Animal Tales

knightofalbion

New member
Joined
Jul 24, 2010
Location
Glastonbury, England
This is a thread for animal lovers. Anything to do with animals - interesting news stories, articles, quotations, poems etc. post it here!

Kinship
by
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I am the voice of the voiceless;
Through me the dumb shall speak,
Till the deaf world's ear be made to hear
The wrongs of the wordless weak.

From street, from cage and from kennel,
From stable and zoo, the wail
Of my tortured kin proclaims the sin
Of the mighty against the frail.

Oh, shame on the mothers of mortals,
Who have not stooped to teach
Of the sorrow that lies in dear, dumb eyes,
The sorrow that has no speech.

The same force formed the sparrow
That fashioned man the king;
The God of the whole gave a spark of soul
To furred and to feathered thing.

And I am my brother's keeper,
And I will fight his fight,
And speak the word for beast and bird,
Till the world shall set things right.
 

kind2creatures

...elusive dreamer
Joined
Apr 5, 2009
Location
USA
Eurasian Jays

Clever Eurasian jays plan for the future


By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC Nature



Jays are members of the corvid family, which is known for its intelligence


Experiments with Eurasian jays have shown that the birds store food that they will want in the future – “planning” for their impending needs.

  • Jays are members of the corvid family
  • A favourite food for these colourful birds is acorns, which they cache
    throughout autumn and unearth during the winter
  • A single bird can bury several thousand acorns each year, so jays play a
    crucial role in the spread of oak woodlands
 

kind2creatures

...elusive dreamer
Joined
Apr 5, 2009
Location
USA
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.
~ Winston Churchill ~



 

ozzie

Active member
Joined
Jul 11, 2011
Location
australia
This is a thread for animal lovers. Anything to do with animals - interesting news stories, articles, quotations, poems etc. post it here!

Kinship
by
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I am the voice of the voiceless;
Through me the dumb shall speak,
Till the deaf world's ear be made to hear
The wrongs of the wordless weak.

From street, from cage and from kennel,
From stable and zoo, the wail
Of my tortured kin proclaims the sin
Of the mighty against the frail.

Oh, shame on the mothers of mortals,
Who have not stooped to teach
Of the sorrow that lies in dear, dumb eyes,
The sorrow that has no speech.

The same force formed the sparrow
That fashioned man the king;
The God of the whole gave a spark of soul
To furred and to feathered thing.

And I am my brother's keeper,
And I will fight his fight,
And speak the word for beast and bird,
Till the world shall set things right.
Love the poem knightofalbion, thanks for sharing, andI will have a look at the videos when Ive topped up my gigs

Interesting video showing 2 guys rescuing a deer stranded on a frozen lake.

I think the abrupt ending of the video is due to the cameraman putting the camera down to give the deer a push up the bank.:)

http://www.wimp.com/rescuedeer/
Clever Eurasian jays plan for the future
Amazing birds, and people just seem to take birds and animals for granted, and don't realise just how clever they are.

By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC Nature



Jays are members of the corvid family, which is known for its intelligence


Experiments with Eurasian jays have shown that the birds store food that they will want in the future – “planning” for their impending needs.

  • Jays are members of the corvid family
  • A favourite food for these colourful birds is acorns, which they cache
    throughout autumn and unearth during the winter
  • A single bird can bury several thousand acorns each year, so jays play a
    crucial role in the spread of oak woodlands
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.
~ Winston Churchill ~

kind2creatures, that is so true, what Winston churchill says, just to be around a horse takes away any sadness or stress, you may be feeling.
It looks to me like the ones in the photo are meeting each another for the first time, as thats the way our old fella use to stand when he was meeting another horse for the first time.
Lovely picture thanks for sharing.

 

knightofalbion

New member
Joined
Jul 24, 2010
Location
Glastonbury, England
Original Poster
Gentle world:

All creatures fear before danger, life is dear to all. When a man considers this, he does not kill or cause to kill - Gautama Buddha

I wish no living thing to suffer pain - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace - Albert Schweitzer
 

kind2creatures

...elusive dreamer
Joined
Apr 5, 2009
Location
USA
'Bambi' Protects a Mother Goose

Nice story of how a deer became protective of a mother goose.

Bambi Protects Mother Goose

by Rebecca (animaltalk.us) on April 9, 2011
in Animal Pictures,Animal Stories,Cute Animal Pictures,Unusual Friends




BUFFALO, NY – It’s a scene right out of a Disney movie, a mother goose has lost her lifelong mate and was left alone to create and tend to her nest. She spends the day sheltering her eggs from the cold spring air inside an empty cemetery urn chosen as home.
The loss of her male partner now makes her vulnerable to any would-be predators who choose to approach the nest. But, in an unlikely twist of fate, an adult deer has befriended the mother goose, taking over the role of protector.

This animal arrangement is highly unusual, since there’s no known way that a deer and goose can communicate. Yet somehow the deer has come to understand the need of the nesting mother.

The deer now spends its days near the urn acting as guardian when needed. As passersby approach the area the deer stands and places itself between the person and the nesting goose. On one occasion the deer even took a protective stance taking on a barking dog near the area of the urn.

How this nature story ends is anyone’s guess, and there’s no telling if the deer and goose will part ways after the goslings hatch or whether this special friendship will continue beyond the nest.
Either way we’ll keep a watchful eye on these two friends and let you know how it works out.

Meteorologist Andy Parker


http://northbuffalo.wgrz.com/news/environment/bambi-protects-mother-goose/54141
 

knightofalbion

New member
Joined
Jul 24, 2010
Location
Glastonbury, England
Original Poster
Abe:

I could not have slept to-night if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground
- Abraham Lincoln's reply to friends who chided him for delaying them by stopping to return a fallen fledgling to its nest

I am in favour of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being - Abraham Lincoln
 

kind2creatures

...elusive dreamer
Joined
Apr 5, 2009
Location
USA
Baby Dolphin Rescued


His name is Furia (Fury) ~ A baby dolphin, with its umbilical cord still attached, was found beached in Uruguay. It is now being reared by the NGO, S.O.S Rescate Fauna Marina.

A beached baby dolphin, found alive with its umbilical cord still attached, is being hand-reared in Uruguay. The male La Plata dolphin was found and was sent to the non-government wildlife rescue organisation S.O.S Rescate Fauna Marina. The Head of S.O.S Rescate Fauna Marina, Richard Tesore, has been photographed this week caring for the little mammal – bottle-feeding her and taking her from her small tank at the rescue centre for swims in the sea. It is not the first time Tesore has been pictured with a cute juvenile dolphin – pics of a dolphin rescued in similar circumstances being introduced to a rescued penguin made the news last year. The La Plata Dolphin or Franciscana (Pontoporia blainvillei) is found in coastal Atlantic waters of southeastern South America. It is a member of the river dolphin group and the only one that actually lives in the ocean and saltwater estuaries, rather than fresh water.
http://​www.divinedolphin.com/
 

ozzie

Active member
Joined
Jul 11, 2011
Location
australia
The War Horse movie has just come to our cinema's, and we would like to see it.
It makes me feel so sad that such beautiful creatures, as the horse had to go through such an horrendous thing as war, humans understand whats going on, but animals?
Thank goodness for caring people like Dorothy Brooke's.
 

ozzie

Active member
Joined
Jul 11, 2011
Location
australia
Thanks for Sharing knightofalbion.
Byron the Labrador is gorgeous, our Labrador Oscar is not quite as clever, his good points are that he says hello to us in the mornings, and is trying to teach his sister German Shepherd Abby to do the same, she opens her mouth but nothing comes out yet:) and he is good at watching her play ball, and would just love any stangers that might like to come into the yard.:lol: but all in all we just couldn't part with either of them.
they are such wonderful company.
 

kind2creatures

...elusive dreamer
Joined
Apr 5, 2009
Location
USA
Spiders Escaping the Flood

Spiders escaping flooding in Pakistan...

Spiders Escaping the Flood

by Rebecca on February 16, 2012
in Animals in the News


An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters.


Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have become cocooned in spiders webs.
People in this part of Sindh have never seen this phenomenon before but they also report that there are now far fewer mosquitoes than they would expect, given the amount of stagnant, standing water that is around.

It is thought that the mosquitos are getting caught in the spiders web thus reducing the risk of malaria, which would be one blessing for the people of Sindh, facing so many other hardships after the floods.





 

kind2creatures

...elusive dreamer
Joined
Apr 5, 2009
Location
USA
kind2creatures, thats amazing, but I wouldnt like to walk into those webs at night. :coolpic:
Completely agree ozzie! :agree: You'd hear me screaming miles away if I walked into one of those, looks like the sticking kind that's hard to get off you. :shock: :lol: Good thing is, that they're snagging those mosquitos. :evil:
 

kind2creatures

...elusive dreamer
Joined
Apr 5, 2009
Location
USA
Tiny Primate 'Talks' in Ultrasound

By Agence France-Presse
Tiny primate ‘talks’ in ultrasound

One of the world’s smallest primates, the Philippine tarsier, communicates
in a range of ultrasound inaudible to predator and prey alike, according to
a study published on Wednesday.



No bigger than a man’s hand, Tarsius syrichta can hear and emit sounds at a
frequency that effectively gives it a private channel for issuing warnings
or ferreting out crickets for a nighttime snack, the study found.

Only a handful of mammals are known to be able to send and receive vocal
signals in the ultrasound range, above 20 kilohertz (kHz), including some
whales, domestic cats and a few of the many species of bats.

And few of these can squeal, screech or squawk at the same sonic altitudes
as the saucer-eyed tarsier, which up to now had been mistakenly described as
being “ordinarily silent,” researchers found.
Its finely-tuned ears are capable of picking up frequencies above 90 kHz,
and it can vocalise in a range around 70 kHz.

By comparison, humans generally can’t hear anything above 20 kHz, and a dog
whistle is pitched to between 22 and 23 kHz.
A team of scientists from the United States and the Philippines led by
Marissa Ramsier of Humboldt State University in California gathered their
inaudible results in two ways.

First they captured six of the docile nocturnal creatures and placed them
inside custom-build sound chambers to test their sensitivity to high-pitched
sounds.
After the experiments, the rare and endangered animals were returned
unharmed to their natural habitat, on the Philippine island of Mindanao.
To measure the frequency of the tarsier’s ultrasound chatter, the
researchers recorded another 35 specimens in the wild.

“The minimum frequency of the call — 67 kHz — is the highest value of any
terrestrial mammal, excluding bats and some rodents,” said the study,
published in the British Royal Society’s Biology Letters.
What advantages do the tarsier’s high-end vocal acrobatics confer? There are
several, the researchers suggest.
One is being able to sound a silent alarm.



“Ultrasonic calls can be advantageous to both the signaller and receiver as
they are potentially difficult for predators to detect and localise,” the
researchers explain.

The tarsier’s exceptional hearing may also facilitate acoustic eavesdropping
on noises emitted by prey, which range from crickets and cockroaches –
their staple diet — to the occasional moth, katydid or hatchling bird.
Finally, the study speculates, being able to communicate in ultrasonic
ranges filters out all the low-frequency “noise” and hubbub of a tropical
environment.

Tarsier’s have five-digit hands that eerily resemble — in emaciated form –
their human counterparts.
Lacking the typical “night vision” of other nocturnal creatures, they also
have — in relation to their body size — the largest eyes of any primate on
Earth.

 

ozzie

Active member
Joined
Jul 11, 2011
Location
australia
Aww what beautiful little creatures, and very interesting write up, thanks kind2creatures.
 


Top