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Archive for the month “January, 2014”

Shandy’s Breakfast

Well, I have discontinued the monthly “Cat-man-do” columns updating readers about Shandy cat, because it seemed that nobody except my friend Billy in the U.S.A. ever read them.  In posting them, anyway, it was as much a strategy for me as it was for our cat.  I read somewhere that if you are busy, as I am, running multiple blogs & sites, working, helping others, and writing a book, that it can be a good idea to write & post a regular post on one’s Blog, so I thought what better subject than to blog regularly about than one of my best buddies, Shandy?

So, no more  cat-man-do  posts unless there is a popular demand for their return (and Shandy & I have the time and energy to post them), and instead a random blog post about Shandy cat.  In between posting about my cat friend, I will post here on Fascinating Animals, what I like, when I feel inclined to do so.  So, there you have it.

Shandy catThis photo was taken on 7 January 2014

In this photo Shandy is looking a little solemn and sleepy, perhaps due to the run of hot weather we are having here Down Under, and the fact that he has a fur coat.

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Beautiful Cats & Beautiful People – true story of Niko

Niko the cat

Here is a story that will truly “warm your cockles” if that means it will make you feel warm & fuzzy, and glad that there are people around who care about lost and abandoned animals.  It began in November 2011 when a tiny kitten in a terrible state of health was found and taken care of by a loving man.  The kitten’s first six months with her foster parents were videoed so that she could be transferred to a good home once she had recovered, though at times, her human adopters worried that she would not recover ..

Click on “Full Screen” to watch full screen, or click on “You Tube” to watch it directly on You Tube.

Warning:  video shows how bad the kitten’s eyes were with conjunctivitis, at which you can just turn your face away or close your eyes, but please do continue watching the Video after that.

Now, here is a Follow-up Video, recorded 12 months later, and even though it is in Japanese, anyone with a brain can see what the outcome is …..

Made my heart melt and my eyes tear up –  this story has “made my day.”   May Niko live a long, happy & healthy life.

Help Save Orang-utans & Elephants and more

Hi everyone, or some one, if any one is reading this.

I have just received an Email from Leif Cocks, Founder of “The Orangutan Project” ( or T.O.P.) to say that TOP are pleased to tell you that Orphan Updates are now available on some of the infants.

If you can, or if you know someone who can, sponsor a baby orang-utan ( or two ) OR maybe sponsor a baby Elephant or two ( or three – see the Action Alerts / Elephants tab of this Blog ), please consider doing so.

I have been making monthly donations of $10 to help the gorgeous orang-utan called Chocolate ( and monthly donations of $10 to help the magnificent and sweet young Asian Elephant, Bona who was saved from death by three wonderful Australians ).

Have a look at the sweeet cheeky face of my beautiful Orang-utan friend Chocolate at the UPDATE page here.

If you are fit and able, you can even go to Sumatra and tour the orang-utan’s home.

Of course I love all the Orang-utans, and am proud of the Western Australian based organisation  , The Orang-utan Project,  for its efforts in raising awareness of the plight of these awesome creatures and for helping them as much as they do.

Please be aware that Palm-oil trees are being cleared and taking away the natural habitat of the Orang-utans.

Educate yourself and other on such matters via this Blog and other means.  If you can’t financially support organisations like   T.O.P.   and Save Bona, please consider signing relevant Petitions and / or otherwise taking action to help conserve these wonderful animals, and many other amazing animals too of course.

DON’T JUST STICK YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND

( OSTRICHES DO NOT – but it is a good saying ! )

DO SOMETHING TO HELP THE ANIMALS

gokongtwo year old Gokung

GOKUNG

Sex: Male
Approximate Date Birth: February 2012
Arrival Date: 19 February 2013
Care Centre: Batu Mbelin Quarantine Centre
Physical Condition: Healthy

Bio

Confiscated from the home of an Indonesian palm oil plantation worker, he was weak, suffering from malnutrition and severely underweight. He had been snatched from his mother, witnessed her brutal torture, and was bought for AU$10.40 from the fisherman who stole him from his wild home.

Fisherman came across this opportunity to snatch this little baby from his mother and sell him to an employee working for PT Socfindo for a ‘quick buck’ highlighting the desperate situation Orangutans face in their fight from extinction.

Tripa where Gokong was confiscated is part of the world famous Leuser Ecosystem. This precious and unique biodiversity hotspot contains over 80% of the world’s remaining wild Sumatran Orangutans and is the last place on Earth where the Sumatran tiger, orangutan, rhino and elephant co-exist.   His once-thin body is starting to fill out and he has started to learn to climb! The Care Center team have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome.

Courtesy:   The Orang-utan Project –  T.O.P.

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Safe haven for rare Blue Throated Macaw doubles in size

blue throated macawA critically endangered blue-throated macaw

(Photo: Steve Wilson/Flickr)

The blue-throated macaw is one of the most endangered birds on Earth, down to an estimated 120 survivors in the wild. Any new refuge for such a rare bird is a welcome surprise, but this brightly colored Bolivian parrot just hit the conservation jackpot.
Bolivia’s Barba Azul Nature Reserve — home to the world’s largest remaining population of blue-throated macaws — has suddenly doubled in size, growing from 12,350 acres to 27,180 in one fell swoop. The expansion comes courtesy of several conservation groups, led by Bolivia’s Asociación Armonía, and marks a major victory for the embattled birds.
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Fascinating Animals 2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 94,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

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2014 Begins

Happy-New-Year-2014
Happy New Year 2014

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