Majestic white giraffes spotted and captured on video

In Kenya, a pair of rare white giraffes were spotted and their majestic movements have been captured on video. The giraffes, a mom and her baby, have white skin because of a genetic condition known as lueucism which prevents pigmentation in the skin cells – causing the skin to turn pale and white.

According to the Wild Nature Institute, another rare and beautiful calf lives in Tarangire National Park and recent reports have confirmed she is doing well. The latest report states these two were seen walking around the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservatory, and the mother giraffe appears to recognize she is being filmed and looks directly into the camera.

The Hirola Conservancy, said this was the first time the white giraffes had been spotted by rangers and villagers alike.

“The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signalling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes,” the blog read.

This is the first time the beautiful animals are believed to have ever been caught on video. 

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(Photos and video screenshots of white giraffes courtesy of Hirola Conservancy)

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Dogs left behind on Barbuda after Hurricane Irma struggle to survive

The entire population of 1,800 on the Island of Barbuda has been evacuated to Antiqua, but the most vulnerable have been left to struggle behind. Days after Hurricane Irma destroyed homes and lives, the hasty exodus left behind cats, dogs, horses and herds of farm animals – no food or water in sight for these poor souls to survive.

According to Time, a few trucks driven by volunteer organizations, having been trying to help. More than a 100 hungry dogs, feared to resorting to acting feral because they are so hungry, jumped at the food being thrown their way.

The Category 5 storm destroyed the island – no more palm fronds, wrecked homes, roofs collapsed and an island in crisis waiting for government intervention to prevent the rampant spread of disease like Zika or typhoid keeps local citizens from trying to rebuild their island comprised of 62-square miles. Officials hesitate to allow residents back onto the island.

Sadly, without their owners, the dogs are starving to death. Karen Corbin, the President of the Antiqua and Barbuda Humane Society states the feral dogs will eventually attack horses, goats and other farm animals to survive. World Animal Protection has teamed up with Corbin to help.

“Barbuda was completely destroyed,” Karen says. “All the people were evacuated to Antigua and the animals are alone. There are dead animals everywhere and the smell is overpowering. I saw dogs and pigs starting to act feral and threaten other animals.”

“I saw a lot of baby goats and sheep and they are foraging along with horses and donkeys what little grass is left. I’m worried that the dogs and even pigs will start hunting or harassing the farm animals. We need to get in there and separate the dogs first – put them somewhere as a temporary shelter and feed them.

“Then we need to think of how to help the farm livestock, whether it’s food, emergency veterinary care or shelter. This is a long-term project – the animal needs cannot be overstated.”

Meanwhile volunteers have been walking through the island trying to help residents who were forced to evacuate without their companions reunite pets and parents.

“Our team has been driving around Barbuda giving abandoned, needy animals food and water.

We took Ivory the dog, Irma the kitten, and Tiger the cat to Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society, where they’ll be safe and able to recover.

Some evacuated pet owners gave a list of names of the animals’ they wanted us to find. Ivory the dog is one of these, so he’ll soon be reunited with his family. Others will eventually be rehomed.”

Check out some of the rescue stories on the organization’s Facebook page. There are heroes everywhere. Stop by their page and thank them for helping if you get a chance.

Your support could help save scared and starving animals in Barbuda and other hurricane-ravaged islands. It’s a race against the clock but, together, we can help them through the worst. Click here to Donate now. 

(Photos of animals struggle to survive via Facebook and World Animal Protection)

 

 

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Texas animal shelter receives personal donation from President Trump

An animal shelter in Houston, Texas, has announced the receipt of a personal donation from President Trump, and his wife, Melania. On Thursday, the Houston Humane Society made an official announcement about the donation:

The donation check arrived yesterday, and it included a wonderful note as well.

The shelter expressed gratitude for the money received:

We are incredibly honored to be one of only 2 animal welfare groups, and the only non-national, to be chosen to receive a personal donation of $25,000 by President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to help the Houston Humane Society continue our efforts in rescuing, treating, caring, and housing animals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Sherry Ferguson, Executive Director for the Houston Humane Society, stated:

“Animals are truly non-partisan members of society, can use help from both sides of the aisle. Our shelter is so grateful for the first family’s decision to make animals a top priority as Houstonians work to rebuild our city from the devastation left behind by Harvey.”

The animal shelter has stated that the funds from the President and First Lady will be used to help pets and their human parents in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. As to the method (via Facebook) which the animal shelter selected to share the news, the Houston Humane Society stated:

We were contacted by multiple news outlets and many concerned supporters asking us to verify if the donation was real. This seemed the easiest method to update everyone at once.

(Image via Houston Humane Society)

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Strange fanged creature washes up on Texas beach

When a strange fanged creature washed up on a beach in Texas after Hurricane Harvey, Preeti Desai, who found it, was so astounded, she posted the photos on Twitter and asked for help identifying the decaying fish.

Preeti posted several photos and below came the caption:

“Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?”

Of course, the creature’s photos went viral, and according to the Twitter chain of explanations, biologist and eel specialist Dr. Kenneth Tighe responded stating he thought is a fangtooth snake-eel. He did say it might also have been a garden or conger eel – since “all three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth.” Also known as a “tusky eel,” the species is usually found in deep water in the western Atlantic ocean.

Preeti was very curious when she saw the creature – obviously having been washed up to the beach after the hurricane by the strong winds, and since she had never seen anything like it, was very eager to find out what it was. She posted the photos on Twitter knowing that many scientists do follow the social media accounts as she follows many researchers also.

The eel was left on the beach “to let nature take its course.”

(Photos of fanged creature that washed on shore via Twitter)

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Arrested: Video captures heartless owner abandon dog in southern Dallas

A video, recorded by cameras installed by the Dallas County Marshall’s Office, captured a man stopping his car near Teagarden Road at Dowdy Ferry Road abandoning a one-year-old mixed breed female dog. On Monday, September 11, George Spears turned himself into authorities after an arrest warrant was issued by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the SPCA of Texas on a charge of animal cruelty. Spears has since been charged with a Class A misdemeanor for abandoning a dog.

According to the SPCA of Texas, this is the first time  cameras have captured an incident of alleged animal cruelty which has led to an arrest, and now marks the beginning of a close partnership between the SPCA of Texas and the Dallas Marshall’s Office in ongoing efforts to crack down on the epidemic animal cruelty and abandonment cases in the Dowdy Ferry areas. In addition, Dowdy Ferry Animal Commissions cameras also recorded the alleged crime and the hidden camera showed the dog being dumped as well.

The black and white pup, since dubbed Claira-Belle, was discovered and cared for by rescuers on August 5; she was  picked up by Dallas Animal Services in the early morning hours on August 6. The SPCA of Texas received information concerning the case on August 18 and instituted an investigation. Claira-Belle was transferred to the SPCA of Texas and has since been adopted.

Spears admitted he abandoned the dog, and told authorities he had been helping his sister by getting rid of the dog because she was unable to control her pet.

Let’s hope authorities pursue the harshest punishment as permitted by law and help to stop the heartbreaking crimes of pet abandonment in this community.

Photos and video via SPCA of Texas.

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Update: Killer whale Lolita left outside at Miami Seaquarium during Irma

On a good day, without a Category 4 Hurricane looming in the forecast, Lolita’s tank at the Miami Seaquarium has been described as “woefully small.” A recent audit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture determined the tank may not even meet size requirements for the captive whale – restricting “her freedom of movement.” And to think that Lolita could have been unable to dive and escape any hazards expected by Hurricane Irma.

According to the Miami News Times, the 21-foot-long blackfish, Lolita the Orca, survived the ordeal despite having been abandoned in the tank that was less than four times her body length and barely covered by a flimsy tin roof.

“She should have been moved, no questions asked,” says former SeaWorld trainer, Dr. Jeffrey Ventre. “It was criminal animal negligence or animal cruelty.”

Ventre stated there were many potentially fatal injuries that could have happened during the storm including flying debris, blunt force trauma, stress, as well as contaminated water. What if the tank collapsed Ventre opined; Lolita could have been sliced, crushed or trapped. And then there was the storm surge to consider.

Drone footage captured by local orca activist Lincoln O’Barry, after the storm showed Lolita alive, swimming in murky waters. There have been criticisms of the video footage however, stating it was taken in the past – and is not a reflection of Sunday’s storm. Sadly, according to Ventre, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in charge of enforcing animal welfare laws, have made no moves to help Lolita. Her plight has been compared to a tied up dog left alone during the most frightful storm in Florida’s history.

For 47 years, Lolita has been held captive. The Dolphin Project, along with other local animal activist groups, have continuously advocated for Lolita’s retirement to a natural sea-pen; described as a more humane and safer option than her current cement water prison.

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Woman claims Starbucks scalding hot tea killed her dog

A Colorado woman has filed suit against coffee-giant Starbucks, alleging that their scalding hot tea killed her dog. According to Monday’s KDVR News, 58-year-old Deanna Salas-Solano of Denver alleges that she received a 20-ounce cup of tea that was given to her with an unsecured lid.

Salas-Solano claims that the scalding liquid spilled on her body, melting her clothes and causing significant burns. The woman has stated that when she was burned, she screamed and her dog, Alexander, jumped on her and was burned when she spilled more of the hot tea.

Though the dog was rushed to an emergency veterinarian, he died – apparently from the burns. The dog’s owner also required emergency medical treatment, including surgery, for the second-degree burns.

Starbucks has released a statement about the incident and they claim that they have video evidence which proves that Salas-Solano is not telling the truth about what happened on the day that she was burned. Starbucks stated:

 “We have video evidence that clearly contradicts the claims made by the plaintiff and believe they are without merit. We look forward to presenting our case in court. While we are sympathetic to Ms. Salas-Solano and the injuries she sustained, we don’t have any reason to believe our partner (employee) was at fault.”

Salas-Solano is seeking $100,000 in damages from Starbucks.

(Image via Pixabay free images)

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Update on ‘abandoned animals’ at Homestead, Florida, farm

On Saturday, NBC Miami published a video of animals which were supposedly abandoned on a farm in Homestead, Florida, as Hurricane Irma quickly approached. The video, initially viewed by thousands of people on Facebook after a passerby uploaded video of the concerning situation, led to a great deal of worry and outrage.

On Sunday, the Facebook page for Robert is Here Fruit Stand and Farm, posted photos of the farm animals and a statement that all were safe after Hurricane Irma passed by:

UPDATE: Our Emergency protocols were successful! All of our livestock are hale and hearty. While we had a couple of downed trees (upon which they are happily munching) their barns remain intact.

Prior to the good news about the animals being safe after the storm, the Facebook page for the farm addressed concerns over the welfare of the so-called “abandoned animals.”

We thank you all for your concerns. Robert has personally check on the livestock every 2 hours today and will continue to do so. Robert Is Here was not located in an evacuation zone, so the concern of storm surge is not valid.

Our animals were NEVER tied up and will never be tied up. The strap that was mentioned to have been used to tie up the goat was a tie down strap for a newly planted Rainbow Eucalyptus tree that broke in half, not a teather for a goat.

We have been a proud member of this community with this business for 57 years and have weathered many storms. We are so very thankful that this storm has shifted away from us, and we pray for the safety of everyone in its path.

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Manatees get help after being stranded by Hurricane Irma

When winds from Hurricane Irma literally sucked the water from areas around Tampa Bay, some Manatees were left stranded on the sand. Early Sunday, Facebook user Michael Sechler described what he and his friends discovered:

#Irma has started here in Florida. Went out to the bay and saw two objects out where the water receded, so we took off our shoes and walked out through the shells to find two beached manatees. One wasn’t moving, the other was breathing and had water in its eyes. My friends and I couldn’t move these massive animals ourselves, and we called every service we could think of, but no one answered. We gave them as much water as we could, hoping the rain and storm surge come soon enough to save them

Hope was not lost for the manatees – a group of good Samaritans went to the drained area with tarps and managed to save the sea cows. Facebook user Marcelo Clavijo uploaded photos and a video of the rescue effort. Clavijo explained:

Getting a lil stir crazy so we went for a ride and Went to check the bay at the end of Whitfield the tide was sucking the bay dry which stranded 2 manatees on the flats so we went for a ride and ended up saving 2 manatees with a hand full of people and 2 of manatees finest that were knee deep in mud right next to us it was a pretty cool experience, we rolled them on the tarp and then dragged them a 100 yrds it was crazy, now back to reality of a hurricane coming #manateelivesmatter

Great job to everyone involved!!

(Screenshot Facebook Michael Sechler)

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Firefighters jump in to save drowning dog from canal just before Hurricane Irma

In Deerfield Beach, Florida, firefighters jumped into action on Saturday to save a drowning dog struggling to survive in a canal. Late in the afternoon, the Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue crew received a call about the dog in the canal located near the 3900 block of N.W. 31st Avenue.

“The dog was about 1,000 yards down the canal,” reported spokesperson Mike Jachles. “They sent a firefighter in; he swam out to where the dog was. When he got to the dog, he was very fatigued and almost ready to go under.”

The firefighter was able to pull the dog to safety after swimming out approximately 1,000 yards into the canal. The poor pup collapsed when brought to safety on the shore, but “he finally came to a little while later,” stated Jachles. According to the Palm Beach Post, the dog has since been reunited with his owner – somehow the pooch escaped from his home and obviously didn’t figure out the safest route home.

Many thanks to the firefighters who jumped into the canal to save this pup.

(Photos of firefighters rescue drowning dog from canal via Twitter)

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