06 Feb 2010
Tags: China, Gansu., Nursery, Panda, Panda Cubs, Photograph, Shaanxi, Sichuan Province, Sixteen, Wolong National Nature Reserve
Posing for their first day at their new nursery, these 16 panda cubs are clearly going to be a handful.In these amazing images, the tiny pandas are shown their new home for the first time after being separated from their mothers.The curious cubs were soon exploring their assault course home complete with umbrellas and ballons to welcome them on their first day.It was the first taste of independence for the youngsters at the Wolong National Nature Reserve, in Sichuan Province, south west China.
29 Jan 2010
Tags: Animal Abuse, China, China National Native Produce & Animal, First Animal Abuse Law Edges Closer In China, Nanjing., Stop Killing Dogs, Xu Huiqiang
Dog and cat meat could soon be banned from restaurants in China, ending thousands of years of tradition, following protests from animal rights campaigners.The Chinese government is now on the verge of introducing its first law against animal abuse and permanently removing both animals from the menu.The first draft of the law, aiming to protect animals from being hurt and killed in a cruel manner, will be raised for legislation in April.
In particular, the draft suggests people caught eating dog or cat meat be jailed for up to 15 days and fined 5,000 yuan (£450), while businesses would be fined between 100,000 to 500,000 yuan (£9,000 to £45,000).
Pet lovers’ associations have sprung up in Chinese cities over recent years, with one liberation group last year ramming a truck full of caged cats to rescue them from being shipped to southern restaurants.While many Chinese enjoy rich dog meat, especially during cold winters, some object to the practice in some regions of beating dogs to death to release the blood into the meat.
The China National Native Produce & Animal By-Products Import and Export Corporation backed the initiative, which it believes will improve overseas perceptions of Chinese exports.Others insisted a ban on dog and cat meat was unrealistic.’Banning such custom by law is inappropriate and unable to work,’ said Xu Huiqiang, chief of wild animal protection in Jiangsu province, where a dog meat recipe has been listed as a piece of cultural heritage.
An official of Leping, a city that has a traditional catering industry based on dog meat, said that the local economy and people’s lives would be terribly hurt by such a law.’Cooking them alive must be punished but which meat to eat should be people’s own choice,’ said a commentary on Xinhua Daily in Nanjing. ‘Some people in China still can’t afford meat. We should not blindly copy Western values.’But one online protester named ‘Yuxiang999′ posted on Xinhuanet.com: ‘Eating cats and dogs is a shameless barbarian thing. Anyone with humanity would not kill these loyal friends of ours.’
(in reference to my previous articles “Stop Killing Dogs” and A humble request, even if your not a animal lover please sign this petition by going on the link below
“Stop Killing Dogs “ )
26 Jan 2010
Tags: Africa, Alligator, China, Crocodile, South America
It can be hard to tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile, and for good reason. Both of these greenish-brown, ancient-looking creatures belong to the reptile class and have long snouts, even longer tails and very big teeth.Both alligators and crocodiles belong to the taxonomic order called crocodylia. So in a sense, one can say that while all alligators are crocs, crocodiles are not alligators. But that sort of information probably won’t help much if you happen to run into either one of them on, say, a golf course in Florida or a canoe trip in Belize.
When in doubt, remind yourself of where you are. Alligators live only in the southern United States (hence, the Florida Gators) and a few parts of China. Crocodiles are indigenous to climates closer to the equator and are regularly found in central America, South America, Africa, southeast Asia and northern Australia (hence, Crocodile Dundee). Also, take a look at at the body of water from which the scaly beast has emerged. Is it saltwater or freshwater? Generally, crocodiles prefer a saltwater habitat, while alligators gravitate towards freshwater living.
There are also distinct physical characteristics that differentiate the alligator from the crocodile, beginning with the animals’ skin tone. Crocodiles tend to have skin with an olive green/brown appearance, while alligators are usually darker and may even look black in color.
25 Jan 2010
Tags: Changsha, Changsha Zoo, China, Fifth Panda Breeding Centre, Panda, sexercises, Shaanxi, Xie Zhongsan
China plans to open a fifth breeding centre for giant pandas in an effort to boost the population of the notoriously sex-shy species, state media reported on Wednesday.Four young adult pandas are due to arrive at a zoo in the central city of Changsha on May 1 from a breeding base in southwestern Sichuan province, which was hit by a devastating quake in 2008, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Xie Zhongsan, an official at the Changsha Zoo, in Hunan province, said a cooperation agreement had already been signed with the breeding base in Sichuan to launch the new facility.”We are waiting for the forestry authorities’ approval of the new breeding base,” he was quoted as saying.”We plan to arrange for two to three panda experts to take care of the giant pandas and we’ll learn how to help them breed,” he added.
There are four other giant panda breeding bases in China — one in Beijing, one in northern Shaanxi province and two in Sichuan, the report said.Pandas, one of the world’s most endangered species, are a national treasure in China.
18 Jan 2010
Tags: American, Beijing, California, Caribbean island, China, Debra Tosch, Dogs From Around The World Go To Haiti, Duncan, Gustavo Villavisencio, Haiti, National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, NDSDF, Rescue Dogs, Rory, SDF, Search Dogs, Vanessa Diaz
Professionally trained “sniffer” search dogs from around the world have been recruited this week to aid rescue operations in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The effort appears to be unprecedented in scale, matching the devastation already documented in the Caribbean country. (Ron Weckbacher of Thousand Oaks, California, with rescue dog Dawson. Weckbacher is one of many elite dog/handler teams traveling to Haiti. Credit: National Disaster Search Dog Foundation)
French teams with “sniffer dogs” were seen boarding vans yesterday, headed to the airport on their way to Haiti. The dogs are trained to serve, so many excitedly jumped forward on their leashes in apparent anticipation.
China dispatched a chartered plane containing multiple sniffer dogs and 10 tons of tents, food and medical equipment. A somber ceremony was held at the Beijing airport before the teams left, with handlers and their dogs lined up, equipment at the ready. The team from China arrived in Haiti today and is presently at work there.
11 Jan 2010
Tags: Amazing Animals Stories, Australian Zoo, Beluga Whale, China, Drowning diver is saved by a whale, Karta, Mice Responsible for a Fire That Killed Over 100 Cats, Orangutan Deactivates Electric Fence to Escape from Zoo, Toronto, Yang Yun
Drowning diver is saved by a whale
A drowning diver has a beluga whale to thank for helping to save her life after her legs were paralyzed by cramps. Yang Yun was taking part in a free-diving contest at Polar Land in Harbin, north-east China, in which participants were required to sink seven metres to the bottom of a pool and stay there for as long as possible without the aid of breathing equipment.Ms Yun, 26, thought she was going to die amid the beluga whales she shared the arctic pool with, after struggling to move her legs while trying to kick her way to the surface.
The lady began to choke and sank even lower she thought she was going to die. Until she felt an incredible force under her driving her to the surface.Beluga whale Mila had spotted her difficulties and using her sensitive dolphin-like nose guided Yun safely to the surface.
04 Jan 2010
Tags: Baby, Baby Panda, Chengdu Giant Panda Research Institute., China, Photographs, Playpen, Wen Li, Ya Li
The images of Wen Li and her twin sister Ya Li were taken at the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Institute.
They show Wen Li struggling up the side of her playpen, before losing her balance and toppling over the side. Fortunately the panda cub was caught by one of her handlers before hitting the floor. Wen Li and Ya Li were born on July 19, 2009. Just two other pandas were born at the institute in the same year, compared to 18 born in 2008.
Researches have argued that mothers at the institute were simply too “exhausted” to have any more babies.The institute was set up 1987 with six pandas rescued from the wild. Just over two decades later it is home to 83 giant pandas, about a third of the total pandas kept in captivity in China.They are a source of national pride in China and their dwindling numbers have become a countrywide concern. They are the rarest type of bears and, with fewer than 3,000 still in the wild, are considered to be among the world’s most endangered species
25 Dec 2009
Tags: CAMBODIA, China, Extinction, Indochinese tiger, Kang Wannian, Killed And Eaten, Krasnodar, Life News, Mengla, Myanmar, Russian, Siberia, Thailand, Vietnam, Villagers, Wild Tiger, Yunnan Province
The last wild Indochinese tiger in China was killed and eaten by a man who was yesterday sentenced to 12years’jail.Kang Wannian, a villager from Mengla, Yunnan Province, came across the tiger in February while gathering freshwater clams in a nature reserve near China’s border with Laos.He claimed to have killed it in self-defence.The only known wild Indochinese tiger in China, photographed in 2007 at the same reserve, has not been seen since Kang’s meal, the Yunnan-based newspaper Life News reported earlier this month.
A local court sentenced Kang to 10 years for killing a rare animal plus two years for illegal possession of firearms.Prosecutors said Kang did not need a gun to gather clams.Four villagers who helped Kang dismember the tiger and ate its meat were also sentenced from three to four years for ‘covering up and concealing criminal gains’, the report said.
22 Dec 2009
Tags: ARGENTINA, ARIZONA, Botswana, Brazil, BULGARIA, California, CAMBODIA, China, COSTA RICA, CROATIA, Dog, Egypt, Florida, FRANCE, GREECE, HUNGARY, India, ITALY, KENYA, MALAYSIA, Ms Lefson, NAMIBIA, NEVADA, New York, Oscar, Peru, PUERTO RICO, ROMANIA, Russia, South Africa, SWITZERLAND, TEXAS, Thailand, The World Woof Tour, TURKEY, USA, UTAH, World, ZAMBIA
A dog called Oscar is has laid claim to the title of the animal kingdom’s most intrepid explorer after visiting famous landmarks around the world. His travels include five continents, 29 countries and stopping off everywhere from the Eiffel Tower to the Taj Mahal.Oscar was rescued from a South African kennel by owner Joanne Lefson five years ago. In May the pair began an epic journey hoping to inspire millions to help save his fellow canines living as strays on the streets.
Dodging crocodile-infested rivers, walking on the Great Wall of China and escaping Italian police Oscar finally finished his tour last week.The £250,000 six-month trip – which Joanne funded by selling her home – also took in 15,000 shelter dogs and at more than 50 charity-run rescue centres.The pair capped off the tour at Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, Brazil.
Ms Lefson, who is half British and half South African, had the idea to take the titanic trip dubbed ‘The World Woof Tour’.
She said it was a miracle Oscar was alive let alone a globe trotter.She said: “If I hadn’t gone to the kennel that fateful day Oscar had one more day left and would have been put down.”When I discovered what a wonderful dog Oscar was it broke my heart to think how many ‘Oscar’s’ are still out there and simply just don’t get that second chance.
08 Dec 2009
Tags: Born, China, Mei Xiang, National Zoo, Panda, Tai Shan, Washington's National Zoo
A young giant panda who became a major attraction after his birth at Washington’s National Zoo will leave for China early next year for breeding.Zoo officials announced Friday that Tai Shan (pronounced “ty shawn”) will be leaving the Smithsonian Institution park as soon as January or February. Panda mother Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) and father Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN) are on a 10-year, $10 million loan to the zoo until December 2010.
Under the Smithsonian’s panda loan agreement, any cub born at the zoo must be returned to China for breeding. Tai Shan was born in 2005 and was granted a two-year extension in 2007. Panda cubs are also slated to leave the zoos in Atlanta and San Diego.