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KOALAS WERE ASKING PEOPLE FOR WATER.

AT 120 DEGREES IN AUSTRALIA , IT WAS SO HOT FOR A WEEK THAT KOALAS
WERE ASKING PEOPLE FOR WATER.  IT’S NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE.

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During the forest fires last year, a koala came to the shade of this back porch.  The home owner put a tub of water out for it, and you can see the result!

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“Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened.”

January 18, 2010 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, Unusual Stories | , , | Leave a comment

Sam the Koala’s Continued Story…

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Sam the Koala Recovering In Australian Wildlife Centre

“Sam” the koala has been rescued from the bushfires near Mirboo North in Gippsland, and is now recovering at the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter in Rawson, Victoria.  Photo courtesy: AFP.

SYDNEY: YouTube star Sam the koala was slowly recovering Thursday from severe burns received in Australia’s devastating bushfires, thanks to a little tender love and care from her new boyfriend Bob.

Animal rescue workers said the two marsupial fire survivors were doing well but it would be four or five months before they would be ready for release back into the mountain ranges of southeastern Australia.

“He puts his arm around her and comforts her. They’re very sociable,” Jenny Shaw of the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter in Rawson, Victoria state, told AFP.

Sam and Bob were united at the shelter earlier this week when a firefighter found a thirsty Sam wandering in the ashes of a eucalypt forest consumed by the worst wildfires in the country’s history.

Video of Sam eagerly drinking water from a bottle offered by helmeted firefighter Dave Tree has scored almost 150,000 hits in two days on Internet site YouTube, making her the unofficial mascot of hope for fire victims.

More than 180 people died in the firestorm on the weekend, but the toll on the region’s unique wildlife is believed to be in the millions–including kangaroos, koalas, tree gliders, lyrebirds, wombats and reptiles.

Shaw said the animals at the shelter, one of dozens of centres inundated with injured wildlife since the weekend, seemed to gladly accept human help.

“They know they’re being helped, they’re so cooperative,” she said.

“Sam has just taken it all in her stride. She’s improving but she has been very badly burned.”

She said the koalas were a unique breed from the Strzelecki Ranges in southeast Victoria, and were larger and more furry than other types of koalas found elsewhere in Australia.

Koalas live high in the branches of eucalypt trees and usually escape fires by simply climbing higher out of reach of the flames.

But the fires that razed more than 1,000 homes and 450,000 hectares (1.1 million acres) of bushland on the weekend were so intense whole trees were bursting into flames at once, leaving little hope for tree-dwelling marsupials.

Firefighter Tree described Sam as “looking pretty bewildered” when he found her at the foot of a blackened stump.

“Things do survive the bushfire… are you alright buddy?” he says in the footage captured by a fellow volunteer on a mobile phone.

“This is amazing… how much can a koala bear?” he said as he poured two bottles of water into her mouth.

Wildlife experts fear thousands and possibly millions of native animals may have perished in the firestorm, threatening the genetic diversity of species already suffering from loss of habitat and climate change.

“There are literally thousands of Australian native animals who have been killed or orphaned and who are suffering from dehydration, smoke inhalation and severe burns, as well as serious injuries suffered as a result of attempting to flee the fires,” said Carmen Welss from the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.

“With their environment now devastated our koalas are also at high risk of starvation with multiple koala communities at threat of being completely wiped out.”

Gayle Chappell from the Hepburn wildlife shelter told the national AAP news agency on Wednesday that the toll of wildlife from the fires “will be in the hundreds of thousands, possibly millions.”

“We are not just talking the animals we are familiar with, there are gliders and all sorts of possums, antechinus (a mouse-like marsupial), bandicoots, birds–there is so much wildlife,” she said. 

(By STEPHEN COATES/AFP)

 

March 5, 2009 Posted by | Animal Rescues, Just One More Pet, Success Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Some of 2008’s Oddest Pet Stories

 

 
Penelope, a Lhasatese (Maltese Llhasa designer breed dog) is the ‘daughter’ of Dr. Margaret LaManna and attorney Manny Levin, who live in West Palm Beach. ‘I take her everyplace here, especially shops,’ says Margaret LaManna. ‘People ooh and ahh because she’s totally cute.’
 

While you were summering on the island, or the Hamptons or Newport, etc., elsewhere throughout the world strange stories were being reported about four-legged creatures — and their weirder two-legged owners.

For example, I found a news story about a man in California who claimed his dog was a victim of a “hate crime” when it was attacked by a cat. It would have been laughable except he called in some legal beagles and sued for $1.5 million.

Then there was the report of the 4-year-old Pennsylvania boy who ended up in the doghouse for frequently meowing at his hated cat-loving neighbor. And if his arrest for harassment over that seemed strange, it was no odder than the story in Northern Florida about someone arrested on animal-cruelty charges for cursing at a police dog in a squad car.

America hardly had a monopoly on pet weirdness. How about the woman in China who tried to get her poodle to drive? The police stopped her care when they saw a dog whose front legs were wrapped around the steering wheel. It turned out his back legs were on his owner’s lap, and she was controlling the foot pedals, trying to “teach” the dog to drive.

The English can often be counted on for eccentricity, and they didn’t disappoint when they came up with a Web site called http://www.marryyourpet.com.

Is this for real? Hard to tell, since the site reads: “So go on, if you really love him and you’re in this for life, isn’t it time you married your pet?”

But if you’re serious about getting serious with your furry one, before you go ahead with your pup-tials, heed their warning: “Please note that by marrying your pet, he/she may entitled to half your house and all your income.”

Those of you who were in New York know that the bizarre pet story of the summer was a “catricide.” The fur flew when a 205-pound ex-baseball player kicked his girlfriend’s 7-pound cat, named Norman, in a moment of rage — and then claimed he murdered the cat in self-defense.

Other strange cat news out of New York: A school was to teach owners to “think like a cat.” The courses, held at the “Meow Mix Academy,” even included scratching workshops.

Strange pet happenings weren’t limited to dogs and cats. In England, it was reported that some parrots could become suicidal and were being treated with liquid Prozac.

An even stranger story came from Australia where a study proved that goldfish can remember “complex concepts” for days.

But the winner for wild pet stories is Singapore, where some people are taught on the Internet how to remotely pet and dress their chickens. It seems that some farmers in Asia make pets out of chickens, outfit them with special dresses … oh the heck with it. You wouldn’t believe it if I explained it!

Special to the Daily News

Source:  PalmBeachDailyNews.com

Monthly Feature:  BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS IN DOGS

All veterinarians and most dog owners should have this one! Here is the book veterinarians refer to when solving challenging behavior problems. Humane, efficient, and effective ways of dealing with negative behaviors.

February 24, 2009 Posted by | Just One More Pet, On The Lighter Side, pet fun, Unusual Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment