March 2, 2015
40 below, alaska, blind, blind dog found alive after 2 weeks in the cold, ed davis, ester, frozen, igor purlantov, labrador retreiver, madera
Eleven-year-old Madera, a Labrador retriever, had the odds against her when she wandered away from her Ester home in the midst of a cold snap earlier this month.Madera is completely blind because of an autoimmune disease, and the temperature was 40 below, said her owner, Ed Davis. Usually when it’s really cold out, she wants to come inside immediately after relieving herself. But for some reason, Madera ventured farther away when his wife let her out on Feb. 6. Davis was at work at Pump Station 4 of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline when Madera went missing. He came back to Fairbanks on Feb. 19 without much expectation of finding his dog. “My best hope was to walk those trails and look for a track that might be hers,” he said. “My best hope was to find a frozen dog.”
February 27, 2015
australian farm sanctuary, babies, clarabelle, edgars mission, former dairy cow, igor purlantov, mother cow hides newborn baby to protect her from farmer, volunteers
A former dairy cow was so saddened by memories of her previous babies being taken away by a farmer that she hid her newborn calf to keep her from being taken, too. Clarabelle was rescued from a dairy farm in late November by the Australian farm sanctuary Edgar’s Mission. She was hours away from slaughter at the farm, where her milk production was too low to bother keeping her alive. When Clarabelle arrived at the rescue, volunteers discovered she was pregnant.
February 26, 2015
buzzfeed launches app, cat or dog, cute, cute animals, cute or not, gopop, hot or not site, igor purlantov, tinder
Buzzfeed is going all in with experimental apps. After acquiring GoPop last week, its launching its first experimental app. As expected, it’s so full of cute animals, your heart may burst. Available today, the Cute or Not app for iOS is a mix of the old Hot or Not site and Tinder. You’re presented with a cat or dog and you swipe right if it’s cute and left if it’s not. I mean come on, you’re going to be swiping right about 95 percent of the time.
February 25, 2015
city university of london, human eye, igor purlantov, mysticism, research says cats can see things that are invisible to us, ronald douglas, uv light, uv radiation, wings of birds
New scientific data shows that cats, long a symbol of mysticism, are able to see things that are invisible to us. Cats apparently see psychedelic stripes on flowers and patterns on the wings of birds that are completely invisible to the human eye. According to this study, cats, dogs, and some other animals are able to see types of light, like UV light, that we don’t see at all. “There are plenty of things that reflect UV radiation, which some sensitive animals are able to see, while we are not,” said Ronald Douglas, professor of biology of the City University of London and co-author of the study. “For example, these may be certain patterns on flowers that show where the nectar is, or traces of urine of an animal. Also, reindeer can and see polar bears as the snow reflects UV radiation, while white fur does not.”
February 24, 2015
29, asas wickberg, farm ct, igor purlantov, karlskoga, kidney problems, minor back, missan, swedish, turning 30, worlds oldest cat
Missan, 29, may be the world’s oldest cat, according to its Swedish owner who says that aside from suffering from some minor back and kidney problems, there is no reason why her furry friend won’t make it to the grand age of 30. Missan the Swedish farm cat is turning 30 this spring and may be the world oldest living cat. By far. “I read an article about another cat that was supposed to be the world’s oldest, and I just thought to myself: ‘mine is older!’,” Missan’s owner Åsa Wickberg, from Karlskoga, told the TT news agency.
February 20, 2015
canine minds far more complex than thought, cognitive interactive studies, dogs are fascinating, igor purlantov, laurie santos, researchers at yale, tale canine cognition center
Researchers at Yale are using cognitive interactive studies to learn more about how dogs’ minds work. Laurie Santos, director of the Yale Canine Cognition Center, explains that hundreds of volunteer dogs are used as subjects of puppet shows and a series of other cognitive tests. “Dogs are just fascinating,” Santos said. “We love them, they live in our homes. Anyone who hangs out with a dog is kind of wondering, ‘what are they thinking, do they love me’.”
February 19, 2015
big apple, denise lauffer charlie, igor purlantov, local feral dog, makeshift shelter, manhattan, sleeping in freezing park, woman saves stray dog
An upper Manhattan woman slept outside in a makeshift shelter for two days straight — braving ruthless winds and bone-chilling temperatures — as she risked her life to save a stray dog from freezing to death. When temperatures in The Big Apple plummeted to record lows over the weekend, Denise Lauffer, 40, knew she had to do something drastic to ensure the survival of Charlie, a local feral dog who was in desperate need of medical care.