Category: Animals

Amber’s Donkey: Mute Girl Speaks for the First Time to Rescue Animal

It was 2010 and Shocks, a donkey currently living at the Donkey Sanctuary’s Assisted Therapy Centre, was recused from a farm in Galway, Ireland. He was found with a rope tied so tightly around his neck that he suffered from open wounds and lacerations. Today he lives a free, happy life helping those with emotional, cognitive and physical challenges. Around the same time Shocks was rescued, Tracy Austwick gave birth to twin girls, born prematurely at just 26 weeks old. One of the babies, Amber, was rushed into surgery for an emergency tracheostomy within minutes of her birth. Her parents were immensely grateful that the surgery saved her life, but...

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SeaWorld Polar Bear Has Died ‘Of A Broken Heart’

Szenja the polar bear died after being separated from her longtime companion of 20 years, who was shipped to the Pittsburg Zoo for breeding purposes by SeaWorld San Diego. According to animal advocates, Szenja didn’t just die of natural causes. “Szenja died of a broken heart, Peta believes,” said Peta Vice President Tracy Remain. “After losing her companion of 20 years when SeaWorld shipped Snowflake to the Pittsburgh Zoo in order to breed more miserable polar bears, Szenja did what anyone would do when they lose all hope, she gave up,” While in captivity, some polar bears reach their mid-to...

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Cat, Dog, and Rat Best Friends Refuse to be Separated

An unlikely trio of animals was adopted after refusing to be separated at a Wisconsin animal shelter. Sasha the dog, Jack the cat and Tweaks the rat, known as the “Rat Pack,” were adopted together by Kathy Berens and her daughter on April 7th. The previous owners of the Rat Pack had to move and were unable to bring the trio along with them. They brought the gang to the Oshkosh Area Humane Society (OAHS) on March 1st, and mentioned that the animals had a special bond. After the 3 arrived at OAHS, they needed to be medically examined....

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Lost Dog Found 1,400 Miles from Home Finally Sees His Family Again

Losing your dog can be nerve-wracking, even in your own neighborhood. For this Georgia family, it was a nightmare. Their little dog, Pumpkin, ended up 1,400 miles away from home – in New Mexico! Luckily, thanks to a kind woman and the help of a few veterinarians, Pumpkin found his way back home. Lost: A little Dog Strays Far from Home Pumpkin had been living happily with Manny and Alexandra Ornelas in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He had a whole family who loved him, and even another furry friend to play with. However, about five months ago their care-free lives...

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Lion and Bear Survivors of ISIS-Occupied Mosul Zoo Given Second Chance

Members of rescue response team Four Paws International have saved the only two remaining survivors from an abandoned zoo (Montazah al-Morour) in Mosul, Iraq. Following ISIS occupation of Mosul, the facility had suffered devastation amidst fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic state militants. As a result, all animals died with the exception of one lion (Simba) and one bear (Lula). Simba and Lula were discovered in February, emaciated and covered in dirt and excrement. Neighbors had been offering food and water to the animals until the war-stricken land environment halted all efforts. Amir Khalil, an Egyptian vet who headed the Four...

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These Tiny Surprises Were Found Stuck in a Car Engine

While waiting to pick up their children from school, a Washington couple noticed something moving from the hood of their car—a weasel. Once the small, furry creature locked eyes with the couple, out of fear and motherly instinct the weasel mom immediately grabbed one of her off-springs and suddenly disappeared. Shocked and intrigued, the couple decided to investigate by opening the car’s hood. Sadly, to their surprise, the mother left behind four additional babies. The cute reddish-brown creatures were nestled together, each smaller than the size of a quarter. The couple jumped into action and contacted Squirrel Refuge, and the...

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