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03/10/2010

Hello, BABY BUNNIES THE SIZE OF A FINGER! What’s that? You are one week old? And in a few months, you’ll be available for adoption through the Santé D’Or Foundation in L.A.? The Foundation, you say, rescued a rabbit called Bettina less than a month ago, who was already pregnant with all of you? Gosh, for the itty-bittiest little rabbits I have ever seen, you sure are full of useful information!

[link via Cute Overload, duh]

It’s a boy!  »

I saw this story on the news Saturday night (shut up! I wouldn’t have gone out even if I did have somewhere to go!) and gee whiz, what a cutie! A little Masai giraffe was just born at Safari West, an African safari park in wine country. His name is Stretch McCovey, after some San Francisco Giants hall of fame player who was probably nowhere near as good as Mike Schmidt. But his nickname was Stretch, and this is a baby giraffe, get it? But for real, that’s a cute name. And just look at his face! SO CUTE! He’s all like, “DID I STUTTER?”

Really, I say this a lot, but I think baby giraffes are my new favorite animal! This is the 14th giraffe born at Safari West and in total, they now have the largest privately owned giraffe herd in the United States!

As soon as I saw it was some tourist attraction, I was immediately like, “ABUSE!” but turns out this place isn’t so bad. And according to Vegansaur Steve, it’s pretty great! “I’ve been to Safari West (stayed overnight, did the full tour) and it seems to be the real deal,” he says. “Virtually no enclosures, just wide open spaces and the animals seemed very suited to the hot, dry environment of wine country.”

And Safari West has a blurb about their breeding programs in the new born announcement:

Breeding Success—Safari West is committed to the management of captive populations to support wild populations, and continues to put significant effort into the conservation of the many species which call Safari West home…. “To allow our animals to exhibit naturalistic behaviors, including reproduction, we make every attempt to provide our wildlife with the most naturalistic settings possible. This includes multi-acre habitats, wooded areas, streams, and ponds,” says Nancy Lang, Ph.D. The environments found on the 400-acre wildlife preserve at Safari West are much like those found in the exotic and untamed lands of the African continent.

That kind of does sound great! I also found this bit in their FAQ: “Safari West is not a zoo or a theme park, nor are we a drive-through park. We are an African Wildlife Preserve and African Tent Camp. Safari West Wildlife Preserve is a private facility whose primary focus is on conservation through education.”

Sounds pretty legit. And Steve told me that thanks to Safari West, Scimitar-Horned Oryx populations are being introduced into northern central Africa after being nearly hunted to extinction. Kudos!

[Images from Safari West website and this Sonoma county real estate blog]

03/09/2010

Try not to die from the cuteness! IMPOSSIBLE. Sites from Britain are all in a tizzy with this adorable story. Mabel the hen has adopted a litter of puppies on a farm in Shrewsbury (wherever the hell that is)—oh, the cuteness! This isn’t really one of the common tales of inter-species adoption because the dog who gave birth to the pups, Nettle, is still around, she hasn’t abandoned them or anything. Mabel just likes hanging out with them!
According to the Daily Mail, Mabel was born at this same farm where she lives now. She was supposed to be someone’s dinner but the fam “rescued” her (I’m like, did they eat all her siblings or was this a random chick?) and kept her. At some point in her life, she had a run-in with a horse who stepped on her foot—sad! And because of that, she gets really cold in the winter…I’m not really clear on the logistics of that but whatevs. So since she gets cold, they keep her in the house like a regular old pet!
Mabel was just chilling in the house when one day, Nettle the dog had puppies! The man of the house says that only a few days after she gave birth, Nettle was out hanging in the yard like usual. And then, adorableness ensued!:
"Mabel observed Nettle’s behaviour and, as soon as there was a chance, she hoped into the dog basket to roost on the pups. She keeps them and herself warm, while Nettle is outside on the yard."
OMG I think I am dead! Interspecies adoptions are the cutest! And this one is really nice because it doesn’t start off sad with the pups being abandoned; they still got their mom, they just also have a nice feather-heated blanket!
[photo from the Daily Mail]

Try not to die from the cuteness! IMPOSSIBLE. Sites from Britain are all in a tizzy with this adorable story. Mabel the hen has adopted a litter of puppies on a farm in Shrewsbury (wherever the hell that is)—oh, the cuteness! This isn’t really one of the common tales of inter-species adoption because the dog who gave birth to the pups, Nettle, is still around, she hasn’t abandoned them or anything. Mabel just likes hanging out with them!

According to the Daily Mail, Mabel was born at this same farm where she lives now. She was supposed to be someone’s dinner but the fam “rescued” her (I’m like, did they eat all her siblings or was this a random chick?) and kept her. At some point in her life, she had a run-in with a horse who stepped on her foot—sad! And because of that, she gets really cold in the winter…I’m not really clear on the logistics of that but whatevs. So since she gets cold, they keep her in the house like a regular old pet!

Mabel was just chilling in the house when one day, Nettle the dog had puppies! The man of the house says that only a few days after she gave birth, Nettle was out hanging in the yard like usual. And then, adorableness ensued!:

"Mabel observed Nettle’s behaviour and, as soon as there was a chance, she hoped into the dog basket to roost on the pups. She keeps them and herself warm, while Nettle is outside on the yard."

OMG I think I am dead! Interspecies adoptions are the cutest! And this one is really nice because it doesn’t start off sad with the pups being abandoned; they still got their mom, they just also have a nice feather-heated blanket!

[photo from the Daily Mail]

03/08/2010

International cuteness  »

The latest “animal pictures of the week” from the Telegraph is seriously top of the pops, people. Too goddamn cute! They of course are tainted as most of the pictures are of animals in zoos but still, it’s hard not to swoon from their adorableness. I LOVE THE DAMN ANIMALS!

Above we have Thai the otter, who appears to be saying grace before chowing done on that weird shrimp cake. There’s also this adorable monkey in China, who they claim is catching snowflakes in his mouth. Could that really be true? I HOPE SO IT’S SO CUTE!

If you follow @TelegraphPics on Twitter, you can get tweets whenever they put up a new gallery. You can also be more like me because I follow them on Twitter. Everybody is always trying to be me! Jeez!

03/05/2010

Fake meats and smug vegans, elephant geniuses, killer snakes, your very own puppies AND MORE in today’s link-o-rama!  »


Pugs becoming men, men becoming wolves: Werepug Bar Mitzvah!

They are few, but crucial: Your vegan events!
Fun times at the San Francisco Public Library! On Saturday, Mar. 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Noe Valley branch (451 Jersey St. at Castro Street) Maya Donelson will host a workshop on rooftop gardening. And on Tuesday, Mar. 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bernal Heights branch (500 Cortland Ave. at Moultrie Street), you can learn all about urban composting. Both events are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Mar. 11 Blood and Sunshine will release their latest E.P., Change Is in the Weather, at 9 p.m. at Thee Parkside in San Francisco. Why should you care? First, because half the band, Joseph Macrino, is vegan and loves your Vegansaurus. Second, because he and James Brennan (the other half of the band, no doy), have decided to plant a tree for every 200 miles they travel on tour. See how much they love the environment? A LOT, is how much. The show costs $6, which in this economy is basically nothing, so go already!

Next Saturday, Mar. 13 from noon to 2 p.m. the PETA Pack—which includes Friend of Vegansaurus’ Cinnaholic—is having a bake sale in front of the PETA Oakland office, at 538 Grand Ave. The proceeds will benefit PETA’s Investigations and Rescue fund.

Also on Saturday, Mar. 13 is the next meeting of the Bay Area Vegetarians book club! The book is Slaughterhouse by Gail Eisnitz; be at Vegi Food at 2085 Vine St. (at Henry Street) in Berkeley at 1 p.m. to discuss it. RSVP here.

Farm Sanctuary’s California Country Hoe Down is coming! Friend of Vegansaurus’ Melisser (of Sugar Beat Sweets) went in 2008 and had a great time, and photos from 2009 look pretty great as well. Tickets are on sale for the May 1 through 2 event right now, and I hear they go fast, so if you’re interested you should probably buy them soon.

Help the great state of Indiana end live bait dog training by sending an email to Natural Resources Commission and Governor Mitch Daniels. This practice is seriously vile: people throw a wild-caught coyote or fox into a pen with a pack of dogs to “train” the dogs for hunting.

It is lengthy, and debatably important: Your vegan weekend reading!
Well fuck, salmonella’s been found in MORE FOOD. This time it’s in hydrolyzed vegetable protein that was made in a Basic Food Flavors plant in Las Vegas (Woo!). I guess HVP is a food, however much it dyslexically looks like HPV? Anyway, the products being recalled include some from Follow Your Heart, so be safe and check your packaging, OK?

Problem: we’re all Fat and awful. Solution: extrapolate results from experiments on fruit flies, because science!

But Michael Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, believes in a “pathway to end animal testing” and needs your help making this a priority for lawmakers.

If food is religion, then vegans are obviously terrible, self-righteous proselytizing zealots. "It’s just food," after all.

WHO WANTS A PUPPY? Uh, me! AND YOU! Get over to the East Bay SPCA, they have pit bull puppies right now! [thanks, Brittney of Eye on Blogs!]

Vice interviews the Rosaire family, who run a circus-cum-exotic-animal-sanctuary. Vice would like you to know that this issue is not as simple as “circuses are bad, free the animals,” you small-minded PETA assholes.

Meanwhile, elephants are proving themselves even smarter than anyone thought, most recently at math. Probably elephants have greater math skills than me, because they weren’t societally conditioned to hate and fear it.

According to a survey by Canadian bacon company, 43 percent of respondents would rather eat bacon than have sex. Ugh, that’s cool ‘cause I’d rather not have sex with you bacon-crazed grossies. Arguably, this is a reason against moving to Canada.

Shamu is too depressed over Tilikum killing that lady to Tweet anymore.

You’re kidding—poop from all the animals crammed into “megafarms” is a major pollutant? It’s causing huge environmental problems? And agricultural interests are fighting every effort to regulate the disposal of all this poop? I AM SO SHOCKED RIGHT NOW.

Continuing the fucked-up news, the Grayson County Humane Society/SPCA shelter in Leitchfield, Ken., was broken into last week. The perpetrator(s) “brought a very cat-aggressive dog into the office, beat her severely, and then released two cats from their cages.” the perpetrator(s) took money from the shelter and left; the dog killed the cats. Here is further information about the crimes and donating to the organization.

Hey everybody! Starting today, it’s open season on wild Burmese pythons in Florida for the next six weeks! If you have a Florida hunting license, you can chop a snake’s head off with a big knife! It’s totally cool, though, because thanks to irresponsible snake-buyers, Hurrican Andrew, and participants in Florida’s “active exotic animal trade,” plus the pythons’ crazy-high fertility, there are snakes EVERYWHERE, ruining Florida’s natural ecosystem and begging to be murdered. Anyway, they are naturally vicious—one time a family pet got out of its cage and strangled a toddler! KILL ‘EM ALL BANG BANG BANG.

Never mind Florida, actually, let’s go to Argentina! Buenos Aires is now bursting with veg restaurants, and it sounds (and looks!) goddamn amazing.

Less fancy but still reportedly delicious is Chipotle’s Garden Blend burrito. Holy shit they charge $3 for guacamole at this Chipotle in New York, I am SO SORRY you guys.

Thanks to officials in the Obama cabinet, the U.S. government supports the international ban on Atlantic bluefin tuna. Sorry, sashimi-crazies. May I suggest learning to enjoy vegan sushi? It is delicious and environmentally friendly!

Smokey and Petra, two lops, make Oscar predictions!

Cow philosophy: thought-provoking, or obnoxious wanking? Really, you tell me; I can’t decide whether it’s an interesting way to make point, or if I just want to slap the dude because the answer is so obvious, even asking is angering. UGH.

Poor old Knut: first he’s the tiny star of screen and song; then he’s reviled as “anti-social” and “dangerous;” now the Berlin Zoo is trying to mate him with his first cousin, which PETA Germany advises against because of the extra risk of their offspring inheriting genetic abnormalities. Just neuter him, and it’ll be all right, they say! But: “The castration of Knut would cause dismay among his fans around the world and would reduce his market value.” I think the first problem here is referring to the procedure as “castration,” but what do I know, I’m a lady.

A fox-hunt-supporter got too close to a “gyrocopter,” the blades of which vertically split his head in two. The world has lost another hero, you guys.

Jonathan Kauffman likes Enjoy Vegetarian more than I do, but not nearly as much as Laura does. But that bitch likes everything and I am always in a bad mood/have indigestion, so can you really trust either one of us? (hint: probably not)

Emily Stokes is the most put-upon reporter on the Financial Times staff: she had to eat at a vegan restaurant with Jonathan Safran Foer, where the food was awful and JSF was smug, telling her about how he wouldn’t even use his own fork to move the meat off his plate when it was served to him in a Ukranian restaurant 10 years ago. I feel like this opportunity might’ve been better appreciated by Mark Rowlands, who seems like less of a sourpuss. Bourdain, of course, is the same old big-talking doucheface he’s always been.

JSF “shuns” fake meat (including seitan, which, what?); Anneli Rufus think it’s “like having sex with a blow-up doll.” PLEASE PLEASE tell me what you think, I AM DYING TO KNOW. For reals, let’s discuss.

Call us names/ask us out: this week we criticized the trope of the Vegan Boy, and got all huffy about rabbit-killing (again).

03/04/2010

Save this one for some time you can be alone, unless you don’t mind openly weeping like a child. Meet Hoppa, the little dog born without front legs; his human companion, Avi Kuzi of the Society for the Protection of Animals in Israel who cared for him despite a veterinarian’s advice to put Hoppa down; and art student Nir Shalom of Jerusalem, who has built “the Mercedes of dog-protheses” for little Hoppa to use, restricting his movement no more. In fact, this prosthesis is a prototype, which Shalom wants to offer in multiple sizes at an affordable cost for other needy dogs and their human pals.

(all that’s in the video, and also reprinted at the YouTube site)

03/01/2010

You guys already know how I feel about animals in people clothes (LOVE), and how I feel when Cute Overload features rescued animals (LOVE, MUST POST). These two minor, entirely healthy obsessions come together in this video of Angelo, the cutest fucking lamb in the entire world. Look at him sproing! Look at him wear a sleeveless turtleneck sweater—perhaps the only instance of a turtleneck sweater ever looking good on anyone, ever (seriously they’re awful)! Look at how teeny tiny he is compared to the giant pig! Look at him EAT FLOWERS!

Excuse me if I never post again, I may have died of an actual cute overload. Thanks, Farm Sanctuary, for being so unbelievably great.

02/16/2010

I’m taking a food and nutrition class this semester, one of those faux-science classes they make up because English majors can’t handle anything with real answers and logical thought. We still haven’t gotten to the fun food part because first we have to learn borrrrring chemistry. It’s not as entertaining as Alton Brown’s Good Eats!
But anyway, I had to reacquaint myself with the periodic table. If only it were as cute as these guys!
[via sophochka]

I’m taking a food and nutrition class this semester, one of those faux-science classes they make up because English majors can’t handle anything with real answers and logical thought. We still haven’t gotten to the fun food part because first we have to learn borrrrring chemistry. It’s not as entertaining as Alton Brown’s Good Eats!

But anyway, I had to reacquaint myself with the periodic table. If only it were as cute as these guys!

[via sophochka]

02/10/2010

Curious chimpanzees are curious! HELLO CHIMPANZEE!! I want to HUG YOU. Some day—because infinite time allows for infinite possibilities—I will get to hug a chimpanzee, and it will be as delightful as I imagine it.

(from Videogum!)

02/04/2010

Puppy Bowl!!!!  »

Videogum introduces the 2010 Puppy Bowl starting lineup!! Needs more !!!!!!!!

Why should you care about the Puppy Bowl? It is sponsored by disgusting-ass Pedigree, which is The Worst, and it’s all HEY PUPPIES without any of the HEY RESPONSIBILITY parts, which is what leads to shit like spending $1,000 on a super-special puppy and abandoning it two weeks later when it pees on the floor and doesn’t stop barking when you yell at it.

HOWEVER: the majority of the puppy bowl players are mixed breeds. Further, you cannot be a human being with a heart and begrudge puppies their adorability. Look at Jersey Boy, he is basically a blonde otter. COME ON.

Even further, puppies are objectively more entertaining than dudes in shiny outfits knocking brain damage into each other. Professional football is no Friday Night Lights, and if you need to spend 10 hours with the television on while you bicker through a mouthful of seven-layer dip about who’s the better runner or whatever with your friends, I posit that puppies both make for superior background TV and subjects of debate.

Don’t argue with me, I am on the side of PUPPIES.

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