Linda Smith of Battle Ground, Wash. was planning to bottle feed a litter of abandoned kittens someone had brought to her. That is, until her dog Pooka stepped in and began caring for them.
Smith was amazed that her 9-year-old Chihuahua-Dachshund mix was so insistent on mothering the newborn kittens. “She wanted them. I mean she just went crazy,” Smith told news station, KPTV. “I was trying to feed one of them with the milk and she had a hold of its back end, trying to pull it out of my hand. So that’s when I knew I had to give them to her because she wasn’t going to leave them alone.”
While Pooka hasn’t had a litter of her own babies in four years, her mama’s instinct took over and she knew just what to do with the little orphaned kittens. Amazingly, once she had the kittens close to her and trying to nurse, her milk came in and the kittens were able to eat.
Now, the kittens are thriving with their new mother.
[C]an the WWF truly protect nature against human beings? Or do the organization’s attractive posters merely offer the illusion of help? Fifty years after the organization was founded, there are growing doubts as to the independence of the WWF and its business model, which involves partnering with industry to protect nature.
The WWF, whose international headquarters are located in Gland, Switzerland, is seen as the world’s most powerful conservation organization. It is active in more than 100 countries, where it enjoys close connections to the rich and the powerful. Its trademark panda emblem appears on Danone yoghurt cups and the clothing of jetsetters like Princess Charlene of Monaco. Companies pay seven-figure fees for the privilege of using the logo. The WWF counts 430,000 members in Germany alone, and millions of people give their savings to the organization. The question is how sustainably this money is actually being invested.
SPIEGEL traveled around South America and the Indonesian island of Sumatra to address this question.
“Maryland has recently deemed that pit bulls are inherently dangerous dogs. Yet, for those who own them, these dogs are far from dangerous; rather, they are intensely loyal and loving creatures. Proof of this can be found in the form of a Massachusetts woman who is alive today solely because of her pit bull.
According to a report by KSDK, a woman was rescued from certain death after falling unconscious on a set of railroad tracks thanks to her pit bull, who sacrificed her body to save her owner. With a freight train bearing down on her owner, the pit bull, an eight-year-old named Lilly, either tried to push or pull her out of the train’s path. With time running out, the dog then moved between the train and her owner to spare her owner the brunt of the train hit. She wound up bearing the entirety of the hit from the oncoming train, and suffered severe trauma, including a sliced foot and a fractured pelvis along with other injuries.
Lilly’s story is a touching one. A pit bull rescued from an animal shelter, Lilly was chosen by Boston police officer David Lanteigne to serve as his mother’s companion dog. Lanteigne’s mother, Christine Spain, is a recovering alcoholic. Lanteigne thought the constant companionship of Lilly would be good for his mother.
Lilly the pit bull paid Lanteigne’s good deed forward. After having her life saved through her rescue from the shelter, she saved Lanteigne’s mother’s life with her act of heroism, sacrificing her body to save Spain’s life.
We ask again: are pit bulls inherently dangerous? Lilly’s story might make Maryland lawmakers rethink their stance on the matter.”
“Footage shows famed polar bear walking in circles, collapsing into pool prior to sudden death at Berlin zoo.”
It looks like he had some kind of seizure before falling into his pool. No word yet on what, if anything, today’s autopsy might have turned up, when certain tests will be completed, or when the results will be published.