Rude beachgoers blamed for death of baby dolphin

A young female, baby dolphin became stranded in a beach in Mojacar, Spain on Friday, and rude beachgoers are being blamed for the animal’s death after touching it and taking photos of the vulnerable marine mammal.

According to Equinac, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving marine animals, “hundreds” of tourist at the beach surrounded the baby dolphin, who somehow became separated from her mother. Children were allowed to touch the animal, and several kids were seen covering the mammal’s blowhole keeping it from breathing. Messages on the group’s Facebook were disturbing and truly heartbreaking.

Unfortunately it was too late for the baby dolphin by the time someone called Equinac; she died before the group could render emergency help.

“Humans are the most irrational animal there is,” the group posted. “In their selfishness, all they wanted to do was to photograph it and touch it – even knowing the dolphin was suffering from stress as the crowd gathered around and showed little compassion.”

The Facebook posts indicated the beachgoers were not responsible for the baby having been beached. Why the little one was not with her mother could have have been because she was already sick and had been abandoned. The circumstances, however of the dolphin having been beached, doesn’t rationalize anyone interfering with a stranded marine animal. People are urged to avoid touching  and immediately call for help.

“… by then the animal was already dead, the main  photograph shows a member of Equinac (green bathing suit) taking out the dolphin corpse of the water. Clearly, the public awareness and educational campaigns conducted until now have not been effective enough. The ‘selfie frenzy’ seems to prevail over any common sense.”

Earlier this year, a tourist in Brazil was heavily fined after she grabbed an endangered shark out of the ocean so she could take selfies. The woman was videoed wrestling with the small shark that latched onto her hand during the struggle at Brazil’s Fernarndo de Noronha, an archipelago of 21 islands and islets located in the Atlantic Ocean offshore of the Brazilian coast. The woman and her boyfriend spotted the lemon shark swimming near the beach line and decided to pluck it out of the water and use it to take selfies for their Facebook page.  Check out the video and read more of that story here.

Humans are still so mean.

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Trapped baby elephant discovered with his trunk sticking out of deep mud

It had been Election Day in Kenya on Tuesday, and while on an evening drive, visitors to the national park of Tsavo East caught sight of a tiny elephant calf completely engulfed and bogged down in thick mud. All that could be seen was his tiny trunk which moved so slowly, but had been all that was needed to indicate the baby was still alive.

With no elephants nearby, the emergency call went out for help to the elephant keepers at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust along with the KWS Anti-Poaching team.

When rescuers arrived, it was evident the baby had been stuck in the mud for hours. Clearly the mother had tried to extract her calf, but had given up and moved away. There was still sight of a herd of elephants in the distance, and while the rescue team began to circle the mud hole, a single female elephant returned to the spot; circling from a distance and seemingly clearly agitated and worried about her baby. And as if elephants aren’t already known to be one of the smartest animals roaming our plains, she clearly understood that these humans closing in on her baby were there to help.

The teams worked quickly together and placed straps around the baby while wading knee deep in the mud. Finally they were able to pull the little guy to safety and bring him to the harder edge of the waterhole where he would finally be free. The moment the baby was on his feet, the mother elephant ran to his side.

Everyone smiled from ear to ear as the reunion between the mom and baby reunited. As the little one began to suckle from his mother, the rest of the herd called out in celebration.

On the David Sheldrick Wildllife Trust’s Facebook, the organization posted the good news. We, at Pet Rescue Report, are happy to report mom elephant and her son are doing well thanks to this awesome group.

“The ultimate happy ending

Our primary mission is to keep wild families safe and, most importantly, together. So, yesterday, when this tiny baby became stuck in mud so thick his mother couldn’t pull him out, our nearby Voi Keepers stepped in to help.

See the rescue unfold, including the joyous moment when mum and baby were reunited yesterday.”

(Photos of baby elephant and rescue courtesy of Facebook for David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi)

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Woman desperately searching to find her lost pet bobcat

In Arnold, Missouri, a Jefferson County family is desperately searching the area to find their pet bobcat named Artemis. The 35-pound treasured feline escaped a few weeks ago, and the woman posted an ad on Craigslist hoping someone has spotted her.

“I miss my girl terribly,” the owner told media News4, “If anyone spots her please call of text me. If she is seen, it will be easy to tell she is not a local, wild bobcat.”

Artemis has been a family pet for more than six years and was purchased from a breeder in Montana. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, it is legal to keep a bobcat as a pet with certain provisions. An owner must have a permission to have one; either with a breeding or a hobby permit. There are different requirements, but both require the animal to be kept in a confined area. According to Missouri code, a bobcat is not allowed to freely roam in a home.

The code also specifies the area where the wild animal is kept must be inspected once a year by the Department of Conservation. At this time, investigators are trying to determine if the owners have a permit.

“She is not a danger to people or pets, but she is very skittish,” the owner stated. “She has been raised around dogs and cats, but if she is cornered by an aggressive dog or person, she may try to bite.”

Artemis has been declawed, and investigators ask anyone who spots the animal just call the conservation agents at 314.954.5697 or the police department at 636.296.3204. Saving St. Louis Pets on Facebook is also trying to help out, and warns people there are many bobcats in the area and not to approach any of them – please call for assistance.

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No jail time for thugs who beat up Navy veteran trying to save an animal

Two men in Daytona Beach, Florida plead no contest on Monday to beating up a Navy veteran who tried to stop the thugs from torturing a turtle at a Daytona Beach apartment complex in February. Garry Blough, 45, had been told by his crying daughter and wife about three men who were killing a turtle; Blough went outside to tell the abusers to stop.

“The one had it over his head and he was smashing it down on the sidewalk,” Blough stated. “I asked them to please leave it alone, just let it go to the lake.”

Not only did Ryan Ponder, 23, Johnnie Beveritt, 18, and a 16-year-old juvenile, ignore the demand to leave the animal alone, they turned their violence to Blough leaving him with a broken skull, facial fractures, internal bleeding and a concussion. The turtle was found dead in a nearby pool of blood.

According to News6, Ponder and Beveritt were sentenced to 18 months probation on the felony count and 12 months probation concurrent on the misdemeanor count. Both men were ordered not to have any contact with each other or wildlife. They were also ordered to take a two day course in anger management and pay $16,500 in restitution. There has been no report as to the punishment for the juvenile involved.

Meanwhile, Blough continues to recover from his injuries which include nerve damage and vision problems. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the expenses.

(Photos of thugs who beat up Navy veteran via Huffington Post)

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Man who tied up a dead fox on his garden gate forced to leave his home

A man who tied up a dead fox on his garden gate has been forced to leave his home this week, after having been “named and shamed” on an  online social media group. The disturbing photo was taken in front of the resident’s home, located on the Isle of Sheppey, an island off the northern coast of Kent, England.

According to the Facebook group, called the Gossip Board – Sheppey, the photo of the dead fox was shared with the following comment:

“…this has happened in Minster, ” 10 Danedale avenue “. those with cats in the area please be cautious !! Although snaring is not illegal allowing this poor baby to suffer unnecessarily like this and hung in public view it is sadistic, vile. This is animal abuse.”

In addition, it is not known how the fox died and if the animal had been strung up while still hanging onto life.

 “A man living at Minster on Sea, Sheerness has been setting snares in his garden and proudly displaying his tortured kill for all to see. His poor neighbor could hear the vixen screaming in the night, but thought she was mating, and it wasn’t till she saw this that she realized it was in fact this poor baby fighting for her life. Snares aren’t illegal sadly.”

Shocked residents claim the fox had been caught in a snare and the metal wire had cut through her neck before she was strung up to represent a “trophy.” According to the KentOnline, Angela Walder, former chairperson for the RSPCA – Sheppey was horrified and disgusted and stated the fox must have been in terrible agony while she died. As of this time, however, an RSPCA spokesperson said there is insufficient evidence of a breach of the law. A Kent police officer stated:

“Officers have made inquiries to establish whether any offenses have been committed but no charges have been brought against anyone in relation to this matter. It should go without saying that people should not take the law into their own hands.”

Area residents insist the neighborhood does not have a lot of foxes roaming in the area. She heard the noise that night of the animal crying, and was shocked the next morning to see it tied to the gate. Fox snares are legal in the U.K. but subject to restrictions.

Ray Allibone, who runs Swampy’s Wildlife Rescue in Sheerness, posted a warning telling those who live in Minster and Eastchurch to be careful with their pets as the snares can be lethal to domesticated pets left to roam outdoors.

“I’m afraid this will put your pets in a very vulnerable position,” Allibone posted on Facebook.

Why isn’t wildlife respected? After all they have the same right to live as humans. Rest in peace little fox. We are sorry your life was snuffed out so soon and so cruelly.

(Photos of dead fox via the Gossip Board Sheppey Facebook)

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Video of St. Louis crew freeing tangled owl from soccer net goes viral

In a heartwarming rescue in a rural area of  St. Louis County, two videos of construction field hands helping a tiny tangled owl trapped in a soccer net, has garnered more than 50 million views – yes that’s no typo – the video has been seen more than 50 million times on Facebook and shared 168,000 times.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the first video was posted by Will Brown, who told the story. The G&S Construction & Farms crew had been switching a water hook-up near the soccer fields in the south of the county when the owner of the field spotted the little owl trapped in the soccer net. The defenseless little one’s wings were awry, and the orange netting entangled his brown feathers. His situation, at least for the owl, was hopeless.

Did he just not see the net as he was hunting for prey? And as if the owl knew the men were helping him, the little guy remained still as Brown and the owner carefully cut away at the netting; the owl’s bright yellow eyes just staring; all the while Brown speaking quietly to soothe the wild owl. When the bird was finally freed, he was carefully placed on the ground and within moments the owl flew away.

“He didn’t bite, so I’ll take that as a ‘thank you,'” Brown joked on Facebook.

Brown has received numerous compliments and “lots of love” for the kind act; we just need more people just like Will Brown.

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Cecil the Lion’s son, ‘Xanda’ killed by trophy hunter in Zimbabwe

Just two years after Cecil the Lion was killed by a big game trophy hunter from the United States, one of the lion’s cubs was shot dead in Zimbabwe a few days ago. The six-year-old lion named Xanda, who had been in the prime of his life, was shot and killed under similar circumstances as his father on the outskirts of Hwange National Park.

According to the Telegraph, Xanda’s death was discovered after his electronic collar monitoring the cat’s moves alerted Andrew Loveridge from the Department of Zoology at Oxford University. The Zimbabwean hunter who arranged the hunt, Richard Cooke, from RC Safaris, found the collar on the lion and turned it over to the researchers. Cooke has not announced the name of his client, however most lion hunters are from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany or South Africa.

“I fitted it last October,” stated Loveridge. It was monitored almost daily, and we were aware  that Xanda and his pride were spending a lot of time out of the park in the last six months, but there is not much we can do about that.”

According to authorities, the hunt was legal since Xanda was over six-years of age, and he was out of the protection of the park. It is hoped there will soon be a three-mile exclusion zone around the Hwange National Park, so that hunters would no longer accidentally shoot collared lions when they roam outside of the park. On the Facebook page of Lions of Hwange National Park came the devastating post about Xanda’s death:

“Today we heard that a few days ago, Xanda, the son of #CecilTheLionhas been shot on a trophy hunt by Zimbabwe PH Richard Cooke. Cooke also killed Xanda’s brother in 2015, he was only about 4 years old then. Xanda is still a young father at 6.2 years old and has several young cubs. We can’t believe that now, 2 years since Cecil was killed, that his oldest Cub #Xanda has met the same fate.

When will the Lions of Hwange National Park be left to live out their years as wild born free lions should…?”

At the time Cecil the Lion was killed, he had wandered close to the boundary when Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer paid $65,000 to shoot and kill the lion with a bow and arrow. Social media erupted when news of the beloved lion’s death was announced, and Palmer hid for weeks – including temporarily having to suspend his dental practice.

Cecil and his pure magnificent stature brought smiles and admiration from across the world. The 13-year-old lion did not die immediately that awful night he was shot, and suffered for hours until he was tracked down and killed the next day. Palmer was originally charged for illegally hunting the lion, however charges were later dropped.

Rest in peace Xanda. Why does man have to hunt for fun? Didn’t Xanda have the right to live his life too? Tell us what you think.

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Baby elephant killed in auto accident on Malaysia highway

A young elephant was found dead on the side of the road in a pool of blood recently after he was killed in an auto accident in a Malaysia national park area. According to authorities at the Perak Department of Wildlife and National Parks, the two-year-old elephant’s body was found along the roadside of the Gerik-Jeli Highway.

It is believed the baby had been hit on the head, and he died instantly. By the time authorities arrived, the elephant family had already left. As Malaysia develops, elephants need to be respected and allowed to roam freely and safely. The incident drew a lot of anger on social media, as many area residents expressed their sadness for wildlife and  how these animals continue to lose their homes;  paying the ultimate price – their lives.

Signs along the highway warn drivers of elephant crossings, and although authorities state accidents like this rarely happen, environmentalists fear the increasing destruction of the animals’ habitat have forced elephants to venture out closer to roadways. The BBCNews report drivers are being urged to be “extra careful” when using the highways.

“We have already erected signboards to notify motorists that there would be elephant crossings along the stretch of the highway,” stated Loo Kean Seong, director of the parks in Perak. “So they need to be more responsible, especially when they are driving late at night or early in the morning.”

On the Facebook group, Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants,  advocates for wildlife state the signs are easy to read, and they are there for a purpose.

“When you see a sign that states slow down, just slow down. It’s a simple thing to do. It’s still their home so just respect it.”

How does anyone miss seeing an elephant on the road Facebook readers continue to ask? Tragically it makes us lose faith in humanity. Did the driver even stop and stay with the baby while he died? Rest in peace baby. You will be missed.

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Woman who walked seagull on a leash is banned from keeping animals

A woman who walked an injured seagull on a leash has been banned from keeping any animals for a year. Anna Marie Marshall, 44, had been walking the heron gull on Parliament Street, York, United Kingdom after she found it in Scarborough and brought it with her on a city bus.

According to the Independent, when Marshall found the seagull, it had an injured wing. She refused to turn the bird over to the police calling them “murderers” and telling them she would rather wring the bird’s neck than let them take it away. When police attempted to arrest the homeless woman, she fell on the bird injuring it more seriously. After an examination by a nearby vet, there was nothing that could be done for the animal, and it was euthanized.

Marshall is said to be suffering from mental health problems and has lived on the streets for a decade. Her defense attorney told the court the woman appears to have hallucinations and didn’t want to hand the bird over to the police because she thought they would just kill it.

The woman pleaded guilty to injuring a wild bird, taking a wild bird, threatening and abusive behavior and refusing to surrender at court last week when the case was to be originally heard. The magistrate sentenced Marshall to a 12-month community service and barred her from keeping any animals for a year. District Judge Adrian Lower addressed Marshall stating:

“You took in an animal for care but had no ability to do that at all given your chaotic lifestyle. I can only hope you have learned from this experience and the next time you come across a sick or injured animal, however much you care for it, you will take the animal to someone better placed to care for it than you can.”

Not bad words of advice from a judge as to wildlife and all the ill-prepared people who, although they want to help, wind up causing the animal stress and more serious injuries.

Rest in peace innocent bird. Every life counts.

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Cruel: Help find culprit who shot baby moose with arrow through its head

A baby moose, barely one-and-a-half-months old, was shot through the head with a hunting arrow in Shosone County, Idaho on Thursday night. Officers from the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office said the animal was suffering when they found it and decided to humanely end its life.

According to KhqNews, the deputies were informed about the disturbing incident and found the animal in grave distress lying near Vets Road in Pinehurst.  In Idaho, anyone found guilty of poaching a moose could face up to $10,000 in fines and also be charged with animal cruelty.

“Provided further, that any person who pleads guilty, is found guilty of, or is convicted of illegal killing, illegal possession or illegal waste of a trophy big game animal as defined in section 36-202(h), Idaho Code, shall reimburse the state for each animal so killed, possessed or wasted, as follows:

… Trophy moose: ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per animal killed, possessed or wasted…”

Why in the world would anyone want to kill a baby moose except for sadistic and cruel pleasure? Please share this tragic story and help find the person responsible for this heinous deed.  The Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in this case. If you know anything that will help them find the person responsible for shooting the young moose, please call Captain Jeremy Groves at 208-556-1114.

Rest in peace little innocent animal. It is hoped you will find justice.

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