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Since 2005, Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) in Washington, U.S.A. has been rescuing and rehabilitating horses that have been starved, neglected, abused or are unwanted. S.A.FE. has formal agreements in place with Animal Control agencies in King, Pierce and Skagit counties to support their fight to protect horses in this region. Please visit their wonderful website and do what you can to help horses.
You can also, or alternatively, go to the Blog of a beautiful horse called Honeycutt and join the Honeycutt Nation by making monthly donations, which will go fully toward supporting a S.A.F.E horse or two. At the moment of posting this, Honeycutt has got 14 supporters. He needs more supporters !!
S.A.F.E. have kept Honeycutt safe from rodeos and from people abusing him and Honeycutt is doing his best as a “poster horse” for S.A.F.E. I am donating $10 per month to Honeycutt, and wish I could donate more. Once Honeycutt has 20 regular supporters, which isn’t much to ask for, everyone will be put in his Competition to win a rare book of Poems, written by Honeycutt !! So, come on, do your bit YOU who are reading this post. Time to put your Money where your Mouth is, and SUPPORT HONEYCUTT AND S.A.F.E.
Australian Stock Horses featured in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics in the year 2000, at Sydney. A clip of these wonderful horses follows. Click on the “square” at the bottom right of the video to view it in Full Screen.
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.”
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.
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!
The You Tube video below shows Venus with her toy self. You can probably get the toy now from eBay.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 -
UNITY FOR ALL LIFE ON EARTH
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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.
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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
It’s the Orang-utan.
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.
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.
DON’T JUST STICK YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND
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.
Written by Yarrow Peter; Stookey Noel Paul; Travers Mary Allin.
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 Sanctuary, which is a registered charity in the U.K. Thank you
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.
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 )
FRONT OF SHEETLET
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.
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.
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.
Hi everyone, or some one, if any one is reading this.
I have just received an Email from Leif Cocks, Founder of “The Orangutan Project” ( or T.O.P.) to say that TOP are pleased to tell you that Orphan Updates are now available on some of the infants.
If you can, or if you know someone who can, sponsor a baby orang-utan ( or two ) OR maybe sponsor a baby Elephant or two ( or three – see the Action Alerts / Elephants tab of this Blog ), please consider doing so.
I have been making monthly donations of $10 to help the gorgeous orang-utan called Chocolate ( and monthly donations of $10 to help the magnificent and sweet young Asian Elephant, Bona who was saved from death by three wonderful Australians ).
Have a look at the sweeet cheeky face of my beautiful Orang-utan friend Chocolate at the UPDATE page here.
If you are fit and able, you can even go to Sumatra and tour the orang-utan’s home.
Of course I love all the Orang-utans, and am proud of the Western Australian based organisation , The Orang-utan Project, for its efforts in raising awareness of the plight of these awesome creatures and for helping them as much as they do.
Please be aware that Palm-oil trees are being cleared and taking away the natural habitat of the Orang-utans.
Educate yourself and other on such matters via this Blog and other means. If you can’t financially support organisations like T.O.P. and Save Bona, please consider signing relevant Petitions and / or otherwise taking action to help conserve these wonderful animals, and many other amazing animals too of course.
DON’T JUST STICK YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND
( OSTRICHES DO NOT – but it is a good saying ! )
DO SOMETHING TO HELP THE ANIMALS
Approximate Date Birth: February 2012
Arrival Date: 19 February 2013
Care Centre: Batu Mbelin Quarantine Centre
Physical Condition: Healthy
Confiscated from the home of an Indonesian palm oil plantation worker, he was weak, suffering from malnutrition and severely underweight. He had been snatched from his mother, witnessed her brutal torture, and was bought for AU$10.40 from the fisherman who stole him from his wild home.
Fisherman came across this opportunity to snatch this little baby from his mother and sell him to an employee working for PT Socfindo for a ‘quick buck’ highlighting the desperate situation Orangutans face in their fight from extinction.
Tripa where Gokong was confiscated is part of the world famous Leuser Ecosystem. This precious and unique biodiversity hotspot contains over 80% of the world’s remaining wild Sumatran Orangutans and is the last place on Earth where the Sumatran tiger, orangutan, rhino and elephant co-exist. His once-thin body is starting to fill out and he has started to learn to climb! The Care Center team have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome.
Courtesy: The Orang-utan Project – T.O.P.
(Photo: Steve Wilson/Flickr)
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 94,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.
To Win a Sheetlet of Chinese Zodac Stamps, click HERE
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.
Visit Carrie Hart’s Power Animals Unleashed site and venture into the Enchanted Forest. Before you enter the Forest, turn up your computer speakers to hear the gurgling brook, take a deep breath and ask to meet the animal whom can guide you throughout this year 2014. When you are ready, click anywhere you are driven to click and your 2014 Power Animal will appear!! Share your results here. Continue reading to find out how to find your own personal “Power Animal” and Animal Guides …..