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Archive: December, 2011

POSTED: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 10:35 AM

If you happened to tune in to the Pennsylvania Cable Network yesterday to watch the floor debate in the state House, you might have been more than a little perplexed when lawmakers began debating a bill with no name.

Well, it had a name SB 71. It was originally drafted as legislation to ban simulcasting of greyhound racing. A similar bill was already signed into law by Gov. Corbett.

Instead the language was removed and replaced with language to ban pigeon shoots - a practice where live pigeons are launched from electronic boxes while shooters fire rounds at short distance. Injured birds that land in the shooting circle get their necks broken - often by teenagers. Wounded birds by the hundreds fly off to die slow deaths.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 8:48 PM

We didn't think anything could "outcute" the precious video of orphaned baby bats in Australia wrapped in swaddling clothes until we saw this.

The rescue and mothering of a tiny baby bat named Lil' Drac by a team of wildlife rehabilitators at Bat World Sanctuary in Texas.

His young mother was moved as part of a zoo closure. Stressed from the conditions in which she was kept, combined with the additional trauma of being captured and transferred to a new and unfamiliar environment, she abandoned Lil' Drac after he was born.


POSTED: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 8:36 PM

A Wisconsin dog is being hailed as a hero for saving her owner's life.

Bob Kumbler was trapped by his skidloader on his farm when its bucket malfunctioned. Pinned by the heavy machinery and barely able to breathe, he realized he didn't have much time and wondered if anyone would find him.

His faithful dog Holly recognized he was in distress and started barking.


POSTED: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 8:16 PM

 

Just a few short months ago, he was  bag of bones roaming the streets of Delaware County.

Today Curious George is safe in the loving arms of his adoptive family.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 7:31 PM

  

Is there anything cuter than a bundle of rescued puppies in a wooden crate surrounded by caretakers and Christmas decorations?

Nope.

POSTED: Monday, December 12, 2011, 1:37 PM

I stumbled on this fabulous collection of "kitty classics" this morning on Buzz Feed- in a cyber wandering not unlike stepping on a morning hairball in your barefeet on the way to the kitchen.

These are wonderfully imagined classic works of literature with feline-focused plots, such as The Cat of Monte Cristo:

POSTED: Monday, December 12, 2011, 7:31 PM

Meet Tommasso, the richest cat in the world.

Once a 4-year-old stray cat that was rescued from the streets of Rome, Tommasso is now sitting pretty on a $13 million inheritance.

POSTED: Friday, December 9, 2011, 3:42 PM

Will there be justice for animals in Judge Brown's Lancaster County courtroom?

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Amy Worden is a politics and government reporter for the Inquirer. In that capacity she has explored a range of animal issues from dog kennel law improvements and horse slaughter to the comeback of peregrine falcons and pigeon hunts. From hamsters to horses, animals have always been part of her life. To pass along a tip or contact Amy, click here. Reach Amy at aworden@phillynews.com.

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