Saturday, April 29, 2017

Amazing Octopus - Most Intelligent Animal on Earth? (documentary)

Duration: 45 minutes - Fascinating documentary. After this video, you'll never think about the octopus the same.

In this thought-provoking documentary, see how octopuses behave in the wild and how they deal with abstract concepts and challenges.

"The octopus uses cognitive reasoning to make deductions and understand its environment. It can shape shift, change colour and texture on the fly to blend in with its surroundings to become either predator or defend itself from becoming prey.

In one experiment we see an octopus wrap its tentacles around a screw-top jar that has a crab inside it. In slow but determined fashion, the octopus successfully opens the jar to get to its prey. The jar is unlike anything it would encounter in the wild - the octopus has used cognitive reasoning, not instinct, to catch its well-deserved lunch.

The octopus has lived side-by-side with humankind from our earliest days. But it's only now that we're beginning to unravel the animal's secrets, and the extent of its formidable brain-power.

Watch as an octopus slips out of its tank and slithers casually across a concrete floor. Is it making a break for freedom? Not at all. It knows that its prey is just a short distance away in another tank.

As we learn, the octopus can move on land as well as underwater and the little round trip it has taken is not just to get from point A to point B. It's also taking this little detour because it's curious about the world it is living in.

It's hard to believe that this animal is simply a mollusk. As far as his family tree goes, the octopus is more closely related to an oyster or a snail than to any other species of animal.

And yet, as octopuses behave like shape shifters, moving in and out of tiny openings to get their reward, they are working out solutions the way humans do.

Amazingly, with all its high intellect and amazing traits, the octopus has never become king of the sea. Researchers think that it's because of the female's short life span. They give up everything, including their life, for their eggs.

Just how has an animal that is so different from humans become so intelligent?"

From Spain to Vancouver Island and finally to Capri, Italy, follow scientists as they try to understand how the octopus has evolved to have such intelligence, even by our standards.

The Animal Contract (part 2)

The second part of an important animal welfare documentary series. This series may be over 20 years old, but is, unfortunately, still relevant. This complete series needs to be repeated on tv.

"The Animal Contract" part 1 (duration 15 minutes)

Before the internet, this is how many of us found out what humans were doing to animals.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fabulous New Wild Animal Sanctuary - Wild Paws Sanctuary Launch Event!

“Cheers to Wild Paws!” A Special Launch Event to Introduce Wild Paws Midwest Animal Sanctuary on October 20th, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. Wild Paws Midwest Animal Sanctuary (Wild Paws) is excited to announce their launch event on Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6-9 pm, at Insight Brewing Company, one of Minneapolis’ premier craft breweries. Wild Paws’ mission is to rescue and provide a safe habitat for wild animals using sustainable resources; to promote coexistence between humans and wildlife; and to educate the public about the preservation of wild animals and their ecosystems.

To Learn More Click here.

Our team will be at the “Cheers to Wild Paws!” event to meet and greet attendees, as well as share a short presentation about our goals for the future of our organization. We are a collection of animal lovers passionate about protecting our Minnesota resources for today and beyond, and are excited about this opportunity to introduce Wild Paws to the public.

This special event is free and will be hosted at Insight Brewing Company, located in Northeast Minneapolis, 2821 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Children are welcome to join as well, as long as they are being supervised. Limited edition pint glasses will be available for purchase, and Insight Brewing will graciously be donating $2 to Wild Paws for every pint sold. Sasquatch Sandwiches food truck will be on-site selling their Minnesota inspired monster sandwiches and sides!

Wild Paws is 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of wild animals as well as educate the public about the natural history of native species and focus on human-animal relationships and how we can coexist. Wild Paws will not breed, buy or sell animals and believes wild animals should not be kept as pets.

Contact: Julie Lillie
(763) 302-9319
http://www.wildpaws.org/
https://www.facebook.com/WildPawsMN/
Thank you to Julie for this post.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Why the Ivory Trade Needs To Closed Down Immediately!!! (video)

Duration: 15 minutes - "July 19, 1989. Kenya’s President, Daniel Arap Moi, stands before a large pile of elephant tusks.President Moi tells the crowd of people. “To stop the poacher from killing elephants, the trader must also be stopped.
And to stop the trader, the final buyer must be persuaded not to buy ivory. I appeal to people all over the world to stop buying ivory.”
Read an important article about the ivory trade and elephants here. The international ban on ivory trade was introduced in 1989 however in 2009 the ivory trade was once again made legal, hence the widespread slaughter of elephants by poachers since, even in National Parks. (Entry from www.rhinos-irf.org blog 17-Nov-09 )



Over 25 years later, the ivory trade has been resumed, resulting in the massive slaughter of countless elephant families.

Post and Video courtesy of Ryan Geerstma.
Is there any way to stop it? Elephants are beautiful, majestic and intelligent animals and can live to be 70 years old..

In the 1930s and 40s there were approximately three million elephants world-wide. Today there are less than 700,000 elephants left.

(While people continue to sell and buy ivory and ivory products, poachers will continue to kill elephants. If new ivory is made illegal to sell and purchase, then poachers will have no market, and therefore no reason to kill elephants. The biggest danger to elephants are those that sell and buy ivory, without them, no poacher would have a reason to kill elephants for money. - S.D. - GMP Online Publisher)


In June of 2013, that is what the Philippines destroyed five tons of this material. They kept 106 pieces. Some went back to Kenya, where the ivory had come from. And the Philippines saved some to use for training and education purposes. Mundita Lim is the director of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau. She told National Geographic magazine:

“The destruction of these things would hopefully bring the Philippines’ message across the world. This country is serious and will not accept illegal wildlife trade. This country will not accept the continuous killing of elephants for ivory trade.”

Other countries hope to spread the same message. They will not support the ivory trade. They have also destroyed their ivory collections, or are planning to destroy them. But is this the best way? Some experts disagree. That is because some ivory pieces have important historical meaning.

In 2014 Britain held a conference where people discussed illegal wildlife trade. The UK’s Independent newspaper reported that at this conference Prince William said he wanted to destroy all of the ivory in the UK’s royal collection. This includes more than 1,200 pieces. The collection includes old paintings, carvings, and gifts from other countries to the UK. David Harper is
an expert in art and old valuables.

BBC Documentary 2016 :World's Most Beautiful Butterflies

Duration: 51 minutes Lovely video featuring a wonderful variety of amazing butterflies plus a fascinating look into their secret life.

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Most Endangered Animals Documentary 2016 (complete documentary)

Duration: One hour and 30 minutes - A great documentary, but doesn't even scratch the surface when it comes to the most endangered, especially when it comes to Australian animals. Soon dingoes will be on this list because the government is trying to sell dingo meat to interested countries, and is also using pesticide pellets to wipe out these amazing and beautiful wild dogs.