A TORTURED elephant used for begging and as a prop for wedding processions was “intentionally blinded” by its cruel owners.
The elderly animal named Nina, aged 60, was rescued by charity Wildlife SOS in Uttar Pradesh, India.
The elephant’s eyeballs have collapsed or sunken after years of abuse
Initially, the abused elephant showed signs of PTSD such as severe anxiety and bobbing her head continually when saved earlier this year.
When elephants are captured in the wild in India they are often subjected to a brutal process called “Phajaan” which literally means “breaking of the spirit.”
The animal is put in a confined space where they are starved and beaten until they become subservient to their captors.
Shockingly, depraved people intentionally destroy the eyes of the elephants – blinding them – to gain more sympathy while begging.
Nina was also used in wedding processions where she was painted, made to carry heavy ornaments and forced to walk on hot tarmac roads from one ceremony to another surrounded by loud music.
And when she was not being brutally abused, the poor Asian elephant was held in chains, unable to move around.
The horrific work conditions and lack of proper nutrition and care led to Nina developing various physical ailments such as arthritis and damaged limbs as well as numerous scars and wounds on her body.
Dr Ilayaraja, Deputy Director of Veterinary Services at Wildlife SOS, told The Sun Online: “Nina suffers from a degenerative joint condition that affects her hind limbs. Her forelimbs are affected due to compensatory weight-bearing.
“Both eyes are damaged completely, possibly due to external trauma and lack of medical attention. She has been placed under a carefully calibrated diet to regain strength.”
After consultations with eye specialists from India and UK, the Wildlife SOS team was saddened to learn that Nina’s loss of vision was almost certainly intentionally inflicted.
Her left eyeball has completely collapsed due to an untreated injury and her right eye had shrunken.
Nina was rescued and brought to the charity’s Elephant Hospital Campus in Mathura, India first-ever medical facility for elderly and injured elephants.
STARVED AND BEATEN
She will now spend her remaining years being cared for by the team at Wildlife SOS where she is housed in an enclosure which is never changed so she can use her sense of smell and touch to navigate her way around.
The 60-year-old elephant often ventures out into the open field at the Wildlife SOS centre and even enjoys a shower every day.
Nina showed signs of discomfort in the initial days following her rescue as she found herself in a new environment, the charity says.
Yet, in the short time that the elephant has been with Wildlife SOS, she has grown comfortable with her caregiver and is adjusting to her free range enclosure.
Ms Tamarisk Grummit, who represents Wildlife SOS in the UK says, “Nina has found a happy and loving home at Wildlife SOS. Watching her evolve into a gregarious elephant is proof that we must continue treading the path to help Elephants in distress across India.”
IN GOOD HANDS
Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder & CEO of Wildlife SOS, said: “India is the last stronghold for the Asian elephant population where 50 per cent of the remaining populations occur and it is critically important to conserve and protect this majestic species.
“At Wildlife SOS, we try our best to give the elephants a life of freedom and dignity. Caring for blind elephants, in particular, can be challenging as they require specialised care and constant monitoring.
“We are committed to creating a safer place for wildlife across India and change the perception of people towards wildlife.”
The charity, which relies on donations, is working towards raising funds for the care and upkeep of 33 elephants.
For more details, visit wildlifesos.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For any queries, contact the Wildlife SOS UK Campaign Officer, Debbie Haynes-+44 07831433106 Abused elephants are forced to walk for miles and then held in chains when they are not working The cracked feet of an elephant captured in the wild and then tortured in India
“We have recovered a number of our dogs, including one of the working dogs. We have lost others. We have found the bodies of some, we have been shown gruesome photos of others. pic.twitter.com/oh9BMfAcu5
PETITION TARGET: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin
Dogs in Kabul, Afghanistan, with reported paid tickets to safety in the United States, were instead released into the chaotic aftermath and an uncertain future following the Taliban’s takeover and the U.S. evacuation of the country.
On-the-ground rescues had worked desperately to secure safe passage for the dogs but in the final hours were forced by the U.S. Department of Defense to release all animals denied access to evacuation flights at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
The heart-wrenching decision meant that rescue dogs and cats — long cared for by American, British, and Afghani veterinarians and animal advocates and others — are now on the war-torn streets of Kabul.
It’s not known how many animals are affected by the DOD’s “blanket decision,” but all animals left behind now are at the hands of the Taliban — a group that views animals as “unclean” and that banned pet ownership during its previous rule.
Pen Farthing, a British former marine who safely evacuated with more than 150 rescue dogs and cats prior to a U.S.-imposed, Aug. 31 evacuation deadline, told international media that he believes one of his animals was stabbed — and died — while passing through a Taliban-controlled checkpoint.
Other rescues that have remained behind, including the Kabul Small Animal Rescue, have been trying to track down the released dogs, including those who appear to be stuck on the airport grounds.
Sign this petition urging U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to grant permission to all animal rescues in Kabul to evacuate their animals to countries that welcome them, and do everything in their power to ensure no animals — or their caretakers — are left behind.
Waverly, Tennessee experienced historic flooding on August 21st, 2021. The area was hit suddenly with 17″ of rainfall, leaving at least 20 people dead and destroying 250 plus homes and countless businesses.
In the midst of a tragedy, a grain of hope emerged in the form of a 6-year-old Great Pyrenees-Labrador mix named Cooper. The dog is being hailed as a hero after he helped a boy survive the floodwaters.
“He said that when he was hanging on to a pole, the dog came down the creek and managed to swim over to him. He said this dog saved my life, he swam to me and made me hold on.”
The boy and Cooper were later brought aboard rescue boats. Aside from Cooper getting a small scrape on his back, both he and the boy he helped were fine.
Veterinarian Dr. Jessica Peek owns the Waverly Animal Clinic, where Cooper ended up later that day. She told Daily Mail Cooper definitely received the hero treatment while in their care.
“We’ve been calling him Big Hero Dog all week long. He’s a living sweetie and we’ve been giving him lots of treats, telling him he’s a hero.”
Waverly Animal Clinic shared on Facebook that all their kennels were full in the aftermath of the flood. Peek said Cooper’s story is just one of many involving pets affected by the weekend flooding. Several animals were separated from their families during the storm.
“You feel a little helpless and don’t know what to do when people are trapped and looking for their pets. We’ve tried to give pets a safe place to be so owners could deal with other things they have to deal with.”
A Hero Reunites With His Proud Family
Caitlyn Rochelle learned her dog Cooper was at Waverly Animal Center when she saw the post about him on Facebook. She later told Daily Mail how proud she was of her sweet pup:
“It made me cry. It was no surprise that he saw someone else in distress and went after him.”
Cooper was staying with Rochelle’s father when he got swept away by the water. Rochelle’s own home had flooded when a tree crashed through her roof that Saturday morning.
Both Rochelle and her father are overjoyed to have Cooper back. Just as he demonstrated with his rescue of the stranded boy, he’s an emotionally supportive dog.
“He’s always been a good dog, a great emotional support animal. When my dad and I get depression, Cooper senses it and sits and lays his head on us.”
Leave it to a dog to be completely selfless in his own time of need.
This is Muffin. She was rescued in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida by @LASPCA. They’ve been working nonstop to rescue displaced animals and provide vet care to affected communities. They desperately need donations through the link below. 14/10 for allhttps://t.co/EoI5ou6wDwpic.twitter.com/PfphSGH2Kq
The U.S. Central Command has denied leaving any dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, or abandoning any U.S. military working dogs, as the last American troops made their final historic exit from the country. A picture of rescue dogs in carriers in a hangar at the airport has been circulating online and has prompted a firestorm of criticism. However, questions do remain about the ultimate fate of these non-U.S. working dogs.
U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Karen Roxberry, a spokesperson for Central Command (CENTCOM), issued an official statement on the matter today. Various animal welfare organizations in Afghanistan and outside of the country had been working to evacuate dozens of dogs and cats from the country as part of the larger evacuation operations at the airport in Kabul over the past two weeks. The work of the Kabul Small Animal Rescue (KSAR), a non-profit organization, and Nowzad, an animal rescue charity, have drawn particular media attention.
“The U.S. priority mission was the evacuation of U.S. citizens, SIV and vulnerable Afghans,” Roxberry’s statement reads, referring to, in part, Afghans eligible for Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) due to the risks they face from the Taliban due to having worked with the U.S. government. “However, to correct erroneous reports, the US military did not leave any dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, to include the reported ‘military working dogs.'”
“Photos circulating online were animals under the care of the Kabul Small Animal Rescue, not dogs under the care of the U.S. military,” the statement continues. “Despite an ongoing complicated and dangerous retrograde mission, U.S. forces went to great lengths to assist the Kabul Small Animal Rescue as much as possible.”
The U.S. military is known to have evacuated its own working dogs previously. The U.S. State Department has also denied that any of its working dogs were left behind in Afghanistan.
The CENTCOM statement, however, does not speak directly to some of the other allegations leveled by KSAR and other animal welfare organizations regarding the fate of approximately 130 other dogs that had been at Hamid Karzai International Airport. This group of animals is understood to have included some number of former Afghan security forces working dogs. KSAR had been working to get them out of the country as part of an effort dubbed Operation Hercules.
“In the end, the dogs and their caretakers were explicitly NOT allowed to board military aircraft, and numerous private charter aircraft were not granted access to the airport either,” according to a lengthy statement issued yesterday bySPCA International, which cited information provided by KSAR founder Charlotte Maxwell-Jones. “Charlotte was informed that most of the KSAR dogs had to be released into the airport on August 30 as the airport was evacuated – turning once rescued shelter dogs into homeless strays.”
At the time of that statement, Maxwell-Jones remained in Afghanistan and had reportedly been escorted from the airport back to her shelter, which is situated approximately seven miles outside of Kabul, by the Taliban. Other KSAR staff, along with an unspecified number of rescue cats, were described as being “at another location in Kabul.”
The exact particulars of why the animals were reportedly not allowed to board military evacuations flights and why chartered aircraft arranged on behalf of KSAR may not have been allowed to land at the airport in Kabul are still murky. “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recently enacted policy suspending transports of dogs from Afghanistan and more than 100 other nations into the U.S., was another terrible impediment, despite our negotiations and pleadings,” according to the SPCA International statement.
“We applied for an Emergency Exemption so that Charlotte and the dogs could get out on our chartered flight this week. But the CDC’s adherence to its import policy during this time of crisis put animals and people at risk,” it continued. “We are alarmed that leaders at the CDC are not bringing a more balanced perspective to the importation of dogs, especially after the U.S. House of Representatives rebuked CDC on this issue and passed an amendment to restore a proper screening process.”
There could also have been similar issues at play with regards to the importation of animals into countries other than the United States. U.S. military evacuation flights did not head straight to the United States after leaving Afghanistan.
In addition, in a now-deleted Tweet yesterday, KSAR had also mentioned “we have so much $ awaiting refunds in canceled flights,” raising questions about the actual status of the expected charter flight. As of Aug. 29, there had been word that another non-profit organization called Veteran Sheepdogs of America had offered to take KSAR’s animals out on a plane it had chartered, but that there were concerns about whether that aircraft could even get to Kabul. Tweets today between Veteran Sheepdogs of America and Gray Television personality Greta Van Susteren indicate that there may be an emerging legal tussle over the whole situation.
Regardless, everything we know and continue to learn about the last few days of the evacuation operations indicates that it was full of mad scrambles to get people to the airport in Kabul and onto planes on the ground to get them out. It would not necessarily be surprising that many charter aviation companies, whether they believed they could get approval to land or not, might have been hesitant to make the trip.
The U.S. military had separately stressed that in the final stages of the evacuations it would prioritize people above all else, as CENTCOM’s statement today reiterates. It is not hard to see how American officials at Hamid Karzai International Airport would have been more preoccupied with finding space on any remaining flights for humans, rather than animals. At the same time, there were reports of official evacuation flights leaving Kabul with room to spare in the leadup to the final American withdrawal. As it stands, the United States was not able to evacuate everyone it had wanted to in the end, regardless, and is now exploring other options to get remaining American citizens and at-risk Afghans out of the country.
“We’ll continue to do everything we can to evacuate Kabul Small Animal Rescue’s staff and animals from the country after August 31,” Lori Kalef, Director of Programs at SPCA International, had said in the statement from that organization yesterday, highlighting that people, as well as animals, are also part of this particular equation. “We cannot thank our supporters enough for everything they’ve done to help the dogs and cats of Kabul and their caretakers.”
“Charlotte here! I want to apologize for the quiet social media,” according to a post just today on KSAR’s official Facebook page. “We are busy making plans, checking them twice, sorting out details, and keeping things quiet to maintain our own and the animals’ security.”
This is not the only instance of disputes between animal welfare organizations operating in Afghanistan and government officials during the recent evacuations from Afghanistan, either. Nowzad, which is based in the United Kingdom and is run by Paul “Pen” Farthing, a former Royal Marine, drew criticism in the past week over its own rescue effort.
Critics in the United Kingdom, including government officials, had implied that Farthing’s activities had taken up valuable resources that could have been used to help people get inside to safety before and after that attack. Farthing disputed that U.K. authorities had provided any assistance to him, at all. “I did that with the Taliban… Nobody facilitated my entry… any interpreters or anybody else, there was me and the truck full of dogs and cats,” he said in a subsequent interview.
However, he also thanked the U.K. government for its support in the end. That statement came after The Times newspaper reported that it had obtained an audio recording of him leaving an expletive-laden voicemail for a special adviser to the country’s Defense Secretary Ben Wallace over allegations that his animal evacuation flight was being blocked.
All told, the exact fate of KSAR’s dogs that were at the airport in Kabul remains unknown. Beyond that, only time will tell what will now happen to that organization, its staff, and its remaining cats, as well as Nowzad staff.
The Taliban have since confirmed that the dogs in question were released into the airport and are still on the loose. They say they are trying to round them up now and may be interested in putting any working dogs among them to use in the future.
Stars and Stripes has also published an interview with Charlotte Maxwell-Jones about the entire situation.
You can read more about all of this and other new developments in our continuing coverage of this story here.
by Tom Coates, Kelly-Ann Mills15:28, 29 Jun 2021Updated15:29, 29 Jun 2021 3 – 4 minutes
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES. Samantha Garcia was a passenger in a head on collision which killed her and two others. Remarkably her dog Nala survived despite suffering horrific burns
The family of a mum who died in a horrific car crash is appealing for donations to save her pet dog who survived with 75% burns.
Samantha Garcia was a passenger in a head on collision which also killed two others.
Miraculously, the 24-year-old healthcare worker’s dog Nala survived – but suffered burns to most of its body and is fighting for its life.
A rescue centre is attempting to raise money to pay for vet bills and ongoing care for Nala, so the pet can be reunited with Samantha’s only daughter Aurora, two.
Nala, a two-year-old pitbull mix, is being treated for infections and has to be placed under anaesthetic every day so vets can clean the pooch’s wounds.
The pet is currently in a critical state, and if it survive, will require back surgery and may even need to have an ear removed, which could cost around £30,000. Nala the dog is still in need of treatment(Image: Rane Garcia / SWNS.COM)
Lisa Rose, 35, from Second Chance Rescue, an animal charity promoting the fundraiser, said: “The two-year-old keeps asking for her mummy and she keeps asking for Nala.
“She wants to know where Nala is, so it’s important for us to try bring Nala home.
“It is up in the air because of the infection component. She is in a critical care unit 24/7 with specialists. She is getting the top care.
“They are optimistic if they keep everything on course, she’ll be okay, but they can’t say that to us.
“It’s a huge undertaking.
“The hospital is providing a discount because even the hospital feels bad about the whole situation, but even with the discount it’s up there because the level of care she needs is so great.” Nala the dog after the horrific accident(Image: Rane Garcia / SWNS.COM)
Mum Samantha was the passenger in a Chevy Equinox which collided with a Lexus in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, on June 4.
She was pronounced dead at the scene, along with the driver and passenger of the other car, Michael Blackmon, 25, and Nicholas Barruzza, 26.
The driver of the Equinox, a 26-year-old, was flown to hospital with serious injuries, it was reported.
Family and friends of Samantha, from Rockaway, New Jersey, launched an online fundraiser to pay for Nala’s treatment.
Writing online, one said: “She has needed multiple surgeries and was badly burned from the flames.
“Nala is the only part of Samantha that her family and young daughter have left.
“Her vet bill has been accumulating to thousands of dollars between transfers to multiple vet facilities for care.
“Family and friends would appreciate any donations or help in finding resources to help Samantha’s family for Nala’s bill.”
They have so far raised more than $2,000, but Second Chance hope to collect $50,000.
Charity founder Jennifer Brooks, 41, said: “It’s such a tragic, terrible situation for the family and we want to ease their burden and ease their pain during this time.”
End Pandas YaYa & LeLe’s suffering and send them back home now!
In 2003, Giant pandas YaYa and LeLe travelled to Memphis Zoo in Tennessee US, as lovely, impressionable little furballs. After 18 years serving the zoo, today, they look extremely malnourished and sickly. YaYa, the female panda’s fur has been shedding profusely. Yet Memphis Zoo claims they are perfectly healthy.
I am asking you, my fellow animal lovers, to encourage the Memphis Zoo CEO Jim Dean to return YaYa and LeLe back to their hometown where food is abundant and medical care is accessible.
From 2007, the zoo performed 4 artificial inseminations on Yaya in 5 years, none of which were successful, possibly causing irreversible health damage to her. As early as 2008, YaYa was already shedding patches of fur. 13 years later, YaYa’s shedding has spread throughout her entire body.
Beijing Zoo has confirmed that as early as 2014, YaYa has parasite infections that are causing her skin disease. Yet Memphis Zoo continues to claim that YaYa has a seasonal hormone fluctuation that causes hair thinning and that she looks thin due to her small frame. They also told fans YaYa is just “not photogenic”. Both the Zoo and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums who credited the zoo stated that “she is perfectly healthy!”
The bamboo quality is also questionable, Yaya LeLe often rejected the bamboo provided. Even the panda in Toronto Zoo rejected the bamboopurchased from Memphis zoo.
YaYa and LeLe not only suffer physically from disease and hunger, which is already incredibly heartbreaking, they also suffer psychologically from being caged in a small “den” every day for up to 18-HOURS! In the past 4 weeks, YaYa was allowed to go outdoors only 4 times! Consequently, both YaYa and LeLe show severe signs of stereotypical behaviours, an irreversible mental impair caused by abnormal environment.
These unspeakable sufferings of YaYa and LeLe was not just a recent discovery but have lasted for more than a DECADE! Years of apparent neglect on pandas as well as other animals, and the lack of transparency seems to indicate that the zoo has little interest, if any, on animal welfare.
We ask you to encourage Memphis Zoo CEO Jim Dean to send YaYa and LeLe back to their homeland China immediately! They have already sacrificed their entire lives to entertain humans. Now they are senior pandas reaching to the end of their life span, YaYa and LeLe deserve a retirement life without sufferings!
Please sign and share this petition to help bring YaYa and LeLe one step closer to a healthier and happier life. On behalf of Yaya and LeLe, we sincerely thank you for your support!
For detail on YaYa and LeLe’s condition, please visit this article
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Carmita Paredes started this petition to Counties and States Congresmen
Every day around the country many dogs are killed in shelters, just because they need space. In fact approximately 3 million dogs and cats die each year. Precious dogs that can still have many years to live and have a lot of love to offer. Euthanasia should be reserved only for animals who are suffering or are too aggressive to safely reside in our communities. But animals that die are so loving, and their trusting faces are just asking for love and companionship. This is barbaric. Let’s do something about this cruel practice. Let’s put a stop to this unnecessary murdering. We can educate the public about spaying and neutering, about adopting instead of buying, about population control. People need to be aware of how many loving dogs are killed in USA, just because the shelters lack space and funding. But stopping the shelters from euthanizing animals is not enough to save them. Others will find a way to get rid of what they perceive to be an unwanted pet. And unscrupulous breeders are off the hook. We must do more…
We need more shelters, so there would be enough spaces for every dog, and we need NO KILL SHELTERS. Shelters should be a temporary transition place for animals. The term shelter means to protect, not to kill. and the animals should be taken care of until they are adopted. This can be achievable. We can help getting the communities involved too, to donate and help, to serve as volunteers, to “sponsor a pet” in the shelter. Even if you can’t adopt a pet, we might be able to help there, we can advocate to get him/her adopted, we can volunteer at the shelter, we can provide funding. The shelters can be encouraged to provide a once a month “sale” to the dogs that have being there longer, for people to get them cheaper or free. We can help with better advertising of animals put up for adoption. Sometimes people don’t have the money to adopt in a particular moment, but they can still offer a loving home to a dog. Instead of killing them, give them for free to someone suitable that will love them and offer a home. The rescue groups do the impossible to bring back to life animals they find abused, neglected, and to the brink of dying, many times thanks to private funding to help with vet expenses. They also advertise and advocate daily for pets in shelters that are at risk of getting euthanized. But in the end many don’t get to go to loving homes. In those high killing shelters, if someone doesn’t rush in a short period of time to adopt these poor dogs or cats that have suffered so much, that have overcome so much, at the end, after all that effort, they will get killed. They are the unwanted, the forgotten, yet beautiful pets that all they need is more time to find a loving home. This is senseless, unfair, and tragic. There is no excuse that they are murdering healthy, previously owned, neglected, abused dogs and cats or highly adoptable. While we are disgusted by events like the Yulin festival in China, we let millions of our own animals die every day, every year. Let’s do something. Let’s be better. Let’s save them.
Let us advocate for only NO KILL SHELTERS unless the animal is suffering or violent. And more importantly, let’s treat the root of the problem: lobby for laws that are effective in reducing unplanned births and shelter intakes by developing low-cost or free sterilization programs for dogs and cats, laws that limit the number of animals bred for profit, laws that promote responsible pet ownership like contracts, laws for pet stores to carry only shelter pets and providing better education for pet owners. And finally, please get out there and help out. Together we can make a change. Their lives matter. Every animal deserves a chance to get their forever home. Some may take longer than others, but there should not be a time limit on life.
Lucy Booth started this petition to Animal Health Department and 3 others
RESCUE THE OLLERTON 11
A mother pig was discovered in a woodland by a dog walker along with her 10 piglets. She has been named Matilda and has been offered immediate rescued by Brinsley Animal Sanctuary, with a lifelong home with her piglets at Surge Sanctuary where they can all live out their natural lives. They are appealing to the farmer to let her be rescued as she has shown such bravery, determination and strong love for her babies. The dog walker was quoted as saying “she has earnt her freedom now” and we couldn’t agree more.
Her motherly instincts kicked in and she knew she had to get herself and her babies to safety to protect them. Pigs would naturally live for 15-20 years, but are generally slaughtered at around 6 months old, unless kept for breeding. Pigs are extremely intelligent, one of the most intelligent species on earth. They can be smarter than some primates, dolphins, dogs and even human toddlers! They are highly social and emotional beings and can pick up on the emotions of other pigs in their group and naturally would live in very complex social groups, similar to wolves or great apes. Pigs communicate to each other with different grunts and oinks, signalling danger or just saying hello. They also have exceptional memories and can distinguish familiar and unfamiliar faces, even remembering who has treated them with kindness or cruelty. The more we learn about pigs the more we come to understand that they see the world in many of the same way’s humans do.
While people may think all pigs look the same, they all have very distinct personalities and while one pig may be confident and independent, another may be sensitive and shy. They love to run, frolic and even wag their tails when they are happy and full of joy, just like a dog would. They interact and play with each other and given the opportunity will even play with toys, such as balls, rope tugs and soft toys.
Pigs make amazing mothers to their young, naturally they would build a nest and even sing to their young while nursing. Piglets quickly learn to recognise their mothers voice and will run to her when called. Pigs will learn to forage from their mother, in a natural behaviour called rooting. They can smell 2,000 times more than humans and can locate food deep underground. Unfortunately, Matilda has nose rings pierced into her snout, which prevents her from rooting and finding food for herself and teaching her piglets.
Brinsley and Surge are appealing to find the farmer and Louise Smith has said “We are really hopeful the farmer allows us to commence the rescue and get Matilda and her family to a sanctuary where they can live out the rest of their natural lives.”
Please sign the petition and get Matilda and her babies to freedom with the life they all deserve!
We’ve featured all sorts of stories about pet owners going to great lengths for their dogs, but I think this may be the most shocking one we’ve ever seen yet.
No one in their right mind would charge, let alone, come near a mama bear taking a stroll with her cubs, but that’s exactly what 17-year-old Hailey Morinico of Bradbury, California, did this Memorial Day weekend.
In a harrowing clip captured by their home’s security camera, a black bear and her two cubs are seen balancing on top of the low brick fence in the Morinicos’ home.
They were heading toward a fruit tree in the backyard when four dogs suddenly bolted out and barked loudly at the mammal.
The bear became upset and swiped at the largest of the dogs, touching the black dog’s nose while still perched atop the wall. Two bear cubs are seen behind her.
Then, out of nowhere, Hailey darted across the yard to save her own babies—her four dogs, who are now in danger of getting hurt.
Using both of her hands, the teen shoved the mama bear, and she disappeared over a wall into a neighbor’s yard. She poked her head back over for one last look before running off.YouTube
The teen said the only thing she had in mind at the time was to protect her dogs.
“I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a bear and it is taking my dog. It is lifting it up off the ground,’” she said. “In that split second, I decided to push the bear, like it was nothing, apparently.”
Hailey then scooped up one of her dogs while the others ran back to safety.
Luckily, none of them suffered any serious injuries; Hailey escaped with only a sprained finger and a scraped knee.
Although it’s the route she took, she wouldn’t advise anyone to follow her example.
“Do not push bears and do not get close to bears,” she said. “You do not want to get unlucky. I just happened to come out unscathed.”YouTube
KNBC Los Angeles identified the bear as a black bear, some of which have brown or tan coats. Human-bear encounters are rare in California, but these animals sometimes come out of their habitats and visit the foothill communities to forage food, particularly on garbage days.
Experts don’t recommend confronting any bears. But just in case you encounter one, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says you should stay away from them. If they don’t leave, get to a safe place and call 911.
“If you encounter a bear in your yard, chances are it will move on if there is nothing for the bear to forage. If there is enough distance between you and the bear, you can encourage the bear to leave by using noisemakers or blowing a whistle,” officials wrote.
Black bears are characterized by their small, narrow heads and small ears. Their coats can be of a tan, black, or brown color. Females can grow up to 200 pounds, and males can be a massive 350 pounds. Some giants even weigh more than 600 pounds.
The population of black bears in California has been on the rise over the last two decades. During the early 1980s, there were about 10,000 to 15,000 of them. Now, there are an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 of them in the city, and that’s a conservative estimate.
Bears are naturally good climbers who can easily scale a tree or block a wall, like in this case.
About half of California’s bears are found in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and areas to the north and west. Only around 10% of the black bear population lives in central western and southwestern California.
They like to eat plants, insects, nuts, berries, and whatever else they see as edible.
Hailey is definitely one brave fur mom! Here’s the footage of her defending her beloved pets.
“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” - Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard