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Owl Wins Halloween

Meet Oakley, the juvenile Great Horned Owl: the grooviest owl ever.  He was rescued by the Eagle Valley Raptor Center in Kansas after a tornado hit. Whenever they get babies, they put them together for comfort and security, but Oakley was by himself, so he got a puppet in with him. They wanted to see what he would do when he heard a strange voice, so they played the puppet, and here are the results! Obviously Oakley the Owl has won Halloween.



The Eagle Valley Raptor Center is a nonprofit organization, that takes in on average 175 birds a year that have bee injured or orphaned.  They find forever home for ones that cannot go back to the wild, but are comfortable living in captivity and become educational ambassadors.


Happy Halloween!

Elderly Dog Takes Last Agility Lap

I love watching dog agility runs. They really show off the dog’s abilities, and the dogs look so happy while they’re running them. Maybe that’s why this story sticks with me so much… right in the base of my heart.


At the American Kennel Club Dog Agility Trials in Great Falls, MT, someone caught a particularly unusual agility course run on camera. Lakota is an adorable, elderly dog whose agility career spans ten years! Active from 2005-2015, she and her trainer Val clearly loved their time on the course together. Here is the video of her last lap before retirement.


Like in all things, it can be easy for people to get caught up in the competition, and with training their dogs to be better, faster and more accurate, but it’s moments like this one that remind us what’s at the heart of the sport: the deep, loving bond between dog and human and the priceless time they spend together.

Asthmatic Otter Gets Inhaler

A good friend shared this with me today, and I was so touched by the article, I wanted to share it with all the otter fans. :-)

The Seattle Aquarium believes it has diagnosed the first case of sea otter asthma.

“Mishka” knows nothing about wildfires, but the 1-year-old did learn what it’s like to have trouble breathing when smoke got thick and hovered over Seattle skies.

“These lungs here, you can see, have more white in them. In a normal radiograph of a sea otter, you wouldn’t be able to see those things,” explained Dr. Lesanna Lahner.

Dr. Lahner diagnosed Mishka with asthma. Now, Mishka needs to learn how to use an inhaler — just like humans.

“We want to make this as fun as possible. Any kind of medical behavior you’re training, you want to make sure it’s nice and positive,” said Lahner.

Her trainer, Sara Perry, uses food to teach Mishka to push her nose on the inhaler and take a deep breath. Mishka’s medicine is exactly the same as what’s in a human inhaler.

But she may have something else in common with humans.

“More and more there starts to be this concept of what we’re calling “One Health,” which really is that there’s a connection between health of people and the health other species,” said Dr. Peter Rabinowitz. “Sometimes those species can tell us there is a problem in the environment that could be important for human health as well.”

Dr. Rabinowitz is a professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, as well as the Department of Global Health.

Human cases of asthma are up by about 25% over the last decade. Researchers believe air quality is at least partially to blame.

The health of sea otters dates back to their extinction in Washington. Forty years ago, Alaskan sea otters were brought south and reintroduced on the coast.

“Any time that happens and reduces the genetic diversity of a species that can affect their immune system, ability to fight off diseases or deal with environmental contaminants,” Lahner said.

It means animals like Mishka can have heightened sensitivities that alert us to environmental changes. Though only about a year old, she’ll likely need the inhaler for the rest of her life.


Happy Ottersday :#)

Baby Otter Rescued During Festival

At the Benderdinker Kayak/Canoe Paddle and Food Festival, in Augusta, Georgia, one patron found an injured baby river otter, and decided to do something about it. He notified Benderdinker founder, Kristina Williams, and her husband rescued the otter and began to rehab him, and contacted Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR suggested taking him to Highland Animal Hospital in Augusta, where he is now getting proper medical care. His injuries are believed to be caused by the talons of a local raptor.

Williams said she named the baby otter “Dinker” in honor of the festival.


Happy Ottersday :#)

No Need to Flee From the Manatee

Now, I don’t usually post videos of people in distress, but this girl really has little to worry about from swimming next to a tranquil manatee. Yes, they’re huge, but they’re sea cows, slowly meandering through watery homes, eating lettuce with their whiskered mouths. This is why I feel okay, laughing hysterically at this poor girl, who doesn’t realize how much in danger she isn’t in.

You go and you prosper, you awesome manatee.