Kitty reunited with his owner after a three-day, six-mile hike »
You heard it! This woman, Oliphant (?!!!) gave her cat Wollie to the shelter when her husband had a stroke. When her husband recovered, Oliphant’s daughter tried to adopt Wollie back, but before she could! Wollie escaped from the shelter and walked the six miles back home! Cray! In three days, no less. I have no idea how you did it, Wollie, but congrats on being reunited with your mama!
It’s Alex, the genius African grey parrot! It’s not a new video but I saw this on Pawesome today and it’s just so amazing, I had to share. Poor Alex though, he wants to go back! Prob a little shy or tired.
I know most of us don’t like animal testing even of this nature but you still have to marval at the results. Animals truly are the awesomest!
“Hank,” the winner of the Humane Society’s 5th annual Dog of Valor competition, is a hero indeed. OK don’t cry!: When his owner was being attacked by her boyfriend wielding a hammer, Hank shielded her with his giant great dane body and probably saved her life. Hank sustained broken ribs and a fractured hip but he and his owner are now OK. In fact, they are making things better for other victims of abuse! The shelter that took in Hank’s owner, the Rose Brooks Center, just couldn’t refuse Hank after his bravery. He was the first pet they had allowed to stay there but now he has inspired them to add an addition that will accommodate people with pets who are in need of refuge! Yay Hank!
Owl monkey dads are the best! After tracking this owl monkey fam, a scientist documented that the monogamous owl monkey couple shares parenting duties—with the dad taking on most of the jobs other than nursing! The video says that monogamy is rare among primates. National Geographic says the scientist believes that “monogamy goes hand in hand with the upbringing.” If pops is going to be taking care of the babies, he can’t be busy stepping out with other owl monkeys!
Dolphins are people too: Non-human persons and the right to live »
Apparently this science conference in Vancouver over the weekend was pretty interesting! They didn’t just talk about test tube burgers, they also talked about non-human persons! Man, what did I do this weekend? The only scientific advancement I made was in regard to my tolerance for rail vodka (but I assure you, we made great strides). Non-human persons are much more interesting. The idea is that there are animals with intelligence and consciousness that should grant them the right to life.
A group of scientists and ethicists made the case this past weekend for “the declaration of rights for cetaceans,” under which, dolphins, whales, and porpoises would have the enforceable right to live:
“We’re saying the science has shown that individuality, consciousness and self-awareness are no longer unique human properties. That poses all kinds of challenges,” said Tom White, director of the Centre for Ethics and Business at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
“Dolphins are non-human persons. A person needs to be an individual. And if individuals count, then the deliberate killing of individuals of this sort is ethically the equivalent of deliberately killing a human being. The captivity of beings of this sort, particularly in conditions that would not allow for a decent life, is ethically unacceptable, and commercial whaling is ethically unacceptable,” White said.
How interesting! Was this the idea behind Tilikum v. Seaworld? If the declaration were incorporated into law, Seaworld and the like would not be allowed to keep whales.
The declaration is backed by experts and relies on the massive amounts of research that has been done on cetaceans in the past. Dolphins are said to be able to identify themselves in a mirror, use symbol-based language, use tools, learn skills and pass them on, and have individual personalities. Does that grant them rights? The UN is considering the declaration as part of its convention on migratory species.
You really should read this Guardian piece on the whole thing as it has the most amazing stories about a rascally dolphin named Kelly who learned more and more ways to trick her captors into forking over more treats! Speaking of which, I’m working on my declaration of rights for rascals. Kelly would certainly be protected under the DRR. As would chimps, elephants, and Alan Thicke.
You can sign the declaration of rights for cetaceans here!
Guilty-Ass Cats Photo Gallery: They’re guilty as hell and they know it! »
Rachel found this AWESOME picture that kicks off our gallery (because Rachel is AWESOME) and it inspired me to make a Guilty-Ass Cats collection! I’m trying to be like Buzzfeed but I don’t know if I can pull it off. Let’s see! Enjoy!
1. “Ok, now who did this?” kitty
2. Ashamed kitty
3. “…nothing.” kitty
4. “It’s perfectly natural!” kitty
5. Denial kitty
6. Puppy-eyes kitty
7. Forgive me
they were delicious
and so cold* kitty
8. Then of course there’s the infamous guilty cat video:
Ok now what have we learned?: That cats are hilar and I am not Buzzfeed!
*Broke out the William Carlos Williams on you! I’m just keeping you on your toes!
It’s a CHICKEN sitting on a DOG, via COK. I give up! The internet wins! I feel like the only way things could get cuter is if they were sitting on top of an elephant and if THAT happened, I honestly would kill myself because that’s IT. That is IT.
Hey San Francisco: This “guide cat” and her brother need a new home »
This is Allie and Noah, two South San Franciscans who need a new home. This is a very special pair of cats: Noah is blind and Allie has taken on the role of his “guide cat.” Their former owners, who are being being sent to Korea by the army, put a collar with a bell on Allie so Noah would always know where she is. A few days after they put the bell on Allie, Noah was getting around the house like a champ. Initially, Noah followed Allie around but now that he’s more confident, he leads the way with Allie close behind to make sure he’s all right. Allie sleeps with Noah and helps him groom himself. She even checks the litter box after he uses it to make sure he sufficiently covered his business.
Aren’t animals the sweetest? Always taking care of each other. And look at Noah’s eyes, so big! They don’t know why he went blind shortly after birth but they think, because of the size of his eyes, that it may just be a birth defect. Allie looks just like my little Mitsy and Mitsy is the best cat ever. Do we have any other owners of gray cats in the crowd? I think they must be the best!
Allie and Noah are being fostered by the Nine Lives Foundation. If you can help the pair, call Debbie Mueller at (650) 670-7056.
The Wild Dolphin Project! You mean you don’t need to cut animals open to study them? Stop the presses!
My grandpa sent me this article from the New York Times and it rules. Denise Herzing is trying to talk to dolphins! Well, communicate with them. Well, even more basically, Herzing wants the dolphins to initiate contact with her, as opposed to her initiating contact with treats or whatever. She wants the dolphins to be like, “OMG, Dr. H! You’re back! GirI, we have so much to tell you!”
The system they’ve designed to get this two-way communication going sounds dope:
The two-way system she will test next year is being developed with artificial intelligence scientists at Georgia Tech. It consists of a wearable underwater computer that can make dolphin sounds, but also record and differentiate them in real time. It must also distinguish which dolphin is making the sound, a common challenge since dolphins rarely open their mouths.
In the new system, two human divers interact in front of dolphins: First they play a synthesized whistle sound, then one hands the other a scarf or a piece of seaweed. The idea is to establish an association between sound and object. Dolphins are excellent mimics, and the hope is that they will imitate the whistle to request an object or initiate play.
Do you know what this could mean? Dolphin Scuba instructors! Or some sort of Planet of the Apes-style dolphin takeover. I’m down with either.
[P.S. Have you bought your super-sexy Vegansaurus shirt yet? They’re going fast!]
Crested black macaque steals camera, gets his Facebook pic ready. »
Photographer David Slater was on a mission to photograph these endangered animals in a national park north of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Turns out, these bros are totally friendly! They were just really curious about his equipment. They got a hold of a camera and took some great self-portraits. Slater thinks they were very excited to see their own reflection. Best. Profile. Pics. EVER. Since they’re already topless (sassy!), someone needs to let them know about the Myspace Angle so they can truly WORK IT. This cat knows what’s up.