Dog Saves Abandoned Newborn Baby

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A loyal canine has earned hero status after he was found cradling an abandoned baby that he had spent the night protecting. According to authorities, a two week old child was discovered under a bridge in Winkongo, near Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional Capital of Ghana, after being forsaken by its mother.

Left alone in a hostile environment, the baby did not have to fend for itself – it was saved by a local farm dog.

Officials say the two were found together many hours after the dog went missing.

A search party spent the night combing area fields and forests in pursuit of the wandering canine, but it was not until morning that they made a stunning discovery when they found him under the bridge, near the farm, with a human baby nuzzled against him.

The remarkable tale was reported by Madam Rosemary Azure, TalensiNabdam District Director of Health, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency.

According to Madam Azure, the chief of police said the vulnerable youngster had been abandoned by its mother for reasons unknown before being saved by the dog.

His umbilical cord was still uncut and had been infected, but the young child was otherwise unscathed after spending the night with the protective canine.

A local health directorate has taken custody of the child until a new home can be found for him.

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Calf Found Burned Alive on Lisbon Farm

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“WTF…whoever did this is either trying to settle an old score with the owner of the calf by using premeditated fear, causing harm to his livestock via killing one in such a horrific way; to let the owner know, he means business. OR, he is the SADISTIC OPPRESSOR, WHO ENJOYS INFLICTING HARM & CAUSING HIDEOUS INJURIES, to ANY SENTIENT BEING.”
“These lowlife’s are SICK & EVIL, they enjoy what they do! When the poor animal, they have abused is eventually found & the media picks up the story;  they are thrilled at the reaction, their heinous misery has caused.  And as we know from past experiences, the animal abuser, doesn’t always stop at animal abuse…he can move on to children & adults…Just keep an eye out for any unusual behaviour, especially between older siblings & the younger one’s…bully’s are clever…but not clever enough to not get caught!”
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A calf was burned alive on a Lisbon farm sometime on Friday.The owner of the farm did not discover the 220 lbs. baby female cow until Sunday. The cow walked around the farm in agony for a day and a half.  Farm owner Edward Sabol discovered the tortured animalafter taking a head count of his cattle.”I found the calf in the field and it didn’t look the right colour,” Sabol said.Sabol drove the calf to a local veterinarian, who confirmed that someone poured accelerant on the animal and set it on fire.“He said it was either lighter fluid, gasoline, some kind of flammable liquid,” said Sabol.Sabol said he can’t imagine who would do such a thing, but said he’s had problems in the neighbourhood.

“I always seem to have problems with the kids with the baseball field across the street,” said Sabol.

This isn’t the first time he’s lost a cow from a vicious act of violence. Two years ago someone shot one of his other cows.

Friends who have known the family for years can’t believe they’re experiencing a similar tragedy.

“I know there’s nobody around that takes better care of their animals than what they do. I can’t imagine why somebody would do this unbelievably cruel thing,” said neighbour Jim Fraser.

After the calf was put down Sunday, Sabol reported the incident to the Columbiana Sheriff’s Office.

“I would like to see the people   , or that they could actually see what they have done to a living animal,” said Sabol.

Police Rescue A Puppy Found Buried Alive

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“OMG…what sort of evil, sadistic, mind, could bury a puppy; barely a few days old? Was this the last of a litter that couldn’t be sold, or were they all buried individually? What is wrong with people… is it just that more abuse is being reported, or is society churning out more evil little shit’s from school; who grow up to be malicious, uncaring knob heads?  I’m glad I am of an age where I will no longer bring children into this world!”

Police officers in Williston, Florida were disposing of evidence per a court order on Thursday when they heard a whimpering noise coming from underground.

 Officers located the origin of the whimpering and dug out a one-week-old puppy that was head-first in an eight-inch hole.

Luckily the dirt had not been packed down and the puppy managed to create an air pocket below the surface. Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow said, “It did not appear to me that the dog was very long in the hole, less than an hour would be my guess.”

The puppy is so young he can’t even open his eyes yet, because of this the clinic believes him to be around 7-days-old. Caretakers at Levy Animal Clinic have been bottle-feeding the puppy that they have named Tucker. One of the veterinarian technicians at the clinic has already adopted Tucker.

Officer Strow checked in on Tucker the morning after they found him and is pleased to report that Tucker is doing well. He is still disturbed by the find though, “What’s disturbing is that when you look at this fellow you ask, how can he be threatening to anyone?”

The police are still looking for the person who buried Tucker and Strow is determined to find them.

“Somebody knows who did this. I guarantee we’re going to follow this one and prosecute whoever did this to the fullest extent of the law,” said Strow.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Williston Police Department at (352)528-4991.

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First Baby Born at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary

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IndonesiaThe International Rhino Foundation (IRF) is pleased to announce the birth of a bouncing baby malerhino born to Ratu, a twelve-year-old Sumatran rhino living at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park.

 The birth helps ensure the future of one of the world’s most endangered species. There are fewer than 200 Sumatran rhinos living in Indonesia and Malaysia. This is the first birth of a Sumatran rhino in an Indonesian facility and the first birth in an Asian facility in 124 years.

At 12:40 am on Saturday, June 23rd, Ratu, one of the three adult female rhinos at Indonesia’s Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, gave birth to a 60-lb male calf.  Not only was this Ratu’s first baby, but it was the first Sumatran rhino ever born in captivity in Indonesia and only the fifth ever born in captivity worldwide.

The baby was born after a 16-month gestation period, which is about average for African and Asian rhino species.  Indonesian veterinarian, Dr. Dedi Candra, managed Ratu’s pregnancy on a daily basis, with help from Dr. Terri Roth of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, which has bred more Sumatran rhinos in captivity than any other institution.

This was the third pregnancy for Ratu, who miscarried her first two calves.

 Dr. Dedi Candra, head veterinarian and animal collections manager at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary has been monitoring Ratu’s pregnancy by weighing her weekly and conducting regular ultrasound exams, using methods developed by the Cincinnati Zoo, where the father, Andalas, was born in 2001.
To assist her in having a successful pregnancy, Ratu was prescribed a hormone supplement that was given orally every day. It was gradually withdrawn as the expected delivery date neared. Dr. Terri Roth, director of Cincinnati Zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife and the vice president for IRF’s Asia programs, provided the protocol and dosage. Andalas’s mother, who also experienced pregnancy complications prior to his birth in the Cincinnati Zoo, was given the same hormone.Ratu's baby

The Sumatran rhino is seriously threatened by the continuing loss of its tropical forest habitat and hunting pressure from poachers, who kill rhinos for their valuable horns. The IRF operates Rhino Protection Units in two of the three remaining habitats to ensure that the wild population and its habitat are protected.  Every successful birth is critical for the survival of the species, which runs the risk of extinction by the end of this century

The baby’s father, Andalas, in fact, was born there in 2001.  After spending several years at the Los Angeles Zoo, Andalas was sent to Indonesia with hopes that he would breed Ratu and the other female rhinos in residence.

 The new baby was born in an enclosure (boma) constructed especially for this event, but he and his mother have access to a small forest garden as well.   Both remain under 24-hour video surveillance for health and safety reasons, and also have the benefit of visiting rhino specialists from Australia and the United States, who will remain at the sanctuary for the next few weeks.

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Ratu has handled the long pregnancy extremely well and is now proving to be an attentive, even-tempered mother.  Her keepers and veterinarians will keep a close eye on mother and baby in the months ahead, gathering critical information about maternal care and infant development, which is very sparse for this critically endangered species.

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Chicago aquarium’s new baby dolphin is a boy

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“What a crying shame that little calf won’t experience the home he should be living in!”

CHICAGO — Veterinarians at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium say a baby dolphin born two weeks ago is male.

A Pacific white-sided dolphin calf swims along with its mother Piquet, Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. The baby male dolphin, which does not have a name, was born on Memorial Day.

The aquarium debuted the baby Pacific white-sided dolphin calf to photographers Tuesday. Shedd’s animal care and health team confirmed the calf’s gender through visual observation.

Aquarium officials say mother Piquet (pee-KEHT) is taking care of her baby and the pair swims together.

The calf started nursing last week and aquarium officials say he’s been gaining weight. Shedd’s animal experts say the baby dolphin weighs about 30 pounds – 5 pounds more than he weighed when he was born May 28.

The mother and baby dolphin will remain off exhibit for a few more weeks as veterinarians monitor and care for them.

Oregon Zoo lion tries to reach baby boy – Video

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A lion approaches a young child sitting on the ground. The lion scratches, claws and lunges at the little guy, but never leaves a mark on him.

That’s because a very thick sheet of glass separates the lions from the visitors at the Oregon Zoo.

A Bend family shot incredible video of the unique interaction on a recent trip to the zoo.

“I thought it was funny. I wasn’t worried or anything,” the boy’s mother, Heather. “I mean you can see the glass is like inches thick.”

Jack, 13, is dressed in zebra stripes, and she thinks that touched a nerve in Kya the lion.

Heather said she didn’t realize the significance of the stripes until a friend pointed it out after the trip.

“That must be it. Because it was the lions and the other animals came up to us too,” she said.

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Oregon Zoo workers say the lions are always interested in their young visitors at the zoo, adding that the exhibit is completely safe, as the video proves.

While Kya was certainly interested in the boy, the feeling didn’t appear to be mutual. In fact, the child seemed pretty unfazed by the whole thing.

A voice on the tape encouraged the boy at one point to look at the lion and say, “Hi kitty, kitty.”

Fil Dogum Yapiyor Elephant is Giving Birth

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“OK…I’m getting all maternal here, this is another amazing birth captured on tape. This is not for the squeamish,  as you would expect in a delivery…but this is on the jumbo size!! “

“Check out this mama…all the births I have see in zoo’s, the mama is chained &  the keepers interfere & take the baby so that mama won’t hurt it.  

“Having seen this one, I understand know why this mama is kicking her baby, it’s instinct!! In the wild, that baby has to be up & moving asap, if it’s going to have a chance at surviving.  Perhaps we humans interfere too much in zoo birth’s…after all, mama know’s best!”



Rhino Birth Demonstrates Effectiveness of AWF’s Rhino Conservation Work in Face of Continent’s Ongoing Rhino Crisis

The new rhino calf in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, shown here with its mom, Inonge, shows how AWF’s ongoing technical and field support has direct results in rhino conservation. Photo by Jones Masonde

LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA—African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is celebrating the birth of a white rhino in Zambia’s Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, a major conservation milestone in a region devastated by rampant rhino poaching. Less than three years ago, poachers had killed all but one of Zambia’s rhinos, and AWF assisted Zambia Wildlife Authority in relocating four white rhinos to the park. AWF has also provided ongoing field and technical support to the park to keep the rhinos safe.

This birth marks the third since that relocation, bringing the park’s rhino population to 8. “The birth of one white rhino may not be considered significant, but rhinos have a long gestation and nursing period and only birth a calf once every two to four years,” explains AWF Ecologist Jones Masonde, who leads AWF’s rhino conservation work with Zambia Wildlife Authority. “With such a low birthing rate and with the continued rhino poaching epidemic in southern Africa especially, this birth is actually a very big deal.”

Rhino poaching has reached unprecedented levels in Africa, with 448 being killed throughout the continent in 2011. Rhinos are being targeted for their horn, which some Asian cultures prize for their mythical medicinal properties. (Rhino horn has been proven by scientists to be made of keratin, the same protein found in human hair and nails, and in reality carries no such capabilities.) Already in 2012, more than 80 have been poached, the majority from South Africa.

“This achievement shows that the support that African Wildlife Foundation provides makes a real difference in assisting wildlife authorities’ rhino conservation work,” adds Masonde. “It also offers all of us hope that we might be able to bring the rhino ‘charging back’ from the brink of extinction.”

The calf was born on February 18, 2012, to a cow named Inonge. The father is Fwanya, who was the last rhino in Mosi-oa-Tunya prior to the addition of the four cows in 2009.

 About African Wildlife Foundation For more than 50 years, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has worked as a leading conservation organization focused solely on the African continent. AWF’s programs and conservation strategies are based on sound science and designed to protect both the wild lands and wildlife of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa’s people. Since its inception, AWF has protected endangered species and land, promoted partnerships with the private sector for conservation tourism to benefit local African communities as a means to improve livelihoods, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation—all to ensure the survival of Africa’s unparalleled wildlife heritage.

AWF is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Kenya and registered as a 501(c)(3) in the United States. Contacts: African Wildlife Foundation John Butler

AWF Celebrates Rhino Birth

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