It’s an unfortunate reality that animal shelters often run out of room. And when they do, they often have to euthanize otherwise healthy animals — especially pregnant ones — to prevent overcrowding.
So when Dr. Matt at Vet Ranch took this sweet (and very pregnant) puppy, Gracie, under his protection, he rescued her from a sad fate.
According to the Guardian, species around the world are disappearing at almost 1,000 times the natural rate — which means we’re losing around 150-200 species every day. Close to 15% of all mammal species and 11% of all bird species are currently listed as threatened with extinction.
And while the human population shows no signs of slowing down, we continue to appropriate more land to develop cities, acquire natural resources, and build farms, not realizing or caring that we’re destroying other creatures’ natural habitats (not to mention man-made disasters like oil spills, climate change, acid rain, and over-hunting and fishing).
These animals are just a fraction of the thousands in danger of extinction…
Hooded seals, which are found only in the central and western North Atlantic, have been heavily hunted since the turn of the century.
Prior to the 1940s, they were hunted for leather and oil deposits, though more recently, threats include subsistence hunting, and bycatch.
Tree kangaroos, as their name suggests, are marsupials who live in trees. They live in the tropical rainforests of New Guinea, far northeastern Queensland, Australia, and other islands in the region.
The two most significant threats to tree kangaroos are habitat loss and hunting. Their natural habitats are destroyed by logging and timber production which, in turn, exposes them to predators. They are also hunted by native tribes and communities, which markedly contributes to the population decline of the species.
These exotic looking birds of prey inhabit Mount Everest, the Himalayas, and other mountainous regions of Europe and Asia.
Bearded vultures have been persecuted in significant numbers because people feared (without justification) that they regularly carried off children and domestic animals.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that are are only 10,000 pairs in the wild worldwide.
The axolomeh (maddeningly, the plural of axolotl), which are also known as Mexican walking fish, are actually not fish at all. These amphibians originate from numerous lakes, such as Lake Xochimilco underlying Mexico City.
As of 2010, wild axolomeh are nearly extinct due to urbanization in Mexico City and consequent water pollution, and a 2013 search turned up no surviving individuals in the wild.
Originally inhabiting the Eurasian steppe, including Dzungaria and Mongolia, the saiga antelope is probably one of the most unique looking creatures in the world. Currently, it is only found in one location in Russia, and three areas in Kazakhstan.
The saiga antelope has been heavily hunted for centuries. Its horn is used in traditional Chinese medicine, which has wiped the population out completely in China, where it is a Class I Protected Species, and drives major poaching and smuggling.
As of last night, Jen Welter just made history. Again.
When Tony Sellers came to visit his 79-year-old mother, Sadie, at Daleview House — an elderly care home in Northern Ireland — and she was nowhere to be found, he was understandably a little bit freaked out.
When he went to his mother’s room, her wheelchair was there, but her walker was missing…
Meet Erica Jean Schenk. She’s an 18-year-old runner from New York, a gorgeous model…and the cover star for the August 2015 issue of Women’s Running.
First dates can be really nerve-wracking, and it’s probably safe to assume that your date won’t be the smooth, suave, and charming person they usually are in their everyday life.
But that’s no excuse for having a complete nightmare first date like the one Toronto writer Anne Thériault recently witnessed and live-tweeted.
It begins with Anne catching sight of the disastrous date…
Maybe this guy is a little nervous?
Nope, he’s just a moron.
James Franco never did seem like the selfless type.
Ugh, writers are the worst. Oh, wait…
Debbie and Shaun Riddle eat at West Side Cafe in Fort Worth, Texas pretty regularly.
They hadn’t stopped by in over a month, however, so they were a little surprised when their server, Kayla Lane, remembered them when they stopped in for a bite to eat recently.
They made small talk, and Kayla asked about their infant daughter Glory, who she recalled seeing during their last visit…
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But she didn’t realize that, sadly, Glory had passed away in her sleep from an unknown cause only a few short weeks ago.
And when the grieving parents told her what had happened, she felt terrible, she told CBS:
I’m like, ‘Oh gosh, I made them remember!’ even though it’s going through their minds all day, every day.
Determined to do something for the family to make up for her faux-pas, Kayla did the only thing she could think of: she picked up their check.
After his experience with homelessness, one boy learned how to sew in order to make clothes and give back to other children in need. Amazing!
There are two sides to every story, and no one should know that better than those in a professional position of authority and safety, like those who protect and serve on the police force.
But all that is called into question in Baltimore after a retired police officer and marine opened up about the rampant abuse he alleges occurred throughout his 11 years on the force before a shoulder injury forced him to retire.