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Started 3/1/18 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 22607 views.
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

3/2/18

It felt wonderful to report a bunch of good stories for a change.

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

3/5/18

Baby chimpanzee takes scenic flight to new home after rescue from poachers

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An orphaned baby chimpanzee rescued from poachers in Africa has taken a scenic flight to its new home — sitting on the pilot's lap.

Chimpanzee Mussa even "helped" adjust the plane's throttle during the flight, rescue organisation Lwiro Primates in the Democratic Republic of Congo said.

"People ask me why I didn't put Mussa in a cage during the flight," pilot Anthony Caere posted on his Instagram page.

"A baby needs hugs and compassion instead of being locked up in a cage during a stressful flight."

Apart from intestinal parasites that are being treated, Mussa is doing very well, Lwiro Primates told Storyful.

You HAVE to watch the video!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-05/baby-chimp-takes-flight-to-new-home-after-rescue-from-poachers/9514952

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

3/7/18

The last male northern white rhino on the mend after infection threatened the species

A carer stands beside a kneeling white rhino.

The world's last male northern white rhino is recovering from an infected leg that raised fears over the past week he might have to be put down, a veterinarian at a conservancy in Kenya says.

Sudan lives with the last two females of the same species in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, about 250 kilometres north of Nairobi.

After all attempts at getting him to mate naturally failed, conservationists last year put Sudan on dating app Tinder, hoping to raise enough money to pay for a $11.5 million fertility treatment.

The 45-year-old had spent most of the past two weeks lying in his pen due to discomfort from a deep wound on his right hind leg.

His keepers had wondered whether it might be time to put him down.

But Stephen Ngulu, Ol Pejeta's veterinarian, said they had managed to bring the infection under control with painkillers and antibiotics and Sudan had regained his healthy appetite.

"He is an animal that is showing the will to live," Mr Ngulu told Reuters at the conservancy, as he struggled to walk in his pen while his companions Najin, 27, Fatu, 17, played in the mud a short distance away.

Scientists are now working to help Sudan reproduce via in-vitro fertilisation using eggs taken from Najin.

The embryo would be implanted in a surrogate southern white, Mr Ngulu said.

With the old male nearing the end of his life, Zachary Mutai, who has cared for him at Ol Pejeta for the past eight years, said the ravages of age were a source of sadness.

"Sudan is my great friend," he said.

"He's a very gentle rhino, people used to stroke him, people used to come very close to him, he's a very gentle one."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-08/worlds-last-male-northern-white-rhino-sudan-could-be-on-the-mend/9526632

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

3/10/18

Ernie, the Froot-Loop eating, soccer-playing Therapy Goat

A black and white goat kid eating fruit loops out of a person's hand

A Froot-Loop eating goat who loves playing soccer is winning hearts at a disability service in northern New South Wales.

Four-month-old Ernie has become a regular visitor at Sunnyfield Disability Services in Tamworth, where he is training to be a therapy pet.

His adopted mother, Amanda Hoswell, said he had been destined for such a role because of his social nature.

Ms Hoswell said Ernie, who was born on Melbourne Cup day last year, was always going to be a winner, despite losing his real mother at birth.

Her partner brought him home in a box, and she has raised Ernie like her own child.

"He was this tiny little thing, and he wore a nappy, a newborn nappy, and he was bottle-fed," she said.

As he has grown, Ernie has developed quite a personality, and follows his 'mum' around just like a regular kid.

Now Ernie, an Alpine milking goat, is revelling in the attention he receives when he visits Sunnyfield, where there are endless pats, kisses, cuddles and games of soccer.

Ernie chases fitness balls around the open-plan facility, butting heads with balls of all shapes and sizes.

Video here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-09/ernie-the-froot-loop-eating-goat-wins-hearts/9531054

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From: Alfi (THIALFI)

3/11/18

And at the checkout counter, customers will be asked "paper or plastic."

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

3/12/18

All single use plastic bags are being phased out completely here.

We use our own cloth bags, but the plastic bags come in handy as bin liners.

I guess we'll just have to adapt.

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

4/17/18

Critically endangered gorilla born in Smithsonian zoo

Calaya and Moke gorillas in Smithsonian zoo in the US

A US zoo has welcomed the birth of a male western lowland gorilla this week, a breed listed as critically endangered due to disease and poaching.

The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute said it was the first time in nine years an infant had been born there.

It has been named Moke — meaning "junior" or "little one" in the African Lingala language — and is bonding well with its mother, Calaya.

"[It] is very special and significant, not only to our zoo family but also to this critically endangered species as a whole," the zoo's curator of primates, Meredith Bastian, said.

"The primate team's goal was to set Calaya up for success as best we could, given that she is a first-time mother."

"Doing so required great patience and dedication on the part of my team, and I am very proud of them and Calaya."

Calaya became an online star after the zoo announced she was pregnant with the hashtag #GorillaStory, which will continue to be used to update followers on Moke's progress.

Staff spent months training Calaya for pregnancy and birth, including getting her to take part in ulstrasounds, urinate on cue, and learn breastfeeding techniques.

Calaya was also shown photos of other mother gorillas and was given a plush gorilla toy to handle.

She gave birth on her own and can be seen kissing and nursing Moke in the moments immediately following birth.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-17/endangered-western-lowland-gorilla-born-in-smithsonian/9666148

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

4/21/18

Loyal blue heeler stays with three-year-old lost in bush overnight

Max the blue heeler after the rescue

An old blue heeler named Max remained by the side of a three-year-old girl and led searchers to her after she spent more than 15 hours lost in rugged bushland on Queensland's Southern Downs overnight.

Aurora was reported missing about 3:00pm yesterday after she wandered off on her own, but a search of woodlands and hills on the rural property in wet weather last night found no trace of her.

This morning, more than 100 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers, police and members of the public resumed the search and found the girl safe and well with Max the dog at 8:00am.

For his good work in keeping the little girl safe, Max has now been declared an honorary police dog.

Kelly Benston, the partner of Leisa Marie Bennett, who is Aurora's grandmother, said Ms Bennett and other searchers heard the little girl faintly from the top of a mountain this morning.

"She found the dog first. Max led her to Aurora," Mr Benston said.

"Max is 17 years old, deaf and partially blind."

Mr Phipps said Aurora suffered minor cuts and abrasions but was otherwise well and it was a wonderful outcome for the family and searchers.

"With the weather last night it's quite lucky she is well because it was cold, it was cold and raining," he said.

"She's a very hardy young lass to survive that without any ill effects and everyone, all the volunteers are extremely happy.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-21/max-blue-heeler-leads-rescuers-to-missing-girl-night-in-bush/9683494

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

4/25/18

Young surfer attracts attention after wowing competition with duct-taped board

Profile photo of a young boy standing on a beach holding a battered surfboard.

A Ni-Vanuatu boy who captured online attention after progressing into the final stages of a local surfing competition with an old, duct-taped surfboard has been gifted a new board from a fellow surf enthusiast in New Zealand.

Key points:

  • Kaltaliu Kalotiti was originally given the duct-taped surfboard by older kids
  • Vanuatu Surfing Association made an online appeal to get him a new surfboard
  • Dozens of offers for new boards flowed in from New Zealand surfers

An online campaign started after a photo was uploaded to Facebook of 14-year-old Kaltaliu Kalotiti holding his battered surfboard, held together with layers of duct tape.

Remarkably, Kaltaliu had used the duct-taped board at a recent surfing competition, where he burst into the semi-finals.

President of the Vanuatu Surfing Association, Stephanie Mahuk, said Kaltaliu's surfing had improved markedly over the past couple of years.

"He started out as one of those kids who was just born in the water, getting his hands on whatever he could to get in the water with," Ms Mahuk said.

"Going from there one of the older kids handed him a surfboard, and that's what he's been surfing on ever since."

Ms Mahuk posted the photo of Kaltaliu with the battered board on the VSA's Facebook page and appealed to the surfing community to see if anyone could donate a second-hand surfboard for him.

Her post was widely shared and within moments she received an offer from New Zealand.

"I didn't anticipate the level of response that I got back," Ms Mahuk said.

"Within a couple of minutes I had an email from New Zealand Surf Magazine, who proposed to get him a board and fly it across to Vanuatu."

Profile photo of a young boy and a man holding a surfboard on a beach.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-24/ni-vanuatu-boy-gifted-new-surfboard-after-facebook-photo/9691314

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