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This is for work.

I knew they were bad, obviously.

Yes, these are from an animal welfare organization. But the videos DO speak for themselves. And I've dug into SHARK (the organization) and they are legit. Aggressive, but legit.

Part 1:

Part 2:


Just so you know, looking at Rodeo guidelines -- a lot of the things you see (particularly with the calves) are AGAINST them.
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Follow this link since the embedding isn't working.

Please feel free to share this anywhere, including your friends and family, the wider web, and pet communities on Livejournal. And do let me know if you have other responses to taking this here.

The more results I get, the BETTER! Thank you and have a cookie.
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I wonder if I'm the only person who find a black widow and carefully scoops it up in my hand and moves it to a cool dark place that is more appropriate.

I also dug out my cat-carrier from the closet and started crying, remembering how I carried Maple's body home in it. I dusted it off and put it out on the mailboxes for someone else to have. It is clean, but "stuff" like that reminds me of to much pain.

Some dogs really like me now. They escape from their owners and find me as I work outside.
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I've done two research projects on crows and one on scrub jays (graded papers, etc.) over the years and read quite a bit about raven and crow social structures, intelligence and physiology.

Friends think I'm crazy because I like Davis because of all the crows. What they don't know is that corvids (the group that includes crows, ravens, jays, etc.) have beaten seven-year-old human children and adult non-human primates (there are specific examples of chimps and orangutans) at problem solving puzzles and memory. What I find incredibly interesting is that, while hominids are particular good at imitation, corvids beat them every time when it comes to ingenuity. This includes younger humans. And you DO have to recognize that an older human could always be said to be imitating or altering a behavior they've seen before, since we can't really observe them "in the wild".

Something neat:



Not that I particularly trust uTube as a place for great information, but it does serve as a visual backing for what I've read and seen about a crow's learning curve. Damn awesome birds.
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I don't usually ask for things like this because I am a skeptic but... for snow leopards I will do ANYTHING.

The Snow Leopard Trust (www.snowleopard.org) needs our help!

They would like to you to sign up for their eNews and have others sign up as well. For every new subscriber, the Kearsley Fund will donate $2 to the Snow Leopard Trust. Their goal is 3000, but they are NOWHERE CLOSE! However, if we all sign up and post this in our journals, we can help donate up to $6000 for snow leopard conservation. That's my plan anyway!

Visit here for more info on this particular donation spree and newsletter sign-ups.

It hurts you in NO way.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]First off, only spotted hyena females have penises (one species out of several), the field mice sleeping northwest is a myth, and kangaroos don't even walk, they 'hop'.

That being said, nature is not "weird". Weird is a construct of the human mind. Everything that goes on in nature is that way because of millions, no BILLIONS, of years of tinkering and rebirth and evolution and complex relationships between communities. Nature is fascinating.

What's weird is human-people, and how they think they exist separate from the world that made them. Other people's responses to this prove my theory.

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