Zoo kills 9 healthy lion cubs because it doesn’t have space for them

A zoo in Sweden called Borås Djurpark has come under fire for their decision to euthanize healthy lion cubs because they didn’t have space for them.

Borås Djurpark first made headlines for killing “surplus” lion cubs back in 2013. In 2012, one of their lions gave birth to four healthy cubs: Simba, Nala, Sarabi, and Rafaki. Sadly, by fall 2013, all four cubs had been euthanized by the zoo.

In 2014, the same scenario happened again. One of the zoo’s female lions gave

birth to three cubs that were all in excellent health: Kiara, Banzai, and Kovu. A year later, all three cubs had been euthanized.

In August 2016, four more cubs were born at Borås Djurpark: Potter, Dolores, Granger, and Weasley.
Granger and Dolores were sent to a zoo in England, where they’re happily growing up into adult lions. But sadly, Potter and Weasley weren’t as lucky. The zoo euthanized these two cubs in January 2018.

Altogether, Borås Djurpark has euthanized nine healthy cubs, which has sparked outcry in the animal welfare community. In Defense of Animal’s communication director, Fleur Dawes, told The Dodo:

“We are sickened by the horrifying and unjustifiable murder of nine healthy lion cubs by Borås Zoo in Sweden. Zoos regularly breed baby animals to draw in crowds, then zoothanize [euthanize ‘surplus’ animals] them when they become less profitable. Zoothanasia is a rampant, cancerous practice that betrays intelligent, conscious individuals for money.”

A spokesperson for Borås Djurpark released a statement to The Dodo explaining that they followed the EAZA’s Code of Ethics when euthanizing the cubs. But the statement doesn’t explain why they bred the lion cubs in the first place:

“We follow EAZA’s Code of Ethics and the Culling Statement, which are also reflected in the WAZA policy for the same issue. The euthanasia takes place at a biologically relevant junction, such as weaning, leaving the family unit or any other social group. We are very transparent about this concept, both in our communication with our visiting guests and students, as well as in our communication with the media.”

This story is sadly all-too-common. There are many zoos throughout the world that euthanize animals when they stop being cute babies who can draw in visitors. Hopefully, Borås Djurpark will take the public outcry to heart and stop breeding lion cubs when they don’t have space for them.


Woman finds fox sleeping in her cat’s bed, gets surprised by the way it acts

A ginger cat called George was recently outfoxed when he returned from a walk in the garden to find an uninvited guest had taken over his bed.

“When I came downstairs, and walked passed the kitchen into the bathroom, I did a double take as in the kitchen window I could see a pair of huge ears,” said George’s owner, 47-year-old Meloney Blayze from Petts Wood, south east London. “‘I thought, “hmm, those are not the cat’s ears”, and I turned the light on to look at what was in the cat’s bed – and it was a fox.”

Meloney had woken up at 4am to let George out of the kitchen window and into the garden, but the fox had sneaked in after she’d gone back to sleep and made itself comfortable in the unsuspecting cat’s bed. When he finally returned, George tried to scare the squatter away by hissing at it, but the fox refused to budge until Meloney picked up the bed and tipped the fox out of the window. “He was very tame, he did not want to leave,” she said. Given the cold spell sweeping the UK at the moment, we can’t really blame him!

A ginger cat called George was surprised to find an uninvited guest waiting for him recently

The fox had sneaked in and started “acting like another member of the family who had been there for years and was confused about what all the fuss was about”

“I looked at him and he looked at me. He was not frightened of me at all” recalls cat’s owner Meloney Blayze

George tried hissing at it, but the fox didn’t move until the cat’s owner Meloney shooed it out of the window

The internet was quick to comment

Other people were worried for the animal’s welfare

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Lion tiger and bear have been best friends for 15 years

When you hear ‘lion, tigers, and bears’ the first thing you probably think of is the famous quote from “Wizard of Oz.” You wouldn’t expect to find a lion, tiger, and bear actually hanging out together in real life. But it turns out, there is one place where you’ll find a lion, tiger, and bear: Noah’s Ark Sanctuary in Georgia.

Noah’s Ark Sanctuary is home to Baloo the bear, Shere Khan the tiger, and Leo the lion. These three predators have been best friends since they were tiny cubs.

In 2001, Rescuers found the three cubs trapped in the basement of an Atlanta home during a drug raid. Sadly, all three cubs were neglected and abused. They were all hungry and scared, and Leo and Shere Khan both had open wounds on their noses.

Baloo was in the worst condition of the three—he was trapped in an ingrown harness. The harness was so tight, his flesh had begun to grow around it.

Rescuers brought the three scared animals to Noah’s Ark Sanctuary, where they rushed Baloo into surgery.

While Baloo was gone, Leo and Shere Khan paced around restlessly, worrying about their friend. Thankfully, the surgery went well, and soon, Baloo was back with his two best friends!

At first, the workers at Noah’s Ark Sanctuary separated the three animals, thinking they would do best in their own enclosures. But the animals wouldn’t stop crying, and so the workers quickly put them back into the same enclosure. They’ve been together ever since!


As the three animals grew up, their bond stayed strong.
The animals wouldn’t have been able to survive in the wild, but the sanctuary gave them the next best thing: plenty of space to roam around, and lots of love and attention. Noah’s Ark Sanctuary also gave the three animals a clubhouse to sleep in. At night, the animals pile on top of each other, keeping each other warm and safe.

“They just know each other and they love each other,” said Jama Hedgecoth, the founder of Noah’s Ark. “They’re truly a family. They’ve never been separated.”

Unfortunately, in 2016, Leo died from liver cancer. Shere Khan and Baloo were both devastated by their loss. Workers from Noah’s Ark buried Leo by the trio’s clubhouse so he would always be close to his best friends.

Shere Khan and Baloo comforted each other after losing Leo, and they’ve remained close.
The two of them still spend their days cuddling and playing together, and they love nothing more than taking naps together in their clubhouse.

Shere Khan, Baloo, and Leo have gone through some difficult times, but they’ve always had each other’s backs. If you’d like to learn more about these three incredible animals, check out the video below!

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A rare brotherhood you wouldn't find in the wild…

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Meet the cat who thinks he’s part Lamb

This is Steve, a delightful ginger kitty who has a very unusual following…a flock of lambs!

Steve, who lives in New Zealand, started off life as an indoor cat. During the cold winter months Steve’s human Amanda brought inside her flock of lambs to keep them warm and that’s when something very strange happened, Steve became very friendly with all the lambs. Amanda explains: “He’d just sort of get used to them and spend time with them inside and then the lambs move outside and we started noticing Steve wasn’t inside any more and we’re like ‘where’s Steve?”

They looked out of the window and noticed that Steve was happily hanging out with the lambs. He’s sort of became their leader and the lambs follow him where ever he goes.

Since then, Steve and his lambs have become inseparable and they do most things together except when it’s bottle feeding time and he patiently waits nearby until they’ve finished their meal.

Watch the video here:

Meet the Kiwi cat who thinks he is a lamb #NZHFocus

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Сats and kifeisty cat plays so gently with his bunny best friendttens

Feisty Cat Plays So Gently With His Bunny Best Friend
Smudge is a very playful kitty, he’s a bit crazy and he loves to roughhouse – but not when he’s with his best friend Missy.

Even though Missy is a rabbit, this odd couple have a fabulous friendship. They both like to play around and get quite feisty, but Smudge always knows not to take it too far and he is full of love for her. When their human went off to college Missy went with her but Smudge stayed behind at the family home, and whenever Missy comes home for the weekend the pair of them pick up where they left off. You can tell that they’ve missed each other and really are the best of friends.


RARE: check out this footage of a Burmese tiger

Just over one hundred years ago, the tiger population was up to almost 100,000 individuals. However, their numbers have now dropped to an estimated 3,000 tigers in the wild.

Although no one is sure how many reside there, spotting a tiger in Burma is incredibly rare. Luckily, since they tend to travel worn paths, Justine Evans was able to track a Burmese tiger and catch a glimpse of it on her camera trap. See for yourself — watch the video.

Though there are very few left in the wild, experts estimate that as many as 5,000 tigers are being kept in captivity in the United States, often as illegal pets. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is working toward rescuing these big cats from cruel conditions. With your donation, you can help provide food and care for rescued tigers in IFAW’s lifetime sanctuaries.


Black touches yellow… what kind of fellow? If you don’t know, you’ll want to!

In April, Florida eighteen-year-old Austin Hatfield captured a water moccasin, also called a “cottonmouth” snake, and decided to keep it as a pet. He stowed the snake in a pillowcase, and two days later took it out to play.

Hatfield allegedly kissed the venomous snake on the head and mouth twelve times before it bit him on the lip. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and the snake was killed.

After multiple anti-venom treatments, Hatfield was able to recover. However, he faces charges for handling the deadly snake without a permit. This wasn’t Hatfield’s first foray into snake-kissing, though hopefully it will be his last.

On the left, Hatfield kissing a rattlesnake, via Facebook. On the right, Hatfield at the hospital after being bitten by a water moccasin.

Snakes, especially those of the venomous variety, are best left in the wild.

While snakes may seem scary, they actually play a crucial role in the ecosystem. Many prey on “pest” species — like rodents and insects — and some are important prey for larger predators. Certain nonlethal species even hunt venomous snakes, which may actually help reduce the chances of a deadly encounter with a human.

The odds of being bitten by a snake are actually already quite low — but your odds substantially increase if you attempt to handle, harass, or kill a wild snake. So if you see a snake in the wild, or even in a residential area, let it be. Nonviolent, respectful coexistence is the key to living near any wildlife, including snakes.

What happens if you have a chance encounter with a snake?

Snakes are found almost everywhere in the world, and live in virtually every type of ecosystem, including many residential areas. Sometimes they’re hard to spot, and certain snakes are nearly invisible in their natural habitat. So accidentally encountering one isn’t out of the question.

However, only about fifteen percent of snakes are venomous. If you run into one, odds are it won’t be dangerous — but if it is, you’ll want to know.

Water Moccasin (cottonmouth). Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, via USGS

If you see a snake, maintain a safe distance, and allow it some room to move around. If it is startled, it may take up a defensive position, or dart to the nearest cover. If there are bushes or some other cover nearby, try to give the snake an open pathway toward it, and avoid cornering it in any way.

Identifying a Venomous Snake

  • Note the shape of its head: Nearly all venomous snakes have a triangular or arrowhead-shaped cranium. With only a couple exceptions — the Eastern hognose (non-venomous) and the Eastern coral snake (venomous) — this may be the best way to identify whether a snake is dangerous or not.
  • Look at its eyes: Generally, venomous snakes have vertical, cat-like pupils, and a special heat-sensitive pit or hole between or around their eyes. Non-venomous snakes typically have round pupils centered on their round eyes.
  • Check out the tail: With the exception again of the Eastern coral, a venomous snake will have a single row of scales on its tail’s underside. Most non-venomous snakes, and the coral, have a double row. This feature may be difficult to distinguish from a safe distance, but is a good indicator if all you have is the snake’s discarded molt.
    Eastern coral snakes, who often defy the rules of venomous snake exposition, have two non-venomous counterparts with suspiciously similar appearances — but with some key differences. Coral snakes are venomous, and have black snouts. Scarlet snakes and kingsnakes are non-venomous, and they have red snouts.

Eastern coral snake. Photo Credit: J.D. Willson, via the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

Though the best way to identify a red-, black-, and yellow-striped snake, like coral and scarlet snakes, is to remember the old mneumonic rhyme (surprisingly, it holds true):

“Red on yellow, that’s a deadly fellow; red on black, cut him some slack!”

You’ve identified the snake. Now what?

Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, if you think the snake is poisonous or you aren’t sure, stay back and contact a professional. Most areas will have snake removal services, which you can find with a simple search engine inquiry.

If you’re outdoors and come in contact with a non-venomous snake, the best thing to do is to leave it alone — a “live and let live”-type situation. However, if you feel you absolutely must get rid of it, you can gently spray it with a water hose to drive it off.

Eastern garter snake; one of the most common non-venomous snakes. Photo Credit: Jeff LeClere, via Fairfax Co. Public Schools

When there’s a non-venomous snake in your house, it may be prudent for all parties involved to release the snake back into the wild. You can do this by placing a large (empty) wastebasket on the ground, and sort of corralling the snake into it with a broom.

If space doesn’t allow for this technique, you should be able to find humane snake glue traps at your hardware store. Check the traps daily, and once you’ve got a snake just bring it outside and pour-over some vegetable oil to release it from the glue.

What if you get bitten by a venomous snake?

As always, preventing a deadly snake bite is your first line of defense for stopping one. But there’s always the chance that, no matter what you do, for whatever reason, you or someone you know might end up getting bitten by a snake.

If that happens, get the victim away from the snake (to avoid further biting), then do this:

First, don’t panic.

Venomous snake bites are incredibly treatable, and only an estimated six people die from snake bites per year. That’s even less than lightning strikes and dog bites. It’s very unlikely a snake bite will turn fatal (even Hatfield survived a cottonmouth bite to the face) — but if you or someone else gets bitten, even if you’re 99% sure that the snake is non-venomous, you should seek immediate medical attention. Which brings us to:

Second, seek immediate medical attention.

If you’re in the United States, your first phone call post-bite should be to 911. Find out to which emergency room (ER) they plan to take the bite victim. Then, call the Poison Control Center’s National Hotline at (800)222-1222. Give them the name and number of the ER, and request for a toxicologist to contact the hospital so they can collaborate on treatment efforts.

When your pet has been bitten by a snake, call the emergency vet, then the ASPCA Animal Poisoning Hotline at (888)426-4435 (they do however charge a consultation fee), carry your pet to the car, and immediately take him or her to the veterinarian.

Third, tend to the victim until help arrives.

It is vitally important to keep the snake-bitten person or pet calm. Venom must enter the bloodstream to be effective, and it will work faster if the victim’s vitals are more rapid than usual. Limit his or her physical activity to keep the heart beating normally, and keep the site of the bite lower than the heart.

Swelling is common in venomous snake bites, so remove any potentially constricting jewelery or clothing. Clean the bite wound with soap and water (if there’s time). Take note of how much time has passed since the bite, and keep a record of any symptoms that the victim is experiencing. Document any first aid you have administered, and record any allergies or medical conditions that the victim may have. All this information will help medical personnel to better treat the bite.

Now some things you shouldn’t do.

Don’t try any at-home remedies for removing the venom. Old-fashioned treatments, like making an incision at the wound site and attempting to suck out the venom, often do not work, and may result in worse damage to tissue or the loss of a limb.

Do not give the victim any stimulants or alcohol, as these can accelerate the venom’s effects.

And finally, don’t try to capture or kill the snake. It’s not necessary to treat the bite, and can result in another one. If the snake appears dead, it may still be dangerous — some snakes can reflex bite and inject venom for up to an hour after their death.

Mostly though, don’t let any of this scare you!

Snakes are generally harmless if you let them be. So be smart out there this snake season, and if you see one minding its business out in the wild, say hello and move along.


RSPCA cannot believe the excuses people are giving for leaving their pet in a hot car

Temperatures are at an all time high and with that brings health risks for pets. People love to be with their fur children and want to go on adventures together. However, leaving your pet in a hot car as you “quickly” run an errand can be deadly.

RSPCA has been receiving an abundant amount of calls about pets trapped in hot cars. The charity received 167 calls in just 13 days from worried people who saw dogs trapped in hot vehicles. However, protocol in Wales is to contact the police at 999 to report the incident and get help for the dog. Wales experienced one of the hottest weeks this year, and inspectors are hearing the most absurd “reasons” for leaving pets in hot cars. “I parked the car in the shade when I got here, I can’t help it if the shade moved.”

Here is a small list of excuses pet owners have given to inspectors when they returned to their overheated dog locked in a hot car:

• “My dog is white, he’ll be fine.”

• “They’re fine, they’re smiling?” (The dogs weren’t smiling, they were panting excessively.)

• “I parked the car in the shade when I got here, I can’t help it if the shade moved.”

• “The dog barks when I leave it alone in the house, it annoys the neighbours.”

• “We only went to buy a new kitchen.”

• “We feel bad leaving him at home on his own all day.”

• “I’m having an open day to sell my house, the dogs would have been in the way.”

• “It’s OK, I’m a vet.”

• “It’s not like my dog’s on its own in the car, my kid is with it.” (On this occasion ‘the kid’ was a five-month-old baby strapped into a car seat.)

• “I left the window open.”

• “We didn’t think we’d be long.” – The owners had been at a Sunday service at church.”

• “I’ve only been in the pub for half an hour, anyway it’s OK, I run a dog rescue centre.”

Many animal rescue groups are posting the dangers of leaving pets in cars. Holly Barber, runs Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign, told BBC News, “There is absolutely no reason or excuse that warrants risking your pet’s life by leaving them in a car on their own in this heat.”

She pleads for people to leave their pets at home where it is cool and safe. Dogs do not sweat and the only way they can cool down is through panting. As temperatures rise, panting becomes less efficient and dogs can quickly become overheated.

Brown pet dog sitting inside a vehicle gazing out of a window.

“Never leave animals in hot cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans, even if it’s just for a short while. Temperatures can quickly rise to 47°C (117°F) which can result in death,” states RSPCA on their website.


Giraffe smashed car window at west midlands safari park

A couple visiting West Midlands Safari Park received a bit of surprise in the form of a giraffe’s head.

The windows of their car were down, and the animal decided to stoop down and look into the vehicle. The female passenger was not sure how to fend off the creature, so she rolled up the window, which caused the glass of the window to smash on the creature’s face. Video of the incident was captured.

Visitors to the park are actually allowed to feed animals residing there at certain points during the drive;
however, park regulations state that vehicle windows must be half shut. Visitors are also supposed to keep their hands outside of their vehicle when feeding an animal.

Naturally, people who have seen the pictures and videos online have commented on the situation.

One commenter called the woman who closed the window when the giraffe’s head was inside her vehicle a “vile moron”.

Another wrote that it is one’s duty when going to a safari to consider the safety of the safari’s “inmates”; the commenter added that the giraffe looked playful, and instead of closing the window she should have patted the giraffe. She missed a golden opportunity. Also, the commenter advised the woman in the video not to do what she did with wolves, hyenas, or lions.

Another commenter, clearly upset, said they hope the woman in the video is never welcomed back by the safari. Doing what she did—shutting the window on the head of the giraffe—is a sign of idiocy.

A spokesperson for the safari told the media that the incident is under investigation.

The great news is that the giraffe was immediately checked over by staff and did not sustain any injuries as a result of the window incident.

Again, visitors to the park—which is located in Bewdley—are allowed to feed animals at certain points. However, on the safari’s website, the park warns that it is possible for animals to carry infections that can be transmitted. Therefore, it advises visitors to wash their hands after touching or feeding the safari’s animals—and also before eating or drinking.

The park, which opened in the spring of 1973, is home to elephants, camel, deer, antelope, reindeer, sheep, cheetahs, tigers, buffalo, African wild dogs, ostriches, penguins, rhinos—and giraffes, of course. There is a pride of white lions, which are rare; the Sumatran tigers are an endangered species. Actually, many of the species are considered endangered or even critically endangered.

There are also many amusement park rides at the safari park; it also features a reptile house, an insect house, and the United Kingdom’s biggest animatronic dinosaur attraction.

It really is wonderful that the giraffe wasn’t wounded by the glass of the car window. Giraffes are interesting creatures, and they have fascinated humanity since ancient times. Best known for their long legs and neck as well as the pattern of their coat, the giraffe is considered “vulnerable to extinction”. There are less than 100,000 of them in the wild. About 1,100 are in captivity.

Giraffes are herbivores, and they use their long necks to reach food that other species are unable to reach. It is necessary for them to eat over 75 pounds of food each and every day. They consume that food with the help of an enormous tongue, which can measure up to 20 inches.

Because they are herbivores, they don’t pose quite the threat to humans that other wild creatures may. In fact, human beings have been interacting with giraffes for thousands for years, and those interactions have been largely positive—at least on our end.

Egyptians would actually keep the creatures as pets, and they were also collected by the Romans and displayed. One was exhibited by Julius Caesar himself in Alexandria way back in 46 BC.

Of course, like most animals, giraffes can be dangerous. They do manage to run 35 miles per hour, after all. While they tend to run from fights, they’ve been known to kill lions when attacked. A kick from one of their quite long legs can do a lot of damage to predators.

A giraffe—Geoffrey the Giraffe—is the mascot of the famous toy retailer Toys “R” Us, which is currently in the process of closing its stores. It filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States back in September of 2017.


The eastern puma has officially been pronounced extinct

In a tragic wildlife development, the majestic Eastern Puma has been officially declared extinct by U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), as of January 22.

The species, known as Felis concolor couguar and Puma concolor couguar, has been officially removed from Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife. The Felis cougar were commonly known as mountain lions, panthers and pumas.

Historically, these majestic cats have roamed every state of the eastern part of the United States along the Mississippi river.

In the year 2011, USFWS started to review the status of Eastern Pumas under the Endangered Species Act. It was deduced in 2015 that there was no evidence of the existence of the large cats.

The de-listing of the endangered Pumas will become official on 22nd February.

The big cat hasn’t been seen in the wildlife for more than 8 decades. The Eastern Puma’s quandary has been around for over 100 years now and by the 1900s, the cats were gradually vanishing because of hunting and systematic trapping.

According to Mark Elbroch, the head scientist for Puma program at the group Panthera, the Eastern Pumas have been ‘long extinct’.

In the year 2015, the biologists of Federal Wild life deduced that pumas elsewhere in the Eastern United States were beyond recovery and, thus, needed no protection under the Act of Endangered Species.


The genetic cousins of Eastern Pumas, mountain lions are still inhabit Western United States and are associated with the small, endangered population of Florida panthers which are found in Everglades.

On average, Eastern Pumas were 8 feet long from their head to tail and, could weigh as much as 63.5 kilograms. The majestic creatures once had a huge population – and then humans happened!

The last of such a cat on record was killed in 1938 by a hunter in Maine. The reasons for their extinction are systematic habitat destruction and extermination campaigns; some of these majestic cats were trapped and killed for their fur, while others were murdered to prevent them from interfering with livestock.

Some biologists are hopeful that they will be able to test the possibilities of conservation with the help of the plentiful cousins of Eastern Puma.

One of the conservation advocates of biological diversity, Michael Robinson, said: “We need large carnivores like cougars, which would curb deer overpopulation and tick-borne diseases that threaten human health, so we hope Eastern and Midwestern states will reintroduce them.”

What happened to Eastern Pumas is really alarming and we, as humans, should start playing our part to protect other species from getting extinct!