Nearly 130 animals being kept in deplorable conditions are now safe following a raid at a suspected puppy mill in North Carolina.

An anonymous complaint to local authorities led to an investigation of the property in Cabarrus county. On Monday, armed with search and seizure warrants, the Sheriff’s Office and members of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) entered the property and discovered 105 dogs, 20 cats and three goats housed in conditions that were described as “unsafe and unsanitary.”

According to the HSUS, many had been left with untreated medical conditions, were pregnant and in urgent need of veterinary treatment. Fortunately, the animals were all removed and taken to an emergency shelter where they’ll be getting the care they need.

“Animal cruelty comes with serious consequence,” said Lt. David Taylor. “Our number one priority is the protection and safety of the animals, including their environment. In Cabarrus County we’re investigating claims and prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law.

However, the investigation is just the beginning of the story. We are fortunate to have the support of The HSUS as we move forward with the response.”

While these animals are incredibly lucky to have been saved, the case is another sad reminder about why it’s so important to adopt, or find a reputable breeder, instead of buying puppies from pet stores or online.


This caiman left social media devotees green with envy when he flaunted nature's version of the butterfly crown filter in these perfectly-timed snaps.

Surrounded by a kaleidoscope of colourful butterflies, the reptile couldn't help but grin as he sunbathed on the bank of the Los Amigos River in south-eastern Peru.

In one shot, he tilted his head in a classic selfie pose - but he didn't need any help from the popular butterfly Snapchat filter which has been sweeping the internet.

The stunning pictures were snaps were taken by Australian research scientist Mark Cowan during a trip with his colleagues from Michigan State University. The New Scientist has previously reported that bees and butterflies sometimes feed on protein-rich crocodile tears when salts and minerals are hard to find.

Caimans are a type of reptile that are closely related to alligators and crocodiles.

There are six species of caiman that can be found in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Columbia, French Guyana.

Caimans live in swamps, flooded savannas, mangroves, slowly moving rivers and lakes.

A program in the Netherlands is in the business of granting small wishes to nursing home patients.

 The “Hidden Desires” project, an initiative of The Care Group and Green Cross Members Organization, aims to bring a small bit of joy to those who are dependent on care.

Previous wishes granted have included bringing someone to their hometown for an ice cream cone, taking a man to a final sports game, and allowing a woman to have a beauty salon day before seeing her grandkids.

This time, the wish-recipient was an 87-year-old woman with Parkinson’s disease who was an accomplished horse rider when she was younger. Her wish was for “one last horseback ride.” Not an easy feat to arrange, as the Dutch video shows, but her smile at the end says it all.

The woman visited some nice stables, pet some horses and even rode in a bed which rested over the backs of two trotting horses.

This kind deed is part of an initiative that aims to grant the wishes of those who are dependent on care. Bringing someone to their hometown for an ice cream cone, taking a man to a final sports game, or allowing a woman to have a beauty salon day before seeing her grandkids – The ‘Hidden Desires’ Team fulfills every desire, making those who are in need feel extra special.


Despite all the news of pipeline regulation, court appeals, and activist arrests, Native photographer Josue Rivas reminds us that it is actually a peaceful place.

A month and a half ago, I was deeply moved by an urgent plea for support from friends and relatives who are in solidarity with the people of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota.

As a Native photojournalist, I believe it’s important to let our people tell their own stories. That’s why I drove 1,545 miles to connect with the protectors of this land and report on what is happening here. This tribe has been fighting to protect their clean water, critical habitats, and sacred sites from an oil pipeline that would cross under the Missouri River.

For the most part I’ve been documenting the action on the front lines, but there came a moment when I realized I had to take a step back and see something else. I don’t consider myself a landscape photographer, so learning how to capture the beauty of the land was a challenge.

One day I sat near the Cannonball River and listened to the water. It was then that the spirits of this land told me to just follow my light. This is what I saw.

Written by Josue Rivas Source

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Australian bush medicine, much like the bush itself is still very much a mystery. Most Aboriginal medical treatments were derived from food. "A big part of maintaining their health was just eating right,"

 When Aboriginal people did fall sick, they used plants in a variety of ways to quell their ills. Some plants, like goat's foot, were crushed, heated and applied to the skin. Others were boiled and inhaled, and occasionally drunk. There were also saps which were directly smeared on the skin, and barks that were smoked or burned.

1. Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) Bundjalung Aboriginal people from the coast of New South Wales crushed tea-tree (or paper bark) leaves and applied the paste to wounds as well as brewing it to a kind of tea for throat ailments. In the 1920s, scientific experiments proved that the tea-tree oil's antiseptic potency was far stronger than the commonly used antiseptic of the time. Since then, the oil has been used to treat everything from fungal infections of the toenails to acne.

2. Eucalyptus oil (Eucalyptus sp.) Eucalyptus leaves can be infused for body pains and fevers and chills. Today the oil is used commercially in mouthwash, throat lozenges and cough suppressants.

3. Billy goat plum/Kakadu plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) The world's richest source of Vitamin C is found in this native fruit from the woodlands of the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The plum has 50 times the Vitamin C of oranges, and was a major source of food for tribes in the areas where it grows.

4. Desert mushrooms (Pycnoporus sp.) Some Aboriginal people suck on the bright orange desert mushroom to cure a sore mouth or lips. It has been known to be a kind of natural teething ring, and is also useful for babies with oral thrush.

5. Emu bush (Eremophila sp.) Concoctions of emu bush leaves were used by Northern Territory Aboriginal tribes to wash sores and cuts; occasionally it was gargled. In the last decade, leaves from the plant were found to have the same strength as some established antibiotics. South Australian scientists want to use the plant for sterilising implants, such as artificial hips.

6. Witchetty (Witjuti) grub (Endoxyla leucomochla) Witchetty (Witjuti) grubs also a good source of bush tucker were crushed into a paste, placed on burns and covered with a bandage to seal and soothe the skin by some people in Central Australia.

7. Snake vine (Tinospora smilacina) Communities in Central Australia used to crush sections of the vine to treat headaches, rhumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory-related ailments. The sap and leaves were sometimes used to treat sores and wounds.

8. Sandpaper Fig and Stinking Passion Flower (Ficus opposita) / (Passiflora foetida) The combination the two plants were used in northern coastal communities to relieve itching. The rough leaves of the sandpaper fig were crushed and soaked in water, the rubbed on the itch until it bled. The pulped fruit of the stinking passion flower was then smeared on to the affected area. Sandpaper fig leaves have also been used to treat fungal skin infections such as ringworm, sometimes in combination with the milky sap.

9. Kangaroo apple (Solanum laciniatum and Solanum aviculare) The fruit was used as a poultice on swollen joints. The plant contains a steroid which is important to the production of cortisone.

10. Goat's foot (Ipomoea pes-caprae) For pain relief from sting ray and stone fish stings, mobs from northern Australia and parts of New South Wales, crushed and heated the leaves of the plant, then applied them directly to the skin. Goat's foot is common near sandy shorelines across Australia.