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Dolphins in Bali tourist attraction had teeth removed to keep guests safe

In Bali, Indonesia, dolphins captured and trained at a tourist attraction have had their teeth removed or filed down to ensure tourists were not harmed, leaving the creatures “traumatized.” Other dolphins are forced to jump from the water onto the side of a pool or landing during peak season shows stressing the animals internal organs and causing breathing difficulties.

On an island known for its forested volcanic mountain ranges, white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs, exotic animals used for entertaining tourists, are kept in filthy cages and stowed away until show time. On an island known for yoga and meditation, disturbing reports of animal cruelty are being exposed.

According to World Animal Protection, research reports from 26 animal attractions,  Bali, Lombok and Gili Trawangan, reveal the dolphins are kept in pools much too small and have had their teeth either removed or filed down. Chiara Vitali, from World Animal Protection stated:

“Having their teeth removed or filed down would be a very traumatic experience. It would have an effect that lasted for life. “

The report cited two female dolphins and young males had teeth filed down to “flat stumps.” Other teeth were missing. Trainers at the resort claimed the dolphins never grew teeth because they were raised in a pool. Dolphins use their teeth to establish dominance and to help absorb and detect sounds. Researchers state that is impossible. Because of so much publicity and bad press, tourists are not permitted to take photos or videos.

For a fee, tourists are towed out into the water on top of a dolphin’s back while holding onto its fin which may very well damage the animal’s fin if held too tightly.

As Bali grows increasingly popular with tourist trade, more animals suffer. Not one of the 26 animal attractions studied met the needs of the animals. And besides dolphins used for entertainment, are elephant rides,  drugged tigers used for taking photos, as well as orangutans and macaques chained around their necks and forced to perform.

Check out te video of the report by Wildlife Abusement Parks:

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Teacher accused of drowning animals in class has retired – read more here.

Teacher accused of drowning animals has retired

Puppy lost her eye after children allegedly pelted her with rocks – more here.

Puppy loses eye after children pelted her with rocks

 

Wild turkey lays 18 eggs and refuses to leave man’s yard

A wild turkey waddled into a Staten Island, New York backyard one week ago and decided to make a home for her new family. She then proceeded to lay 18 eggs and defends her soon to be baby chicks aggressively from anyone or anything coming too close.

According to CbsNews, the owner of the property, located in the Duncan Hills section, wants to remove the eggs and the turkey, but despite his calls to 311 and the ASPCA, the wild turkey mom can’t be summarily evicted. Richard Gambardella will need a special permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in order to remove the mother and her eggs.

Although the turkey has not posed any threat to anyone, Gambardella complains she does use his yard as a bathroom, and he is worried she might harm someone.

It looks as though Gambardella however may get his wish. The DEC has dispatched a rescue group to move the turkey and her eggs to an animal sanctuary in the Catskills.

(Photos of wild turkey screenshot via CBS News)

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Teens charged for beating possum and her babies to death with a bat – read more here.

Officers rescue dog hit by car and left for dead – read more here.

Officers tended to dog hit by car and left for dead

 


Officers had to break out car window to save a puppy – read more here.

Baby coyote mistaken for puppy in Illinois

A “concerned resident” found an adorable furry little creature that turned out to be a baby coyote – and not a domestic puppy someone may have abandoned. When the police in Bartlett, Illinois posted a photo of the little one on their Twitter account late last week, everyone was surprised she was actually a baby coyote.

“He was quite the attraction at the PD before he was brought to our friends at Willowbrook Wildlife. pic.twitter.com/Kx9DtsS4sd

— Bartlett IL PD (@bartlettpd) May 10, 2018″

The little one was found “alone on the side of a busy road,” and the resident brought the pup to the police not realizing it was a young coyote. Authorities turned the pup over to the Willowbrook Wildlife Center  in Glen Ellyn, which treat and rehabilitate wild animals.

According to the Daily Herald, the coyote is a female and has no apparent injuries. She has been treated with fluids, food and supportive care as she was dehydrated when found. She is expected to be transferred to another wild animal organization who is also caring for coyote pups at this time.

It’s all getting to be very confusing. Last week there was a “dog” that was really a fox. Then there was another dog that turned out to be bear. Oh my!

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Officers had to break out car window to save a puppy – read more here.

Students and parents outraged over caged tiger used as Miami prom theme

In Miami, students and parents were outraged at a Miami high school prom theme featuring a caged tiger as part of its jungle theme. Many prom goers called the “entertainment” animal abuse and cruelty.

The Christopher Columbus High School prom happened on Friday night at the  Hilton Hotel Miami Airport and Convention Center. Mari-Cris Castellanos posted video of the prom on her Facebook page calling the situation “shameful.”

“How shameful for Christopher Columbus High school …showing its students on prom night who is the “king of the jungle “ this poor tiger was used as an EXOTIC amusement for the mindless teenagers who were present , it is not the student fault to be so naive BUT it’s the CCHS STAFF who arranged this event, there for they are responsible for this tigers misery: ask yourselves this :

1. DID THIS TIGER ASK TO ATTEND PROM?

2. Why didn’t anyone open the cage and see what would happen to these “Brave and courageous fire performers?”

3. WHY DOES CCHS ALLOW SUCH ANIMAL CRUELTY?”

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“Mari-Cris Castellanos This  animal was used to entertain naive teenagers while CCHS collected money from students to allow this to happen …I am going to try my best and get this to the news …if you could somehow help I’d be grateful and most of all the tiger will be grateful.”

Although officials at the high school issued a statement that the tiger and other animals present at the prom were kept in a “very controlled situation” with police present, it was distressing to watch the animal obviously stressed and observed in the videos nervously pacing in his cages.

According to the school’s statement, the facility where the animals came from, is licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the cat was never forced to perform. Mari-Cris’ videos, however show a different story. The tiger seemed agitated in his tiny cage amid loud noises, cellphone flash cameras and fire dancers.

In a statement CCHS Principal David Pugh apologized for the incident:

“Some individuals have expressed their sentiments about the use of animals as part of a performance at prom,” he said. “We recognize this decision has offended some and for that we apologize. Moving forward, we will evaluate our current policies and procedures in the planning and management of school events, including the impact these events have on others. We all have learned a great deal from this experience,” Pugh stated.

Do you think the use of exotic animals was inappropriate?

Video and freezeshot of caged tiger via Facebook Mari-Cris Castellanos.

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Tiger revenge: Zookeeper who boiled cats for wine mauled to death

In a Chinese park, the zookeeper who has been accused of boiling big cat bones to make wine was fatally mauled to death on Thursday by a tiger. The man, described as in his 50s, has not been named.

According to The South China Morning Post, the zookeeper had been cleaning the tiger’s cage when he was attacked. The accident occurred at the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village in the city of Guilin in southern China. There were no tourists present at the time.

The zoo has been under criticism after investigations beginning two years ago revealed the tigers had been living in substandard enclosures.  Many of the animals were emaciated. After the animals died, their bodies were moved to a factory where Chinese tiger bone wine was produced. Breeding tigers has been banned.

Tiger bone wine is thought by many in the country to improve sexual prowess. Their bones are boiled with rice wine to make the 38% proof liquor. The concoction is sold in expensive hotels and restaurants.

The zoo keeps over 1,100 different tiger species, 600 Asian black bears and at one time had been China’s largest breeding facility.

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Update: 3 teens arrested for killing baby duck with rock

In Henderson, Nevada, three teens were arrested on Wednesday morning after a disturbing video posted just days ago to social media showed the kids appearing to have killed a baby duck with a rock. The violent video caused outrage and a demand for an immediate investigation and appropriate charges against the youths involved in this alleged animal cruelty.

According to FoxNews, Henderson police received the video one week ago showing a young person using a rock and killing the baby duck that had been taken from its mother at a local park. Henderson Police Office spokesperson Scott Williams stated the three teens confessed.

“I think it was just an example of teenagers making horrible decisions,” Williams stated.

The teens are students at Green Valley High School and face charges of animal cruelty. They have been arrested and booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center where they have also been charged with removing migratory birds.

Read the original report here.

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Probation only for woman charged in frozen dog cruelty case – read more here.

Probation in frozen dog case


 

Adorable rescue kittens turned out to be bobcats: 3 people bitten

In San Antonio, Texas, a kind family who thought they were rescuing abandoned domestic kittens turned out to be bobcats. Although they are undeniably cute, the little ones bit and scratched three members of the human family who found them. The injuries were minor. Bobcats have much larger fang teeth than domestic kittens which is what prompted the family to look them up on Google.

According to San Antonio Animal Care Services, spokesperson Lisa Norwood stated the kittens were found in an alleyway. It was when the family brought the kittens into their home and tried to feed them milk, that the baby bobcats bit and scratched. On their Facebook page, Animal Care stated the kitties – one male and one female, are now being quarantined at the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Kendalia, Texas.

“When kittens are fortunate enough to be left in the wild and in the company of their mother they will remain in her care and learning survival skills from her for 10 to 13 months,” stated the rescue founder, Lynn Cuny.

According to ABCNews, Cuny added would-be good Samaritans should not tamper with wildlife and to leave the animals alone. The mother could have been hiding from humans or hunting for food.

The neighboring area where the babies were found has undeveloped areas where wildlife still roam. As of the latest report, Cuny states the kitties are doing fine and caregivers are hoping to reunite them with their mother, however she has not been spotted. For now, the little ones are being handled as little as possible so they do not become used to humans. They are being quarantined in a secluded area where they can hear the sounds of nature and the outdoors.

The two are extremely bonded and sleep on top of each other. Admittedly it’s over the top adorable, but if they can not be released back into the wild with a good chance of surviving, they will live at the rescue’s 212-acre sanctuary.

Please everyone – leave wild animal babies alone. The chances are good their moms will return for them.

(Photos courtesy of San Antonio Animal Care Services)

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Dogs died after accidentally starting house fire – read more here.

 

 

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Baby fawn helped to reunite with her mother by Marin County deputies

In Mill Valley, California, a curious baby fawn was able to be reunited with her mother on Saturday with the help of Marin County deputies, who kept the baby deer in a patrol car for safety.

According to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office Facebook, deputies had responded to reports of the fawn standing in the roadway. Residents in the area tried to stop and detour traffic until the baby could find her mother, who had been standing in the distance. Sometimes the “best laid plans of mice and men” takes on a direction of its own however:

“Recently, deputies were called to an intersection, as a baby deer was in the roadway and separated from its mother. Neighbors were holding back traffic as we attempted to reunite the two. While trying to encourage the baby deer to head towards her mother, she jumped into our patrol car to get a look around. After a quick look around the patrol car, we were able to walk the deer over to its mother, where they went running into the woods. The great thing about working in our communities, you never know what you can come across,” the deputies posted on their Facebook page.

And so the tiny curious fawn carefully explored the police vehicle.

“This is what happens when tiny little baby deer get stuck behind your patrol car seat,” Sgt. Michael Brovelli can be heard saying as he tried to coax the little guy out of the car. “Going for my coffee?”

The baby deer was reunited with her mother and the two ran off into the forest – just as it should be!

(Video and photos courtesy of Marin County Sheriff)

Check out the video. What a difference some awesome deputies can make rescuing wild life.

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Dogs died after accidentally starting house fire – read more here.

 

 

 

Animal advocates furious after lion shot dead when handler mauled

In Johannesburg, South Africa animal advocates are furious after the safari park staff shot and killed a lion after the animal attacked the safari owner in the lion’s enclosures on Wednesday. Mike Hodge, 67, is recovering from neck and jaw injuries after the attack at the Marakele Animal Sanctuary in Thabazimbi.

According to AyolaNews, Hodge had entered, Shamba the lion’s enclosure, to investigate something lying on the ground attracting the lion’s attention.

“It (the smell and whatever was on the ground) had put the lion on edge but when Mike went in, the lion turned and came for him and he ran but couldn’t get through the gate quick enough and it had him.”

In the disturbing footage captured on video, Shamba can be seen spotting Hodge and chasing him towards the metal doors of the enclosure. The lion drags Hodge back towards the bushes. Guests of the park screamed as the 10-year-old lion pawed the man until gunshots are fired into the air and scared the animal away. The lion remained near his victim despite more rifle shots fired into the air. Questions remain why the lion was not tranquilized when he was dragging his prey towards the bushes.

The website for the Marakele Animal Sanctuary cites the park was opened in 2010 and featured white lions, cheetahs and two Bengal tigers. Hodge raised Shamba since he was a cub, and the criticism of how the situation was handled has caused the park to shut down and delete its Facebook page. The park offered overnight accommodations to guests and rides in what was called a “lion mobile” which was a caged truck where food was tossed on top and the lions would jump on the vehicle while guests were inside.

The organization  has been criticized by conservationists‚ who contend wild animals belong free in the wild and captive animal breeding has no conservation value.

“So another beautiful lion is lost. Killed for behaving according to his natural instinct,” wrote Wendy Trent. “He was bred, caged and exploited for profit from birth by a greed-driven individual with a god complex who though that ‘his’ lion wouldn’t attack him.”

Rest in peace Shamba.

The video via the Washington Post can be viewed here. (Disturbing – be warned and not suggested for all audiences)

 

 

 

 

Teens post disturbing video killing baby duck with a rock

In Las Vegas, Nevada, a disturbing video posted on Friday to social media showed three teenagers appearing to have killed a baby duck with a rock. The violent video has caused outrage and a demand for an immediate investigation and appropriate charges against the youths involved in this alleged animal cruelty.

According to LasVegasNow, the teens are sophomores at Green Valley High School. Henderson Police are investigating after another student reported the video to authorities. The three students involved in the heinous act had supposedly stolen the baby duck from its mother and tortured it to death.

Childhood cruelty to animals is often the first warning sign of later delinquency, violence and criminal behavior.

The video can be viewed on LasVegasNow news site here.

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Prison time ordered for woman who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty -read more here.