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Inky The Octopus Slips Out Of Aquarium And Down Drain To Freedom | Care2 Causes


By: Tex Dworkin April 15, 2016

Have you heard about Inky the Octopus’ great escape? Inky, a male common New Zealand octopus, slipped out of his aquarium tank at the National Aquarium of New Zealand, and made his way home—the Pacific Ocean.

It happened over three months ago, but news of his escape just went public recently.

The Washington Post described the scene:

Inky the octopus didn’t even try to cover his tracks. By the time the staff at New Zealand’s National Aquarium noticed that he was missing, telltale suction cup prints were the main clue to an easily solved mystery. Inky had said see ya to his tank-mate, slipped through a gap left by maintenance workers at the top of his enclosure and, as evidenced by the tracks, made his way across the floor to a six-inch-wide drain. He squeezed his football-sized body in and made a break for the Pacific.

The aquarium posted photos of Inky’s escape route, tiny drain hole and all, which you can see here. (The size of the drain hole is astounding!)

Inky is now presumably swimming free in the ocean where he belongs, once again.

Yes, Inky came from the wild. So the story goes, he was given to the aquarium in 2014 after a fisherman and an aquarium volunteer rescued him from an ocean cray pot near Pania Reef, near the port of Napier.

According to New Zealand website Stuff, he had it pretty good there: “During his time at the aquarium he was entertained with games and toys and he was hand fed fish three times a week.”
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But home is where the heart is, and it seems captivity just didn’t suit Inky, so he bailed.

Inky commenced his escape by slipping through a tiny gap in the top of his enclosure, before travelling across the damp floor and over to a small pipe to freedom.

In terms of how Inky fit his rugby-ball-sized body through the pipe, it’s common knowledge that octopi can fit through almost anything, as long as there’s room for its beak.

If you’d like to see a great octopus escape in action, check out this video!

The Washington Post points out that this isn’t the first time a captive octopus vacated its own enclosure: “In 2009, a two-spotted octopus at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium in California took apart a water recycling valve, directed a tube to shoot water out of the tank for 10 hours and caused a massive flood.”

Take that, captors.

Octopus are more than just great escape artists–they’re also smarter than the average bear–which helps explain its ability to dissemble a water valve.

Oh, and they’re mighty. Octopus expert Jennifer Mather says, “They are very strong, and it is practically impossible to keep an octopus in a tank unless you are very lucky.”

As for Inky, Rob Yarrall from New Zealand’s national aquarium says Inky was beloved by aquarium staff and visitors, and although he is missed, they were pleased to see him return to the ocean.

There was one other octopus in Inky’s aquarium who now has the place to himself. But according to Yarrall, loneliness shouldn’t be an issue. “The other octopus was unlikely to miss him as octopuses were solitary creatures that preferred to live alone,” he told Stuff.

Too bad his tank mate didn’t go with. Sounds like the window of opportunity may be closed for good. According to Hawke’s Bay Today, Yarrall said “They are always exploring and they are great escape artists…We’ll be watching the other one.” Apparently they plan to be “looking closely at the minuscule gap Inky slid over and out of.”

He also said that the aquarium was not actively looking for a new octopus to replace Inky, “but if one was to come along they would be happy to accept it.”

Last year we shared a similar story after a video surfaced showing Ink the octopus (no relation) exploring the top of his enclosure before an aquarium employee gently nudged him back in.

Being that octopuses are exploratory by nature, some deemed it possible that Ink was just being curious and not looking for a way out. But now that Inky has gone ahead and actually vanished, perhaps it’s time to re-think that theory.

When Inky first came to the aquarium, he had ”a few battle scars, which included shortened limbs.” It’s great that this aquarium rehabilitated Inky, but they forgot the part about releasing him back to the wild once he was healed, so Inky took things into his own hands, er, tentacles. Actually, they’re referred to as arms.

Success: Military Dogs Will Be Sent Home


Military service dogs will now be sent home upon retirement rather than being left overseas, thanks to a new law. Thank President Obama for improving the lives of these heroic animals by helping their former handlers adopt them easily and rapidly.

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Success: Ortho Will Eliminate Bee-Killing Pesticides From Products


Garden-care giant Ortho brand will eliminate all bee-killing pesticides from its products by next year. Thank the company for making a decision that will protect critical bee populations.

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Success: Zookeeper Accused of Whipping Tiger Charged with Animal Cruelty


A zookeeper was charged with animal cruelty after a video surfaced showing him allegedly torturing a Siberian tiger with a whip. Thank the Ontario SPCA for investigating the matter and charging this notorious animal abuser.

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Service Dog Raped and Hung From Tree but No Bestiality Charge for Suspect


A man who raped and brutally killed a child’s therapy dog according to reports, was not charged with bestiality and was allowed to post bail. Demand that this man, as well as anyone suspected of animal rape, be charged with bestiality and not simply given a slap on the wrist.

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Demand Justice for Kona’s Death


A man allegedly responsible for vehicle theft and the horrible death of a loved pet was arrested by authorities while having another dog under his care. Demand that he never has another animal under his care.

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6 Spring Plants That Can be Harmful to Cats and Dogs | One Green Planet


Lauren Kearney
April 15, 2016 3 Comments

Spring conjures up images of blossom, birds singing, and flowers blooming. Unfortunately, it’s not as sweet and cheery for our furry companions. Some of the spring plants that grow in your garden or bloom in your vases can actually be dangerous for our four-legged friends. For that reason, it’s vital for animal guardians to be extra vigilant about keeping certain spring blooms away from their homes and gardens. Here are some spring plants that can be harmful to your cats and dogs.


Typically one of the first plants to bloom in spring, daffodils contain lycorine and other alkaloids that can be highly poisonous to both cats and dogs. Also known as jonquils, narcissus, and paper whites, these plants can lead to salvation, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested. However, things could get much worse for your canine or feline companion if they consume large amounts of the plant, as this could lead to tremors, low blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, and convulsions. Yes, daffodils are lovely, but if you love your companions more, you need to keep them as far away as possible.

Lilies are practically synonymous with spring but they’re certainly not synonymous with cat health. Members of the day lily and the true lily can cause kidney failure in felines. Even a tiny amount of exposure, like ingestion of pollen or a bite of a leaf is enough to result in kidney failure. Within a few hours of exposure to lilies, cats will vomit and become lethargic.


The toxins from tulips are mostly in the plant’s bulbs so if your cat prowls your flowerbeds or your dog is an avid digger, it’s a good idea to keep these plants out of your garden for good otherwise they could spell disaster for your furry friends. Signs of toxicity can include depression, diarrhea, salivation, and vomiting.
Sago Palms

Also known as Cycads, Zamia, and Macrozamia, Sago Palms are common ornamental plants which are also highly toxic to our companions. Ingestion of this plant can cause liver failure and death in cats and also dogs. Despite all parts of the plant being toxic, it’s the seeds that are the most toxic. Even just one seed is enough to cause death in a cat or dog. Vomiting typically starts within 24 hours, and then animals start to seizure. With a mortality rate of about 50 percent, Sago Palms are by far one of the most toxic plants. It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of animals will die after ingesting this planet, regardless of medical treatment. In other words, keep your furry friends far, far away!

Because they’re generally easy to grow, produce beautiful blooms, and thrive in many conditions, Begonias are commonly found in many gardens and households. No matter how fond you are of this plant, you’re going to have to end your love affair if you’re a cat or dog guardian. The underground stem of the plant contains most of the toxins and can cause a number of problems if ingested by your companion. From serious burning in the mouth, tongue and lips to difficulty swallowing, these are just a few of the many side effects of Begonias plant consumption. So if you’re a cat or dog lover, be sure to keep these out of your garden!


Skipping through a meadow of Buttercups with your dog might seem like a dream but in reality, it’s far less innocent. Ingesting this flower can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive salvation. And it’s not just dogs. Cats can suffer the same effects if they ingest Buttercups.
Plants that are Safe for Your Furry Companions

While these are all beautiful plants and perfectly ok to have in your garden if your furry companions don’t go near them, it’s probably better to stick to other plants that are safe for them instead. Otherwise, you could end up with some serious consequences on your hands. That doesn’t, however, mean that you have to say no to plants completely. There are some plants that are perfectly safe for your companions, such as Spider Plants, Areca Palm, Baby Rubber Plant, Ponytail Palm, Prayer Plant, Lemon Button Fern and many more.

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