The death of an Orca whale on January 6 was a very sad event. We’ve heard a good number of reports over the years regarding these magnificent creatures being washed ashore at the end of their lives. While not the largest animal known to man [that distinction is reserved for the Blue Whale], Orcas are not light-weights either. They are known to weigh up to 6 tons in weight and 32 feet in length, at full maturity.
On the paws of my recent post, “2017 Will Be A First For A Pet-less White House,” Dawn Riley, one of my Twitter followers tweeted me an update about the President-Elect’s historical pet-less situation.
I’ve been speculating over a year now, as to the next presidential pet to grace the White House? During the heated primaries, I reviewed each candidate’s pets on both sides of the aisle — and at the time it appeared that both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump were the only two without a dog or cat — or horse for that matter.
My last post focused on monkeys and the biological reasons why man’s closest genetic cousin lacks the ability to utter a word. With films such as ‘Planet of the Apes’ and other such fiction broaching this topic, it was curious to me why evolution hadn’t taken monkeys down the same ‘audible speaking’ path as humans.
Animals are herd animals. As such, and according to the American Zoological Association [ASA], which sets elephant care standards for zoos — female elephants should be kept in groups of three. This is the minimum standard they require and crave in the wild.
Wildlife rescue facilities — dissimilar to most zoos — focuses on the rehabilitation and care of wild animals, saved from illegal breeders, circuses and other types of commercial confinement. In most instances, these centers do not seek to find adoptive homes for the animals, but rather introduce the animals to new lifestyles that suit their needs and that allow them to live out their lives in a loving and nurturing environment.
The Rio Olympics 2016 have come and gone, but are certainly not forgotten. Reflecting on the two animal avatars created for the event, many of us probably mistook them as Pokémon Go characters let loose in Rio de Janeiro [even despite a Brazilian ban in place.]