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Animals, the products of evolution. Pets or Pests, Past or Future. Roarrrr~

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A planned construction of Don Sahong hydropower project in Laos by using explosives to remove millions of tons of rock is threatening the Mekong River’s Irrawaddy dolphins.  As the dolphins have highly sensitive hearing capability, it will not be able to withstand the strong sound waves created by the dam construction which is located at about 1 kilometer upstream of the Mekong dolphins’ core habitat.  Since 2004, the dolphins downstream in Cambodia have been listed as critically endangered on the World Conservation Union Red List of Threatened Species.

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A 3.5 meters female crocodile named “Zalim” was captured at the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Sabah, Malaysia under the collaboration of Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC), Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) and Cardiff University.  The crocodile was tagged and released back to wildlife to study its breeding and nesting behaviour.  The study will also helps to assess the impact of degraded habitat caused by oil palm plantation.  Presently there are seven crocodiles (5 males and 2 females) were tagged for the study.

Source: NST

A 20s Australian woman went trekking with a friend in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah, Malaysia.  They are guided by a Malaysian guide.  Something unusual happened, a rare pygmy elephant attacked them, and the woman died.  It is said that the elephant was startled by camera of the two tourists.

Pygmy elephants are subspecies of mainland Asian elephants.  They are unique to Borneo, and they measures about 2.5 metres tall.  There are only 1,500 to 2,000 left on Borneo island, according to the authorities.

Source: The Telegraph

Wanted: Pigeon Killer. Reward: $1,000.

Posted by Animal King under Birds

A white pigeon was found dead at Block 166 Bishan St 13, Singapore.  It was murdered with a homemade arrow thrust through its lower abdomen.  Anyone who can provide information to arrest the pigeon killer will be awarded $1,000 by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) (please call SPCA at 6287 5355 ext 9).

Source: asiaone

Let’s face it. When the temperature is twenty degrees with a wind chill of zero, you may not want to brave the elements to walk your dog. Unfortunately, your dog doesn’t seem to mind the chilling temperatures or icy winds and excitedly waits by the door. Some dog breeds such as Border collies and German shepherds need their daily exercise session despite the disagreeable weather. These high strung dogs may have so much energy that if they’re not exercised daily they can become nervous and even destructive. The solution? Why not consider adding a dog treadmill to your home?

It used to be that treadmills were just for humans but with an increasing awareness of the importance of exercise for dog health, someone cleverly designed a dog treadmill to make the job easier. Having a dog treadmill has its definite advantages. One of the most important is that you have an alternative to trudging outside with your dog and an umbrella on stormy mornings. Not to mention the advantages a treadmill offers if you live in colder climates. It’s also a godsend to have a dog treadmill when you come home late after working overtime. Fido can still have his exercise session while you recover in the comfort of your favorite chair. Plus, a treadmill allows you to alter the speed and distance your dog walks as well as the incline so he can get the best workout for his fitness level.

To get your dog started exercising on a treadmill, it’s going to require some dog treadmill training. At first your dog will probably be afraid of this electronic contraption but with a little reassurance, your dog will gradually become accustomed to the treadmill and will begin to enjoy his daily workouts. Plan on spending some time on dog treadmill training in the beginning. Eventually your dog will seek out the treadmill on his own when he’s ready to exercise.

The two primary drawbacks to owning a dog treadmill are the expense and the fact they take up space. The price range for dog treadmills start at around $300.00 for a non-motorized one up to $3,000 for an electronic one. This isn’t an insignificant investment for most people. You also need adequate space for the treadmill which may be a problem if you live in an apartment or small house. Ideally, try to find someone who will let your dog try out the treadmill before purchasing. You don’t want to be stuck with it if your dog has an irrational fear of it. It also pays to do some internet comparison shopping before purchasing.

A dog treadmill can be an effective way to give your dog the exercise he needs through the long winter months. Watch out! Your dog may have so much fun he won’t want to get off!

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Cats and Dogs Butt Covers

Posted by Animal King under Products

A creative and yet simple product is available at Etsy now.  The product is butt cover which covers butt hole of your dog or cat after they pooed.  There are many designs for the butt covers, including disco ball, air freshner, hear, flower, biohazard, smiley face, number one ribbon, cupcake, sheriff’s badge and dice.  If you would like to have your own custom design, you can definitely contact the seller at Etsy shop — No More Mr Brown Eye.

Tourist Martin Nyfeler from Switzerland visited Zambia’s South Luangwa National park in late September and captured a rare picture of a hungry Nile crocodile attacked a pair of African elephants.

Source: National Geography

5-year-old Stewie the Maine Coon is the world’s longest cat.  Stewie measures more than four feet long (48.5 inches) from nose to tail, which breaks the record of previous champion (another Maine Coon, Leo Red) which measured 48 inches.  Stewie’s owners, Robin Hendrickson and Erik Brandsness contacted Guinness World Records to challenge the longest as many people were amazed by Stewie’s length.

Maine Coons have name of “the gentle giants” of the cat world.

Source: The Scottish Sun

Longest Snake Living in Capitivity Died

Posted by Animal King under Snakes

Fluffy held the Guinness World Record as the longest snake living in captivity. The 300 pounds python was as long as a moving van (24-foot) and as thick as a telephone pole.

18-year-old Fluffy lived in Columbus Zoo and Aquarium since 2007. Fluffy was found dead from an apparent tumour on Wednesday morning.

Source: Newsvine

Two-legged Pig

Posted by Animal King under Pigs

Can you imagine pigs walking on front legs only?  The pig named “Zhu Jianqiang” (Strong-willed Pig) is the legendary pig that can walk on two front legs only.  The pig is 10-month-old and was born with only two front legs.  The owner, Wang Xihai, taught the piglet to balance and walk with the precious two legs everyday.  The pig is able to walk now after intensive training and the owner refused to sell it when a circus offered to buy the pig for a large sum.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk