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Capybaras Loose in Toronto!

At Toronto’s High Park Zoo, two capybaras, the world’s largest rodents, have escaped into the city. Despite being actually fairly massive, the partners in crime – actually named Bonnie and Clyde – have yet to be captured by authorities, who have spent the last three weeks(!) trying to hunt them down.

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/capybaras-escaped-toronto-zoo-largest-rodent-on-earth/

They’ve settled into big city living well, and haven taken to Twitter to share their exploits. One of the escapees was caught in a trap, at one point, but was able to wiggle free. The pair of capybaras have occasionally been spotted by pedestrians but are, at present, still on the lam.

Source: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/two-worlds-largest-rodents-run-toronto-zoo/

“Capybaras are pretty adaptive animals,” Luciano Verdade, a wildlife ecologist at the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil, told National Geographic. “Although they are relatively large animals, they can be deceptive in the proximity of humans.”

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/capybaras-escaped-toronto-zoo-largest-rodent-on-earth/

They normally eat grasses native to their South American habitats, but they’re able to eat other vegetation. They can even switch between being active during the day and night, and they are semi-aquatic, which means they could evade capture by quickly diving deep underwater. The most immediate threat to the AWOL capybaras is dodging vehicles while crossing roads.

 

We’ll try to keep track of Bonnie & Clyde, Capybaras at large.

 

Happy Bunday (|^_^|)

 

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/two-worlds-largest-rodents-run-toronto-zoo/

http://www.highparktoronto.com/zoo.php

https://twitter.com/torontocapybara

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/06/09/near-miss-as-capybara-slips-out-of-trap.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/capybaras-escaped-toronto-zoo-largest-rodent-on-earth/

 

The Wedding with 1000 Cats

It’s June, which means it’s officially wedding season! Now, at most weddings, the betrothed invite the people they care about most, but in this case, those people were cats.

Source: http://mashable.com/2016/05/19/cat-wedding/#53XQqJxfuGqP

Dominic Husson and Louise Véronneau both love cats, and so they wanted to celebrate their wedding with them. So, the couple from Montreal, Canada, flew to Parlier, California, near Fresno, to the Cat House on the Kings, a no-cage, no-kill cat sanctuary, where they performed a ceremony in front of about one thousand feline guests.

Source: http://www.revelist.com/animals/cat-sanctuary-wedding/2426/husson-and-vronneau-met-about-three-years-ago-according-to-love-meow-and-bonded-over-their-love-of-animals-especially-cats/2

“We are both animal lovers, and it shows she’s a great person, and that’s why I wanted to marry her,” Husson told NBC News.

Cat House on the Kings has been home to 24,000 cats and 7,000 over the past 24 years. Husson and Veronneau are the first couple to get married at the sanctuary.

Source: https://twitter.com/justinsacher/status/732648770937069568/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The sanctuary’s founder, Lynea Lattanzio, said the cats responded very well to the bride and groom.

May this marriage blessed by kittehs, be a marriage that lasts to eternitehs.

Source: https://twitter.com/justinsacher/status/732746009487368192/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Happy Caturday =^_^=

 

http://mashable.com/2016/05/19/cat-wedding/#53XQqJxfuGqP

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/cat-loving-montreal-couple-married-alongside-1-100-cats-1.3587701

http://www.cathouseonthekings.com/

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/canadian-couple-has-purr-fect-wedding-at-cat-sanctuary-687728195636

https://twitter.com/justinsacher/status/732746009487368192/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

https://twitter.com/justinsacher/status/732648770937069568/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

http://www.revelist.com/animals/cat-sanctuary-wedding/2426/husson-and-vronneau-met-about-three-years-ago-according-to-love-meow-and-bonded-over-their-love-of-animals-especially-cats/2

 

One Notorious Crow

You might have seen on the news recently that one bad-ass crow stole a knife from a crime scene in Vancouver, Canada (which was eventually recovered by police). The crow’s name is Canuck, and he is Vancouver’s most notorious bird. He has quite a reputation there and his antics are regularly chronicled on his Facebook Page. Canuck’s been known to steal small items from pedestrians in the past, including keys, cigarettes, and loose change, and he’s easy to identify by the bright red band on his ankle.

Source: http://gizmodo.com/notorious-criminal-bird-stole-knife-from-crime-scene-1778872722

While Canuck may be painted as a “bad bird”, thieving the good people of Vancouver, he actually has a heartwarming back story and homelife. Thank-you The Dodo for reporting on it.

Source: https://www.thedodo.com/canuck-rescued-crow-canada-1822831628.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

Long before Canuck was meddling in police affairs, he was a hatchling who had fallen out of his nest as a baby. Canuck’s “dad” is a man named Shawn Bergman.

“I’m not thrilled that he tampered with a crime scene, but what … [can] you do?” Bergman said. “He’s a wild crow.”

“He was found and raised by my landlord’s son,” Bergman wrote. ”He was no bigger than a tennis ball and was not able to fly due to his age. He more than likely would’ve died if he hadn’t been taken in, in my opinion.”

Canuck was cared for by the landlord’s son until he was able to fly and survive on his own. He was released in July 2015, but not before receiving a red band on his left foot that made him easily identifiable and signaled to others who came across him that he’d had human contact.

Source: https://www.thedodo.com/canuck-rescued-crow-canada-1822831628.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

But even though Canuck was free to go, he never left the neighborhood, choosing instead to loiter in the yard of the building he knew as home.

“On approximately day three of his release we noticed that he was not around the house,” Bergman told The Dodo. Bergman decided to go looking for the crow himself, to see if the bird was still within the parameters of the neighborhood.

“I ended up coming across him in an open grassy area looking very confused and scared,” Bergman said. “As soon as he saw me, he ran up to me. I put up my arm and he flew up and landed on it.” ”That was the first time I had ever walked through the neighborhood with a crow on my arm. Little did I realize it would be far from the last. Now it’s an everyday thing,” he said.

Source: https://www.thedodo.com/canuck-rescued-crow-canada-1822831628.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

While Canuck is friendly — for the most part — toward other people, he shares a special bond with Bergman, whom he greets in the mornings and follows to his bus stop when he heads off to work. As soon as Bergman steps off the bus each evening, Canuck is there to say “hello” after a long day.

 

Despite Canuck being used to humans, Bergman aims to keep the crow’s experience as close to the wild as possible. ”I want him to experience life naturally,” Bergman said. Well, as naturally as a bird who’s become a bit of a celebrity both locally and internationally can experience.

“He’s very mischievous and a prolific thief, but he can also be quite comical,” Bergman said. “He’s not shy.”

But no matter how far Canuck strays, he knows that he’ll always have a partner in Bergman: the person who came for him just when he needed him most.

Source: https://www.thedodo.com/canuck-rescued-crow-canada-1822831628.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

Happy Flyday ~^v^~

 

http://gizmodo.com/notorious-criminal-bird-stole-knife-from-crime-scene-1778872722

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/crow-knife-crime-scene-1.3600299?cmp=rss

https://www.facebook.com/thecrowandI/?fref=nf

https://www.thedodo.com/canuck-rescued-crow-canada-1822831628.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

 

White Rhino Born in Toronto Zoo

A baby rhinoceros was born at the Toronto Zoo in February.

This video, however, was published only days ago, and shows the 11-year-old Indian rhinoceros, named Ashakiran, giving birth to her male calf. The miracle of life is a wonderful thing to behold. This particular birth is very important for the conservation of the species, which is currently listed as “vulnerable” with only about 2,000 left in the wild. May they remain happy and healthy, as they play their part in returning the white rhino population to its former glory.

 

DISCLAIMER: This video shows a rhinoceros giving birth and might be considered graphic.

Thank-you YouTube Channel Funny World for this behind-the-scenes video.

 

Happy Humpday (^_^)

 

https://youtu.be/zOvjU8jBQLc

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvs_hdQyd4qPM3FA-KFAPFQ

 http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/02/19/toronto-zoo-baby-rhino_n_9274910.html

 

 

Huge Win for Protection of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest

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.

By Jon Rawlinson - This is not a polar bear. This is a spirit bear (screenshot from footage he shot in the great bear rainforest), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44204687

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!

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6n9tFQOVepHP3TIeYXnhSA

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

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35467660

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Bear_Rainforest#/media/File:Ursus_americanus_kermodei,_Great_Bear_Rainforest_1.jpg

 

An Otter and his Urchin

Sea otters are famous for eating sea urchin- their consumption of them keeps the kelp forests off the west coast of the US healthy.  Sea urchins, however, are spiky and look scary and difficult to eat, but here’s Wally the Sea Otter from the Vancouver Aquarium to show you how easy it can be.

 

 

Happy Ottersday :#)