Tuesday, January 31, 2012
All pets require special attention and consideration when moving, and the essential ingredient to your pet's stress-free move is preplanning.
Atlas has compiled a comprehensive and helpful information outline which lists the points to consider when relocating with your pet.
The guide includes a list of State Veterinarian's Offices or State Departments of Agriculture.
How to Move Your Pet
1925. "Sgt. Jiggs." The Marine Corps mascot in Washington, D.C., with an actual Marine. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. The USMC got the nickname "Devil Dogs" from the Germans in World War I. The term "Devil Dog" in German is a legendary boogeyman from hell in German folklore. When they saw the fierceness with which the Marines fought in France, the Germans gave the USMC this name out of fear and respect. The Corps loved it and adopted the Bulldog as their mascot. The name persists today even though it is not widely known among the general public. There are some excellent history references on this subject at the Marine Museum at the USMC Recruit Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina. Source
Monday, January 30, 2012
A participant of the international sledge dog race and his harnessed team make their way through the snowy landscape near Unterjoch, southern Germany, as they compete on January 14, 2012 in the event. Around 100 teams took part in the competition, covering distances ranging between six and eighteen kilometers. The fastest teams reach a tempo up to 45 kilometers per hour. Source AFP PHOTO / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND
Sunday, January 29, 2012
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Friday, January 27, 2012
Two chicks were introduced at a press conference including the first chick of the year, which hatched on January 9 to parents Wylie and Mara as well as the most recent hatchling, which arrived on January 17 to parents Frederico and Poquita. Three other chicks also hatched on January 13 to Mario and Montana, January 14 to Jake and Bianca and January 15 to Phil and Carmen. Over a seven year span, a total of 34 chicks have hatched.
Details on the penguin chick naming contest can be found on the zoo’s website at www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org/naming-contest.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
When you read the detailed descriptions of each of these reptiles, it's hard to imagine how anyone would willingly live with these deadly creatures. But that was exactly what Tyler Nolan was doing until he was caught keeping them without a permit. Nolan was cited for several health and safety violations. The alligator was released back into the wild while the snakes were turned over to a professional facility capable of caring for them.
Scientists believe that two 33,000-year-old skulls unearthed in digs in Siberia and Belgium show dogs were domesticated long before any other animal, such as sheep, cows or goats.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
A box turtle who had a tough time crossing the road in Aurora, Colo., has a new lease on life thanks to a local police officer, a clever vet and a new fiberglass shell. By the time an Aurora police officer found "Scorch," the turtle had been hit by a car, and was badly chewed by dogs along the side of the road. The sympathetic officer turned the mangled turtle over to Kevin Fitzgerald, an Aurora veternarian. The vet fashioned a fiberglass shell for Scorch which, he says, will eventually be pushed off after he develops his own new shell. Source
Monday, January 23, 2012
Let the festivities begin as Monday the 23rd of January is the first day of the Chinese New Year and this is the Year of the Dragon. Chinese New Year is one of the oldest Chinese festivals and has many traditions. It always falls between January 21st and February 21st, coinciding with the first day of the lunar month and continues until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. The Chinese Zodiac has 12 animal signs and each New Year is a different animal. It is believed that people take on the characteristics' of the animal from the year they were born in. Source
It's a veritable rags-to-riches story for Tommaso, one of Rome's many stray cats, who found a home with an heiress.
The Italian feline prowled away with a whopping 10 million euro after his wealthy owner passed away last month.The Guardian reports that the owner, a 94-year-old woman identified as Maria Assunta, left her fortune and properties -- worth over $13 million -- to Tommaso the cat. Source Photograph: Alamy
Researchers have discovered in Papua New Guinea what they claim is the world's smallest frog. The tiny frog called Paedophryne amanuensis measures around 7mm. Photograph: Christopher Austin/LSU/AFP/Getty Images Source
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Students at a brand new Utah high school voted to be known as the Cougars, but the school board decreed that was too racy and chose the Chargers instead. The Salt Lake Tribune said the board in Draper vetoed the results of the student vote on the grounds Cougar was a derogatory term because of its use as a nickname for single women on the prowl for younger boyfriends. Source
Friday, January 20, 2012
A baby aardvark was born in Antwerpen zoo in Belgium two weeks ago. The creature, also known as an earth pig, is characterised by a long nose and powerful feet that allows him to dig deep, long tunnels to look for ants and termites. Nuru, which means 'light' in Swahili, is only the 10th baby aardvark born in the zoo in more than 50 years Source