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We all get wonderful pet and wild animal photos and stories
sent to us, and we at CenterSinaiAnimalHospital.com decided
it would be fun to share with our visitors the ones that
strike us as worth a look. Enjoy!
A Preemie Deer
A precious little
miracle to add some cheer to your day...which we all
Here is a great short story with a few sweet photos. This little
premature deer is named Rupert and is living at Tiggywiggles
Hospital in England. Fitting name, right?
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it
will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Can you believe this?? You will probably never
see this again. A little miracle!...with all the
gloomy news floating out there...here is a nice
nature story that is uplifting...This tiny deer was delivered by caesarean
section at a wildlife hospital after his mother was
killed by a car. Little Rupert, who is so small he
can fit in an adult's hand, was born after vets
failed in their battle to save his mother.
At just six inches tall and weighing just over a
pound, he is now in an incubator in the intensive
care unit at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in
Buckinghamshire. He has only recently opened his
eyes. Les Stocker, founder of Tiggywinkles said:
Rupert's mother had very severe injuries.
We brought him out and got him breathing and then
he went into an incubator on oxygen. He is now being
fed by a tube.
Tucked in, Rupert is in an incubator
The dear little deer, Rupert, pulls a striking pose
for the camera. Staff are optimistic Rupert, now
five days old, will make a full recovery. Deer are
very, very tricky but this one has spirit. He's an
extremely feisty little guy and quite pushy, Mr.
Asleep: Rupert takes 40 winks. How sweet.
A truly hungry
cat! Click or copy and paste the link to get a clearer pic
of what's going on.
What a trooper!
Photo and story: Caters News / ZUMA Press
A red-footed tortoise was found -- minus one of her four
feet -- in the wild in San Mateo County,
California and brought into the local ASPCA. Vets decided
the least intrusive/most economical/flat-out hilarious-est
way to help the three-legged lass was to strap her atop the
undercarriage of a toy Tonka truck. The result: a
surprisingly huge amount of mobility for the lil' critter,
who now pushes off with her back legs for power and uses her
one front foot for steering... though she's probably a
little bit shell-shocked by the change.
Nicknamed Tonka, natch, the tortoise was adopted by a local
surfer dude who brags that Tonka likes going for walks and
snacking on tomatoes from his garden.
This one isn't new but somehow
just crossed our desktop.
SO worth a viewing!
A must watch -- inspiring doggie who was born without her
two front legs. She has figured out how to get around and is
inspiring humans to "get on with it!"
Shake it, shake it, baby! Frostie is a wonderful performing
bird whose human is not mistreating him, as
unfortunately happens all too often, so we wanted to share
his amazing performance with you.
Have you seen this one? About a cat called perfectly normal,
for his breed, Sphinx.
But he sure coulda fooled a lot of visitors to the Exeter,
MA vet in whose office he now resides. Bear with the video
-- audio comes up in just a few seconds.
the fawn and the puppy can be friends...oh, the fawn and the
puppy can be friends.....
Have you seen the one about the elephant and the dog?
heartwarming! There is a whole set of photos of Anjara, the
chimp who has been mothering a series of abandoned felines,
as reported in the UK's The Sun. Click the photo or link
below to see them all, along with the story.
a new one to catch. Photos to tug at your heartstrings from the Daily
Mail in the UK, telling the tale of an abandoned kid
adopted by a dog at an animal shelter. Mama goat rejected
the young one to care for the two stronger kids. Sometimes
survival of the fittest is hard to take, no?
one more! This one is about a very smart kitten
and what she does with sneakers.
Dolphin Rings -- a real
Text and Link Courtesy Ralph Waters
This is quite amazing. These dolphins are clearly smarter than many
humans I've met.
The attached video is of dolphins playing with silver colored 'air-rings'
which they have the ability to make under water to play
with. It isn't known how they learn this, or if it's an
As if by magic the dolphin does a quick flip of its head and a silver ring
appears in front of its pointed beak. The ring is a solid,
donut shaped bubble about 2-ft across, yet it doesn't rise
to the surface of the water! It stands upright in the water
like a magic doorway to an unseen dimension. The dolphin then
pulls a small silver donut from the larger one. Looking at
the twisting ring for one last time a bite is taken from it,
causing the small ring to collapse into a thousands of tiny
bubbles which head upward towards the water's surface. After
a few moments the dolphin creates another ring to play
with. There also seems to be a separate mechanism for
producing small rings, which a dolphin can accomplish by a
quick flip of its head.
An explanation of how dolphins make these silver rings is that they are
"air-core vortex rings." Invisible, spinning vortices in
the water are generated from the tip of a dolphin's dorsal
fin when it is moving rapidly and turning. When dolphins
break the line, the ends are drawn together into a closed
ring. The higher velocity fluid around the core of the
vortex is at a lower pressure than the fluid circulating
farther away. Air is injected into the rings via bubbles
released from the dolphin's blow hole. The energy of the
water vortex is enough to keep the bubbles from rising for a
reasonably few seconds of play time.
NOTE: If you haven't seen this one, we urge you to check it
out. It's truly fun and almost other-worldly.
THE BEARS AND I
Black bears typically have two cubs, rarely one or three. In
2007, in northern New
Hampshire, a black bear sow gave birth to five healthy
young. There were two or three reports of sows with as many
as four cubs but five was, and is, extraordinary. I learned
of them shortly after they emerged from their den and set
myself a goal of photographing all five cubs with their mom,
no matter how much time and effort was involved. I knew the
trail they followed on a fairly regular basis, usually
shortly before dark. After spending nearly four hours a day,
seven days a week, for six weeks I had that once in a
lifetime opportunity and photographed them in the shadows
and dull lighting of the evening. Due to these conditions
the photograph is a bit noisy as I had to use the equivalent
of a very fast film speed on my digital camera. The print is
properly focused and well exposed with all six bears posing
as if they were in a studio for a family portrait.
stayed in touch with other people who saw the bears during
the summer and into the fall hunting season. All six bears
continued to thrive. As time for hibernation approached, I
found still more folks who had seen them and everything
remained OK. I stayed away from the bears as I was concerned
that they might become habituated to me, or to people in
general, as approachable friends. This could be dangerous
for both man and animal. After Halloween I received no
further reports and could only hope the bears survived until
spring, before the snow disappeared, all six bears came out
of their den and wandered the same familiar territory they
trekked in the spring of 2007. I saw them before mid April
and dreamed nightly of taking another family portrait, an
improbable second once in a lifetime photograph. On April
25, 2008 I achieved my dream. (Read on …)
something as magical as this happens between man and animal
Native Americans say, “We have walked together in the shadow
of a rainbow.”
so it is with humility and great pleasure that I share these
photos with you.
Sincerely, Tom Sears
Story and photos
by Tom Sears,
Burlington, Iowa Humane Society -- Extraordinary Mothers
The British Best Friend, Gin the Dog
Incredible Family Reunion -- Lions and their Rescuers. This
one may make you cry.
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