January 31, 2014
animal rights, animals, bellies rubbed, bottlenose dolphins, captain larry hartmann, close bond, dolphin whisperer forms close bond with mammals, igor purlantov, taylor carty
Captain Larry Hartmann has watched thousands of bottlenose dolphins ride the bow of his 30-foot boat, but until Friday he had never seen the mammals develop such a close bond with one of his passengers. The accompanying footage shows several dolphins swimming to the outstretched hand of Taylor Carty and looking her in the eye, and taking turns rolling over, as if craving to have their bellies rubbed.
January 30, 2014
2014 super bowl, animal rights, animals, anomaly, brotherhood, budweiser, clydesdale, igor purlantov, puppy, puppy love super bowl ad
We hadn’t seen any major breakout hits among the 2014 Super Bowl teasers and full ads this week. But this 60-second Budweiser spot from Anomaly, released Wednesday morning, is destined for great things. It’s a sequel of sorts to last year’s “Brotherhood,” one of the strongest and best-loved Bud ads in a long time, about a baby Clydesdale and its trainer. Sticking with the baby theme, this year’s spot is about a 10-week-old puppy who keeps escaping his adoption center and makes friends with the Clydesdales on a nearby farm.
January 28, 2014
animal rights, animals, blackfish, endangered species, federal officials, first step toward freeing lolita the orca, igor purlantov, lolita, miami seaquarium, puget sound orcas, seaworld
With the popularity of the documentary Blackfish, which focuses on captive orcas at SeaWorld, public debate over keeping the endangered species in captivity has reignited. For years, activists have tried to have Lolita, an orca held captive at the Miami Seaquarium, released. Today, federal officials announced that they are taking the first steps toward having Lolita included in the endangered species listing for Puget Sound orcas. It could be a possible path to having Lolita released to a more natural setting.
January 27, 2014
27 naughtiest cats in the world, amusing creatures, animal rights, animals, cats, igor purlantov, it's their world, planet
It’s their world and we just happen to live in it. I think cats are the most amusing creatures on the planet and here is why.
January 24, 2014
animal rights, animals, borneo, elusive creature, igor purlantov, panthera, photographer, rare borneo bay cat captured in photo, southeast asia, wildcat conservation
An extremely elusive creature called a bay cat has been photographed in stunning detail in its native Borneo in Southeast Asia. The new image, which was captured by a photographer working with the wildcat conservation organization Panthera, is one of the first high-resolution images taken of the enigmatic species. Previously, grainy camera-trap images were the main evidence of the cat’s existence.
January 23, 2014
animal rights, animals, araguaia river, brazil, brazil dolphin first new river species, igor purlantov, plos one, river dolphins, scientists, since 1918, world war one
Scientists in Brazil have discovered the first new river dolphin species since the end of World War One. Named after the Araguaia river where it was found, the species is only the fifth known of its kind in the world. Writing in the journal Plos One, the researchers say it separated from other South American river species more than two million years ago. There are believed to be about 1,000 of the creatures living in the Araguaia river basin. River dolphins are among the world’s rarest creatures.