“Since her transfer she has been brutally and continually attacked and is subjected to excessive sexual pressure from a male orca who she is often locked into the same tank with,” Dr. Ingrid Visser of New Zealand’s Orca Research Trust wrote of Morgan in the report, which has been submitted to USDA and NOAA as evidence in the repatriation effort.
Trainers at the park show “a clear lack of empathy for this animal,” Visser said, “who ignore her calls for attention and her cries for help and disregard aggressive attacks on her by the other animals.”
Visser observed Morgan for 77 hours over eight days, and witnessed an “unprecedented 91 aggression events” involving the newcomer, who arrived in 2011. “Morgan, was attacked, on average, more than once an hour,” she wrote, noting that a similar study of another captive orca “recorded an aggressive episode only once every 234 hours.”
In other words, Morgan is “over than 100 times more likely to be attacked at Loro Parque than the orca in the other study,” Visser said. Morgan has suffered more than 320 puncture and bite marks (all documented by photographs), she added. “This does not include the damage she has self-inflicted from abnormal and repetitive behaviors such as banging her head on the concrete tanks.”
This breaks my heart, how can you guys not feel something about this?
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I watched this 4 minute video about how reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone park literally changed everything about the park and just sat there for another two minutes, mouth open and teary eyed and amazed. Definitely worth a watch.
it’s amazing how the earth itself changed in response to wildlife…
The POSITIVE impact of a species being reintroduced to its natural habitat to not just its species but others is remarkable! Wolves are amazing!
As y’all know, I work with ACR, a 501c3 cat rescue organization. We are in desperate need of fosters for the cats already in our systems, and for continued pulls off the kill list at Animal Control.
Please reblog this and ask any friends and family you may have in the area if they are interested in fostering.
- Fostering can be long or short term. If you are fostering cats from within our system, they can always be returned back to us if something doesn’t work out.
- Fostering is absolutely a possibility for people who already have pets. We can help you with introductions if you’ve never done it before.
- All medical expenses will be covered by ACR. It would be great if you could pay for food and litter because we do not have extensive funds, but if that’s not a possibility, we can help you out with that as well.
- We work around what you would like in a foster cat. There are dozens of cats in need and more coming in every day.
I can personally speak to you about fostering if you have any questions; if you think you’re ready to foster, you can fill out the very simple application on our website by clicking “Foster/Adoption Application” on the left-hand side. Feel free to leave me asks (‘queen’ on tumblr) or email me at email@example.com. You can list me, Talena Smith, as how you found out about ACR on the application.
PLEASE REBLOG EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN THE AREA.
Thank you for your support!
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Next week Jane Goodall will turn 80; Commentator Barbara King celebrates her accomplishments and urges you to send Goodall a message of thanks and congratulations.
SeaWorld just got busted by a US government agency for violating the Animal Abuse Act — and we may have a rare chance to end its animal cruelty for good
In a surprise move, a Californian congressmen has just introduced a law to make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity. This could change everything — but SeaWorld is already mounting a vicious campaign to defeat this congressman’s brave move. We need to tell the State of California that the public won’t accept SeaWorld’s imprisonment of orcas any longer.’
Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to make it illegal to hold orcas in captivity for performance or entertainment purposes.
HOLY HECK: This is actually SUPER close to meeting the goal!
Come on! Let’s spread it like wildfire!
Easter is coming up! And it’s a terrible time for pet store bunnies!
Rabbits are marketed as “easy”, short-lived, starter pets, especially during the Easter holidays, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth! A healthy, well cared for bunny can live just as long as the average cat or dog- 10-12 years!
What’s more, they have more complex needs than a cat or a dog. Rabbits are prey animals and do not behave or show affection in the same way as predators like cats and dogs; they don’t deal well with being outside-only animals; they can get sad if they’re on their own and don’t receive enough attention; and if they’re bought as a male and female couple, they can start reproducing from as early as 5-6 months of age, and they can carry multiple litters at the same time!
They have a specialised diet (NOT carrots!), need a specialised living area (unless you want all your things to get chewed up!), and they need specialised vets! Caring for them costs as much as caring for a dog!
They’re a big responsibility!
Boost this to the end of time
Endangered Tortoises Are Being Defaced on Purpose… to Protect Them
by Sabrina Elfarra
Some of the rarest tortoises in the world are a hot commodity on the black market for their unique golden shells which can sell for tens of thousands of dollars.
In an effort to obstruct poachers, conservationists have made the bold move to carve into the shells of the tortoises, protecting the animals by making their domes less attractive. The branded shells also make it easier for authorities to trace them if they are stolen.
“Endangered tortoises and turtles are facing a real threat, and we’re hoping that this will be an effective tool to keep them safe,” Eric Goode, the founder and president of the Turtle Conservancy told ABC News today.
Years of hunting have caused near extinction for many tortoise species, so sanctuaries and zoos are using identification marks, including laser inscribing, tattoos and engraving to hinder poachers and discourage collectors from paying a great deal of money for the animals.
Since the conservancy began putting the branded tortoises back into the wild in 2011, the shells have not come up in the black market, which officials believe is a good sign.
The Turtle Conservancy’s Behler Chelonian Center in Ventura County, Calif., has been working with ploughshare tortoises among others which originate from Madagascar. Their goal is to engrave the shells of both the ploughshares in captivity as well as those living in the wild…
(read more: ABCNews)
photos by The Turtle Conservancy
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