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Zoomance: Israel-UAE Peace Deal Sparks Plans For Lion Cub Play Dateby Shifra on August 23, 2020
Online “zoomance” – sweet ! Via Times of Israel. Israelis and Emiratis aren’t waiting for their governments to formally sign a deal normalizing relations and are already making new friendships, for themselves and their lion cubs. The latest sign that the peace deal, announced last week, could be Israel’s warmest yet with an Arab country came on Monday when the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem, popularly known as the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, sparked up an online romance with Abu Dhabi’s Al Ain Zoo…. Always together towards wildlife conservation 💚By the way, How do we write “Al Ain Zoo” in Hebrew 😄💙 https://t.co/6DRQA8U5PA — Al Ain Zoo (@AlAinZooUAE) August 17, 2020 Our curious Shaqra, which means blonde, says Hi 😄✋🏻💚We...
Patsy The Border Collie Helps Save Flock Of Sheep From Australian Fireby Shifra on January 7, 2020
Brava Patsy! And H/T to TAM Cynthia Via Unilad.com An heroic border collie rounded up a flock of sheep and herded them away from a blaze working its way towards their farm in Australia. The adorable working dog, Patsy, and her unnamed owner braved the bushfires on New Year’s Eve as they burned through the rural town of Corryong in Victoria, Australia. Though the flames were creeping ever closer to Patsy’s owner’s land, man and dog ventured out to ensure the sheep were as safe as could be. Cath Hill, the sister of the border collie’s owner, shared a picture of the ‘wonder dog’ on social media, where she said Patsy helped round up the flock and direct them to...
Man Smuggles His Overweight Cat On Airline, Loses Frequent Flier Statusby Shifra on November 17, 2019
Memo to would-be cat smugglers: Do not brag — on Instagram — about how you tricked an airline into allowing your fat furry feline to board the plane. Via NYT. A man who tricked his way into getting his overweight cat into the passenger cabin of a plane has been penalized by a Russian airline. Aeroflot stripped the passenger, Mikhail Galin, of his air miles and removed him from their frequent-flier program after he bragged on social media about sneaking his hefty pet onboard by switching him for a lighter cat during check-in…. The airline told Agence France-Presse that it opened an investigation after Mr. Galin’s post caught their attention, and that it eventually found video surveillance footage of the...
Cat-Owning Vegans Push ‘Tofu For Trixie’ Dietby Shifra on November 10, 2019
Is this really a good idea? What’s next: Yoga for kitteh? And how do you get a cat to do “downward dog,” er, downward cat ? Via WSJ. At first, Kecha gave up canned meat. Soon after, she stopped eating the fresh stuff too. Kecha is now strictly vegan. She is also a cat. Concerned about animal cruelty, and the carbon pawprints of their feline friends, some humans are putting their kitties on vegan diets. And the cats—despite their carnivorous nature—seem to like it, owners say. “They call it kitty crack,” says Kecha’s owner Gráinne O’Carroll, of an Italian vegan cat-food brand called Ami. “They like it so much they eat it really quickly and vomit straight up.”…. Humans who...
Service Dogs Attend Theater Performance As Part Of Trainingby Shifra on August 18, 2019
Sweet! Via Fox News. An adorable photo of a group of service dogs sitting in a Canadian theater last week catching a production of “Billy Elliot” has gone viral. The photo shows the crowd of mainly poodles and golden retrievers taking up at least four rows and attentively watching the stage during the Stratford Festival in Ontario. The objective was to prevent fur from flying during live theater so the pups can help their handlers navigate a theater atmosphere “It’s important to prepare the dogs for any activity the handler may like to attend,” said Laura Mackenzie, owner of K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs and who spearheaded the outing, told CBC radio. “The theater gives us the opportunity to...
Bronx Man Punches Parks Dept. Horse in Face, Won’t Be Chargedby Shifra on July 30, 2019
Last week, thugs doused NYC cops with water, and in one case, threw a bucket at a cop’s head. And now this outrageous attack on a horse. The “rationale” for letting this creep off the hook? The horse did not sustain permanent injury, and the city is concerned about a lawsuit claiming false arrest. “Progressive” Mayor Bill de Blasio’s term is up in 2021. And it cannot come too soon for NYC. Via NY Post. A Bronx lout smacked a Parks Department horse in the face on Sunday — and the agency refused to do anything about it. The cruel horseplay occurred at around 6 p.m. in Van Cortlandt Park, as Parks Enforcement Patrol officers were trying to break up...
Pet Beagle Saves 11-Year-Old From Abductionby Tammy on October 29, 2018
Ray. Another dog hero! The best friend of men, women, and children everywhere. In this case, Ray saved a little girl. I trust he got some steak that night. Via News4 San Antonio. A Texas family says a pet Beagle saved an 11-year-old girl from being abducted. Now authorities are looking for the suspect. Inside a Pasadena town home community called Willow Oaks, a scary encounter Sunday morning. “She spotted a man that was looking at her really weird,” said the victim’s sister Bianca Hernandez. For this 11-year-old girl, whose identity we’re protecting, it was about to get a lot worse. “The driver actually catches up on to her, gets out of the vehicle and grabs her,” Bianca said. Now...
Cute Alert: Cat Gives Massage To Dogby Shifra on September 18, 2018
In the midst of all the hyper-partisan craziness, it’s nice to see some kindness from this sweet kitteh. Via Circa.
New Gaza Terror Tactic: ‘Fire’ Falcon Found in Israelby Shifra on July 17, 2018
Remember how ridiculous the Arab world sounded when Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad, was accused of training sharks to attack swimmers, in order to ruin Egypt’s tourism industry? And when a vulture tagged by Israeli scientists flew into Saudi Arabia…and was arrested for being a spy ? But this story is no laughing matter. Gazans sending incendiary kites and balloons over the border to burn down Israeli vineyards, farmlands and nature reserves, have sunk to a new low: A falcon was found dead, in a tree, attached to a harness with flammable material. It seems their hatred for Israel is greater than their respect for life, human or animal. Via Jerusalem Post. An employee from the National Parks Authority (NPA) spotted...
Jail Bird: Snowy Owl Found At NYC Rikers Island Prisonby Shifra on July 8, 2018
As the following story notes, Snowy owls are supposed to be in the Arctic right now, but I suspect this one just wanted to check out Manhattan, where she is now resting comfortably. Via WSJ. Snowy owls normally spend their summers in the Arctic, but on Monday one of the white-feathered raptors was discovered in an unlikely location: a courtyard at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex. A correction officer found the female bird after seeing it land near a laundry facility for one of the island’s jails. A New York City Correction Department spokesman said Tuesday that the bird appeared to be in distress with a drooping wing and suffering from dehydration. It was transported to the Wild...
Military Dogs Receive Nation’s Highest Honor on Capitol Hillby Shifra on May 24, 2018
Bravo/Brava to Taba, Jag, Summer, and Taker! Four heroic military dogs were honored by the American Humane Association on Capitol Hill Tuesday night for their life-saving actions while serving alongside American troops in war zones. Taba, Jag, Summer, and Taker were all honored for their work sniffing out IEDs and providing security for American fighting men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. The dogs were presented with the Lois Pope K-9 Medal of Courage. Each K9 had a medal placed around their neck during a ceremony in the Rayburn House Office foyer that featured top ranking military officials, congressmen, congressional staffers, philanthropists, and the media. Dr. Amy McCullough, national director of rescue and military affairs for American Humane, said the...
Arab Stone-thrower Bitten by Israeli Army Dog Sues Dutch Breederby Shifra on February 25, 2018
Here’s a suggestion for Hamze: Don’t throw stones. You’re welcome. Via Jerusalem Post. A 19-year-old Palestinian man is suing a Dutch dog breeder who sold a dog to the Israeli army that the claimant said bit him during a riot in the West Bank. Hamze Abu Hashem was bitten in 2014 while throwing stones at Israeli soldiers…. Liesbeth Zegveld, Abu Hashem’s attorney in the Netherlands, told the Algemeen Dagblad daily that the money is for psychological damage sustained by her client. She is also seeking an injunction outlawing the sale of dogs to Israel. “My client bears serious scars that will remain with him for the rest of his life,” Zegveld told the daily. “He is also deeply traumatized by...
Dogs Meant For Soup At Winter Olympics in South Korea Rescuedby Tammy on February 10, 2018
Thank God. Great work by the Humane Society International! Via Mirror. (Note: Pictures in original article sad but not violent). They huddle together in cramped cages, whining and shivering in the bitter cold weather – destined for bowls of soup and stew served up at the Winter Olympics. But these pitiful pooches were the lucky ones, given a last-minute reprieve from slaughter in a bid to close a barbaric dog meat farm. Animal aid workers had good reason to celebrate as they hugged the excited animals after Humane Society International (HSI) persuaded the owner to give up his business, helping him to start a different trade. His decision saved 90 pups and fully grown dogs from brutal death by electrocution...
Puppy Bowl To Feature Hurricane Rescue Animalsby Tammy on February 2, 2018
CLICK HERE FOR THE PUPPY BOWL WEBSITE. Via Fox News. As sports fans gear up for Sunday’s Super Bowl, animal lovers are sure to be tuning in for Animal Planet’s annual Puppy Bowl. This year a record 90 adoptable puppies will be featured, including rescue dogs from the areas affected by natural disasters in 2017. Returning “rufferee” Dan Schachner told Fox News, “We have Mango from Mexico; we have Tyler rescued from the flood waters of Hurricane Harvey; we have several puppies from the Miami area…” The event will also feature dogs from Puerto Rico, like the lovable Coconut. Animal Planet worked with 48 different shelters and rescue organizations from 25 U.S. states and territories to get this year’s furry...
WWII Hero Dog Honored 75 Years After Saving Lives of U.S. Soldiersby Shifra on January 17, 2018
RIP, Chips. And thank you for your service. Via NY Post. ….Westchester County pooch Chips, a German shepherd-husky cross, was awarded the Dickin Medal for his courageous actions during the appropriately titled Operation Husky…. Chips was just a regular family pet living with the Wren family in Pleasantville when the Army asked civilians to donate their dogs to the war effort. Some 40,000 patriotic pooches were signed up, but only 10,000 made the cut — including Chips. Upon landing at the beach in Sicily in 1943, Chips’ platoon immediately came under fire — and the courageous canine broke free of his leash and ran into an enemy machine-gun nest. “There was an awful lot of noise and the firing stopped....