Save Ruthie the dog

 

Back on the list for the second night in a row !!

Ruthie is a black beauty that seems to be completely out of her element. Although she seems fearful in her cage, once outside she is focused on pulling with all her might to get right back in it (the lesser of scary things!). Whether Ruthie has an aversion to the outdoors or is just a wreck without her people, I suspect once she’s settled into a home she will be someone’s very best friend!! After hanging out with her some indoors I’m sure that she had someone that cared about her: she knows “sit,” “paw” and “down” (and is super treat motivated when she’s not too worried about other things to take them!) , seems very familiar with toys (she jumps up and down like she’s on a trampoline when she’s waiting for them), and likely has housetraining. She is still a little unsure, but seems to very much want to be cuddly: she offers lots of tail wags, gave me kisses on my hand, and even got two seconds into a belly rub before a noise in the hallway took her attention. It’s impossible to say who the real Ruthie is, but she seems like a very sweet, playful, sensitive girl, very worthy of finding her own safe place.


RUTHIE – A1107516 – Brooklyn – Publicly Adoptable
TO BE DESTROYED 04/11/17**ON PUBLIC LIST!**

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFO/PHOTOS/VIDEOS & STATUS: http://nycdogs.urgentpodr.org/ruthie-a1107516/

Ruthie Is available for public adoption and can be reserved on line until 12 noon tomorrow by clicking the link below.

*** TO ADOPT THROUGH THE PUBLIC ADOPTION SITE, PLEASE GO TO THE FOLLOWING LINK AND SCROLL DOWN TO BOTTOM TO LOG IN AND RESERVE . THERE WILL BE A DEPOSIT REQUIRED.http://www.nycacc.org/PublicAtRisk.htm ***
Or
If you live in the tri-state area and would like to adopt But cannot get to the shelter in time click on the link below and fill out an app with rescue and a volunteer will contact you.
http://nycsecondchancerescue.org/app-form/

The Price of Pork – Chicago Tribune

Special Report

Source: The Price of Pork – Chicago Tribune

RIP Roo the rhino – Africa Geographic

An obituary to a black rhino who didn’t know he was one.

Written by: Debbie Cooper

My heart is so sore because we’ve lost one of our own – a dearly loved, little black rhino that we knew as Roo. And even though he died of natural causes, rather than at the hand of man, it still hurts so much to know he’s gone.

Roo was one of the first orphans to be brought into the bomas at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in 2009. Without the company of others of his kind, he didn’t ever really seem to know that he was a black rhino, so he wasn’t scary and bad-tempered like many others of his species. He was, in fact, a bumbling puppy-rhino with a couple of goats for playmates.

Roo and goat companion in the boma in 2010

Even though he was kept as ‘wild’ as possible, moving to a large leafy boma with space to roam and browse, the constant background of human voices and machinery meant that Roo had no natural fear of the terrible potential threat that man might pose. And thank goodness that he never had to learn that lesson.

But it was a lonely life, despite his goat buddy, and we were all delighted when another young orphan from Ithala Game Reserve was relocated to join him – and a female at that. At last, a mate! And so, with much fuss made about the Romeo-and-Juliet pairing, the two young calves were moved together to their new home on the Eastern Shores of iSimangaliso before they chose to part ways of their own accord.

Foot collar being fitted on Roo by Dr Dave Cooper 2012

Roo being hoisted out of boma on ES 15 October 2012

Roo proceeded to develop a huge fan base with his absolute lack of fear in the face of vehicles or tourists. He’d wander right past them, unconcerned by their presence, treating them to the best close-up experience anyone could wish for.

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Roo - happy and free in 2012

He gave the thrill of a lifetime to two French cyclists on the iSimangaliso MTB race when they almost collided with him – and all he did was look at them quizzically. And in recent months, he found himself adopted by a small crash of white rhino, enchanting everyone who saw them together and even enabling St Lucia photographer Charne’ von Plaster to win a national prize for her set of photos of the unlikely family group.

Roo and his friends ©Charne von Plaster

One of the last photos I saw was taken on 9th June by David Sibiya, showing him standing peacefully with his white rhino ‘siblings’.

Roo and a white rhino ©David Sibaya

The last recorded sighting of him by Conservation Manager Chantal Dickson was then on 24th June when she snapped a shot of him looking completely healthy and at ease. Then the awful news came a few days later that the carcass of a black rhino had been discovered. A vet checked the scene – there was no sign of bullets, so no foul play. But what the rangers did notice was the presence of elephant spoor and dung. A herd of almost 100 elephants had indeed crossed over from the Western Shores the previous week, and the assumption was made that they were perhaps responsible for trampling on Roo. But I guess we’ll never know for sure.

The last photo taken of Roo ©Chantal Dickson

Source: RIP Roo the rhino – Africa Geographic