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Sea otter pup 719 was rescued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Otter Program, after she was separated from her mother during a terrible El Niño storm. After unsuccessfully trying to reunite he with her mother, they took her back to the Aquarium.
When 719 stranded, all of their available surrogates were already paired with other rescued pups, so their next option was to find a forever home for the pup. Luckily, friends and colleagues at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois had room available in their sea otter exhibit!
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at her journey from rescued pup to new member of the Shedd family. Thank-you YouTube Channel Monterey Bay Aquarium for this fantastic footage. I love the sounds of the waves at the beginning.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has the only program in the world that focuses on rescuing and caring for stranded southern sea otter pups. They raise pups for release back into the wild, and try to place non-releasable pups in long-term homes at accredited U.S. aquariums and zoos.
Prepping a pup for release to the wild is an intensive, long-term project. After initial guidance through early developmental stages from our Sea Otter Program staff, pups must complete a survival skills class with one of our five resident female sea otters during a months-long surrogacy. It’s a lot of work for everyone involved!
Thank-you Monterey Bay and Shedd Aquarium for doing your part to save the Sea Otter. <3
Happy Ottersday :#)
A landmark deal has been struck between Indigenous tribes, timber firms and environmental groups in Canada. They are officially in agreement to protect one of the world’s largest remaining tracts of temperate rainforest: The Great Bear Rainforest, on the Pacific coast of British Columbia.
It is a home to thousands of species of trees and animals, like the bald eagle, the harbor seal, the wolf, and of course, the majestic spirit bear- a rare sub-species of the black bear with white fur. It is also home to 26 aboriginal groups, known as First Nations.
Logging will be banned across a huge area of the forest. Environmental campaigners say the deal is a model for resolving similar land-use disputes around the world. Thank-you YouTube Channel ProvinceofBC for the fantastic following footage. It really tug at my heartstrings!
Ignoramusky’s Youtube channel has some of the best kitteh videos anywhere on ‘da interwebs.
The following video is one of my personal favorites. I had an insanely busy week, so this weekend, I plan to be this cat for as long as possible… complete with the squeetastic widdle kitty feeties. ^_^
Happy Caturday =^_^=
In honor of rock legend David Bowie’s 69th birthday and just two days before his death, the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio named its newly hatched penguin “Bowie.”
Bowie the Penguin was the first birth of 2016 at the zoo. They solicited names on Facebook with “Bowie” and “Elvis” the most popular suggestions since the day was lso Elvis Presley’s birthday. The penguin keepers chose the name Bowie because the zoo already had a king penguin named Elvis.
Bowie is one of the zoo’s 33 members of a species known as little, blue, or fairy penguins, which are the world’s smallest penguin species and live in Australia and New Zealand. The Cincinnati Zoo’s colony of little penguins is the largest in the United States.
Little penguins prefer milder temperatures so visitors are not likely to see Bowie and the rest of the colony until spring… but the Groundhog said Spring was coming soon so…
Happy Flyday ~^v^~
A South African ranger, named Divan Grobler, became a surrogate dad to a baby white rhino bull after he was abandoned by his mum as a new-born as New Years Eve. Now 1.5 months old, the rhino lives with the team at Aquila Rescue Centre in Western Cape, South Africa. They have developed an 18-month plan to reintroduce him into the wild.
As of 45 minutes ago, this baby rhino has officially been named by the public! A sms competition was held where members of the public were able to suggest names. A short list of six names were selected and the public was asked to vote for their favorite. The favorite name, “Osita”, is of Nigerian (Igbo) origin and means “from today onwards it will be better”. And it certainly is for this little fellow.
Looking after the young calf is a full-time occupation, with the baby needing to be fed every two hours. He now weighs over 220lbs and drinks over 20 liters of Equine milk formula every day at 3 hourly feeds. He is strong, boisterous, mischievous and inquisitive and in the words of his caretaker, “he walks to the beat of his own drum”.
The rhino goes on two hour walks in the afternoon and shorter walks during the mornings. Guests visiting Aquila are taken by Osita’s home, and if not sleeping, can be seen enjoying a mud bath, feeding, or pushing his “dad” around. Thanks to Barcroft TV for this wonderful video.
Happy Humpday (^_^)