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August 28, 2008

Rare hummingbird Spotted

A bird feeder in Dennis has been attracting a very rare visitor: an adult, male Broad-billed Hummingbird.

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The first record of this species for any New England state happened just two weeks ago when a lone bird appeared for a single day in Connecticut.

The Dennis bird, first appeared last Thursday when Ron and Marj Murphy realized they had a very different hummingbird visiting their hummingbird feeders. For confirmation, they called some birding neighbors, Sandra and Charles McGibbon, who were amazed. The bird was still being seen infrequently yesterday.

Read the Full Story. Links to videos as well!

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August 26, 2008

Part 3 of 3 is up

This is the follow up on the post from last week. Number 3 of 3 about what creatures make good pets, and those that don't. The section on parrots is of special interest to me, and I wonder where they get their numbers, or how true they are.. anyway, here is the article!

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August 22, 2008

Beginner pets: Doing the research.

All Creatures Rescue
has an EXCELLENT post today and previously about Pets, watch for part 3! Today's entry is about: talking about how to do enough research to determine whether a certain pet is right for you, and also some considerations about the costs of caring for a pet. The full post is here.

If you are "in the market" for a new companion, please read this article!

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August 21, 2008

baby long-eared owl adopted by a greyhound called 'Torque'

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This greyhound and owl who have formed a rather bizarre friendship at an animal centre.

The six-month-old dog, Torque, adopted tiny baby owl Shrek when she was taken from her mother for her own protection after just three days.

Keepers feared Shrek's mother would eat her first clutch if she became stressed.

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August 19, 2008

Officer acquitted, New man Charged with same crime....

A follow up to yesterdays story..
On the same day that one of their own was acquitted of an animal cruelty charge involving the heat-related death of his K-9, Chandler police arrested a Phoenix man in a similar case.

Police are recommending that 27-year-old Eugene Scott be charged with one count of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor, after his dog, Brother, was found panting Friday inside a hot vehicle parked at Chandler Fashion Center, a police report says.

While Chandler police did not believe that Sgt. Tom Lovejoy committed a crime when he forgot his dog for almost 13 hours inside a patrol vehicle, they say Scott's case was criminal because it was intentional.

"He knows that he left the dog in there and he knew that the dog was in there and took the risk of harm being done to the dog anyway," said Chandler police spokesman Sgt. Rick Griner. "That's reckless."

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August 18, 2008

Trial in death of police K-9 starts for officer

Dog died after being left inside patrol SUV
The Arizona Republic

Just over a year after Sgt. Tom Lovejoy left his police dog sleeping in his patrol SUV, the Chandler officer goes on trial today hoping to prove that Bandit's death that hot August day was a tragic accident, not animal cruelty.
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Thirteen hours after he first left the dog, Lovejoy returned to the SUV and discovered the 5-year-old Belgian Malinois dead.
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he simply forgot the dog and was so emotionally distraught when he found Bandit dead that night he couldn't figure out how the dog got into the vehicle.

"Unless you know Tom and know his love for animals and how much he loved that guy, you just can't understand," Carolynn Lovejoy said.

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August 15, 2008

New Video of Snub Fin Dolphins

Identified as a new species only in 2005, the bulbous-headed snub fin dolphin-called the world's ugliest-had never been filmed until now, according to an Australian TV production.
From Natioal Geographic

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August 13, 2008

Hong Kong retailer holds pet Olympics

By Mary Clarke

PetMax, a pet shop in Hong Kong, China, is holding its own sporting event to rival the Olympic Games, which kicked off in Beijing at the weekend, as reported by AFP. The Olympets is designed to promote sport for animals in the city, where space to exercise pets is limited.

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PetMax owner Howard Cheung told AFP: "Pets need to exercise and they don't have much space in Hong Kong. So we are trying to promote exercise and stimulate owners to exercise their pets."

The Olympets will run for 10 weeks at the city-centre store, with pet’s competing for medals in events such as rabbit hurdles, parrot rope-climbing and cat agility contests. So far, 400 pets have taken part in the games. Specially made pet-sized medals will be given to winners at the end of the month.


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August 11, 2008

Newest Video

see it here

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August 04, 2008

Summer fun with Moose!

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August 01, 2008

New Dolphin Species Discovered

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KIMBERLY COAST, Australia (APTN) ― The first pictures of what has been dubbed the world's ugliest dolphin were shown on Australian television on Thursday.

The snub fin dolphin with its distinctive bulbous head was first identified three years ago off Western Australia's remote Kimberley coast.

It is the first new dolphin species to be discovered in fifty years.

Unlike some dolphins, the snub fins aren't used to humans and are easily scared away.

On Thursday researchers used a dart gun to retrieve a DNA sample from the dolphins for genetic examination.

Full Story and Video HERE

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