The internet loves cats.
There are about 15 million pictures tagged with the word “cat” publicly available on image hosting sites such as Instagram and Flickr.
You can see most of them at the website I Know Where Your Cat Lives — an experiment set up to show how easy it is to access data and photos online.
The website’s map uses an image’s geolocation metadata to pinpoint where it was created and uploaded with an estimated accuracy of 7.8 metres.
I had to share these two Animal Stories that tugged at my heartstrings on the same day. [Ed]
Alan Gent didn’t know his purpose in life until he retired and bought his granddaughter a horse named Rebel. That sparked a passion to save these loving creatures from the knackery, and restore the “soft and bright” look to their eyes. More . . . .
An old man dies. Alone except for his two old dogs, Indigo and Blue. They stayed by his side for weeks until his body is found. It’s the sort of tragic story that makes people wonder how it could happen, and often ends sadly for all involved — including the faithful pets. More . .
Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives — the euthanasia of our beloved dog Murphy.
I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath — she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of confusion and the reassurance that everyone was ok because we were both by her side.
Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them,
Filling an emptiness we don’t even know we have.
They have a particular kindness, gentleness and intuition when it comes to understanding their human friends. More . . .
Auckland sailor Paul Thompson can’t always hear everything around him while at sea. That’s where his cat comes in.
A six-month-old ginger Maine Coon, Strauss von Skattebol of Rebelpawz – or Skatty for short – plays an important role when the pair go sailing around New Zealand.
“I am totally deaf and Skatty is my ears,” Thompson says. “Without any training, he has twigged that I don’t hear and of his own accord he lets me know if a boat comes alongside, people are at my door and when my phone receives text messages.”
A cow has managed to activate an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), setting in motion a response by Canberra authorities and Northern Territory Police.
About 6:00pm on Saturday, monitors in Canberra detected an EPIRB signal emanating from an area north of the NT township of Adelaide River, about 3,000 kilometres away.
Christmas Island rangers have taken road safety to a whole new level with the construction of a “crab bridge” over the island’s busiest road.
In preparation for the annual spawning season, rangers have been setting up barriers along the roadside to prevent the crabs from being crushed under the wheels of cars.
A five-metre-high bridge has also been constructed at one point along the road to help the crabs move across the island and continue their migration.
In the eerie emptiness of Chernobyl’s abandoned towns, wildlife is flourishing.
The sound was like nothing Tom Hinton had ever heard before: a chorus of baleful wolf howls, long and loud and coming from seemingly every direction in the darkness. The predators yipped and chirped and crooned to one another for what seemed like forever, sending a shiver of awe and intuitive fear down Hinton’s spine. “It was a primordial experience,” he said, something most of humanity hasn’t felt for tens of thousands of years. “That dates back to when humans were prey.” More
Wool shorn off an overgrown sheep found near Canberra yesterday has set a world record for the heaviest fleece removed in one shearing, the RSPCA says.
The sheep, found yesterday, underwent a risky shearing operation to remove 42.3 kilograms of wool. More . . .
A WEBBY award-winning artist has paid tribute to the late Steve Irwin by way of a clever musical remix. Electronic musician John Boswell’s three-minute-and-15-second video of the Crocodile Hunter, titled Wildest Things in the World, has gone viral. Watch the Video.
[Kiwozi: This is NOT the suburban Aussie Housewife talking about her hubby ok ! ]
A BOOZE-PILFERING drunken feral pig has caused chaos by running amok at an Australian campsite and starting a fight with a cow.
The belligerent porker went on a drunken bender after stealing and drinking three six-packs of beer that had been left out by campers at the DeGrey River campsite in Port Hedland, Australia. More . . .
[ Kiwozi: Ouch !! As an “Animal Lover” I just had to share this story. I also subscribe to the philosophy an “eye for an eye” . . .or is that a “Penis for a Nose” ? ]
A MAN who was bitten on the penis after allegedly punching a police dog in the face is in police custody.
Zane Thomas Smith had been on the run for several days after an alleged robbery at Mooloolaba, where he allegedly bashed a woman and stole a motorcycle. The 23-year-old Peregian Springs man was tracked to a house in Pomona, where a police dog sniffed him out hiding in a hallway cupboard. More . . . .
[ Kiwozi:I like a good tear-jerker story sometimes and I’m a pet lover too so this one just had to get some space; ]
Schoep and his owner, John Unger, became famous thanks to a photo that touched hearts across the globe. Now Unger is posting what may be his final recollection of his beloved dog. Yesterday, he posted on his Facebook page, “I breathe but I can’t catch my breath. Schoep passed yesterday.”
They became famous last August when a photo taken by a friend, photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, become a true viral success on Facebook. The photo depicts man and dog embracing while bathing in Lake Superior in Wisconsin. The touching nature of the photo was backed up by an even more wonderful story. More . .
WANTED: a big cat lover, physically fit, with a view to a long-term commitment. Err, please note, you need to love big cats as well as being a big lover of cats to be pawfect for the job.
Australia Zoo is advertising for a tiger handler to join the crew working with the big cats at the Tiger Temple. Tiger den supervisor Giles Clark said the best person for the job did not necessarily have to have years of experience or relevant tertiary education. “We are looking for the right type of person and this won’t necessarily be a person with all sorts of academic qualifications,” he said. More. .
THERE was, finally, some good news for French President Francois Hollande this week.
Mali’s government gave him a new camel to replace one presented to him in February, which was eaten by the family in Timbuktu he had left it with. “As as soon as we heard of this, we quickly replaced it with a bigger and better-looking camel,” a Malian government official said. “The new camel will be sent to Paris. We are ashamed of what happened to the [old] camel. It was a present that did not deserve this fate.” President Hollande was given the first camel when he visited Mali the month after France’s successful military intervention in January to prevent islamist groups from invading the south of the country.
On 28th June, 1991, an all-white humpback whale was photographed passing Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point. This unusual whale is, so far, the only documented record of an all-white humpback whale in the world. It has been named “Migaloo” This is the name Australian Aboriginal community elders from the Hervey Bay area in Queensland use to describe a White Fella.
Migaloo is an adult male. Researchers from Southern Cross University were able to collect sloughed skin samples from Migaloo in October 2004 when he breached. Small pieces of skin fell off him into the water and were collected and analysed for DNA. From this it was confirmed that Migaloo is definitely a male. A genetic fingerprint for Migaloo was also obtained, allowing researchers to check for relatives of Migaloo amongst the other whales they have samples from, as well as to check whether Migaloo is the father if they obtain skin from a calf.
Migaloo is suspected to be an albino whale, but without definitive evidence for the moment he is known as a “hypo-pigmented” humpback. Migaloo is part of the east Australian humpback population, now suspected to number around 11-13,000 individuals in 2010. Whale watching guidelines exist to protect humpback whales in Australian waters. These include slow approach speeds (6 knots) when within 300m of an adult humpback, and vessels are prohibited from approaching closer than 100m of adults, or 300m if a calf is present.
Because Migaloo is such a unique whale he has special Queensland & Commonwealth Government legislation that is enacted each year to protect him from harassment. For this reason all vessels including Jet-skis are prohibited from approaching Migaloo no closer than 500m and Aircraft no lower then 2000 feet. The Fine for breaching this law is $16,500.00
Pelorus Jack was a Risso’s dolphin who was famous for helping guide ships through a dangerous stretch of water in New Zealand known as French Pass. The legend of Pelorus Jack states that, back in the late 1800’s, Jack would appear whenever a ship approached the straight, and would help guide the ship through the treacherous rocks and currents into Pelorus harbor. Legend tells that a drunken passenger on a steamboat called Penguin once shot Jack with a rifle. After that, Jack would never appear to help guide the Penguin into harbor, although he still helped other ships. Ironically, the Penguin was wrecked years later while trying to navigate French Pass without Jack’s help. No ship ever wrecked in the pass when Jack was there to guide them. Jack was spotted regularly for over 25 years before disappearing in 1912 – presumably having died of old age.