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North Dakota voters reject animal cruelty law

Voters struck down a law to make animal cruelty a felony

Voters struck down a law to make animal cruelty a felony

One of the weakest states for anti-cruelty laws is North Dakota, and unfortunately, it appears that it will stay that way for the time being.

Despite an effort to change the status quo in North Dakota, on Tuesday, voters defeated a measure which would have made animal cruelty a felony.

Specifically, the measure would have made it a class C felony “to maliciously and intentionally harm a living dog, cat or horse.”

According to Wednesday’s Associated Press, had the measure passed, individuals convicted of animal cruelty would have faced up to five years in prison and fines of $5,000.

Efforts to defeat the proposed law were headed up by two sizable farm groups in the state who claimed that the law was "poorly worded and vague."

November 9, 2012 Posted by | animal abuse, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Political Change, responsible pet ownership, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Innovative Cockatoo Stuns Scientists By Making Its Own Tools

Scientists Stumped Over How Cackatoo Learned to Make Tools to Obtain Food

Alice Auersperg of the University of Vienna said she was surprised when a captive cockatoo named Figaro was seen using a tool to help him obtain an object. When researchers saw him actually make a tool, they were stunned.

According to University of Oxford’s announcement regarding the research, which has now been published in the journal Current Biology, the scientists are unsure just how Figaro ever learned to make a tool, but hope it will shed light on the “evolution of intelligence.”

Here’s how the team witnessed Figaro’s new skill, according to Auersperg:

“During our daily observation protocols, Figaro was playing with a small stone. At some point he inserted the pebble through the cage mesh, and it fell just outside his reach. After some unsuccessful attempts to reach it with his claw, he fetched a small stick and started fishing for his toy.

“To investigate this further we later placed a nut where the pebble had been and started to film. To our astonishment he did not go on searching for a stick but started biting a large splinter out of the aviary beam. He cut it when it was just the appropriate size and shape to serve as a raking tool to obtain the nut.

“It was already a surprise to see him use a tool, but we certainly did not expect him to make one by himself. From that time on, Figaro was successful on obtaining the nut every single time we placed it there, nearly each time making new tools. On one attempt he used an alternative solution, breaking a side arm off a branch and modifying the leftover piece to the appropriate size for raking.”

Watch Figaro make his tools:

Oxford University professor Alex Kacelnik said that Figaro is the only known one in his species to exhibit such tool-making capabilities, but crows have been observed to do similar things. Kacelnik said a crow named Betty made hooks out of wire to obtain food out of reach.

Still, Kacelnik said researchers are “struggling to identify the cognitive operations that make these deeds possible.”

With observations from these birds, Kacelnik hopes it may help scientists “unlock many unknowns in the evolution of intelligence.”

(H/T: theBlaze, GeekOSystem, Science Daily)

November 8, 2012 Posted by | animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, animals, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , | Leave a comment

Halloween Lobster

Here’s a Lobster You’ll Have to See to Believe — It Only Occurs Once in Every 50 Million

TheBlaze has reported on giant and even oddly colored lobsters over the last couple years, but none are quite so odd as this latest one. Trapped by a Massachusetts fisherman, “Pinchy” is perfectly two toned in color.

Rare Black and Orange Lobster Split Trapped Just Before Halloween

This image released by the New England Aquarium shows a two-toned female lobster. (Photo: AP/New England Aquarium, Emily Bauernseind)

The New England Aquarium said it’s a 1-pound female lobster with a rare coloration known as a split. Marine officials say such coloration is estimated to occur once in every 50 million lobsters. The Boston Globe reported that scientists believe the condition results in the lobster’s early cellular development.

The fisherman who caught the seasonally colored crustacean in a trap last week is from Beverly, a seaside community 20 miles northeast of Boston.

Don’t believe this little lady is real? Here’s a video of it moving around:

The Globe reports this lobster bearing the name “Pinchy,” after a lobster in an episode of “The Simpsons.”

Aquarium officials said Wednesday splits have been caught in Maine, Rhode Island and Nova Scotia in the last 10 years.

(H/T: Gawker)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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November 6, 2012 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, animals, Just One More Pet, Unusual Stories, Wild Animals | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Angry Meerkats Pumpkin Adventure…

Now onto the angry Meerkats

Animals Destroying Pumpkins Will Brighten Your Day

A Meerkat eats a pumpkin decorated for Halloween at London Zoo in central London on October 30, 2012.Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Animals Destroying Pumpkins Will Brighten Your Day

A meerkat, (Suricata suricatta) tries to get at feed inside a pumpkin placed in their enclosure during a Halloween event for the media at London Zoo in London, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.Credit: AP

Animals Destroying Pumpkins Will Brighten Your Day

Meerkats eat a pumpkin decorated for Halloween at London Zoo in central London on October 30, 2012.Credit: AFP/Getty Images

The pumpkin is now part of the herd

Animals Destroying Pumpkins Will Brighten Your Day

Meerkats try to get at feed inside a pumpkin placed in their enclosure during a Halloween event for the media at London Zoo in London, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.Credit: AP

Animals Destroying Pumpkins Will Brighten Your Day

In this Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, a meerkat attempts to crawl inside a carved out pumpkin to get at some tasty meal worms at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill. During the fall season, many of the zoo s other animals receive pumpkins also. Zoo guests can see some of the animals receiving pumpkins during the annual Boo! at the Zoo celebration this coming weekend, Oct. 27-28.Credit: AP

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November 2, 2012 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Holidays With Pets, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, On The Lighter Side | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Patriot Pup Halloween Costumes 2012…

The Most Adorably Patriotic Halloween Costumes This Year

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 20: French Bulldog Lula poses as the Olympic Team USA at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade on October 20, 2012 in New York City. Hundreds of dog owners festooned their pets for the annual event, the largest of its kind in the United States. (Credit: Getty Images)

The Most Adorably Patriotic Halloween Costumes This Year

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 20: Squiggy dons swimwear at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade on October 20, 2012 in New York City. Hundreds of dog owners festooned their pets for the annual event, the largest of its kind in the United States. Credit: Getty Images

The Most Adorably Patriotic Halloween Costumes This Year

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 20: Harry, a corgi, poses as a fire truck at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade on October 20, 2012 in New York City. Hundreds of dog owners festooned their pets for the annual event, the largest of its kind in the United States. Credit: Getty Images

The Most Adorably Patriotic Halloween Costumes This Year

John Cisa and Lisa Johnson and Trinity during the 22nd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on October 20, 2012. The parade of masquerading dogs is the largest Halloween Dog Parade in the US.Credit: AFP/Getty Images

The Most Adorably Patriotic Halloween Costumes This Year

Oscar dressed as ‘Mutt Romney’ attends the 22nd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on October 20, 2012. The parade of masquerading dogs is the largest Halloween Dog Parade in the US.  Credit: AFP/Getty ImagesCredit: AFP/Getty Images

h/t to the Blaze for photos!

November 1, 2012 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, On The Lighter Side, Pet Events, pet fun, Pets | , , , , | 2 Comments

Costumes for Pet Birds and the Five Top Halloween Dangers to Pet Birds

Clothing for pets has boomed in recent years, and fashions for pet birds are definitely out there for those who want to try them. But how many bird owners actually do dress their birds in costume? The question is… how many people have really considered dressing up their bird(s)?

Halloween can be a fun and thrilling time of year, but many traditional Halloween customs can pose a risk to pet birds.
Owning a bird, however, doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on all the Halloween fun. Careful planning and consideration can help keep your little feathered goblin out of harm’s way during the festivities.
Read on to find out the Top 5 Halloween Dangers to pet birds, and what you can do to avoid them. Happy Haunting!

1. Jack-O-Lanterns

Watch that pumpkin! Birds may be attracted to it because of its bright orange color. (The fact that many birds love pumpkin seeds doesn’t exactly help.) Pumpkins that have been carved can pose a deadly risk to birds — they may try to climb in and out of the holes and get stuck, or get burned by a candle inside.

2. Artificial Spider Webs

Artificial spider webs are a very common Halloween decoration. While they do add a spooky touch to Halloween decor, they can be very dangerous to a bird. If you choose to use them, make sure to place them in a location well out of your bird’s reach. A bird can easily get entangled in the fine, wispy threads of these webs, or even injest them causing severe intestinal problems.

3. Candy

We all know that sugar is not good for our birds, but some Halloween candies can be toxic to them. The brightly colored wrappers of some candies can be particularly attractive to birds, so make sure to keep your pet in an area away from your Halloween candy to eliminate the risk.

4. People in Costume

Since sight is one of a bird’s most important senses, it’s no surprise that they are very perceptive animals; always observing their surroundings. Much like the way a bird can be "shocked" by a sudden change in his or her environment, some can become very frightened by people in unusual costumes. Keep this in mind and keep your pet out of the sight of party-goers and trick-or-treaters if you observe your pet becoming stressed.

5. Noise

With all the doorbells ringing, trick-or-treaters knocking, and spooky sound effects playing, it is easy for a bird to become overwhelmed with all the activity. If you think your bird may be sensitive to such stimulation, the best idea may be to isolate your pet in a quiet, low traffic area until the celebrations subside. Stress and shock can cause diarrhea amongst other health concerns, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

h/t to About.com

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November 1, 2012 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Holidays With Pets, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, pet fun, Pets | , , | 2 Comments