Some total jerkwad took a couple of dachshund puppies and stuffed them into a garbage bin behind a church. They were discovered and taken to Rocky Ridge Refuge in Arkansas, but they needed a foster mama to take care of them. So the folks at Rocky Ridge paired the pups with a capybara named Cheesecake. Say what now?
Capybaras are basically oversized guinea pigs, and the largest rodent in the world. And, it turns out, really good at being foster moms. Animals don’t really care what species their caregiver is, so the puppies seem totally fine with their new mom. And while Cheesecake isn’t up for adoption, the puppies definitely are. [Dogster]
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A Walmart employee in Hermiston, Oregon, was reportedly fired after she attempted to save a starving dog that had wandered into the superstore. According to an article written by Cindy Marabito at the Examiner.com, the dog was seen wandering around the store in an obviously malnourished state. But when the employee attempted to corral the dog and call a rescue organization, the manager on duty reportedly “told her she needed to put the puppy back outside.” According to the Examiner, he then “told her she was ‘disgusting’ for holding the puppy in a check stand.” Keep reading »
Guys, I am kind of hyperventilating just thinking about this, but a woman in Portland, Oregon, is stuck in between two buildings, after falling while climbing. Nobody’s really sure what the woman — who is allegedly in her 20s — was doing when she fell, but my guess is something dumb like parkour. Either way, there’s rescue crews on the scene who are cutting a hole in one of the walls of the Gretchen Kafoury Commons in order to try and pull her out. In the meantime, she’s stuck in the hole, hanging, and has been there for nearly four hours. Keep reading »
Meet Thomas O’Malley Flufferpants and her dog companion Murkin. Both were rescued — Thomas was a feral cat and Murkin a shelter dog — and developed a strange attraction. The pair are virtually inseparable these days, after Murkin helped nurse Thomas through surgery to remove two infected teeth. Love takes many strange forms.
Are you a horse girl? I’m a horse girl. And in another life, I would do what photographer Becky Standridge does. She spends her days in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, documenting the wild horses that live there and helping to catalog the herd and its migration patterns. One day, while watching the horses, she managed to capture a dramatic water rescue on film. “People think horses don’t have a soul,” says Standridge. “But the soul of a horse is much bigger than man knows.” [AZ Central]
It’s a general belief among conservationists that man should meddle with nature as little as possible. But what happens when there’s a wild animal in peril, and humans have the ability to help out? Earlier this month, guests at the Kapani Lodge Lagoon in Zambia, noticed a baby elephant and her mother struggling in the mud near the facility (think Artax drowning in the Swamp of Sadness in “The Neverending Story”). Rather than let the animals slowly suffocate in the mud, they alerted the South Luangwa Conservation Society. Conservation Society members, along with representatives from the local wildlife authorities, came together to develop a rescue plan, and both elephants were pulled to safety. Check out the dramatic photos of the rescue, and the relieved baby.
Well, here’s an unexpectedly heartwarming story. An Oklahoman woman spots a baby calf stuck on the ice and calls the local news station, KWTV-Channel 9, to see if they can use their helicopter to rescue the stranded animal. But! The way they use the helicopter is mighty surprising. [NY Post
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