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If you have a swimming pool, chances are you’ve had to clear a few frogs (dead or alive) out of it. We humans aren’t the only ones who want to take a cool dip now and then, after all.
The chlorine-treated water that keeps swimming pools clean and disease-free will prove deadly for frogs who spend too much time in it, which is where the Frog Log Critter Escape Ramp comes in. This handy product gives frogs a safe, chlorine-free pad to land on as well as an escape ramp that, in theory, allows them to hop on out to safety.
This bonobo named “Kanzi” can start a fire and cook food on his own.
Kanzi is a thirty-five year old bonobo (a cousin to the common chimpanzee). He was born in captivity and is currently a resident at the Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative in Des Moines, Iowa. The center is focused on research and conservation projects for Great Apes Worldwide, and works with Kanzi for various behavioral studies.
Image: Jeroen Kransen
Kanzi has learned to gather twigs and branches, arrange them into a pile, light a match, and build his own fire. He then artfully puts marshmallows onto a stick and roasts them over the flames.
He has also been recorded roasting hamburgers on a pan over the fire.
Dr. Savage-Rumbaugh of ACCI said, “Kanzi makes fire because he wants to. He used to watch the film Quest For Fire when he was very young which was about early man struggling to control fire. He watched it spellbound over and over hundreds of times.”
When he’s done with the fire, he pours water over it to extinguish the flames. Safety first!
He’s more than just a chef, though. Kanzi understands 3,000 english words and can point to lexigrams, or symbols, of 500 words to communicate back to us. When Kanzi was just a baby, an American Psychologist attempted to teach his mother to communicate using a keyboard. She never quite picked it up, but Kanzi, who was usually just playing in the background, easily learned the words and symbols.
Together with the common chimpanzee, bonobos are our closest living relatives. The species is normally found in Central Africa and is unfortunately listed on the IUCN Red List as an endangered species due to poaching.
If you’re an animal rights activist, chances are you want to do everything you can to help animals. Maybe you’re a college student, you don’t have a car and you’re constantly broke. Maybe you’re a parent, maybe you work long hours, but where there is a will there is a way. Here are my top ten suggestions for being an effective animal rights activist.
A Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said Friday. Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, Texas, at around 3 a.m. local time Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire.
Last month I drove out to Pasado’s Safe Haven, an animal sanctuary that rescues creatures of all kinds, often from cruelty situations. During my tour I was introduced to 14 male baby goats, running through a field, playfully head butting each other.
If you’re a dog owner, there’s probably one thing you dread about holidays like New Year’s Eve or the Fourth of July. Fireworks scare dogs. Imagine you have no idea what fireworks are. Suddenly you see bright lights and hear explosions coming from the sky. You’d be pretty terrified, too. Fireworks wreak havoc on animals, and vet visits skyrocket around holidays where fireworks are common. Dogs, with their sensitive hearing, are especially vulnerable, and many hurt themselves trying to escape or hide. They can run and risk getting lost hit by cars.
Anti-whaling activist Paul Watson gets back his Canadian passport, four years after Harper revoked it
Paul Watson, an anti-whaling activist known as one of the founding members of Greenpeace, is finally getting back his Canadian passport, four years after it was mysteriously revoked by the Harper government. Watson, who now lives in France, told National Observer he received the passport on Monday after a long ordeal that included several battles with the former Conservative government, thanks to a bit of help from Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.
Nicholas Garcia has turned himself in to the police! He also deactivated his Facebook account. Continue to sign and share and demand a stiff jail term! A man from Joliet, Illinois is sought after by police after tricking a pit bull dog into taking a firework in his mouth moments before he had lighted it up. The dog did not survive the incident.
Costa Rica has announced that it will be the first country in the world to shut down its zoos and free the captive animals they hold. Costa Rica is an especially biodiverse country, holding about 4% of the world’s known species. Sadly, the country is contractually obligated to keep two of its zoos open for another decade. Still, after that, they plan to shut it down in favor of a cage-free habitat for the animals to live in.
Australian-born Josh Agland worked in a slaughterhouse for three years before the horrors he witnessed inspired him to become an activist with local political group Animal Justice Party. Agland detailed his experience on the kill line to The Huffington Post, revealing that workers have kill quotas (100 animals per hour) and falling short directly affects their wages.
Animals are skinned alive, mutilated, prodded, and neglected in the course of everyday work. Agland recalls a dairy cow who collapsed on the slaughterhouse floor and was left without pain relief because workers believed she was destined for slaughter in the morning anyway.
“One-way gates prevent the animals from backing away in fear,” Agland said. “Many get caught as they sprint forward to remain close to a friend for comfort.”
The former kill floor worker spoke out about his story because he believes that “it’s the story of the animals who fear and fight death on gruesome, fast-paced slaughter lines, and it’s the story of the workers who perform this dangerous, soul-destroying work. It’s the story of the business of killing and it needs to be told.”
Agland’s new line of work is driven by the idea that “we are not just speaking for ourselves but the billions of others who cannot be heard.”