October 30, 2014

New York City firefighters staged a daring rescue of a stranded raccoon in Queens.

What goes up, can't necessarily get itself down.

Witnesses say the raccoon scaled the light pole in ozone park around 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning ...

The little guy hanging on for nearly six hours, until someone called nine-one-one at three-eighteen that afternoon.

The rescue operation closed down the northbound side of Woodhaven Boulevard. Firefighters pulling the raccoon off the pole just after four p-m.

Animal control workers took the raccoon to safety.


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October 29, 2014

Heartwarming images from all over the world show animals who have made friends with their unlikely counterparts

It might be a dog eat dog world but, as these stunning photographs prove, best friends come in all shapes and sizes.

The heartwarming images, taken by a host of photographers from all around the world, show the fluffy, feathered and furry animals finding allies in each other – despite how different they may be.

The bizarre buddies include a Masai giraffe who appears to have found friends in two tiny birds and a welcoming warthog happy to give his comrade, a crow, a piggyback ride.

A Northern sea otter is also pictured relaxing in the water with a Common Goldeneye Drake, while a Persian cat is seen cuddling up on the sofa with a rat.

Elsewhere, a Tasmanian Devil nuzzles its companion, a kangaroo, in Tasmania, Australia, while a Red Deer proves particularly popular with a group of jackdaws.

A Green Sea Turtle also appears to be getting on swimmingly with three Remora fish during a dip in the Red Sea, while a Jack Russell finds a firm friend in a fox cub during a walk in Bedfordshire, England.

Photo Credit: Dean Souleles

October 28, 2014

Meet Adam, the dog who’s allergic to humans

When Adam, a Black Labrador, arrived at the Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue in Indianapolis, his skin was cracked and hair was falling out. He couldn't stop scratching and biting himself and his caregivers were at a loss for what to do.

They thought Adam's hair loss was caused by fleas, but even after he was treated for fleas the symptoms persisted.

"We fed him the best food possible, got him flea free, gave him baths twice a week, special baths from the vet," Robin Herman, Adam's carer, said in the Huffington post. Adam couldn't catch a break. The love and attention he was getting from his carers was not helping. That is, until a vet did a blood test and uncovered the truth: Adam is allergic to humans.

"I thought [the vet] was kidding," Herman told RTV6, "she said just like we can be allergic to dogs, he's allergic to human dander." Dander comes off us all the time. It's the flakes of skin and bits of hair that come off as new cells push through. And it was causing extreme itchiness for Adam.

Luckily for him, the vet had a solution. Adam started regular doses of a serum that help his body adjust to humans, reported the Daily Mail.

The Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue expects Adam to start getting better soon.



The U.S. government rescued wolves from extinction over 35 years ago. Now, critics say the government has completely changed course and is engineering the wholesale slaughter of grey wolves in several states.

Since the gray wolf was removed from the endangered species list in several states three years ago, Predator Defense estimates about 2,800 wolves have been killed in 6 states. And there are only about 5,000 grey wolves left in the lower 48 states! Wolf hunting is allowed in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Critics say wolf hunting is vicious and violent, and that it's driving wolves to the brink of extinction once again. Sport hunters shoot these wolves, sometimes from helicopters. These poor wolves--and even household pets--get caught in traps and suffer long, painful deaths.

Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service--which is under the Interior Department-- is proposing the removal of federal protection of wolves in all but 2 states! In a statement, they told us:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been at the forefront of the conservation efforts that led to the spectacular recovery of the gray wolf, one of our nation’s most iconic species, and we have no intention of seeing those efforts be reversed. Although the gray wolf is not returned to all its former range or numbers, according to the letter of the Endangered Species Act, it is no longer in danger of extinction or likely to become so in the foreseeable future, and so it is incumbent upon us to remove it from federal protection. This is what we have proposed to do. This means that the remaining populations of wolves will revert to state management as those in the Northern Rocky Mountains and Western Great Lakes did in 2011 and 2012. This will enable us to devote our limited resources to the Mexican wolf, whose population still needs the protections afforded by the Act.

The ESA requires that we continue to monitor wolf populations for a minimum of five years after delisting, and should the population fall below recovery levels, we could and would re-list the wolf again.

Jane speaks to President of the Humane Society of the United States Wayne Pacelle about wolf hunting, and how you can help stop it.

Filmmakers record the extreme rite of passage of barnacle goslings as they plummet over 120m down a cliff face

A barnacle gosling plummeting more than 120m (400ft) to follow its parents has been recorded by BBC filmmakers.

The chick’s death-defying tumble is a rite of passage among the birds that nest high up the cliffs in eastern Greenland. In order to reach the grassy feeding grounds below, the geese call to encourage their chicks to take an alarming leap down sheer rocks.

Filmmakers recorded the spectacle for BBC One series Life Story.

Leap of faith

In their first few days of life, tiny barnacle goslings are faced with one of the most extreme survival challenges in the natural world.

If the chicks bounce on their fluffy bellies on the way down, they are more likely to survive the impacts. They must be reunited with their parents on the scree slope below – then evade hungry predators.