The winner of this e-Bay auction will be able to name one female cheetah cub. (Look for the male name on ebay beginning June 5.) She was born Easter Sunday in a litter of 4 at Wildlife Safari. Cheetahs are extremely endangered and may be extinct in as little as 20 years. Breeding programs like the one at Wildlife Safari may be the only hope to keep cheetahs on earth. Wildlife Safari is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. All bids will be treated as a donation and are tax deductible. The winning cheetah name will appear in the International Cheetah Studbook, and be posted at Wildlife Safari. In addition to naming the cheetah cub, the winner will receive an 8X10 photo of the cub, a certificate with the cub’s paw prints, 2 tickets to drive through the park, a plush cheetah stuffed toy, and next time you visit Wildlife Safari we invite you to come meet our ambassador cheetah, Taini, up close and personal. Wildlife Safari currently houses 26 cheetahs. The cost of keeping and managing these cats is close to $600/day. Any bid or other contribution to this program goes directly for the daily care of these animals.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
A wild golden eagle has been hatched in Ireland for the first time in nearly a century. Two chicks were hatched in a remote area of the Glenveagh National Park in County Donegal but one of the young birds died after five days. There will be a further nervous wait to see if the remaining chick can continue to grow and fledge in late July. Golden eagles last bred in Glenveagh back in 1910. The bird had become extinct in Ireland but was reintroduced at Glenveagh six years ago in an effort to reintroduce the bird to Ireland.
Bangkok's Dusit Zoo unveiled a rare baby albino common barking deer, the world's second all white barking deer, born from a common barking deer mother and an albino common barking deer father. Zoological Park Organization director-general Sophon Dumnui said the albino baby was born at Dusit Zoo on April 7 but that the zookeepers were closely caring for the unusual infant until they were confident that he was in good health and ready to meet the public.
Four white lions were born in a zoo in western France, providing a welcome boost for the species whose population is teetering at about 30 worldwide, a zoo official said Wednesday. The male and three female cubs, white as snow and weighing about 1.5 kilos (3.3 pounds), were separated from their mother at birth because she appeared to lack parenting skills.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tiger cubs play with chicks at a zoo in Wenling, Zhejiang Province. The chicks, who were not harmed by the cubs, were feeding at a nearby river before entering the tigers' cage. It is the first time zoo staff have witnessed such an occurrence, China Daily reported. (Source: REUTERS/China Daily)
Pampa, a one-year-old male white tiger, yawns at the Metropolitan Zoo in Santiago. The white tiger is one of the most endangered species in the world with an estimated of 240 in existence. Pampa arrived form the Argentina's Temaiken zoo. (AP Photo/Santiago Llanquin)
MOBILE, Ala. - A woman who helped rescue an injured cat on the roadside got a surprise when a veterinarian told her it was a wild and potentially dangerous bobcat. Liza Eldred, her teenage daughter and the girl's friend found the female bobcat Saturday on U.S. 98 in south Baldwin County, wrapped it in a sweatshirt and drove it to an animal clinic for treatment. Veterinarian Andy Duke said the women were "extremely lucky" that the bobcat, which had a broken paw, did not panic and injure them. They were in "a lot of danger," Duke said.
Six years old, and at the prime of his life, Odin lives at the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Zoo in Vallejo, near San Francisco. He is about 10ft long from nose to tail, and is an excellent swimmer. Odin was hand-raised at the zoo. And after he was weaned, his British trainer Lee Munro discovered his remarkable skill: when a lump of meat was thrown into a pool of water, Odin would happily dive in after it.
Greg and Amanda Sihler love Dart Frogs. What was once a hobby has now taken over their Mesa home. In 2005 the Sihler's started selling their frogs online on their website www.azdr.com, and they have quickly become one of the nations top breeders and sellers of Dart Frogs. "Vivariums" sit in virtually every free space in the Sihler home, with many different species of Dart frogs from babies to adults. There is even the "frog room", with tadpoles, frog eggs, and most importantly, frog food. Dart frogs live on a steady diet of flightless fruit flies, which the Sihlers keep in plastic jars.
The Hindustan Times reports an elephant bandit is holding up motorists in the eastern state of Orissa. His modis operandi is to stand in the middle of the highway until a car stops. He won't move until drivers wind down their windows and get out of the car, whereupon he uses his trunk to find, and grab, the food inside.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A man clad only in underwear and a T-shirt wrestled a wild leopard to the floor and pinned it for 20 minutes after the cat leapt through a window of his home and hopped into bed with his sleeping family. "This kind of thing doesn't happen every day," said 49-year-old Arthur Du Mosch, a nature guide. "I don't know why I did it. I wasn't thinking, I just acted." Raviv Shapira, who heads the southern district of the Israel Nature and Parks Protection Authority, said a half dozen leopards have been spotted recently near Du Mosch's small community of Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev desert in southern Israel, although they rarely threaten humans.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Hogzilla is being made into a horror movie. But the sequel may be even bigger: Meet Monster Pig. An 11-year-old boy used a pistol to kill a wild hog his father says weighed a staggering 1,051 pounds and measured 9 feet 4, from the tip of its snout to the base of its tail. Think hams as big as car tires. If the claims are accurate, Jamison Stone's trophy boar would be bigger than Hogzilla, the famed wild hog that grew to seemingly mythical proportions after being killed in south Georgia in 2004. Jamison is reveling in the attention over his pig. "It feels really good," Jamison said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "It's a good accomplishment. I probably won't ever kill anything else that big."
Deep in the heart of the Florida Keys, wildlife officials are laying bait laced with poison to try to wipe out a colony of enormous African rats that could threaten crops and other animals. U.S. federal and state officials are beginning the final phase of a two-year project to eradicate the Gambian pouched rats, which can grow to the size of a cat and began reproducing in the remote area about eight years ago. "This is the only place in the United States where this is occurring," said Gary Witmer, a biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. A former exotic pet breeder, living in a small house, bred the species and allowed the critters to escape.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
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Saturday, May 26, 2007
A French Bulldog is the adoptive mother to a Bengal tiger cub in Japan. A Bengal baby tiger that was rejected by its own mother has been adopted by an affectionate French Bulldog. The unusual mother-and-adopted-daughter situation came about after the cub - which still does not have a name - was rejected by its own mother. The tiger cub is now two weeks old and is starting to catch up in size and weight to her foster mother. Once its reaches a certain size, the zoo says the tiger cub may have to be moved to the tiger enclosure.
Wildlife biologists from the US Fish and Wildlife Service explain how they are making great strides toward saving this endangered species that was once thought to be extinct. From breeding ferret offspring to preparing them for release back into the wild, the recovery effort of these cute carnivores is rich in math and science.
Friday, May 25, 2007
After receiving and reviewing nearly 5,000 name suggestions for the male polar bear cub at Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) staff have selected a name: Hudson. The cub, who now weighs just over 70 pounds, can be seen daily with his mom, Arki. Over the past several weeks, zookeepers have been slowly adding water to the bears’ pool. By early June, they hope to have it all the way filled so Arki can begin to teach Hudson how to swim. It is estimated that between 22,000 and 25,000 polar bears live in the wild, although exact numbers are not known in their natural habitat of the circumpolar Arctic: U.S. (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Greenland, and Norway. In February 2005, several conservation organizations petitioned the U.S. Department of the Interior to list polar bears on the “threatened” species list of the Endangered Species Act. In late 2006, the Secretary of the Interior announced that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service would be gathering additional information and scientific data during the next 12 months before making its final decision whether to list the species on the threatened list.
A giant sea turtle saved from the dinner table by a Chinese priest swam 3,000 kilometres into a sanctuary in Japan, providing researchers a valuable insight into the species travel habits. The priest had carved a message onto the green sea turtle's shell which a Japanese conservation group used to trace its odyssey back to the province of Guangdong in southern China. "We found out for the first time that green sea turtles from Japan also travel and live in the waters off mainland China, which is important to know," said Hiroyuki Suganuma, chairman of the non-governmental group.
'Fifi' eats carrots as she joins Sydney's Taronga Zoo's chimpanzee family to celebrate her 60th birthday, Australia, Monday, May 21, 2007. Fifi, the oldest member of Taronga's chimpanzee family, and her extended family received a special vegetable cake, fresh leaves, watermelons and extra coconuts to mark this important milestone. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Thursday, May 24, 2007
A flight from Egypt to Saudi Arabia nearly turned into a real-life version of "Snakes on a Plane." Airport authorities in Cairo detained an Egyptian man Thursday because he was allegedly trying to smuggle 700 live snakes onto a plane. Authorities were told about the live snakes by the man after he was asked to open his carry-on bag. The man opened the bag and asked the officer not to come too close, probably because two poisonous cobras were among the snakes hidden in the small cloth sacks. The man said he had hoped to sell the snakes in Saudi Arabia.
Lucky the cat is living up to his name after surviving being shot in the head with an arrow. On Saturday afternoon, Kristin Slovensky, 16, was on her porch of her Parma, Ohio, home when Lucky staggered in with the arrow sticking out of his neck. "It was just sickening, I couldn't believe he was still alive," she said. Kristin and her boyfriend rushed Lucky, 8, to an animal emergency clinic. "In my 20 years of taking care of animals, I've never seen anything like this," said Jeni Hren, who operated on Lucky. "This cat was shot at close range." Lucky is now back home, but not out of danger yet. The risk of infection is very high, and he could suffer kidney damage. Donna Slovensky said she is shocked that someone would do this to a harmless cat.
Running through the fields with her newly-born foals, mare Royal Beatrice has good reason to celebrate - after managing the astonishingly rare feat of producing twins. The 22-year-old New Forest Pony has shocked equine experts with the surprise birth of healthy twin foals because the chances of both surviving are so slim. In nearly all cases, one or both foals die in a twin pregnancy because the mother's uterus cannot support two babies. The chances of a mare giving birth to healthy twin foals are about 1 in 10,000, experts said today. But little filly Bess, and colt Royal, have defied the odds by becoming the first twins to be born in the New Forest, Hampshire for many years.
The latest incident at the Shaoshan Zoo in the southern city of Kaohsiung began when an orangutan pushed his way out of his cage and wandered into a nearby restaurant courtyard. As zoo officials scurried to bring the animal under control, he gleefully overturned picnic tables and motorbikes, forcing terrified diners to cower inside the eatery. The orang-utan was finally subdued when an official shot him in the upper body with a a stun gun. He was then carted off for treatment in the scoop of a small bulldozer. Incident occurred just six weeks after a 200-kilogram (440-pound) crocodile chewed the forearm off veterinarian Chang Po-yu at the same zoo.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Clay County man's pet alligator has him in trouble with wildlife officials. According to a sheriff's office report, Michael Dyer has been charged with misdemeanor possession of an alligator. A tip led animal services officials to his apartment where they also found a dog, a rat, a python and a tarantula in cages. The 22-year-old tried hiding the foot-long gator inside the toilet when officials arrived at his home. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took the month-old alligator to be released in the wild. Dyer faces a maximum of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Dumbo, the African elephant calf, has been reunited with his mother, who earlier this week tried to drown him to the horror of zoo staff and visitors. When Pori suddenly turned on her calf at Friedrichsfelde Animal Park in Berlin, stamping on him and attempting to drown him, zookeepers had to act quickly to save Dumbo's life. Onlookers had screamed as Pori turned on her baby and it was only when she was lured away and Dumbo was dragged out of the enclosure by his trunk that his life was saved. Unsure whether Pori (or Dumbo) would bear a grudge, keepers tentatively put mother and son back together - but motherly love seems to have blossomed. Many more photos.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
A pair of gay flamingos have adopted an abandoned chick, becoming parents after being together for six years, a British conservation organisation said Monday. Carlos and Fernando had been desperate to start a family, even chasing other flamingos from their nests to take over their eggs at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Slimbridge near Bristol. But their egg-sitting prowess made them the top choice for taking an unhatched egg under their wings when one of the Greater Flamingo nests was abandoned. The couple, together for six years, can feed chicks by producing milk in their throats.
A Denver dog named Scout is about to get a new leg after being hit by a car earlier this year. After the crash, his leg was immediately amputated. Veterinarian Robert Taylor said the prosthetic implant Scout will receive is revolutionary. "There is a remarkable process known as biointegration. Skin, muscle and other soft tissues and bones will grow into certain metallic implants," Taylor said.
These cicadas spend 17 years underground, living off sap from tree roots. Now is the time when they appear in mass, shed their brown skeletons and mate. Before they die, females will lay the eggs of the batch scheduled to arrive in 2024. This periodical cicadas swarm technically is called The Great Northern Illinois Brood XIII, they have red eyes instead of green like the annual ones. They can emerge in vast numbers — as many as 1.5 million per acre — in a path about 200 miles long that stretches from northwestern Indiana to Wisconsin. They don’t bite or sting and their single purpose is to mate, lay about 30,000 eggs and die. The male cicadas’ buzz is so loud they can be heard a quarter-mile away. The racket is a love song. Only the males sing. The females are lured to the sound and fly nearer. A female responds to a male with a flick of her wings. The two gradually draw close to one another until they meet for mating. Male cicadas die soon after mating. Females lay 400 to 600 eggs in as many as 40 to 50 different nests before they die. The billions of cicada nymphs hatch in their nests high in the trees, drop to the ground, and burrow into the earth. There they find a succulent tree root, which they tap into with a special strawlike mouth part. They feed on the tree sap and pass through their various growth stages until, 17 years later, it is time to emerge and renew their life cycle. National Geographic News explains that periodical cicadas are found only in the United States east of the Great Plains. Seventeen-year cicadas are found mainly in the northern, eastern, and western part of their range.
Monday, May 21, 2007
An Indonesian fisherman hooked a rare coelacanth, a species once thought as extinct as dinosaurs, and briefly kept the "living fossil" alive in a quarantined pool. Justinus Lahama caught the four-foot, 110-pound fish off Sulawesi island near Bunaken National Marine Park, which has some of the highest marine biodiversity in the world. The fish died 17 hours later, an extraordinary survival time, marine biologist Lucky Lumingas said Sunday. "The fish should have died within two hours because this species only lives in deep, cold-sea environment," he said.
Despite a rift between organizers, thousands of frog wranglers turned out Sunday for Calaveras County's famous frog-jumping contest that was inspired by Mark Twain's tall tale. About 4,000 contestants entered the Calaveras County Fair's annual Jumping Frog Jubilee this year, twice as many as last year, according to the event's organizers. The annual event is inspired by "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," Mark Twain's tale of a frog-jumping contest that is weighted in one gambler's favor when he secretly fills his opponent's frog with buckshot. Winning owners get a $750 prize or $5,000 if their frog breaks the 1986 record of 21 feet, 5¾ inches set by Rosie the Ribeter.
A newborn killer whale found bleeding on a Mexican beach has become the centre of an international controversy over whether she should stay in Mexico or be sent to a U.S. marine theme park. Her caretakers say there is no tank in Mexico big enough to keep her when she grows and she will die if put back in the sea or kept in an aquarium that is too small for her. Some environmentalists oppose transferring Pascuala to Sea World, however, because it could set a precedent that might enable animal traffickers to export more killer whales, also known as orcas. "It hurts us that this animal might die, but we cannot set a negative precedent," said Alejandro Olivera, head of ocean campaigns for Greenpeace in Mexico. The Mexican government's environmental protection agency has so far blocked a transfer to San Diego, saying Mexico's wildlife should not leave the country.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
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Saturday, May 19, 2007
In our affiliated websites, i-pets.com, Funny Pets Blog, The Pet Blog, and Dog Bones we have accumulated and published several collections of funny animal and pet photos. In case you missed some, here are links to some of the more popular ones. What do your pets do while you're at work? Dog Costumes for Halloween Cat Costumes for Halloween Halloween Costumes for "Other" Pets Cats in Hats for Christmas Hippity Hoppity (bunny parade) Squirrels Just Wanna Have Fun ... Amazing flying dogs! Slurp! Cats all Wet! Funny Photos of Dogs Chewing Things and Making a Mess of the House Potty Cat
A 400-pound gorilla escaped from his enclosure and ran amok in a Rotterdam zoo Friday, biting one woman, dragging her around, and causing panic among dozens of visitors before he was finally subdued, officials and a witness said. The Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo was evacuated and the 11-year-old gorilla, named Bokito, was eventually contained in a restaurant within the park, police spokeswoman Yvette de Rave said. Four people were injured, including the woman who was bitten, zoo director Ton Dorrestijn said.
A young black bear ambled through a medical clinic's automatic door early Friday and into a gastroenterology lab, the perfect place for a tranquilizer. "I think the person in the waiting room was pretty surprised," said Todd Sandman, director of public relations for Presbyterian Health Care Services, which runs the lab in Rio Rancho, on the outskirts of Albuquerque. It was shortly before 7:30 a.m., and there weren't many people in the lab when the bear showed up, Sandman said. All the humans evacuated while animal control officers were called in to figure out what to do with the bear.
A Chinese mutt named Huani nurses her own puppy and three newborn tigers that were rejected by their mother in this photo, which was provided by Xinhua via AP. It is common for Chinese zoos to use surrogate dog mothers to nurse rejected tiger cubs and that Huani has nursed tigers before.