December 31, 2013
animal rights, animals, breaking wave, california, igor purlantov, june emerson, ktla, large shark, manhattan beach, shark, shark photbombs family photo
Can there be such thing as a shark photobomb? That’s what many are calling an eerie and eye-catching photo inadvertently snapped by a California mother that appears to show a large shark, or maybe a dolphin, swimming near her two children. “It was quite a shock to see” the photo, June Emerson told KTLA about her photo, which captured the outline of a large fish swimming underneath a breaking wave close to the shore on Manhattan Beach.
December 30, 2013
animal rights, animal shelter, animals, christmas, denver, dog, igor purlantov, mother, newborn puppies, puppies, puppy brings a family christmas joy, tucker
Like many Christmas presents, my dog Tucker came in a box. A few years ago in Denver, three tiny newborn puppies, just hours old, were stuffed in a cardboard container like some old shoes and dumped off in front of an animal shelter without explanation — no note detailing what had caused the dog-dumper to lose his humanity, no apology for yanking the puppies away from their mother or for visiting tragedy on the first person to open the box.
December 27, 2013
animal rights, animals, dramatic rescue of dog swept out to sea, igor purlantov, labrador, lucky dog, norfolk coast, reefs, rescue, rescued in the uk, royal national lifeboat institution, sea palling, searching, sky news
A lucky dog was rescued in the UK Sunday after being swept out to sea and assumed dead. The Labrador and its owner were taking a walk when the dog went into the ocean off Sea Palling on the north Norfolk coast and was taken away by the tide, according to Sky News. Two kayakers helped the man search for his pet but eventually gave up. However, the next morning, crews from Royal National Lifeboat Institution began searching the reefs half a mile off the coast.
December 24, 2013
animal cognition, animal rights, animals, dog, facial images, familiar humans, igor purlantov, science news daily, university of helsinki, your dog recognizes your face
Your dog may be able to recognize your face in a photo. That’s the latest from the University of Helsinki, which published the results of its study in the journal Animal Cognition this December. According to Science News Daily, the researchers had dogs look at facial images of familiar humans (such as their owner) and other dogs in the family, as well as unfamiliar humans and dogs they’d never encountered. Then the researchers measured the dogs’ eye movements as they viewed the photos.
December 23, 2013
50% of cats and dogs, 80 million pets, american animals are getting fatter, animal kingdom, animal rights, animals, big two factors, igor purlantov, national pet obesity awareness day, national pet obesity survey, overweight or obese
Everyone knows Americans are fat and getting fatter, and everyone thinks they know why: more eating and less moving. But the “big two” factors may not be the whole story. Consider this: Animals have been getting fatter too. The National Pet Obesity Survey recently reported that more than 50 percent of cats and dogs—that’s more than 80 million pets—are overweight or obese. Pets have gotten so plump that there’s now a National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. (It was Wednesday.) Lap dogs and comatose cats aren’t alone in the fat animal kingdom. Animals in strictly controlled research laboratories that have enforced the same diet and lifestyle for decades are also ballooning.
December 20, 2013
amsterdam, animal righta, animals, cat sanctuary, dutch, homeless cats, houseboat, igor purlantov, many cats, near a canal, stray cats, world's only floating cat sanctuary
Imagine, if you will, that you live in Amsterdam. It’s a very chill time and you enjoy a comfortable existence near a canal because you’re Dutch and that’s a thing. One day, one of the city’s many stray cats hangs out adorably near you for so long that you think, “Alright, lil’ buddy, you can live with me.” The cat thinks, Wat leuk! Over the next few weeks and months, you take in so many cats that they literally overrun your home and you are forced to do the only logical thing: buy a houseboat adjacent to your dwelling and fill it with dozens and dozens of homeless cats, creating the world’s first and only floating cat sanctuary.
December 19, 2013
ancient chinese cat shakes up domestication theory, animal rights, animals, chinese village, domestication, fiona marshall, igor purlantov, middle east, scientists, washington, wild cats
A cat-and-mouse game played out in a Chinese village 5,300 years ago is helping scientists understand how wild felines became the tame pets we know today. Scientists believe it was the cat’s appetite that led to domestication. Grain stored by ancient farmers was a magnet for rodents, which in turn attracted wild cats. Over time, the cats adapted to village life and became tame around their human hosts. This is, at least, the leading theory, derived from archaeological evidence in the Middle East, rather than China. But bones recently discovered in a Chinese village add weight to the idea that felines took on pest-control duties in ancient times, says researcher Fiona Marshall of Washington University in St. Louis.