Rescuers were racing against the clock Monday to save two huge sperm whales stranded on a Tasmanian sandbank after 22 others died, the Australian Parks and Wildlife Service said. Marine mammal specialists were on site in Macquarie Harbour at Strahan on Tasmania's northwest coast, but the rescue bid was hampered by rough weather. Twenty-two of the whales washed ashore on Saturday at Ocean Beach near Strahan, and all of them died.
One decade after we hatched National Bird Day, our feathered friends are as worthy of celebration as ever before — and as deserving of their right to live freely and fully in the wild. As the 10th annual National Bird Day on Jan. 5, 2012, approaches, Born Free USA invites you to participate in a number of all-avian activities! All-new for 2012 are our colorful posters (which can be downloaded for free or ordered from our online store for a $1 shipping and handling charge), our "10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Bird Window Collisions" and, related to that, a photo contest in which you can win a pair of binoculars! Just send us a picture of how you've made one of your windows bird-friendly by the end of the day on National Bird Day, Jan. 5, 2012.
About one in four mammal species are at risk of extinction, and the Western black rhino has officially been declared extinct, according to a new assessment of biodiversity by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and partners. For the latest update, researchers assessed the status of 61,900 species of plants and animals.
Born free but sentenced to a life in captivity, four majestic lions can once again feel the sun on their flowing manes and the soft spring of lush grass under their paws. The sight of these kings of the African savannah returning to their roots brought a glowing smile to one of the great animal champions last week. Virginia McKenna, star of the 1966 cinema classic "Born Free," was there to see two of the mighty big cats begin their epic journey from their cramped confinement in a presidential palace compound to the nearest thing to true wilderness. (Read more about the Ethiopian Wildlife Center in Born Free USA's Global Field Projects.)
Link: Express Yourself (U.K.)
Many of you volunteer on behalf of animals, and some days are harder than others. When I visit a shelter, I try to focus on the good that is being done by so many who work and volunteer in animal rescue. I have a lot of heroes. Here are a few of their stories and their advice on how to cope. [Born Free USA's chief executive officer, Will Travers, is featured in this story.]
Link: Pet News and Views
Bidding Ends Saturday Evening, So Don't Wait!
It's your turn to look like a ritzy runway model. We don't often have the opportunity to buy these eye-popping threads, but now anyone can own designer and hand-crafted apparel up for bid at Born Free USA's Fur Free & Eco Fabulous Auction! For a steal of a deal, check out the looks shown at our star-studded fffashion L.A. show, including some of the winning pieces of our third annual Fur Free Fashion Competition (fffashion), plus many more fashion and beauty related items. The auction closes promptly at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 12. Register now (it's easy). You don't want to miss getting these designer fashions at such amazing prices … and helping animals at the same time.
Charlie the Central Park, New York City, carriage horse, who dropped dead on his way to work in midtown, was suffering from a pronounced, chronic ulceration of the stomach and a fractured tooth before his death, according to his preliminary necropsy results. The horse's cause of death has yet to be determined, but the necropsy results likely meant Charlie was in severe pain prior to dropping dead en route to work at 54th Street and Eighth Avenue on Oct. 23, according to the ASPCA, which performed the necropsy.
Link: Huffington Post
Many of you arrived here as a result of seeing the OWN cable TV show "Oprah's Lifeclass," which featured a clip of Christian the Lion — whose story was told in a documentary (and subsequent YouTube exposure that went absolutely viral) by Born Free co-founders Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna. Learn about Born Free's history, learn more about lions, and learn more why exotic wild animals such as lions don’t make good pets!