Watch this baby quail hatch with a little help from a friend…

I found this on The Dodo today. It was written by Caitlin Jill Anders and the following is her article in its entirety. Be sure to watch the video at the end. It will warm your heart!

“Albert is a quail who was rescued and hatched from a supermarket egg back in February. He was the only one of his batch to hatch, although others who’ve tried the same thing have successfully hatched more. This might not seem possible, but some eggs that go to the supermarket are fertilized, even if the packaging might say they’re not.

His dad thought Albert might like some friends, so he bought some more eggs, and amazingly, they hatched, too — but one little chick was having some trouble coming out of her shell, literally.

The tiny chick tried for 30 hours to peck her way out of her shell, but she was too weak.

She kept at it, but her new dad was worried she might eventually give up.

According to Albert’s dad, it’s not a good idea to help a chick hatch from his egg. If you try too early, the chick could bleed to death, and if you try too late, the chick could already have passed on. There is a small window of time where it’s safe to help, however …

… and the man decided he had to try. He slowly, over time, cracked open the egg as gently as he could …

… until the little chick was finally visible. She was still too weak to stretch herself out of the egg, though …

… and so she got a little more help, until finally, there she was.

The baby quail was able to leave her shell behind and join the world where her brothers and sisters, including Albert, were already waiting.

The day after she hatched, she was already strong enough to join her siblings, and had no trouble fitting in with everyone. Albert and his dad are absolutely delighted that she was able to pull through, and are excited to watch her grow and enjoy her second chance at life.”

Woman Saves Orphaned Baby Deer and Now the State Wants to Kill Him

Here’s a heartwarming story about a woman who rescues an orphaned deer…but it may not have a happy ending. Although that can change, and it may. Here’s the complete story as I read it on the Dodo’s September 26th newsletter:

“A woman dedicated two years of her life to saving an orphaned deer — and now she’s trying to stop the state from killing him.

Back in 2013, Jodi Proger was driving down the highway when someone a few cars in front of her crashed into a mother deer. The deer died, and her days-old fawn was circling her body in a panic.

“He was running back and forth, back and forth,” Proger told The Dodo.

“I wasn’t gonna do it but I did it,” she said. And so she ran back, scooped the frightened little deer up, and took him home with her.

Proger, who lives on a 5-acre farm with her husband and horses, said there aren’t any deer sanctuaries in Ohio, so she knew she was his only chance. She raised the little fawn, whom she named Wheezer, on her own, feeding him every few hours for the first months of his life.

He likes to sleep indoors with the family, so around 10 p.m. every night he comes inside to get ready for bed. “He’ll climb up on the loveseat and he’ll watch a little TV and he’ll crash on the loveseat,” Proger said.

And Wheezer has bonded with the other family members as well. “Him and the dog will lie on the floor with each other,” Proger said. “He loves the cats — he licks them to death.”

“We’ve had him a little over two years with no problems, no complaints from any of our neighbors, nothing,” she added.

Sure enough, officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) showed up shortly after to tell Proger that she was violating the law by keeping Wheezer.

Their solution? Killing him.

Proger begged them to return to the office and pretend they saw nothing, but they refused. However, they left after an hour without taking the deer.

“Ohio has no sanctuaries whatsoever,” Proger said about the state’s handling of wildlife. “Their only thing is to come in, take them and kill them.”

“No one ever told me it was illegal to have a deer,” she added. “No one!”

She reached out to Ohio state senator Lou Gentile (D-30), who helped stall the ODNR. “He got the kill order off of Wheezer’s head, but they’re still debating what to do with me and Wheezer,” she said.

“I am just so amazed and so much in awe of the support I have received,” Proger said. “I am so, so grateful.”

“He’s very loving,” she said.

If you’d like to help, you can sign an Ohio SPCA petition asking Ohio Gov. John Kasich and other state officials to spare Wheezer’s life. You can also contact the governor’s office here.”

(end of Dodo story)

What a story it is!! I hope the committee that is working on this issue will grant Jodi Proger an exemption. I did sign the petition. Please do too if you are so inclined. At least that might spare his life.

He seems to be thriving in this homey situation, don’t you think? It’s not ideal for a wild animal–and I definitely don’t like the idea of the tether– after all, he should be able to run and jump. But it’s all this deer knows at this point. And he seems quite happy! Maybe they can find a deer sanctuary in another state that will take him since Ohio doesn’t have one. That would probably be ideal. Although I must say, he certainly seems to have a good life right now…

What do you think?

Julian’s Story

This video is the story of Julian, a dog who was cruelly shot, his front leg shattered, and he fended for himself before finally collapsing beneath a tree. Once found, his miracle story begins. To read more about Julian’s journey, click here for the full report at Viktor Larkhill, Extreme Rescue.

The video pretty much tells the story though. God Bless all those who helped this precious dog. Thankfully he has a very happy ending. This is a feel good video and will warm your heart. (Caution: the video is graphic only in showing his wound and injury)

Feel free to leave your comments below.

Which States Are the Best at Prosecuting For Animals?

As many of you may know, one of my passions is improved legislation for animal welfare. Nothing makes me crazier than when someone gets charged with an animal cruelty, neglect or endangerment crime and then they walk away with a slap on the wrist because there are not adequate laws or punishments set up or because those doing the prosecuting and sentencing aren’t thinking about the rights of the animals.

Slowly but surely, the tides are turning. As more and more people become enlightened and bring animal welfare to the forefront, changes are becoming evident. It is important to highlight these wins and to celebrate those who are brave enough to swim in the treacherous political waters where they encounter swells of lobbyists and “Big Money” whose only objectives are to curtail the progress being made on behalf of animals and to continue operating in ways that are detrimental to the precious sentient beings.

The Dodo, the community who follows the profound shift in the way people regard animals and reports on important issues and developments, came out today with an article about which states in our nation are the best at prosecuting for animals.  Here’s what they had to say:

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“Last week, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring burnished his pro-animal record when he established an Animal Law unit in an attorney general’s office. The unit will serve as a resource for local law enforcement and state agencies on animal fighting and animal cruelty prosecutions, providing the expertise and firepower to bring those responsible for animal cruelty, suffering, and abuse to justice. For the unit’s first project, it’s partnering with The HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) to reach out to Virginia pet stores as part of an effort to crack down on puppy mills.

In New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an Animal Protection Initiative to shut down criminal animal fighting rings, protect consumers from unscrupulous pet sellers, and prevent other forms of cruelty to animals. Just last month, Schneiderman secured felony convictions in the case of two men who ran the largest known cockfighting ring in New York history, and he specifically requested that their guilty pleas include bans on them owning animals in future. In November, Schneiderman wrote to all of New York’s 1,034 municipal and local governments offering to help them draft enforceable laws to crack down on puppy mills and the pet stores that sell dogs and cats from mills.

In Florida, Attorney General Pam Bondi has made animal protection a serious priority. Last July, she shut down a Jacksonville puppy mill and puppy importer, who had been hawking sick English Bulldog puppies to unsuspecting sellers over the Internet for as much as $2,300 a puppy. She’s strongly supported decoupling greyhound racing and casino-style gambling, and also supported legislation to require greyhound tracks to report injuries (greyhound euthanasia rates have fallen sharply in states that have adopted injury reporting laws). On a personal level, Bondi brings an adoptable shelter dog to every cabinet meeting to promote adoption.

And in California, Attorney General Kamala Harris has defended a series of pioneering animal protection laws. Alongside HSUS attorneys, she’s now been on the winning side of four separate challenges to Prop 2 and AB 1437, California’s new farm animal welfare laws that went into effect earlier this month. (Unfortunately, a court recently overturned California’s pioneering ban on the sale of force-fed foie gras, though we’re hopeful that Harris will appeal that ruling.) And, drawing on the work of the HSUS Animal Protection Litigation division, she successfully defeated a challenge to California’s ban on the possession and sale of shark fins, which has helped us crack down on the brutal practice of shark finning.”

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These are important milestones that need to be built upon so that other states will follow suit. It is critical that people – We the People – keep pressure on our elected officials, with our voices and our votes, and encourage them to make changes in how animals are regarded and how issues involving animals are legislated in their jurisdictions.

The fight is a big one and not everywhere are the battles being won. The Dodo also reports on how Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt are pushing back against progress and taking their states backward in terms of animal welfare. If you want to read about just what these two attorney generals are up to, the Dodo article will open your eyes. And it should anger you to discover that such barbaric mentalities are in positions of power.

The battles rage on and the fights seem endless, but we all must soldier on to ensure that we provide a world to animals in which they are treated with dignity and respect and love.

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