Archive for the Animal Welfare Category
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Canadians rush to save 11 trapped killer whales
(CNN) — Time is running short for a pack of killer whales trapped by ice near a small Canadian village on Hudson Bay, the town’s mayor said Wednesday. The 11 whales are confined in a space of about 30 feet by 30 feet, where they use an opening for a breathing hole, Inukjuak Mayor Petah Inukpuk said. The orcas were discovered Tuesday morning by a northern Quebec seal hunter. The two large and nine smaller killer whales are at least 6 miles (10 kilometers) from open water, the mayor said. They appear to be part of a family pack. The Canadian government is sending experts to the scene Thursday to see whether the orcas can be saved, CNN affiliate CBC reported. A whale expert told the network that killer whales normally leave the Arctic before ice moves in. No one has seen any that far north in January before, said Christian... Continue Reading
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Tower of Nests Designed to House Displaced Urban Wildlife
As more people begin moving from rural areas and into swelling urban centers around the world, it usually means that local wildlife gets the boot. But now, thanks to a revolutionary new building called Tower of Nests proposed for construction in Shanghai, city squirrels, birds, and insects that might otherwise be displaced will have a high-rise to call their very own, living in peace with human residents. The designers behind the tower hope that it will usher in a new era of urban architecture — one that promotes sustainability and harmony with nature. The Tower of Nests, brainchild of Kjellgren... Continue Reading
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Endangered rhinos airlifted to new home
How do you move a sleeping rhino? With a helicopter and a whole lot of rope. Nineteen black rhinoceroses recently took flight as part of an effort to establish new, safe habitats for the critically endangered animals. The 1.5-ton rhino species has been devastated by poaching; in the early 1990s, there were only 2,000 black rhinoceroses left in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature of South Africa. The rhinos are coveted for their horns, which are sold as aphrodisiacs on foreign markets. WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion project aims to protect the species by expanding their... Continue Reading
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Council votes in favour of shark fin ban: Yay Toronto!
Toronto city councillors voted to ban the sale of shark fin products Tuesday afternoon. The final vote was 38-4. Councillors are also urging Ontario to adopt a province-wide ban. The bylaw will bring an end to the sale of shark fins and controversial products such as shark fin soup. The ban also makes it illegal for any Torontonian to possess or consume the product. Councillors in favour of the ban kicked off the meeting by presenting petitions with more than 16,000 signatures from people in favour of banning shark fin products. The bylaw would provide businesses selling shark fin products with... Continue Reading
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Why People Should Act More Like Whales
Song of the Spindle is a funny and surprisingly insightful conversation between a man and a whale. It turns out that humans and whales have more in common than one might expect; for example, certain species of whales have spindle neurons — considered to be “the brain cells that make us human.” Seattle-based animator Drew Christie talks about his creative process and recommends a few whale-related books in an interview below. The Atlantic: How did you get into illustration and animation? Drew Christie: I have been drawing since as long as I can remember. My dad used to paint and draw for... Continue Reading
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Baby squirrel has three mamas
It was a beautiful sunny day this Sunday past. A perfect day for a long bike ride. My partner and I decided to venture from the west end of Toronto to the East, to explore the Cabbagetown Art’s and Crafts Sale. In order to get there, we decided to go through Queen’s Park. In the center of the park, we came across a small group of people who seemed to be fawning over something. Upon taking a closer look, we realized it was a baby squirrel. He was quite taken with a young university student, by the name of Elliot.... Continue Reading
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Orphans no more
An inspirational story of human beings are coming to the rescue for baby elephants. The problem of course, is that humans are the reason why baby elephants need rescuing. That’s where the Nairobi nursery of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust comes in. It’s an orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation center, presumably one of the most successful in the world. It takes in elephants from all over Kenya, nurses them until they no longer need milk (and provides them with raincoats!), and slowly reintroduces them to the wild. So far, it has successfully rescued more than a hundred orphans.      ... Continue Reading
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