Friday, September 27, 2013

It's The Weekend

Going somewhere?

New Brunswick Veterinary Medical Association

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pets In Disguise

Let's start with an easy one ...

Who's this?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday Meowsings

Cat Owner's Prayer

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Because I'm only human,It's sometimes hard to be
The wise, all-knowing creature
That my cat expects of me. 

And so I pray for special help
To somehow understand
The subtle implications
Of each proud meowed command. 

Oh, let me not forget that chairs
Were put on earth to shred;
And what I like to call a lap
Is actually a bed. 

I know it's really lots to ask
But please, oh please, take pity;
And though I'm only human,
Make me worthy of my kitty!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Toronto Zoo Elephants Finally Moving?

It is being reported this week that the Toronto Zoo elephants will be transported some time after Thanksgiving by truck to the PAWS Sanctuary in California. The exact departure date is not being disclosed for "security reasons". No explanation as to what that means.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Gorilla Twins

I didn't know gorillas had twins. Did you? Twins are very rare and with less than 900 mountain gorillas remaining in the wild the birth of twins is very exciting. The boys belong to a group of protected gorillas living in Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes Park) in Rwanda. The group is cared for by an organization called Gorilla Doctors

Proud mom Kabatwa and sons Isango and Isangano
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Endangered Species - Australian Numbat

Numbats are small carnivorous marsupials that live in Australia. Numbats are termite eaters having tan coloured fur with black and white strips and a long bushy tail. Their bodies are 8 - 11 inches long with a tail 5 - 8 inches long and they weigh 1 pound (female)  to 1.5 pounds (male). Adults can eat up to 20,000 termites every day.

It is extinct in many areas of Australia, only being found in 2 areas of Western Australia were it is endangered. There are less than 1,000 in the wild.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday Meowsings

Nanny believes that people should not keep wild animals as pets. It isn't safe for humans and it is not a suitable environment for the animal. The judge deciding the case of Darwin - aka the Ikea monkey - agrees. Read the full story for more meowsings on this topic.

Darwin running loose in an Ikea story after he got
out of the car he was left in in the parking lot
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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Do Woodchucks Actually Chuck Wood?

The origins of the name woodchuck has nothing to do with wood or chucking. It comes from an Algonquian name for the animal "wuchak". 
The woodchuck Marmota monax—sometimes called groundhog—is a rodent and belongs to the large group of mammals Rodentia, which includes squirrels, prairie dogs, and chipmunks. Within this large group the woodchuck is considered one of the marmots. Hinterland Who's Who

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Don't Kill Animals With Your Garbage

Many folks do a Fall clean up, getting rid of unwanted items from their homes. I thought I'd take the opportunity to talk about some safety tips to prevent injury and death to animals. Pets, wildlife and marine life are at risk from items being tossed away that you may not even realize are hazardous to them.

Thousands of animals are injured and die every year due to trash discarded by humans like the hedgehog in the photo below that became hopelessly entangled in a badminton net. Click here to read the full story. 

The RSPCA offers some great tips and advice on preventing your trash from becoming a death trap. Take a few moments and read their post Litter Costs Lives.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cats Off Leash

How did cats go from being worshipped as Gods to the low status they have in society today? This is most evident when it comes to stray and feral cats. Except for some kind hearted volunteers who take it upon themselves to care for them, they are largely ignored by society. This would never happen to dogs. Why is that?

One reason is that by and large people take better care of dogs than they do cats. One reason for that is animal regulations that provide that level of assurance. Another reason is widely held beliefs in myths that cats need to go outside and that they are capable of surviving on their own outside.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Monday Meowsings

According to the most recent scientific research, chimpanzees don't respond to or dance to music. How do we explain what they are doing in this video if that is true?

Read the Pyshology Today article Why chimpanzees would dance to Johny Cash's music for more meowsings on this topic.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Dangerous Gaps In Exotic Pet Regulations Pt. 2

I will never forget a news story from years ago about a woman who was operating an underground rescue for injured and orphaned squirrels. That's right - underground. She had to operate in secret because she  risked being fined and/or jailed. The reason for the penalty is it is against the law to harbour wild animals. This same woman could however, in many cites in my Province, own a 3 meter (10 foot) snake or a 2 meter (6.5 foot) lizard. Perhaps even a tiger ...

In Ontario, for example, she says, "it's easier for you to own a tiger than it is to have a raccoon in your house because of the way the laws are set up." Ontario laws are largely designed for native species, often because of concerns around such things as rabies, she said. "We don't have the same laws for non-native species." CEO Barbara Cartwright.Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (full story)

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Exotic Animal Incidents

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Camel Humor

"Hump Day. Ahahahahahahaha! Get it? Hump Day?"
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Back To School

Nanny wishes everyone with children the best first day back to school.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday Meowsings

“Just beyond the ticket booth Father had painted on a wall in bright red letters the question: DO YOU KNOW WHICH IS THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL IN THE ZOO? An arrow pointed to a small curtain. There were so many eager, curious hands that pulled at the curtain that we had to replace it regularly. Behind it was a mirror. ” Yann Martel - Life of Pi

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