Bella Burton was born with Morquio Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects her bone growth and inhibits her mobility.
For nine years, she was forced to walk with crutches and couldn’t participate in the simplest of things like walking to and from class without assistance. She was forced to use wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches to get around.
But, then, she met George:
After multiple surgeries and therapy over the years, and with George’s help, she is finally able to walk, ride a bike and even go to the mall!
The 131-pound Great Dane has been honored with the Award for Canine Excellence by the American Kennel Club for the amazing work he’s done with Bella.
Mark Bayley is a sheep farmer from England, which means he knows pretty much all there is to know about sheep. But when a strange lamb was born on his farm this week, he actually had to search the internet to find out more about the animal’s weird condition.
Bayley’s 10-year-old daughter Zara was the first one to spot the lamb’s extra feature:
“Dad, look,” she said, “that lamb has five legs!”
The lamb, who the family has named Forrest, after the Tom Hanks movie Forrest Gump, is healthy otherwise and doesn’t seem bothered by his difference.
“We checked him over and he seems to be fine,” Bayley said. “He was healthy, drinking from his mother and doing everything he needed to do.”
Later, the family had Forrest checked by a vet who confirmed that – aside from the fifth leg – he’s perfectly healthy.
While Forrest can’t actually use the leg, that’s not a bad thing. It’s too short to reach the ground, so it doesn’t get in the way while he’s running around.
There have been a handful of sheep born with extra legs in the past, but it’s very rare.
Luckily, Forrest was born into a family who recognize how special he is. The Bayleys were going to sell him for meat, but they’ve decided to keep him as a family pet instead.
Even the other animals seem jealous of Forrest’s unique look.
“There was one lamb that looked at Forest, and then down at itself, as if to wonder why it was missing a leg,” Bayley said. “It was very sweet.”
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Attention all dog owners: there is another dog food you need to throw out immediately.
After a string of pet food recalls over the last month, yet another company has issued a statement saying their food is potentially contaminated.
Blue Buffalo is recalling the Blue Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for adult dogs, sold nationwide, for fear that it contains a higher than normal level of beef-thyroid hormones.
The food could produce such symptoms as increased thirst, urination, and weight loss. After prolonged exposure, dogs could experience vomiting, diarrhea and difficulty breathing.
“If your pet has consumed the product listed above and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please discontinue feeding and contact your veterinarian,” the company said in a statement.
The food in question has a best buy date of June 7, 2019.
So far, only one dog has been affected by the tainted food, and has since made a full recovery.
A zoo in the Czech Republic has decided to take preventative measures to protect their rhinos.
After poachers broke into a zoo in Fracne and brutally killed a rhino for his horn, the Dvur Kralove zoo is responding to the threat in a controversial way.
The zoo has decided to sedate all the rhinos in captivity and remove their horns so that if poachers try to come in and do it inhumanely, they won’t have the option. The zoo believes this is a life-saving procedure in the long run.
Because Rhino horns grow back, some rhinos will have to undergo multiple procedures over their lifetime.
“It’s for the sake of rhino safety,” Andrea Jirousova, a spokeswoman for the Dvur Kralove zoo said. “The attack [in France] put us on the alert — the danger is really intense.”
Rhino horns now rival gold in terms of price, with organized crime groups illegally trafficking the horns across borders. The keratin found in rhino horns is (falsely) believed to cure everything from hangovers to cancer.
Though this method of “protection” is arguably a terrible idea, you cannot deny the distinct danger that animals in captivity are now facing.
“This is poaching on a whole new level,” Azzedine Downes, president and CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) says. “Wild rhinos have been in the sights of poachers for many years. It’s horrifying to imagine a captive rhino falling prey to poachers’ bullets.”
While many people think this method is unorthodox, some experts are saying it’s for the best.
“Any and all methods, including dehorning, should be supported as a deterrents to save the lives of the rhinos,” Paul Oxton, founder and director of Wild Heart Wildlife Foundationsaid.
Oxton also adds that there needs to be educational campaigns in high-demand countries so people understand how cruel and useless it is to de-horn a rhino.
In 2016 alone, 1100 rhinos were killed in South Africa. It’s estimated that there are only 29,500 rhinos left in the world.
Do you think this method of protection is warranted, or is it outrageous? Let us now what you think.
No matter how big or small, weddings are special. For a number of reasons some people consider their nuptials as one of the most important days of their lives.
Nicole Wakefield, Arfon Williams and their pooch Mili make a perfect example. The couple from Llanfairfechan, North Wales met 10 years ago while they were walking their dogs.
“I’d take Mili out and we used to see each other and talk about how the dogs were, and we set up a local dog walk together.” explained Nicole.
Unfortunately, Nicole was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer earlier in the month. Realizing they may not have much time left together, the couple decided to get married with the help of the Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital staff, nurses and of course Mili.
They planned a wedding in under a week and chose Mili as a bridesmaid. Mili has been Nicole’s sidekick since she was a puppy and even brought the couple together, so the decision to have her by their side was a no-brainer.
The chief bridesmaid looked extra adorable with a yellow carnation attached to her collar throughout the ceremony.
“Mili’s part of the family. She really brought us together, and we didn’t want her to miss out on the wedding.” said Nicole. “She was watching really intently while we were signing the marriage register.” she added.
“We can honestly say that our wedding day was the happiest day of our lives.” said Nicole. I bet having Mili by their side helped a lot with that!
Watch Nicole and Mili share more about their big day in the video below:
Try not to be jealous when you see where Singapore’s most pampered cats stay while their owners are on holiday.
In the past we’ve covered some glamorous cat hotels in England and Malaysia, but this one really goes the extra mile to spoil their guests.
It’s called the Nekoya Cat Daycare and Hotel, and it offers all the luxuries of a real hotel, including private rooms, a 24/7 concierge and room service.
The Nekoya is set up a little differently than a human hotel: instead of actual “rooms” the cats stay in little cubicles. Still, they each get their own litter box and feeding area, with multiple levels to explore.
Each room is also air conditioned for the cat’s comfort, with “a custom designed air-filtration system to keep unpleasant odors at bay,” which is probably a good idea considering the hotel can hold 15 cats.
But the cats aren’t cooped up the whole time, they also get to stretch their legs in the playroom, under the supervision of a hotel employee.
A night’s stay at the Nekoya will cost you at least $40, but there are lots of goodies to make the trip worthwhile.
You can arrange spa treatments for your cat including “waterless baths,” facial cleanses and nail clippings. There are also meal options, so your cat will be happy whether they prefer kibble or raw food.
The hotel will even send worried owners picture and video updates of their cat for $5 a day.
Your cat would have to make the trip to Singapore to enjoy all of this luxury, but if you’re even considering a $40 hotel for your cat, you can probably afford a plane ticket for them too.
Would you treat your cat to a hotel this nice? Share this post and tell us!
Thanks to internet, we see all kinds of special cats on a daily basis. More recently we’ve been introduced to Didga the skateboarding cat, Lobstah with the claw paw and Felix the runner. But, I guarantee you haven’t yet seen a kitty as chill and as happy as Shironeko.
Shironeko, whose name literally means “White Cat” in Japanese, is probably the most zen and content feline to have ever lived.
The tubby furball looks like he’s mastered the art of meditation and doesn’t have a care in the world (or maybe he just wants to nap all the time).
The blissful Turkish Van cat has garnered huge online following through his blog and YouTube channel. His human has tested his patience by engaging him in silly activities like balancing a bowl on his head or placing him in some atop of a cabbage patch, but Shironeko has managed to keep his cool and adorable smile each time.
It doesn’t matter if he’s napping in a basket or rolling on the ground, Shironeko, the zen master, is clearly at peace with everything in his life. Keep scrolling for more photos of Shironeko that will without a doubt have you smiling too.
It’s a universal fact that every living thing dies but did you know that we aren’t the only ones who practice funeral rituals? There has been a few documented cases of animals mourning and engaging in mortuary-like activities after a loss. But, more recently a death of a chimpanzee in Zambia may indicate that humans aren’t all that different after all.
Noel, a female chimpanzee at the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust was visibly mourning the death of her 9-year-old adopted son, Thomas after he likely died from a viral and bacterial lung infection.
She initially surrounded the body for about 20 minutes then began to engage in a cleansing ritual. Despite attempts to distract her with food, she continued to clean her son’s teeth with some grass.
According to Dr. Edwin van Leeuwen, lead author of a study, published in the journal Scientific Reports about corpse cleaning in chimpanzees, “Noel approached Thomas’s body, sat down close to his head, turned her upper body sideways to select a hard piece of grass, put the grass in her mouth, and opened Thomas’ mouth with both of her hands.Then she wrapped her fingers around Thomas’s chin and jaw, and used her thumbs to explore his teeth. After three seconds, she took the grass out of her mouth with her right hand…and started to meticulously poke the grass in the same dental area as where her thumbs had been.”
This type of post-mortem care has never been reported in animals but Dr. Leeuwen thinks this important observation tells that humans aren’t the only ones who care about the dead. He says, “Chimpanzees may form long-lasting social bonds and like humans, may handle corpses in a socially meaningful way.”
Watch the video from National Geographic and see this amazing ritual for yourself:
Skimble Skypaws might sound like a fun name, but his life was far from it until he met a kind stranger.
Skimble is a 6-year-old stray who was found wandering along the streets of Los Angeles.
“He was found wandering the streets going up to people asking for help, everyone ignored him but one kind man couldn’t leave him on the streets in the condition he was in,” Michelle of Milo’s Sanctuary said. “We don’t know how long Skimble wandered the streets like this and we couldn’t turn him away when we were asked to take him.”
The man took Skimble to the vet, where it was discovered the poor cat has cryptococcis, a very severe case of fungal infection that caused his nose to become inflamed.
Skimble was transferred to Milo’s Sanctuary and is basically the picture of perfection. He had to have a feeding tube put in because the infection is so bad, but that doesn’t stop Skimble from being a happy kitty.
“This little guy is amazing he takes everything in stride – he never fusses or gets upset,” the sanctuary says. “When it’s tube feeding time he climbs happily into his caretakers’ lap and purrs and makes biscuits the entire time.”
So how is Skimble doing now?
It could take years before Skimble is fully healed from the infection, and the sanctuary says it could come back in the future.
But for now, Skimble is enjoying his second lease on life!
“His condition will be life-long and we hope that he recovers and spends a long and healthy life with us in our Lifetime Care Program,” the sanctuary says.
Despite his high medical bill costs, Milo’s Sanctuary says little Skimble Skypaws is worth every penny.
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