Poor Caitlyn the Pitbull

Stories like this completely break my heart. I recently came across a Huffington Post article about a sweet, adorable pitbull named Caitlyn who was mutilated by horrible humans who taped her mouth closed. The lovable pup was found with tape so tight around her mouth that circulation was cut off to her tongue. Thanks to the veterinary care team at Charleston Animal Society, she is being treated, and is showing improvement. At the time of the article, Caitlyn had started eating some, but it is up in the air as to whether or not she will need to have a portion of her mouth and tongue amputated, though it seems likely.

The fact that someone out there is sick and depraved enough to do that to an animal is so disturbing. Isn’t violence to animals one of the signs of a sociopath? How can some one look a living creature in the eye and do something so cruel? The animals aren’t able to speak up for themselves, and they rely on their caregivers to protect them and keep them safe and healthy. Thank goodness there are people out there like the staff at the Charleston Animal Society to help care for these animals and give them a second chance. Working in the veterinary field, I hope I never have to see something so awful.

If you would like to learn more about Caitlyn’s story, check out the Huffington Post article here.

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Snorkeler Saves Humpback From Netting

Unfortunately, fishing equipment like gill nets are often left adrift at sea and our sea dwelling friends many times find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thank goodness this diver and his friends came across this whale before it was too late. I love stories like this!

Record Numbers At The Marine Mammal Center

We were now at almost 200 animals at The Marine Mammal Center this year. Those are record numbers! We haven’t had this many animals at the center at one time in something like 40 years. There is an algal bloom in Monterey Bay that supposedly is contributing to the problem in addition to other conditions. The NBC Bay Area News was there on Thursday while I was volunteering filming a story about it. Here is a link to the story along with some video footage of some of my crew-mates and some of our cute little patients.

If you’re interested in donating to help us feed so many hungry mouths, check out TMMC donation page.

Hoppie, the wayward sealion pup who found himself 100 miles from the ocean wandering through an almond orchard. Image Source: www.facebook.com/themarinemammalcenter

Hoppie, the wayward sealion pup who found himself 100 miles from the ocean wandering through an almond orchard.
Image Source: www.facebook.com/themarinemammalcenter

Gigantic Turtle Bone Fossil Now Complete

A gigantic ancient sea turtle fossil piece was found in New Jersey back in 2012. After doing a little research, it was discovered that the other half of that same bone was found over 100 years ago and was being housed at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University. The puzzle was complete. Now they can say with a relative degree of certainty that the turtle the humerus came from was roughly about 10 feet long! Watch the video above to learn more.

 

Image Source: www.drexel.edu

Image Source: www.drexel.edu

Baby Gorilla and Mama Reunited

A baby gorilla, which was delivered by emergency C-section at the San Diego Zoo, was reunited with its mama yesterday after being treated in their veterinary hospital for pneumonia and other respiratory problems. Baby and mom, Imani, are doing well. In the video, we see Imani carrying and holding her baby and nursing the little one. So sweet!

‘Blackfish’ stirring up more trouble for Sea World

Tillikum Image Source: www.electric-shadow.com

Tillikum
Image Source: www.electric-shadow.com

Exciting news this past week! A bill has been introduced by Richard Bloom, the Assemblyman for California’s 50th district, and the chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation, that would ban the use of orcas for entertainment and stunt shows like those that draw in the crowds at SeaWorld, and allow them only to keep killer whales in captivity for research, rescue, and rehabilitation.

They would also no longer be permitted to breed their orcas. Tillikum, the orca who is the main focus of the documentary, ‘Blackfish’, has sired 21 calves. One might wonder why Sea World thought it was a good idea to breed the whale that has lead to three human deaths. I don’t want to go on a rant, but these are large intelligent animals and a small pool isn’t enough room for one whale, they thought it was a good idea to bring 21 more into a captive world?

This bill would apply to everyone, not just Sea World, although Sea World San Diego is currently the only place in California showing captive orcas. Anyway, eventually, they would be required to free their orcas into the wild or an open water sea pen where they can have more room to swim and socialize than in their tiny concrete pools.

I say this is good news and a step in the right direction for our large marine friends. If you haven’t seen ‘Blackfish’ yet, I highly recommend you do. It is available for instant streaming on Netflix and I’m sure you can watch it countless other places as well.

P.S. Despite what Sea World would tell you, dorsal fin collapse is NOT normal.

Graphic Video: Rhino Victim of Poachers

When I saw this video, my heart broke. This poor rhino was spotted by tourists in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. He was stumbling across a road after poachers has taken his horn. Upon finally finding the rhino several days later, officials discovered a bullet lodged in the animals brain. They determined that it was necessary to put the rhino down and end his suffering. It’s so sad that things like this happen in a national park, despite efforts to curb poaching.