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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

6/18/18

Doggie blood donors are saving fellow bush canines

Husky Jenna lays on ground while Mia sits beside her.

Vets across regional Australia rely on a few loyal animals they can call on in an emergency, like Mia the Great Dane.

Mia is just three-years-old but has donated blood six times at Knox Veterinary Clinic in Dalby, Queensland.

Her first donation saved Jenna the husky, who started bleeding after having seven puppies.

Thanks to Mia, they all survived.

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From: Di (amina046)

6/23/18

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

7/6/18

At least two rhinoceros poachers eaten by lions 

Lions maul suspected poacher in South Africa

At least two rhino poachers have been eaten by lions on a South African game reserve, the owner of the lodge said.

A ranger taking guests at the Sibuya Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape on a safari drive on Tuesday afternoon discovered human remains close to a pride of lions.

"We suspect two were killed, possibly three," Sibuya owner Nick Fox said.

An axe and three pairs of shoes and gloves were found later when police and an anti-poaching unit arrived.

The lions had been heard making a commotion in the early hours of Monday.

"We thought they must have been rhino poachers but the axe confirmed it," Mr Fox said.

"They use the rifle to shoot the animal and the axe to remove the horn."

Score one for the lions!!


Fuzzy (daFuzzy1959)

From: Fuzzy (daFuzzy1959)

7/13/18

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.... yeah, I can be heartless (that's a gruesome, terrifying way to die)  but... I can't help thinking, Karma's a bitch... and hopefully tasty.... 

Di (amina046)

From: Di (amina046)

7/13/18

For those who like white meat!

Fuzzy (daFuzzy1959)

From: Fuzzy (daFuzzy1959)

7/14/18

I guess it just never crosses the minds of poachers or those paying them - so assholes, what are you going to do when you kill that last rhino?! 

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

7/15/18

The males are all gone.

The conservationists are looking at IVF through DNA stocks.

I doubt the poachers care.

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

7/15/18

Hybrid IVF embryos created in last-ditch attempt to save northern white rhino

Two northern white rhinoceros grazing

Scientists have created hybrid white rhinoceros embryos in the lab using frozen sperm from extinct male northern white rhinoceros.

Key points

  • This is the first time artificial reproductive technologies have been used to extract eggs from rhinos
  • The eggs from southern white rhinos have been combined with frozen sperm from northern rhinos to produce hybrid embryos in the lab
  • The embryos will be implanted in surrogate mothers
  • It has a long way to go, but scientists hope this technology could eventually be used to save the northern white rhino and other endangered species

Their work is the latest step in an attempt to bring the most endangered mammal on Earth back from the brink.

Only two female northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) still exist.

The last male northern white rhino, Sudan, died earlier this year.

Global pioneer in reproductive science Thomas Hildebrandt has watched the decline of the subspecies of the iconic animal over the past 20 years.

"I think science can bring back this magnificent creature," Professor Hildebrandt said.

"We may need a little bit of luck, but I think what we can demonstrate already is quite impressive."

Professor Hildebrandt and colleagues have shown for the first time that artificial reproduction techniques can be successfully used to create rhino embryos, they report in the journal Nature Communications.

They have also proven the ability to generate embryonic stem cells, which could potentially produce more eggs and sperm.

Creating embryos using frozen sperm

Artificial reproduction techniques have never been attempted before in the rhino, said study co-author Marilyn Renfree.

"This is the first time it's been done in this species because it's a very large animal and has a particular shape to its reproductive tract," Professor Renfree of the University of Melbourne said.

About the size of an SUV, the white rhinoceros is the largest of all rhino species.

There are two subspecies: the almost-extinct northern white rhinoceros, and
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