Family’s pet dog undergoes sex change after born with male and female organs

A canine hermaphrodite has successfully undergone the rare operation of a sex change and has made a complete recovery. Molly, a Jack Russell terrier, was born with both female and male body organs. Shortly after Mary and Frank Finlay, from Glasgow, brought their puppy home, they began to notice some unusual habits whenever the dog would go outside to relieve herself. According to the Telegraph, not only would she squat to urinate, but at times she would also lift her leg. (now mind you she was thought to be a female puppy)

Concerned with Molly’s unusual behavior, the doting couple brought her to their vet, Ross Allan who discovered she was intersex, with elements of both male and female external genitalia. MRI scans and X-rays revealed her internal sexual organs were that of a male; she had testicles in the place of her ovaries within her abdomen.

Sadly, her condition had been causing her “significant” pain and abrasions – prompting the operation to improve the puppy’s quality of life.

“Her particular anatomy meant that whilst Molly appeared to be a female, closer examination revealed elements of both male and female external genitalia, and unfortunately this was leading to significant genital discomfort. If left untreated, this risked her developing a long-term and debilitating condition. We decided that the very best solution for Molly was to proceed with definitive surgery to create an anatomical situation which would avoid ongoing issues or discomfort.”

Molly’s surgeon removed her male parts and created an opening where her female genitalia would have been located. Her devoted family is ecstatic, and have not noticed any changes in the way their dog acts. Dr. Allan said Molly is now 18-months-old and acts like any other loving dog. Although quite rare, in most cases, hermaphrodites are just as loving and adorable.

(Photo screenshot of dog that underwent sex change via the Telegraph and family submitted photo)

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United Airlines in the hot seat again after death of giant rabbit

United Airlines, which was recently in the news for the controversial forced removal of passenger Dr. David Dao, is in the hot seat once again after a giant rabbit died while in the company’s care. According to CNBC News, a 10-month-old  Continental Giant breed rabbit named “Simon” was being flown from Heathrow Airport to Chicago, Illinois, but he died before the journey was completed.

Simon, who was owned by breeder and former model, Annette Edwards, was en route to his new home in the United States – he had been purchased by an un-named “celebrity” who paid a hefty price for the bunny who was on track to become the world’s largest rabbit.

According to the Daily Mail, United informed Edwards that Simon survived the flight, but died while being held in a storage room at O’Hare International Airport. Edwards had taken the rabbit for a complete health exam shortly before the journey – she has stated that he was in “perfect” condition.

United Airlines has commented on the rabbit’s untimely demise:

We were saddened to hear this news. The safety and well-being of all the animals that travel with us is of the utmost importance to United Airlines and our PetSafe team.

‘We have been in contact with our customer and have offered assistance. We are reviewing this matter.’

(Screenshot via CNBC)



Chicago woman loses lawsuit demanding no dogs in condo elevator rides

The wife of a prominent attorney will have to continue to share the elevator rides from her penthouse residence with dogs after losing a federal lawsuit against the Union Square Condominium Association. Holl Geraci, wife of bankruptcy attorney Peter F. Geraci had filed a housing discrimination lawsuit in 2015 claiming her fear of dogs was covered under the Fair Housing Act.

According to the Chicago Tribune,  the jury ruled in favor of the condo association. Holly claimed she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after having been attacked by a German shepherd when she was a child. She maintained riding the elevator with large dogs frightened her.

“They didn’t believe that Holly Geraci actually suffered from a disability as it’s defined by the Fair Housing Act,” Graham Miller, an attorney representing the condo association, said Monday.

In 2000, when the Geracis moved into the posh development, there were no dogs allowed, however the association made an exception for their senior dog who weighed ten pounds. By 2004, the building opened their doors for all dogs – no breed exceptions. After that, Holly filed several complaints with the board asking that she be able to ride the elevator without dogs – which would have entailed owners or dog walkers having to get off the elevator whenever Geraci decided to leave or enter the building.

In 2013, Holly became entangled in a physical altercation with a dog walker that later resulted in Holly losing and the plaintiff being awarded $275,000 in damages.

The Geracis have since purchased a 6,000 square foot penthouse at the Ritz Carlton; no dogs allowed.

(Photo via woman suing for dogs on elevator rides via Facebook)

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Herd comes to rescue of young elephant when its trunk is grabbed by crocodile

An elephant herd took revenge on an attacking crocodile one week ago, while a young elephant was drinking water at a lake in Liwonde National Park in Malawi and a crocodile leaped out of the water and grabbed the elephant’s trunk. According to the eyewitness, Alexander Makanga, who recorded the entire frightening event, stated initially the others backed away as the young elephant shook his trunk frantically back and forth to get the reptile to release him.

And then came a member of the herd who delivered a powerful blow to the offending beast by charging at it and knocking it back to the ground.

 “I did not realize the severity of the situation until I had finished recording. Absolutely insane. This happened just few meters from the boat,” wrote Makanga online, who now lives in the United Kingdom and is a biomedical scientist.

According to Makanga’s Facebook page, the entire herd trumpeted all at once seemingly to signal the baby elephant was safe and there wasn’t anything else to see.

It may be the reptiles have been all meeting their formidable opponents lately and have been losing in the fight to kill large prey. Just last week a wild horse in Gainesville, Florida kicked the scales off of an alligator protecting his herd. As has been said for those keeping scores – animals – 2 and reptiles – 0.

Check out Alexander Makanga’s YouTube of the scary encounter: (Lucky baby elephant for sure!)





Clever Great Pyrenees who engineered his own escape found safe

“General,” a ten-year-old very clever Great Pyrenees used his nose and his mouth to engineer his own escape on Monday night from a Virginia animal hospital while his human family had been away visiting relatives.

According to FoxNews, General left the Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital through the clinic’s back door at around 4:17 a.m. Surveillance video from inside the animal hospital shows the dog opening the latch to his kennel and opening three other doors to eventually escape. And according to General’s owner, Travis Campbell, his dog is indeed quite the Houdini who knows how to open a lot of doors.

“Basically, he spent a night and a half rehearsing trying to figure out how to open the door from the inside, which is how he got a little scratch on his nose,” Campbell said. “It’s a trick to lift the latch from the inside and he figured it out and pushed on the door. 

Thankfully, General was brought back to the animal hospital safely on Monday evening. A neighbor spotted the dog lying in the nearby neighborhood. So much for General’s 15 hour adventure. By the way, General is a rescue the family adopted nearly five years ago. He has become part of the family – six children missed him and are just glad he’s home.

(Photos of Great Pyrenees General via Aqyua-Garrisonville Animal Hospital)





Neglected Shetland pony’s hooves not trimmed for 10 years

A neglected Shetland pony’s hooves had not been trimmed for 10 years. Hidden away in a shed where no one could see him, after a decade of neglect, he could barely walk. When rescued by the Animaux en Péril, the starving pony weighed 150 pounds; a healthy pony should weigh 450 pounds. Both the pony and a malnourished horse had been living in a makeshift tiny shelter where they stood on a two-foot heap of manure for the past few months. The pony’s hooves were so long they curled around at 540 degrees – rescuers had never encountered neglect like this in the past.

Animaux en Peril (Animals in Danger) operating in Belgium, took custody of the two animals when their owner decided to surrender them. Dubbed Poly and Everest, rescuers were shocked when  they first saw the animals and the horrible conditions they had been forced to live. On the organization’s Facebook page, advocates gasped at the photos of the pony on his arrival:

“We’ve seen our lot of neglected and overgrown hooves, sometimes with rotations of 180°, but the 540° (one and a half turns) spiral that we saw here was a shocking first in our 24 year career.”
As well as the deformed hooves,  bothPoly and Everest had been covered with lice and each registered a body index of a “1” out of “5.” Staff immediately trimmed and repaired Poly’s hooves, shampooed the duo and sheared them to get rid of any lice. Both welcomed the warm coats they were able to wear and their recovery has been remarkable, although “after” photos show Poly’s joints have been severely affected by the long-term negligence. Follow their rehabilitation on the organization’s Facebook.
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(Photos of pony’s hooves not trimmed for 10 years courtesy of Facebook’s Animaux en Peril)
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Fish or human? Police need to ID woman claiming to be a mermaid

Is she a fish, a human, or something in between? A woman, who refers to herself by the name of Joanna, was found this week in Fresno County, California, and she claims to be a mermaid, reported ABC 7 News.

The woman, who was only partially clothed, was wet when she was discovered in the early morning hours, wandering down the middle of Millerton Road. “She was wet, she said she had been in the lake, said she needed help and needed to be taken to the hospital,” said Fresno Police Lt. Mark Hudson.

The authorities have not been able to identify the woman by her fingerprints – an odd detail of this rather strange story is a physical characteristic of the unidentified girl – she has webbed toes on both of her feet. It seems to be a rather fishy tail…a mystery that the police hope to solve. Anyone with information about Joanna should call the Fresno Police Department at (559) 621-2455.

(Images Fresno PD and Wikipedia Free Commons)




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Lost shepherd shows up at owner’s door four years after she disappeared

What could be more surprising when Joel McDonald opened his front door on Tuesday and saw a dog waiting there very similar in appearance to his lost shepherd, Molly who disappeared four years ago?

“I didn’t know for sure, but I thought it,” the Rowan County, North Carolina man told WBTV News late last week. “And she just came and put her head in my lap and I said, ‘Oh my.'”

Although Joel was pretty sure the dog was Molly, he took her to Animal Care Center of Salisbury to have her microchip checked, and when the attendant looked up at Joel confirming the identity of the German shepherd as Molly, he was absolutely convinced. When the dog disappeared, Joel and Carolyn McDonald searched for her for weeks, but eventually gave up hope of ever seeing their best friend again.

The happy family has now been reunited, and although Joel has asked Molly where she has been, he says she just won’t answer.


Welcome home Molly. And another reason to never give up hope.

(Photo of lost shepherd screenshot via WBTVNews)

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Parrot accidentally poisons dogs after feeding them grapes

In Eastbourne, United Kingdom, Peaches the parrot accidentally poisoned her canine house mates by mimicking the owner’s voice, calling the three dogs over by name and then feeding them grapes. The African Grey graciously shared her snacks last week with the Maltese pooches Boris and Cassidy and a Shih Tzu and Pug mix named Gus when no one was home.

According to the Eastbourne Herald, when the pets’ owner returned home and found her dogs in distress, she noticed the grapes were missing. Knowing the fruit contains a substance that can cause acute renal failure in dogs, she rushed the three dogs to Portland Vets in East Grinstead. There the dogs were immediately treated with activated charcoal to prevent absorption into the dogs’ stomach and intestines and treated them with intravenous fluids to flush their systems. Fortunately Boris, Cassidy and Gus are expected to make a full recovery. Quick action taken by the owner is what saved the lives of the dogs.

As for Peaches, her owner Helen Finch, says her bird has the run of the house and flies wherever she wants. Looking forward to the future however, there will no longer be any grapes left in the house.

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(Photo of parrot screenshot via Eastbourne Herald)

Warning: Dog died after eating corn cob found while on her walk

A two-year-old dog died after ingesting a corn cob she picked up while on her walk. Devastated owner, Joanne Palmer, 46, from Chester, Cheshire in the United Kingdom had no idea her dog Saffy, had eaten the vegetable until a week later when her dog became deathly ill and died; the corn cob had ripped through her internal organs.

According to the Daily Mail, Joanne had no idea how deadly the vegetable could be and is now urging everyone to be very careful and dispose of corn cobs properly, so what happened to her tiny Cavachon won’t happen to another dog. The tragic story of Saffy has gone viral after Joanne’s post on Facebook:

“Saffy must have eaten the corn on the cob while we were out on a walk. She was fine until one week later when she began violently vomiting at home. Both myself and husband, Johnny, 42, first thought she had been poisoned. The vets told us they could feel something hard in her stomach and prepared to operate. But unbeknownst to us, the core of a cob had travelled through her intestines like a cheese grater. And despite their best efforts, she started to bleed and died later that day. We were left heartbroken, and it wasn’t until last week that we found out it was due to a lodged cob. We had to pay extra for a toxicology report, but I’m so thankful we now know her cause of death so we can warn other owners.”

Since posting Saffy’s story, Joanne’s post has been shared more than 20,000 times. Dog owners all know how quickly our four-legged friends can slip something they’re not supposed to have in their mouths while out on their walks. People throw food around and dogs – with their terrific sense of smell, can find so many “delightful to them morsels” to chomp on. Maybe this corn cob became fatal to Saffy because she was so small, but why take a chance? Be safe – keep your eye on Fido at all times.

(Photo of Saffy via Facebook)

Rest in peace Saffy.

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