Stab a Sea Lion - Go to Jail

A fisherman accused of stabbing a sea lion with a steak knife after the animal stole his bait was charged Thursday with violating the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Hai Nguyen, 24, faces a misdemeanor count of illegally taking and attempting to kill a marine mammal, the U.S. attorney's office said. If convicted he faces up to one year in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Police said he was fishing off a pier when the sea lion, a 6-foot female weighing about 150 pounds, apparently snatched the bait from his fishing pole.

Authorities said he stabbed the sea lion with the knife. The animal was severely wounded and was later euthanized.

Video: Watch the cheetah run

Watch a cheetah go from zero to 45 mph in three seconds flat at an Animal Ark exhibition on Saturday, August 25.

What a beautiful animal!

Cute Leopard Cub

Photo credit: REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Japan's Iriomote Cat Closer to Extinction

This month Japan's Ministry of the Environment reclassified the Iriomote cat as "critically endangered" on the government's Red List of threatened species.

The wildcat is found only on Iriomote Jima, a tiny, tropical, mountainous island on the southern end of the Ryukyu archipelago, which stretches from Japan to Taiwan.

The Iriomote cat has been considered at-risk since it was discovered in 1967, and surveys in 1985 and 1994 estimated that only about a hundred animals remain.

Now a three-year survey, still in progress, is providing evidence that the cat's already small population is shrinking, researchers say, most likely due to habitat loss and road-kill deaths.

Indian cows get passports

Indian border guards have come up with a novel way to stop cattle being smuggled from eastern India into neighbouring Bangladesh: they are issuing cows with photo-ID cards.

The guards began photographing thousands of cows in border areas of the state of West Bengal earlier this year after a series of gun battles with smugglers and Bangladeshi border patrols.

They have now started producing laminated identification cards, including each cow’s photograph, its owner’s name and address, and details such as the animal’s height, colour, sex and other distinguishing features.

(Our passport was created with Badge Maker.)

Quadruplet calves born in Ontario

After giving birth to twin calves two years ago, an eastern Ontario cow has really raised some eyebrows in the agricultural community by delivering four healthy calves, two bulls and two heifers.

The likelihood of a beef cow birthing quadruplets as one in a million.

The calves, are named Hershey, Scotty, Gladys and Christian.

Charlotte has been busy!

If you hate creepy-crawlies, you might want to avoid Lake Tawakoni State Park where a 200-yard stretch along a nature trail has been blanketed by a sprawling spider web that has engulfed seven large trees, dozens of bushes and even the weedy ground.

"At first, it was so white it looked like fairyland," said park superintendent Donna Garde." Now it's filled with so many mosquitoes that it's turned a little brown. There are times you can literally hear the screech of millions of mosquitoes caught in those webs."

There is little consensus about what sparked the phenomenon or even the type of spider responsible. Parks officials say similar but smaller webs have sprouted along another trail.

Click photo to see large size.

Video: The Gummy Bear Song

Neatorama's reader Travis told them about the current rage in Germany: the Gummy Bear Song.

Tunnels to prevent carnage of Canadian salamanders

In the early 1990s, local volunteers lifted about 1,200 of them over the bump through two rainy April nights. Then, park staff knocked down a curb so the animals were able to scale it to cross the road. But they're still being squashed by cars and trucks. The mortality rate has been estimated at 10 percent to 40 percent, so now the federal parks agency plans to install tunnels under a stretch of highway at a cost of about C$40,000 ($38,000) to end years of carnage among the long-toed salamander of Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta.

Was there a gift receipt?

In the movie "The Godfather," a horse's head was used to intimidate, and that's what Milwaukee police said they think is behind the discovery of a bloody goat's head at an attorney's office.

Prominent Milwaukee-area defense attorney Robin Shellow has represented hundreds of clients, many of them convicted criminals, reported WISN-TV in Milwaukee.

So, the list of people who may have an ax to grind is long.

Milwaukee police said they are taking Monday's discovery outside Shellow's office very seriously.

The severed head of a goat was found near the corner of the building stuffed inside a pink gift bag.

A note, which police described as threatening, was in the goat's mouth. It contained a name, but apparently not the name of a suspect.

10 Most Amazing Extinct Animals

From the Quagga -- half zebra, half horse -- to the Irish Deer -- the largest deer that ever lived--, an impressive list with pictures of amazing animals we will never see.

A bit of irony here:
Great placement by Google ads:

Ads posted twice on this page,
for Mukiwa Safari Company,

"Trophy hunting on some of the largest and most exotic game ranch concessions in Southern Africa."

Maybe they can help add to that list of extinct animals?

Picking up the Poop

There is a hot debate on another site where I write, about pooper scooper laws. Here is my opinion on the topic.

All too often a dog's mess left behind by an irresponsible owner becomes someone elses problem. For this reason, and many others, requiring pet owners to clean up after their pets should be mandatory.

Besides a common courtesy to others, leaving behind dog poop could be hazardous to our health. Scientists have discovered that dog poop is a major cause of water pollution, and that such pollution poses a significant hazard to human health.
Canine waste contains lots of unhealthy bacteria with almost unpronounceable names: fecal streptococcus and fecal coliforms are just two examples. In sufficiently high amounts, these bacteria can make people sick.

Dog waste also contains other not-so-lovely disease-transmitting organisms such as roundworms. These parasites can cause their human victims to lose their vision temporarily, as well as trigger coughs and fevers.

As a dog owner, it always amazes me when people don't clean up after their pets when walking outside. The left over poop could be stepped in by other humans, kids, or animals, increasing the risk of spreading disease.
There continue to be public parks and walking trails looking to ban dogs. The main reason? Because of the mess dogs leave. The problem is, it's not the dog's fault, it's the owners. And now, responsible dog owners are suffering because others aren't cleaning up after their pets.

If a person doesn't want to clean up a little dog poop, why get the dog in the first place? That's one of the very simple responsibilities of having a pet. And for those of people who do clean up, they're stuck suffering the consequences of those who
leave a mess behind.

Trackposted to Outside the Beltway, Diary of the Mad Pigeon, Blog @, The Amboy Times, Rosemary's Thoughts, The Random Yak, and Big Dog's Weblog, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

The Amazing gooey duck

Geoduck - pronounced gooey duck - is a species of large saltwater clam. Other nick names for geoduck are elephant trunk clam and king clam.

The Geoduck is the largest burrowing clam in the world, on average they weigh about three pounds. The largest one on record weighed in at a massive 15 pounds and was 2 meters in length. The amazing thing about these saltwater clams is that they have a life expectancy of about 146 years - but the oldest one on record lived for 160 years - this has to be one of the longest living organisms throughout the Animal Kingdom.

See the giant, phallic & revered geoduck clam of Puget Sound, Washington:
Video: 3 Feet Under - Digging Deep for the Geoduck

Is that a geoduck in your pocket?
Video: Cooking the gooey duck

(Several years ago, we saw these in a tank in a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco's China Town. They are very bizarre looking! Being very adventurous that evening, we had some for dinner. They were thinly sliced and were prepared with vegetables in a yellowish sauce. )

Leona's Dog Gets $12 Million in Will

Leona Helmsley's dog will continue to live an opulent life, and then be buried alongside her in a mausoleum. But two of Helmsley's grandchildren got nothing from the late luxury hotelier and real estate billionaire's estate.

Helmsley left her beloved white Maltese, named Trouble, a $12 million trust fund, according to her will, which was made public Tuesday in surrogate court.

She also left millions for her brother, Alvin Rosenthal, who was named to care for Trouble in her absence.

"I direct that when my dog, Trouble, dies, her remains shall be buried next to my remains in the Helmsley mausoleum," Helmsley wrote in her will.

The mausoleum, she ordered, must be "washed or steam-cleaned at least once a year." She left behind $3 million for the upkeep of her final resting place in Westchester County, where she is buried with her husband, Harry Helmsley.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Jennifer Graylock

They really were 'cat' burglars

Heavily-armed police surrounded a Manila bank for hours on Tuesday after its alarm went off, only to have the intruders, a pair of cats, escape.

The Special Weapons and Tactics unit of Marikina City rushed to the bank at dawn and made sure no one could leave the bank except through the front door.

The police then entered the building only to see a stray cat slip through the door and escape.

Once inside, the police saw another cat flee through a small hole in the ceiling. Nothing was missing from the bank although cat droppings were all over the place.

Walrus penis sells for $8,000 at auction

Why he became extinct? All the female walruses ran when they saw that thing!

A fossilized penis bone from an extinct walrus went for a whopping $8,000 at a Beverly Hills auction Sunday.

The 4 1/2-foot-long bone was sold to the company that runs the Ripley's Believe It or Not museums.

Discovered in Siberia, the fossilized penis bone is from a species of walrus that went extinct 12,000 years ago. The piece curves to a point and is covered with weathered skin and dry muscle tissue.


Still around after 50 years

Happy Birthday, pink flamingo!

In the flamingos' heyday, everything from ovens to Cadillacs came in pink, and flamingos were all the rage as the unofficial symbol of tropical Florida. What better way for newly affluent suburbanites to revel in Florida's exotic cool factor than to stab pink flamingos into their well-manicured lawns?

There were the dark days, too, when the flamingos were reviled as tacky trailer-park kitsch, the repugnant epitome of mass-produced artifice and bad taste. In fact, some communities even banned them.

We can thank Don Featherstone, 71, for creating what he later dubbed phoenicopteris ruber plasticus. Now a resident of Fitchburg, Mass., Featherstone had nine years of fine arts training under his belt when Union Products, a plastic molding company in Leominster, hired him in 1957 to design three-dimensional lawn ornaments.

Now here we are, raising a glass of pink champagne to this pop culture icon, toasting its 50th anniversary. Maybe the fact that a plastic bird merits attention on its 50th anniversary lays bare a profound truth: a bit of black-velvet Elvis painting lurks in all of us.

Photo found at Confined Space

Video: Screaming frog, the sequel

Here's a follow up to our previous post about the screaming frog - PART 2

Freshwater Angelfish

One my favorite freshwater fish is the angelfish. I've kept these semi-agressive fish for many years with no major problems. The fish is part of the cichlid family, who by nature can be territorial. They will also eat other fish that can fit in their mouths, so tank mates such as neon tetras won't last very long.

Angels should be kept in schools of 4-6 with plenty of room to swim. They generally prefer water a bit on the soft side with a slightly acidic PH (I keep my tank at 6- 6.5).

The great thing about angels is that there are so many strands and color varieties avaible in the hobby. Although most chain pet stores carry the basic colors, you can find more unique colors at speciality fish stores and at fish club auctions.

Here are some of the common varieties:

Gold angelfish have bodies that are a lustrous, light shade of yellow. The head of this beautiful variety of angelfish develops a brilliant shade of gold as it matures.

Silver angelfish have silver bodies, a tawny head, and black vertical markings. These markings can vary greatly. They can be dark, light, solid, or broken. Each Silver angelfish has its own unique pattern.

Koi angelfish (a picture of mine can be found on my homepage) are a stunning variety. These angelfish are white with patches of black and gold (resembling a koi fish).

Smoky angelfish are a unique variety. They are a beautiful shade of silver on their front half, and they are a dark gray or ebony on the back half. The distinct separation of color between the front and back looks almost as if it was painted on.

The marble colored angelfish are a mix of black with a white. Some strains almost appear to have more of a silver color then white.

Zebra angelfish have a black body with narrow stripes like that of a zebra. These striking fish are sometimes adorned with gold sparkles across the top. The details of this beautiful angelfish are simply amazing.

Wolf Fish

The Wolf Fish is a powerful, elongated fish with a dorsal fin extending the whole length of its body. Its fearsome set of teeth are used for smashing up shellfish and sea urchins and the whole of the inside of the mouth is made up of grinding molars. Caught commercially and marketed in the north of Britain as Scotch Halibut and Scarborough Woof, the flesh is excellent quality. However, it is always sold skinned and beheaded for obvious reasons. The skin can be turned into a type of leather and is used for making small personal items such as wallets and purses.

27 Aquatic lifeforms you never caught while fishing

From the frightful ...

to the delightful ...

Some creatures you may have never seen before.


My Pet Fish Soap

"My Pet Fish" Soap looks like the bag that you carry home from the pet store, but don’t be fooled…these plastic fish are not swimming in water, they are embedded in clear, vegetable based glycerin soap shaped like "water in a bag". A great party favor. Fun for kids from 1 to 100. Comes in assorted colors.


Video: Frienfly Oranda

Punch loves to be petted and held. Not so unusual in a pet, right?

But Punch is a type of goldfish, an oranda. Punch has developed a real need for human attention - as well as communication by varying speeds of vibrations showing satisfaction - or if he is ignored, he shows displeasure by whipping his tail - with amazing force.

Fish Bowls by Roger Arquer

Fish Bowls is a new project by designer Roger Arquer that presents 15 variations on the standard fish bowl.

Fish Bowls will be exhibited in London this September as part of an exhibition called Conversational Spanish 02.

To the left, "Above Water," tells us about sharing the water between the fish bowl and the plant.


Joke of the Day

Quick pet joke.....what's the difference between a new dog, and a new spouse??

After a year, the dog is still happy to see you :-).

UW Campus uses goats for grounds maintenance

The University of Washington needed to clear a 10,000-square-feet hillside overgrown with blackberry bushes and English ivy. Because the area was so steep, it would have been difficult for gardeners to work in the area safely, so the department contracted the work to Rent-A-Ruminant, a Vashon-based company that supplies goats to do heavy munching.

Goats, which have a four-stomach digestive system, are able to process the tough fibers of many pesky plants.

Birds Leave D.C. Neighborhood Covered in Filth

One block of Capitol Hill is plagued with so many bird droppings that even the U.S. Postal Service says there are days it won't deliver the mail.

The starlings roosting on the 1600 block of Potomac Avenue in Southeast have turned the neighborhood into a disgusting mess. Not only have the birds been dropping a constant whitewash and turning the street and sidewalks into a slippery stinkfest, but the birds' "fecal matter" -- as the District Department of Health indelicately terms it -- makes nearly every parked car on the block look like an ambushed victim from a paintball war.

Postal Service spokeswoman Deborah Yackley says the mess extends all the way across the sidewalk and into the street, so it's impossible for mail carriers to get to the mailbox without going through it.

Video: The Screaming Frog

Did you know frogs could scream?


Human medications that can be used on pets

The following is a list of common household human medications that can be used on pets. These Medications can be especially useful if you can't reach a veterinarian.

Towel art

Towel art by the Celtic Cruise cabin steward


Cute animals made out of food


Sharp Pigeon

Look at this series of photos of a pigeon who raises a family on a bed of nails.


Hippopotamus lock

Hippopotamus lock

From Hermes - gold or silver plated.

Dragonfly Handbag


A uniquely shaped bag detailed in multi-colored hand glued Austrian crystals features push down snap closure and detachable chain strap. Comes beautifully boxed with a keepsake bag.


Children’s Hot Water Bottles

Children’s Hot Water Bottles

Cuddly fleece covers in a cow or sheep design for hot water bottles with an optoional matching toy are perfect for children. Made from a luxurious range of anti-pill sherpa fleece with a zip up the back and complete with mini hot water bottle, these are the ideal kid’s bedtime companion.

Why Women Should Buy a Dog

If you want someone who will eat whatever you put in front of him and never says its not quite as good as his mother made it....
then buy a dog.

If you want someone always willing to go out, at any hour, for as long and wherever you want .. then buy a dog.

If you want someone who will never touch the remote, doesn't care about football, and can sit next to you as you watch romantic movies..... then buy a dog.

If you want someone who is content to get up on your bed just to warm your feet and whom you can push off if he snores..... then buy a dog.

If you want someone who never criticizes what you do, doesn't care if you are pretty or ugly, fat or thin, young or old, who acts as if every word you say is especially worthy of listening to, and loves you unconditionally, perpetually.....

then buy a dog.

But, on the other hand, if you want someone who will never come when you call, ignores you totally when you come home, leaves hair all over the place, walks all over you, runs around all night and only comes home to eat and sleep, and acts as if your entire existence is solely to ensure his happiness ...

then buy a cat!

Now be honest, you thought I was going to say.... then marry a 'man,' didn't you!

Dozi Paperclip Holder

Dozi Paperclip Holder

You don't have to get all prickly hunting high and low for paperclips. This clever porcupine creature, by young Korean designer Mika Kim, lets you collect them neatly, and adds a touch of wit to your desk.


Video: Manatee Up Close

A manatee at an aquarium gets a bit too close to the glass.

Video: Kitten Surprise!!

Two cute kittens playing, a third kitten comes in at the end for a "surprise."


Video: French Bulldog Death Yodel!

The infamous French Bulldog death yodel! Once heard, never forgotten.


Video: Jordan vs The Peacock

Dog vs. peacock in real-life, action, suspense thriller.


Goliathus goliathus

Want to buy one?

Fisherman Finds Rare Baby Giant Squid

A Florida fisherman found the remains of a rare baby giant squid that is nearly 7 feet long.

About 15 giant squids have been found off the Florida or Bahamian coasts, but never any babies like this one, scientists said.

Most giant squids have been discovered off the coast of New Zealand, and one has never been seen alive.

The animals live between 2,400 and 3,000 feet below the ocean's surface and can get as long as 60 feet. (That's a lot of calamari!)

Surprise! Giant panda gives birth in Austria

In this photo taken by a surveillance camera and released by the Schoenbrunn zoo in Vienna, female panda Yang Yang holds her newborn baby in her mouth. For the next two or three month Yang Yang and her baby will spend in the enclosed area where she gave birth.

A giant panda on loan from China gave her Austrian zookeepers a surprise Thursday: the first panda cub born in Europe in 25 years.

Caretakers at the Schoenbrunn Zoo detected the cub on a surveillance camera after hearing little squeals coming from an enclosed compound where the mother, Yang Yang, had retreated. Zookeepers had not been certain Yang Yang was pregnant.

A photograph released by the zoo showed Yang Yang, a first-time mother, holding the tiny creature in her mouth and looking up toward the camera.


Young antelope found playing with a dog

A friendly young antelope found cavorting with a dog along a walking path was probably picked up illegally in Wyoming and may be too tame to return to the wild, wildlife authorities say.

The 3-month-old, 15-pound buck was spotted Wednesday morning, running and playing with a neighborhood dog named Skeeter.

"It's just the craziest thing I've ever seen," said Ronda Underwood. "We were just riding along the trail and saw this antelope playing with a dog."

She said the antelope came up to her, nuzzled its head and neck along her leg and seemed almost to beg to be petted.


Video: The Most Talented Dog in America

Meet, Toula, a rescued border collie that will make you laugh and prove that she is the best companion. Toula's video features her fetching slippers, a tissue, a pillow, a soda, opening the refrigerator and the trash can, and flushing the toilet.

Toula beat out more than 600 dogs and gained the most online votes to win the ``Petco Stars'' competition.

Vick cards chewed by dogs are on eBay

Take some trading cards picturing a disgraced NFL superstar. Add some dog slobber and teethmarks. What do you get? The most valuable Michael Vick cards -- by far -- on eBay, that's what.

Collector Rochelle Steffen of Cape Girardeau, Mo., gave every Vick card she owned to her dogs and let them go to town on the images of the Atlanta Falcons quarterback who is scheduled to plead guilty to a federal dogfighting charge Monday.

Once Monte, her 6-year-old Weimaraner, and Roxie, her Great Dane puppy, were done worrying them, nearly two dozen $1-$10 cards were crumpled, crimped, chewed, torn and generally in a sorry state. Some even had corners missing.

As of Thursday evening, the highest bid on the lot of 22 cards had risen to $455 and more than 2,000 people had viewed the posting. Seventy-seven people already have bid on the auction, which ends Sunday.

We tried to make a bid, but eBay notice says : This listing (200142824314) has been removed or is no longer available.

The owls of Harry Potter

Now that five Harry Potter movies and all seven books have been released, people have become very familiar with owls. This website will give you facts about owls both in the real world and in J.K. Rowling's magical world.

Why you don't want an owl for a pet

Many people think it would be fun to have an owl for a pet, especially after watching the Harry Potter movies or reading the books.

Karla Kinstler at Owl Stuff explains the top ten reasons why you don't want an owl as a pet.


Video: Chow Time

In this video, two men sit down an have dinner with a herd of deer.

We're not advocating this ...

In Illinois the ban on feeding wild deer has been in place since 2002 to help prevent spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the Illinois wild deer herd.

But it's an interesting video to waste a few minutes on.

Pit Bulls at Vick's House Face Deadline

More than 50 pit bulls seized from Michael Vick's property face a deadline today to be claimed. If no one comes forward, they could be euthanized.

Federal prosecutors filed court documents last month to condemn 53 pit bulls seized in April as part of the investigation into dogfighting on the Vick's property. No one has claimed any of the dogs, which are being held at several unspecified shelters in eastern Virginia, the U.S. Attorney's office said Wednesday.

"These dogs are a ticking time bomb," said Daphna Nachminovitch, a spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "Rehabilitating fighting dogs is not in the cards. It's widely accepted that euthanasia is the most humane thing for them."

Photo credit: Newport News Daily Press photo by Joe Fudge / May 22, 2007

Chihuahua plays surrogate mom to chipmunk

When Buffy the Chihuahua lost a puppy during a C-section July 29, the doctor sent her home with a replacement for consolation — a chipmunk weighing less than an ounce.

Marty the chipmunk has adapted well to Buffy’s nursing, surprising even his caretaker.

Marty, chipmunk species not yet identified, weighed about 7/8 an ounce. when he was brought to Companion Pet Clinic in Keizer on July 29. He was no more than 2 to 3 days old.

He now weighs 1 1/4 ounces with no signs of rejection after seven days of nursing by Buffy, a Chihuahua.


Blame it on Curiosity?

Relax - it's just a refrigerator magnet we found at Old Horsetail Snake.

Tinkles The Toilet Cat

Tinkles The Toilet Cat

Listen for shrieks from the bathroom when your guests open the toilet lid to find ­a soaking wet cat! This black and white cat looks none too happy about falling into the toilet! Attaches to the underside of the toilet seat rim with suction cups included.


This is Lurch, an African watusi steer, who lives at Rocky Ridge Refuge.

Lurch holds the Guinness World Record for the largest horn circumference, at 37.5 inches, but broke his own record when his horn circumference reached 38 inches. From tip to tip, Lurch's horns are over 7 1/2 feet long.

More Fun Pet Quotes

"I've met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely superior."

"If there is no heaven for dogs, then I want to go where they go when I die."

"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat."

"The phrase 'domestic cat' is an oxymoron."
-George Will

"Every dog may have his day, buy it's the puppies that have the weakends."

"Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want."

"If dogs could talk, perhaps we would find it as hard to get along with them as we do with people."

"Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot about little puppies."

"If your dog doesn't like someone you probably shouldn't either."

"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear."
-Dave Barry

"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."
-Ann Landers

"Acquiring a dog, may be the only time a person gets to choose a relative."

Watch out for rabid bats, Chicago health officials warn

People in the Chicago area already have to worry about West Nile virus and those mysterious mite bites. Now there is a new concern: rabid bats. Several bats with rabies have been found in the Chicago area this month.

Nine bats in suburban Cook County have tested positive for rabies this year, including three in the past week, according to the county public health department.

A 61-year-old Aurora woman was trying to remove a bat from her home Thursday when it bit her, department spokesman Tom Schlueter said. Officials tested the bat on Friday, with the results coming in Tuesday that it had rabies.

These results bring the tally to 59 bats testing positive for rabies this year statewide, Schlueter said.

Emergency Gorilla-Protection Force Deployed in Congo

A temporary, 30-ranger gorilla-protection force has been deployed in the troubled African park where at least five mountain gorillas were killed, execution style, in July.

The emergency measure is intended to end the attacks on endangered gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Virunga National Park.

More than half of the world's 700 endangered mountain gorillas are found in Virunga National Park, which straddles the border of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Well, this won't last long ...

This tiger uses the kitty door.

Burping moose bad for the environment

Aftenposten reports that Norway's national mascot may be contributing to the destruction of the environment, through burping and other bodily functions.

Researchers linked to Norway's technical university (NTNU) in Trondheim contend that moose are responsible for tons of gas emissions a year through their frequent burping and, well, farting.

A grown moose will burp and pass so much methane gas in the course of a year that it amounts to 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions. A motorist would have to drive 13,000 kilometers in a car to emit the same.

Wal-Mart Quietly Pulled Dog Treats

By now most of you have heard about the newest Wal-Mart "recall." I found this interesting article on how Wal-Mart went about pulling the items from the shelves. More products from China...shouldn't we know by now to be more careful of any edible products from China?

I can understand Wal-Mart's PR concern of wanting to have more information before announcing what was wrong with the items they pulled, but wouldn't it have been nice to inform the general public so that others who might be using these jerky strips could stop feeding them to their dogs?? To me that would be the more responsible thing to do.

Anyway, here's the article:

The Associated Press
Tuesday, August 21, 2007; 1:45 AM

LITTLE ROCK -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. quietly stopped selling two brands of dog treats in July, after customers voiced concerns that the Chinese products may have caused their pets to fall ill, but no recall has been announced, a company spokeswoman confirmed.

The world's largest retailer started pulling Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading on July 26, spokeswoman Deisha Galberth said late Monday.

Wal-Mart also placed a computerized block on all cash registers to prevent workers from selling the products, Galberth said.

"When we took it off shelves at the end of July, we pulled it based on the customer feedback so we could do testing prior to announcing anything publicly," Galberth said. "That's why did not make a public announcement _ it was still going through the testing process."

Wal-Mart's action follows a massive pet food recall in March, when retailers began pulling products made in China that included the chemical melamine _ a contaminant that's a byproduct of several pesticides.

Galberth said she did not know what the specific customer complaints were about the dog treats, nor when the testing would be complete.

Galberth said she did not immediately know if the treats were sold at every Wal-Mart store.

"We are diligently testing this product," she said.

Philadelphia television station WPVI reported last week that a woman claimed her 2-year-old Chihuahua died after eating Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips. The station reported that an autopsy found the dog died of an infection caused by toxic bacteria.

Nudist's spider-killing stunt backfires

A naked man suffered burns to one-fifth of his body when he tried to set fire to a spider at a nudist resort.

The 56-year-old Sydney man tried to kill what he thought was a funnel web spider by pouring petrol down the spider's burrow and igniting it with a match.

But the fuel exploded and the man was left with burns to 18 per cent of his body, on the upper leg and buttocks.

Pig News

Pigs around the world

In China, 68,000 pigs have died and 175,000 more have been slaughtered because of the highly infectious blue-ear pig disease. Some Western press reports have said the number of infected pigs is much higher than disclosed government figures, citing the dramatic spike in pork prices in China this year as evidence.

In Spain, Manuel Maldonado, is taking the art of the ham to new heights, pampering his pigs with a free-range lifestyle and top-quality diet of acorns before slaughtering them, then curing the meat for two years - twice as long as his competitors. His a salt-cured ham, the 2006 Alba Quercus Reserve, will cost about $1,979 per leg, or $158.35 per pound - the most expensive ham in the world.

In Austria, three people were injured after a truck carrying 200 pigs crashed. Police and rescue teams were forced to conduct a pig hunt to catch the fleeing pigs. After the fugitive hogs had been apprehended, the driver continued his trip but a few hours later he crashed against a tunnel wall in southern Austria, causing porcine pandemonium on the motorway a second time when his pigs escaped again.

Which came first?

That age old question - the chicken or the egg?


What's the World's Cutest Animal?

World Wildlife Fund is holding a contest to find the World’s Cutest Animal and is asking people worldwide to pick their choice.

From tigers to polar bears to blue-footed boobies, there are 40 different animals to choose from on the contest website. The site also provides links to fun facts about the animals and exclusive photos of them in the wild.

People have two chances to vote – once between August 17-31 to select the five semi-finalists and once again from September 1-20 to choose the winner. The critter who has won the title of the World’s Cutest Animal will be announced on September 21.

The 40 animals selected were chosen by World Wildlife Fund staff from among the many species WWF is working to protect in the wild in addition to popular animals the public would recognize.

Vick Agrees to Plead Guilty to dogfighting charges

Michael Vick has agreed to plead guilty to the federal dogfighting charges against him under a deal reached today between his attorneys and prosecutors, his lawyer said.

Vick was charged with helping to operate a dogfighting ring based at a property owned by him in southeastern Virginia. He had been scheduled to go on trial Nov. 26.

State charges against Vick remain possible, and a source said that this deal with federal prosecutors does not address the issue of state charges.

The federal indictment of Vick portrayed him as an active member of the dogfighting operation who attended and even traveled to dogfights, paid bets for losing fights and participated in the killing of dogs that didn't perform well.

Pet camel kills Australian woman

A woman in Australia has been killed by her pet camel after the animal may have tried to have sex with her.

The woman was found dead at the family's sheep and cattle ranch near the town of Mitchell in Queensland.

The woman had been given the camel as a 60th birthday present earlier this year because of her love of exotic pets.

Art by Amy Crehore

"Roaming Tomcat Rag", oil on linen panel

Intimate Moments in The Animal Kingdom

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Littlest Angel Vest

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Pig ottoman

pig ottoman

The pig was the first ottoman created, designed by Reiner Henneveld himself. Reiner’s Originals is proud to offer you the animal that was so significant to Reiner.

Reiner’s Originals Pigs are made from 100% quality upholstery leather and stuffed with acrylic, polyester and mixed fibers. Pigs are available in ten classic colors— black, ivory, grey, burgundy, navy, beige, chocolate brown and multi-color patch.

Toilet Paper Holder Bear

"John" is a free-standing, 32" tall bear with a big grin. He is sure to bring about hours of amusing conversation in addition to holding Jumbo rolls of your favorite tissue. Crafted by Big Sky Carvers, the leader in outdoors home decorations.


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Video: Basenji dog singing

Dog sings to the tune of the Godfather theme song.


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Hilarious Molson commercial

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The feral pigeon that we see in our towns and cities today is descended from the Rock Dove (Columba livia), a cliff dwelling bird historically found in coastal regions. The word ‘pigeon’ is actually derived from the Latin word ‘pipio’ which meant ‘young bird’.


Little Schnozzy

The first giant anteater born at Smithsonian's National Zoo in 118 years, will be known as "Little Schnozzy," until its gender is determined in a few weeks.

The public will vote for the new name among choices including Aurora, Pilar, Cyrano, and Francisco.