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2014 – Year of the Horse – Chinese New Year Astrology

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Read about the influence of your Chinese Year of Birth by clicking here

2014 is the Chinese Year of the Green Horse or the Year of the Wood Horse – find out what it means

The theme for this year is to pick up your pace and be decisive while expressing your free spirit or independence.

Chinese New Year in 2014 begins on January 31st.  The Chinese Lunar New Year is celebrated at the second new moon after the winter solstice. The winter solstice, which falls around December 21, is one of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the equator. It is also the shortest day of the year.  Lunar New Year’s Eve is celebrated with family gatherings and festivals.  Cities in China celebrate the 15-day New Year season with firecrackers and fireworks.

Horse is one of Chinese favorite animals. Horse provides a good and quick transportation for people before automobiles. Horse can give people a ride to their destination. Therefore, horse is not only a symbol of traveling, but also a sign of speedy success.

Horses like to compete with others. They pursuit for their freedom, passion and leadership. Therefore, people will have busy schedule for their goal in the year of Horse. Horse is connected to heat, fire and red. Horses like social activities, because horses like to show off themselves. Since horse is a social animal and red is also connected to love, therefore. horse is treated as a Romantic Star in Chinese Horoscope.

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Claw of the Cat, or How many Toes does a Cat have?

catclawThis morning my partner came into my Study and said “Shandy keeps shedding his Claws” and handed me a tiny interesting claw sheath.  I thought to myself “I wonder if that is normal” and “I wonder how much his claws are like our nails?”  Upon reflection, I thought sensibly that cats in the wild need their claws for climbing, hunting and defence.

I found the answers on  THIS  great page of Annie’s “Cat Talk 101″ website.  For example, cat’s claws have outer layers called “claw sheaths”, which shed or fall off every few months, leaving behind a nice new sharp claw.  Cats don’t scratch to sharpen their claws, strictly speaking, but to get rid off the itchy old sheaths, which are the outer layer of their claws.

Some also say that cats scratch objects to calm themselves down and ease anxiety.

Apparently it is a myth that cats have got retractable claws.  Their claws are projectile and retractile rather than retractable, meaning they can extend and lengthen or poke out their claws or tuck them in or shorten them but not really consciously completely pull them into their paw pads.

The Claw I looked at is really a sheath of a tiny claw, as the claws renew and the outer husks of the old claw are shed.

The online Encyclopaedia Britannica says the following.

Claw, also called Talon ,  narrow, arched structure that curves downward from the end of a digit in birds, reptiles, many mammals, and some amphibians. It is a hardened (keratinized) modification of the epidermis. Claws may be adapted for scratching, clutching, digging, or climbing. By analogy, the appendages of other lower animals are frequently called claws. The claw’s shape is ordinarily suited to the food-getting habit of the animal. Eagles have long, curved talons for grasping prey; the claws of chickens are short and sturdy, for scratching the ground for food.

There are two mammalian modifications of the claw: the nail and the hoof. A nail is a broad, flat claw on the upper surface of the digit. It is present in mammals, such as primates, that use their appendages for grasping. A hoof is a short, thick structure that surrounds the end of the digit. It is present in various forms in the ungulates, which have a reduced number of digits. Hoofs are an adaptation for running.

Below is a link to pictures from the Children’s EB showing so-called “retractable claws” in action.

http://kids.britannica.com/comptons/art-53056/All-cats-except-the-cheetah-have-retractable-claws

You can see the claw sheathed but with the tip or point of the sharp claw still out from the paw pad, which actually means technically speaking that the claw is not FULLY RECTRACTED or rectractible if this word means completely withdrawn and completely hidden.

I have noticed Shandy cat’s claws sticking out a tiny bit and wondered if his claws really are retractable.  If you had a sharp Stanley Knife with a retractable blade, you would want the blade to be fully retracted into the tool when you store away the knife, not have a horribly sharp and dangerous tip sticking out even a little bit.

The difference between “retractable” and “retractile” is that a cat does not consciously stick out or tuck in its claws, as many people wrongly think.  However, when kitty ( or a big cat ) is relaxed and at ease, like when it is sleeping on someone’s lap, or walking, the claws are partly tucked away within the paw, because the flexor tendons attached to the claws are relaxed, and thus the claws are pulled back.  The tendons tauten to protrude the claw when a cat is alert or hunting, climbing or fighting.

However, I guess the kitty’s claws are withdrawn enough to describe them as retractable for most people.

Ligaments connect bone to bone, while tendons connect bone to muscle. The elastic ligament, pictured in red in the image above, pulls the distal phalanx close to the middle phalanx in order to keep the claws from touching the ground, working in tandem with the relaxed flexor tendon.

Cats walk on the tips and balls of their toes or “digits”.  This is known as digitigrade walking.  Each digit or toe has a claw, and there are usually five toes or digits on each cat forefoot and four on each hindfoot.

A cat’s and a dog’s paw pads are spongy pads of thick skin beneath each foot, assisting with silent movement and protecting the underlying bones and joints from injury during running and jumping.  Digitigrade walking combined with pads and small feet helps a cat move silently.

If you want to read about claws and how they evolved into nails, when Primates came along, please click on  THIS  link to a Google book titled “Mammalogy:  Adaptation, Diversity, Ecology”.

If you want to read about the hoofs or hooves of the “Ungulates”, please click on  THIS  link to “What is an Ungulate?”

By the way, DOGS do not have retractile or projectile claws, but they do walk on their toes, like cats.  Their claws are always exposed, and make dogs well suited to running.  Dogs run on their toes , and have four functional toes on both the front feet and the hind feet, and sometimes a fifth “dew claw” which serves no useful purpose, is not in contact with the ground, and is located higher on the inside of the leg.

You should NOT de-claw a Cat because that essentially means amputating part of her/his foot as opposed to trimming the claws.  We leave Shandy be, and don’t even trim his claws.  A dog’s claws become blunt with lots of walking on hard surfaces, so won’t need trimming usually.

 

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The Oreo Cat

OreokittenOn August 25, 2013, a three week old very frail and weak Oreo came to stay with Christian and Tina while awaiting adoption. After a brush with death, they decided to make him part of their family. Oreo’s new parents have said: “We are no longer sure whether we saved his life, or he saved ours!

Read Oreo’s story – a story about 2 amazing kind people who took care of a neglected Kitten, whom has became an ambassador for cats, and especially for abandoned cats.

http://www.theoreocat.com/

Robin Williams & Koko the Gorilla

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In 2001, Robin Williams was invited to meet Koko, a gorilla who communicates in sign language and uses more than 1,000 words. The video of their visit, the two sitting together on the floor and tickling at The Gorilla Foundation in northern California, has been widely viewed on the internet (view it below).

On Tuesday the Foundation released a statement not only to express their condolences but also their belief that Koko was actually moved, too, and mourning the death of her friend. [ Robin Williams, aged 63, was found in his home on August 11 2014, having committed suicide after years of severe depression ]

The gorilla was in the room with when calls began coming into their office asking for reaction to the terrible news.

Read more at  “THE GOOD NEWS NETWORK”

I can say that I myself love Koko, how beautiful and magnificent is she?  Apparently Robin made Koko laugh for the first time in 6 months since her mate had passed away!   See, Robin Williams can even bond with and tickle animals.

Free-living gorillas live only in Africa. There are two main kinds of gorillas: Western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) and Eastern gorillas (Gorilla beringei).

Eastern Gorillas

Eastern gorillas live in Rwanda, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo. There are two subspecies, Mountain gorillas and Grauer’s (or Eastern lowland) gorillas. There are approximately 700 Mountain gorillas, and several thousand Eastern lowland gorillas — down from about 17,000 in the 1990’s according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Western Gorillas

Western gorillas live in Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, Angola, and Nigeria. There are two subspecies, Western lowland gorillas and Cross River gorillas. There are only several hundred Cross River gorillas left in the world, and as many as 100,000 Western lowland gorillas, but the latter population has decreased by approximately 60% in the past 20-25 years, due to poaching, habitat loss, and disease, according to the WWF.

Watch Robin and Koko on the You Tube video – click on the square at the bottom right corner to view full screen.   Rest In Peace, Robin.

Ocean Conservancy – Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest

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The Ocean Conservancy’s Summer 2014 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest received more than 1,200 entries.

The top two prizes were awarded to Ian Lindsey and Christian Martinez, whose photographs received Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice.

Ian’s photo “Honu Gathering” depicts a group of sea turtles gathered on a Hawaiian beach at sunset, while Christian’s image “Ocean, Waves and Nature” perfectly captures the beauty of a Puerto Rican beach.

This summer’s contest also included winners from five different categories: Arctic, Our Ocean, Fish, Gulf of Mexico and Human Impact.  The winning photographs for these categories can be found  HERE.

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Venus – the Chimera Cat

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Meet Venus, a cat with 2 sides.  Venus, a stray cat, sports exactly one half of her face as black with a yellow/green eye, and the other side of her face is ginger with a blue eye!

National Geographic have studied her and say that how this came to be is a mystery to them even.  Naturally, it has to do with the genes of her lineage, which must have included a black cat and a ginger cat.  But the exact mechanism still remains a mystery.

It is rare for a non-white cat to have odd eyes, though this does arise. Normally the odd eyes are caused by a dominant white gene interfering with the way the eye absorbs melanin. It is often believed all odd eyed cats are deaf. In fact many, though not all, white cats with blue eyes are deaf, and around 30% of odd-eyed cats suffer this problem. In the latter case deafness occurs on the side of the blue eye.

Inherited congenital (present from birth) deafness is seen almost exclusively in white coated cats, because of the genes they carry. The dominant white gene causes degeneration of the auditory apparatus of the inner ear and may affect one ear (unilateral) or both ears (bilateral), and is linked to blue eyes.  THIS  post here explains that, however, not all blue-eyed white cats are deaf.

The scientific word for having “odd eyes” is heterochromia iridis.  One theory is that Venus is the result of a real, albeit relatively rare condition where two genetically distinct embryos merge in the womb.To find out if this is the case, genetic testing would be required says Leslie Lyons,a professor at the University of California. With samples of skin from each side of the cat, “we can do a DNA fingerprint—just like on CSI—and the DNA from one side of the body should be different than the other.”

But National Geographic says that – cat eyes are typically green or yellow, not blue. A blue-eyed cat is typically a Siamese or else a cat with a lot of white on them. Venus appears to have only a white patch on her chest, which to Lyons is not enough to explain the blue eye.”

 

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One theory is that perhaps the black coloration was randomly activated in all the cells on one side of her face, while the orange coloration was activated on the other, and the two patches met at the midline of her body as she developed.

Either way, Venus the cat is a happy, healthy normal cat, and is adored by her South Florida owner, Christina, who in 2009 took her from a dairy farm in North Carolina, U.S.A.  Venus even has her own Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/VenusTheAmazingChimeraCat

She is now an Ambassador for shelter cats at her own website, and if you love her that much, you can buy a soft plush Gund toy of her!

http://venustwofacecat.wix.com/venustwofacecat

The You Tube video below shows Venus with her toy self.  You can probably get the toy now from eBay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGP7NJX2zkI

 

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Christina remembers she thought ‘Oh my God, that cat is so cute’ when her friend in North Carolina posted pictures of the two-faced cat on Facebook . “At the time I had an orange cat and a black cat — this looked like a combination of both of our cats” Christina said.

On a friend’s suggestion, Venus’ new owners named her Venus for “beauty and love.”  Venus, chimera or not, is certainly spreading around the beauty and love now she has been made famous through the internet.

If you have a cat, dog, horse or bird that you love, and would like to see featured on this blog ( see the post about SHANDY, ambassador of “Fascinating Animals” under the “Our Animal Friends” section ) please contact me.  Just use the “Contact Me” page to tell me your email address & then I will send you an email so you can reply with a brief description about your animal companion and a photo or two!

 

Sources

http://news.nationalgeographic.com.au/news/2012/08/120831-venus-two-faced-cat-genetics-animals-science/

http://news.nationalgeographic.com.au/news/2012/08/120831-venus-two-faced-cat-genetics-animals-science/

http://www.newstatesman.com/sci-tech/2012/11/venus-two-faced-cat-really-chimera

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2012/12/venus_chimera_cat_gund_deal.php

http://pussingtonpost.com/why-do-some-cats-have-two-different-colored-eyes/

AQWA – Aquarium of Western Australia

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Yesterday Thursday 26th June, I went with my sister & partner to AQWA at Hillary’s Boat Harbour, Western Australia.

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Kittens abandoned in the Woods

 

Luckily these Kittens were rescued by some kind passers-by, whom made sure they went to good homes!  They were found in Spring Creek Park, Houston Texas in 2013.

Click on the words “You Tube” at the bottom right of the video for more information.

Cat saves 4 year old Boy

Who says Cats only care about themselves?  This is a true story that happened on 13th May 2014, when a domesticated short-haired tabby moggy ran to a little boy’s defence, as the boy was attacked by a dog that obviously thought the boy was “prey”.   This amazing brave cat leaps onto the dog and chases it around the car, before running back to check on the boy.  There are many stories I personally know about the higher intelligence and spirituality of Cats, and this is another I can add to my repertoire.

 

Four year old Jeremy had been on his bike, walking it up the family driveway when the next door neighbor’s dog trotted around a parked car and tore into the boy’s leg, dragging him off the bike.

That’s when Tara, the cat, appeared on the scene, leaping on top of the dog, scaring it away. The kitty then went after the dog long enough to make sure it stayed away. The startling scene was captured in a one-minute clip compiled by Jeremy’s dad, Roger Triantafilo.

 

Jeremy’s mother talks about it  HERE

The article at the page below explains that Tara was a stray whom followed the family home one night six years ago.  Looks clearly like one of Tara’s “briefs” or “missions” is to protect her friend Jeremy!

For pictures of Tara and Jeremy & Family, please click HERE

If you love Horses, please support S.A.F.E.

IN MEMORY OF GRACE

 

 

Grace is a beautiful filly foal with a star on her forehead & four white socks.  She did not get to live for even one week.

Save a Forgotten Equine or S.A.F.E. helps save neglected horses in the U.S.A. and is currently doing their best to assist Grace’s mother, Ruby.

Please read the stories about RUBY and GRACE, and honestly do something to help.

Share this Post with others.  Let others know that they can look after a horse from S.A.F.E. by adopting a horse.  Donate even $10 a month, like I am.

 

Any bit WILL HELP

You reading this am a Human Being, a member of Homo sapiens.  We, You and I have the Resources of our minds/intelligence and conscious awareness and our emotions and especially our -

 

WILL and MOTIVATION

INTENTION &

POWER OF MAKING CHOICES

 

The call is here for faith, understanding and intentions all with action, instead of theoretical knowledge and uninformed action.  

The message now is to

learn and to act

and to intend and to do.

 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

RIGHT NOW

 

CHOOSE ………..

 

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Cardinal Grand Cross APRIL 2014 – Pluto, Jupiter, Uranus & Mars

Star Wise:

UNITY FOR ALL LIFE ON EARTH

Originally posted on Our Lovely World:

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Cardinal Grand Cross April 2014 – Simone Matthews

Simone Matthews & Kyrona Unity Hope explain the 5 rare celestial alignments in a free Webinar.   These Events are – 

  1. The April 14/15 –  Total Lunar Eclipse  –  click  HERE  for exact times of the Maximum of the Eclipse worldwide

  2. The April 21/22 – 5th Exact Uranus Pluto Square

  3. The April 23/24 – Exact Cardinal Grand Cross Alignment

  4. The April 24/25 – Venus 3rd Gate of Communication

  5. The April 28/28 – Annular Solar Eclipse

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http://www.kyrona.com/thumbsup201404/

 Exact Cardinal Grand Cross Alignment = QUANTUM POTENTIAL

This allows for Metatron’s Cube Frequency or a Double Merkaba body of light which is anchored deeply to each of our 13 centres ( Chakras ) of creation.

OPPOSITION ( 180 degrees ) = OPPORTUNITY TO SHIFT / CHANGE

Opposition means pulled between polarities – tension…

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Royal Hampshire Foundry Pewter SHIRE HORSE

Originally posted on Our Lovely World:

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Royal Hampshire Foundry Pewter Horse

I bought this BEAUUUTIFUL pewter Shire Horse from the eBay Seller – sea-eagle 1, a great Seller, with beautiful sculptures and figurines for sale – Collectables, Dolls & Toys.  Have a look at their porcelain Ladies and their Sherratt & Simpson animals for sale.

It is quite heavy and in mint condition, a stunning old, long retired original Wildlife Sculpture, circa 1980s.  The Horse ia approx. 3 3/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inches wide x 3 1/2 inches high.   The Horse was packaged very well indeed, with special “puffy” padding and in a box with extra packaging material.  I was so excited when I got it and even kept the stamps on it.

This horse of course reminds me of Bill, the Shire pony in the “Lord of the Rings”.   I havent’ named my horse yet, but think it will be a lady’s…

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Shih-Tzu cares for Kitten

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Goldie, a five year old female Shih-Tzu somehow became lost, or was abandoned. Despite her own troubles, she adopted and took up the care of a five week old defenceless kitten. In 2013 Anderson County Animal Control Officer Michelle Smith got a call about a whimpering dog, and discovered at the bottom of a ravine of a South Carolina Home Depot a healthy Shih Tzu nursing a kitten.
Smith took the unlikely duo to local animal shelter Anderson County PAWS where the animals were placed in an enclosure together.

Today, Goldie the dog and Kate the kitten are happy and healthy in their new home, and their unlikely friendship has touched many lives, including that of the animal control officer who found them.
“Good things happen all the time, but ‘great’ happens seldom,” Michelle said. “This is enough to keep me going the next six or eight months. This is one example of why I love my job.”

I think it is cute how the animal friends are similiar in coloration and pattern. They are both blackish / brownish and white. Maybe the kitten looked a bit like one of Goldie’s pups might look like. Anyhow, it goes to confirm something that MY CAT TAUGHT ME – that all sentient (living) animals have an instinct or need to look after something else living.

SEE MORE PHOTOS OF GOLDIE AND KATE BY CLICKING ON THE LINKS BELOW

 http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/dog-finds-a-tiny-kitten-risks-everything-to-save-her

What’s Orange & beautiful and Needs your Help

Orang-utan Beanie Toy

It’s the Orang-utan.

Orangutan Facts

Orangutans are great apes, as opposed to monkeys, and are closely related to humans, having 97% of DNA in common.

Orangutans are extremely patient and intelligent mammals. They are very observant and inquisitive, and there are many stories of orangutans escaping from zoos after having watched their keepers unlock and lock doors.

Extinction in the wild is likely in the next 10 years for Sumatran Orangutans and soon after for Bornean Orangutans. The Sumatran species (Pongo abelii) is Critically Endangered and the Bornean species (Pongo pygmaeus) of orangutans is Endangered according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

The Sumatran and Bornean Orangutans’ rainforest habitats are disappearing at an alarming rate due to deforestation and clearing of the land for pulp paper and palm oil plantations, with the remaining forest degraded by drought and forest fires.

You can help the Orang-utans by not buying products with Palm Oil in them and / or by making a donation to The Orang-utan Project.  Any amount, however small or LARGE will help.  Please visit the excellent website of the Western Australian The Orangutan Project  for GREAT information, wonderful photos of these gorgeous creatures, and abundant information about the Orang-utans and the SUPERB work of the T. O. P. organisation.

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Follow the T.O.P. Project & you will receive Newsletters like this one here.

Share the information with your Family & Friends and with Strangers, with your Teachers & your Students.

Also, see the other Posts & Pages of my blog.

Action Alerts –  Orang utans

Help save Orang-utans

Help Sumatran elephants and Orang-utans

Palm Oil in Australia

Please help me – help Chocolate the orang utan

Celebrate Easter by helping Chocolate the orang utan

DON’T JUST STICK YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND

DO SOMETHING TO HELP THE ANIMALS

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Chick it Out

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CHECK OUT MY CHICK. 

Here is my sweeeet collectible CHICK compact from Marianna of Ruby Lane’s  “Sweetie’s Memorable Gemz“.

Isn’t she adorable?  Look at the CUTE little legs that dangle from her.

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Dawn The Happy Fox

The Fox is a traditional folk song.  It is also the subject of at least two picture books, The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night: an old song, illustrated by Peter Spier and Fox Went out on a Chilly Night, by Wendy Watson.

“The Fox”
Written by Yarrow Peter; Stookey Noel Paul; Travers Mary Allin.

The Fox went out on a chilly night

He prayed for the moon to give him light
For he had many a mile to go that night
Before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o
He had many a mile to go that night
Before he reached the town-o
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He ran till he came to the farmers pen
The ducks and the geese were kept therein
He said a couple of you are gonna grease my chin
Before I leave this town-o, town-o, town-o
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A couple of you are gonna grease my chin
Before I leave this town-o[BRIDGE (Mandolin)]
He grabbed the great goose by the neck
He threw a duck across his back
And he didn’t mind the quack, quack
And the legs all danglin’ down-o, down-o, down-o
He didn’t mind the quack, quack
And the legs all danglin’ down-o
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Well the old gray Woman jumped out of bed
Out of the window she popped her head
Cryin’ John, John the great goose is gone
The Fox is on the town-o, town-o, town-o
John, John the great goose is gone
And the Fox is on the town-o[BRIDGE (Fiddle)]
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He ran till he came to his nice warm den
And there were the little ones 8, 9, 10
Sayin’ Daddy, Daddy better go back again
It must be a mighty fine town-o, town-o, town-o
Daddy, Daddy go back again
For it must be a mighty fine town-o
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The Fox and his Wife, without any strife
They cut up the goose with a fork and a knife
And they never had such a supper in their life
And the little ones chewed on the bones-o, bones-o, bones-o
They never had such a supper in their life
And the little ones chewed on the bones
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Video Published on Jan 20, 2013 – info below from You Tube

This is Dawn, one of the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary’s 6 resident foxes that cannot be returned to the wild. The majority of animals we get in is injured wildlife that is aimed to be returned into the wild, however, Dawn was a young fox that was took into a dog rescue centre as the member of public that found her thought she was a dog! When they realised they bought her into us but it was too late, because she was too tame and this meant that she wouldn’t be able to look after herself in the wild. Dawn is not a pet, and we do not recommend any fox or wild animal as a pet.

Please  support the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuarywhich is a registered charity in the U.K.  Thank you

Happy Chinese New Year of the Horse – 2014/2015

White Horse       Painting courtesy of Jackie Lee

The Chinese New Year Celebrations have begun!

It is the Year of the Horse.

See the Post already on this blog about the Chinese Zodiac Animals and the Year of the Horse.

2014 The Chinese Year of the Horse

To celebrate the galloping in of the horse and the year of great change that it is supposed to bring, the first person -

( apart from Billy or Z of Playamart Zeebra )

to reply to this post, answering the following 3 questions

will win a CHINESE ZODIAC SHEETLET of stamps from Australia, but produced by Christmas Island.

( Yes, Christmas Island is a real place, and not where Santa lives )

Year of the Horse Lunar New Year Zodiac Sheetlet 2014

FRONT OF SHEETLET

( Sorry it is a little crooked, but I left my sheetlet sealed in its plastic
and this it how the scan turned out on my Scanner )

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Shandy’s Breakfast

Well, I have discontinued the monthly “Cat-man-do” columns updating readers about Shandy cat, because it seemed that nobody except my friend Billy in the U.S.A. ever read them.  In posting them, anyway, it was as much a strategy for me as it was for our cat.  I read somewhere that if you are busy, as I am, running multiple blogs & sites, working, helping others, and writing a book, that it can be a good idea to write & post a regular post on one’s Blog, so I thought what better subject than to blog regularly about than one of my best buddies, Shandy?

So, no more  cat-man-do  posts unless there is a popular demand for their return (and Shandy & I have the time and energy to post them), and instead a random blog post about Shandy cat.  In between posting about my cat friend, I will post here on Fascinating Animals, what I like, when I feel inclined to do so.  So, there you have it.

Shandy catThis photo was taken on 7 January 2014

In this photo Shandy is looking a little solemn and sleepy, perhaps due to the run of hot weather we are having here Down Under, and the fact that he has a fur coat.

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Beautiful Cats & Beautiful People – true story of Niko

Niko the cat

Here is a story that will truly “warm your cockles” if that means it will make you feel warm & fuzzy, and glad that there are people around who care about lost and abandoned animals.  It began in November 2011 when a tiny kitten in a terrible state of health was found and taken care of by a loving man.  The kitten’s first six months with her foster parents were videoed so that she could be transferred to a good home once she had recovered, though at times, her human adopters worried that she would not recover ..

Click on “Full Screen” to watch full screen, or click on “You Tube” to watch it directly on You Tube.

Warning:  video shows how bad the kitten’s eyes were with conjunctivitis, at which you can just turn your face away or close your eyes, but please do continue watching the Video after that.

Now, here is a Follow-up Video, recorded 12 months later, and even though it is in Japanese, anyone with a brain can see what the outcome is …..

Made my heart melt and my eyes tear up –  this story has “made my day.”   May Niko live a long, happy & healthy life.

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