Category: Animals

Man Buys Caged Wild Bird — Then Sets it Free to Live As Nature Intended

In Brazil, a country where it is estimated that 38 million animals are taken from the wild every year for the illegal wildlife trade, one man is doing his best to combat the issue one animal at a time. Massionilo Rocha has spent the last 20 years saving animals in his home town of Piritba, Brazil. When he comes across people illegally selling wildlife, he uses his own savings to purchase the animal and release it back into the wild. Poaching and trafficking are some of the greatest threats facing wild animals all over the globe, pushing many species, such...

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Dogs Rescued by Kind Firemen Have Happy Reunion for Photo Shoot

In June of 2015, a pit bull mix wandered  into a Compton, California firehouse. The firefighters could see that the dog, named Petey, was young, hungry, and afraid, so they took action to help him. Petey’s rescuers contacted Chews Life Dog Rescue, which began a search for Petey’s new forever home. In the meantime, one of the firehouse paramedics became Petey’s foster parent. A year later, the same firefighters found another dog in need of help at an intersection in Compton. Lucy, a young yellow labrador mix, was picked up in a shiny firetruck and brought back to the firehouse,...

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Starving Polar Bear Caught on Camera Brings Bleak Glimpse of a Warmer Future

Devastating footage of a starving polar bear is causing international alarm across social media channels. The sickening image demonstrates the urgent need to make changes and implement solutions to address climate change, in order to lessen the impact it will have on the Earth. Sea Legacy, a collective of filmmakers and photographers, are on a mission to create healthy and abundant oceans. This summer they sent an expedition to the Canadian Baffin Islands, where they encountered a polar bear. Unfortunately, this once majestic and powerful creature was gaunt and frail, close to death from hunger. Paul Nicklen, the researcher...

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VIDEO: Rats Help Raise Rescue Kittens at This Cat Cafe

Unusual bonds have formed between rats and kittens at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe. It all started when Ivory, a white rat, became a foster parent to a kitten named Ebony. Ebony suffered from an illness contagious among cats, but still needed companionship. Because rats are immune to feline leukemia, Ivory was a perfect match. The unlikely pair were inseparable until Ebony lost her battle at four months old. Ivory continued to fulfill a parental role at the cat cafe after losing his companion. His next task was to help a mother feline care for her litter. Ivory’s affectionate demeanor quickly earned him...

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VIDEO: This Cat May Have One Eye and A Snaggletooth, But He’s Absolutely Beautiful

Born with only one eye and a malformed jaw that caused him to have a snaggletooth, Willie stood out from the other kittens in his litter — but when cat lover Kristen first laid eyes on him, she knew they were meant for one another.  Kristen thought he was adorable and gave him a forever home! Despite his physical differences, Willie is healthy and happy. Kristen shares her bed with Willie and they snuggle to sleep together every night. The two are clearly devoted to one another. Kristen wears a necklace displaying Willie’s baby snaggletooth; and he not only checks...

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Bravo! A Non-Animal Testing Lab has Just Opened Up in China

One province in China is taking steps to help animals by opening a lab that doesn’t test on them. The regulatory organization for food, drugs, and cosmetics produced in China’s Zhejiang province, the Zhejiang Institute for Food and Drug Control (ZJIFDC), worked with international non-profit the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), to create the lab, which opened in November, 2017. “IIVS helped train our staff and provided guidance on implementation as we developed the laboratory,” Yang Li, the vice director of ZJIFDC and head of the alternatives laboratory said in a statement.  “Their assistance, combined with our dedication to the development of a...

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VIDEO: Cat Clings for Life On Steep Cliff Until Brave Rescuers Arrive

Meet Zion, a Los Angeles cat who became trapped on a 100-foot cliff that disabled him from both reaching the ground and climbing further up. Neighbors noticed the stranded feline and called rescue workers, who rushed to Zion’s aid. The first step for the rescuers was to scale the cliff and catch Zion using nets. Workers proceeded to capture Zion as gently as possible. Although he was in distress, using the net to catch him was necessary to get him to safety. After an initial failed attempt to catch Zion, workers successfully secured him with their nets and lowered...

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