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Animals in the News

Posted by youreit z9b CA SSz8-9 (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 12, 06 at 8:29

This just in...

Cat Bites Dog, Owner Wants Leash Law for Kitties

After her pit bull was attacked by a neighborhood cat, a Sacramento dog owner is calling for an end to free-roaming felines.

Dawn Capp likes cats and dogs and has one of each. Her pets get along with each other. As far as other animals in the neighborhood, that's sometimes a different story.

Problems arose when her pit bull Tauri was in her backyard. An unknown cat came over the fence and bit Tauri on the face. Capp showed News10 the photos to prove it. "Right up there is a big red blotch," she said, pointing to a photo. "The blood was draining."

The dog's wounds required $100 worth of veterinary care and antibiotics. Tauri is doing well now, and enjoyed a brisk game of Frisbee during News10's visit. However, her owner said it is not right that a wandering cat can be allowed to cause such mischief without any repercussions. "A cat comes into my backyard. When I let my dog go out to go to the bathroom, [it] attacks my dog and gets away scot free," said Capp. "I have no way of knowing who the owner is. I get stuck with the vet bill.

"If this had been my dog that had attacked a cat, it would be all over the news," she added. "My dog would be in an animal control shelter now. I'd probably have a vicious dog citation after me."

In the city of Sacramento, a dog found roaming without owner, leash or license can be impounded by animal control. There are no similar regulations for cats. Animal Control's Hector Cazares thinks any attempt to restrict cats would be nearly impossible to enforce. "I just have a sense that the public would be totally opposed to trying to keep cats on leashes," he said.

Cazares says if a cat is being a destructive nuisance, such as digging up the yard to use as a litter box, peeved property owners can trap the animal and bring it to animal control.

Although cats are allowed to roam freely in most American cities and towns, some municipalities have approved "cat confinement", "cat leash", and, in some circumstances, even "trap and kill" ordinances.


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Well, it was about time! All that racial discrimination against dogs should come to an end! Equal opportunity is sorely needed for our beloved pets! Just think how often those poor pit bulls have been scratched by cats that got away with it in our biased judicial system! Literally, got away!

I just can't imagine why a cat would bite or scratch if it finds itself in an enclosed yard with a pit bull charging out of the house...

:b Mary

*DISCLAIMER*
*I have nothing personally against pit bulls or cats. I own at least one cat at all times. My favorite pit bull was called Pickles. She was very sweet.*


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Animals, I mean people should not let their dogs and cats roam the neighborhood. I'm sure anyone would agree after the first time they reached into their garden bed and pulled out a hand full of cat do do. :) Arum


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"After her pit bull was attacked by a neighborhood cat...."

YEEEESH! Only in Kahlifornia! :-)


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My sentiments exactly, Bullwinkle! And Mary...and Arum...LOL I even yell at my own cat when she's out gardening with me and...nature calls. :D

She also liked to terrorize poor ol' Clyde the (blind) pug, so I can see how a pit bull wouldn't faze her at all. :\

Brenda


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, Apr 19, 06 at 13:34

I had just watched a story about a skunk in this same predicament on Animal Miracles (or somesuch). An animal control worker tossed a towel onto it while its tail was down. He then quickly pulled the soda can off of its head, with only a minor spraying from Soda Head when he caught sight of the employee. Good to know for future reference! :D

Brenda

Skunk with Head Stuck in Jar Seeks Help

If you were a skunk with your head stuck in a jar, what would you do? At least one skunk in that predicament knew how to get help.

The skunk showed up at the Georgetown real estate office of Patti Smith one recent morning. At first, Smith didn't know why her dogs wouldn't stop barking, but when she got close, she saw the skunk with its head stuck in a small glass jar.

"It walked up to me, and I took off running and went and called my father, and said you've got to see this and help me," Smith told News10's Jonathan Mumm.

Smith and her father wanted to help, but first, the skunk had to make sure they knew what it wanted. "It would go back and forth between the two of us and then it would go over here and bang its head on the steps trying to break the glass off," Smith said.

Then the skunk tried to catch the jar on the ivy to pull it off, but that didn't work either.

Smith's dad decided to take matters into his own hands and hope he didn't get sprayed in the process. "My dad went down to it, and the skunk stood up, and the skunk took his hands and put them behind while my dad was pulling. He was pushing, and the first time it didn't work, and we all jumped back ready to get sprayed. The skunk stood back up as if to say, 'Come on, just one more time.'"

Smith's father obliged and the jar popped off. The skunk could finally scratch its head, and then it took off down the hill. No one was sprayed.

Smith said the skunk has been back and eats dinner with her dogs.


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Maybe that cats twin is why Loyal is so scared of cats??


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There was a dog in the news here that got its head stuck in a pipe exactly like the skunk. It was going after a rabbit. Somebody called the EMTs/fire station, and they had to pull pretty hard to get the pooch's head out.

Then there was the kitty that was stuck in a wall in Brooklyn/New York. Took the police two days or so to get it out...

:) Mary


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 22, 06 at 10:37

Let Loyal know that if a kitty ever attacked ME, I'd be scared of them, too. :D

This next one is a GREAT story, but...shoot-to-kill?!? That makes me sick to my stomach. :(

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: Monster Rabbit Stalks U.K. Village


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, May 9, 06 at 12:29

Seattle Cat Found in Sacramento -- 10 Years Later

A feline who wandered away from his Seattle home 10 years ago is finally headed home, thanks to technology and Sacramento Animal Care workers.

Sneakers, a long-haired black tabby, was dropped off at the city's animal shelter Saturday by owners who could no longer care for the cat, Sacramento Animal Care Services spokeswoman Rhea Serran said. During a routine examination, employees found the animal had been electronically tagged with a small microchip. But when workers traced the chip's serial number, they were surprised to find Sneakers was anything but the garden-variety runaway pet -- he had actually gone missing a decade ago.

According to Serran, Sneakers' original owner, Allison MacEwan of Seattle, said the cat, then just a one-year-old kitten, vanished from her home back in 1996 and was never seen again. Door-to-door searches, fliers, even newspaper ads turned up no trace of Sneakers. Serran said MacEwan and her then 4-year-old daughter were ultimately forced to give up the search and thought they had seen the last of Sneakers forever. At least, until the unexpected phone call from the Sacramento animal shelter.

"She was shocked," Serran said. "She was extremely happy, and she couldn't believe it." Serran said MacEwan and her now teenaged daughter will travel to Sacramento this weekend to be reunited with their long-lost pet.

Serran said authorities planned to contact Sneakers' most recent owners and attempt to figure out how the feline made the 600-mile journey south. Serran recommends pet owners get their cats and dogs microchipped.


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He was cat-napped!!!


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I just got around to reading that story you linked, Brenda, and I've gotta tell ya, if I saw a rabbit in MY YARD as big as the one in that picture, I think I'd head for the hills, or something... In fact, even Tater Tot, so used to chasing squirrels and birds and even cats, would likely turn tail and run the other way if he saw something THAT BIG!

Dang that's ONE BIG BUNNY!


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sun, May 14, 06 at 13:09

LOL! Yeah, but SO much more wabbit to cuddle! No hasenfeffer for me, thanks! :D

Brenda


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Fri, May 19, 06 at 10:34

A couple stories I've read about recently.

The first one was sent to me as an email, so I had to check it on Snopes.com first. :D Some of you have probably already seen or heard about this Liger, but it's just so amazing, I had to share.

The 2nd story is from National Geographic. Sorry to say that "Pizzly the Grolar Bear" had to suffer this fate, but it sure is awesome what DNA can uncover these days!

Brenda


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The story I'm linking below makes me SOOOO SANGRY (sick AND angry!)

People with NO CONSCIENCE!

Note, you MAY have to sit through a brief commercial before the video starts, as this was one of the links from the AOL Welcome screen, and they all include a commercial first... not too long, though, and worth it to see the video (nothing gross or visually disturbing in the video, by the way, in case you're squeamish).

Love your pets!
Jeff

Here is a link that might be useful: CNN Daily News Clips :Puppy Trafficking


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Fri, May 26, 06 at 13:07

Well, at least the money would go to a good cause. Jeff, all of your predictions are true! LOL

Brenda

Bucks From Ducks? Alien Head Find in Cordelia Headed for eBay

On eBay, shoppers can find anything from the mundane and everyday household items to unique antiques and one-of-a-kind treasures. So how about an X-ray of an alien head inside of a duck?

A Northern California non-profit animal rescue group hopes the bizarre find in the belly of an unfortunate fowl could help it land a major payday now that the oddity is set to go up for bid on the online auction site next week.

The strange discovery started last Sunday when a mallard was dropped off at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Cordelia with a broken wing. But when the center's assistant manager Marie Travers radiographed the bird, the X-ray came back with more than just broken bones.
"I saw a face. The stereotypical alien head ... with big eyes," Travers said.

And Travers wasn't the only one who saw the large bulbous eye sockets and odd alien grimace on the head clearly seen tucked away in the duck's stomach.

"It clearly stood out," said center director Jay Holcomb. "We were looking at the broken wing, but the face is all we could look at."

Most assumed the bird may have inadvertantly eaten a toy alien or gobbled up something that closely resembled an otherworldly visitor. But after the duck succumbed to his injuries, a necropsy turned up even more surprises in the mallard's innards.

"Just corn, corn and grit," Travers said.

"No alien heads," Holcomb added.

While the investigation turned up no evidence of extraterrestrial intervention, Holcomb hopes the undeniably odd X-ray could help raise the center some cash from an online curiousity connoisseur.

"The poor bird didn't make it, but if we can raise money to take care of other birds, that's great," Holcomb said.

The auction is scheduled to begin Sunday at 3 p.m. and last for one week.

And Holcomb said around Cordelia, a place where unusual crop circles back in 2003 were just one example of the area's proclivity for the otherworldly, the alien head may be more than just a X-ray anomaly.

"Cordelia's a hot bed of alien activity," Holcomb explained. "We've seen the crop circles, so it stands to reason we'd see an alien face staring out of a duck."


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I got a good chuckle from this email. It sounded too dang funny not to be fabricated but according to Snopes it is a true story.

"The following is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality...

STATE OF MICHIGAN
Reply to: GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT OFFICE STATE OFFICE BUILDING 6TH FLOOR
350 OTTAWA NW GRAND RAPIDS MI 49503-2341
JOHN ENGLER, Governor
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
HOLLISTER BUILDING, PO BOX 30473, LANSING MI 48909-7973
INTERNET: http://www.deq.state.mi
RUSSELL J. HARDING, Director

December 17, 1997

CERTIFIED

Mr. Ryan DeVries 2088 Dagget Pierson, MI 49339

Dear Mr. DeVries:

SUBJECT: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023-1 T11N, R10W, Sec. 20, Montcalm County

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond. A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A review of the Department's files show that no permits have been issued.

Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws annotated. The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris dams and flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all unauthorized activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the strewn channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 1998. Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request, or any further unauthorized activity on the site, may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action. We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter.

Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

David L. Price
District Representative Land and Water Management Division

______________________________________________________________________ _

Dear Mr. Price:
Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N, R10W, Sec 20; Montcalm County

Your certified letter dated 12/17/97 has been handed to me to respond to. You sent out a great deal of carbon copies to a lot of people, but you neglected to include their addresses. You will, therefore, have to send them a copy of my response.

First of all, Mr. Ryan DeVries is not the legal landowner and/or contractor at 2088 Dagget, Pierson, Michigan - I am the legal owner and a couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood "debris" dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, nor authorize, their dam project, I think they would be highly offended you call their skillful use of natural building materials "debris." I would like to challenge you to attempt to emulate their dam project any dam time and/or any dam place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no dam way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

As to your dam request the beavers first must fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity, my first dam question to you is: are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers or do you require all dam beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request? If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, please send me completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits. Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws annotated.

My first concern is - aren't the dam beavers entitled to dam legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said dam representation - so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer. The Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event causing dam flooding is proof we should leave the dam Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling them dam names. If you want the dam stream "restored" to a dam free-flow condition - contact the dam beavers - but if you are going to arrest them (they obviously did not pay any dam attention to your dam letter-being unable to read English) - be sure you read them their dam Miranda rights first.

As for me, I am not going to cause more dam flooding or dam debris jams by interfering with these dam builders. If you want to hurt these dam beavers - be aware I am sending a copy of your dam letter and this response to PETA. If your dam Department seriously finds all dams of this nature inherently hazardous and truly will not permit their existence in this dam State - I seriously hope you are not selectively enforcing this dam policy, or once again both I and the Spring Pond Beavers will scream prejudice!

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their dam unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green, and water flows downstream. They have more dam right than I to live and enjoy Spring Pond. So, as far as I and the beavers are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more dam elevated enforcement action now. Why wait until 1/31/98? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then, and there will be no dam way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then. In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention a real environmental quality (health) problem: bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the dam beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! (The bears are not careful where they dump!) Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.

Sincerely,
Stephen L. Tvedten


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That is the funniest dam story I have ever read Semper. Talk about bureaucratic idiots. The response is priceless, you GO !!! Stephen L. Tvedten

Jeff I guess I caught this thread to late to view the puppy trafficking link. I am involved in a puppy and mother dog rescue right now and was curious to see what it was about. Darn. uhh dam .


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LOL, I laughed myself silly when I read the dam story but this one may almost match it. Sandy

Here is a link that might be useful: Jack the cat


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 19, 06 at 12:09

Oh, that dam story is a classic, to be sure! Dam bureaucrassy! :D

What a good kitty! That would be great on Funniest Videos, if they could get it on tape! :)

Brenda


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LOL! I saw my folks on Friday and they told me they had heard about this cat who had treed a black bear but they could tell I was more than a little skeptical. I'm glad they haven't completely lost it.... yet.


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 7, 06 at 12:29

A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His mouth can hold more than his belly can,
He can hold in his beak,
Enough food for a week!
I'm damned if I know how the hell he can!

--Dixon Lanier Merritt

Bird Center Nursing Dozens of Starving Baby Pelicans Back to Health

Wildlife enthusiasts like staffers at the International Bird Rescue and Research Center in Cordelia don't routinely see starving birds as a good sign. But with the center seeing a major influx of starving baby brown pelicans over the last several weeks, workers said it may be evidence that an endangered species is on the rebound.

Since May, the center has received nearly 30 fledgling brown pelicans, most underweight and washed up on Northern California shores near Santa Cruz and Monterey, all finding a tough time feeding themselves on their own.

"They were definitely on the brink of starving when they came in," center rehab manager Michelle Bellizzi said. "We don't know why these guys were unable to feed, but we just know they came into the center and they're really responding to fluids and nutrition."

While none of the rescue workers want to see starving birds, Bellizzi said it could be encouraging news for the species. Experts think an increasing number of the endangered birds leaving the nest could be competing with each other over a limited supply of available fish.

"This year, more than prior years, there may be more pelicans than food along the coast," Bellizzi said.

The pesticide DDT nearly doomed the California brown pelican to extinction in the 1970s. Once DDT was banned in 1972, the birds began a slow resurgance. Scientists now believe there may be as many as 7,000 breeding pairs of California brown pelicans nesting along state shorelines. A decision over whether to remove the bird from the endangered species list is currently before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Regardless of the conditions that led to their stays at the center, staffers are focused on nursing the young birds back to health. 11 of the 30 birds have already been returned to the wild.

"We were going through about 100 pounds of fish every day," Bellizzi said. With each pelican eating upwards of seven pounds of fish per day, Bellizzi said the ravenous birds "are eating us out of house and home."

But those fish don't come free. The center's fish bill topped $20,000 so far this year and Bellizzi estimated each bird costs at least $200 to rehabilitate.

For more information on how you can support the center, click on the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: International Bird Rescue Research Center


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And another love story...

  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 7, 06 at 12:31

Ok, this is cute, but...frog weddings?! LOL Alright, that's cute, too. :)

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: Mouse Rides Frog in India Monsoon


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LOL!! Those are great, Brenda! :-)

Awwwwwwwww. Baby pelicans.

C3D


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that always seemed odd to me. brown pelican endangered vs. increasing numbers of hte american white pelican- so much so that the migration route is now east of the mississippi river. i love watching them!


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 18, 06 at 11:50

Git yer noseplugs! I'm a'turnin' on the oven! :D

Brenda

Utility Plans on Using Cows' "Other" Product for Power

California utility Pacific Gas & Electric is preparing to produce natural gas converted from methane gas from cow manure in a large-scale way.

The logic is, there are about two million cows in the state, and if the electricity and natural gas supplier taps into just a fraction of what the cows produce, it figures it can supply between 5 and 10 percent of its customers' natural gas needs in the next 12 to 15 years.

PG&E knows the concept will work. The Straus Family Creamery in Marin County is proof. Besides milk, the diary herd also produces manure -- plenty of it.

"Yes, they produce about 120 pounds of stuff a day," says Albert Straus, the diary and creamery's owner-operator. The manure is not wasted. It's moved to a pond on the creamery where it's washed with recycled water. Then nature takes over.

"The bacteria in the manure digests it and gives off methane gas. It's about 60 to 70 percent methane gas," Straus says.

The gas is piped to a generator where it is converted to electricity, supplying 95 percent of the dairy's power needs.

By producing their own electricity for their milking machines, house appliances, and electric vehicles, the Strauses say they have cut their electricity bill from $5,000 a month to about $400. And it's all by taking advantage of what "else" cows produce, Straus says. "The source of manure keeps flowing, as we say."

In the next 12 to 18 months, PG&E will tap into Central Valley dairies for methane gas. The gas, also know as bio-gas, will be refined so that it will burn similarly to natural gas. The utility plans to begin piping the refined bio-gas into homes by the end of 2007.

One other advantage to utilizing methane gas is a reduction in a greenhouse gas known as an air polluter.


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 26, 06 at 16:13

I agree with Van Exel. It IS sickening. And there have been something like 14 or 15 human, heat-related deaths in the last week here in N. California. :(

Brenda

Cows Suffer in Baking Sun

Cows can withstand a few days of 100-degree temperatures but not the 10 straight [11 as of today] Northern California has experienced, say San Joaquin County dairy farmers. The herds are producing less milk. They're also dying by the hundreds.

Dairy owners also say the heat could mean there will be fewer calves next spring, because it's too hot for cattle to breed.

Lodi dairy farmer, Hank Van Exel, has fans and misters to try to cool off his herd. The animals are hosed off when they come into the milking barn.

This is the hottest summer the second-generation dairyman remembers, and what it's doing to his cows is hard to watch. They're panting and laboring. He said many cows will come up lame because they spend hot days standing up instead of lying down. Van Exel said those under any extra stress are at high risk for not surviving.

"You don't sleep," said Van Exel. "You just kind of ... it's sickening."

Van Exel has lost 14 of his herd of 1,400.

The situation is dire enough for San Joaquin County to permit dairy farmers to take their dead animals to the local landfill or cover them in compost piles on their property, rather than take them to rendering plants. The rendering plants say they don't have the room to accept any more animals.


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 27, 06 at 11:13

I thought the Bat Lovers' Troop (or BLT) would want to hear about this, including our president and CEO, FTM.

Brenda

Baby Bats Also Suffering Under Severe Heat

From dogs and cats to cows and horses, this month's historic heat wave has claimed a variety of victims across the animal kingdom. In downtown Sacramento, the blistering heat has even caused serious problems for one of the nature's most misunderstood mammals: bats.

For several days, local bat rescuers have been working to save dozens of baby and juvenile bats from a handful of downtown Sacramento bat colonies, many succumbing to the severe heat and dehydration.

Exploding Head Gallery owner Jodi DeVries said as the heat continued, she began seeing scores of exhausted bats crawling in the alley behind her 12th Street gallery. The young bats either fall, or get shoved off of their perches by adults looking for more room in the heat.

"I'm not a big bat fan, but I kind of feel sorry for the little guys," DeVries said.

Last weekend, state park ranger Mark Hada began noticing falling bats near the California State Railroad Museum, where a colony of more than 1,000 Mexican free-tail bats live in the crevices under the freeway.

"Over 107 degrees, it really got to be a problem, especially on Sunday when it got to be 111," Hada said. "When it got to be 111, we had 70 bats."

The growing number of swooning bats brought out members of the California Bat Conservancy, who have been injecting the fallen creatures with life-saving fluids. The bats are then marked and put back with the colony. Hada said it appeared the hydration was working for most of the struggling bats.

Experts say that to avoid rabies concerns, anyone who comes across a downed bat should leave the creature alone. If you come across a bat on the ground, you can call the California Native Bat Conservancy at (530) 642-2731 [if you live in CA, of course :D].


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OH no! I loved those bats! I hope it rains really well soon and cools everything off!(I just moved from Ca to TX recently.)PJ


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 28, 06 at 10:55

Well, it probably won't rain here until at least Sept., PJ, but more than likely Oct. or Nov. We ARE having a cool down, though! Temps will only be into the 80s this weekend. Woohoo!

I guess the human death toll for all of CA is now at least 100. :(

Brenda


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"Exploding Head Gallery "--- OH MY GAAAA'AD (in my best valley girl) i love that name! brenda! i wanto to join the volunteers. thanks for the nomination, girlfriend.

so sad, bat wise and human wise :(


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Before I left CA it we went without rain (Antelope Valley/High desert) from Oct 03-Oct04! When it finally did rain half the people had to repair their roofs! The heat make them so brittle they cracked along the seams!
TSK TSK TSK! FAIRY you forgot your "likes"! Shame on you! As in like,"LIKE OHHH MY GAAAAA'D DEBBIEEEE!!!" PJ


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 29, 06 at 8:58

LOL!! That lovely gallery name stood out to me, too. "Like, oh, my gawd, do you guys, like, promote violence and stuff, like, gag me with a spoon!"

No wonder why you moved, PJ! You know it's bad if you move to TX to get MORE rain. :D

The human toll is up to at least 140 now. :(

Brenda


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see what happens when someone from illinois tries to do "valley?"!!! sorry, frank zappa! (only knew that much b/c my sister listned to him)


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Like we so totallyyyy believe you fairyG! It was like you're sister's! (I'm starting to nauseate myself now)
Texas' weather is kind of the same weather wise to California but without mountians. Prarie fire/flood vs Mountain fire/mudslides. There are more fires/slides in Cali and TX has the added hurricanes. So everyone has a chance to evacuate the coast.
I haven't been through a tornado so I can't really compare tornado and earthquake season. Earthquakes really suck. I was 7mos pregnant and living in Simi during the Northridge quake. Only good thing that came out of it was finding out where my (now ex) husband was "working late".
It's horrible about those poor people! I didn't even notice the name of the gallery as unusual. How sad is that?PJ


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 3, 06 at 10:15

At least it's not half-baked!

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: Lobster Caught 'Half Cooked' in Maine


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 4, 06 at 10:08

You know how some things just seem to give you that warm feeling inside?

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: Snake Swallows Electric Blanket


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Hey! I used to raise liger cubs - I know they're the real deal! :) I worked for an exotic animal farm and we bred a mail African Lion to a female siberian tiger and they would have cubs. When they were 2 weeks old (ish), the mother rejects them and won't nurse anymore b/c she realizes that they aren't full tiger. Sooo, got to bottle raise these cutie patooties. We would sell to private owners, zoos, etc. They were huge cats, I'll give them that. At maturity you really SHOULDN'T be cuddling them like the lady in that photo...they are still a wild cat. :) They used to like to try to pee on me when I would go past the cage...it was a game. They would lift their tail and you would run like the dickens to not get sprayed. LOL


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 5, 06 at 20:49

You are SO lucky, Andrea! To get sprayed by a Liger! LOL Seriously, to feed and cuddle those little cubs would be awesome. I think my trust (and fear) issues would cause me to spray any adult Liger within "shooting" distance. :D

I wish I could view the link below, but...alas, dial-up just isn't having it. I hope it's not too gruesome for the Bat Squad to watch!

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: Fishing Bats Battle Catfish in Belize


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 6, 06 at 21:15

I think some cuddling is in order.

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: Panda Cam at the Giant Panda Research Station


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 26, 06 at 11:29

What a precious kitty!

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: Denver Kitten Walks on Front Paws


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This one's a real porker....what a ham!!!!

Here is another Animal in the News story.

Pig withstands Tasers to escape slaughter
150-pound porker finally succumbs to tranquilizers but avoids butcher
Updated: 8:26 p.m. ET Sept 14, 2006

GREEN BAY, Wis. - A pig on the lam from a trip to the butcher withstood Taser shots from police officers and eluded authorities for more than an hour after wandering onto Green Bay's major highway Wednesday night.
The 150-pound pig was spotted by a passing driver on U.S. 41 at 6 p.m. Wednesday night, Green Bay Police Lt. Todd LePine said. The animal reportedly went into traffic several times, creating a hazard, he said.
Officers located the pig about 7 p.m. and made two attempts to subdue it with a stun gun, he said, but it fled both times after pulling out the Taser probes.
A passerby who described himself as a former pig farmer tried to wrestle the animal, but the animal pulled away from him as well, LePine said.
Three tranquilizer darts were finally used to bring the pig under control, and it was placed in blanket and lifted into an animal control van, LePine said.
The animal was taken to the Bay Area Humane Shelter that evening. Police said a local attorney planned to claim the pig Thursday.
Appleton attorney Nila Robinson, who raises pigs on her farm, told the Green Bay Press Gazette the pig was hers. The animal escaped somewhere between an Appleton Starbucks and Maplewood Meats near Green Bay.


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"somewhere between an Appleton Starbucks and Maplewood Meats near Green Bay." That pig covered a lot of territory! Sandy


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reminds me of the kankakee steer. at least the police didn't put it full of bullet holes!

now, i could relate to this one. if the cicadas are as loud as they were here this season! they are scheduling the concerts later in the season to avoid being drowned out by the 17 yr brood.

Here is a link that might be useful: ravinia festival, chicago tribune


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Fri, Sep 22, 06 at 18:06

This story is pretty nasty. I just can't believe it could fit that thing in its mouth!!!

Python Eats Pregnant Sheep

And this next one is a heart-warmer! :)

Brenda

Kindred Spirits Meet to Give Blind Cat New Home

A little more than a year ago, a grey and black short-haired tabby was left on the doorstep of a Sacramento home destroyed by fire. The owner no longer lived there. The windows were boarded up. But it just so happened, Diane Goldman needed to return to the house for something. When she arrived, she found the cat, undernourished and sick.

By Goldmans estimate, the animal was probably two to three months old. She was familiar with animals because she runs Animal Savers, a shelter that caters to handicapped and stray animals.

When Goldman found the cat, one of her eyes had burst from an infection. The other eye was almost as bad. Veterinarians were able to save the second eye, but the cat would eventually be completely blind.

Goldman named the cat Helen Keller and brought her home to the Animal Savers refuge. After taking the kitty to a veterinarian and making sure she had food regularly, it was determined Helen was actually six months old.

"Shes totally blind but gets around beautifully," said Goldman. "(She) climbs all over and plays with toys, and youd never know unless you see her that she is blind."

Goldman founded Animal Savers eight years ago to give low-income pet owners a place to get their pets spayed or neutered. She also rescues animals from shelters and provides a home to local strays. Animal Savers also does adoptions via the Internet.

Even though some of the pets at Animal Savers come with their share of health problems, Goldman does not believe a pet is unadoptable. "Theres nothing unadoptable if you find the right person," she says.

That's exactly what happened when Goldman came in contact with Melanie Debore of Toussaint, Arizona. Debore saw a posting on the Animal Savers website for Helen Keller. After two months of corresponding by e-mail and telephone and filling out a four-page application, Debore got a chance to meet the newest member of her family Thursday.

Like Goldman, Debore also has a soft spot for animals with physical challenges. At her home in Arizona, she has a house full of cats with physical handicaps. Most of the cats are deaf, but one cat Benjamin "Dizzy" Disraeli is blind. All of the cats are named after British prime ministers.

"My other deaf cats sort of outstrip him in the playing field, because he cant quite keep up and run around the way that they can. So I was looking for a little girl who would be a good play match for him, because hes very playful," Debore said.

Debore and Goldman seem to be kindred spirits when it comes to rescuing animals in need. Getting Helen wasnt the first time Debore traveled across state lines to adopt an animal in need of a good home.

One of her cats named Winston Churchill passed away after developing an infection from an amputation. Wracked with grief, Debore searched the Internet for another pet. She came across "Dizzy", who was living at an SPCA shelter in Virginia. The shelter had dubbed Dizzy un-adoptable.

"I thought, thats ridiculous," Debore said. "Hes perfectly adoptable, and hes perfectly wonderful."

That perfectly wonderful cat will be Helen Kellers new playmate. But along with a new friend, Helen will also get a new name. Since all the female British prime minister names have been taken, Debore says shell probably name the cat after New Zealands Prime Minister Helen Clarke, so shell still be a Helen.

"I think shell fit in quite nicely," Debore said. "She looks exactly like Dizzy. We have an indoor-outdoor area for them so she can climb a tree and listen to the birds and try and catch a few lizards if she can. And become my little cozy snuggler at night, hopefully."


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so sweet!


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this is cool

Here is a link that might be useful: ancient llama herder


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, Sep 26, 06 at 12:16

That is a really cool story, FTM! I'd love to see one of those dogs, even if it's a computer a model of what it looked like back in the day. :)

The story below is SUCH a relief to me. We drove by the area on Saturday (one day or so after the wind and fires came through), and what I saw made me literally sick to my stomach. The article below only mentions the ones they were able to save. The dead sheep we saw were disturbing, but even worse to me were the ones still alive and suffering - singed lungs, burned eyes, open wounds on the poor animals who had no relief from the burning sun.

We spoke with a lady who runs a little market not far from the ranch, and she said the rancher had come in early that morning. He was overwhelmed with trying to round up all of the sheep to dispose of them (with a rifle). Animal control had said they'd help, as well as these folks from U.C. Davis, but no one had bothered to show up yet. Meanwhile, the sheep were just standing around, waiting to be put out of their misery.

I guess the 80-yr.-old father of the current rancher was out in the fields at 11pm on Thursday trying to till under a fire break around some of the sheep, but he became disoriented and overwhelmed by smoke.

I just don't know why the rancher assumed they might be able to get out and didn't cut the hell out of the fence for them. That's what's been bothering me, as well.

Brenda

Sheep Burned in Yolo County Fire Receive Care

The sight of hundreds of sheep burned in last Friday's fire near Zamora is hard to see, even for those used to dealing with injured animals. Yet there are signs of encouragement with each passing day.

The fast-moving blaze scorched approximately 10,000 acres, destroyed three homes, several outbuildings, and downed power lines. A large flock of sheep didn't escape the flames, either.

"It's a lot, even for experienced veterinarians," said Dr. John Madigan of the U.C. Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team. Madigan is leading a group of volunteers in caring for the wounded animals, which are suffering from burns, leg injuries, and have lost their appetite.

Sheep rancher Bill Slaven said there was little he could do when the fire ripped through his ranch. "It was worse than I thought. I thought there'd be some place where they could maybe get out a little area or something, but there wasn't any place for them."

Slaven, whose family has owned the land for about 100 years, said he expects he'll lose as many as 600 sheep, a painful blow that will also be hard financially. "Just have to kind of go through the year and see if we make it through," he said.

There are hopeful signs, though. Sheep that were listless Sunday are struggling Monday against the help Madigan's volunteers bring. The veterinarian said with antibiotics and daily care, the sheep are gaining strength.

The vet helpers plan on attending to the sheep for at least the next two weeks. Animal owners like Slaven will not be charged for the services.


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Brenda, I don't think I could have handled that. Just the thought is enough to make me ill. Is there any thought that the owner might be charged with neglect or some other charge? Sandy


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The latest on Ivory-billed woodpeckers, now thought to be in the Florida panhandle.....

Here is a link that might be useful: Ivory billed woodpeckers in Florida panhandle


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, Sep 27, 06 at 11:38

That would be amazing, Jean! I sure hope someone can get some solid evidence.

Sandy, I don't think the rancher is going to be charged. The way the ranch is situated among rolling hills, I have to imagine that the fire came up so suddenly that they just didn't have time to save the sheep. The only evidence I have that the father of the rancher took the valuable time to disc an area around those sheep I mentioned is from the owner of the market, so...I'm trying to think the best of him. It was his livelihood, but...I just wonder if hindsight is 20/20, and he wishes he could do it differently.

Brenda


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cheetah conservation fund talks about their programs for wildlife and people.

Here is a link that might be useful: click on teh promotional video


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Fri, Sep 29, 06 at 10:16

Now is one of those times I wish I had DSL, FTM!

The little darlings in the link below are the cutest things I think I've ever seen. (Adults grow to 5 inches long and weigh about 6 ounces! Oh, MY!)

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: Albino Pygmy Monkey Twins Born


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, Oct 5, 06 at 8:40

Can't say I've ever felt the effects of a cider hangover. Bear in a drunk tank! Poor girl.

Brenda

Drunken Bear Found Stumbling Around Colorado Town

A Colorado bear woke up with a hangover this morning.

Neighbors near Boulder spotted the animal stumbling around, falling, and taking short naps. Officers say the bear probably got drunk from eating fermented apples from trash cans. They say this time of year, bears eat constantly to store fat for their winter hibernation.

Officers used a tranquilizer to capture her and took her somewhere where she slept it off. She wasn't hurt.


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call me mean, i can't help but chuckle!


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How I would love to spend 10 quality minutes with these 2 local punks. I am a firm believer in the "what comes around, MUST go around" theory.


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 18, 06 at 10:31

Ack! I notice there was no mention of the parents. Accountability has to start somewhere in life, and for those 2 little *bleeps*, it starts now.

Brenda


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These wolf hybrids has been in the news in NH. Most people want to get rid of the dogs, even though they have never hurt anyone. They just howl a lot. Which, IMHO, is no worse than any of the many dog kennels.

:( Mary

Here is a link that might be useful: wolf hybrids


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 25, 06 at 10:00

Ack!! This should definitely be filed in the "Give Me A Break" drawer! People can be so ignorant. If you can, please keep us updated on the progress, Mary!

I hope those 2 still on the loose are ok. :(

Brenda


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grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. "a sanctury for abused, etc" they would never be in that position if....well, lets just say if they were being properly cared for by the original owners or breeder, not necessarily meaning mistreatment.

well, i am just not going to get into that one. BUT, issues with hybrids are often blamed on the wolf blood. the other problem is, weird things happen during hybridization though i am not going to lecture on.

there are more hybrids needing sanctuary than there are sanctuaries!

Here is a link that might be useful: one of the rescues i am aware of


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, Jan 23, 07 at 10:16

Giant White Birds Find a Home in Downtown Turlock

It seems the invasion is on. For the past several months at sunset, hundreds of large white Cattle Egrets return like a squadron to their favorite tree in Central Park in Turlock.

The estimated 200 to 300 birds can stand up to 22 inches tall and are pretty loud.

"We love the birds. They're a novelty," says Terri Ramos, who works at Wellington's Pub located across from the park.

But employees of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce, whose building sits underneath the egret tree in Central Park, are not impressed by the mess the birds leave behind.

"I think everyone would like to see them go; they're creating a really big mess on the roof and our windows," says Chamber CEO Sharon Silva.

The city tried scaring the birds off with blanks from a pellet gun, but the egrets only returned minutes later.

In 2005, hundreds of egrets nested in a neighbor's tree near downtown. Similar efforts to scare them off also failed. The birds eventually migrated weeks later.


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cool! but i would hate to park my car under there!


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I guess they should be glad they don't live in Hinkley, Ohio.

Here is a link that might be useful: the gathering


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, Jan 25, 07 at 9:31

Yeah, buzzards would be probably be even worse on the auto's paint. LOL

Brenda

Threatened Frog Concerns Stop Flood Prevention

The next time Cosgrove Creek in Valley Springs floods several homes, residents will be blaming a frog for their wet carpets.

Cosgrove Creek has jumped its banks five times in the last 10 years. Now, the Calaveras County Public Works Department would like to dredge the creek to create more space. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said that work can't be done, because the creek is apparently home to a threatened species known as the California red-legged frog.

For Judy and Mike Cortez, it's unbelievable to them that their home, and those of their neighbors along the creek, won't get added protection, all because of a frog.

Mike said he's seen bullfrogs in the creek, but he can't recall ever seeing a red-legged frog.

The county was given clearance by the California Department of Fish and Game, as well as the Water Quality Control Board, to do the dredging, but without approval from the Army Corps of Engineers, the work won't happen.

Calaveras County officials said they do plan to do a survey this spring and summer during mating season to see just how many red-legged frogs actually live along Cosgrove Creek.

In the meantime, residents who've seen the water approach more than once are hoping the current dry winter stays dry.


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they are gorgeous. is this the same calaveras county of the jumping frog contest,hmmmmm, was it mark twain or someone else?

turkey vultures roost on the town water tower every year! i miss them in the winter.


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Fri, Jan 26, 07 at 9:15

That's the same Calaveras, FTM! And it surely was Mr. Clemens. DH entered the contest (well, his frog did) when he was a young'un. He never won, but he'll never forget it. :D

Here is a link that might be useful: Grapes a Stompin', Frogs a Hoppin'


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thanks, brenda! i will admit, i was profiling....sure it was set in the south :)


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Garfield

Hope this link works for everyone. Couldn't stop laughing while watching this video. Talk about a "couch potato."

Here is a link that might be useful: Cat watching TV


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Too funny! I love silly kitty pictures.

Meanwhile, they caught a colossal squid far, far south of here. They froze it for research. But it looks like it could feed an army.

:) Mary

Here is a link that might be useful: calamari rings the size of tractor tires?!?


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, Feb 28, 07 at 8:56

LOL!!! I LOVE it when cats sit like that! I call my Pookie a drunken sailor when she does it. :D But she doesn't watch TV.

Yikes, that squid is scary! Sharp hooks on some of its suckers, too! Mommy!!!

Brenda


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too hilarious when garfield looks over like, "what IS your problem?"


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 30, 07 at 12:36

Lots of interesting stuff today!

"Toygers" vs. Tigers Beautiful kitties!

"Monster" Toxic Toad Caught in Australia He's so handsome, though! LOL

"Strange Owl" Seen in Wild for First Time Wow, serious cuddling material.

Brenda


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, May 15, 07 at 10:07

The humpback whales are back in the Sacramento River! Poor darlings. :(

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: Whales Cruise Delta


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, May 17, 07 at 9:36

They're going to try to get the poor darlings (Mom and child) back out to sea today! Wish them luck! Forty-five ft. (Mom) and 20 ft. (calf) long! I wish I could have seen them.

Brenda

Marine Experts Plan To Move Whales Out

He Did It Once - Can He Do It Again?


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i couldn't help but be tickled, though a little sad, about the male that kept going in and had to be led out. i love the sonar net thing. i had no idea!


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i just read the links, brenda. poor babies! it is a shame, and an understatement, of the negative impact (another undestatemtent) our "necessities" wreak on wildlife.


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, May 23, 07 at 10:02

Amen, sister!

The whales aren't leaving. :( Mom's injury may be worse than they thought, and without the sea water to help healing, it's just a bad situation. They also seem to be skittish when it comes to going back under the bridge. I really hope they make it home soon. *sigh*

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: Whales' Health, Behavior Cause for Worry


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i am sure all the pollution in the water doesn't help healing either!

they need their sea water- it is what they are adapted to!


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Mon, May 28, 07 at 10:49

They made it past the bridge, and are hopefully on their way back to the ocean, swimming 12 miles west yesterday. I think it was the antibiotics kicking in, but with wild animals, you just never know what spurs them on. :)

Brenda


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yeah!! thanks for the updates, brenda!


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sat, Jun 2, 07 at 10:42

Warning - this story is pretty disgusting. Not graphic, just disgusting. :(

Brenda (a.k.a. The Beav)

Here is a link that might be useful: News 10 Viewers Offer Beaver Rebuttal


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 28, 07 at 14:46

These poor little darlings! Rice fields are great attractors of wildlife here...until harvest time...:(

(The story got it wrong about Ibis in California, though. The white-faced are the only ones found here, not one of 3 kinds, as reported.)

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: Dozens of Abandoned Ibis Chicks Rescued


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 16, 08 at 11:28

I just had to dig up this old thread after reading a couple of cool stories recently. :)

Fastest Known Muscles Found in Songbirds' Throats - I bet Olive could give them a run for their money when she's yelling at Barry. LOL

And Rescued Cow Doesn't Know She's a Cow - I wish Milkshake could come live with me!! :)

Brenda


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Anyone lose their 44 pound kitty?

Here is a link that might be useful: Princess Chunk


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