21, 2016

(NaturalNews) As the European Union considers whether to lift restrictions on three pesticides in the neonicotinoid family, it would do well to consider the phenomenon, known to Canadian beekeepers, in which bees start dying in droves shortly after corn planting season.

“Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” said beekeeper Dave Schuit in summer 2013, as reported by Eat Local Grown.

That spring, Schuit lost 600 hives containing 37 million bees. The same year, Canadian farmer Gary Kenny said that eight of the 10 beehives that he kept on his property died shortly after his neighbors planted corn in their fields.

Genetically modified (GM) corn is widely planted in Canada, but because the bee deaths occurred just after planting, the corn plants are not likely to blame for this particular die-off. Instead, beekeepers believe the cause is that the corn seeds were pre-treated with neonicotinoids. Air seeding causes neonicotinoid dust to fly off the seeds and into the air, drifting across the landscape.

Numerous studies point finger at neonics

In one study, researchers from American Purdue University examined the bees that died or were dying as part of the spring 2013 die-off. “Bees exhibited neurotoxic symptoms, analysis of dead bees revealed traces of [the neonicotinoids] thiamethoxam/clothianidin in each case,” they wrote. “Seed treatments of field crops (primarily corn) are the only major source of these compounds.”

A local Pest Management Regulatory Agency investigation also pointed to the same cause, concluding that corn seeds treated with those neonicotinoids “contributed to the majority of bee mortalities.”

“The air seeders are the problem,” said Paul Wettlaufer, a local farmer and director of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

Neonicotinoids are “systemic pesticides.” They are applied to the seeds prior to planting, and then taken up into every tissue of the plant, including leaves, seeds, pollen, flowers and nectar. This makes them highly lethal not just to agricultural pests, but to all insects, and even birds that visit the plants for any reason.

“Large scale prophylaxic use [of neonicotinoids] in agriculture, their high persistence in soil and water, and their uptake by plants and translocation to flowers … put pollinator services at risk,” concluded one international research study.

Not only pollinators are threatened. Two major studies in 2015 found that the pesticides have widespread, dangerous effects on entire ecosystems. One, published in the journal Nature, found that neonicotinoid use was causing bird populations to crash. This is likely caused by both direct poisoning and by devastation of their invertebrate food sources.

Meanwhile, an analysis by the the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, of 800 separate studies, concluded that even when used according to manufacturer guidelines, neonicotinoids wreak havoc on “non-target” species such as earthworms, insects, aquatic invertebrates and even lizards and fish. The pesticides are “likely to have a wide range of negative biological and ecological impacts,” the task force wrote.

The growing case for a ban

In 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) placed a two-year ban on the use of three neonicotinoids, citing a likely risk to bees. The EFSA has now launched a new study to review that policy, with results expected in January 2017.

Yet the evidence for a ban on neonicotinoids is even stronger now than it was two years ago. Even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been forced to admit that the chemicals devastate pollinators. The agency recently announced the findings of field trials, finding that even very low level use of neonicotinoids (25 parts per billion in plant pollen and nectar), caused measurable drops in populations of honeybee hives.

Researchers believe that neonicotinoids damage bee brains, specifically the ability to process information related to orientation and direction.

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Beluga Whale Speaks Like a Human – Mimics Human Speech


Beluga Whale Sounds and Speaks Like a Human and Mimics Human Speech (Speaking Beluga Whale)

SAN DIEGO — It could be the muffled sound of singing in the shower or that sing-songy indecipherable voice from the Muppets’ Swedish Chef.

Surprisingly, scientists said the audio they captured was a whale imitating people. In fact, the whale song sounded so eerily human that divers initially thought it was a human voice.

Handlers at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego heard mumbling in 1984 coming from a tank containing whales and dolphins that sounded like two people chatting far away.

It wasn’t until one day, after a diver surfaced from the tank and asked, “Who told me to get out?” did researchers realize the garble came from a captive male Beluga whale. For several years, they recorded its spontaneous sounds while it was underwater and when it surfaced.

An acoustic analysis revealed the human-like sounds were several octaves lower than typical whale calls. The research was published online Monday in Current Biology.

Scientists think the whale’s close proximity to people allowed it to listen to and mimic human conversation. It did so by changing the pressure in its nasal cavities. After four years of copying people, it went back to sounding like a whale, emitting high-pitched noises. It died five years ago.

Dolphins and parrots have been taught to mimic the patterns of human speech, but it’s rare for an animal to do it spontaneously.

The study is not the first time a whale has sounded human. Scientists who have studied sounds of white whales in the wild sometimes heard what sounded like shouting children. Caretakers at the Vancouver Aquarium in Canada previously said they heard one of the white whales say its name.

Wild Dolphin “Asks” Divers to Help Free Itself from Hook


Dolphins may be one of the planet’s smartest creatures, but one thing they lack are opposable thumbs. However, they are clever enough to recognize that, in a pinch, they can approach humans to get help with those hard to reach spots.

In this video, a bottle nosed dolphin with limited mobility due to a hook and fishing line restricting a pectoral fin, approaches some divers for help. Diving instructor Keller Laros noticed that the dolphin was hanging around them, and that it wasn’t able to move freely. Closer inspection revealed the ocean debris lodged in the fin.

Thankfully, the dolphin not only allowed the divers to attempt to work the line and hook out of the fin, but actually shifted its body to make it easier.

The divers were able to remove the fishing line which allowed increased movement for the animal. Unfortunately, the hook was not able to be removed.

The FBI Now Considers Animal Abuse a Class A Felony


By VICE News

January 7, 2016 | 9:55 am

In a move seen as a big win for animal rights activists, the FBI has added animal cruelty to its list of Class A felonies, alongside homicide and arson.

Cases of animal cruelty fall into four categories — neglect; intentional abuse and torture; organized abuse, such as cock and dog fighting; and sexual abuse of animals — and the agency is now monitoring them as it does other serious crimes. Starting January 1, data is being entered into the National Incident-Based Reporting System or NIBRS, the public database the FBI uses to keep a record of national crimes.

The FBI’s decision will not only be a way to stop cases of animal abuse but also can help to identify people who might commit violent acts, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Psychological studies show that nearly 70 percent of violent criminals began by abusing animals, and keeping statistics on such cases can help law enforcement track down high-risk demographics and areas.

“Regardless of whether people care about how animals are treated, people – like legislators and judges – care about humans, and they can’t deny the data,” Natasha Dolezal, director of the animal law program in the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark College, in Portland, Oregon, told the Associated Press.

Animal abuse is already a felony in 13 states and in Washington, DC., but it had been previously classified with other miscellaneous crimes, making it impossible to get a handle on the patterns of animal-abuse crimes.

The move to begin tracking cases of animal abuse is a “huge policy shift and significant step forward,” Scott Heiser, a lawyer with the Animal Defense League, told the Washington Post.

The FBI announced the change in 2014 but only began collecting data as of this month. The information will be publicly available in the coming year, the FBI said.

https://news.vice.com/article/the-fbi-now-considers-animal-abuse-a-class-a-felony

 

Signs and Portents: Cougar with odd head deformity shot near Weston, Idaho


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This Dec. 30, 2015, photo released by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), shows a deformed mountain lion with teeth growing out of its forehead. Biologists are trying to determine what caused the strange growth on the animal, which was legally killed by a hunter in southeast Idaho near the Utah border.

Idaho Fish and Game officials were left a little perplexed when a conservation officer sent photos of a mountain lion’s odd deformity to them last week.

The cougar was shot near Weston by an unidentified hunter and appears to have a separate set of teeth growing out of its head. It’s simply something Fish and Game biologists have never seen before.

There’s no clear consensus about what the abnormality is, but there are a few theories.

First, it could be a teratoma, a rare type of tumor capable of containing hair, bone, teeth and even parts of limbs or organs.

Second, it could be what’s left of a conjoined twin that possible died in the womb and was absorbed by the mountain lion.

Lastly, it could be the result of an injury to the cougar’s teeth or jaw, which didn’t heal right.

The cougar is still in the hands of the hunter who plans to have it stuffed and preserved. Idaho Fish and Game hope to carry out a postmortem and perform x-rays to come up with a solid conclusion.

http://www.sott.net/article/310033-Signs-and-Portents-Cougar-with-odd-head-deformity-shot-near-Weston-Idaho

The baffling mystery of Hawaii’s disappearing humpback whales


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http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0102/The-baffling-mystery-of-Hawaii-s-disappearing-humpback-whales

Humpback whales usually arrive in the waters off Hawaii in December. But not this year. Why?

December usually marks the start of humpback whale season in Hawaii, but experts say the animals have been slow to return this year.

The giant whales are an iconic part of winter on the islands and a source of income for tour operators. But officials at the Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary said they’ve been getting reports that the whales have been difficult to spot so far.

“This isn’t a concern, but it’s of interest. One theory was that something like this happened as whales increased. It’s a product of their success,” said Ed Lyman, a Maui-based resource protection manager and response coordinator for the sanctuary.

“What I’m seeing out there right now I would have expected a month ago,” said Lyman, who was surprised by how few of the animals he saw while responding to a call about a distressed calf on Christmas Eve. “We’ve just seen a handful of whales.”

It will be a while before officials have hard numbers because the annual whale counts don’t take place until the last Saturday of January, February and March, according to former sanctuary co-manager Jeff Walters.

“They don’t necessarily show up in the same place at the same time every year,” Walters said.

Brian Powers, a Kailua-Kona aerial photographer who has spent years capturing images of humpbacks from the air, can be counted among those waiting, according to West Hawaii Today.

I’ve been looking for the last month and have not seen one,” he said.

This time of year, cars are usually lined up on the edge of the Akoni Pule Highway as whale watchers gather roadside and on hills to take in the nearshore displays of pec slapping, blows and the giant, lunging breaches of aggressive and amorous males.

More than 10,000 humpback whales make the winter journey from Alaska to the warm waters off Hawaii to mate and give birth.

Lyman said the whales’ absence could just mean they’re spending more time feeding in northern waters, possibly because of El Nino disruptions or because their population has gone up.

“With more animals, they’re competing against each other for that food resource, and it takes an energy of reserve to make that long migration over 2,000 miles,” he explained.

In September, The Christian Science Monitor reported after the first sightings of humpbacks in two decades in Long Island Sound in that a joint study done by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) in 2007 indicated that rising water temperatures could cause whale species to “shift their distributions to remain within optimal habitat.”

Courtesy of https://followingworldchange.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/the-baffling-mystery-of-hawaiis-disappearing-humpback-whales/

Note: No mention of the alarming number of Humpback whales that have been dying over the last few months. “Nothing to see here folks, move along…”.

Girl Meets Gorilla Old Friend After Many Years


WARNING: This video should be accompanied by tissues, or a hankie…it’s a heartwarmer :) Nice find Keri! Reblogged from https://followingworldchange.wordpress.com

Now something to bring a tear to your eye, well it did to mine. KS

Published on Nov 16, 2014

British Girl Meets Gorilla Old Friend After 12 Years.
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Life of Pi Animal Trainer Caught on Video Beating Tiger With Whip TheLipTV


Note: Please help this video go viral, Hackenberger needs to be held accountable and jailed for inhumane treatment to animals in his care.
This cowardly man, with psychopathic tendency’s should also be banned from working with animals.

Go for it PETA, just make sure no animals or human’s gets hurt…

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Michael Hackenberger, an animal trainer for many popular shows and films including Life of Pi and The Interview, was caught on video by PETA beating a tiger with a whip. In the video, Hackenberger explains, “I like hitting him in the face…The beauty of the paws being on the rock, when you hit him, it’s like a vice..It stings more!” We take a look at the disturbing footage on the Lip News with Margaret Howell and Jo Ankier.

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Gray whale dies bringing us a message — with stomach full of plastic trash


July 29, 2013, a sperm whale was stranded on Tershelling, a northern island in the Netherlands. A rescue attempt was attempted, but unfortunately the whale died. A young adult at 13.5 meters was taken for a necropsy at the port of Harlington. The sperm whale had plastic in its stomach, an increasing common phenomenon say researchers at the Biodiversity Centre Naturalis.

In March of this year, a 10 meter long sperm whale washed up on Spain’s South Coast. This whale had swallowed 59 different plastic items totaling over 37 pounds. Most of this plastic consisted of transparent sheeting used to build greenhouses in Almeria and Grenada for the purpose of tomatoes for the European market. The rest was plastic bags, nine meters of rope, two stretches of hosepipe, two small flower pots, and a plastic spray canister. Cause of death was intestinal blockage.These are not uncommon incidents. In 1989, a stranded sperm whale in the Lavezzi Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea died of a stomach obstruction after accidentally ingesting plastic bags and 100 feet of plastic sheeting. In 1990, a sperm whale examined for pathology in Iceland died of an obstruction of the gut with plastic marine debris.

Most of these whales have full stomachs and are healthy right before being slaughtered. This, and the fact squids are found in their stomachs whole and seldom show bite marks, lead to a theory that the lower jaw plays no significant role in catching of prey and that these sperm whales instead suck their food in. If this theory is true, sperm whales are just as vulnerable as baleen whales to the ingestion of marine debris. Another family of deep diving, squid eating cetaceans is the beaked whales. May 2011, a female juvenile Gervais’ beaked whale was found on a beach in Puerto Rico with ten pounds of plastic in her stomach.

In April 2010, a gray whale that died after stranding itself on a west Seattle beach was found to have more than 20 plastic bags, small towels, surgical gloves, plastic pieces, duct tape, a pair of sweat pants, and a golf ball, not to mention other garbage contained in its stomach. Plastic is not digestible, and once it finds its way into the intestines, accumulates and clogs the intestines. For some whales, the plastic does not kill the animal directly, but cause malnutrition and disease, which leads to unnecessary suffering until death. Whales are not the only victims to our trash. It is estimated that over one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals die each year from plastic debris. In September 2009, photographs of albatross chicks on Midway Atoll were brought to the public’s eye.

http://native-pride.net/2015/12/22/gray-whale-dies-bringing-us-a-message-with-stomach-full-of-plastic-trash/

TAKE ACTION: BAN STRYCHNINE POISONING on Wolves in Alberta.


I hope I have convinced you that poisoning wolves, NO MATTER WHAT THE DESIRED END GOAL, is not only an unacceptable wildlife ‘conservation tool’ but also incredibly cruel.

The Alberta decade long project of indiscriminately killing 45% of a local wolf population, at whatever humane cost, is indicative of making animal cruelty the new normal in this province.

It should NEVER EVER be so.

With your help, wherever you are in North America, would you care to give two minutes of your time to copy and paste the short letter below addressed to the new Minister of Environment & Parks (Ms. Shannon Phillips) and cc Premier (Ms. Rachel Notley) to demand an immediate moratorium on the use of strychnine and other such toxicants as a wildlife management ‘tool’, specifically to violently kill thousands of wolves and nontarget animals.

If we are not able to raise our goals, we should at least be able to raise our standards: STOP STRYCHNINE POISONING in Alberta.

Hon. Shannon Phillips,

Congratulations on your appointment as Minister of Environment and Parks.
You are now responsible for the on-going wolf-killing project in the Little Smoky River area. This project consists in trying to brutally and unsustainably decrease the number of wolves in the hope of increasing a tenuously small population of 70 to 80 woodland caribou which has suffered a dramatic decline due to habitat degradation courtesy of multiple extraction companies. In addition to gunning wolves from helicopters, strychnine is haphazardly used in a vain attempt to target the wolf population.

The cruelty of such initiative has gathered immense negative international attention and rightly so: strychnine poisoning is cruel and has no place as a wildlife ‘conservation tool’ in Alberta. Please enact an immediate moratorium to ban the use of such toxicants for wild canids in Alberta.

Should you sadly choose not to do so, could you please explain your decision on humane and scientific reasons?

Kindest regards,
YOUR NAME

Let’s give Alberta’s wilderness something to look forward to in 2016, a poison-free threat to its wolves and ecosystems.

Please, join us and write to the two members of parliament in the next 72 hours. Let’s make sure that cruelty is NOT the new normal in Alberta.

Ms. Phillips’s email: lethbridge.west@assembly.ab.ca
Ms. Notley’s email: premier@gov.ab.ca

Dr. Judith Samson-French's photo.

We live in such a gullible world ~ this murder of dead crows proves it.

“Bait stations were set up using techniques to target wolves and avoid mortality of nontarget species.”

A little snow pile is the main technique.
And it certainly fails at protecting other species from eating strychnine.

“While it is a weakness of our study that we do not know cause-specific mortality, and that black bears especially can be important causes of mortality for neonatal (<30 days old) calves …”

I tried not to hyperventilate when reading that.
So, not knowing who really kills the caribou calves and that bears (and perhaps even wolverines) could be significant predators, MANY educated people thought killing 1000s wolves and nontarget species for 10 years was a good idea anyway?

This photo depicts a dozen dead birds near a strychnine bait station. Likely many other animals have died further away by directly ingesting the poison or feeding on poisoned animals.

STOP poisoning!

When Fake ‘Super Meat’ Is Better Than the Real Thing


Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) – Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based “chicken” and “ground beef,” will aim for the heart of the carnivorous market with a soy-protein-based hamburger patty called the Beast Burger. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing and they believe they can revolutionize the way we eat. Bloomberg’s Sam Grobart reports for “The Year Ahead: 2015” series. (Source: Bloomberg)

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Canadian brothers save bald eagle from claw trap – take selfie


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Michael and Neil Fletcher pose for a selfie with the bald eagle they rescued near Windy Lake Facebook

The siblings were hunting for grouse when they came across the bird caught in a claw trap

A pair of Canadian brothers took a ‘selfie’ with a bald eagle after rescuing the bird from a trap.

Brothers Michael and Neil Fletcher, from Ontario, were hunting for grouse in Windy Lake, Onaping when they found the bird of prey caught in a claw trap.

Michael told local newspaper The Sudbury Star they were driving through an open area when Neil thought he saw an eagle. After exploring the area on foot, they saw movement and walked toward it, where they found the huge bird on the ground. The eagle had one of its talons stuck in a claw trap, a type of trap used by fur harvesters.

Michael said: “It was attached to a stake and the eagle was trying to fly up, but it only had a foot of slack in the chain.”

He explained how the huge bird calmed down when they covered its head with a hoodie and held on to it while working on the trap’s release mechanism.

“It calmed right down,” he said. “It didn’t really fuss or give any sign of aggression. I don’t know if it knew we were helping him, or what.”

After the bird was freed, the brothers removed the hood and held it up to take a selfie. Michael filmed Neil hoisting it up to shoulder height and giving it a push. The eagle flapped off into a nearby tree, where it stayed till the men left.

“I was surprised by the size, and that it’s such a beautiful bird,” said Michael. “When you see the eyes up close, they’re really amazing.”

They later contacted the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, who thanked them for freeing the eagle and said they would be contacting the trapper about setting the trap up differently.

http://www.sott.net/article/307444-Canadian-brothers-save-bald-eagle-from-claw-trap-take-selfie

Dog ‘walks 200 miles to find woman who nursed her back to health after hit-and-run accident’http://www.sott.net/article/307443-Dog-walks-200-miles-to-find-woman-who-nursed-her-back-to-health-after-hit-and-run-accident


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Shavi and Nina

A dog injured in a hit-and-run accident is believed to have walked almost 200 miles to find the Russian woman who nursed her back to health.

Shavi was left to die by the side of the road after the crash, in southern Russia’s Rostov Oblast region last winter.

She had been living on the streets as a stray when the driver hit her, and then just drove away, Russian media reported.

He left Shavi to die in agony with two broken legs by the side of the road, where she was shivering and freezing.

But luckily, two passersby’s saw the animal and took her to the vet, before appealing online for someone who could care for her as she recovered.

26-year-old Nina Baranovskaya was the only person who replied to the appeal, it was reported.

She picked up Shavi as soon as she’d had an operation on her hind legs and took her back to her small flat in Rostov-on-Don where she lives with her young daughter and several other pets.

Then she helped the dog learn to walk again, teaching her basic commands and playing with her every day.

Shavi needed a lot of care and attention because of the lasting trauma from the crash, and Nina had to buy nappies for her and comfort her whenever she saw cars in the street or a stranger.

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Nina feeds Shavi

But Nina couldn’t look after Shavi in the long term because she has a small flat and family commitments so she found her pet a loving home with friends 185 miles away.

However, just a few days later the dog went missing and Nina had a phone call from her friends in a panic.

Two weeks later, Shavi still hadn’t reappeared and Nina was pretty worried.

But then, Shavi turned up in an unexpected place.

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Shavi’s journey

As Nina walked down the road last week she felt something brush her leg.

It turns out Shavi had walked almost 200 miles back to Rostov across unfamiliar terrain to be reunited with Nina, who burst into tears when she realised what had happened.

Experts think it must have taken more than a week to make the trek, the Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.

Nina isn’t going to let Shavi go again, and she’s now looking for a bigger flat so they can stay together.

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Shavi

Strong Women, Wild Horses


Published on Sep 26, 2013

“Strong Women, Wild Horses” is a series of film portraits about photographers who have dedicated themselves to documenting how horses live in the wild. Armed with their cameras, these women have ventured into the Great Basin, one of the few remaining untamed areas of the United States to find the free-roaming wild horse. Through the lenses of these photographers, we learn about the majesty and beauty of horses. We discover how they live in harsh, untamed territories that test the limits of mankind.

But they also reveal to us how wild horses are caught in the middle of a fierce land battle. As the ranching industry demands more land for cattle and oil producers plot to extend massive pipelines across the country, the lives of these animals hang in the balance. For the wild horse, the Great Basin has literally become a war zone. And, these women are in its trenches. Horses are chased by helicopters and herded into captivity. Foals are ripped away from their mothers. Stallions are stabbed with stun guns. And, all of this is paid for with your tax dollars. These photographers are determined to capture every single frame… both the timeless beauty of horses living in the wild and the current tragedy unfolding as they are being driven to extinction.

Primates in peril: 50% of our closest living relatives are on the brink of extinction around the world


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More than half of the world’s primates are at risk of dying out due to the threat posed by habitat loss and hunting. The Hainan gibbon (pictured) is thought to be the world’s most endangered primate, with just 25 of the animals left living on an isolated island in China

They are our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom, yet more than half of the world’s primates are facing extinction due to our destruction of the habitats where they live.

Burning and clearing of large areas of tropical forest, combined with hunting of primates for food and illegal wildlife trade, has placed many species of apes, lemurs and monkeys at risk of dying out.

These include iconic species such as the Sumatran orang-utan, Grauer’s gorilla, the Northern brown howler monkey and the Hainan gibbon.

Scientists and conservation experts have now updated a report on the world’s 25 most endangered primates based on the current knowledge of the animals numbers and the risks facing them.

Dr Christoph Schwitzer, a primatologist and director of conservation at Bristol Zoological Society who helped compile the list, said: ‘This research highlights the extent of the danger facing many of the world’s primates.

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Sumatran orang-utans (pictured) are one of the world’s most threatened species and has been the focus of intense conservation campaigns.
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Madagascar has many unique species of primate but many of the island’s lemurs are now threatened, including the Lac Alaotra bamboo lemur (upper), which number just 5,000 animals left in the wild. South American primates like the Colombian black spider monkey (lower) are also under threat from habitat loss

‘We hope it will focus people’s attention on these lesser known primate species, some of which most people will probably have never heard of, such as the Lavasoa Mountains dwarf lemur from Madagascar – a species only discovered two years ago – or the Roloway monkey from Ghana and Ivory Coast, which we believe is on the very verge of extinction.’

‘Some of these animals have tiny populations remaining in the wild and support and action to help save them is vital if we are to avoid losing these wonderful animals forever.

‘This report makes scary reading for primatologists and the public alike, and highlights where we as conservationists must focus our attention over the coming years.’

There are 703 species and sub-species of primates around the world.

Every two years experts from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Bristol Zoological Society, International Primatological Society and Conservation International, produce a list of those most under threat.

In their latest report two species – the Philippine tarsier and the Lavasoa Mountains dwarf lemur from Madagascar – were included on the list for the first time.

The Lavasoa Mountains dwarf lemur was only discovered two years ago and its exact numbers are still unknown but its habitat is already being destroyed.

The report warned that Madagascar and Vietnam are home to large numbers of highly threatened primate species.

This is because many of the species live in isolated pockets of forest that are under threat of destruction.

The Northern sportive lemur from Madagascar is possibly the second most endangered animal to appear on the list with just 50 individuals known to survive.

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Although some of the species that appear on the list of the most threatened animals are small and rarely seen, like the Philippine tarsier (upper), others are quite large and noisy species, like the brown howler monkey (lower)

The Cat Ba langur, or golden headed langur as it is also known, has just 60 individuals left on Cat Ba Island in Vietnam.

There are thought to be just 24 Hainan gibbons left on Hainan Island in China.

In Africa, the red colobus monkeys was under ‘particular threat’, as were some of South America’s howler monkeys and spider monkeys.

The Northern brown howler monkey, for example, has less than 250 mature animals living in the wild.

The report warned: ‘All of these species are relatively large and conspicuous, making them prime targets for bushmeat hunting.’

Russell Mittermeier, chair of the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN, said he hoped the report would encourage governments to commit to ‘desperately needed biodiversity conservation measures’.

He said there was growing evidence that some primate species play important roles in dispersing tropical forest tree seeds, meaning they were essential to those habitats.

He added: ‘The purpose of our Top 25 list is to highlight those primates most at risk, to attract the attention of the public, to stimulate national governments to do more, and especially to find the resources to implement desperately needed conservation measures.

‘In particular, we want to encourage governments to commit to desperately needed biodiversity conservation measures.’

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Lemurs in Madagascar are among the most threatened according to the report, including the red ruffed lemur (pictured). Exact numbers of this species are not known but they are extremely rare
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The Roloway monkey lives in the forests of from Ghana and Ivory Coast but is thought to be on the ‘very verge’ of extinction, according to experts behind a new report on the world’s most endangered primates

THE WORLD’S 25 MOST ENDANGERED PRIMATES

Primate species. Number remaining in the wild.

Lavasoa Mountains dwarf lemur Unknown

Lake Alaotra bamboo lemur 2,500 – 5,000

Red ruffed lemur Unknown

Northern sportive lemur Around 50

Perrier’s sifaka 1,700 – 2,600

Rondo dwarf galago Unknown, but remaining habitat is just 100 square km

Roloway monkey Unknown, but thought to be on the very verge of extinction

Preuss’ red colobus monkey Unknown

Tana River red colobus monkey 1,000

Grauer’s gorilla 2,000 – 10,000

Philippine tarsier Unknown

Javan slow loris Unknown

Pig-tailed langur 3,300

Cat Ba langur 60

Delacour’s langur 234 – 275

Tonkin snub-nosed monkey less than 250

Kashmir grey langur Unknown

Western purple-faced langur Unknown

Hainan gibbon 25

Sumatran orang-utan Unknown

Ka’apor capuchin Unknown

Northern brown howler monkey Less than 250 adults

Colombian brown spider monkey Unknown

Ecuadorian brown-headed spider monkey Unknown

Courtesy of IUCN, the Bristol Zoological Society, International Primatological Society and Conservation International

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