Friday, November 20, 2015

This Week on Rescue TV at S2e TV!

These Daring Animal Rescues Will Brighten Your Day.
Deep, abandoned wells that once provided access to groundwater are common in India. It's also common for animals to fall down them and become hopelessly trapped, unable to scale the crumbling sides and reach the top, which is many feet above them.

When this happens, staffers from PETA-supported animal charity Animal Rahat are often called on to perform dangerous rescues—descending 30, 50, or even 80 feet with little more than a rope to cling to and a net in which to catch the animals. A fall could result in injuries and even death. Staff members rescue animals of all shapes and sizes—including dogs, cats, various wildlife, and once even a cow—who are often confused, disoriented, scared, or hurt. The Animal Rahat team members must risk their own safety to save the animals, and they do.

The Animal Rahat rescue team is currently working to raise $5,000 to fund its well-rescue work, which will help buy protective climbing gear and equipment. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation in any amount to help the team continue its lifesaving work.

Help Rescue 15 Baby Goats Who Are in Danger of Becoming Dog Food!

The amazing Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary (MVFS) in Galicia, Northern Spain, is home to a wide range of rescued lab animals and farm animals, including rabbits, pigs, goats, sheep, cows, chickens, and pigeons. Their mission is to create a safe space for abused and neglected animals, where they can, “live out their lives in freedom, free from pain, suffering and the burden of expectation.”

The organization is now hoping to extend that love and compassion to fifteen baby goats who are living in terrible conditions on a small farm nearby. On their Facebook page, MVFS said, “These babies have been born into hell, separated from their mothers from birth and locked up in these tiny prisons where they can barely move. … We desperately need money to transport them from the farm to our sanctuary, provide medical care on arrival, (neuter) all the males, and feed them.”

The farm is planning to kill the goats and use their bodies to make dog food.
Help Save 15 Baby Goats From a Horrible Fate!
MVFS are determined to fight for these babies’ survival and give them the lives of peace and freedom they deserve. Their new YouCaring page, Help Save 15 Baby Goats From Slaughter, is aiming to raise enough money to provide for all of the goats’ initial transport, medical, and food costs.

Luckily, animal lovers have responded to the sanctuary’s appeal in their droves, and the campaign has exceeded its goal of €2,000 ($2,136). With just two days left, a total of €2,423 ($2,588) has been raised for the goats at the time of publication. However, any extra funds raised will go toward providing for the goats’ long-term care that will be desperately needed as the 15 babies will likely need special care as they recover. You can also donate directly to MVFS through this link. To find out more about the organization’s work, visit their website or Facebook page. Image source: Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary/Facebook

Breaking News: ASPCA Assists Local Authorities in Rescue of More Than 100 Dogs from Florida Puppy Mill

The ASPCA is on the ground in Clewiston, Florida, assisting with the removal, evidence collection, sheltering and medical care of more than 100 dogs from a substandard, unlicensed breeding facility believed to be a puppy mill. The dogs were being sold to pet stores in the Miami-Dade area. An investigation of the facility began after several complaints were made by individuals in the community, and the ASPCA stepped in to help at the request of the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office. The two owners of the facility have been arrested on cruelty-related charges.
Breaking News: ASPCA Assists Local Authorities in Rescue of Nearly 100 Dogs from Florida Puppy Mill
The dogs—spanning small and large breeds including Siberian Huskies, Chihuahuas and Poodles—were discovered living in crowded, filthy pens, many with little protection from the elements. Many dogs had no access to clean drinking water or food and were suffering from various medical conditions, including skin and eye disease and severe dental issues.
Breaking News: ASPCA Assists Local Authorities in Rescue of Nearly 100 Dogs from Florida Puppy Mill
“This is a tragic situation we see all too often,” said Tim Rickey, ASPCA Vice President of ASPCA Field Investigation and Response. “Puppy mills are a widespread issue around the country. Many people are unaware that most puppies sold at pet stores come from puppy mills, and that buying pet store puppies indirectly supports these facilities. While the puppies are sold for profit, their parents are kept at these mills for years, subjected to incessant breeding and a very poor quality of life.”
Breaking News: ASPCA Assists Local Authorities in Rescue of Nearly 100 Dogs from Florida Puppy Mill
ASPCA veterinarians will provide much-needed medical care for the dogs at a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location. The ASPCA will continue to care for the victims at the temporary shelter until custody of the dogs is determined by the court system. Additionally, the ASPCA’s Legal Advocacy team is providing ongoing legal support for the criminal case.
Breaking News: ASPCA Assists Local Authorities in Rescue of Nearly 100 Dogs from Florida Puppy Mill
“Our goal is to remove these dogs from a life of neglect, help them become healthy and eventually find them safe and loving homes,” Rickey said.

Unfortunately, Florida is among a minority of states with no laws regulating the use of dogs for commercial breeding. Florida’s lack of legislation also perpetuates puppy mill cruelty nationally by allowing its pet stores to sell dogs from some of the worst breeders around the country. The ASPCA continues to fight puppy mills by lobbying for stronger legislation and by spreading awareness. We can’t do this important work without your support. Please consider making a donation to the ASPCA today to aid our ongoing rescue operation in Florida, and our efforts for animals in need nationwide.
Breaking News: ASPCA Assists Local Authorities in Rescue of Nearly 100 Dogs from Florida Puppy Mill
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Moon Bear Cub Rescued From the Bile Industry Goes From Skinny and Scared to Strong and Beautiful.

The practice of consuming bear bile is extremely popular across Asia. It is believed that the bear’s bile fluid contains medicinal properties that can do everything from cure a hangover to improve dental hygiene and treat about every other ailment in between. Despite the fact that there is little proof that taking bear bile is any more effective than popping a Tylenol, people continue to pay for this “remedy,” largely at the costs of the bears themselves.

Sun bears and Moon bears are the primary targets of the bile industry. Typically, these bears are captured from the wild at a young age and sold into life on a bile farm.

Bear bile farms are unbelievably cruel operations where bears are locked into tiny “crush” cages and tortured with sharp objects to drain the bile from inside of their gallbladders, over and over again. Some of the poor animals have permanent seeping wounds, with bags attached to catch the fluid. This is the tragic future in store for Mara the Moon bear, but this all changed when Animals Asia stepped in to rescue her.

This little sweetie was being smuggled on a passenger bus from Vietnam bound for Laos. She was petrified and malnourished when the Forest Protection Department found her, weighing in at only a few pounds.
bear cub
While the lifespan of a wild bear is estimated at 35 years, bile farm bears rarely make it more than five years living under such horrific conditions. Without the help and dedication of groups like Animals Asia, this poor little lady would have spent the rest of her life in a cage, knowing nothing but fear and pain.
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These days, the eight-year-old bear live a peaceful life filled with romping and napping. She has grown into a healthy, confident adult with a big personality, who bears little resemblance to the starving, scared orphan that she once was.
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Reflecting on Mara’s transformation, Animals Asia Bear Manager Sarah Dempsey says, “It’s strange to think beautiful calm Mara was ever this fragile, scared cub in a tiny cage. She’s a huge part of the sanctuary now.”
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With modern alternatives available that do not rely on animal sources, the tide is finally starting to turn for the bear bile industry. Vietnam has even announced plans to ban bear bile farming in their country by 2020, which means that for Asian Black Bears like Mara, help is on the way.
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Despite all of this progress, there are over 7,000 bears living in bile farms in China alone. Bear bile products have been found in markets throughout Asia and this demand still makes farming these animals profitable. If you would like to assist Animals Asia in their efforts to stop this barbaric trade, please visit their website by clicking here. All image source: Animals Asia

After Spending Years in a Puppy Mill, Franny the Beagle Finally Gets to Experience Freedom and Love.
The holiday season is right around the corner and there’s probably someone in your life who would love nothing more than to buy a cute puppy. We think that’s great! Pet guardianship can bring a lot of love and joy into someone’s life. However, people who “buy” puppies unknowingly support a multi-million dollar animal cruelty nightmare. The story of Franny from Animals Australia proves this point perfectly.

Franny spent her entire life trapped inside the cramped cages of the Pyramid Hill puppy mill. Puppy mills are large-scale breeding facilities that hold thousands of dogs captive at one time. These dogs are considered commodities and as such, never given the proper food, care or get to know life outside of their small cages. Most people don’t realize that when they go to a pet store to buy a dog, there is a high likelihood that that dog came from one of these horrific facilities, but sadly, this is the case.

Franny experienced terrible pain and fear while living in Pyramid Hill, but thankfully a group of animal investigators helped to shut this cruel facility down in 2013.

Two years later, Franny is learning what it means to be a dog in the care of her new forever family! Seeing her go from a scared, fearful pup into a confident happy dog is sure to warm your heart.

Unfortunately, millions of dogs in Franny’s situation aren’t as lucky to get rescued. While you might not be able to single-handedly rescue all dogs from puppy mills, you can help by always remembering to adopt and not shop when looking for a new pet. By cutting off the profits from puppy mills, we can put an end to this industry once and for all!

Depressed Shelter Dog Was Going to Be Put Down … Then Something Amazing Happened.

Every day hundreds of dogs are funneled into U.S. shelters in need of a good home, a little love, and care. Although there is no denying that there are many people who are willing to adopt pets from shelters, the sad reality is that the sheer volume of animals in need never seems to match the number of available forever homes. Many shelters that are strapped for space and funds have to resort to putting perfectly adoptable animals down.

Talmadge, the sweet German Shepherd, was slotted for euthanasia in an animal control center in San Diego after being brought in exhibiting “anti-social” behavior.
German Shepherd
The poor pup was so scared of his new surroundings that he holed up in a corner of the kennel and refused to interact with animal control staff. Unfortunately, many dogs are put down for this behavior without ever getting the chance to show their true personalities. However, Talmadge’s fate changed when Imgur user scelesti posted his photo with a call for help. He was scheduled to be put down in a few days, and while scelesti wasn’t sure that they would be able to get help for the pup, they had to try.

In a stroke of amazing luck, the post reached the kind people at Second Chance Dog Rescue in San Diego, and they immediately set to work arranging to have the pup transferred to their shelter where they would help get him a foster home.

In no time at all, they got him set up with a foster family and posted an update on their page:

“Talmadge has left the building. He is safe in a warm bed tonight with lots of love and plenty to eat.
“Foster mom says he is not showing signs of fear and is coming to her on his own.”
It’s truly incredible what a little love and a safe home can do to transform a scared animal. Many adopters discount dogs who aren’t as friendly or outgoing in a shelter environment, but like humans, dogs have different personalities and respond to change in a variety of ways. We hope that Talmadge continues to adjust in his foster home and finds a loving family soon! All image source: Imgur

Homeless mom gives birth to three puppies on a college campus.
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5 Animals Rescued From the Illegal Wildlife Trade Will Give You Hope.
The illegal wildlife trade is one of the most lucrative illicit trades on the planet. The sale and trade of exotic animals and their parts garners an enormous amount of profit annually, but sadly, this comes at a great cost to the animals. In the past 40 years alone, around 52 percent of the world’s wildlife has disappeared. Although factors like climate change and habitat loss are contributing to this decline, the illegal wildlife trade arguably has the most immediate impact on animal populations.

When it comes to the wildlife trade, there is very little discrimination; so long as an animal can turn a profit, they’re a target. These animals are killed to be turned into trinkets rugs or jewelry, for use in traditional Chinese medicine, to be served in lavish restaurants, or captured and sold alive as exotic pets. 

It’s estimated that as a result of this trade, one elephant is killed every 15 minutes for their ivory tusks, at least three rhinos are killed a day, and to top it off, there are now currently more tigers living in U.S. backyards as pets than there are in the wild.

While the majority of the stories of animals involved with this trade have a tragic ending, there are some that do not. For as many people working to exploit and profit off of wild animals, there are those who have devoted their lives to rescuing and protecting them.

These five animals have all fallen victim to exploitation but are living proof that there is hope for a better future with the help of kind, devoted individuals and organizations.

1. Vish the Sloth

Vish the Sloth's Happy Ending
Vish, the sloth, was captured from the wild when she was a baby to be kept as a pet in Tarapoto, San Martin. Like human children, sloths are very reliant on their mothers for the first few years of life, so without the proper care, Vish became extremely ill. Luckily for this young sloth, neighbors tipped off officials that a three-month-old sloth was being kept in a residential home, illegally. 

Thanks to these concerned citizens, Vish was removed from the home and placed in the care of the Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC). At NPC, Vish was hand raised by trained doctors and given all the nutrition and nurturing she needed to grow up nice and strong. Vish spent several weeks undergoing rehabilitation and once she was well enough, she was able to be released back into the wild.

2. Amur Tiger Cub

Rare Amur Tiger Cub Saved From Becoming Dinner Now on the Road to Recovery (PHOTOS)
Many tigers who are illegally trafficked are sold as exotic pets or killed so that their parts may be used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Sadly, there is also demand for tigers as delicacies for the elite.

Authorities in Russia intercepted a container carrying an amur tiger cub that poachers were attempting to smuggle into China. The cub was likely taken from the wild after his mother was killed by poachers. Police believe the young tiger would’ve wound up as an exotic dish in a restaurant, had he not been rescued.

Unfortunately, this cub is unable to be returned back to the wild, but will be able to live his life in the safe confines of a sanctuary.

3. Endangered Turtles

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At least 200 freshwater turtles were confiscated by authorities in Vietnam last month during two separate seizures. The animals were kept in suitcases prior to being rescued, including the Indochinese Box Turtle, Bourrets Box Turtle, Keeled Box Turtles and Big-headed Turtles.

All of the animals are now being cared for and rehabilitated at both the Asia Turtle Program and the Turtle Conservation Centre. Hopefully, with the proper care, they will be able to return to the wild one day.

4. 10-ft-long Python

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Members of the environmental agency KEMADO sprung into action last month when they got word that a group of fisherman had electrocuted a Rock python and were carrying it from the forest. Python gallbladder is often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and had the team not rescued the animal authorities are certain the python would’ve wound up dead. Thanks to the quick response from KEMADO, the python was released back into the wild.

5. Budi the Orangutan

Making Progress! Budi the Rescued Orangutan is Learning to Climb
Budi, the baby orangutan, was rescued, but International Animal Rescue (IAR) after spending the first 10 months of his life as a pet. The woman who was keeping Budi was holding him in a chicken cage and only fed him condensed milk. This poor diet left Budi severely malnourished, and when he was finally taken in by IAR rescuers, things looked bleak. Budi could barely move without screaming out in pain, however, after a lot of care and a proper diet, he began to improve.

Now, Budi is a strong, thriving adolescent orangutan who is learning all the basics he needs to survive in the wild at IAR’s Orangutan School. His rescuers hope that in time, he’ll be able to be returned back to the wild.

What You Can Do

We can all play a part to help protect animals from the illegal wildlife trade. By and large, this trade is driven by consumer demand. By taking a look at our own consumption habits and making small changes like avoiding purchasing anything made from wild animals – like ivory name plates, tortoise shell accessories, and even the animals we might choose as “pets.”

If you’d like information on how you personally can help stop the illegal trade of wildlife, check out some of these articles:

Lead image source: International Animal Rescue 

Pixie the Injured Rescue Calf Takes First Steps on Her Own!
Pixie had quite the tragic start in life. Born in the animal agriculture industry, she was not given the proper care or nutrition that she needed and her front legs didn’t develop correctly. As a result, she couldn’t walk and was set to be sold for slaughter. Thankfully, Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary managed to rescue Pixie before that could happen.

It was clear from her tiny, frail body that she would need a great deal of nutrition and exercise if she would have any hope of walking on her own. The amazing Edgar’s Mission staff wasted no time fitting her for custom splints to help stretch out her legs, but they learned that she would also need surgery to lengthen her muscles. Although they were hesitant to put her through surgery due to the risk of complication, everything went well.

Now, thanks in part to that surgery, Pixie is now able to walk on her own! It takes a lot out of her, and she’s not entirely independent yet, but you can see that she’s so happy doing it! We’re sure that at this rate, she’ll be cruising in no time!

To learn more about Edgar’s Mission and the amazing work they do, visit their website!

Bull saved from bullfight becomes a docile pet.
Bullfighting is a cruel form of entertainment, to call it a sport or even a fight is a misnomer. In the days leading up to the event, while the matador is eating well and resting, the bulls are locked into tiny boxes where they are beaten, starved, and even drugged in preparation. Before a match, they have Vaseline rubbed in their eyes to impair their vision, stripping away their ability to defend themselves. After leaving this sad existence, they will be sent to slaughter.

There is a huge misconception that bulls used for fighting are aggressive, naturally angry animals. However, if you take a look at the bull in the video above … this hardly seems to be the case. This sweet bull was saved from the fighting industry and from the way he snuggles up to the man who saved him, he seems incredibly happy to be finished with this sort of life.

The good new is that the tide of public sentiment is turning. In Spain, where bullfighting is a tradition, over 90 percent of the Spanish people disapprove of the public bloodbath. With attendance dwindling, tourists now make up a large portion of the audience. People are beginning to understand, that bulls are not the savage, aggressive animals that they have been made out to be. Hopefully, awareness is shifting and people are starting to realize that animals have feelings too.

Think Bats Are Scary? This Video of a Rescued Flying Fox Wiggling Her Ears is Sure to Change Your Mind.
Most people think that bats are terrifying, bloodthirsty animals. This misconception largely comes from fictional films featuring bats or bat-like characters, but because of these imaginary portrayals of bats, these creatures get a pretty bad rap.

What most people don’t know is that bats play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of our ecosystem. These animals help to pollinate a large portion of our food supply and control mosquito populations. Unfortunately, bat populations are dwindling due to habitat loss and the spread of a disease called white-nose syndrome. Without bats, nearly half of the fruits we enjoy wouldn’t exist, and insect populations would be out of control. Luckily, there are many organizations working to help the bat population recover.

The little bat in this video, for example, was rescued after being discovered as an orphan. She is in the care of a wildlife rehabilitator who specializes in raising fly fox babies and helping to release them back into the wild when they are ready.

Looking at the precious wiggling ears on this bat is sure to make you wonder how anyone could possibly think that they’re are scary animals! Don’t her big, brown eyes and fluffy coat remind you of a tiny poodle puppy?

If you’re craving more bat-themed cuteness, take a look at this or this. We can all help make a difference for bats by sharing videos like these and encouraging others to learn about bats and protect them.

Victory! 50 Remaining Research Chimps Living in U.S. Lab Will Be Released to Sanctuaries.
There is no doubt that chimpanzees – despite their close relation to our own species – have suffered horrendously at the hands of humans. In spite of their great intelligence and sensitivity, these animals have long been the subject of invasive scientific experiments, and prone to being incarcerated in zoos, with little consideration for their well-being. In recent times, however, the tide is turning for this species.

In 2013, President Obama signed the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance and Protection Act into law, which helped facilitate the transfer of many research chimps to new sanctuary homes. Earlier this year, chimps were granted “endangered” status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), meaning that anyone who wishes to use a member of this cognitively sophisticated species for research or entertainment purposes must obtain a permit to demonstrate how such an action would enhance the species’ conservation. To date, no lab has applied for such a permit … perhaps because they know they cannot prove that carrying out experiments on a chimp will be in any way beneficial to the species as a whole. Meanwhile, groups such as The Nonhuman Rights Project are arguing that chimps should be considered nonhuman “persons,” with fundamental rights to bodily liberty.

And now, in an amazing piece of good news, the National Institutes of Health (NHI) has announced its intention to end research experiments on chimps for good. This is amazing news considering that NIH was previously one of the largest facilities holding chimps for testing in the U.S. They had originally announced plans to retire the majority of its research chimps to sanctuaries back in 2013 but added that they would maintain a colony of 50 chimps in an “ethologically appropriate” environment, in case they would be required for research purposes in the future. Now, however, they have decided to release these chimps too!

Wayne Pacelle, director of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), welcomed NIH’s decision in a blog post, saying: “Moving these chimpanzees to sanctuary is not only the right thing to do, but it will also save taxpayer dollars due to the lower cost of care. We applaud NIH director Francis Collins for his foresight in taking this action.”

However, Pacelle cautioned that the fight is far from over: “Approximately 700 chimpanzees remain in laboratories with around 300 owned by the federal government. But we are working on travel plans for every one of them, starting with the group at Texas Biomedical. The HSUS stands ready to work with stakeholders, including the government, Chimp Haven and other sanctuaries, laboratories, the public, and other animal protection groups, to ensure all chimpanzees are retired to high-quality sanctuaries. It will take our collective action and resources to push this issue over the finish line, but it is the least these chimpanzees deserve after all they have been through. It’s rare to close out a category of animal use so emphatically. That’s exactly what’s happening here, and it’s thrilling.”

With this latest announcement by NIH, as well as the enforcement of stricter regulations around the use of chimps in all research laboratories, we have good reason to believe that the end is in sight for experiments on these incredibly smart, perceptive animals. Let’s hope that the momentum behind this decision will build, and ultimately lead to the end of cruel experiments against all animals. Image source: Robert Moran/Flickr.

From Brutality to Kindness: 8 Photos of Rescued Wild Animals. In Costa Rica, wildlife rescue centers care for thousands of animals every year.

The Costa Rican Congress is considering an animal welfare bill that would impose up to six years of jail time on abusers of domestic animals, livestock, or wildlife. But the legislation has stalled, according to local reports.

In 2013, Costa Rica’s environment ministry attempted to close the country’s two public zoos after reports of poor conditions afflicting their animal inhabitants. Although the plan was blocked in court in 2014, the government stated that it intends to appeal the ruling.  

If successful in shuttering the zoos, officials intend to transfer the animals to wildlife rehabilitation centers for care and return to the wild, if possible.

Abuse of wildlife is reportedly a rampant problem in Costa Rica and other parts of Latin America. But there are also centers devoted to aiding injured animals, and the country's wildlife officials are working with Humane Society International to change people's attitudes.

Here are images of several wild animals that encountered human brutality but are now being cared for at a wildlife sanctuary.

Grecia, a Wounded Toucan
Grecia, a chestnut mandibled toucan named after the forest he once lived in, is now in captivity for life and the poster bird for efforts to stem animal abuse in Costa Rica.

The toucan lost half his upper beak late last year—by some reports, when a group of teenagers struck him with a stick or a bat.

After photos of Grecia and his brutally mutilated beak went viral on newswires and social media, supporters crowdfunded more than $10,400 to commission a 3-D-printed prosthetic beak.

(Photo: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)
Red-Tailed Hawk
Rescate Animal ZooAve, a wildlife park and rehabilitation center in Costa Rica, returns rehabilitiated wild animals to freedom when possible, according to the organization’s website. But this red-tailed hawk will live in captivity for the rest of its life owing to its amputated wing.

(Photo: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)
Red-tailed hawk
Baby Howler Monkey
A veterinarian at Rescate Animal ZooAve is shown feeding a rescued baby howler monkey on May 20. The organization states online that it has reared and released more than 150 orphaned howler monkeys since 1990.

(Photo: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)
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Injured Pygmy Owl
This rescued ferruginous pygmy owl was being cared for at Rescate Animal ZooAve on May 20.

According to local press, a bill that would impose higher fines and jail time on convicted animal abusers has stalled in the Costa Rican Congress.

(Photo: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)
Ferruginous Pygmy-owl
Wounded Sloth
A wounded sloth is fed by a veterinarian at Rescate Animal ZooAve on May 20.

(Photo: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)
One-Eyed Blue Peacock
This abused blue peacock now resides at Rescate Animal ZooAve. According to its website, the rescue center admitted more than 2,800 injured wild animals in 2013.

(Photo: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)
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Injured Turtle
A veterinarian aids a rescued turtle at Rescate Animal ZooAve on May 20.

(Photo: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)
One-Eyed Tiger Heron
This fasciated tiger heron lost an eye to abusers and is now at the Rescate Animal ZooAve.

(Photo: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)
Fasciated tiger-heron
Scared Bunny Rabbit Trapped in Car Engine for Hours.
Even after 34 years of saving animals from weird situations, Simon is still amazed by some of the rescues he is called to. This one was very unusual; he'd never had to deal with a wild rabbit stuck in a car engine before! The poor rabbit had been inside the car chassis for several miles and hours, when the car was driven to the garage for a service. Mr Bunny didn't want to leave the car or be caught, so Simon struggled with him for quite a long time. Suddenly, the rabbit took matters into his own 'paws', found a way out underneath the back of the car and ran towards a busy road... Watch the video to see if Simon caught him before it was too late!

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Terrified Cow Cries Thinking She’s Headed for Slaughter … But Her Story Has a Happy Ending.
Despite what many believe, cows are extremely intelligent and emotional animals. Like humans, cows develop strong bonds with their children and have best friends. They even have special calls for the ones that they love – the same way we give our friends and family nicknames. But because these animals are typically considered “food,” and treated like commodities rather than individuals, most never get to experience these incredible bonds. Instead, they are subjected to a life filled with fear, stress, and sadness.

Emma, the cow in this video, is a perfect example of the emotive abilities of these animals. She does not know where she is heading, but having seen others before her being carted off to slaughter, the fear and dread is evident in her eyes. For most cows, the ending that Emma anticipates is unavoidable, however, thanks to the kind people at Kuhrettung farm animal sanctuary in Rhein-Burg, Germany, her story is a happy one.

Many of the animals who arrive at the sanctuary are scared at first, having only known abuse and cruelty from humans in their lives, but through love and kindness, the animals learn to trust again. These cows are Emma’s new family, and she will learn all the wonders of being a cow that are in store!

Once a family run dairy farm, the founders acquired the property from the original owner, along with the 25 cows who were living there at the time, offering them a place to live out the rest of their lives.

If you would like to donate to this amazing sanctuary, or learn more about their work, visit their website here.

Bulldog who became stuck down wombat hole recovering following rescue.
A pet dog trapped in a wombat tunnel on the NSW South Coast for three days is recovering in the care of his owner following a successful rescue effort by locals last night.

Three-year-old Brooklyn the bulldog became trapped in a labyrinth of tunnels after chasing a wombat down into the burrows in Nowra on Wednesday.

Video shows the dog's emotional reunion with owner, Charlie Griffith, just after 10.30pm by the Shoalhaven community, who continued to dig for the missing pet after emergency services called off their search.

Mr Griffith, who lives in a tent in a nearby park, has expressed gratitude to all those helped with Brooklyn’s rescue, in what one community member has described as a show of community spirit.

“Thanks heaps! Tremendous effort. Like I can't believe it,” Mr Griffith told 9NEWS.

Brooklyn has since been given the all clear from vets and is believed to be recovering well in the care of his owner. 

Previously specialist urban search and rescue firefighters had been looking for the 42kg dog, using special audio and seismic devices in the search.

After three days there were "no longer any signs of life", Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent David Lewis said, and the search was ended.

However, Mr Griffith and the local community were determined to continue the search.

More than 100 residents used torches and shovels to continue searching the wombat tunnels to help rescue Brooklyn.

The emotional rescue was caught on camera as the dog made his way out of a hole and into the arms of his owner, who held him for a long moment to cheers from the crowd.

Leopard Rescued from Well - Twice!
The generally peaceful village of Panner Taluka, Maharashtra, saw a flurry of activity early one afternoon last week, as the quiet agricultural village’s farming schedule was disrupted by the presence of a young female leopard trapped in a well.

Fifty feet down the well and terrified for her life, the animal was clinging desperately onto a rocky outcrop on the well wall, struggling to keep her trembling body from drowning. When the Forest Department contacted Dr. Ajay Deshmukh, chief veterinarian at Wildlife SOS’ Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre, the animal was already nearly ready to give up.

Dr. Ajay got together three other members of WSOS’ leopard rescue team at the centre and moved into action immediately. The journey to the village, on the border of Ahmednagar and Pune lasted about forty minutes and led them to an open field, lined with irrigation wells and crowded with villagers struggling to get a glimpse of the trapped animal.

It was then that the rescue team found out the whole story. The leopard had been found earlier that day in a nearby well, and was rescued by the Forest Department. Unfortunately, the animal, obviously in a state of shock and panicking due to its ordeal, in a desperate attempt to escape from the crowds that had begun to gather, darted off- and landed straight in another well.
Time was running out for the poor feline, and Dr. Ajay quickly arranged for the JCB machine to lower a trap cage into the well. Relieved to find a dry container right beside her, the leopard clambered straight into the container and was quickly lifted out of the well. Meanwhile, the Forest Department managed the crowds that were milling about, to ensure that the animal did not feel cornered or threatened, and to prevent any unnecessary panic or resultant mishaps.

The trap-cage, once out of the water was loaded onto the back of the Wildlife SOS rescue vehicle and the leopard was taken to the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre for observation and any required treatment.

According to Dr. Ajay, “The leopard was found to be a young female, a little more than two years old, and was thankfully unhurt, but in severe shock because of the ordeal, and will be kept under observation for a few days till she is deemed fit for release.”
Looks like luck is finally on the side of this beautiful big cat, after a rather misfortunate morning.

Kayla the Puppy Who Lost an Eye and Leg to Cruel Human Is Ready for a Furever Home

Some Green Monsters might recall when we reported on the shocking story of Kayla, a puppy who was subjected to one of the most dreadful cases of abuse that Hope for Paws – the rescue organization who helped her – had ever seen. Her right eye and left front paw had been cruelly removed, and she was also suffering from a dangerous tick disease. Vets had a tough fight on their hands to try and save her.

In spite of all that she had been through, however, this adorable girl never stopped expressing her appreciation to all those who were trying to help her. She continued to wag her tail and lick her carers’ fingers, even as they examined her.

Luckily, the surgery was a success, and Kayla pulled through, against all odds. And now, we have some great news to report: Eldad Hagar, founder of Hope for Paws, recently uploaded a heartwarming series of photographs to Flickr, demonstrating beyond all doubt that this spunky pooch has regained her zest for life. You can’t keep a strong woman down!

Kayla loves to play to her heart’s content and explore her surroundings …
Happy Update on the Pup Whose Leg and Eye Were Cruelly Removed (PHOTOS)
… while looking as cute as can be!
Happy Update on the Pup Whose Leg and Eye Were Cruelly Removed (PHOTOS)
She is one photogenic gal.
Happy Update on the Pup Whose Leg and Eye Were Cruelly Removed (PHOTOS)
She never lets anything prevent her from living life to the full.
Happy Update on the Pup Whose Leg and Eye Were Cruelly Removed (PHOTOS)
Like many other three-legged and sight-impaired dogs before her, this plucky pup is determined to relish every experience that comes her way.
Happy Update on the Pup Whose Leg and Eye Were Cruelly Removed (PHOTOS)
Eldad said, “The medical and mental part of Kayla’s rescue is over … she is healthy, happy, and ready for her amazing life ahead.” He added, “Kayla is now with her foster mom, Lisa Ashe, and if you would like to adopt her, please contact her directly:” Let’s hope she finds her forever home very soon!

To learn more about the absolutely incredible work of Hope for Paws, and the wonderful rescues they carry out, visit their website or Facebook page. You can make a donation here. All image source: Eldad Hagar/Flickr

7 Dogs Destined for the Dog Meat Market in Korea Take First Steps of Freedom in America.
WARNING: This video may contain disturbing images with subject matter not suitable for young children. 

Seven incredibly fortunate dogs were destined for the dog meat market in Korea when Aniband, an animal rescue based in Korea, saved their lives by sending them to America, where all seven found loving homes.

PAWsitive Channel, Aniband and Doggie Protective Services team up to bring an emotional story of seven dogs -- each one of them was slated for death in the legal, dog meat market of South Korea. 

Some of the dogs were owner surrendered, abandoned, found as strays or were bred as meat. Aniband wants to bring to light this serious subject that not all Koreans agree with in hopes of putting an end to this trade. 

Aniband paid for the freedom of almost all of the dogs featured in this video -- some straight from the trucks headed to market. The dogs are then put into foster homes where they are provided a warm home and medical care. Once fit for travel, they are sent to America, where Doggie Protective Services finds them a home. Each rescue from beginning to end costs time and hundreds upon thousands of dollars.

Today, Aniband and Doggie Protect Services (DPS) continue their mission, even with limited resources. A freedom flight lands every month with dogs that would have otherwise died. To date, their efforts have saved a hundred dogs with hundreds more awaiting their first steps of freedom.

Aniband means - animals and humans are bonded together in one band.

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