Rare Kemps Ridley turtle strangled by string from beach chair

On Saturday morning, the Fort Morgan Share the Beach Facebook page posted a heartbreaking photo of a Kemps Ridley turtle lying upside down on the edge of the ocean, strangled to death by the string of a beach chair around its neck.

“This Kemps Ridley which is on the endangered list was found this morning with this chair around its neck. This makes me so mad. How many hundreds of times do we have to ask people to pick their stuff up? It should just be common decency. I think I am going to print this out and carry it with me the next time I have to ask,” the Facebook post added beneath the photo.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle is classified as critically endangered.

“REASONS FOR CURRENT STATUS: The decline of this species is primarily due to human activities, including the direct harvest of adults and eggs and incidental capture in commercial fishing operations. Today, under strict protection, we are cautiously optimistic that the population is on its way to recovery.”

The beach chair had been in the water for awhile since it had barnacles on it, and most likely the turtle became entangled while out in the ocean, but that doesn’t exclude the responsibility visitors and beach goers have for cleaning up their belongings and trash before they leave.

Sadly, this endangered turtle’s death was 100 percent avoidable. When will humans learn to respect those with whom we share our planet? Please share this everywhere and hope it makes a difference.

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Outrageous: Lion kept in narrow glass box to amuse cafe customers

A young lion kept in a narrow glass box to amuse cafe customers has caused social media outrage with viewers calling the action  animal cruelty. Experts contend holding the lion in a confined space causes unnecessary stress and suffering.

According to the Mirror, the cafe, called Mevzoo located in Istanbul, Turkey, has other animals including horses, birds, rabbits, flamingos and a crocodile and represents itself as being an animal rehabilitation center. Video appearing on Instagram showed the big cat pacing back and forth in a space barely wider than the lion himself. The lion followed a little girl on the other side of the glass as the child walked up and down. In another video, the cat followed a man walking by.

More than 2,700 people have signed a petition against the cafe keeping the animals so confined. One report stated customers could feed the lion through a small hole in the window.

“Is this a joke?,” one viewer asked. “What is called humanity is maybe not a good word as we think.”

The Mevzoo keeps most of the animals in cages under the cafe in a “zoo” registered with the Turkish Ministry of Forestry. During an investigation, however this week, it has been reported the owner of the cafe was ordered to dismantle the glass cage within three months. Let’s see if it happens. Shame on this cafe.

(Photos via Instagram)

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Three poachers out to kill rhinos eaten by pride of hungry lions

The scattered remains of three poachers sneaking into the Sibuya Game Reserve in Eastern Province, South Africa to slaughter rhinos were found on Tuesday  and assumed to have been eaten by a pride of hungry lions.

According to Newsweek, police made the grim discovery in the area of the lion camp. A head and bloodied body parts were recovered next to three pairs of empty shoes. A staff helicopter has been searching the area for more hunters, and it is not known if they are dead or alive.

“… They came heavily armed with hunting rifles and axes which we have recovered and enough food to last them for several days so we suspect they were after all of our rhino here,” stated the reserve’s owner Nick Fox. “They were clearly intent on killing rhinos and cutting off their horns. But the lions are our watchers and guardians and they picked the wrong pride and became a meal.”

The game reserve is one of the most popular vacation and wildlife viewing attractions in the Eastern Cape. The reserve is home to rhinos,  lions, elephants, buffalo and leopards. In 2016, the reserve was attacked by poachers who killed three rhinos and cut off their horns.

This time the animals won.

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Salt River abandoned newborn foal rescued has stolen our hearts

In Mesa, Arizona, an abandoned newborn foal was rescued on Tuesday by the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group. According to organization’s Facebook page, local teens called the hotline after finding the premature foal.

“A call to our hotline yesterday resulted in our fieldteam rushing out Coon Bluff, where a couple of kids had found a tiny newborn all alone and unable to get up. After finding out from an alert bystander that the tiny baby had already been there for at least 6 hours without a mare, we rushed it to the hospital (since newborns can die quickly without receiving mothersmilk in triple digit temparatures). The rest of our fieldteam stayed behind to search for a possible mother.”

Although the foal had been dehydrated, underweight; a foal his age should weight 66 pounds and overheated, his laboratory tests came back within the normal ranges.

“He is not septic and has no broken bones. He weighs only 33 pounds and cannot regulate his own temperature,” the group posted.

Video #1

The foal requires around the clock care, and this little guy sleeps a lot, but wakes up every hour because he’s hungry. He has already stolen hearts.

“We are extremely busy with many important projects right now and we are in urgent need of donations to carry on our important work.
He does not have a name yet, so we will be holding a contest to name him, for everyone who would like to become his monthly sponsor.
That will be our first post tomorrow morning, because the little guy has woken up for his feeding and we have to go now.

The foal’s mother has not been found, and there have been no other horses in the area where he was discovered. He is the smallest horse the team has ever rescued. There is an estimated 100 horses that live along the Salt River in the Tonto National Forest. When federal officials tried to remove the herd that have freely roamed the area for 100 years, a firestorm of outrage emerged and since then legislation has been passed to protect the herd.

Check out this little guy’s progress. Too cute video #2

The foal, who has now bonded with humans, will live out his life at the SRWHMG sanctuary in Prescott.The group is seeking donations for the horse’s care. Sponsors will have an opportunity to name the horse. More information is available here.

(Videos and photos of Salt River foal via FB)

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Video showing man punch possum in the face condemned as animal cruelty

In a short video posted on social media Saturday, a young man was shown approaching a possum sitting on top of a fence in the Canterbury, New Zealand town of Waimate. The man carefully approached the animal and with no provocation, punched the possum in the face, sending the animal flying through the air. Laughter could be heard in the background.

According to the Facebook page of  Newstalk ZB radio show The Country, viewers had been divided in their opinions – some calling the act animal cruelty while others contended the act was condoned since possums are considered pests in New Zealand and can disrupt the nesting habits of native birds.

Newshub, however reports the act had been “deliberate cruelty” and not pest control.

“Punching an animal in the face is appalling. It’s animal cruelty – pure and simple – and there is no excuse for it,” stated Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE). “This brutal behavior has nothing to do with animal management. What we are seeing in this video is someone abusing animals. Their laughing response in t he video illustrates the toxic attitude towards some animals that is sadly commonplace in New Zealand.”

The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also condemned the act. The incident is currently under investigation. There have not been any reports whether the possum survived.

The video can be viewed here.

WARNING: Graphic video and very disturbing. This may not be appropriate for all viewing audiences.

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“Dumbest tourist’ sticks hand out during safari to stroke lion’s mane

A man has been labeled the “dumbest tourist’ after sticking his hand out of a safari jeep to stroke a lion’s mane. Video footage shows the man petting the animal’s mane as his friend takes a few selfies while in the Tanzania’s Serengetti National Park.

According to the Daily Star, the lion stares at the men and then lets out a terrifying roar as he bares his teeth. Another passenger in the jeep yells for the men to “close the window” as someone else quickly slides the glass shut. The lion continued to glare at the humans. Can you blame him?

The video was published on Wildlife Sighting’s YouTube page called “Dumbest Tourists Ever” where viewers excoriated the men for their reckless behavior. Under the video, the explanation is quite clear:

“Lions in the open plains to the Mara and Serengeti occasionally use a vehicle shade as cover when there are no trees in sight, this doesn’t mean that they trust humans but only the vehicles. To try to touch is incredibly stupid and ignorant of the tourist that filmed the sighting.”

Experts agree that the lions are so quick to react, the animal could have pulled the tourist out of the window and killed him instantly. Depending on how agitated the lion could have become, he also could have crashed his way through the window and killed everyone inside. The tourists were lucky, and then again so was the lion. Had the catastrophe occurred, besides killing a human, game wardens would have been forced to kill the lion, and if that lion was the pride male, it would have brought fatal consequences to the cubs since another male would killed the little ones.

What is wrong with humans?

(Video via YouTube. Freezeshots via video)

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Emaciated bear freed from his cage to see sunlight for first time in years

An emaciated bear kept captive in a cage at an army general’s summer home in Echmiadzin, Armenia saw sunlight for the first time in many years. A video released by the International Animal Rescue shows the progression of events as rescuers from the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets helped to cut away the metal bars of its prison. Four other bears were rescued at the same time.

According to the video, the thick bars were removed on the exterior part of a small area where two brown bears had been lying down. Rescuers are then shown examining the bear before they take him out into the sunlight – the first time the bear had been outdoors in years. The bear was so malnourished he could barely move.

Once the bear was moved outside, a sheet was placed over his face to help his eyes adjust to the bright sunlight. The person videoing the rescue stated this was the second rescue. Just one day prior the volunteers saved a tiger who is now being cared for at a reputable zoo.

“Today we will rescue five bears, two will go to a zoo and three others will go to a rescue center which is supported by International Animal Rescue,” stated the organization as part of their campaign called “The Great Bear Rescue.”

The bear had been estimated to be six-years-old, but veterinarians later realized the bear was much older, and its growth had likely been stunted because of its diet and horrid living conditions. It is hoped all bears in Armenia can be rescued.

Check out the video. It’s worth watching.

(Photos, video and screenshots via International Animal Rescue)

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Ranger trying to get selfie with 35-foot python nearly choked to death

As if “tangling” with a 35-foot python to catch a selfie isn’t for the weak of heart, have you heard about the ranger in India who thought he could take a selfie with the snake?

According to the London Free Press, all the warnings about posing with wild animals didn’t seem too important to forest ranger Sanjay Dutta who decided to pop a few photos with the 35-foot rock python on Sunday. After Dutta and his team had received complaints about the snake eating local goats, the men captured it with the intention of moving it to another location where it wouldn’t hurt farm animals. Instead of putting the snake in a sack, Dutta decided to wear it around his neck. Need we say more?

After Dutta flung the snake over his shoulders, the angry snake started to constrict around the man and nearly choked his host in a matter of seconds. In the video provided by Caters News, Dutta is seen staggering; another man assisted in pulling the snake off.

Neither the snake nor Dutta were injured. The python was moved to Baikanthapur forest and released.

(Photo of 35-foot python via Caters freezeshot video)

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Fans outraged as abused bear forced to blow a horn during Russia World Cup

Video footage of a bear blowing a vuvuzela (plastic horn) while being driven around in Moscow in a jeep after a Russia World Cup victory has outraged fans with many referring to the deed as both dangerous and inhumane.

According to the Daily Mail, the animal is thought to be the same bear forced to perform at a Russian football match earlier in the year. The bear was trained to hand the ball to a referee and then made to clap as the match started. He was muzzled while his handler forced him to stand on his hind legs. Planners had promised the bear would no longer be used as social outrage intensified.

And then again. In the latest video, people can be seen taking “selfies” with the bear after Russia defeated Saudi Arabia by 5-0. The bear is believed to be a circus bear named Tima. The bear is also shown making a gesture to the crowd resembling the “quenelle” which is associated with antisemitism.

The sight of the bear riding in the car evoked rage on Twitter:

“World is going backwards fast if folk find this entertaining.”

“Hope it mauls the cruel and senseless human beings.”

“Breaks my heart. How people can stand and laugh is beyond me. The amount of abuse that bear has lived through makes me feel sick.”

Ironically the bear is a symbol of Russia and it had been thought there would be some national pride as to how this animal should be treated.

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Fish and Wildlife Services may take gray wolves off endangered list for hunters

The United States Fish and Wildlife Services spokesman issued a statement on Thursday stating the agency has begun reviewing the status of gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)

According to The Hill, Gavin Shire stated the following:

“Working closely with our federal, state, tribal and local partners, we will assess the currently listed gray wolf entities in the lower 48 states using the best available scientific information. If appropriate, the Service will publish a proposal to revise the wolf’s status in the Federal Register by the end of the calendar year. Any proposal will follow a robust, transparent and open public process that will provide opportunity for public comment.”

Farmers and ranchers nearly shot, trapped and poisoned gray wolves into extinction until the few remaining wolves and their future generations protected. In some parts of the country, wolves have made a healthy comeback, however environmental groups contend it is too early to take the wolves off the endangered list since wolf populations are still very scarce in other areas of the lower 48 states.

“Time and again the courts have told the service that wolves need further recovery before their protections can be removed,” said Collette Adkins, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “But the agency is dead set on appeasing special interests who want to kill these amazing animals.”

One year ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service applied to remove protections for grizzly bears. The first hunt for grizzly bears in 43 years is scheduled to take place in September with hunters being allowed to shoot as many as 22 grizzlies east of Yellowstone National Park. Idaho will allow one grizzly to be killed. Montana has decided to forego the hunting. Bears in Yellowstone National Park are still protected.

Grizzly bears are not used for their meat; instead they are trophy kills. Many tribal nations have opposed the hunt since they believe the animals are sacred. Several lawsuits have been filed, and there is still a chance the season could be postponed or canceled.

In 2017, a federal appeals court ruled against the Interior Department’s decision to strip the protections for the endangered gray wolves thus prohibiting hunters from tracking and killing them. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia stated that although the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the authority to group wolves into different regions, it does not have the authority to remove them from the endangered list without considering the impact on the entire species in their range.

Another bill to remove the wolves from the endangered list is pending in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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