Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Another video available here. Thanks to Aileen for sending this story.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
This is one of my new favorites.
Meet Cashew and Libby.
Libby was honored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as Cat of the Year. The Daily Item explained:
Cashew, a yellow Labrador/Shar Pei mix who died in 2005 at 14, gradually went blind and deaf due to old age, Terry said.According to the article, Libby hasn't gotten over the death of Cashew and is not interested in making friends with new dogs.
As the dog found it harder and harder to get around, Libby stepped in, leading her canine friend to her food bowl, waiting for Cashew's return from inside the Burns' home and watching over the dog while the two slept side-by-side.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
A cat and a bear have been living happily in a Berlin Zoo for more than eight years. The Sun explains:
Meet furry friends Mausi and Muschi – the cat and the bear who are a zoo’s odd couple.
The female moggy and the male Asian black bear live, eat, sleep and even play together.
Their unlikely friendship was forged seven years ago when Mausi entered Muschi’s enclosure at Germany’s Berlin Zoo and started to eat his food.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
The Guardian reports that this dog and baby kangaroo are now best friends:
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Check out this NPR interview with Allie Harvey, who runs the zoo.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Owen, a baby hippo, was rescued in the Indian Ocean after the 2004 earthquake. He was put in a pen with Mzee, a 130-year-old Aldabra Giant Tortoise. Over time the two became inseparable companions - eating, sleeping, swimming, and playing together. And they became famous; Owen and Mzee: The true story of a remarkable friendship hit the New York Times bestseller list.
Caretakers eventually moved Owen to a new enclosure with a female hippo, Cleo, so the friendship has ended, but you can still enjoy these photos:
There's a great article in National Geographic about the pair, and you can check out much more at the Owen and Mzee web site.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
There are many more videos of Sharky on YouTube.
Thanks to Corinne for sending.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Believe it or not, two years ago the New York Times Sunday Book Review published a review of several books on interspecies friendships.
In "Can't We All Just Get Along?," author Sarah Ellis writes:
"What is it that so appeals to us about implausible animal cooperation? We humans seem to have a great hunger for the wolf to dwell with the lamb. Is this a vision of paradise? An alternative to our deep-seated fear that we are all either predator or prey? Whatever is at work, it is evident that we find stories of interspecies relationships deeply satisfying and that we are eager to present these to children."Thanks to Andrea for sending this.
Monday, December 15, 2008
As reported in Ananova, a wolf and a goat have become inseparable after zookeepers in Nanchong had them share a cage:
According to the article, the wolf and goat do everything together - except share meals.
Thanks to Aileen for sending!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The red panda is an endangered species - there's an estimated 2,500 red pandas worldwide.
Check out this great video from MSNBC:
Thanks to Elaine for sending this!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thanks to Aileen for sending this!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Photo courtesy of the Daily Mail:
More background and photos from the Daily Mail and MSNBC.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
As reported in Ananova:
Melanie, 29, from Aberdeen, said: "It's amazing to see. For some reason they just took to the rabbit instantly and thought she was their mum.
"They started climbing all over her and were looking to get milk from her. She just sat there and let them do it.
"Now they follow her everywhere. They can't bear to be without her. They're all so lovely together."
Check out video of Summer and the kittens from STV.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Her pregnant Papillon, Mademoiselle Giselle, actively encouraged the orphan squirrel to join her own litter. Days before Giselle was due to deliver her puppies, she dragged the squirrel's cage to her own bedside. As the Seattle-Times explained, Debby "ultimately decided to allow the squirrel out and the interspecies bonding began":
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
A rabbit and an eagle have become unlikely best friends in China. The owner of the eagle put the rabbit in its cage at Beizhamen Bird Market, Zhengzhou City, for the bird's dinner. But instead of following its predatory nature, the eagle made friends with the startled but fortunate rabbit.
"The rabbit very humbly combs the eagle's feathers with its mouth," the surprised owner told Oriental Today.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
As explained (in German) by Tanja on his website: Its mother killed shortly before its birth, the fawn was raised in a rural town with help from local townspeople. At first the wild rabbit and the fawn just grazed in the same area, but quickly became friends. Not even the cold winter months could separate them. When the fawn was old enough, the townspeople decided to release it back into the wild. The fawn was anesthetized for easier transport; the final photo shows the rabbit supporting the deer's sleepy head, as if it were saying goodbye.
The full story and many more photos are available on Tanja Askani's web site.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
As explained in the Pattaya Mail, "Food in the wild, maybe - but at the zoo, tourists who witness these amazing scenes come away with food for thought."
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Billy the boxer has become the constant companion of the 12-day old kid called Lilly. He sleeps with the goat, licks her clean, and protects her from any dangers at Pennywell Farm wildlife centre at Buckfastleigh, near Totnes, Devon.Billy and Lilly - a most unusual pair - are now inseparable:
The kid was abandoned by her mother when she was only a few hours old and adopted by paternal Billy when his owner Elizabeth Tozer began hand rearing the goat.
For some reason this reminds me of the movie Babe - must be the farm animals.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Mi-Lu was one of two fawns born to a Père David's deer at Knowsley Safari Park in the United Kingdom, but his mother showed interest only in his twin. Abandoned by his mother, the fawn was found cold and alone in a ditch by park staff. But with the help of the park curator's dogs Geoffrey, a golden retriever, and Kipper, a lurcher, staff were able to nurse Mi-Lu back to health.
(Père David's deer, originally from China, are a critically endangered species; at one time there were only 18 left in the world!)
Here's a photo of Mi-Lu with one of his adoptive parents:
Monday, December 1, 2008
Simply put, this is the photo that inspired me to keep this blog.
Abandoned by his mother, this 3-month-old baby macaque was found on the verge of death when it was rescued on a small island in Guangdong Province. He regained his health in an animal hospital, but remained sad — until a friendship with a white pigeon lifted his spirits and gave him a new lease on life.
Now this orphaned macaque is never far from the pigeon’s side: