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Second man claims he was the rabbit rescuer in wildfire video

It seems there is some confusion who the real rabbit rescuer is? And no, this isn’t a “To Tell the Truth” episode where the real young man seen jumping up and down trying to save a little bunny stands up at the end of the question and answer period by a panel of “B” celebrities.

According to the first report, Oscar Gonzales said he was the person in the  NbcNews video, but had described the rabbits as if they could have been domestic pets (white) and not wild. He claimed he was able to grab one of the rabbits, and the babies followed him to a safe area.

But Huff Post was contacted by another person, who says he was the man in the video, and his story holds more water since a local veterinary office and wildlife rehabilitation center can back it up – with the alleged little wild bunny recovering from her injuries. Caleb Wadman, 21, states he was on the highway in La Conchita on Wednesday when he spotted the tiny bunny in what he called “significant distress.”

“I just ran out,” he said, “and that’s when the bunny ran back towards the flames. And I was like ‘No, baby bunny, I’m here. I’m going to take care of you.”

The bunny is currently being cared for at the California Wildlife Center; she is a female cottontail and suffers from burns and heat related injuries. The rabbit was transferred to the wildlife center after Wadman brought her to the Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital. According to staff, who did not identify Wadman by name, however stated he had been wearing the same clothes as seen in the video and had rescued the bunny from the same location as where the video was recorded.

“HuffPost was able to solve the mystery of who rescued the rabbit from the fire. The rabbit is currently being cared for at CWC. It is still very early in her treatment, but at the moment, she is stable,” the organization posted on their Facebook page Saturday afternoon.

Now let’s all be fair though. None of this means Gonzales may not have rescued a rabbit since more than one bunny rescue occurred that night, but only one video caught a man saving one particular bunny. You make the decision.

(Photos for rabbit rescuer FB)

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Man who rescued bunny from California wildfire speaks out

Oscar Gonzalez had been driving home from work on Wednesday evening in Sylmar when he saw a wild bunny on Highway 1 running as wildfires crossed the roads igniting the brush and trees. In spite of growing criticism from wildlife experts, Gonzalez, 19, states he saved the rabbit’s life and that of her entire family.

The father of one had been videoed by a news reporter jumping frantically up and down as he ran after the frightened wild bunny crossing Highway 1 in LaConchita as the Thomas fire raged forward. According to the Daily Mail, Gonzalez spotted the white rabbit trying to outrun the flames closing in on it.

“I have animals myself and I didn’t want the poor rabbit to get hurt. I knew it was dangerous, but I couldn’t leave them to burn,” Gonzalez stated.

When he got close enough to the rabbit, Gonzalez said the tiny animal jumped towards him as he scooped it up into his arms and allowed him to carry her to the other side of the highway where there were no flames. He stated the rabbit’s family followed him, even though the little ones could not be seen on the video.

As if no good deed ever goes unpunished, local animal experts have since stated Gonzalez may have made things worse for the bunny and her family. The New York Post reports animals like desert cottontails, common in Southern California, should be left alone  and are typically safe as they burrow underground with their young during fires. California Fish and Wildlife experts urge people to leave the animals alone.

“Fire is something animals have to deal with constantly,” explained CFW spokesperson Peter Tira. “Fire or no fire, just let the animals be.”

The animals are known to regularly run near the flames of a wildfire to find areas where they can safely pass through. Most wildlife is said to survive the fires, however some are occasionally killed or burned. 

Do you think Gonzalez was a hero, or should he have just left the bunny to fend for herself? Did Gonzalez endanger his own life and that of firemen if he had been caught in the blaze? Did the bunny’s family follow Gonzalez and the mother bunny out of the forest? Ask away.

 

 

 

 

(Photo of Gonzalez screenshot via NbcNews)

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India captors beat young elephant with canes breaking its hind leg

In a disturbing and shocking event in India, a video has garnered viral status as a young elephant is shown being savagely beaten by its India captors to be used in the tourism trade.

According to the Daily Mail, regular beatings are common in India by elephant keepers to remind the animals to be subservient and frightened so that the animals will obey in tourist activities of riding, painting, football, tightrope walking and other close contact activities. The torture, known in India as “ketti azhikkal” is used as elephants come out of their mush period – mating season and the increase in testosterone in the animals, to “remind them who is in charge.”

In the shocking footage, the young elephant’s front leg is tied to a tree; three men continually beat the animal with canes until the elephant collapses to the ground. Even then, the torturers don’t stop lashing the animal; that is until their weapons snap in half.

In a response to the cruelty and online outrage after the release of the video, the animal charity organization, Save the Asian Elephants (STAE) issued the following statements:

“The elephant was beaten so badly it’s leg was broken, as were all the sticks used in the beating. The whole of humanity is shamed by this depravity to an innocent creature and a highly endangered species. It does all it can to obey yet the beatings continue.”

The CEO of STAE, Duncan McNair, encourages all visitors to shun the entertainment elephant attractions while traveling.

“In view of the enormous levels of outrage recorded recently by STAEs followers and the media everywhere about the video showing torture of the elephant in India for commercial purposes – we are repeating it below. Over 430,000 views to date. Please exercise discretion in watching it as some viewers may find it distressing. STAE is calling for urgent action!,” has been posted on Facebook.

There has not been any update on the condition of the elephant shown having been brutally beaten.

To take action and help the plight of the elephants:

Please pass this on everywhere, to all of influence including MPs, the Prime Minister, Secretary of State for the Environment Michael Gove and the Indian High Commissioner to the UK: https://stae.org/help-us/

Sign STAEs online Change.org petition & share it with your friends: https://www.change.org/p/save-the-asian-elephants-savetheas…

Follow us on social media and comment on STAE’s Facebook and Twitterhttps://twitter.com/stae_elephants

Please also support and quote STAE’s pioneering work for the elephants and ask everyone to raise awareness. The elephants need us in their desperate plight. Thank you.

(Photos of  India captors beating young elephant via Facebook)

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Graphic and very disturbing video. Use discretion when viewing.

 

 


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Opossum breaks into liquor store and downs bottle of bourbon

In Okaloosa Island, Florida an opossum started her Christmas celebration early and may or may not know the consequences of a hangover by now. Could it give the phrase “drunk as a skunk” a new meaning?

According to the NFWDaily News, the young female opossum was able to sneak into the Cash Liquor Store the day after Thanksgiving and help herself to an entire bottle of bourbon. A Fort Walton Police Department officer transported the animal on November 24 to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge for treatment. An employee from the liquor store found the animal lying next to the broken bottle.

“A worker there found the opossum up on a shelf next to a cracked open bottle of liquor with nothing in it,” stated Michelle Pettis, an employee of the wildlife organization. “Assuming the opossum drank it all, he brought her to us, and we looked over her and she definitely wasn’t acting normal.”

In other words. was the opossum drunk? She appeared disoriented, pale and had been excessively salivating. She was given fluids to help flush out the toxins and released a few days later.

“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a drunk opossum in a box! This sly, and currently slurred, opossum snuck its way into a liquor store and discovered some holiday cheer of its own. A police officer brought the animal to us for medical treatment and is expected to be released soon,” the rescue org posted on their Facebook page.

When Cash Moore, the owner of the liquor store was interviewed, he insisted the animal was over the age of 21, and this had definitely been a first for him.

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Family dogs almost died after neighbor used rat poison to kill squirrels

In Bloomfield, Colorado, a family’s dogs almost died after ingesting rat poison spread around by someone in the neighborhood  to kill squirrels. According to the Denver Channel, dog owners, Michael Hendricks and Joan Yates knew something was wrong with their Corgi-mix, Molly when she vomited.

The couple rushed their two dogs to the veterinarian where it was confirmed the dogs had ingested rat poisoning in the form of colorful green pellets. And therein lies the problem explained the family’s veterinarian, Liz Filbert:

“They make it nice and tasty, so the mice and rats will eat it, and unfortunately, those same tastes are exactly what our dogs want to eat. It’s surprising how even just a small amount can really cause severe damage.”

Fortunately, the dogs are expected to survive since the poisoning was found early on, however the dogs will have to take Vitamin K orally.

The neighborhood has been on alert for months worried someone has been trying to kill the squirrels. The squirrels carry the colorful little pellets to other areas, and it is concerning that young children could mistake the rat poison for candy lying on the ground.

Stay alert … our children and our dogs count on us to keep them safe.

(Photo via screenshot Channel 7News)

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Firefighters rescue mystery rodent: Any ideas?

It was a structural fire in Denver, Colorado on Monday morning, and of course the firefighters always check for any signs of life in need of rescue. Sure, we all see the photos of adorable puppies receiving oxygen and kittens cuddled in the protective arms of soot covered firemen rushing out of flaming buildings, but the South Metro Fire Rescue are heroes to even our smallest friends.

The fire company tweeted a photo of a very small animal describing the mystery creature as follows:

“Exhausted and covered in soot, this little South Metro resident escaped the fire without injuries but needed a helping hand. After some water and careful placement back in the open space, his day vastly improved.”

And we all know by now, Twitter can create quite the drama, but this time the post had everyone smiling and wondering just what was this mysterious little critter that looked so helpless yet quite adorable. The South Metrol Fire Company didn’t have any answers as to its species, and has reached out to the community for answers.

“It’s a rodent, but we’re not sure exactly what type.”

So far the vote is in to be a “vole.” Any ideas?

We’re just so proud of our firemen – great job men. You are heroes.

Check out the rescue efforts for this little guy on Twitter by clicking here and scrolling down just a bit! Photos and video courtesy of South Metro Fire Rescue.

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Freight trains in Norway kills more than 100 reindeer

In just the last few days, more than 100 reindeer have been killed by freight trains in Norway, sparking an outcry by animal advocates to erect a barrier during the animals’ migratory period. According to the Guardian, in what has been called a senseless tragedy in  Mosjøen, at least 65 reindeer were killed on Saturday alone.

Reindeer herder, Torstein Appfjell called the deaths “totally tragic and unprecedented” and was described as “dizzy with anger,” stating the deaths of the animals have been the worst 12-month period in the area accounting for 250 deaths in the last year. More than 2,000 reindeer were hit along the same northern railway line between 2013 and 2016.

Led by their herders, the reindeer have been migrating from summer pastures in the mountain regions to the coast, however many of the animals get caught on the train tracks. Residents in the area want barriers erected to thwart the animals from getting too close to the tracks.

The train company, Bane NOR, has since reduced speeds in the area, but it is doubtful that the amount of deaths will be reduced based on past occurrences. Warning for trains to decrease their speeds in areas with a huge migration population have not reached the train operators in time.

According to Norway, the country is home to about 250,000 semi-domestic reindeer and most of them live in the far north of the country. The disturbing photos show the dead and dying reindeer lying in the blood-stained snow. Documentary filmmaker Jon Erling Utsi called the scene a “nightmare.”

“The worst thing was the animals that were not killed in the accident. They were lying there, suffering. It was a bloodbath over several kilometres,” he added.

The herders are demanding that the railway operator install a fence along the track, however thus far there has not been any funding.

(Photo via screenshot by John Erling)

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Adorable: Three little bears escape from cops in Tahoe City

On Monday, a deputy with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office found three little bears while on patrol in Tahoe City, California. On the organization’s Facebook page,  the video shows the deputy shining his flashlight on the three adorable little guys as they curiously run around the Lighthouse Center complex.

Deputy Nevins can be heard asking the little fellows:

“Where are you guys going?” as the bears start to hustle away fleeing  the front of a Taco Bell store.

As if we couldn’t get enough of smiling and laughing aloud, just listening to Deputy Nevins shooing the mischievous trio away, a hilarious explanation followed on Facebook:

“Well, our resident bear whisperer, Deputy Nevins, was at it again last night in Tahoe City! He was patrolling the Lighthouse Center when he encountered these three “little” bears. Looks like the second one was trying to get into the trash can. We love how they all gathered up and took off together! Here comes the cops, run!!”

We so appreciate when wildlife is respected – nice work Deputy Nevins. You are a hero.

(Photo and video of three little bears courtesy of Placer County Sheriff’s Office)

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Man accused of drowning raccoon that wandered into his home

In Tavares, Florida, police arrested a man and charged him with animal cruelty on Friday night. James Miller is alleged to have caged a raccoon and then drowned the animal because it killed some of his chickens and damaged his home.

According to  Click Orlando, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a woman who witnessed her neighbor take a raccoon in a cage onto his boat and then dropped the cage into the water. The woman, reportedly told the man to stop and said it was inhumane and instead he should have called animal services to deal with the animal. The raccoon was submerged for several minutes – killing it.

When Miller’s wife was questioned, she told police the raccoon had killed some of her chickens and later ran into their house. Miller was later arrested and taken into custody.

Rest in peace raccoon.

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Social media outrage over kangaroo joey being given beer

A photo and short video went viral on Friday, causing a social media outrage about animal abuse as it showed a kangaroo joey being given beer. The video had allegedly been filmed in West Australia in the suburb of Carlisle.

According to the Au.News, the RSPCA stated the entire situation has been viewed as appalling and “not cool or funny.” Forcing animals to consume alcohol can easily cause harm and in some circumstances death. In a statement the animal advocacy group posted the following:

“The RSPCA WA is appalled to hear of another case of people treating wildlife in this way. It is certainly not cool or funny to treat defenseless wildlife like this. In fact it can cause unnecessary pain and suffering for the animals.”

This is a developing story, and more information is expected to become available in the near future. It is not known, at this time if the animal survived or has been reunited with its mother.

Leave wildlife alone!

Anyone with information is asked to call the RSPCA at 1300 278 3589 .

(Photo of kangaroo joey being fed beer screenshot via 7News)

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