Tag: unlikely friends
An animal control officer in South Carolina responded to a call about a barking dog behind a Home Depot, and was touched when she discovered what all the noise was about.
“This is one example of why I love my job,” officer Michelle Smith said in her report.
On Monday, a caller to animal control reported a dog had been barking in the area along the creek since Saturday, Fox Carolina reported
Smith followed the noise and found the dog and kitten at the bottom of a steep embankment.
She took them both to Anderson County P.A.W.S.
Smith said the dog is taking care of the kitten, cleaning and feeding it.
Animal control is hoping either the dog’s owner or whoever adopts her will agree to bring the cat home, too.
Posted by jwoestendiek May 16th, 2013 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: anderson, animal control, animals, barking, cat, creek, dog, dog and cat, dog nurses cat, dogs, embankment, friends, friendship, guarding, kitten, loyalty, michelle smith, nursing, officer, pets, south carolina, stray, unlikely friends, video
Mu Shu was just four pounds and four weeks old when she fell off a livestock truck in Kansas and was picked up off the highway and taken home by the owner of Hunter, a yellow Lab.
That was in April, and Hunter would go on to become best friends with the piglet who, before bouncing off the truck, was likely destined for a growing farm and a future as ham.
Stacie Tonn picked the unconscious pig up off U.S. Highway 50, and with help from her veterinarian husband, Shane, their four daughters and Hunter, nursed Mu Shu back to health.
Hunter licked and nudged the injured piglet, and helped her get around when she regained consciousness. Left blinded — only temporarily — by the accident, the piglet would sniff Hunter out and follow him around, curling up with him for naps, according to Kansas.com.
But she still gets together with Hunter, who visits her once or twice a month.
“She still knows the sound of my truck. When I pull up to her pen, she will pop out with excitement. She knows she’s going to get snacks,” Stacie Tonn said.
Walton Rural Life Center serves 167 students, from kindergarten to fourth grade, and students are responsible for feeding Mu Shu and the other animals and maintaining their pens.
“Pigs are our biggest project,” said kindergarten teacher Rhonda Roux. “If she stays healthy, we are thinking of breeding her and having a litter of piglets.”
As for Hunter, he doesn’t seem intimidated in the least by Mu Shu’s girth, or how she so quickly passed him in size since the days he was licking her motionless body.
“She had a lot of bruising and was pretty unresponsive … Neither one of us thought she would live past 48 hours,” Shane Tonn told Kansas.com in an earlier story
You can see a video of Hunter playing with Mu Shu, when she was still a piglet, here.
(Top photo, taken in April, by Mike Hutmacher / Kansas.com)
Posted by jwoestendiek November 26th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, children, dogs, education, farming, friends, highway, hunter, livestock, mu shu, nursed, pets, pig, piglet, road, school, shane tonn, stacie tonn, students, truck, unlikely friends, walton rural life center, yellow lab
Between a YouTube video gone viral, the Oprah Winfrey Show, the National Geographic Channel and Animal Planet, the playful antics of Cassie the cat and Moses the crow have been viewed my millions.
“Cat and Crow: An Amazing Friendship” tells story of the four-year relationship between a stray kitten and the crow who befriended her in the yard of Ann and Wally Collito in Attleboro, Mass.
Conveying a hopeful message of love and peace, the book was written by Lisa Fleming and pubished by Collage Books, Inc. It is aimed at ages 3 and up.
Fleming, a former newspaper columnist and freelance writer, first saw Cassie and Moses on YouTube. She contacted the Collitos. They encouraged her to tell the story, and gave her access to their collection of photos and videos.
The book is illustrated by Anna Marie Domink-Harris, and includes contributions from naturalist Bernd Heinrich and Nancy Peterson, cat programs manager for the Humane Society of the United States.
It is scheduled for release on Oct. 16 — National Feral Cat Day.
To learn more about “Cat and Crow,” visit the book’s Facebook page
Posted by jwoestendiek September 12th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, ann collito, attleboro, book, cassie, cat, cat and crow, cats, childrens book, collage books, crow, friends, lisa fleming, moses, pets, unlikely friends, video, viral, wally collito, youtube
Our old friends Tarra, the elephant, and Bella, the dog, who bonded at an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee, are featured on Unlikely Animal Friends, a one-hour special that airs tonight at 8 on the National Geographic Channel.
The special asks the questions: Can animals really build friendships with other species, people, or even their own prey? How do these odd couples come to be? And what do they gain from these improbable companionships?
The answers come in video footage — some old, some new — that’s bound to warm your heart, and maybe provide a little hope: If mortal animal enemies can reach detente, peace, friendship even, maybe we humans could, too, if we really put our minds to it.
Other duos featured tonight are a baby hippo who chooses a giant tortoise as a surrogate parent, a lion who instantly recognizes two men a year after their last encounter, a cat and crow that have become inseparable, a dog and orangutan, and a lioness who turns down an easy kill in favor of nurturing when she comes across a baby oryx.
In case you miss it, we’ll be posting clips of each of the duos in the week ahead.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 26th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, bellla, cat and crow, christian, dog, elephant, friends, hippo and tortoise, lion, lioness, national geographic channel, orangutan, relationships, sanctuary, tarra, television, unlikely animal friends, unlikely friends, videos