January 30, 2013

St Louis Zoo Gives Three Legged Fox A Second Chance At Life



Hartz Pet Treat Recall

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz ® Chicken Chews ™ and Hartz ® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs





Contact
Consumer:
1-800-275-1414

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 25, 2013 — The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs in the United States because they contain trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue.
We are taking this action after recent Hartz testing found trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue in samples of Hartz® Chicken Chews™ and Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken products. Even though two-thirds of the products we tested did not contain antibiotic residues, we would rather be overly cautious by voluntarily withdrawing these products from the market.
These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other countries, including European Union member states, but are not among those approved in the U.S. Based on the FDA’s review of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) results, there is no evidence that raises health concerns, and these results are highly unlikely to be related to the reports of illnesses FDA has received related to jerky pet treats.
Immediately upon learning of this finding, Hartz contacted the FDA to share our test results and execute a nationwide voluntary withdrawal. There have been no known illnesses to date associated with the consumption of these products.
“Upon learning about the nationwide voluntary withdrawal of several other brands of chicken jerky products through media reports, Hartz acted immediately to begin additional testing to determine if the same unapproved antibiotic residues were present in our products,” said Sean McNear, Sr. Director of Quality and Regulatory at Hartz Mountain.
There is no indication that the trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue are linked to the FDA's ongoing investigation of chicken jerky products produced in China. The trace amounts of antibiotic residue do not pose a health or pet safety risk.
No other Hartz products are affected by this withdrawal.
If you have these products contact the Hartz Consumer Affairs team (24 hours/day 7 days/week) at 1-800-275-1414 for a refund

source: FDA

January 29, 2013

High School Students Help Flipper The Cat Go Mobile







Meet Flipper. Flipper had some complications when she was born that caused her spinal cord to twist. This resulted in paralysis of her back legs. The only way she could get around was to drag her back legs behind her.

Enter the students from the Blitz Robotic Club at Conifer High School. The kids from the Blitz Robotic Club gave Flipper a new lease on life. They devised a cart that Flipper can use to get around easier. It took a few tries but, third times the charm, and they finally had a good working model. Now, Flipper zips all over the clinic and is able to do everything a little kitten should be doing. 

“This is just the neatest thing,” said Jan Gurney of the Aspen Park Vet Hospital where Flipper has taken up residence. “She loves kicking her back legs to help power the cat-traption around, it gives her so much mobility and in time her legs will get stronger and her spine may also loosen up to allow for her to one day get around on her own.”






source: KDVI

January 28, 2013

Baby Zebra!!

The Louisville Zoo has a new baby zebra; the first born at the zoo in 13 years. The 72 pound Hartmann's mountain foal took her first steps and began nursing soon after she was born, The mother, Morena, and foal are both doing well. The father is Gibbs. The foal will be on exhibit in the coming weeks and there will be a naming contest in the spring.

Hartmann's mountain zebras  are listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.




January 27, 2013

January 26, 2013

Mudd The Bulldog Performs Gymnastics On The Trampoline (Video)

This is obviously not Mudds first time on the trampoline. When asked about his antics, Mudd replied "I is are a profeshunel jimnist. Don't try this at home. I like to pop balloons too."








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January 25, 2013

Dog Treat Recipe - Caesar's Peanut Butter Delights

I made some cookies for the dogs today. I pretty much made it up as I went along. I didn't taste them myself, but Butter, Caesar, and Dusty couldn't get enough of them :)


Ingredients: 

  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (plus extra for rolling out the dough)
  • 1 TBS brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBS vegetable oil
  • 1 TBS honey
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup water


Directions:

Stir the flour and brown sugar together in a small bowl; set aside


Lightly beat the egg in a large bowl.

Add the oil and honey to the egg; stir until well combined.

Add the peanut butter and mix thoroughly until smooth


Stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients a little at a time until well blended

Add the water a little at a time until the dough forms a ball and is workable. I found it easiest to do this with my hands.


Cover the dough and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes to rest

While the dough is resting, preheat the oven to 375ยบ

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
Roll out the dough until it is about 1/2" thick

Cut into shapes and place on lined cookie sheet. These cookies will not spread so you can place them close to each other but be careful they are not touching.





Bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned

Cool completely

Makes 36  1.5"x3"  cookies

These will keep for a week in the refrigerator or in the freezer for up to 6 months. 



Baby, It's Cold Outside!



This chilly chimp at the Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary knows how to keep warm. She'll take a blanket and a spot of tea please.




source: IBTIMES TV

January 23, 2013

Canon 5D Mauled And Killed By A Lion

Professional photographer, Ed Hetherington, was shooting wildlife in Zimbabwe in November last year when he witnessed a lioness killing a buffalo not too far away. When the lioness wandered off to get a drink from a nearby stream, Ed set one of his cameras, fitted with a wide angle lens and a remote control, next to the carcass. He thought he would be able to get some great close-up pictures of the lioness feeding on the buffalo. The lioness, however, had another plan. She thought the camera looked much more interesting than dinner. Ed was able to get a few pictures using the remote control and then snapped more pictures using a second camera he brought with him.







Click here to go to PetaPixel to read the rest of the story and for more great pictures of Ed's adventure with the lioness.

January 21, 2013

Baby Komodo Dragons Born At The Memphis Zoo




They may be cute, but watch out, they are mean and fast right from the start. They have to be or momma might eat them as soon as they hatch!

Thirteen eggs hatched out of a brood of 16 at the Memphis Zoo. The first baby emerged from his shell on January 2. This was the first birth at the Memphis Zoo this year. All 13 babies have been promised to other zoos so it's unlikely that these babies will be seen by the public before they are shipped off.



Source: The Commercial Appeal. Click here for more pictures, a video and Komodo Dragon information.

January 20, 2013

LAPD Officers Save Injured Dog Left For Dead





A dog who had been hit by a car, lay ignored and crumpled on the side of the road until he was rescued by three LAPD angels. The officers came upon him while on their way to the police station. When they tried to give him water, they were told by residents that he had been there for 4 or 5 hours. They quickly got him into the car and rushed him to the emergency vet clinic. Here is the rest of the story...









Click here to go to Philly's Facebook page.

Click here to donate money to help pay his vet bills.

January 17, 2013

Pepper the parrot and his little blue buggy

Andrew Gray, an engineering student at the University of Florida, has a pet parrot named Pepper. It seems that Pepper suffers from separation anxiety and shrieks and squawks when he is not near his family. After trying several things to stop all the fussing, he decided to put his learned skills to good use. He built Pepper his very own buggy. It's a small battery powered platform on wheels, tricked out with sensors so that Pepper doesn't bump into anything. It took four months to design and build the buggy and , after three months of training, Pepper can now steer it forward, backward, left, and right.

Watch Andrew try to teach Pepper how to steer right. Pepper didn't quite get the gist of it in this video. After all, two wrongs don't make a right but 3 lefts do!





See more videos of Pepper and his buggy on Andrew's YouTube channel.

ALERT...Recent Pet Treat Recalls

Milo's, Purina pulling some dog treats




Nestle Purina PetCare is taking Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats off the market while Milo's Kitchen is recalling its Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats.

The chicken jerky products, which are made in China, may contain minute amounts of antibiotic residue, the companies said Wednesday. The antibiotics have been approved by Chinese and European Union regulators, but they are not approved in the U.S.

Nestle Purina PetCare is taking Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats off the market, while Milo's Kitchen is recalling its Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats.

The chicken jerky products, which are made in China, may contain minute amounts of antibiotic residue, the companies said Wednesday. The antibiotics have been approved by Chinese and European Union regulators, but they are not approved in the U.S.

sources: Sandusky Register; FDA Recall Notice

January 16, 2013

Sweet baby panda, Xiao Liwu, makes his public debut! (with videos and pics

Get Ready for some cute!


Five month old Xiao Liwu, whose name means "Little Gift", made his public debut last Thursday. Here are some cute pictures from his media "test-run" and a couple of cute videos










Sleepy Panda

source: CBS News