Saturday, May 30, 2015

On Rescue TV This Week!

It was a Friday evening when a distraught woman called us, desperately concerned about a severely neglected 7-month-old puppy.

Justice was found chained in a trash-filled yard. His collar hadn't been loosened since he was 2 months old, and it had become so tight that it painfully cut into his neck, leaving a gruesome wound that oozed blood and pus.

The constant pain that Justice endured must have been excruciating. Every day, PETA receives dozens of calls and e-mails about dogs, cats, and other animals like Justice left to suffer with no end in sight—and we need your support, Don, to help them.

Make a generous tax-deductible gift to PETA's Investigations & Rescue Fund right now—even $5 will help! Your gift will help provide the resources that we need to respond quickly to reports of animal abuse, secure medical care, and find animals loving homes.

Our staff and volunteers have stepped into truly horrific scenes of neglected cats denied veterinary care and riddled with parasites, dogs so emaciated that their ribs show through their skin, and rabbits condemned to live in cages filled with their own waste. It's your ongoing support that powers our lifesaving work for abused and neglected animals like Justice, LaVerne, and Nigel.
Justice the dog
Justice was rushed by our rescue team to the nearest veterinary clinic. The tight collar was cut from his neck, and his deep wound was cleaned and bandaged. He spent the next month in foster care, where he was nursed back to health, and we were able to find him a loving, forever home. Help PETA's fieldworkers save more animals like Justice.
LaVerne the cat
LaVerne, an affectionate black cat and mother to four kittens, was living in complete squalor when she was found by PETA fieldworkers. Their "home" was a cramped, filthy trailer that was so cluttered with trash and junk that they were using cockroaches as toys. LaVerne and her kittens were all spayed or neutered and now live in caring homes, where they receive constant affection and real toys to play with. Please help us rescue more animals like LaVerne.
Nigel the rabbit
Before a PETA staffer came to his rescue, Nigel, a gentle rabbit, was kept in a dirty plastic box and was to be slaughtered for food. He was denied even basic attention, and his paws were stained from the urine and feces that collected in his crate. Now, Nigel has a new guardian who fills this bunny's life with scratches, love, and delicious treats. 

Help save more animals like Nigel.
Justice, LaVerne and her four kittens, and Nigel were rescued and placed into loving homes, thanks to the help of compassionate people like you. Right now, animals just like them are waiting for our assistance, and your support today can help us spare them so much suffering.

Mwashoti's Rescue

Baby Goose Saved After Falling Into RiverInstagram post of the weekAfter a baby goose fell into the Elizabeth River, PETA was there to save the day.

Little badger cub is a real fighter! Wildlife AidOur very ill baby badger is felling much better! Her blood results are almost back to normal, she is bright and she is eating (a lot) by herself! We are very happy with her amazing progress. Her future is looking much better now, even if she is still fragile. She will be moved with other badger cubs soon, to get the company and comfort she needs.Abandoned Phoenix freeway cat adopted by rescuer After more than 30 days, two surgeries and more than $1,000 in medical care, an abandoned cat, found clinging to a Valley freeway fence, is getting a permanent home with the man who rescued him.The Arizona Humane Society said the cat, appropriately named "Freeway," has made a full recovery and was adopted Thursday by the Good Samaritan who found him on the freeway in April.[Freeway the cat's You Caring page]The video of the cat, clinging to the fence on the busy freeway, had nearly one million views after it was posted by the rescuer, Richard Christianson.

Man Rescues Dog From Water

  • Great news! The Nut Herd is currently on the road to their permanent home at our center in Mathura. When we rescued the four elephants from the Moonlight Circus in early April, their mental and physical health status was poor, so we decided to let them recuperate a bit before transporting them the 1400 km distance to join the Herd of Hope. They’ve spent the last several weeks in a temporary facility provided by ResQ and Protecterra which are Pune-based organizations.An eight-member team from Wildlife SOS are accompanying the Nuts and have gotten the elephants onto three trucks. The elephants are on their way to Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center, Mathura where they will receive good veterinary care, a healthy diet, companionship, and everything they need to have a healthy future.
CocoandPeanutinPoolIncluded in the rescue are:  Peanut, a 6 year old female; Coconut, a 12 year old female; Mac, a 22 year old bull and Wally, an 18 year old bull elephant.  The rescues are part of Wildlife SOS’ campaign to see every last circus elephant in India rescued. When the campaign began, late last year, 67 elephants were enduring life in Indian circuses. With this rescue, that number is down to 62!
The four elephants were rescued by Wildlife SOS from the Moonlight Circus in Maharashtra, the very same circus that made headlines when its owner and several officials were arrested on charges of rape and human trafficking. On the strength of a court order, the Circus in Nanded was derecognized by Central Zoo Authority, Govt. of India and their permission to use animals for performance was cancelled by Animal Welfare Board.
It will take the Nut Herd a couple of days to reach their new home, as they must cover 1400 kms from Pune along with our expert paramedics and rescue team! We will have more details to share in the coming days, as we post updates of their journey on this blog and on Facebook.. So stay tuned and keep checking in!
UPDATE – May 16th, 12 pm IST : The caravan is in the state of Maharashtra and has covered almost 300 kms. Here’s Wally trying to reach out to the girls in the truck beside him.  :D
UPDATE- May 16th, 4pm: The caravan has entered the state of Madhya Pradesh now. The Nutties are only 850 kms away from their new home at ECCC, Mathura! Here’s Mac, waving out to everyone happily from his truck !

UPDATE- May 17th, 1 am: Looks like everyone loves the Nut Herd, as the staff at a toll plaza helped our team splash some water on the eles to keep them cool (that’s Wally getting doused in the pic below). Feeling refreshed, they are now on their way to Indore.

UPDATE- May 17th, 6 am: The team had to halt and take a break as one of the vehicles broke down due to some steering belt problem.. While the vehicle was being fixed, our senior veterinarian Dr. Yaduraj, did dressing of Wally’s tail wound.
Luckily, the vehicle has been fixed now and the caravan is back on the track! :)

UPDATE- May 17th, 12 pm: The caravan has taken a slight diversion as the Indore – Gwalior route has extremely bad roads. Thus, we’ll be coming via Jaipur route now. Meanwhile, here’s Coco who can’t seem to wait for the team member to get down in the truck to feed her and puts her trunk into the bucket of fruits! :D

UPDATE- May 17th, 9pm : The caravan has entered the state of Rajasthan now and now the Nut Herd is just 500 kms away from their permanent home! Here’s Mac grabbing a quick bite from our team member.
UPDATE- May 18th, 2 am: The Nut Herd is well fed and the team has had its dinner as well. Looks like we will have to take a halt at night as the drivers are sleepy and need some rest. We’ll start the journey at 6am in the morning again.
UPDATE- May 18th, 9am: The Nut Herd caravan has covered approximately 100 kms more. A sweet farmer allowed us to take some fresh fodder from his field for the Nutties! The team has quickly loaded the trucks.
UPDATE- May 18th, 4pm: We’re inching closer to Mathura now, only 200 kms more to go! Getting so excited!! In the meantime, Wally gets a good splash to keep him hydrated for the journey ahead.
UPDATE- May 18th, 8pm: Great news! Mac, Wally, Coco and Peanut have arrived at their forever home at Elephant Conservation and Care Center, Mathura finally!! Woopiie!
Dramatic Rescue on the Indo-Nepal Border

    Darkness was falling in the village of Mundahiri, Girdih District, Jharkhand. The remote village, skirting the border of India and Nepal, was settling down for the night and everything was going quiet. Under the cover of darkness, a gang of poachers were attempting to smuggle a female sloth bear across the border.
    Tipped off by intelligence received through an extensive network under our anti-poaching branch, Forest Watch, a team from Wildlife SOS  organized a joint operation with the state Forest Department and the local police to carry out an emergency rescue, before the poachers were able to successfully smuggle the animal across the border. The rescue operation, however, took a dramatic turn for the worse, when the offenders turned violent, and their local supporters allowed mob-mentality to overcome reason. A hostile standoff ensued between the crowd and the rescuers, and we found ourselves worried for the safety of the sloth bear as well as our rescue team. Additional police reinforcements were called in to control the agitated and growing crowd and to restore some semblance of order, so that the animal and our team could be removed from the dangerous situation they had found themselves in. Unfortunately, in the subsequent chaos, the poachers were able to escape and are still on the run.
    However, the team was relieved to find they had left the sloth bear tied to a tree, agitated but alive. A primary examination revealed unfortunate information- the bear’s nails and teeth were bloody and broken to ensure she could not defend herself against her captors. Her delicate muzzle had been pierced, risking damage to her respiratory pathways as well as septic infection.  A coarse rope had been drawn through the raw wound, leading the team to conclude that she was destined to be sold to be used as a dancing bear, possibly in Nepal.
    Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, who also acts as head of our Wildlife Crime Intelligence Network and is a Special Officer for the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, had this to say, “We intercepted this intelligence in Nepal and tracked the information until we could locate the offenders. We were anticipating more wildlife contraband with these offenders, but they managed to escape the authorities this time. We are grateful to the Jharkhand Forest Department and DFO Giridih, PCCF & Chief Wildlife Warden, Jharkhand who made this operation a success.”
    The bear was quickly relocated to Wildlife SOS’ Agra Bear Rescue Facility to allow her to recuperate from the mental and physical trauma she had undergone at the hands of the poachers. The senior veterinarian at the facility, Dr. Ilayaraja S. informs us that, despite the bear’s painfully dire physical condition, she will recover, under the expert medical attention and professional supervision of our team at ABRF. The bear requires extensive veterinary care and has been placed in quarantine for now, where she will be screened for diseases and receive a detailed veterinary health examination followed by the required treatment. When her condition stabilizes, the now free bear will be moved into one of the facility’s large, forested enclosures where her rehabilitation process can continue. She will be surrounded by other bears and will be cared for and supervised by an experienced professional team to ensure her complete recovery.
    Wildlife SOS is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of sloth bears in India and works to save bears like this one from a devastating, dangerous life as uncared for, malnourished and mistreated performing animals. If you would like to help us support the treatment of this injured bear, consider donating by following this LINK. You could also sponsor the rehabilitation and treatment of one of our rescued bears, by clicking HERE.
    Recently, in a remote village, under the cover of darkness, a gang of poachers was attempting to smuggle a female sloth bear across the border. 

    If she made it to Nepal, she would become a 'dancing bear' and be exploited and cruelly mistreated for what would likely be a short, sad life. 

    Thankfully, our anti-poaching team was tipped off by an informant, and they leapt into action in order to save the poor bear. But they would have to face a mob of people to complete their mission...

    Raju, keeping cool

    It's Summer and our dearest Raju loves to keep cool by splashing water all over himself at Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura. We're also delighted to share with you that he is now out of musth and his shoulder wound is about 95% healed. He can be seen walking around with ease and gobbling on mangos, his new favorite fruit!
    IFAW sauve des animaux victimes du séisme au Népal 

    Cat Saved From Open Well By Animal Rahat Rescue Team
    PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

    Rescuing Nigel
    PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

    Baby owls show their love for our vet nurse
    Wildlife Aid

    Caged for 14 years – take a look at Nhan Ai now

    Baby Roadrunners Rescued

    This Hiker Came Across an Injured Baby Owl and Did the Heroic (and Right) Thing
    It can be hard to fight the urge to jump to the rescue of an injured wild animal, but in many cases what you might think is a kind action could end in disaster for that creature. Unlike domestic animals, like dogs and cats, wild animals have evolved to be wary of humans and will not always be so willing to accept help, not matter how dire the case. Additionally, people who aren’t properly trained to handle wildlife run the risk of accidentally injuring the animal. Not the mention, baby animals who are covered with “human scent” may be more likely to be abandoned by their parents.
    Keeping all these things in mind is crucial to ensuring the safety of both you and the injured animal you find, so rather than springing into immediate action, you should ALWAYS contact a professional. Which is exactly what this kind man did when he encountered an injured baby owl.

    He writes on Imgur, “Saw this little guy off the trail at Ravenna Park this afternoon while on a walk. At first I thought it was a cool ‘birding opportunity,’ and then remembered owls are nocturnal and usually only come out at night. He tried to turn around on the stick and I quickly realized his wing was not working properly; he was definitely injured.”


    He immediately contacted local wildlife rescuers who directed him to the PAWS Animal Shelter hotline. PAWS staff instructed him to grab a box (if he was comfortable with this) and bring the owl into the shelter for treatment.


    “After getting him into the box, he was understandably a bit tense but seemed relieved to be off that stick. Poor little guy didn’t put up much of a fight when I got near him (although he didn’t like the towel I used to get him in the box and snapped at it with his baby beak). Once closer to him I could see he had a couple flies on his little head and his eyes seemed dry, it reminded me of the “baggy eyes” we get when we don’t get enough sleep. Next stop, PAWS Animal Shelter!,” he writes.

    Once he arrived at the shelter, one of the rescuers told him that they had received a call the day before about the baby owl but the caller was unwilling to bring the little guy in. Thanks to this man’s kind actions, the owl was able to get the help he needed.
    If you ever come across an injured animal, be sure to call an experienced wildlife rehabilitator.Click here for a list of some that can help.
    All image source: Imgur
    This Man Stumbled Upon an Injured ‘Trash Monster’ and Found a Friend for Life
    Lending a hand to animals in need is just something that Green Monsters do. It’s almost second nature for us to drop whatever we’re doing if we spot a lost dog or cat and do everything in our power to get them to safety.
    In this instance, one kind man took it upon himself to give an injured stray dog a loving forever home. On Imgur, this man explains that he came across a “huge mop of fur” three days after he moved to Los Angeles. Upon closer inspection, he found that the mop was an injured dog that was struggling to walk.
    After waiting a few minutes to see if anyone was coming to claim the little dog, he flagged down a cop to see what he should do. The cop told him to either take the dog home or leave it on the street, so he packed up the pup with the help of his friends and went home.
    The dog’s fur was so matted he couldn’t tell whether it was a boy or a girl, but he opted to go with girl for the moment and dubbed her “Lady.”

    He called animal control and they didn’t have any records of a missing dog that matched Lady’s description, so he set about giving her a hair cut and adjusting to the idea of adopting a new friend.


    It took two hours, but when the grooming process was done Lady was a whole new dog! Literally, he also discovered that Lady was, in fact, a boy. So, “Mr.” Lady he became.


    Next day, Mr. Lady was off to the vet. He didn’t even flinch when getting all his shots. After this check up, he was headed straight to the groomer for a proper haircut.


    Can you even recognize him??


    Mr. Lady’s rescuer was in the midst of launching a new business and managing an incredibly busy work schedule, so the thought of adopting a pet had never crossed his mind. After falling in love with this “little cheeseburger” (as he calls him), he made it work.


    “I found this little trash-monster in the streets of LA, only two days after moving here. I feel like it was meant to be and I’m meant to own this dog, for whatever reason that ripples into the future I don’t know,” he writes on Imgur.


    Enjoy the future together, friends!

    All image source: Imgur
    Rescued Injured Baby Elephant Gets a Special Boot so He Can Play Again!
    Who can resist a baby Asian elephant? They are not only adorable but infectiously happy and curious creatures. It is near impossible to see one and not instantly melt due to the cuteness. Sadly, however, it is this infectious preciousness that also makes baby elephants extremely vulnerable to the tourism industry.
    In Thailand, taking baby elephants from the wild and selling them into trekking camps and other animal attractions has become an all too common practice. These calves are subjected to a brutal “breaking” period where they are beaten and abused to teach them to “obey” their human trainers, after which point they are taught to perform tricks or carry tourists on their backs. This is hardly the life that a young elephant (or any animal!) deserves.
    Thankfully, Elephant Nature Park exists as a sanctuary for elephants who are former victims of this industry and others. At the sanctuary, the elephants are never exploited or used for entertainment but are free to live life on their own terms and enjoy the company of the herd that resides there.

    Little Khun Dej is an injured elephant calf who was rescued by Elephant Nature Park and is now enjoying every second of his freedom.


    Khun Dej has a foot injury that could easily become infected during Thailand’s wet season. So, the amazing Elephant Nature Park vet team fashioned him a special boot.


    Like all baby elephants, Khun Dej loves to play and now that his injured foot is safe and sound, he is free to live it up!


    Khun Dej loves showing off his fancy footwear to his ellie nannies.


    “Trunks off the boot, this gorgeous shoe is mine!” 


    The true epitome of function and fashion, Khun Dej’s boot is certainly the talk of the Elephant Nature Park herd. 

     A big thanks to the kind people who made this all possible! To learn more about Elephant Nature Park, check out their website and Facebook page.
    All image source: Elephant Nature Park
    Healing With the Help of Friendship: 2 Rescued Orphan Primates Form an Amazing Bond
    Seeing animals from completely different species become friends is a rare and wonderful occurrence that we relish in. There are many wonderful examples of animals setting aside their perceived boundaries and acting out of compassion that prove that all creatures are just as capable of acting out of sympathy and care as humans are.
    Two recent rescues, Cashew and Laila, at Colobus Conservation in Kenya are a shining example of this.
    Healing With the Help of Friendship: The Story of a Rescued Orphan Bushbaby and Vervet

    Tragic Beginnings

    Cashew is a young bushbaby and Laila is a young vervet monkey. Cashew was sadly abandoned by his mother when he was too young to fend for himself. The reason he was left is unknown, but it is thought to be as a result of habitat disturbance in his native Kenyan forest. Laila became an orphan when her mom was killed by hunting dogs as part of Kenya’s illegal bushmeat trade. Both of these infant primates had a harrowing and traumatic start to life but, thanks to Kenyan conservation NGO, Colobus Conservation, the two are not only being provided with expert care, but have struck up the unlikeliest of friendships.
    Healing With the Help of Friendship: The Story of a Rescued Orphan Bushbaby and Vervet

    Bushbabies like Cashew are nocturnal (active at night) and vervet monkeys like Laila are diurnal (active during the day) so despite being rescued at around the same time, it was initially thought unlikely that the two of them would see much of each other.
    Healing With the Help of Friendship: The Story of a Rescued Orphan Bushbaby and Vervet
    But, much to the surprise and delight of the staff and volunteers at Colobus Conservation, as Laila is getting ready to go to sleep and Cashew is awaking from his day-time slumber, the two have found that there is no better way to spend their time than playing with one another.
    In a short video released by Colobus Conservation, the adorable orphans can be seen rough-housing and having fun; something which the staff caring for them say is not just adorable to watch, but incredibly important for their development.

     “Just like human children, play is such an important, formative activity for all young primates. Play helps youngsters to become better coordinated and more responsive physically and also to develop emotionally and socially,” Andrea Donaldson, Conservation Manager of Colobus Conservation, tells One Green Planet.
    Healing With the Help of Friendship: The Story of a Rescued Orphan Bushbaby and Vervet
     “If you watch the video, you see that Laila has her mouth open and is showing her ‘play face,’” continues Donaldson, “This tells Cashew that she is having fun and means no harm. Cashew, in turn, can be heard making a quiet laughter-like noise, which tells Laila he thinks the game is great too! These social skills should have been taught to the little ones by their mothers’ but they are having to learn by themselves and are, thankfully, getting along just fine.”

     Preparation for Release

    As Laila and Cashew get older and are no longer so reliant on their human care-givers, they will be supported as they prepare for life in the wild again. Colobus Conservation has rescued, rehabilitated and released many injured and orphaned primates in the past and are confident that these two little friends will be no exception.
    Donaldson added:
    “We have high hopes for Laila and Cashew. They are strong, healthy and developing fast. There is every chance that, despite their difficult start in life, both of them will eventually be released to live in complete freedom. In the meantime, we will continue to ensure that they receive the best possible care and will watch with great interest to see how this heart-warming and unusual cross-species friendship develops”.
    Find out more about Colobus Conservation’s wonderful work with rescued and free-living primates in Kenya and learn about how you can support their work for little primates like Laila and Cashew by visiting their Facebook page.
    Traumatized Puppy Mill Dog Completely Transformed Thanks to Her Rescuers
    Coconut the dog was rescued from a horrific puppy mill by the ASPCA. When her rescuers first found her, she was covered with filth and petrified of humans. After years of abuse and neglect in a puppy factory, Coconut only associated humans with her current state of suffering.
    The sad reality is that dogs who are sold in pet stores and by some breeders come from conditions like the Coconut experienced. These animals are bred by the hundred and treated like machines, meant to simply churn out more puppies for sale. They are never afforded the basic care that they need and most never get to escape these conditions.
    Coconut, however, is one of the lucky dogs who was rescued from this fate thanks to the ASPCA. Like many former puppy mill dogs, Coconut was traumatized and in no shape to interact with others, let alone be put up for adoption.
    With the help of the ASPCA’s rehabilitation program, Coconut goes from a terrified, defensive dog to a loving, sweet pup. It’s truly amazing how with a little care and patience, Coconut’s life changed completely.
    Enjoy your forever home, Coconut!