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Tigers Are Up, Gorillas Are Down

Gorilla Tigers

After conducting numerous government campaigns to save the tiger, wild tigers in India appear to be making a comeback in the battle against extinction. Meanwhile, Ebola is wiping out chimps and gorillas left, right, and center.

India says it now has almost a third more tigers than it did four years ago, citing a number of government initiatives to streamline tiger conservation as the reason behind the increase.

“Our latest estimate today is that India has 70% of the world’s tiger population and we have now 2,226 tigers presently in 47 tiger reserves [up from 1,706 in 2011] and this is a great achievement. It is a net increase of 30% over the last estimation,” Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a statement Monday.

Javadekar said India was willing to donate tiger cubs to the international community and play a key role in global tiger conservation, asserting that tiger conservation practices that had proved successful in India could be adopted elsewhere.

Great job India! Now if only they could put this much effort into reducing their number of rape cases…

But for every uplifting animal story, there’s another one that will bring you back down.

Turns out the Ebola virus is not just a threat to residents of Dallas, but is also wiping out chimps and gorillas. Current estimates suggest a third of the world’s gorillas and chimpanzees have died from Ebola since the 1990s. The virus has no known cure and is as deadly for great apes as it is for humans, with mortality rates as high as 95% for gorillas and 77% for chimpanzees.

Fortunately the solution is straightforward: vaccination. The only catch? There are only experimental vaccinations available and medical research on apes is typically banned or highly restricted because of their cognitive similarity to humans. Apparently vaccinating an endangered species with an untested vaccine isn’t “ethical”. Plus, getting gorillas to wait patiently in a doctor’s office would prove “too difficult”.

But it’s great news about those tigers, eh?

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Sarah Palin Gets in a Dogfight with PETA

Sarah Palin Dogfight with PETA

Sarah Palin is telling PETA to “chill” after the animal rights organization flipped out over photos she posted last week showing her son Trig stepping on the family dog to reach the kitchen sink.

Along with the pictures of the six-year-old using the family dog’s spine as a chair, Palin spewed out some words of wisdom:

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Trig is 6 years old and is a Down Syndrome kid to boot, so using the family dog, oddly named Jill Hadassah, as a booster was probably as innocent as it was instinctive. But taking pictures of your kid doing that because “lol it’s cute” instead of teaching them what is, and what is not, appropriate to climb on? Well, that’s kind of stupid, but it’s hardly breaking news that Sarah Palin made a bad decision.

But much like Sarah Palin, PETA is not one to miss out on an opportunity to bring attention to itself. The organization, outraged that the most intelligent member of the Palin household was being abused, screamed ANIMAL CRUELTY to whoever would listen.

“It’s odd that anyone — let alone a mother — would find it appropriate to post such a thing, with no apparent sympathy for the dog in the photo,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement on Friday. “Then again, PETA, along with everyone else, is used to the hard-hearted, seeming obliviousness of this bizarrely callous woman,” Newkirk said, referring to a 2008 incident where Sarah Palin gave an interview at a farm while turkeys were slaughtered in the background.

Sarah Palin took to Facebook to respond to PETA’s harsh words (and throw a little shade at President Obama while she’s at it…)

“Dear PETA,

Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog,” Palin wrote.

“Did you go as crazy when your heroic Man-of-Your-Lifetime, Barack Obama, revealed he actually enjoyed eating dead dog meat?”

Obama DogYes, it’s true that in President Barack Obama’s bestselling memoir “Dreams From My Father,” Obama writes of eating dog meat when he was a little boy in Indonesia, describing the taste as “tough”. But going from “Obama tried dog as a child during his travels in Indonesia” to “Obama actively enjoys eating dog,” is a pretty big leap. Plus, it’s not like he strapped his family dog’s crate to the roof of the car for a 12-hour drive from Massachusetts to Canada because there was no room in the car and when the dog suffered the runs during the trip he pulled over to hose off the dog and the car…. I believe that was 1983 Mitt Romney.

Anyways, Mama Grizzly continued her PETA tirade:

“Aren’t you the same anti-beef screamers blogging hate from your comfy leather office chairs, wrapped in your fashionable leather belts above your kickin’ new leather pumps you bought because your celebrity idols (who sport fur and crocodile purses) grinned in a tabloid wearing the exact same Louboutins exiting sleek cowhide covered limo seats on their way to some liberal fundraiser shindig at some sushi bar that features poor dead smelly roe (that I used to strip from our Bristol Bay-caught fish, and in a Dillingham cannery I packed those castoff fish eggs for you while laughing with co-workers about the suckers paying absurdly high prices to party with the throw away parts of our wild seafood)? I believe you call those discarded funky eggs “caviar”.

Yeah, you’re real credible on this, PETA. A shame, because I’ll bet we agree on what I hope is the true meaning of your mission – respecting God’s creation and critters.

Our pets, including Trig’s best buddy Jill Hadassah, are loved, spoiled and cared for more than some people care for their fellow man whose politics may not mesh with nonsensical liberally failed ways or don’t fit your flighty standards.

Jill is a precious part of our world. So is Trig.”

Instead of “chilling”, the organization responded by saying that Sarah Palin “knows PETA about as well as she knows geography.”

Since choosing sides in the Sarah Palin/PETA fight is like choosing between… well, Sarah Palin and PETA, I’ll just leave you with this fun trivia tidbit: the Palin family dog is named after Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, and Joe Lieberman’s wife, Hadassah. WTF?!?

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Russian Sex Geckos Die in Orbit

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Russia’s space agency has confirmed that the five geckos, launched into space to test the effects of zero gravity on gecko sex, have died.

The deaths of the sex geckos were discovered when the Foton-M4 satellite carrying the geckoes returned to earth on Monday – with five dead geckos. With four female lizards and one male on board, Russian scientists had hoped to learn how zero gravity would affect the sexual habits of geckos (a very important study). Instead they learned that geckos don’t fare so well in space. The space lizards appeared to have frozen to death after a heating system malfunction, but the Russians won’t confirm an official cause of death.

“We can say with confidence that they died at least a week before the landing because their bodies were partly mummified,” said an official from Russia’s Institute of Medical and Biological Problems.

John Oliver must be devastated. Back in July, when Russia first reported that it had lost contact with the satellite, John Oliver issued a call on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” to save the five gecko cosmonauts. With the hashtag #GoGetThoseGeckos, Oliver urged viewers to write letters to Russian President Vladimir Putin to rescue the lost sex geckos.

On a positive note, the Russians listened to the pleas of the public and they did go get those geckos. But on a not-s0-positive note, they were dead.  #fuckthegeckosdied

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Depressed Polar Bear Wants to Move to Canada

Arturo the Polar Bear

Arturo the polar bear, also known as “the world’s saddest animal”, wants to escape his cramped, concrete enclosure at Argentina’s Mendoza Zoo and move to Canada where the winters are freezing and the maple syrup is plentiful.

After pictures of Arturo the polar bear looking ‘depressed’ in a cramped enclosure were shared online, thousands of worried polar bear lovers have signed an online petition calling for Arturo to be transferred to Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada. Animal rights advocates say Arturo paces nervously in his concrete enclosure and suggest the animal suffers from depression. They say Canada would provide the bear with a “better life” where he can enjoy a cooler climate at the specialist polar bear rehabilitation centre.

But the director of the Mendoza Zoo in western Argentina isn’t feeling the relocation of their only captive polar bear. Claiming that the 28-year-old bear is too old to safely be relocated, the zoo announced that Arturo will stay at Argentina’s Mendoza Zoo, where temperatures can climb to 104F (40C). But don’t worry – Arturo can cool off in his 20-inch-deep pool.

In fact, the sight of Arturo rocking back and forth in the heat is so sad that even former Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has taken up his cause.

“If you love animals the way I do, you’re going to want to sign the petition to save the Argentinean polar bear, Arturo,” Gingrich said. “His current living situation is very sad, and he deserves to be saved.”

Yikes. You know the zoo director is bad news when Newt Gingrich is begging him to show mercy.

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Crocodile vs. Portly Accountant… And Other News

Crocodile vs Accountant

Performing crocodile ‘injured by portly accountant’ in Russian circus accident! You can’t make headlines like that up.

A crocodile for the Soviet Circus was injured Tuesday after the company’s 260-pound accountant fell on it. Apparently the winner of the crocodile vs. portly accountant fight was the portly accountant. After the circus’ bus hit a pothole, the accountant fell on top of the Fedya, a two-meter long crocodile who was sleeping peacefully on a blanket. Fedya was feared for dead but after a three-hour vomiting session, he appeared to be doing better. The accountant only suffered minor injuries and was issued a reprimand for not wearing a seatbelt… and probably for eating too much. Independent 

Rob Ford EscaladeEven when he’s locked up in “rehab”, Toronto mayor Rob Ford still finds a way to use up police resources. Ford’s black Cadillac SUV was seized on Tuesday after Bracebridge police pulled over a 36-year-old woman and arrested her for drunk driving – at 2:30 in the afternoon. The police released a statement saying Lee Anne McRobb of Muskoka Lakes Township was the “lone occupant was found to be impaired by alcohol.” A source at the rehab facility where Ford is receiving treatment told CBC News that McRobb had previously been a patient there, but was discharged in the past five or six days. The two have since become Facebook friends. Still no word on why she was driving Rob Ford’s car, but you know Ford’s at a top-notch rehab facility when their discharged patients wind up in the drunk tank. CBC News

Thailand Coup CrazyOk… so it’s definitely a coup now. After declaring martial law on Tuesday, Thailand’s army denied they were staging a coup d’etat. How can it be a coup if the caretaker government remained in charge? Well, things have escalated a bit since Tuesday. Following months of political turmoil, the Thai military has officially announced it has taken control of the country and suspended the constitution, making it the 19th real or attempted coup since the monarchy fell in 1932. Army General Prayuth Chan-Ocha went on television to announce he’s taken over as prime minister, and to make him extra popular, he also imposed a 22:00 to 05:00 curfew, along with a ban on political gatherings and suspension of normal television programming. BBC News

911 Memorial RestaurantA 9/11 restaurant is leaving a bad taste in New Yorkers’ mouths – and it’s not because the food sucks. The Pavilion Cafe, run by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events, is set to open in the summer in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The menu is expected to offer “an array of local, seasonal fare in a relaxing and comfortable environment.” The restaurant insists they’re not opening for commercial reasons but rather to “create a thoughtful experience and bring our hospitality [to the museum and visitors].” The museum’s hospitality was on display Tuesday night when a VIP dinner was held for wealthy donors to the museum. The VIPs partied near the “remains depository,” where 8,000 unidentified body parts are stored, leaving victim’s families a little peeved. “To have a festive occasion on human remains, it’s repulsive, it’s repugnant,” said construction worker John Feal, a Ground Zero volunteer and activist for 9/11 first responders. NY Post

Moose at TimsIn ultra Canadian news, a northern Ontario man found a baby moose on the side of the highway and did what any red-blooded Canadian would do and brought it to Tim Hortons. “She still had the umbilical cord and was still wet when I found her,” Stephan Michel Desgroseillers. “The wolves would have got to her.” After stopping to share a Tim Hortons coffee and some timbits with the baby moose, Desgroseillers eventually took the 25-pound baby moose to the Wild at Heart Animal Shelter where he is currently being cared for. Canoe

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Cat Hero Saves Child From Dog Attack

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Angry dog roaming the neighbourhood? Slow to react child with leftover food in his pocket? No problem! Family cat to the rescue!

A California boy was viciously attacked by a dog while playing on his bicycle in his driveway. A decidedly hungry  neighbourhood dog ran up to the boy and began gnawing on his leg and dragging him down the driveway. Without any intervention, the situation may have been cat-a-strophic, but luckily, the boy’s family cat, Tara, was there to save the day.

Tara the cat hero comes out of nowhere and jumps in front of the dog – chasing the animal from her family’s property. I have a feeling that dog won’t be bothering them any more (mainly because it might have to be put down…)

ABC23reports that the kid needed a few stitches and perhaps a rabies shot, but things could have been a lot worse had Tara the hero cat not intervened in the suburban driveway drama.

When asked about her loyalty to the child, Tara the cat replied “Child? There was a child there? I saw a fucking dog, I attacked. Tara looks out for Tara.”

Cats will be cats!

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German Police Hunt Flamingo Killer

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German police are racing to catch a killer responsible for the death of 15 flamingos at the Frankfurt Zoo, where some of the creatures were beheaded as they slept.

The flamingo killer(s) struck twice over the course of two nights. Zoo workers found nine of the pink birds’ mutilated bodies on Friday and six more on Saturday – even after security was beefed up following the first attack. Some of the birds appeared to be stabbed to death while others had their heads cut or torn off. Unfortunately (for the birds), flamingos don’t normally cry out when they’re being assaulted, so the guards weren’t alerted to the attacks.

The zoo director announced on Monday that autopsies were underway to figure out how the Chilean flamingos, which were each worth around $1500, were killed. The birds appeared to have animal bite marks on them, most likely from a fox – a very sly fox. But the bite marks could have been made post-mortem, so the zoo is not ruling out a human killer at this point – especially since it’s unlikely that a knife-wielding fox caused the stab wounds found on some of the birds.

In 2007, three flamingos at the same zoo died in a similar manner. The seven-year-old case, in which three of the birds’ heads had been torn from their bodies and a fourth bird was strangled, is still unresolved. So what we’re looking at here is a serial flamingo killer: The Flamingo Fumigator?

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Danish People REALLY Hate Giraffes… And Other News

Lion eating giraffe Danish Zoo

Not another giraffe! Just days after the Copenhagen zoo shot a perfectly healthy giraffe named Marius, dissected it in front of children, and fed its remains to some hungry lions, another Danish zoo announced that it plans to kill another giraffe (also named Marius…).

Not on Jack Hanna’s watch. The emeritus director of the Columbus Zoo, who was devastated by Marius #1’s death, rushed to collect money after hearing Jyllands Park Zoo planed to kill giraffe number two. So far Hanna has raised more than $100,000 to bring the Danish giraffe to Ohio. “No matter what kind of living creatures you have in a zoo, there’s a responsibility for zookeepers to take care of them throughout their lifetime,” Hanna said. “If we don’t do that, we shouldn’t have zoos.” Columbus Dispatch

Porn AddictionSorry Jesse James, porn addiction isn’t a thing. New research outlined in Current Sexual Health Reports suggests that being addicted to porn might not be real after all. Dr. David Ley claims that there is no strong evidence to prove that a person can be addicted to pornography and after reviewing current studies into pornography addiction, it turns out that only 27 percent of them contain actual data. Much of the past research on the so-called addiction is plagued by poor experimental design and faulty methodologies. But Dr. Ley is definitely pro-porn, suggesting that not only are there are no negative side effects for a person who excessively uses porn but that porn can actually improve attitudes to sexuality, increase quality of life and pleasure in long-term relationships, and lead to a decrease in sexual offences. The Independent 

TransgenderTransgendered Facebook users can now go from “it’s complicated” to describing themselves as androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid or transsexual. The social network is rolling out 50 different terms users can chose to identify themselves as, along with three pronouns: him, her, or them. “There’s going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing, but for the few it does impact, it means the world,” said Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison, who worked on the project and is herself undergoing gender transformation, from male to female. It’s estimated that 700,000 individuals in the U.S. identify as transgender – most of whom probably have Facebook accounts. ABC News

Japanese BeethovenThe “Beethoven of Japan” is a total phony! Mamoru Samuragochi, Japan’s musical genius, has been lying to the public all along. It turns out that the supposedly deaf composer doesn’t even write his own music AND he’s not really deaf. A week after Samuragochi shocked the nation by admitting he had a ghost writer, he revealed his second deepest, darkest secret: “The truth is that recently I have begun to hear a little again.” The classical musician said he had suffered hearing loss when he began paying a part-time university professor to write music under his name. Eighteen years later – the truth comes out. Too bad Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahashi is about to use “his” music for his short program at the Olympics. The Guardian

Rand Paul LawsuitWell this is just stupid. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is suing President Obama and other top national security officials over the government’s sweeping electronic surveillance program leaked by Edward Snowden. The Kentucky libertarian announced he and a prominent Tea Party group had filed a “historic” civil action on behalf of “everyone in America that has a phone.” The lawsuit alleges that the National Security Agency is violating the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution by collecting American’s meta-data. If anyone should be sued it’s Rand Paul – for plagiarism. I mean, he’s even been accused of plagiarizing the Obama lawsuit! CNN

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Putin Trained His Snow Leopard Well…

Vladimir Putin Snow Leopard

Vladimir Putin’s snow leopard “friend” attacked two journalists moments before cuddling with the Russian President.

While on a tour of a Persian leopard sanctuary ahead of the Winter Games in Sochi, a leopard cub became agitated and attacked two journalists, scratching one on the hand and biting another on the knee. While lesser men stood back in fear, Putin, ever the rugged outdoorsman, stepped in to calm the leopard down with a series of cuddles.

Snow Leopard“We made friends,” he said, completely at ease with the 6-month-old leopard. “I like animals, it seems I have a feeling for them. We liked each other.”

In response to criticisms from environmentalists accusing the Russian authorities of damaging Sochi’s natural environment during the construction of the Games, Putin is eager to show that the construction efforts have actually improved the environmental situation in Sochi – for the snow leopards at least.

Yes, snow leopards are apparently Putin’s latest pet project. The Russian President is working to re-introduce the great Persian leopard to southern Russia where they became extinct in 1970.

“We’ve decided to restore the population of the snow leopard because of the Olympic Games,” Putin said. “Let’s say that because of the Olympic Games, we have restored parts of the destroyed nature.”

So, restore the snow leopards but kill all the stray dogs?

Via: The Telegraph 

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Not Welcome in Sochi: Gays and Stray Dogs

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In some non-gay rights related Sochi news, Russia is planning a mass killing of stray dogs in preparation for the Winter Olympic Games.

Thousands of stray dogs have been living amid the mud and rubble of Sochi’s Olympic construction sites, roaming the streets for some food and a few pats. But the Olympic organizers are concerned these strays could become an eye sore to visiting tourists and athletes so they’ve turned to a new company to dispose of the problem.

A pest control company revealed it had a contract to exterminate or “catch and dispose” of stray dogs throughout the Olympics. After a stray dog interrupted last week’s dress rehearsal for the Olympic opening ceremony, Olympic authorities decided enough was enough and told the local pest control company to up their dog killing game.

Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya Services, said his company is involved in what he described as the “catching and disposing” of dogs – an apparently common practice in Russia. Sorokin refused to reveal how the dogs were being killed and what was being done with their carcasses, but he did stress that dogs pose a major safety hazard.

Thousands of stray dogs are roaming the streets of Sochi, Sorokin said, and some of them are “biting children.”

“A dog ran into the Fisht Stadium, we took it away,” he said. “God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country.”

I think it’s a little too late to be worrying about Russia disgracing itself at the Olympics… but perhaps a shelter would be a slightly more humane way of dealing with the issue?

Last year, when Sochi initially announced a contract “to catch and dispose” of stray dogs, animal activists lost their sh*t. In fact, so much sh*t was lost that the authorities decided to forgo poisoning the animals and instead build animal shelters for the stray dogs. After all, I’m sure they could spare some of the $51 billion Olympic budget for a few shelters. But activists say there is no evidence that a shelter has been built – but there is plenty of evidence that a pest control firm was awarded a contract to dispose of the dogs.

An Olympic official has finally responded to the new reports of stray dogs being euthanized in preparation for the Games, saying the animals are instead being “relocated.” Relocated to a mass grave far away from the Olympic tourists…

Via: NY Daily News

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