This weekend Queen Elizabeth II and all of her subjects will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee on the throne of the British Commonwealth. She has six beautiful ravens in permanent residence at the Tower of London to thank for protecting the Monarchy, and the royal post she has held for sixty years now.
Animals have been serving beside humans
in times of war since before Hannibal crossed the Alps with his
elephants. Throughout history animals have worked as guards, weapons,
couriers, transport, explosive detection, and even psychological support during military campaigns.
If you go to an upscale French restaurant in California these days, you may feel as if you are being force-fed foie gras,
as many chefs are filling their menus with the most imaginative foie
gras dishes from entrees to desserts. But you better get there before
July 1, 2012, when a new law banning foie gras is scheduled to go into
The hawk circled and circled around the yard, no doubt trying to find a
way to dive down and retrieve the newborn puppy that had just wiggled
out of his talons. To Elaine Bouschard of Los Banos, CA, and her
grandson, it was a puppy from heaven.