August 27, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Vito the macaw.

This Is What It's Like To Race A Macaw

YouTuber waterskizone has a pet macaw named Vito that loves to fly. But where another parrot might be perfectly content to stretch its wings circling above a field, Vito, it seems, has a distinct preference for the open road – especially when his owner comes along for the ride.(Via

Vito likes nothing more than going out for a ride with his owner on the appropriately named Greek island of Paros (sounds a bit like 'parrots')

Paros is a Greek island in the central Aegean Sea. One of the Cyclades island group, it lies to the west of Naxos, from which it is separated by a channel about 8 kilometers (5 miles) wide. It lies approximately 100 mi (161 kilometers) south-east of Piraeus.

The Municipality of Paros includes numerous uninhabited offshore islets totaling 196.308 square kilometers (75.795 sq mi) of land. Its nearest neighbor is the municipality of Antiparos, which lies to its southwest.

Historically, Paros was known for its fine white marble, which gave rise to the term "Parian" to describe marble or china of similar qualities. Today, abandoned marble quarries and mines can be found on the island, but Paros is primarily known as a popular tourist spot.


The Los Angeles Fire Department has defended its decision to deploy about 50 firefighters and a helicopter to rescue a dog from the Los Angeles River.

 The department has received praise for the hour-long rescue operation, but has also come under criticism for using so many resources.

Mr Ruda said there was no extra cost because the firefighters were on duty and stationed nearby.

The German shepherd, nicknamed Vernon after the southern California town where it was found, was saved when a firefighter dangling from a helicopter grabbed the dog and held tight as they were taken to an overpass. The dog bit the firefighter, who lost a nail and fractured his thumb.

Joe St Georges, 50, said he had no hard feelings toward the dog.

"I didn't really have the time to establish any rapport with the dog," Mr St Georges told reporters after being released from County USC medical centre. "He's cold, he's wet, he's scared, and then here's this stranger jumping on his back for all intents and purposes, and he did what dogs do."


August 26, 2014

Bull Terrier Shiva the Dog Loves Baby Chicks

This woman in Texas video film her baby chicks at ease with a neighbor’s bull Terrier named Shiva. To say the chicks are at ease is an understatement. The bull terrier is sprawled out on its back on the deck. With its paws outstretched, seven baby chicks are congregated on the dog’s abdomen chirping away pleasantly. It’s quite the sight to see because chicks wouldn’t be expected to be so comfortable around dogs.

At one point, Shiva turns back over as it lays on the deck. The chicks are gathered around its front paws and adoringly interact with it even touching their beaks against its muzzle.

The love and attention they offer Shiva is a bit smothering and one by one the dog gentle nudges each of the chicks away so as to get the space to presumably rest its head.

That doesn’t happen though because the chicks keep coming back. They expect to congregate about Shiva much as they would with their mother hen if they had been raised by one. Well, point in fact, they see dogs as their mother hen. Eventually, Shiva does manage to rest his head, but only for an instant as one of the chicks promptly makes it way to it its head once more. It’s an adorable video of two uniquely different species at peace with one another.
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Not just any mother bear and her cub, but a black bear with a white cub.

This mother Black Bear and her Albino cub were seen along a highway near Chapleau Ontario. Aboriginal people feel an Albino Black Bear is a powerful omen of good luck.

An albino bear is sometimes called the Spirit Bear or Ghost Bear but in the Cree language they are called the Kermode Bear. They are most common on the west coast of British Columbia but have been found in Ontario and Manitoba.

Origins: An albino black bear is a rarity, but as the photographs displayed above attest, an infant bear of that uncommon variety is what people started spotting near the Chemawawin Cree Nation in Manitoba (about 250 miles northwest of Winnipeg) around May 2004.

Visitors to the area began reporting to conservation officials that they had seen the snow-white cub roaming the First Nations community with its mother amidst a pack of black bears, sending tourists flocking to Oscar's Point at the northern tip of Lake Winnipegosis to catch a glimpse of the unusual little bruin.

A stray dog was rescued from a busy Los Angeles highway after motorists worked together to capture the animal.

A group of motorists worked together to help save a loose pit bull running on an LA highway. The armada of cars worked together to keep other cars from hitting the panicked dog and tried to keep the dog on the side of the road. A news helicopter caught the dog's rescue on film.

After cars had managed to move the dog to the side of the road, Andie Valerio got out of her car and ran down the highway after the Pit Bull. "[I ran] just to save the dog, I didn’t want her to get hurt,” Valerio told NBC Los Angeles.

She said the dog was very sweet and temporarily took the Pit Bull home. An animal control officer later came and picked up the dog and took her to the Southeast Area Animal Control shelter in Downey, California.

The dog, who appears to have recently had puppies, is not microchipped and the purple collar she was wearing did not have any ID tags. But officials are hoping that the dog’s owner will come forward and pick her up. If they don't, the dog will be put up for adoption.