Saturday, June 30, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Firefighters trying to put out a huge fire at an apartment in the southeastern Idaho town were amazed to see a live rat huddled in a charred cage, the AHN website reported.
After being rescued, Halo the rat received oxygen with a special cone-shaped animal resuscitation mask.
Firefighter Kirby Jonas, who rescued Halo, said he was pretty sure anything in the cage could not have survived the flames.
"If I were betting money, I would have put down $10,000 that anything in that cage was dead," Mr Jonas told the Idaho State Journal.
Halo was not the only lucky one rescued from blaze. Firefighters also rescued four of five cats in the apartment.
No one was home at the time of the fire, which officials blamed on an electrical fault.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Please note that the rats were not entirely in the wild, but rather in a controlled (to a certain extent) enclosure...
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Poncho - an amazing parrot - is someone to watch...literally. His owner says this about him in this clip: Poncho, my 30 year old double yellow headed amazon (i've had him for 15 of those years!), uses one of his feathers to help scratch his head! The new feathers that are constantly growing in cause the itch, which I usually scratch for him. He was not taught to do this, he figured it out on his own, and has been doing it for years. He uses feathers that fall out naturally, and will also use other objects besides feathers for the same purpose, like pencils, straws, toys, etc. Does anyone elses parrot do this?
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
LOS ANGELES -- Officers seized more than 100 pet rats, dozens of rabbits and other animals including several birds from the home of an 81-year-old woman, who was later treated at a hospital for what appeared to be bites, authorities said.
"The woman had no food in the house for herself and seemed disoriented," said Annette Ramirez, an officer with the city's Animal Services Department. "Her arms were covered with open wounds apparently caused by animal bites."
Animal control officers discovered the scene while investigating a report Monday of unkempt conditions at a home in suburban Wilmington. In all, they found about 120 rats, 25 rabbits, six parakeets, a dog, a quail and a cockatiel, she said.
The woman, identified as Wanda Langstom, was overwhelmed by how quickly the rats reproduced, Ramirez said.
"She said it just started with two but it got out of hand," Ramirez said.
Most of the animals were in fair condition, but two rabbits needed medical attention. They will all be available for adoption after being treated by a veterinarian, she said.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Take a peek ...
Friday, June 01, 2007
This morning Regina rat drank some Pedialite and nibbled some treats but I could hear her softly whining. When I put her back she would turn and climb back up my arm, letting me know she needed more snuggle time. Regina rat did sleep on her own in her hammock for a while, her two new sisters checking in on her with cuddles and licking, but as I was about to leave I looked in on her and could see she was in distress. I took her out, wrapping her in her blanket and she sat with me. After a while she tried to get up on her own, letting me know she had enough of my snuggles and I put her on the play mat near her playhouse. Regina rat sat on her mat and I scritched and cuddled her and seemed to be happy with her last moment on the play mat. She begin to twitch, gave out a soft cry and a gasp, trembled and was gone. I sat with her for a while longer and then readied her for the journey to the rainbow bridge.