Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Unlikely Companions

Normally on the internet if you read about a tiger, lion and a bear all in the same place, it's tied to a gruesome fight video or something horrible.

In this case, it's something wonderful!

Eight years ago police raided a drug cartel to find a lion, tiger and bear cub in captivity all together. They were trophies in the eyes of the drug baron.

In the eyes of the zoo keepers that rescued them, they were 3 unlikely companions that somehow had formed a bond during a rough situation.

When the zoo received the two month old little bundles of fur, they decided that it would be for the animals benefit if they were kept together since they had already formed an emotional bond.

Now, eight years later they are fully grown, but still pals out at the Noah's Ark Animal Rescue Center

An amazing story of a few fuzzy creatures sticking together.

Urlesque: Lions And Tigers And Bears, Oh My! They're Roommates
DailyMail.co.uk: Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The Jungle Book predators who have forged a lifelong friendship

Monday, December 7, 2009

Vote for Hamlet

Picked this one up in an email from a friend.

There is a Hallmark contest for a special Christmas dog going on right now, and the sappy story below must be the best story of them all!

Vote for Hamlet!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

We have entered our dog Hamlet in the Hallmark Hall of Fame contest for a great Christmas dog. We would be grateful if you could click the link below and vote for Hamlet and pass this on to as many people as you know.

His story is that we had 2 dogs, Taz and Roxy. Taz got very sick and died and Roxy was dying of sadness. John had Beagles when he was a child and he really wanted another Beagle and this was around the time that all the animals were being brought up to Michigan after Hurricane Katrina so we had been looking at many shelters and Humane societies for a Beagle, and...seriously,...totally not kidding....Hamlet came up to our front door on Christmas day and sat in front of our door. We opened the door and he sat there and looked at us, so we talked to him for a bit. He had a collar on but no tags, so we made up flyers and put them up at all local restaurants, grocery stores, vet clinics and gas stations and no one ever called to claim him so he has been with us ever since. In this picture....he just jumped up in the chair by the tree and sat there for the longest time just staring at the tree...it was the cutest thing. We love him and think he is the perfect dog of Christmas!!!

Please vote! Thank you and I hope you have a Christmas miracle of your own!!!

Vote for Hamlet!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Icee the frozen cat

With the weather chilling our bones, you can imagine the difficult times that befall stray and homeless animals.

Here is a sappy story about a little cat that is brought into an animal shelter, and is nearly frozen solid.
It's up to some very caring volunteers to save her!

From the article:

"Whatcha got there?" ... "A cat, ... I'm not sure if it's still alive."
... pulls the black and white cat, so cold it's rigid, out of the carrier.
The eyes are closed. There's no movement. This is an awful moment for anyone who loves animals.
She steels herself. And then hears the tiniest squeak.

I won't spoil the ending, but I can tell you it's a sappy one! :)

Story here:
Neatorama - Meet Icee: Tale of a Frozen Cat That Will Warm Your Heart
USA Today - Pet Talk: Tale of half-frozen cat named Icee will warm the heart

Saturday, December 5, 2009

British Soldier sneaks into Holocaust Concentration Camp

World War II is full of amazing stories, and this one is no exception.

While imprisoned in a nearby concentration camp, this British soldier Denis Avey snuck into Auschwitz, the infamous Holocaust Concentration camp.

He tried to communicate with the Jewish prisoners there, and even managed to help one of them out.

He was determined to help, especially when he met Jewish prisoner Ernst Lobethall.
Mr Lobethall told him he had a sister Susana who had escaped to England as a child, on the eve of war. Back in his own camp, Mr Avey contacted her via a coded letter to his mother.
He arranged for cigarettes, chocolate and a letter from Susana to be sent to him and smuggled them to his friend. Cigarettes were more valuable than gold in the camp and he hoped he would be able to trade them for favours to ease his plight - and he was right.
Mr Lobethall traded two packs of Players cigarettes in return for getting his shoes resoled. It helped save his life when thousands perished or were murdered on the notorious death marches out of the camps in winter in 1945.

Read the full story:
Neatorama: Sneaking Into Auschwitz
BBC: The man who smuggled himself into Auschwitz