Girl Donates Birthday Money to Help Animals

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On a day when most children savor getting gifts and lots of personal attention, Zoe Marcum thought of others, especially some four-legged friends.  Zoe, who turned 8 on Monday, celebrated at Young-Williams Animal Center by stopping by the animal holding areas and giving each animal a gift. She paid for the gifts with her birthday money.  “I was thinking about all those animals, and I really like animals. And, I really enjoy pets. I really have a bunch of stuff already and I kind of wanted to take a break from getting more,” she told 10News.

Ridiculously Good Looking Gorilla Is Very Popular in Japan

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All ladies are swooning, but this time it’s not over a man. Well not a human one at least. Believe it or not these women have eyes for a gorilla.  With a chiseled face, smug smile and sunken eyes, the attractive primate named Shibani lives at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden in Japan.

Latest Tool to Help Save Tigers From Extinction

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Conservation scientists have a new tool in the battle to save tigers. They have found a way to track the animals via their scent spray, which is—no kidding—a citrus-scented mix of urine and anal gland secretions that tigers use to mark their territory and tell other cats when they’re in the mood for love.  Scientists typically use scat to trace tigers. But tiger spray is two to eight times more frequently found than scat, generally as an oily sheen on certain bushes about five feet above the ground. In the new research, published in the June issue of the journal Conservation Genetics Resources, scientists showed that the DNA in tiger spray was better for tracking and identifying individual cats than the genetic material in scat, which breaks down in humid climates.

Lion Among 23,000 Species Threatened With Extinction


The mighty lion, reclusive cave crabs and the world’s rarest sea lion are among nearly 23,000 species at risk of dying out, a top conservation body warned on Tuesday. In an update to its “Red List” of threatened species, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature hailed some clear advances in saving endangered species like the Iberian Lynx. But, it warned, those successes have been overshadowed by declines in a range of species, with 22,784 species of animals and plants threatened with extinction. “Our natural world is becoming increasingly vulnerable,” warned IUCN chief Inger Andersen, urging increased efforts to save species teetering on the edge.

Do Animals Laugh? Tickle Experiments Suggest They Do

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How do whales hear music? They listen to orca-stras!  I told that joke to a lizard and got crickets. It made me wonder the same thing as Eid Muhammad Afridi, who asked Saturday’s Weird Animal Question of the Week, “Do animals laugh?”  So far, apes and rats are the only known animals to get the giggles.  Koko, the western lowland gorilla famous for her facility with sign language, “thinks that me being clumsy is funny,” and will make laughing noises, says Penny Patterson, president of the California-based Gorilla Foundation.

Meet the Brave Cat Who Won a ‘Hero Dog’ Award

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For the first time, a Los Angeles shelter’s Hero Dog award has gone to a cat.  In May 2014, Tara the cat fought off a dog that attacked her 6-year-old owner as he rode his bicycle in the driveway of the family’s Bakersfield home.  Tara body-slammed Scrappy, a chow-mix that lived next door, when the dog got out of his yard, ran for Jeremy Triantafilo, grabbed his leg and started shaking from side-to-side. Tara chased the dog toward its home. It was later euthanized.

Deaf Dog Learns Sign Language While Waiting For Someone To Love Him

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Gordon’s world is a silent one.  Totally deaf and abandoned on the streets of London, Gordon would have reason to withdraw from the world around him.  For Gordon, who has been looking for a forever home since last year, being deaf has hurt his chances of being adopted.  Still, Gordon is an incredibly sweet individual, and people at the shelter Gordon currently calls home are not quick to give up on finding him a real home, and a way to communicate — through sign language. “Our staff are teaching him sign and rewarding him with treats,” Raffy Hamid, of The Mayhew Animal Home, told The Dodo.

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