Saturday

A devoted dog has refused to leave the scene of where his owner died in a car crash 18 months ago. Locals have tried to coax the dog away from the roadside while others have tried to adopt him, but he always returns to the same spot.

Nafpaktia News reported that the dog’s owner was killed by a cement mixer on November 8, 2017 in a Greek town on a remote road. Since that time the dog has stayed at the accident scene. He only moves away to find shade in the hot sun.

People in the town have built a little shelter for him and regularly give him food and water.

They are likening the dog to Hachiko, the devoted Japanese Akita who visited the Tokyo Shibuya Station for years after his owner died, waiting for him to return.

Although the locals are taking care of the dog, viewers of the video (see below) expressed dismay at this dog’s dangerous living conditions, commenting that leaving the dog at the side of the road is dangerous and suggesting the dog be rescued and rehomed.

Others speculated that it appears that the accident scene was never properly cleaned up and that if the debris and wreckage was completely removed perhaps the dog would not smell or associate the area with his owner. However, the materials seen in the video could simply be garbage.


We hope someone tries again to help rescue this dog and find him a new family, one who will help him get over his grief but also give him a comfortable life.
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Wednesday

A tourist has been captured on video throwing stones at a giant panda in a Chinese zoo in what looks like an attempt to wake it up.

The incident was filmed in a zoo in the Chinese capital Beijing and appears to show the panda sitting about doing what pandas do - which is, for the most part, very little - until some moron chucks a rock at it.

Luckily, the rock missed the poor creature, who didn't seem particularly bothered by the new development. If anything, it seemed curious as to whether it could eat the thing that had been chucked.

That being said, it should go without saying that it is incredibly bad form to throw rocks at anything, let alone a lovely panda bear.

The footage was captured by an eyewitness who said they actually saw two people throwing things at the captive panda on Saturday.

Seriously, what is wrong with some people?


The shocked observer then uploaded the video to Weibo, which is sort of like Facebook or Twitter, but specific to China.

The observer told The Beijing News that the tourists intention was to wake the panda up. They also mentioned that perhaps the zoo could be doing a bit more to protect their animals from - you know - getting things arbitrarily flung at them when they're not animated enough for some of their customers.

Beijing Zoo confirmed to the same publication that the panda, who is called Meng Da, is in a good condition and was not hurt.

That's not really the point, but good news, nonetheless.


A zoo spokesperson said that zookeepers immediately arrived on the scene to stop the idiots who were throwing stuff.

They then confirmed on their own Weibo account that the panda had been observed eating, moving around, playing, and - presumably - dossing about in a normal fashion today.

They also said that there are plans to renovate the panda enclosure, and added that they would prefer if visitors to the zoo would observe the animals in a "civilised" manner.

It shouldn't be too much to ask.


Pandas are one of the national symbols of china, and are renowned for being a bit slow and lazy. In fact, when they're not eating - which is half the day - they're asleep.

In 2016, the giant panda was removed from the endangered list by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

That is in no small part down to efforts by Chinese panda experts. You don't have to be an expert to know that you shouldn't hurl rocks at them, however.
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Tuesday

The full moon of July is called the Thunder Moon or Buck Moon. July 16 is an astrologically eventful night, bringing us a full buck moon and partial lunar eclipse.

What does that all mean? Let’s break it down.

First, each month's full moon has different traditional names. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, July’s full moon is called the buck moon or thunder moon, because it coincides with the time of year when a buck’s antlers are full grown and thunderstorms are frequent.

Next, a lunar eclipse only occurs during a full moon. It happens when the sun, moon, and Earth align in such a way that the Earth’s shadow moves over the face of the moon. This month brings us a partial lunar eclipse, so the Earth’s shadow will be seen on only part of moon. While much of the world — including most of Australia, Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia — will be able to see the partial lunar eclipse, the majority of North America is out of luck. A total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a blood moon, because of the reddish tinge that can sometimes be seen on the moon during the eclipse. Because this is a partial lunar eclipse, some are calling it a “half-blood moon.”

The July full moon is between the two new moons of the summer month–the new moons will be between July 2 and 31, while the buck moon will take place on July 16.

You will be able to see it full for about three days between Monday night and through Thursday morning.


The buck moon will be full at 5:38 p.m. on Tuesday, beginning to rise in the eastern sky on the East Coast at around 8:30 p.m. on that day.

If there’s a doubt in your mind surrounding the name “buck moon,” you’re probably not the only one. It comes from the Native American Algonquin tribes that were located in what is now known as the Eastern part of the U.S. They referred to the first full moon of the summer as the buck summer because this is when the new antlers of buck deer grow out of their foreheads, which have velvety fur, per NASA.


July's full moon has also been called the Full Thunder Moon and the Full Hay Moon, as July is considered to be the season with the most frequent thunderstorms and the time of year when farmers harvest, bale and stow hay for the upcoming winter.

July Moon names from different cultures Raptor Moon (Hopi). Smoky Moon (Maidu). Ripe Moon (San Juan). Crane Moon (Choctaw). Claiming Moon (Celtic). Rose Moon (Neo Pagan). Peaches Moon (Natchez). Ducks Moult Moon (Cree). Ripening Moon (Mohawk). Grass Cutter Moon (Abernaki). Buffalo Bellow Moon (Omaha). Hungry Ghost Moon (Chinese). Ripe Squash Moon (Algonquin). Raspberry Moon (Anishnaabe). Salmon River moon (Wishram). Mead Moon (Medieval English). Middle Summer Moon (Ponca). Middle Summer Moon (Dakota). Red Berries moon (Assiniboine).

Young Corn Moon (Potawatomi). Buffalo Bellows Moon (Arapaho). Wild Red Cherries Moon (Sioux). Corn Popping moon (Winnebago). Ripening Moon (Passamaquoddy). Horse Moon, Ripe Moon (Apache). Summer Moon (Colonial American). Dropping Deer Horns Moon (Kiowa). Ripe Corn Moon, Hay Moon (Cherokee). Sun House Moon (Taos Native American). Claiming moon (Full Janic), Blessing Moon (Dark Janic). Little Harvest Moon, Blackberry Moon, Little Ripening Moon (Creek). Hay Moon, Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Summer Moon (Algonquin).

VIDEO

Sunday

'That manta absolutely understood what was going on. Jake went down again and again and she just remained still for him'

A giant manta ray has been filmed appearing to beg a professional diver for help saving her life.

The three-metre-wide sea creature is shown swimming up to snorkelling guide Jake Wilton and flipping over in the water – apparently to show him fish hooks embedded in her right eye.

The footage, caught near Ningaloo Reef off Western Australia’s north west coast, seems to show the manta ray then staying perfectly still as Mr Wilton gently removes the potentially deadly spikes.

The animal – well known to locals and affectionately nicknamed Freckles – then swims away with a flourish as the diver emerges triumphantly with the hooks.

Monty Halls, a British marine biologist aboard the boat at the time, said: “That manta absolutely understood what was going on. Jake went down again and again and she just remained still for him.”


The footage was released on Thursday by Ningaloo Marine Interactions, the tour company which Mr Wilton works for.

The hero himself suggested it was all in a day’s work.

“I’m often guiding snorkellers in the area and it’s as if she recognised me and was trusting me to help her,” he said.


“She got closer and closer and then started unfurling to present the eye to me. I knew we had to get the hooks out or she would have been in big trouble. I went for a few dives down to see how she’d react to me being close to her.”

When the animal stayed calm, he approached and took out the hooks.


"The manta stayed completely still in the water,” he said.

“It’s pretty incredible behaviour if this is what happened,” said David Boyle, lecturer in marine biology at the University of Plymouth. “It’s not uncommon for animals – generally mammals – to interact with divers but for one in distress to seek out assistance would be novel indeed.”


Manta rays are believed to be some of the most intelligent creatures in the ocean. Unlike stingrays, they don’t have an external spike and are generally harmless to humans.
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Friday

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials have ordered the killing of the members of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) family.

Why? To protect cows grazing on public lands.

Last September, WDFW killed two members of the OPT family in an attempt to stop livestock attacks.

When the depredations continued, officials attempted to kill the remaining two wolves but were unsuccessful. Director Kelly Susewind then paused action seeking to lethally remove the two remaining wolves from the OPT pack.

Beyond being cruel and in violation of the desires of a majority of Americans, these kill orders are not working.

“WDFW has been killing wolves to deter conflict since 2012 when the agency wiped out the entire Wedge Pack, yet depredations on livestock continue,” said Maggie Howell, executive director of the Wolf Conservation Center. “Peer-reviewed research demonstrates that killing predators is not only an ineffective solution to deter depredation on cows, but it can even result in increased attacks.”


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"Livestock owners traditionally use various non‐lethal and lethal methods to protect their domestic animals from wild predators. However, many of these methods are implemented without first considering experimental evidence of their effectiveness in mitigating predation‐related threats or avoiding ecological degradation. To inform future policy and research on predators, we systematically evaluated evidence for interventions against carnivore (canid, felid, and ursid) predation on livestock in North American and European farms. We also reviewed a selection of tests from other continents to help assess the global generality of our findings. Twelve published tests – representing five non‐lethal methods and 7 lethal methods – met the accepted standard of scientific inference (random assignment or quasi‐experimental case‐control) without bias in sampling, treatment, measurement, or reporting. Of those twelve, prevention of livestock predation was demonstrated in six tests (four non‐lethal and two lethal), whereas counterintuitive increases in predation were shown in two tests (zero non‐lethal and two lethal); the remaining four (one non‐lethal and three lethal) showed no effect on predation. Only two non‐lethal methods (one associated with livestock‐guarding dogs and the other with a visual deterrent termed “fladry”) assigned treatments randomly, provided reliable inference, and demonstrated preventive effects. We recommend that policy makers suspend predator control efforts that lack evidence for functional effectiveness and that scientists focus on stringent standards of evidence in tests of predator control."
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WDFW knows that peer-reviewed research demonstrates that killing predators is not only an ineffective solution to deter depredation on cows, but it can even result in increased attacks on livestock by survivors.

Killing state-endangered wolves on to benefit the profit margins of a private business is wrong on every level.

Please contact WDFW Director Kelly Susewind before it’s too late and respectfully ask him to call off the kill order.

CALL 360-902-2200 E-mail director@dfw.wa.gov
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