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Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation Inc.

From the website:
http://awamo.org.au/about/about-the-awamo/

Throughout history, in war and in peacetime, animals and mankind have worked alongside each other. As beasts of burden, messengers, protectors, mascots, and friends, the war animals have demonstrated true valour and an enduring partnership with humans. The bond is unbreakable, their sacrifice great – we honour the animals of war.

The initial aim of the Australian War Animal Memorial is to promote the establishment of War Animal plaques at Parks, RSLs or local and Federal government sites.

The main aim is to establish a permanent War Animal Monument for all Queenslanders to view in Brisbane city. This will act as a focal point for all Queenslanders to honour the contributions animals have made to our Nation.

It is a volunteer none-profit organization made up of community members from diverse backgrounds that have the like minded aim to recognize the deeds of animals during Australian military service and to educate generations to follow of the sacrifices of four legged diggers have made.

Lest we forget the animals that were roped into “service” during war.

Lost Ragdoll cat survives 5 months

“An exclusively indoor ragdoll cat known more for her placid nature than her hunting skills has defied remarkable odds — surviving five months in the Adelaide Plains after she was reported missing by her distraught Perth owner. “

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/missing-ragdoll-cats-survives-five-months-in-the-adelaide-plains-2639-kilometres-from-home/news-story/22dee8a6fa0a7d6360ee7f76272fd7ff

The picture below is not Luna, the kitty that roamed lost for 5 months, but is a free picture from Pixabay of another beautiful Ragdoll cat.

Image by ZEROXO on Pixabay

You may have heard about the Incredible Journey (2 dogs and a cat return home). Now we have the amazing Ragdoll cat, Luna. Her owners had taken her with them on a road trip and in Melbourne, even though Luna was in a harness attached to a barrier, she managed to break free off and got outside through a small gap in the window.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way, when it comes to cats.

Poor Luna ended up starving and dehydrated and ended up in Adelaide, 12 kilometers from where she got out of the car. She was noticed by people at the Dublin Cricket Club in South Australia and someone recognized her as the lost cat, of which “Missing” posters had been put up.

Luna was taken to the Adelaide University’s Companion Animal Health Centre, where she was identified through her microchip.

“I’m very surprised she survived,” said a spokeswoman for the Centre, Diane Whatling.

“Although cats are scavengers, these ragdolls are a very sensitive breed — she may not have even known how to hunt.” Ms Whatling said.

I am so happy that Luna survived and is now reunited with her family, whom I don’t think will be taking her in their car any more. This tale also reminds cat owners to micro-chip their cats, so they can be returned home to be looked after.

Other References:  click on links below to see copyrighted photos of Luna

https://www.qt.com.au/news/missing-ragdoll-cats-survives-five-months-in-the-a/3655598/

https://www.perthnow.com.au/lifestyle/pets/perth-cat-reunited-with-owner-after-five-months-in-the-australian-bush-ng-b881115571z

Yowie Wildlife Super Series

If you live in Australia, you may remember the chocolate Yowies. A wonderful new series is now available in Australia, featuring wild-life. Yowie confectionery is a character-moulded, 28 grms / 1 ounce chocolate inclusion product. The Yowie Group gives more information.

http://www.yowiegroup.com/yowie-brand/yowie-confectionery

http://yowieworld.com/au/

Not only do you get a sweet treat of chocolate but each Yowie includes a plastic container with a character in it. Check out the Wildlife range which comes with leaflets giving conservation and other information about the animals.

Click on the link below

http://yowieworld.com/collect

Story Dogs help children read

Story Dog Puppy
the blog author with Sid a Brussels Griffon

I count myself very lucky, being someone whom respects all animals, and meeting the cutest special little pup ever this week!

Introducing Sidney Swain (or Sidney for short), a gorgeous soft cuddly beautiful amazing Brussels Griffon puppy. Sidney is the younger brother of the wonderful handsome, sweet and adorable Erik the Brave.

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Christmas Bilby

Photo from Ipswich Nature Centre 

A baby bilby boy has been born in time for Christmas at the Ipswich Nature Centre in Queens Park, Queensland.  The Bilby is a symbol of Hope in Australia.

The Bilby and its struggle for survival is symbolic of the plight of many of Australia’s small native animals. It has been suggested that Australia adopt the Bilby as the wildlife symbol of Easter in Australia.  Hence chocolate Bilbies are around at Easter time.  See this link here.

The World Wildlife Fund says:

The bilby is an important ecosystem engineer. It’s an excellent digger and so many other species reap the rewards of its hard work. When bilbies aren’t living in their complex burrows, which can be up to three metres long and two metres deep, other animals like insects, reptiles, birds and small mammals take up residence. The burrows provide vital shelter from predators and high summer temperatures.

Bilbies might be small but they punch well above their weight. They can shift more than 1.5 tonnes of soil per kilogram of body mass in a single year as they construct and maintain their subterranean homes.

https://www.wwf.org.au/what-we-do/species/bilby#gs.0NLKAHI

For more information and photos of this Bilby (who is yet to be named) please go to the Ipswich Nature Centre website.

Bilbies, or rabbit-bandicoots, are desert-dwelling marsupial omnivores; they are members of the order Peramelemorphia. At the time of European colonisation of Australia, there were two species.  Bilbies now occupy only about 15% of Australia’s landmass. There were originally two species but the Greater Bilby (Macrotis lagotis) is now commonly referred to simply as ‘the Bilby’ as the Lesser Bilby (Macrotis leucura) is thought to have become extinct in the early 1950s.

Class: Mammalia

Order: Peramelemorphia

Family: Thylacomyidae; Bensley, 1903

Genus: Macrotis

Species: lagotis

Did you know: Previously more widespread, the bilby is now only found in remote parts of western Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.   savethebilbyfund.com

Good information about Bilbies can be found at the webpage below.

https://www.bushheritage.org.au/species/bilby

For information about the Vulnerable status of this mammal, by the IUCN, click on the link below.

https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/12650/21967189

Tiny Alpaca, Cody, has a big personality

Alpaca classification

Cody the Alpaca was born premature and for a while it was touch-and-go as to whether she would survive.  With the help of Amber Isaacs from Silken Suri, this little girl pulled through, and is a delight to all who know her.  Visit “Silken Suri” below and Cody’s Facebook page.

http://www.silkensuri.com/

https://www.facebook.com/codyalpaca


The story of Cody is based on the real life of one of the smallest surviving alpacas in the US. Now healthy and happy, Cody’s joyful antics have won hearts across the country and all over the world.

Alpacas are Camelids and are shorn and their fleece used in clothing.   Thousands of years ago they were used in South America for fuel, transport and clothing.  The largest population of alpaca is found in the Andean zone of Bolivia and Peru.  For information about this and about alpaca wool, please click on the first link below.

https://www.jjcaprices.com/blogs/news/15598296-alpaca-wool-what-makes-it-so-special

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Other Resources

How to keep Alpacas – difference between Llamas and Alpacas

http://www.stonebarn.co.nz/alpacahistory.php

 

Foster & Adoptive parents of Fur-babies

Here is a story of a wonderful woman Nikki who takes in kittens and cares for them until they are well enough to go to adoptive homes.  The video is on Facebook, sorry if you can’t or don’t want to log into FB but this is the only way that I can provide the link to the audio-visual of this amazing story.  Such is sometimes the nature of the internet world !!

www.facebook.com/littlebutfiercedodo/videos/2207445275938630/

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The story is about 3 little kittens who were abandoned in freezing temperatures but Nikki was alerted to them.  One of the fur-babies nearly succumbed but Nikki tube fed this baby and she (named Bagel) pulled through.   Nikki gives up all kittens to new homes and gives them temporary names so even though these kittens may have been named after foods, of course, those names don’t have to be used by their new carers.

I’m happy to say that all 3 kittens became healthy and were all taken up by good homes.  Nikki has pictures on Instagram (another social media thing that you have to sign up for in order to view the photos).   Nikki’s Instagram page is below.

My Foster Kittens

Our beautiful boy Shandy cat was adopted by us on 1 January 2000 !   A memorable occasion as this sweet boy was a bond between my partner and I and helped us with responsibilities while giving us enjoyment and contentment.  Sadly Shandy passed away in February 2016 after being with us for 16 years, but as one of his adoptive parents I will always miss him.  He has his own Featured Page on this blog, and you can read about his wonderful adventures on several blog posts too, links below.

Our Animal Friends – Shandy

Blog posts about Shandy cat

Giraffes recommended to be placed on the U.S.A. Endangered Species List

Kamili baby giraffe

Kamili baby giraffe

Did you know that a series of valves in the Giraffe’s neck stops blood from rushing to its head when it bends down to drink?

Read more here  about the amazing Giraffe !

The Perth Zoo’s Australasian Giraffe Breeding program has resulted in a wonderful and cute new addition.  She is a Rothschild Giraffe, Kamili, which is Swahili for “perfection.”  Click on the following links for more information.

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/animals/perth-zoo-unveils-name-of-baby-giraffe-kamili-ng-b88790424z

https://perthzoo.wa.gov.au/article/we-have-giraffe-calf

Around this time last year, five major wildlife protection groups petitioned the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to list the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) as an endangered species.

An article in “The Conversation” states that – While extinction can be a natural process, the current rate of extinction is anything but. Scientists estimate that at least 99 out of 100 species extinctions in the world today are the result of human action.

It also states:

In 1964, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) began tracking the conservation status of species on its “Red List.” Although the IUCN provides information only about the status of species, this is the first step in helping to limit extinction because it allows conservation efforts to be directed where they’re most needed.

In 2016 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature–  IUCN – SSC Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG) recognized a single species of giraffe, Giraffa Camelopardalis as vulnerable.  This means the animal faces extinction in the wild in the medium-term future if nothing is done to minimize the threats to its life or habitat. The next steps are endangered, critically endangered, extinct in the wild and extinct.

AA GIRAFFE CLASSIFICATION

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