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1-in-10-Million White Buffalo Found Mutilated on Texas Ranch

    1 in 10 Million White Buffalo Found Mutilated on Texas Ranch

    The white buffalo calf, seen here in June, was found mutilated and skinned this week. (Image source: Fort Worth Telegram-Star)

    Officials in Texas are investigating the gruesome death of a rare white buffalo calf found mutilated and skinned on a ranch 50 miles outside of Dallas.

    Hunt County Lakota Buffalo Ranch owner Arby Little Soldier told KDFW-TV he and his wife returned from out of town to find the grisly discovery. The calf was considered sacred by some in the Native American community; its mother was also found dead the next day.

    According to KDFW, the non-albino white buffalo was given the name Lightning Medicine Cloud in a special ceremony last summer. The odds of a white buffalo birth are reportedly said to be 1 in 10 million.

    “My people – my brothers, my sisters – are hurt for what has happened here at this ranch,” Little Soldier told the station. “You don’t think things like this are going to happen to such a sacred animal, a sacred family.”

    The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the incident by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is conducting an investigation with the help of the Department of Homeland Security and the National Indian Council, KDFW reported.

    Little Soldier said the calf’s legend will endure at the ranch.

    “He was the hope of all nations,” he told KDFW. “You have taken the inner spirituality. You tried to stop what we‘re bringing back to y’all, but you just opened the doors to release the message to all people.”

    According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the calf’s father was killed last month by a lightning strike.

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    Source: The Blaze

    May 7, 2012 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, Stop Animal Cruelty, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, Unusual Stories, Wild Animals | , , , , , | 1 Comment

    Dog Stays for Hours Beside Owner Killed in Apparent Hit-and-Run

    Dog Stays for Hours Beside Owner Killed in Apparent Hit-and-Run

    A faithful canine stayed by his deceased owner’s side after the man was killed in an apparent hit-and-run while riding his bicycle along a northern California highway.

    (Related: Touching Video of Black Lab Braving Traffic to Sit Beside Pal Fatally Struck by Car)

    The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported the man lay dead in the road for as long as 12 hours beginning Thursday night before a passerby spotted his body, wrecked bike and dog Friday morning and called 911.

    The victim was described as a white male, approximately 50 years old. The accident scene had been partially obscured by vegetation, the Sentinel reported.

    Police said headlight debris and other items in the road indicated the man was struck by a car.

    The dog — described as a small terrier mix similar to “Toto” in “The Wizard of Oz” — had had a crate attached to the bike, police said. The dog appeared unharmed and was picked up by the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter for evaluation.

    Source:  The Blaze

    May 7, 2012 Posted by | animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, We Are All God's Creatures | , , | Leave a comment

    Diamond Dog Food Recall

    In a press release dated April 6, 2012, Diamond Pet Foods has announced a voluntary recall of its Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal and Rice dry dog food due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

    Lamb Meal and Rice by Diamond Naturals

    The recall event was also confirmed in an FDA news release last updated and posted on April 10, 2012.

    So far, no illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond-manufactured products appear to be affected.

    The product was distributed to customers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

    The company goes on to warn:

    Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

    Pets with salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

    What Products Are Affected?

    Diamond Naturals Dog Food Recall Product Information

    What to Do

    You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

    Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

    For more information about this recall, consumers should contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402.

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    May 7, 2012 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Pets | , , , , , | Leave a comment