Lizard animal – Phrynosoma http://phrynosoma.org/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 01:53:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://phrynosoma.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile-150x150.png Lizard animal – Phrynosoma http://phrynosoma.org/ 32 32 Congress Set to End FDA Mandate on Animal Testing – News https://phrynosoma.org/congress-set-to-end-fda-mandate-on-animal-testing-news/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 22:20:11 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/congress-set-to-end-fda-mandate-on-animal-testing-news/ organ chip Photo courtesy of Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University The 2022 FDA Modernization Act would eliminate the requirement that all drugs being developed for humans must first be tested on animals. Possible alternative test tools are silicon microchips that mimic the structure and function of organs. The chips are embedded in […]]]>

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The 2022 FDA Modernization Act would eliminate the requirement that all drugs being developed for humans must first be tested on animals. Possible alternative test tools are silicon microchips that mimic the structure and function of organs. The chips are embedded in hollow tubes lined with human organ cells and through which nutrients, blood, drugs and the like can be pumped.

For nearly 84 years, federal food, drug, and cosmetic law has required that any drug intended for use in humans be tested on animals before clinical trials in humans. That mandate could be overturned this summer if Congress passes a set of reforms to the US Food and Drug Administration as planned.

The law does not prohibit animal testing. On the contrary, it allows the use of alternatives – such as organ chips that recreate the physiology of the human body in a microchip – which would be better than animal models for evaluating the safety and efficacy of drugs in humans. ‘man.

“Our drug development paradigm needs a reboot, and this bill takes us in that direction in a simple yet meaningful way,” said Rep. Vern Buchanan of Florida, lead sponsor of the Modernization Act. the FDA of 2022 in a press release. “Animal testing, for the most part, is not predictive of human response to drugs, with very high failure rates when drugs are put through clinical trials.”

Introduced in the Senate and House as stand-alone bills, the FDA Modernization Act was later added by leaders of both chambers’ health committees as amendments to larger pieces of legislation related to the FDA. These larger bills are considered inescapable because they contain provisions that update and reauthorize user fees paid by pharmaceutical companies that account for 45% of the FDA’s budget. If the charges aren’t reauthorized by mid-August, the agency could start sending furlough notices to employees. Pre-authorization expires September 30.

Strong bipartisan support carried HR 7667 to the House on June 9 by a vote of 392 to 28. The related Senate bill, S. 2952, was approved by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, work and pensions on June 14 by a vote of 13 to 9. .

“Morally and scientifically superior”

A host of animal welfare groups, biotech companies, medical associations and patient advocacy organizations have endorsed the legislation.

Wayne Pacelle, president of the advocacy group Animal Wellness Action and a supporter of the FDA Modernization Act, said the strength of the legislation is that what’s good for animals is also good for public health.

“Between 90% and 95% of drugs found to be safe in nonclinical testing fail in human clinical trials due to toxicities not predicted by animal testing or due to lack of efficacy,” Pacelle said.

These failures hamper research, prolong timelines, increase costs for drug developers, and discourage research into drugs for rare diseases. Adopting new non-animal testing methods, Pacelle said, will speed up development times, provide more reliable results and reduce failure rates.

Proponents of the bill also believe that removing the animal testing requirement will further fuel the development of human-based biological alternatives such as organ chips and foster greater acceptance of what Pacelle calls biochips. “morally and scientifically superior” testing methods.

The legislation follows developments by the FDA, which is investing more resources and continuing to research alternatives that eliminate the need for laboratory animals or reduce their numbers.

Dr. Michael Nance, a Texas zoo veterinarian, voiced his support for the decision in response to a 2019 VIN News Service report on an FDA effort to reduce animal testing, including when drugs in development courses are intended for animals of the same species.

Posting on a message board for the Veterinary Information Network, an online community for the profession and parent of VIN News, Nance wrote:

“None of us are comfortable with the idea of ​​100 green iguanas being X-rayed, monitored and evaluated for physiological and clinical response, euthanized and histologically examined, etc., to determine a drug. or a safe method to treat disease, pain, whatever, [with] [t]results apply directly only to iguanas with similar reporting and breeding [and] [s]hopefully somewhat applicable to the majority of green iguanas. And perhaps extrapolable to other iguanids, and less to other lizards, and even more to other reptiles.

“It’s better than nothing, of course, but the 100[s] (or thousands) of experimental green iguanas might have a different opinion if they could voice their opinion.

FDA’s budget request for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 includes funding for a comprehensive strategy for alternative methods of product testing “…to reduce animal testing through the development of qualified alternative methods and drive adoption of methods for regulatory use that can replace, reduce and refine animal testing,” also known as the 3Rs.

The 3Rs are a human framework for animal experimentation developed by William Russell, a zoologist, and Rex Birch, a microbiologist, in the 1950s, and since then widely adopted by academia, industry and government. They are:

  • replacement: avoiding or replacing the use of animals, such as by computer models
  • reduction: use as few animals as possible to obtain enough data
  • refinement: modification of husbandry and procedures to minimize pain and distress to laboratory animals

Under current FDA rules, it is impossible to completely avoid using animals.

There is no definitive count of animals used in drug testing each year, according to Pacelle. He explained that some species, such as mice and rats, should not be counted, and those that are counted are not categorized by type of test, such as drug development versus chemical or cosmetic testing.

“Estimates are made of between 50 and 100 million animals used each year worldwide, and the use of animals for drug testing is the lion’s share,” Pacelle said. “The US total could be half of that global figure.”

What is known is that in 2019, more than 58,000 dogs and 68,000 non-human primates were used in regulated animal research facilities, according to an annual report from the United States Department of Agriculture, which also counted cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, pigs, rabbits and sheep.

Given these figures, some believe that the current measure does not go far enough.

“Some people want to see a ban on animal testing,” Pacelle said. “We made the decision not to go for this because animal testing has been the construction for a long time, and regulators and drug developers must gradually move away from this strategy.He added that the expansion of human biological testing systems will go a long way to reducing the number of animals used in experiments, even without a ban.

The two FDA reform packages diverge on some provisions, so once the Senate passes its version, it will need to be reconciled with the House version. Some items may be revised or disappear from the final invoice.

Pacelle said the testing provision was unlikely to be dropped, as the wording is similar in both bills and has broad support.

VIN News Service Commentaries are opinion pieces featuring ideas, personal experiences and/or views on current issues by members of the veterinary community. To submit a comment for review, email news@vin.com.

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The 10 Best Teams of Heroes and Animals in Movies and TV https://phrynosoma.org/the-10-best-teams-of-heroes-and-animals-in-movies-and-tv/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/the-10-best-teams-of-heroes-and-animals-in-movies-and-tv/ Jurassic World: Dominion has arrived in theaters. With that comes the return of Chris Pratt’s character, Owen Grady, and everyone’s favorite velociraptor, Blue, and unsurprisingly, audiences can’t wait to see what happens to one of cinema’s most unexpected crews. The team concept is more than just a protagonist and his trusty sidekick fighting side by […]]]>

Jurassic World: Dominion has arrived in theaters. With that comes the return of Chris Pratt’s character, Owen Grady, and everyone’s favorite velociraptor, Blue, and unsurprisingly, audiences can’t wait to see what happens to one of cinema’s most unexpected crews.

The team concept is more than just a protagonist and his trusty sidekick fighting side by side. They often consist of the most unlikely couples. They’re two distinct characters who overcome obstacles while building a strong relationship in the process. We’ve seen it time and time again, but these particular stories have made it more interesting for audiences by mixing the cutest canines with the deadliest dragons in duets that pair humans with animals.

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Owen Grady and Blue in Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

Nobody expected the jurassic world trilogy would include a subplot of a dinosaur and a human crew. That’s questionable at best, considering the original franchise was keen on expressing just how deadly velociraptors can be. Luckily for Owen, that’s not the case.

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It’s not a typical partnership, as Owen and Blue’s screen time is short, building their relationship in just a few scenes. In those moments, Blue shows up for Owen, fighting atop a T-Rex. In return, Owen watches over Blue, caring more about her well-being than anything else. The duo make a habit of supporting each other when needed.


Eddie Valiant & Roger Rabbit – Who Framed Roger Rabbit


There are plenty of teams in movies today, but few are a mix of live-action and animation. Who Framed Roger Rabbit gives audiences one of those rare examples with Detective Eddie Valiant and the famous animated Bunny.

What makes this pair the best is their ability to offer truly unique problem solving from their different backgrounds. Roger is that classic comic relief, a cartoon with nothing but slapstick humor, but he still provides Eddie with those wacky solutions to problems. Eddie is that black detective. He’s jaded by the cards he’s been dealt, but because of that, he’s able to knock Roger down, at least as much as anyone can for a comically induced bunny.


Scott Turner & Hooch – Turner and Hooch


Tom Hanks as Turner with Hooch in the original Turner & Hooch movie

The 1989 Disney classic saw Detective Scott Turner struggle with the introduction of a furry new addition to his home. The plot of a budding human and animal friendship isn’t a new idea, but it’s still designed for an effective team story.

The result of a good team is often not the achievement of an objective or the completion of a mission. It is the positive effect that both parties can have on each other. Turner and Hooch are strong examples of this. Hooch is a dog that wreaks havoc on Turner’s house, but it’s good for the heroic head. This takes him out of his rigid, routine lifestyle. Unfortunately, this team has not had the opportunity to grow and develop as much as the others.


Linguini & Remy – Ratatouille


Linguini and Remy smile at each other in Ratatouille's new loft

Both Linguini and Remy were protagonists, the heroes of their own stories. One of them happened to be a human with cooking experience in a seedy little Bohemian apartment, and the other a rat with a flair for fine cheeses.

The pair develop one of Disney’s best friendships. It’s a friendship that wouldn’t be so remarkable without their cute and incredibly unexpected team at the start of the film. They both capitalize on what the other has to offer, but they do so by developing an effective way to communicate with each other. Strong communication, verbal or otherwise, is what strong teams are made of.


Mushu and Mulan – Mulan


Mushu and Mulan kiss - Mulan

Mulan needed help on her journey to honor and protect her family, it unexpectedly came in the form of a fiery and headstrong pint-sized dragon. There are plenty of moviegoers who would consider this little lizard a sidekick to Mulan, but that would downplay their relationship.

Mushu is a protagonist in his own right. He may be helping Mulan, but he has his motives, albeit selfish ones. It is for this reason that the pair does not make a good team at first. In fact, they fail, but oddly, that failure is integral to their eventual success. Mushu confesses his faults to Mulan, and because of that, their relationship grows stronger, as does their determination to put Mulan back on the playing field.

Detective Pikachu and Tim Goodman


Detective Pikachu and Tim face a dark threat.

Detective Pikachu gifted Pokemon fans with one of the best Pokemon movies to date. The long-awaited live-action movie brought its A-game, giving the Pokémon real texture, and the team-up between the main characters is a real promise.

The two didn’t start on the sturdiest foot. Their personalities didn’t match, as evidenced by Pikachu’s ability to get under Tim’s skin. Still, their partnerships have benefited Tim. Before going to find his father, Tim was living in a bubble of his own making, and Pikachu pushed Tim out of his comfort zone.

Lyra & Iorek – His Dark Materials


Lyra with Iorek in His Dark Materials.

There’s nothing more unexpected than a young girl and a polar bear developing a lasting friendship. However, this is exactly what happens in Its dark materials.

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Iorek and Lyra’s relationship begins the same as other unlikely couples. Lyra gives something and Iorek offers something Lyra wants in return, helping Lyra on her mission. The two might not be far apart in personality or approach, but they listen and learn from what the other has to say in pivotal moments. This shows the respect the two characters have for each other early on, as Lyra even stops Iorek from killing one of the town’s citizens.

Kuzco and Pasha – The Emperor’s New Groove


Kuzco mocks Pasha in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove

This underrated Disney movie was a real knockout. The Emperor’s New Groove talented fans, hilarious characters, an original story and truly one of the most unlikely animal and hero team-up stories. It features Kuzco, an emperor-turned-llama, on his journey to becoming human again.

Kuzco and Pasha have one of the most significant teams of animal heroes in animated storytelling, and it has a lot to do with the storytelling of this particular movie. Pasha is a secondary character, but really has more heroic tendencies, as evidenced by his strong moral compass. Kuzco is a selfish, conceited protagonist magically transformed into a llama, and he only becomes a better person through the experiences he and Pasha share. Then there’s the pairs’ hilarious and innovative problem solving. They really can tackle any obstacle in their path.

Toothless and Hiccup – How to Train Your Dragon


Hiccup and Toothless looking towards the camera

A Viking and a dragon are not the most likely pair, and How to train your dragon even opens with many dialogues establishing hatred between the two species.

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The two begin a mutually beneficial relationship. Toothless can’t fly without Hiccup, and Hiccup couldn’t have gathered half the knowledge about dragons without Toothless. They start on difficult ground but become partners and friends. What’s better is how they can communicate effectively, which has saved many lives for both dragons and Vikings.

Bowen & Draco – Dragon Heart


Dragonheart Sean Connery Denis Quaid

Dragons have always been the most beloved characters inserted into epic fantasy works. The 1996 dragon heart is a prime example of this, as audiences were introduced to the lovable, caring, and charismatic Draco. It just took Bowen a minute to see past the teeth, claws and fire.

It’s a common theme with dragon and human teams to see an initial reaction of fear or even prejudice. It takes her some time in the film to warm up to Draco, and this leads to their beginning as nothing more than a quid pro quo relationship. Bowen receives money to survive and Draco is not hunted every day. This slowly turns into a strong bond because of how dependent on each other they are for survival. By the end of the story, it’s a friendship built on equal parts love and appreciation as they struggle to win against the evil King Einon.

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Nevada artist discovers beauty by restoring animal skeletons https://phrynosoma.org/nevada-artist-discovers-beauty-by-restoring-animal-skeletons/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 17:13:03 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/nevada-artist-discovers-beauty-by-restoring-animal-skeletons/ FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) — Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and for Kendel Worley, there is beauty — and art waiting to be created — in death. Through an elaborate process that can take up to a few months, Worley articulates animal skeletons, leaving wonderfully preserved remains that look almost like sculptures. “People […]]]>

FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) — Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and for Kendel Worley, there is beauty — and art waiting to be created — in death.

Through an elaborate process that can take up to a few months, Worley articulates animal skeletons, leaving wonderfully preserved remains that look almost like sculptures.

“People think it sounds scary and rude and disturbing, but I don’t think it is,” the 19-year-old Fernley resident told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “It’s beautiful. It’s giving him life after death.

Worley has always been interested in art. Drawings and paintings line the walls of the house he shares with his parents, Annette and Albert Worley.


Kendel Worley holds the skeleton of a deceased dove he found in a local park from his home in Fernley.

He also always had an interest in animals, keeping pets like leaf bugs and hairy beetles.

Around the eighth year, he started collecting bones in the desert. This interest turned into cleaning skulls, which turned into research on the process of articulation of skeletons.

“I think it’s best that they are not wasted. It is better that they are not thrown away,” he said.

Last year he found a recently deceased dove in a local park. He skins and guts the bird, then alternates soaking in ammonia and hydrogen peroxide. The ligaments remained soft while they were soaked, and after the bones were cleaned, he was able to pose the skeleton using skewers to hold it in place while the ligaments hardened.

Since the pigeon, Worley has dabbled in a variety of animals, some found, some donated: a lizard his cat killed, chukars and ducks that were hunted by family friends, the hen of a friend who died, a gopher who was trapped in a nearby school. where his mother works.

The skeletons are adorned with preserved butterflies, borax-dried flowers, or sometimes paintings by Worley.

“I feel like he makes art out of it. He does more than just pose,” Annette Worley said.

It’s a far cry from when he was a kid and found taxidermy disturbing.

“I hit a deer (with a car) and he didn’t talk to me for a couple of weeks,” Albert Worley said with a laugh.

Worley is careful to check what animals he can and cannot own — laws like the Migratory Birds Act protect most birds, and it’s illegal to pick up roadkill in Nevada.

But there’s no animal Worley isn’t ready to tackle. Some are harder to work with due to their size and the amount of chemicals needed, but “I want to see it all,” he said. “There is no discrimination on my part.”

His workshop, which started in his parents’ kitchen and then moved to the garage as its scale grew, includes a litany of tools that bring back memories of high school anatomy class. Floating nearby are skeletons, eyeballs and organs in various stages of preservation and cleaning. Rabbit’s feet are waiting to be worked on.

And there are more animals waiting.

He has a chest freezer to store animals while he finishes those already in progress – small animals take about a month to clean and larger ones, like the gopher, take about three months.

His interest goes beyond articulated skeletons. He tried to tan the skins of certain animals and he pins insects.

There is no taxidermy shop in Fernley, but he wants to find a place to learn. Eventually, he hopes to turn his hobby into a business.

Worley’s work can be seen on his Facebook page, “Aspiring Oddities”. People can also message her via Facebook if they have animals to donate.

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Molly’s Mutts Animal Rescue in Dixon, Kentucky has closed https://phrynosoma.org/mollys-mutts-animal-rescue-in-dixon-kentucky-has-closed/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 17:06:40 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/mollys-mutts-animal-rescue-in-dixon-kentucky-has-closed/ Dr. Whitney Winstead and the fabulous team at Molly’s Mutts Animal Rescue have worked tirelessly to save animals throughout Kentucky for ten years. As they close their doors, we want to thank them for their service and sacrifice. Ulet Ifansasti/Getty ImagesUlet Ifansasti/Getty Images I have followed Molly’s Mutts Animal Rescue for years. We’ve helped promote […]]]>

Dr. Whitney Winstead and the fabulous team at Molly’s Mutts Animal Rescue have worked tirelessly to save animals throughout Kentucky for ten years. As they close their doors, we want to thank them for their service and sacrifice.

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I have followed Molly’s Mutts Animal Rescue for years. We’ve helped promote their fundraisers and watched them save hundreds of animals. Often they would bring animals to be adopted at events in Owensboro. They have worked hard with the community, other shelters and rescues to save as many animals as possible over the past ten years. It did not go unnoticed. I’m sure it had an impact on the staff, especially during the pandemic.

Molly’s Mutts Animal Rescue is closing its doors

Whitney took to social media to make the sad announcement last month.

You really haven’t lived until you can do something for someone who can’t pay you back…

I, Whitney, have lived…my mission was to save animals and not have to one day…I’m not sure that day will ever come, but I pray that Molly’s puts our brand in the world of animal rescue. Burnout is real… rescue is not for the faint of heart.

That being said, words cannot express how we truly feel making this announcement, but after 10 long years of rescue, we are closing our doors at the end of May. We ask for your help in sharing our posts to help our animals in other rescues in the area.”

Molly’s Mutts opened in 2012 in Dixon, Kentucky. They have helped save hundreds of animals over the past ten years.

Molly’s Mutts fans react to the news

Many took to social media to react to the sad news. Molly’s Mutts has affected so many people through their lifesaving work. Whitney and the team deserve all the love and thanks that poured in.

Mollys is a wonderful place!!! I received 2 of the most precious dogs there. I’m sad to read this and it breaks my heart but I really get it. -Stacy Owens

I’m really sorry to hear that but I understand. Thank you for helping so many dogs over the years, including medical cases that would never have survived without Molly’s Mutt’s Animal Rescue! -Nancy Shorekey

This guy, my Colby, came over to your house 3 years ago. He accompanied me throughout the move, remarried, became a mother twice, took in a street dog who is now our family, and so on. It hurts my heart, but you still hold a special place in mine. -Katie Jean

Thank you to you and Molly’s staff and volunteers for all you have done to help so many animals. You should all be proud of the impact you have had over these 10 years. Thank you for being such an important partner for several shelters. Molly will be missed! -Judy Galloway

Red Cat rubbing his head against a dog in the yard

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The work done at Molly’s Mutts Animal Rescue has been inspiring. The rescue volunteers worked so hard all year because they knew it would help in the mission to save the lives of many animals. It warmed the heart of this animal lover and many others!

They plan to maintain Molly’s Mutt’s Facebook page so they can keep track of their past adoptions and give information about microchips etc.

There is still so much work to be done at the shelters and rescues in the area. It is important to give these animals a second chance at life. They did not ask to be born and they deserve it.

The life of a shelter animal

This was written by an anonymous shelter manager and tells the story very well. Much better than me.

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WARNING – Some parts are very difficult to read. Take a handkerchief.

The letter from the director of the shelter:

“I’m posting this (and it’s long) because I think our society needs a huge revival.

As a shelter manager, I’m going to share a little insight with you all – an inside view, if you will.

Maybe if you saw life slip away from a few sad, lost and confused eyes, you’d change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don’t even know – that puppy you just sold. will most likely end up in my shelter when he’s no longer a cute little pup.

How would you feel if you knew that there’s about a 90% chance that a dog will never leave the shelter it’s going to be dumped in – purebred or not! Approximately 50% of all “owner abandoned” or “stray” dogs that come to my shelter are purebred dogs.

Apologies abound. The most common excuses I hear are:

We are moving and we cannot bring our dog (or cat). Oh good? Where are you moving that doesn’t allow pets?

The dog has become bigger than expected. How tall did you think a German Shepherd would get?

We don’t have time for her. Oh good? I work 10 to 12 hours a day and I still have time for my 6 dogs!

She’s tearing up our garden. How about bringing her inside, making her part of your family?

They always say to me: We just don’t want to have to worry about finding a place for him. We know she will be adopted – she is a good dog. Chances are your pet won’t be adopted, and how stressful do you think being in a shelter is?

So let me tell you. Walking dead animal!

Your animal has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off, sometimes a little longer if the shelter is not full and your dog manages to stay in perfect health. If he sniffles, he dies.

Your pet will be confined to a small enclosure/kennel in a room with approximately 25 other barking or crying animals. He will have to relieve himself where he eats and sleeps. He will be depressed and he will cry constantly for the family who abandoned him. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers that day to take it for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a food bowl slipped under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its enclosure with a high-powered hose. If your dog is large, black, or one of the “bullying” breeds (pit bull, rottweiler, mastiff, etc.), he was pretty much dead when you walked through the front door. These dogs are simply not adopted. If your dog is not adopted within 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed.

If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough and of a desirable enough breed, he may get a reprieve, but not for long. Most pets become very protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will transform in this environment. If your pet overcomes all of these hurdles, chances are they’ll catch kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and be destroyed because the shelters simply don’t have the funds. to pay even a $100 treatment.

Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you who have never seen a perfectly healthy, frightened animal being “put down”. Initially, your animal will be taken out of its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they’re going for a walk – happy, tail wagging. That is until they get to “The Room”.

Each of them panics and pauses when we get to the door. It must smell like death, or they can smell the sad souls left there. It’s strange, but it happens to all of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained and restrained by 1 or 2 vet techs (depending on their size and panic). A euthanasia technician or veterinarian will begin the process. They find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of “pink stuff”. Hopefully your pet doesn’t freak out about being restrained and shaking their leg. I watched the needles tear out of one leg and I was covered in the resulting blood, and I was deafened by the yapping and screaming.

Not all of them just “fall asleep” – sometimes they spasm for a while, suffocate and defecate on their own. When it’s all over, your pet’s corpse will be stacked like firewood in a big freezer out back, with all the other animals that were killed, waiting to be picked up like trash.

What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Turned into pet food? You’ll never know, and it probably won’t even cross your mind. It was just an animal, and you can always buy another one, right?

I hope those of you reading this are wide-eyed and can’t seem to get the images out of your head. I do it every day when I get home from work. I hate my job, I hate that it exists and I hate that it’s still around unless people make changes and realize that the lives you affect go far beyond the animals you drop into a refuge.

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die each year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save all the lives I can, but rescues are always complete and there are more animals arriving every day than there are homes. My point in all of this is DON’T BREED OR BUY WHILE PETS DIE!

Hate me if you will – the truth hurts and reality is what it is. I just hope I may have changed someone’s mind about raising their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope someone walks into my shelter and says “I saw this on Facebook and it made me want to adopt”. It would be worth it.”

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The giraffe gets suspenders; Coyote Goes Through the Dog’s Door: CA Animal Stories https://phrynosoma.org/the-giraffe-gets-suspenders-coyote-goes-through-the-dogs-door-ca-animal-stories/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 15:22:30 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/the-giraffe-gets-suspenders-coyote-goes-through-the-dogs-door-ca-animal-stories/ CALIFORNIA – Creatures, big and small, in California, we love them all. Animals across the Golden State have been making headlines lately, and Patch has curated some of the cutest and most interesting stories. A giraffe born with a disorder thrives after being treated with leg braces at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. In […]]]>

CALIFORNIA – Creatures, big and small, in California, we love them all. Animals across the Golden State have been making headlines lately, and Patch has curated some of the cutest and most interesting stories.

A giraffe born with a disorder thrives after being treated with leg braces at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. In other Safari Park news, a dog has been rescued from the gorilla enclosure.

An orphan mountain lion cub is cared for at the Oakland Zoo. Three smuggled parrot chicks have a new home at the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens. Safari West has welcomed four baby warthog piglets. The Los Angeles Wildlife Center is treating more than 200 sick California brown pelicans.

Find out what’s happening at Santeewith free real-time Patch updates.

A coyote walked through a dog door. A kitten was rescued from a highway. Seven ducklings were rescued from a sewer.

Some of the stories below will make you laugh, while others may make you cry. More will lift your spirits.

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Dog rescued from gorilla enclosure at San Diego Zoo safari park

“Mighty Joe Young” has been put on hold at the Escondido campus of the San Diego Humane Society.

Giraffe born with disorder treated with leg braces at Safari Park

Msituni was born with a disorder that caused her front legs to not bend properly and made it difficult for her to stand and walk.

15 rescued wild animals released in San Diego County

Possums, raccoons, squirrels and a skunk received care at the San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Center.

43 horned lizards and 9 snakes hidden in men’s clothes on the California border

Officers found 52 live reptiles tied up in small bags and hidden in the man’s jacket, trouser pockets and groin, authorities said.

55 animals rescued from ‘deplorable conditions’ in San Diego

An adult cat, eight kittens, 16 quails and 30 quail chicks were living in “deplorable conditions” and had been left without food or water.

Rescued pilot whale dies at SeaWorld San Diego

The short-finned pilot whale named Ace was rescued in 2012.

SeaWorld San Diego reopens improved sea turtle habitat

Turtle Reef was closed in October 2021 for improvements and upgrades.

‘Playful and curious’ parrot chicks are smuggled into the San Francisco Zoo

“When these chicks were confiscated, US Fish and Wildlife sought out zoos that specialized in hand-rearing parrot species.”

7 ducklings rescued from San Mateo storm sewer, reunited with their mother

A cuter rescue would be extremely hard to find. Seven baby ducklings have been reunited with their mothers after they were trapped in a storm drain in San Mateo by rescue workers from the Peninsula Humane Society and the SPCA.

A cat rescued from a tree but not too happy about it

A Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Local 1974 firefighter helped lower a cat from a tree on Sunday in Livermore. But the cat seems to have preferred to be left alone.

Kittens rescued on I-580 in Livermore

Even though Tuesday was a busy day with the California primary election, it’s a few nice cats that won the night for Captain Chris Sherry of the California Highway Patrol.

An orphan mountain lion cub rescued in ‘Nick Of Time’

Named “Rose” by her caregivers at the Oakland Zoo, she is expected to weigh 30 pounds but weighs only 8.8 pounds. She receives care 24 hours a day.

Mountain Lion trapped in California high school classroom

Students and staff were at the school when the mountain lion entered the building, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies Recover Stolen Petaluma Trailer, Release ‘Masked Bandit’

Detectives determined that a baby raccoon riding a shotgun was not involved in the theft.

Safari West welcomes 4 baby warthogs

Proud parents Njeri and Pig Newton gave birth to four warthog piglets – or as the park likes to call them, warthogs – in early April.

Baby goat stolen from Pinole found thanks to ‘True Hero’: report

After security video showed a woman snatching the newborn baby, his owners took to social media and the media to help bring him home.

‘An unwanted foster home’: Coyote walks through woman’s dog door

The coyote walked through Julie Levine’s dog door and stayed in the house for about three minutes. The whole riddle freaked out his dogs.

Brown pelican crisis worsens, Bird Rescue appeals for donations

The Los Angeles Wildlife Center is treating more than 200 sick California brown pelicans, a daunting task with a steep price tag.

Furry friends and families reunited after coastal fire

The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center rescued about 10 animals from at-risk homes in Laguna Niguel during the Coastal Fire on Wednesday.

OC residents scramble to save ducklings and their mother

A duck and her ducklings were rescued by Good Samaritans in Mission Viejo after they ended up on a highway in Orange County.

30 abandoned parakeets rescued by Mission Viejo animal services center

A group of birds are on their way to better days after being rescued from Laguna Niguel by the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center.

Meet Francisco, the Maltipoo mascot of Woodbridge Terrace in Irvine

The dog quickly became a vital part of the Irvine assisted living facility, attending staff meetings and tending to residents.

Also see:

babies born; B-Day celebrated; Rescued Pets: Animal Stories in California


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Fernley artist creates animal art by articulating skeletons https://phrynosoma.org/fernley-artist-creates-animal-art-by-articulating-skeletons/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 16:00:24 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/fernley-artist-creates-animal-art-by-articulating-skeletons/ Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and for Kendel Worley, there is beauty – and art waiting to be created – in death. Through an elaborate process that can take up to a few months, Worley articulates animal skeletons, leaving wonderfully preserved remains that look almost like sculptures. “People think it sounds scary […]]]>

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and for Kendel Worley, there is beauty – and art waiting to be created – in death.

Through an elaborate process that can take up to a few months, Worley articulates animal skeletons, leaving wonderfully preserved remains that look almost like sculptures.

“People think it sounds scary and rude and disturbing, but I don’t think it is,” said the 19-year-old Fernley resident. “It’s beautiful. It’s giving him life after death.

Worley has always been interested in art. Drawings and paintings line the walls of the house he shares with his parents, Annette and Albert.

Kendel Worley holds the skeleton of a deceased dove he found in a local park from his home in Fernley.

He also always had an interest in animals, keeping pets like leaf bugs and hairy beetles.

Around the eighth year, he started collecting bones in the desert. This interest developed into the cleaning of skulls, which evolved into research into the process of articulation of skeletons.

“I think it’s best that they are not wasted. It is better that they are not thrown away,” he said.

Last year he found a recently deceased dove in a local park. He skins and guts the bird, then alternates soaking in ammonia and hydrogen peroxide. The ligaments remained soft while they were soaked, and after the bones were cleaned, he was able to pose the skeleton using skewers to hold it in place while the ligaments hardened.

Kendel Worley worked with various animals that he found or that were given to him.  Here is a gopher who has been trapped in a nearby school where his mother works.

Since the pigeon, Worley has dabbled in various animals, some found, some donated. A lizard that his cat killed, chukars and ducks that were hunted by family friends, a friend’s chicken that died, a gopher that was trapped in a nearby school where his mother works.

The skeletons are adorned with preserved butterflies, borax-dried flowers, or sometimes paintings by Worley.

“I feel like he makes art out of it. He does more than just pose,” Annette Worley said.

Kendel mounted and adorned the mouse skeleton with a preserved butterfly and dried flowers.

It’s a far cry from when he was a kid and found taxidermy disturbing.

“I hit a deer (with a car) and he didn’t talk to me for a couple of weeks,” Albert Worley said with a laugh.

Worley is careful to check what animals he can and cannot own — laws like the Migratory Birds Act protect most birds, and it’s illegal to pick up roadkill in Nevada.

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Hamilton County Animal Rescue welcomes exotic animals https://phrynosoma.org/hamilton-county-animal-rescue-welcomes-exotic-animals/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/hamilton-county-animal-rescue-welcomes-exotic-animals/ From rabbits and rats to turtles and tarantulas, EARPS welcomes all but the typical pets. HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. “Have you ever seen a chinchilla give itself a dust bath?” It’s pretty cool, but a lot of chinchillas end up at Exotic Animal Rescue and Pet Sanctuary (EARPS) in Hamilton County, never having one because the […]]]>

From rabbits and rats to turtles and tarantulas, EARPS welcomes all but the typical pets.

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. “Have you ever seen a chinchilla give itself a dust bath?”

It’s pretty cool, but a lot of chinchillas end up at Exotic Animal Rescue and Pet Sanctuary (EARPS) in Hamilton County, never having one because the owners didn’t know how to care for an exotic pet.

It is the same for many animals that EARPS saves. The rescue group works with other shelters and shelters that are not used to taking in exotic animals.

“Most of the shelters you see — the Humane Societies, the city shelters — are used to dogs and cats,” said EARPS President Heather Sokol.

It’s a different story at EARPS, where they accept any animal that isn’t a dog, cat, wild animal, or barnyard animal.

“They will receive all the care they need. When they come in, they will be rehabilitated to proper diet, proper housing. We sterilize and castrate whenever possible,” Sokol said.

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Sokol also said they work hard to educate the public about exotic animals. Some animals – like a Russian tortoise – can make great pets but outlive their owners as they can live to be 50 years old. Others, like rabbits and rats, reproduce quickly and owners find themselves in a situation where they have a large number of animals that they had not anticipated.

The rescue has taken in animals that most people can’t even imagine.

“Rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, mice, hamsters, gerbils, hedgehogs. We have parakeets. We have snakes, turtles and lizards,” Sokol said. “And then we’ll have some scary critters sometimes. We’ll have tarantulas or crabs, or an axolotl; hissing cockroaches from Madagascar. We took 10 or 11 of them last year and adopted them pretty quickly from a science teacher from the area, who was very excited to have her for her class.”

The top priority is to find a happy, healthy and permanent home for the animals. Exotic animals can make great pets, as long as there is planning and research done beforehand.

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“We don’t want them going to someone who isn’t prepared for it. It’s so important that they know what they’re getting into because not all animals are prepared for a certain lifestyle. “Sokol said.

EARPS has a thorough adoption process to ensure the pet and family are a perfect fit. Currently, the rescue has a wide variety of animals that are available for adoption. Find details on the rescue website and Facebook page.

RELATED: Indianapolis Zoo Helps Relocate Exotic Animals

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UFC fans go crazy as ‘Anytime, Anywhere, Any Animal’ commentator Jon Anik Voices fights between a lizard and a rat https://phrynosoma.org/ufc-fans-go-crazy-as-anytime-anywhere-any-animal-commentator-jon-anik-voices-fights-between-a-lizard-and-a-rat/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/ufc-fans-go-crazy-as-anytime-anywhere-any-animal-commentator-jon-anik-voices-fights-between-a-lizard-and-a-rat/ UFC fights are a sight to watch. While much credit goes to the fighters and organizers, the one reason behind the success that often gets overlooked is the commentators. UFC commentators make a fight more interesting with their insights and reactions. ADVERTISING The article continues below this ad One such commentator who has been associated […]]]>

UFC fights are a sight to watch. While much credit goes to the fighters and organizers, the one reason behind the success that often gets overlooked is the commentators. UFC commentators make a fight more interesting with their insights and reactions.

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One such commentator who has been associated with the UFC for a long time is Jon Anik. He has called many fights in his career. Fans recently saw the veteran commentator call a fight between a snake and a rat.

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In a video shared on Twitter, we see a lizard and a rat fighting. Fans can see Jon Anik comment on this. In the video, Anik says: “Rat trying to defend itself. Oh man, looks like the rat was trying to hook up the hooks.

When asked to break up the fight, Anik said, “You know, it looked like the Rat had a window to escape, but now it doesn’t look so good. What is this other animal? I don’t even know… The rat ran away there for a second.

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As Anik commented on this encounter between the lizard and the rat, fans had quite the reaction to it.

Fans react to Jon Anik commenting on the fight between a lizard and a rat

Jon Anik commentating on UFC fights is a regular sight for fans. However, Anik commenting on a fight between a lizard and a rat is a rare sight to see. MMA fans had quite the reaction to this.

A fan has expressed his thoughts on how Jon Anik is the world’s top commentator anytime, anywhere. The fan commented, saying how Anik threw away the metaphorical helmet seeing just a lizard and a rat fighting.

Jon Anik seemed to have fun commenting with a laugh and sharing emojis.

A user expressed his reaction to the video using an iconic phrase Jon Anik says when commenting on MMA fights.

A user commented expressing their love for Anik.

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Another user made an interesting comment giving the lizard a score of 10-8.

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New Study Ranks Tennessee Among States Most Likely to Fatal Animal Attacks | Community https://phrynosoma.org/new-study-ranks-tennessee-among-states-most-likely-to-fatal-animal-attacks-community/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/new-study-ranks-tennessee-among-states-most-likely-to-fatal-animal-attacks-community/ Country the United States of AmericaUS Virgin IslandsU.S. Minor Outlying IslandsCanadaMexico, United Mexican StatesBahamas, Commonwealth ofCuba, Republic ofDominican RepublicHaiti, Republic ofJamaicaAfghanistanAlbania, People’s Socialist Republic ofAlgeria, People’s Democratic Republic ofAmerican SamoaAndorra, Principality ofAngola, Republic ofAnguillaAntarctica (the territory south of 60 degrees S)Antigua and BarbudaArgentina, Argentine RepublicArmeniaArubaAustralia, Commonwealth ofAustria, Republic ofAzerbaijan, Republic ofBahrain, Kingdom ofBangladesh, People’s Republic […]]]>

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Disney’s Best Animal Kingdom Specialty Cocktails https://phrynosoma.org/disneys-best-animal-kingdom-specialty-cocktails/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:45:37 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/disneys-best-animal-kingdom-specialty-cocktails/ Disney’s Animal Kingdom is packed with incredible experiences for Guests that give them the chance to fly on a banshee, embark on an African safari, travel through prehistory, and come face-to-face with the Yeti. While enjoying Disney Park, visitors also have plenty of amazing dining venues at their disposal that serve cuisine from around the […]]]>

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is packed with incredible experiences for Guests that give them the chance to fly on a banshee, embark on an African safari, travel through prehistory, and come face-to-face with the Yeti. While enjoying Disney Park, visitors also have plenty of amazing dining venues at their disposal that serve cuisine from around the world in addition to specialty cocktails.

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With so many specialty cocktails to choose from at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Guests can spend an entire day sampling delicious and unique creations and sipping them in calming, serene settings. Be sure to check out these specialty cocktails during any visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort!

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Hightower Rocks – Nomad Lounge

One of the best lounges in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Nomad Lounge, which is located on Discovery Island, right next to Tiffins Restaurant. Nomad Lounge features both an indoor seating area and a wraparound outdoor patio that overlooks this water, where guests can enjoy specialty cocktails and small plates with international flavors. Hightower Rocks is a popular and refreshing cocktail to savor that mixes Casa Dragones Blanco tequila with watermelon, sweet and sour juice and lime juice for a fruity sip that pairs perfectly with the mood.

Annapurna Zing

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Annapurna Zing – Nomadic living room

A spicier specialty cocktail option at the Nomad Lounge that guests can sip is the Annapurna Zing which includes Bombay Sapphire gin, passion fruit puree, mint, simple syrup and lime juice topped with ginger beer and a vibrant lotus flower.

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Leaping Lizard – Nomad Lounge

The final specialty cocktail that visitors shouldn’t miss at Nomad Lounge is a fruity, tropical delight that’s very refreshing on any hot day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Leaping Lizard combines Malibu pineapple rum and Leblon cachaca, with a blend of orange, passion fruit and mango juice.

DOLE Whip Pineapple Float

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DOLE Whip Pineapple Rum Float Coconut Parrot Bay – Tamu Tamu Refreshments

A DOLE whip is a classic snack every Adventureland guest must try in Magic Kingdom, but a quick serve point in Disney’s Animal Kingdom updates the delicious treat with an alcoholic twist. The DOLE Whip Pineapple Flat with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum is served throughout the day at Tamu Tamu Refreshments in the Africa Zone of the park and combines the floating version of the pineapple treat with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum.

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Rum Flower – Pongu Pongu

Pandora – World of Avatar is a highly immersive area of ​​Disney’s Animal Kingdom that brings visitors to the Valley of Mo’ara where they can enjoy the Na’vi River Journey, Avatar Passover Flight, the Satu’li canteen, wandering under the floating mountains, and some excellent specialty cocktails from Pongu Pongu. The quick service location has a convenient order counter where customers can find Rum Blossom which includes layers of Bacardi Superior Rum, Apple and Desert Pear Lemonade topped with boba balls.

Mo’ara Margarita

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Mo’ara Margarita – Pongu Pongu

Also found at Pongu Pongu is an additional specialty cocktail that is just as bright and vibrant as the plant life and unique creatures found in Pandora – The World of Avatar. The Mo’ara Margarita blends Tequila Sauza Commemorativo Aejo, Bols Blue Curaçao, and lime juice topped with boba balls for a unique and refreshing drink to enjoy every day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Lost on Safari – Dawa Bar

The village of Harambe in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Africa region is one of the most themed locations, with amazing detail found all around. A great way to soak up the theme while enjoying a specialty cocktail is to sit down at Dawa Bar, an open-air lounge with a wonderful menu. The Lost on Safari is a great option at Dawa Bar which mixes Starr African Rum, Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum and Pangani Punch for a fruity and spicy mix.

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African Margarita – Dawa Bar

A margarita alternative at Dawa Bar is a great option for customers who enjoy a more citrus-based drink. The African margarita is vibrantly colored and includes Corazon Blanco tequila, Van der hum tangerine liqueur, sweet and sour and lime juice for a lemony take on a classic margarita.

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Leopard Eye – Harambe Market

One of the brightest and most vibrant cocktails in all of Walt Disney World Resort can be found at the Harambe Quick Service Market, which is located at the back of Harambe near the Asia Trail. The Leopard’s Eye is neon green in color and contains a mix of Snow Leopard vodka, passion fruit, mango and kiwi, making it a great option to enjoy while walking around Harambe and checking out all the details.

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Yak Attack – Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Yak & Yeti Restaurant in the Asia Zone of Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers an extensive menu of Pan-Asian delights that guests can enjoy across two floors of beautifully themed dining rooms. While soaking up the ambiance and diving into menu favorites like Ahi Tuna Nachos, diners can sip the Yak Attack which is a fruity blend of mango daiquiri, Don Q Cristal rum and berry flavors. wild.

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Himalayan Rose – Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Another wonderful specialty cocktail that brings bold flavors that go well with any item on the Yak & Yeti restaurant menu is the Pink Himalayan which blends Tanqueray gin, ruby ​​red grapefruit juice, passion fruit, lemongrass and a edge of salt.

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Himalayan Ghost – Thirsty River Bar

In the Asian region of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, not far from Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, is Thirsty River Bar, a quick and convenient service spot that serves delicious beers, wine and specialty cocktails that guests can taste while enjoying the view from the Discovery River Amphitheater. A great option on the menu is the Himalayan Ghost which features a mix of Snow Leopard vodka, guava and Minute Maid Premium lemonade for a refreshing sip.

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Yeti Sunset – Thirsty River Bar

Another great option to try at Thirsty River Bar is the Yeti Sunset, which mixes Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey with strawberry and lychee lemonade for a sweet and tangy drink that patrons shouldn’t miss!

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