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The Birth of the Tiniest Monkey Twins

Sarrah M

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On July 25, 2017, the world’s tiniest monkey gave birth to a set of the tiniest twins at the Chester Zoo in England. Zoo officials, spectators, and primate handlers found themselves in complete awe with the pygmy marmosets. In fact, the mother whose name is Audrey, appears just as delighted as the world around her. Visitors come from miles and countries abroad to catch a glimpse of the family trio.

When zoo staff was alerted to the birth they had a challenge finding the teensy newborns, as they weren’t so easy to spot. Weighing just over half an ounce, which translates to 15 grams per pygmy, the Chester Zoo wanted to announce and celebrate Audrey’s babies despite being big enough for staff officials to observe the twins in real time. Several weeks had to pass before they were able to allow visitors and zoo handlers to care for the twins in their habitat, they were THAT small. 

The Chester Zoo primate specialists could barely see the twins until they had a few more weeks to grow. It was their mother Audrey who gave zoo staff officials the heads up that she had two newbies to care for in her pygmy habitat. Now the father, Gumi, is oftentimes seen carrying the babies on his back, yet it’s been Audrey’s role to be primary caretaker and feed the twins around the clock.

Because this species of monkeys, the pygmy marmoset, has been threatened around the globe due to the pet trade and habitat loss, both Gumi and Audrey are a happy couple to be spending their moments at the Chester Zoo in England. Being new parents only adds to their bliss while the zoo gains more attraction of visitors due to the rare birth. 

Since each baby equates to about 10 percent of Audrey’s body weight, she is an around-the-clock feeding machine. She typically cares for the twins and feeds them without much fanfare, yet zoo visitors might have to rubberneck in the habitat environment to actually witness her caretaking. Audrey and Gumi are both highly protective of their newborns, and knowing that onlookers are curious and excited, they have to go the extra mile to ensure each pygmy baby is safe and sound.

Whenever a baby is born at the Chester Zoo, it’s something to gravitate towards, as it’s considered one of the best in the country. They want to make certain each visitor has an unforgettable experience with the vast array of animals on their extensive property. The zoo staff and officials take great pride in the species they have on board by offering each acres of habitat that replicates what they’re used to in the wild. It’s been a working and harmonious organization since 1931, as the zoo also provides educational and inspirational tours for children and adults alike.

We suspect Audrey and Gumi will raise their tiny twins with love and affection for as long as they are children and needing their parents. Pygmy marmosets are extremely social beings and family-oriented. They hold on to their young ones for years, and with both tiny twins requiring extra attention given their size, it’s only a matter of time before they create teeny babies of their own.

Let’s celebrate Audrey, Gumi, and the new tiny twins to this Earth! 

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Woman Witnesses a Puppy with a Cut Tail and Decides the Puppy Needs a New Home

Sarrah M

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In general, people see pets as members of their families. There is even a saying that a dog is a man’s best friend. Perhaps this is why people have such an affinity toward dogs. This is also one of the man reasons why society as a whole is not going to tolerate the abuse of animals. Sadly, there are some people who will do exactly that. Most people wonder how anyone could possibly abuse animals. This represents some of the vilest acts that people could possibly commit. After all, animals are innocent creatures and too many of them live with abusive owners. When someone takes in a pet, they are expected to care for and love that pet. Abusing an animal represents one of the ultimate acts of betrayal. For this reason, it is important for people to know how to spot acts of animal abuse. Sometimes, there is evidence that animals are being beaten and neglected. When people are able to spot signs of animal abuse, they will be in a position to stop it.

This is the story of one woman who was able to do exactly that. She was driving down the road one day when she realized that her car was running low on gas. Therefore, the pulled over at the nearest gas station. She started filling up her car when she decided to run inside to get a bottle of water. As she was walking, she noticed that there was a crowd that was forming around a small puppy. She decided to waltz over to the crowd to see what was going on. There, she saw the puppy. She was curious as to what everyone was talking about. That was when she realized what was going on.

Somehow, this puppy just didn’t quite have the same amount of energy as a typical puppy. First, the puppy appeared to be missing some of his fur. He also had a tremendous number of burns and scars. Furthermore, this puppy had even had his tail cut off. Without a doubt, she was horrified as to what she was witnessing. She loves puppies and couldn’t believe that someone could mistreat an animal that was depending on his owner to take care of him. She was shocked that he was missing his tail!

Eventually, the owner came back. The woman asks the owner why the puppy was looking so down and depressed. He was covered in marks. The owner stated that the puppy was having a bad reaction to some of his flea medication. While this woman was not able to prove that the owner was wrong, she knew that he wasn’t being truthful. That was when the owner said something shocking. The owner stated that he would be willing to trade the puppy to the woman in order to get some drugs. The woman was absolutely shocked. She couldn’t believe what she had heard. She decided to take advantage of the situation and offered the man some money for the puppy. The man gladly agreed, thinking that he could use the money to score some drugs later.

Now, the puppy has a happy home. She took the puppy to get the medical attention that he needed. His mood instantly brightened and it was clear that he was grateful for the love and attention that he received. The puppy went into a foster home and is soon going to find a forever home that is going to love him and care for him appropriately.

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Twitter not able to handle photos of an adorable curly-haired cat

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In August 2017, a Twitter user shared a photo of what looked like an orange curly-haired stuffed toy. As it turns out, it was a real cat. Since the photo was uploaded, it was taken social media by storm including users of Reddit and Imgur. In the photo, it looks like the cat was given a perm or fluffed by a hair-dryer. Some users thought it looked more like a poodle than a cat. Some viewers believe the photo was fake or digitally modified, but that is not true. The curls of the cat are what was so unbelievable about the photo. The majority of the people have seen cats with straight hair, so this cat seems like an anomaly.

These types of cats belong to the Selkirk Rex Breed. Their curls are a result of the mutation of different genes. The breed has been known for at least three decades. The “Rex” class refers to the breeds that have gone through genetic mutation for wavy or curly hair. Other such breeds as the Devon Rex and Cornish Rex. The Selkirk Rex has earned the nickname of “Cat in a Sheep’s clothing”. The stuffed toy look of the cat makes her an ideal pet for owners looking for a cuddly friend. The cat is known to be excellent with children and other pets.

According to Hillspet.com, pet owners need to take special care of the luxurious curly hair of the cat. They recommend not using a brush on the hair. Just gentle combing is enough. Over-brushing leads to frizzled and damaged hair. For bathing, make sure you do not use any thick shampoo as that will flatten the hair. Just like any other cat, this breed also sheds some hair, so it is good practice to comb the hair gently regularly. The shedding is highest during the summer months, so during those months, extra combing will be needed. Other typical requirements include brushing teeth, physical activity, and regular vet visits.

 The cat breed is categorized as small to large with the heavy bone structure. It gives an impression of power and strength. The Selkirk Rex is known to be tough cats but they are also affectionate towards the owners. They might look powerful, but in nature, they are very obedient. They do have a high requirement for grooming.

The cats originated from a housecat by the name of Miss DePesto of Noface from Montana. A local breeder, Jeri Newman, adopted the kitten and let her breed with a black Persian cat. Only three out of six from the litter were born with the signature curly hair. The name was inspired by the nearby Selkirk Mountains. It was declared as an official breed in 2012.

Petful, a popular online resource for pet owners, believes that for Selkirk Rex cats, the topcoat consists of three layers and the length of the layers can vary from short or long. There is a variety in the color of the coat as well. According to Cat Fanciers’ Association, this breed has these curls from birth for the majority of the cats. When the coat thins down, the whiskers remain as curly as before.

The photos of the Selkirk Rex cat got thousands of likes and comments and it has become an internet sensation. It has also helped raise awareness about this breed. There is no doubt that these photos are going to increase the popularity of Selkirk Rex cats and many people are going to want one as a pet. Just make sure to take proper care of this magnificent animal.

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Little Girl Nuzzles Deer, and the Deer Nuzzles Back

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Animals have always charmed humans.

We love to watch them frolic and scamper through dewy meadows. We enjoy birds tweeting at our feeders, and squirrels chasing each other through the trees. After all, what’s cuter than Bambi?

I will tell you– it’s a deer playing with a baby human!

Let me set the scene for you. A deer chows down on grass in a clearing in the woods. Several black and white dogs explore the area, connecting with each other and the nature that surrounds them. A child with a stick– possibly used for walking– begins to approach the deer.

Some mothers may be concerned if their child steps away and begins to interact with a woodland creature. Even though deer are not predators, they can be dangerous.  But in this case, there is no cause for worry.

The toddler approaches the deer, running fearlessly with a stick towards the herbivore. Rather than run away, or act aggressively, the deer’s reaction is to begin to check out the child. At first, the deer doesn’t know what to make of this new companion. Slowly, the deer places its face right next to the child’s, as if to say, I  recognize that this is a young little person who means no harm. The child is delighted, and the nuzzling begins! The deer rubs its face down the back of the child’s clothes– its black nose smelling the nape of the neck.

The deer nuzzles a bit too hard, and the baby trips! But it isn’t in danger; it’s just treading through uneaven forest ground.

The deer shakes its head around and kicks its feet up, playfully signalling its lack of aggression. I’m not sure if animals can feel emotions, but it sure looks like this deer is expressing joy.

As the adventurous child rises to its feet, the deer gives it a butt with the head– gently, to help the kiddo stand. Perhaps the deer recognizes a new play mate in this young companion.

The deer kicks around gleefullly– it’s so happy to have found a friend!

The child approaches the deer again, without any fear.

The deer backs into the kid’s face, as if to say, hey, this is my space, friend!

The child can be heard squealing in delight as it approaches the deer.

At this point, the entire group is at ease and in play mode. The camera shows a 360 degree shot of the scene– including additional dogs, and two horses who have been observing from behind a fence.

This is an experience the child and family will remember forever. It’s possible the kid’s love of nature may have started at this moment, and will grow with age. Who knows– maybe this is a future park ranger, or perhaps just a national park visitor. Either way, it’s a special experience between nature and humans that reminds us about the importance of play.

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A Shining Example of Weight Loss in Dogs

Sarrah M

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The growing problem of obesity is not only limited to humans. Many pets also suffer from obesity. In the United States, over 54% of dogs are obese. The United Kingdom is not far behind, with over 50% of the population of dogs are obese. In most cases, obesity amongst pets is ignored by pet owners. Some pet owners even find fat pets to be very cute and cuddly. They do not realize the dangers of obesity in pets.  

For pet dogs, obesity can cause several physical and mental issues. The extra weight adds excessive stress on the joints which lead to deterioration of the carriage resulting in arthritis.  Heart and breathing conditions are also linked to obesity. Fatty tumors, diabetes, skin diseases, and paralysis are just some of the most common issues faced by obese dogs. Other than health issues, the quality of life for an obese dog is negatively impacted. Their extra weight makes it difficult for them to be active and playful.

One inspiring example of a dog that was able to lose weight and regain optimum health is a Labrador from Loughborough Dogs Trust. The dog is named Mike. He lost a third of its body weight and during that process also found a new home. Taolo Terzaga provided a foster home to Mike when Mike was suffering from a hip ailment and needed a flat but soft surface for Mike to move around. Taolo’s home was perfect for Mike as it was all flat and carpeted. At first, Taolo was concerned about having such a large dog at home. Mike was also a bit bullish in the early days and Taolo was worried he might damage the house. Gradually, things changed and Mike started to settle into the home and Taolo enjoyed his company. Eventually, Taolo became very fond of the dog and decided to adopt the hefty Labrador.

Taolo Terzaga was well aware of the importance of optimum weight in pets. One of the first goals for Taolo was to make a plan to make Mike shed some of its extra weight. It is important to keep in mind that no weight loss program should start with drastic measures. For example, if a strict diet is introduced, then an exercise program should not be started simultaneously. The body should be given some time to adjust to the sudden change in calories. It is also very important to keep the weight loss program fun for the pet. If the dog finds the diet to be too strict or the exercise to be very boring, the dog will not stick the weight loss program in the long run.

Taolo started with a balanced diet for Mike and then introduced a 10-minute walk every day. The extra weight of Mike meant that even a 10-minute walk was tough to complete. Mike’s bad hip joint added to the difficulty of walking. Gradually, Mike was able to lose some weight and walking became easier. Taolo also increased the duration of the exercise. Mike showed a good ability to lose weight when introduced with proper nutrition and exercise. When Mike had arrived at the foster home, he weighed 120 pounds. After seven months of following a progressive nutrition and exercise plan, Mike has reduced his weight to 80 pounds. Other than physical improvements for Mike, his mood and energy level also improved. Now, Mike loves to chase balls and participate in all the playful activities that he enjoys. Taolo does understand the importance of continuing the good habits of having a  balanced diet and regular physical activity for Mike.

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An Adorable Child Develops Baby Fever and Gets Rewarded

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Most people have heard about baby fever at some point in the past. Usually, this condition impacts adults who are around the age to start having children. While everyone has children at different ages, people can still feel it when the biological clock starts ticking. Particularly for women, they know there is a window in which they are going to have children. When they reach this age, they know there is a limited amount of time. Therefore, they start to plan for children and figure out how to make it happen.

This is a unique story about a child who actually got baby fever. This child’s mother is a professional photographer who specializes in taking pictures of newborn babies. Furthermore, she actually already had a four-year-old son. Her son got used to seeing the newborn babies come in and out and parents invested in photos of their pride and joy. Then, the son started to get baby fever. She started begging his mother to get pregnant again because he wanted to have a younger brother or sister to take care of. This went on and on. The photographer said the begging wouldn’t stop. Therefore, she eventually caved; however, she decided to take an alternate approach to the situation.

She also wanted to have another living thing to take care of; however, she didn’t think that another child was going to be in the cards in the near future. Regardless, she needed a way to put a halt to the incessant begging of her son. Her son even came home one day and asked her if she was pregnant yet! What kind of a child does this? This finally triggered the photographer to come up with a great idea to address everything.

She decided to go to the internet and look for answers. That was where she came across golden retrievers who needed a loving home. She picked out a young puppy and decided to name her Lucy. She went to go pick Lucy up and learned all about the breed. Then, it was time to bring the puppy home. When she walked through the door, she was carrying the adorable dog in a tiny picnic basket. She called over her son to open up the basket and take a look inside. That was when her son realized what was going on. He instantly fell in love with the dog and didn’t want to do anything except cuddle with her day and night. Just like that, his baby fever was cured. Of course, the story doesn’t stop there. There was plenty more to this adorable story.

Of course, being a professional photographer for newborn babies, the photographer needed to commemorate the situation. That was when she decided to take some newborn pictures of the happy couple. She decided to take a few photos of the puppy dressed up like a newborn baby. There were plenty of outfits, backgrounds, and poses. This dog deserved to get the full treatment. Of course, her son also got in on the action. There are awesome pictures of him smiling and cuddling the dog just like any other newborn baby. While the dog looks happy in some of them, it is clear that she is not a huge fan of some of the outfits, particularly the ones that involve a hat. Regardless, this is a great story of how parents can address baby fever with their children. If a newborn baby is not in the cards, remember that there are always dogs out there that are looking for a home.

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