A green puppy? A green puppy! "The Hulk" was born from a yellow lab in Brazil. I google translated the article for us!:
One of the pups in a litter of Labrador became Mairinque attraction, 65 km from Sao Paulo. A trainer was astonished by the birth of the puppies, who was born with the green. The female Labrador gave birth in the last 30 days, and the dog, nicknamed The Hulk, was the only one whose had the yellow color of the class.
The coat differentiated according vets, it’s rare. This pigmentation occurs by exposure during pregnancy, of a substance called biliverdin, which is part of the placenta. The report has found the TV on Thursday (9) that the cub had lost the green color and the little dog was now with the white coat.
That should clear things up a bit!
[Photo of Hulk from the article, by Amanda Cóllo]
Nonprofit rescues Omega, the chain-smoking chimp and sends him to sanctuary! Yay! »
So, you know how chimpanzees are stolen from their moms (who are often killed and used for bush meat) when they’re a couple months old and are cute and cuddly little playthings? Then some shortsighted person in not-Africa “raises” them until they’re about five or six years old, until they grow big and strong and start biting fingers off their human “parents” or trainers or patrons at restaurants in Lebanon where they are forced to dance for food? When that happens, they are often sent to labs, breeders, or roadside zoos in fucked up places. That’s the backstory on our pal Omega, the chain-smoking chimp in Lebanon. He had a fucked up childhood, dancing like a monkey (HE IS NOT A MONKEY) at some restaurant, and when he got too big, he was sold to a creepy piece of shit zoo in Lebanon where he LIVES IN A CAGE and HAS NO FRIENDS and CHAIN-SMOKES CIGARETTE BUTTS. Ah, humans! We are so rad!
But here’s some good news! The nonprofit Animals Lebanon took on the task of getting Omega into a sanctuary. In fact, Animals Lebanon, re-homed all the animals in the shit-tastic zoo. Yay them! They found a home for Mr. Omega 10,000 miles away in Brazil, at the Curitiba Sanctuary, which looks like a huge step up for the big guy. You can read Animals Lebanon’s recounting of getting Omega to the sanctuary here (it’s a good read!).
But Animals Lebanon isn’t stopping there; they’re attempting to pass legislation that tightens regulations concerning animal welfare. LOVE these people! If you’re interested in helping them, they have a wish list of things they desperately need. I know, we’re screwed enough right here at home without having to worry about everyone else but hey, maybe you have a computer you could send their way? Or get your company to donate something they need? Seriously, we’re so lucky here, why not support these people who are at ground zero, trying to get chain-smoking chimps in wire cages sent to a place where they can climb on trees and clear their lungs for the first time in their lives?
[photo of Omega from Animals Lebanon]