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Running of the Bulls

The running of the bulls are celebrated in Pamploma, Spain every year from the 6th to the 14th of July.  They’re a constant source of debate in the animal world, considering their brutal nature, though some still consider them an important tradition.  Me personally, I prefer the following kind of “bull-running”:

Viral Internet Rabbit is Modern-Day Jackalope

20-year-old Gunnar Boettcher spotted an odd rabbit in his backyard in Mankato, Minnesota; “at first we had no idea what it was and why it had horns and spikes out of its head.  We were pretty blown away on how it looked.”

Boettcher was able to get a few photos of the rabbit, which he posted to Facebook.  Those landed on Reddit, and began causing a stir.  So far, the post has collected 2,567 upvotes, and almost 2,000 comments.


It’s just a cotton-tail with a bad case of papilloma virus, Ken Varland, regional wildlife manager at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has said. Years ago, a bunny with a condition like this rabbit could have been a source of the jackalope legends that circulated when early settlers encountered sick animals in the wild.


The jackalope is, of course, a jackrabbit with the horns of an antelope. In some states like Wyoming, it’s taken serious root: The state recently adopted the jackalope as the official mythical creature of the state.













As far as Boettcher can tell, the bunny’s leading a normal life. “[He] does not appear to be suffering at all internally,” he said.  “He’s hopping around really fast, he hasn’t slowed down one bit. He looks completely healthy to me.”

And that’s Varland’s take as well.  In fact, he gets calls about horned rabbits once or twice a summer, he said. Some citizens send in letters and photographs. DNR officials don’t go after the other bunnies, and he won’t go looking for this one, Varland said. Even if he did, the condition can’t be treated.

The virus is contagious and in rabbits “appears to be aided by mosquitoes or ticks.” The condition is harmless, but could turn cancerous in an estimated 20 percent of cases. The growths can occur anywhere on the rabbit’s body, and this bunny, he said, is a “fairly typical” case.


Varland believes the growths wouldn’t interfere with the rabbits social interactions with other rabbits, or turn off coyotes or foxes or owls that would otherwise eat it for dinner.

And dinner is where Varland is betting this bunny will end up. “The chances of its dying of cancer are less than the chances of it being taken by a predator,” he said.

“This is just reality.”


Happy Bunday ^_^

Close Encounters of the Whale Kind


In the news from Australia this week, a surfer at Bondi Beach, in New South Wales, had a frighteningly close encounter with a humpback whale, which was swimming oddly close to the shoreline.  The surfer was knocked off his surfboard by the whale’s massive tail, and then was knocked unconscious, but suffered no serious injuries.


Sidenote: I love listening to the newscasters’ interesting Australian accents.


Happy Humpday (^_^)

Duckling Independence Day

Happy Independence Day…. or in this case, Duckling Independence Day.  A mother duck arrived on Monday at the Los Angeles, California branch of the International Bird Rescue, with her ten baby ducklings.  Today, July 4th, mother and ducklings were released into the wild, and got to celebrate their very own independence.

Earlier, they had been found in a residential area, where one of the ducklings had fallen into a storm drain.  Thanks to an animal control officer, the duckling was saved, and the animals were transferred out of this urban area and to our center. Mama duck had very minor wounds to her wrists and her babies were all in good condition, according to volunteer coordinator and wildlife rehabilitation technician Neil Uelman.  She was placed in this enclosure with her babies to await release at Madrona Marsh in nearby Torrance.