The 10 Weirdest Animal Stories Of 2009

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FURRY FELINE GROWS WINGS
Though born healthy, once this kitten in Chongqing, China, turned 1, he sprouted wing-shaped appendages on both sides of his spine. While the cause remains unknown, some speculated it could be a genetic change caused by chemical ingestion.

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ZOO DYES DONKEYS
No zebras? No problem! Staffers at the Gaza City zoo couldn’t afford to import zebras to their facility, so instead, they colored two white donkeys with women’s hair dye and masking tape! Hey, it was better than their first solution: using paint.
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Russia To Host Tiger Summit In 2010

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Russia will host a tiger preservation summit in Vladivostok in 2010, according to the Russian branch of World Wildlife Fund (WWF).Scientists decided to use Oriental calendar and the coming year of the Tiger to promote public awareness of the situation with Amur tigers, Igor Chestin, Director of the Russian branch of WWF said on Thursday.Chestin said that the Russian government, WWF and World Bank initiated the Tiger summit, in which the heads of 13 states are expected to participate.

Only 3200 wildlife tigers remain today, according to Vyacheslav Rozhnov, deputy director of the Ecology and Wildlife Evolution Institute.WWF estimates Russia’s Khabarovsk and Primorye regions have 500 Amur tigers at present.

The Natural Resources ministry will draft a tiger preservation program for the summit, which along with anti-poaching measures will urge for measures to stop cutting cedar forests, the natural habitat of tigers, and expand the territory of wildlife reserves.

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Little Monkey Pees On Kim Kardashian

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There’s no denying animal instincts.
Kim Kardashian learned that lesson the hard way when she visited the offices of Katalyst, where pal Ashton Kutcher was filming. While there, the reality star was treated to a show by the magician Dynamo, who made a monkey appear. At first, Kardashian found the simian “cute” – that is, until the furry friend peed on her.

She shared a photo of the offending animal on her blog, adding: “Ashton said the monkey had pooped on him, so I didn’t feel too bad, haha. Gross little monkey!”

On the upside, “This magician was amazing, though,” Kardashian wrote. “He did the craziest card tricks!”

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Japanese Whalers Using 'Military' Sonic Device: Activists

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Anti-whaling activists accused Japanese fishermen Friday of using a military-type sonic device and water cannon against their helicopter as risky skirmishes in Antarctic seas escalated.

The Sea Shepherd animal rights group said the whalers used a Long Range Acoustical Device (LRAD) to repel the activists’ helicopter, and then blasted the aircraft with water after it landed back on the anti-whalers’ ship.”This was an extremely irresponsible thing to do,” helicopter pilot Chris Aultman said of the sonic equipment.”That device can cause nausea and disorientation and the use of it against an aircraft is both extremely dangerous and grossly irresponsible.”

LRAD is a device sometimes used for crowd control and also by US forces in Iraq. It has also been used by ships to repel pirates in waters off Somalia, according to reports.A Sea Shepherd statement said the Japanese Shonan Maru No.2 also fired water cannon “in an attempt to destroy the helicopter on the landing pad”.Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research, which runs the whaling operations, said the sonic device was meant to warn the activists, not to hurt them.

“We are using a long range acoustic device only for the purpose of delivering our warning message to them,” said an official at the institute.”It is not meant to harm people or hurt their hearing.”
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Japanese Whalers Using 'Military' Sonic Device: Activists

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Anti-whaling activists accused Japanese fishermen Friday of using a military-type sonic device and water cannon against their helicopter as risky skirmishes in Antarctic seas escalated.

The Sea Shepherd animal rights group said the whalers used a Long Range Acoustical Device (LRAD) to repel the activists’ helicopter, and then blasted the aircraft with water after it landed back on the anti-whalers’ ship.”This was an extremely irresponsible thing to do,” helicopter pilot Chris Aultman said of the sonic equipment.”That device can cause nausea and disorientation and the use of it against an aircraft is both extremely dangerous and grossly irresponsible.”

LRAD is a device sometimes used for crowd control and also by US forces in Iraq. It has also been used by ships to repel pirates in waters off Somalia, according to reports.A Sea Shepherd statement said the Japanese Shonan Maru No.2 also fired water cannon “in an attempt to destroy the helicopter on the landing pad”.Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research, which runs the whaling operations, said the sonic device was meant to warn the activists, not to hurt them.

“We are using a long range acoustic device only for the purpose of delivering our warning message to them,” said an official at the institute.”It is not meant to harm people or hurt their hearing.”
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Homesick Zoo Tigress On Hunger Strike After Being Shifted

It’s been eight days since Radha, a 17-year-old tigress in the city’s zoo has eaten anything. She is being administered glucoseintravenously. Zoo authorities, who have not been able to make her eat say it’s a case of mental trauma due to relocation to a new home.The relocation from one zoo to another seems to have traumatized tigress, who is also suffering from old age. She stopped taking food since she was shifted from Aji Zoo to the newly built Pradyuman Park Zoo about eight days ago. In order to prevent her condition from deterioration, the tigress is being administered glucose intravenously.

Apart from Radha, another zoo inmate John, a 22-year-old male leopard also suffered from similar tendencies after the zoo shifting. However, after a few days of acclimatisation, the leopard started eating, while Radha has continued with her fast.

“The tigress is in stable condition but still not eating,” said zoo superintendent M G Maradia on Sunday. “We have tried feeding her chicken, meat and various other meat but she is not eating. We also gave her medication to induce hunger, but it has not affected. After consulting senior professors from Anand Veterinary College, it was concluded that this is a psychological problem,” Maradia said.

This is a common tendency seen among animals when they are shifted to new environment, Maradia explained. “Some take time, but gradually they get adjusted to the new environs as witnessed in the case of the leopard. However, the tigress is taking longer than usual despite our best efforts,” he added.

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Sad Story Of Charla Nash

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Charla Nash the 55-year-old woman who was mauled by her friend’s chimpanzee in February of 2009, will reveal her face on an episode of Oprah .The enraged chimpanzee, which was eventually shot by authorities, ripped off Nash’s hands, nose, lips, and eyelids during the attack.She is being treated at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Nash no longer has eyes, cannot currently eat solid food, and in unable to breathe through her nose.She says that her face feels like there are “pieces of tape or gauze” on her face where the attack happened. She also says that she remembers nothing from the attack.

A picture of Charla Nash follows. Warning: it is extremely graphic:

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Missing Cat's Painful Odyssey Leads Him Home

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This wasn’t going to end happily. All signs pointed to another sad story of a lost pet never to be heard from again.
The posters were hung, search parties formed, Craigslist notified. All the neighbors were on the lookout for the little gray kitty that went on daily walks with its owner, seven other cats and two dogs.But the hours and days passed. Someone saw a cat get hit by a car. Someone else watched a vulture snack on something furry.

“I was frantic,” said Tracie Steger, owner of the lost cat, named Giggle-Blizzard.Thanksgiving dinner was a rather solemn affair attended by the entire clan, save one.Steger has spent a lot of time training her pets.Every day, without leashes or restraints, she and her creatures stroll the neighborhood. They come to her when she calls. They roam the yard without supervision.Steger said the neighbors think it’s a little weird.But things worked out pretty well until Nov. 15, when Steger called the crew inside for dinner.Giggle-Blizzard, the brattiest, was missing.

Steger and her golden retriever, Margarita, went searching for hours in the dark.They came home without her.LOST KITTY signs were up the next day. Neighborhood kids handed out fliers. People walked the neighborhood, calling out the cat’s name.A little girl across the street told Steger she saw a car hit a cat and drive off. It had a gray coat. Steger winced.Another day Steger saw whiskers between the teeth of a hungry vulture. She scared it off and saved a kitten that wasn’t Giggle-Blizzard.

It was hard not to lose hope.

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Missing Cat's Painful Odyssey Leads Him Home

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This wasn’t going to end happily. All signs pointed to another sad story of a lost pet never to be heard from again.
The posters were hung, search parties formed, Craigslist notified. All the neighbors were on the lookout for the little gray kitty that went on daily walks with its owner, seven other cats and two dogs.But the hours and days passed. Someone saw a cat get hit by a car. Someone else watched a vulture snack on something furry.

“I was frantic,” said Tracie Steger, owner of the lost cat, named Giggle-Blizzard.Thanksgiving dinner was a rather solemn affair attended by the entire clan, save one.Steger has spent a lot of time training her pets.Every day, without leashes or restraints, she and her creatures stroll the neighborhood. They come to her when she calls. They roam the yard without supervision.Steger said the neighbors think it’s a little weird.But things worked out pretty well until Nov. 15, when Steger called the crew inside for dinner.Giggle-Blizzard, the brattiest, was missing.

Steger and her golden retriever, Margarita, went searching for hours in the dark.They came home without her.LOST KITTY signs were up the next day. Neighborhood kids handed out fliers. People walked the neighborhood, calling out the cat’s name.A little girl across the street told Steger she saw a car hit a cat and drive off. It had a gray coat. Steger winced.Another day Steger saw whiskers between the teeth of a hungry vulture. She scared it off and saved a kitten that wasn’t Giggle-Blizzard.

It was hard not to lose hope.

(source)

Rare Siberian Tigers Among Dead Circus Cats

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Two rare Siberian tigers were among a group of big cats in a Russian traveling circus that died during a 20-hour truck journey this week, a circus administrator said Thursday.Veterinarians suspect the animals were suffocated by exhaust fumes in the enclosed truck, which was heated to counter outside temperatures below minus-30 degrees Fahrenheit (Celsius).

Circus officials and police initially said that eight Bengal tigers had died.But Mechta circus administrator Yevgeny Kudashkin said there were seven tigers and two were Siberian tigers, which some conservationists fear may be approaching extinction.

The loss of the endangered tigers — also known as Ussuri, Amur or Manchurian tigers — was certain to increase the outrage over the animals’ deaths.A lioness also died during the trip across Siberia to the city of Yakutsk, where the circus was due to perform.

The animals appear to have been killed by exhaust fumes, Darya Kokhunova, deputy director of the Irkutsk veterinary laboratory, said. She cautioned that the tests were not yet complete.
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