Penguin swims 5000 miles each year to visit the Brazilian who saved his life
“In 2011 Pereira de Souza discovered a South American Magellanic penguin on the beach near his home. The bird was covered in oil and the kind man nursed him back to health over a period of a week, which eventually blossomed into an eleven month-long friendship. Dindim eventually left, but he returned the next June – a ritual he keeps to this day.”
Endangered Animal Trade takes off on Facebook
“Over the course of five months, researchers from Traffic monitored fourteen Malaysian groups on Facebook for half an hour a day. During that time, they saw over 300 wild animals being sold as pets on the website, about half of which were protected species or otherwise illegal to sell under local laws.
Among the species for sale were sun bears — the smallest member of the bear family at “only” 4-5 feet long and 150 lbs, and a threatened species. Some of the other animals for sale, like white-handed gibbons, yellow-crested cockatoos, and Burmese star tortoises, are even listed as endangered or critically endangered.”
Anti-Declawing Bill Gains Support in NYC
“Veterinarians across New York are speaking out against the practice of declawing cats by backing a proposed bill that would outlaw the procedure. The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and the Paw Project have organized 115 veterinarians to date in an effort to illustrate further support for the bill, A.1297/ S.5084, which has been steadily gaining ground since its introduction last year. With any luck, New York’s cats will soon be protected from the cruel and unnecessary practice.”