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Yoda VS Your Pet

A California pet owner captured video of his two French bulldogs facing off against their new nemesis — a mechanical toy Yoda.

Stefan Moore posted a pair of videos to YouTube showing French bulldogs Tubbs and Crockett encountering the mechanical Star Wars toy, which speaks in Yoda’s voice and moves its body as if it were in a lightsaber battle.
Video Here

This story got my interest so I checked on more Yoda VS animals. The first battle was Yoda VS puppies, so I found a battle between Yoda and a full grown bulldog.
Yoda VS Roscoe the bulldog

Yoda Training Cats

Desert Reindeer Rehearsal Herd

Buckeye AZ Reindeer?  Are they auditioning for Santa?  Maybe not, but check this out.

A  woman driving into work late at night captured video of an unusual scene — 50 to 60 deer walking down a residential street.

deerJane Adams said she was headed to work at Walmart about 1:15 a.m. Sunday in the Verrado area of Buckeye when she had to stop her car because of the gathering of white-tailed deer in the middle of the road.

 

Adams recorded cellphone video of her encounter with the quadrupedal pedestrians.

“One started to come up to my window,” Adams said. “I wondered, ‘What the heck?'”

“There was one male and the rest were mommies and all the babies,” she said.

Adams said the encounter slowed her drive.

“I had to stay behind them and had them keep walking,” she said. “They finally took a left and got off the roadway and onto a sidewalk.”

She said she showed the video to children shopping at Walmart with their parents as evidence that “Santa Claus is in town.”

O.K., maybe they weren’t reindeer. But Christmas is near and where do deer come from in the desert?

Helping A Whale

An incredible video of  helping a whale event follows story

A group of young fishermen have captured  incredible selfies with a whale after it swam up and seemed to ask them for help. The friendly whale nudged their boat as it made a surprise appearance north of Sydney, Australia.

The men soon noticed the whale, which circled the boat and swam underneath it, was asking for help.  It had rubbish bags and fishing lines stuck in its mouth.  Michael Riggio took selfie snaps while his friend,  Ivan Iskenderian, stretched over the boat to help the whale. “He just popped his head up so I could reach out and remove the garbage and fishing lines”.

After the rubbish was freed from it’s mouth the whale showed its appreciation by flipping its fin while swimming away.

 

Wandzia The Party Badger

This female badger was found passed out on a beach in Poland after downing one too many. She was surrounded by  empty beer bottles. They’ve christened the badger Wandzia and revealed that she pinched seven beers from tourists on the beach in Rewal.  And it sounds like she was quite the seasoned party goer.  Wandzia knew how to remove the bottle caps with her teeth. Police managed to find her before she drank the two remaining bottles stashed in nearby bushes.

drunk badger2Wandzia was allowed to sleep off her hangover at a local shelter, Dzika Ostoja, who kept concerned animal lovers up to date with her progress via Facebook. The shelter joked: ‘Oh youth, oh summer holidays.’

After she sept it off the next day, the shelter fed her and made sure she was recovered from her hangover before releasing her.

Angels Among Us

Two dogs, Kala and Keira, just hours away from being put to sleep, hugged their way to safety. They were photographed hugging each other in a cage at an unnamed shelter. In the photo, Kala’s brown front legs and paws are in a tight embrace around Keira’s neck. Both dogs appear fearful, as if they know what’s coming.

Angels Among Us Pet Rescue — an Atlanta-area nonprofit that works to save dogs and cats from being euthanized in shelters — put the picture on its Facebook page.

Angels Among Us also shared the dogs’ desperate plight. Shelter employees said Kala and Keira would be put down that day unless someone adopted them or offered to foster them. Angels Among Us pleaded with anyone who saw the post to step up and help.

“If you’ve ever wanted to foster but just couldn’t quite decide, now is the time to say YES!!” Angels Among Us said in its post.

The photo immediately went viral, garnering thousands of shares and likes. It also yielded results. Just two hours after the photo was posted to Facebook, Angels Among Us said the dogs had been rescued and had left the shelter, on their way to see a vet and then on to a foster home.

A second, happier photo of Kala and Keira is now making its rounds on social media.
hugging dogs 2

Poisonous Creatures in Arizona

rattle snakePoisonous creatures are coming out of hibernation this time of year in Arizona. This includes the dreaded rattle snake. The sound of a rattlesnake can send chills down your spine, but it’s the sound of spring in Arizona. Coral snakes are also found in the desert.

 

 

gila-monsterGila Monsters are also making their rounds. The Gila Monster is a large, heavy- bodied lizard reaching over one  foot in length. The head is large, with small, beady eyes; the tail is short and fat. Gila monsters are one of only two venomous lizards known to occur in the world. Unlike rattle snakes, Gila Monsters only live in desert areas, and cannot be found in the mountains.

 

desert centipedePoisonous spiders to look for include  black widows, brown recluse and tarantulas.  And don’t forget scorpions. Also the Arizona  desert centipede is found both in the desert and the mountains.  And remember, all bees in Arizona are Africanized and have caused some human deaths.

 

All the above are venomous (poisonous)

I have encountered a few rattle snakes, mainly babies. Do not get too close and there will be no problem.  Coral snakes are small, 18″ or less, and only have a little venom to kill rodents, etc.  Medical attention is needed for rattle snake bites.  If bitten, do not run. That will only get the venom further in your system.  Get to a medical facility as soon as possible!

Gila Monsters avoid humans.  Venom not deadly, but can be painful.

Black widows and the brown recluse have enough venom to cause serious pain, and rarely even death.  You need medical attention if bitten from one of these.

tarantulaI have encountered scorpions, tarantulas and a swarm of killer bees.  Scorpions have a painful sting but you would have to purposely grab one to get stung.  Tarantulas look scary but are actually harmless. Very little venom.  Same with desert centipedes (which actually kill tarantulas).

 

killer-bees-attackKiller bees are not harmless.  They will sting you relentlessly if they feel threatened. You don’t need to be afraid of individuals but if you interfere with their swarm, which they do when looking for a new home, or get too close to a hive, they will attack. The only thing that will save you is running as far and fast as you can. They will follow you for up to a quarter mile. Diving in water will not work.  They will wait for you to resurface.

Click to see THE TOP TEN KILLER BEE ATTACKS IN ARIZONA

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Zombie Cat

Bart, or “zombie cat” as the feline is now being referred to on social media, was discovered “unresponsive” by his owner last week lying in a pool of blood. His body was cold and his face was severely disfigured.  He had been hit by a car.   Bart’s owner, Ellis Hutson, along with the help of a neighbor, buried his beloved pet in his yard.

zombie cat 2Five days later, a different neighbor found Bart walking in her yard after he seemingly clawed his way out of the grave.  The neighbor returned the cat to Hutson, who called the Humane Society for help.  Bart was in bad shape, with maggots covering open wounds on his body, and he had difficulty walking.  The cat was dehydrated, his left eye ruined.”  We have seen many amazing cases at our full-service veterinary clinic, but this situation may take the cake,” the Humane Society Tampa Bay, where the cat underwent surgery Tuesday, said in a release.

But remarkably, the kitty had no internal injuries, making the Humane Society able to treat him.  Bart had surgery Wednesday to remove his left eye and wire his jaw shut.

Despite all the trauma of getting hit by a car, being presumed dead and buried alive, McCutchen said Bart is a very friendly and affectionate cat. He loves to be petted and purrs at visitors, she said.

Bart is expected to recover .  He now has eight lives left.

Cat Saves Baby

A cat named Masha has been hailed a hero in the Russian city of Obninsk, after being found with an abandoned baby.  The baby boy was found with a bag containing a change of clothes, diapers, and a bottle of baby milk. He was taken to a hospital where he was declared healthy.

In addition to keeping the baby warm in the freezing temperatures, the cat also meowed to draw people’s attention.  Irina Lavrova, 68, was taking out her garbage when she heard the cat meowing near the trash bins.

“Masha is a communal cat who everyone takes turns in looking after,” Lavrova said   “She is very placid and friendly so when I heard her meowing I thought that perhaps she had  injured herself because normally she would have come to say hello to me. You can imagine my shock when I saw her lying in a box next to a baby.”

“Everyone in the block is very proud of Masha and we have all spoiled her rotten by giving her her favorite food,” Lavrova said.  Police are investigating how the baby wound up abandoned in the street and have launched a search for his mother.

Bobcat Grilled

bobcat in grille 2Bobcat grilled, so to speak. In Scottsdale, a couple was going out to dinner when they saw an animal darting in the road ahead.  They heard a thump but upon inspection did not see anything on the road or under their car.

When they got to the restaurant,  the man man inspected the front of his car and saw a pair of eyes looking at him from inside the car grille.  The cat was in the space between the radiator and grille. 911 was dialed and Scottsdale police responded. They tried to coax the animal out of the space but it seemed comfortable to stay where it was safe for him.

Animal Game and Fish Department was called and sedated the bobcat so he could be removed. The bobcat was young and only weighed in at seven pounds. He was x-rayed and examined for any injuries. He had a clean bill of health and was to be released back in the wild, meaning out of the city limits, so it may grow to adulthood, anywhere from 12 to 30 pounds.

Side note: I personally like bobcats because they kill rattlesnakes.

Lady Gaga vs Slow Loris

slow lorislady gaga(see Slow Loris video at the end of this article)The NY Post writes that during the three day shoot for her ‘G.U.Y. Girl Under You’ video at Hearst Castle in California, the singer was “nipped” by a slow loris which was present for the shoot. A source told the NY Post: “The slow loris is the cutest creature on the planet, and Lady Gaga wanted to use it in one scene, but it nipped her. They put it back in its box and took it away in disgrace.” They added that Gaga “just laughed about it. She was a good sport.”

Brushing Slow Loris video

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