Posts Tagged ‘New York’

I Love Moo: Tales From A N.Y. Animal Sanctuary

June 16, 2008

Moo had a little crush on me, and I could all but return his affections.

The brown-haired boy possessed saucer-size eyes, a sturdy build and a sweet disposition. But what really tugged at my heart was his story of survival. The super-friendly bull, who had trailed me through the pasture like a lovelorn teen, had been found tied to a car during his calfhood. He was saved by one animal shelter, then recently relocated to another, Farm Sanctuary near Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Moo is not alone — here, at the country’s largest farm animal-rescue facility, or with his grim history. The safe haven takes in hundreds of farm animals, who, if they could talk, would tell similar stories. There’s Morgan, a snow-white rooster discovered in a Brooklyn pet store dyed like an Easter egg; Mayfly, an experiment in a school hatching project; and Winnie, a 500-pound pig who escaped a backyard barbecue (featuring her) in Connecticut. She now is the alpha pig of the pen.

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Mom finds snake coiled on baby’s leg in crib

June 11, 2008

A Long Island animal shelter is a temporary home for a 1-foot-long snake that a mother found coiled on her 7-month-old daughter’s leg as the baby slept in a crib.

Cari Abatemarco of upstate Troy says she was visiting family in Brentwood last week when her baby’s cries woke her one night. She tells Newsday that she found a snake wrapped around her daughter’s leg.

Abatemarco says she lifted her daughter and the snake fell off. A relative removed the snake from the crib and placed it in a bucket until animal control officers arrived.

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Homosexuality Common in the Wild, Scientists Say

May 26, 2008

As gay couples celebrate their newfound right to marry in California and opposition groups rally to fight the ruling, many struggle with this question: Is homosexuality natural?

On this issue, Nature has spoken: Same-sex lovin’ is common in hundreds of species, scientists say.

Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins at New York’s Central Park Zoo, were a couple for about six years, during which they nurtured a fertilized egg together (given to them by a zookeeper) and raised the young chick that hatched.

According to University of Oslo zoologist Petter Böckman, about 1,500 animal species are known to practice same-sex coupling, including bears, gorillas, flamingos, owls, salmon and many others.

If homosexuality is natural in the animal kingdom, then there is the question of why evolution hasn’t eliminated this trait from the gene pool, since it doesn’t lead to reproduction.

It may simply be for pleasure.

“Not every sexual act has a reproductive function,” said Janet Mann, a biologist at Georgetown University who studies dolphins (homosexual behavior is very common in these marine mammals). “That’s true of humans and non-humans.”

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NYPD: Monkeys and snakes are service animals, too

May 4, 2008

That monkey on the subway? Illegal in New York City, but not if the owner has a disability. The guy with the snake on the bus? Leave him alone. He needs it for emotional support.

The New York Police Department Patrol Guide, a thick and getting thicker collection of rules and regulations, has been amended to let officers know that guide dogs for the blind are not the only creatures considered service animals — and to give them a better understanding of which straphangers and bus riders are allowed to have members of the animal kingdom as riding partners.

Now, according to the Patrol Guide, it is not just the blind who can have service animals, but those afflicted with epilepsy, heart disease, lung disease and other medical conditions, namely those who say they need an animal to provide them psychological reassurance.

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Fish Can Have These Luxury Subway Condos for a Song

May 3, 2008

New York City Transit released the first glimpse of old subway cars that act as active marine reefs this week.

[…] New York subway cars are considered the luxury condominiums for fish. States have experimented with other types of artificial reef materials, including abandoned automobiles, tanks, refrigerators, shopping carts and washing machines.

But subway cars are ideal because they are roomy enough to invite certain fish, too heavy to shift easily in storms and durable enough to avoid throwing off debris for decades.

Best of all, they are free. Both to the fish and to the states that want them.

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New York bans grisly electrocution of animals for fur

April 30, 2008

New York has become the first state in the nation to ban the electrocution of animals in a particularly gruesome way to harvest their fur.

The law bans the practice of anal and genital electrocution of fur-bearing animals, including mink, foxes, chinchillas and rabbits. The misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail.

National animal rights advocates on Wednesday said they hope it will force similar measures in other states.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to use the law to push other states to ban similar practices on farms, which are often hidden in rural areas where animals are born and bred unsheltered in cages.

“Anal electrocution is common practice in fur farms across the world,” said Melissa Karpel of the Norfolk, Va.-based PETA. “A lot of these methods aren’t effective and these animals will wake up while they are being skinned.”

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Giant insects invading arboretum

April 24, 2008

Artist David Rogers builds insects that are roughly accurate in shape and proportion. But when it comes to size, he tosses authenticity out the window.

Rogers is installing a collection of 15 bugs this week at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. And their size—as big as a rhinoceros, or bigger—not to mention their varnished cedar and willow surfaces and steel skeletons, make them hard to ignore.

“Normally, we’re giants to the ants,” said Judy O’Kelly-Pickell, of Lombard, a frequent arboretum visitor, who on Monday afternoon had just walked under one of Rogers’ ants. “But these are giants to us, especially when they come marching one, two, three in a row like this.”

Rogers, of Long Island, N.Y., began assembling and erecting his artwork Monday with the help of his assistant and an arboretum crew. They hope to finish next week, depending on weather. The bugs will stay three months and be the centerpiece of a series of workshops, art exhibits and observations on the role of insects in nature.

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New York City awarded Top Pet-Friendly Place for 2008

April 2, 2008

The Big Apple has gone to the dogs — and is being awarded for it. The city has been selected as the pet-friendliest destination of 2008, according to Animal Fair, a lifestyle magazine for pet owners. It’s one of the seven winners of this year’s Cesar Five Dog Bone Awards, voted on by readers.

In the city, visitors and their pets can enjoy “pampering at the many hound-hospitable hotels” and “dining at canine-cuisine restaurants,” the magazine says.

The annual Dog Bone Awards recognize the roles that pets play in people’s lives and the establishments that cater to them. Winners are selected based upon their excellence in pet-friendly travel and product services.

The other six winners this year were…

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What’s Killing The Bats Of The Northeast?

March 7, 2008

Healthy bats, when waking from hibernation, form small clusters after emerging from months of slumber.

But when CBS News correspondent Daniel Sieberg went with Biologist Al Hicks to an abandoned underground mine near Kingston, N.Y., it looked like a bat morgue, with many of the fragile mammals already dead, or dying, in our hands.

“This is the biggest threat to bat populations I’ve ever seen, no question about it,” said Hicks, a state wildlife biologist.

Normally, the small brown bats should respond to lights and noise.

But their bodies are so weak, they are too lethargic to move. Their fat stores have been mysteriously depleted.

“If what we see here continues to play out over the winter, we’ll lose most of them,” Hicks said.

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Avail: No-Fee Apt, Park View, Wood Floors, Animals OK

February 28, 2008

It’s a walk-up, but the price is right. City squirrels are enjoying the goodwill of concerned citizens and the Parks Dept., who cooperated to install squirrel houses in City Hall Park. Mark Garvin had five of the boxes, which measure about a foot around, built with soft pine for several hundred dollars a piece–city real estate insanity extends to the trees!

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Kitten survives after 25 days lost in subway

February 20, 2008

They say cats have nine lives and one American kitten may have used up a few after it spent 25 days in an underground subway in New York.

The runaway kitten that wandered off the subway platform was found after spending 25 days in an underground tunnel.

The inquisitive moggy disappeared almost a month ago after it scampered out of its carrier after a visit to the vet.

Her distraught owner Bronx librarian Ashley Phillips, 24, feared she would never see her beloved feline friend, Georgia, again.

“I couldn’t grab her fast enough and she jumped onto the tracks,” Ms Phillips said.

She looked for Georgia for more than two hours with transit workers, and finally abandoned the search.

But the cat turned up after transit workers found her in midtown Manhattan four weeks later.

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Animal-esque artist news: Super Furry Animals Open An All-Request Line for North American Tour

January 25, 2008


For their forthcoming North American tour (beginning tomorrow in Brooklyn), Welsh wonders the Super Furry Animals have developed a request line allowing fans to place requests to hear their favorite songs at specific shows (embedded below).

According to the Beggars Banquet blog, “The band will be taking requests via this little embeddable voting widget. Just select the show and find the song that you want the band to play, and then vote. The results are being tracked in real-time – Super Tuesday style – and will be fed to the band as they course around the U.S. [and Canada.]”

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Humane Society warns of crushing trap dangers – And trappers offer their retort!

January 24, 2008

Check out this Letter to the Editor sent to the Albany Times Union from the Humane Society of the United States:


On behalf of nearly 800,000 members and supporters in New York, The Humane Society of the United States heartily applauds the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Commissioner Grannis for creating a public safety buffer zone free of body-crushing traps within 100 feet of public trails.

Residents should be able to observe and enjoy the great outdoors without fear of these traps, which have killed family pets and pose a mortal danger to children. Body-crushing traps are designed to slam shut with enough force to break the victim’s spinal cord, but often strangle or crush to death the animal. These powerful metal devices are nearly impossible to remove and are land mines for animals, closing rapidly on any creature who haplessly trigger them.

Legally, dogs under voice command can be off-leash. However, leashes are not a preventative tool in these cases. Dogs who move their noses and heads within the vicinity of a trap, whether on or off leash, will be caught and killed.

It is absolutely astonishing to read that J. Cea (letter, Jan. 14) claims the general public takes financial “advantage” of trappers. In fact, residents and taxpayers fund the DEC through the state budget; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Report notes that wildlife observers outspend consumptive users. Thanks to the adoption of regulations by Commissioner Grannis and the DEC, we can all breathe a little easier next time we go for a walk in the woods.


The Humane Society of the United States

NYS Program Coordinator

Albany Letter was found here.

Note: The image above is of a leg-hold trap, not a body-crushing trap. All the body-crushing trap pictures I could find either didn’t have an animal in it or were disturbingly bloody. This picture is mild, when compared to most others I found.

Now, a word from the nation’s trappers:

Tour Schedule for Super Furry Animals 2008

December 27, 2007


What could be more Animal-esque than Super Furry Animals? Here’s their tour schedule for the new year.

12/31 – London, ENG – Royal Festival Hall
01/23 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
01/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
01/26 – Philadelphia, PA – Starlight Ballroom
01/27 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
01/29 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
01/30 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
01/31 – New Orleans, LA – The Republic
02/01 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
02/02 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
02/05 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
02/06 – Solona Beach, CA – Belly Up
02/08 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
02/09 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
02/11 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
02/12 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
02/15 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
02/16 – Chicago, IL – Metro
02/17 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
02/18 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
02/20 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
02/21 – Montreal, QC – Cabaret Music Hall
02/22 – Ithaca, NY – Cornell University
02/23 – Boston, MA – The Paradise
02/25 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom