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    Sam Bloom, a mother of three young boys, became suicidal after becoming paraplegic.

    Enter a sick baby magpie named Penguin. "I'd whinge to her and tell her everything that was going through my head." In nursing Penguin back to health, Sam Bloom found a purpose.

    When Sam Blooms husband Cameron, was asked by the reporter if Penguin had saved Sams life, Cameron replied, "Penguin kind of saved all of us"



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    Horses who heal

    This is the remarkable story of 3 separate individuals who have been touched by the power of Equine Therapy. A former world-class equestrian champion disabled by a stroke, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and a teenage boy on the autism spectrum, along with his younger brother, all share their journeys of hope and healing through their work with Therapy Horses.

    These miracles are happening at an otherwise typical barn in South Florida known as Healing Horse Therapy Center, and led by a woman whose passion it is to help those in need of healing make the ultimate connection between horse and human.





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    Mark Horstman explores genetic and fossil evidence that reveals the majority of the world's birds have Australian ancestors. This compelling research has recently rocked the world of science. It seems that Australia is where bird song began.

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    This will put a smile on your dial

    An incredible chance encounter with a family of wild Mountain Gorillas in Uganda.



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    "Animals Show Love for Humans"

    Each breath a gift...
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    Hospice Cat Brings Comfort To Veterans At The End Of Their Lives
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    There's no shortage of highly-capable medical staff at VA Hospice in Salem, Va. to ensure that dying veterans and their families are cared for and comfortable. But one of the facility's most effective caregivers actually has no formal training.

    His name is Tom, and he's a cat.

    Palliative care coordinator Dorothy Rizzo rescued the friendly orange tabby from a local animal shelter four years ago, thinking that having a cat around would make vets feel more at home during their final days. But Tom soon proved to be something far more than a feline; he became a source of happiness for folks at a time when that feeling seemed remote.

    In those moments when a patient could use a companion, or a vet's family has gathered to bid farewell to their loved one, Tom can often be found strolling into service, offering comfort through gentle interaction.

    "Tom has known what to do since the first day he was here," Rizzo told Veterans Affairs news. "There's something about the presence of an animal that has a calming effect. Watching the cat or petting him takes you out of the sad moment you're in."

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    During his tenure at the hospital, Tom demonstrated an uncanny sense of knowing when a patient is nearing the end, making sure he's there to snuggle next to them as they take their final breaths. But the cat's comfort is as much for families as it is for the vets themselves.

    When World War II veteran Edwin Gehlert passed away at the Salem VA recently, the orange cat was there by his side, sharing the sad moment with serviceman's family. Gehlert's widow Elizabeth told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that, just by being close by, Tom helped shift the mood from mourning the loss of the vet to celebrating his life.

    "My husband had a beautiful passing because of that cat," Gehlert said. "I had such joy in my heart."

    The VA hospice's resident psychologist, Betty Gillespie, describes how cats like Tom can be the best medicine during times of great sadness.

    "Families often feel helpless. You're watching your loved one die and you know you can't save them. Sometimes you can't even talk to them, or wake them up. All you can do is watch and wait," says Gillespie.
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    Jenny and Shirley are two crippled elephants, reunited after twenty two years. Shirley was kept for more than two decades as a circus animal. They now live together at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. I completely lost it when her former trainer Solomon said, "She (Shirley) won't have to wear her chain anymore"..."She's free at last".


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    Brave Beautiful Animals by Sam Garrett:
    the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated --- Gandhi

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    I like rats. Never had one for a pet and don't want them in my house but still, I like them. They're cute. They are 'dirty' because they live near humans. We're the dirty ones really. Anyway, here is a typically human-centric little clip about the horror of finding a rat in your toilet. Seriously? When rats rule the world and people end up in their sanitation system, we deserve all the rat centered ewww...reactions we get.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t2VPBF6Kp4

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    Breaking the stigma
    Pet photographer Diane Özdamar has been in love with pet rats as long as she can remember. She’s been photographing these furry companions for years, hoping to break their grotesque stereotype with her cute, playful imagery.

    Fancy rats, the most common domesticated species of pet rat, are often compared to small dogs by their owners. This is due to their social and cuddly nature. Highly intelligent, they thrive when living with a friend, so it’s suggested to get two rats of the same sex in order for them to keep each other company. And, contrary to common belief, they are exceptionally clean animals.

    Özdamar photographs her own fancy rats, as well as those of her friends’ and others that she’s fostered, making tiny accessories to enhance their personalities. The project began after the photographer began fostering abused and abandoned pet rats. “Finding a home [for] a rat is not an easy task since they suffer from a very bad reputation and I had to make their cute personalities stand out so people would consider adopting them.”

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    Omg, my daughter loved rats when she was 13, 14, she had some in her room and I allowed her to do whatever she wants in her own space as long as she didn‘t burn down the house. I believed in learning from experience. But the poor rats did not look like the above at all



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    yes they are magical in many ways...I totaly agree....

    I grew up with a collie on my side...he looked like Lassie and he was just as smart. He even did sense it more than the people around me, when I was not feeling well or when I was sad. He use to push his nose in my arm then and started to make noises, or jump around in front of me to cheer me up again....and it always worked... My best friend ever...I miss him...

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    Milo, the 2 year old skeletal rescue horse. Ever the rebel, incredibly smart and talented. Rescued from death. Another hero.

    "The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone when we are uncool." From the movie "Almost Famous""l "Let yourself stand cool and composed before a million universes." Walt Whitman

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    One morning, Ryan and his father went hunting at Eagles nest Wilderness, in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
    However, Ryan accidentally became separated from his father that morning. That afternoon, a search party with tracker dogs was sent out to find him. Dressed in only summer clothing, the team were concerned because it was easy to die of hypothermia up on the mountainside. The rescue team didn't find Ryan until the next day but when they did, Ryan was alive and well.
    Some time, in the middle of the night, two large elk had appeared. They had laid down next to the boy and stayed with him all night.
    "He [Ryan] would have been dead if it hadn't of been for the extra heat source of the two big animals laying down beside him"



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    Quote Posted by Valerie Villars (here)
    Milo, the 2 year old skeletal rescue horse. Ever the rebel, incredibly smart and talented. Rescued from death. Another hero.
    Truly inspiring beautiful Val


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    This is a sweet story of the bond between a little rooster named Frog, and a young girl named Savannah. Mother and daughter share their story here.
    I would usually go to the front yard and wait on the school bus. Frog had kind of followed me to the front yard and I said, "Well, okay, you can follow me, no big deal." On the the third day, he decided he was going to go by himself. Ever since then, he's done it Every. Single. Day."
    The interesting thing about Frog is that he correctly anticipates beforehand, the time that the school bus will be arriving and he waits in the front of the house.



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    This was an experiment conducted with a crow.

    Here you can see that the crow has a causal understanding of water displacement.

    Neat hey?


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    It was once thought that humans were the only species who had control over their own breath.

    Kanzi, a bonobo, demonstrates at @ 1.42 that he does have control over his own breath.


    Kanzi the Ape Who Has Conversations with Humans | The Oprah Winfrey Show | Oprah Winfrey Network


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    Maria, a Talouse goose who resides at Echo Park in downtown Los Angeles, waits for her beau every day at the sidewalk, until Dominic, a retired salesman, rides in on his scooter.

    The two take a leisurely stroll around the lake. However Maria, is highly possessive and no one is allowed to venture near Dominic.

    When it is time for Dominic to go home, she flies along side him or, he waits until she falls asleep to make his escape. Now that's what I call love!


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