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Bird Wins Cross-Stitching Award
Spike, a three year old budgie was named Young Cross-Stitcher of 2005 by British Cross-Stitcher magazine.
Sandra, Spike's person nursed the budgie back to health after a near fatal food allergy. Sandra would cross-stitch and Spike would sit for hours on her shoulder watching. Sandra says "One day I just sat and didn't stitch. It seemed to frustrate her. Then suddenly she picked up the needle in her beak and began cross-stitching herself. I was staggered. Now I can't stop her."
"She still gets a bit confused at how the patterns work but she is very good at pulling and pushing the needle through the fabric."
A squirrel-proof bird feeder?
No, no it must be a cat-proof squirrel feeder!
Baby Hippo and the Giant Tortoise
When the Tsunami's waves struck the coast of Kenya, a baby hippo was wallowing with his herd in the ocean near the mouth of a river. Too small to escape the waves, he became stranded on a coral reef. The next day villagers were able to rescue the baby with fishing nets.
The baby hippo, known now as Owen, was taken 50 miles away to Haller Park Wildlife Sanctuary in Mombasa Kenya. Hippos are very social and when Owen arrived at the sanctuary he immediately ran up to Mtzee, the 130 year old tortoise. It took a while for the tortoise to warm up to the affectionate Owen and now they play in water, go on walks together, wake each other for meals and snuggle up next to each other at night.
The two have developed various forms of communication from nudging each others legs to vocalizing with sounds that are neither tortoise hissing nor hippo honking. When talking to each other both Owen and Mtzee make soft high pitched whimpering sounds.
Photo by Peter Greste
Dog and Fish
Dog Nurses Tiger Cubs
Chihuahua Adopts a Chick
The little chihuahua Huahua adopted the chick as soon as his daughter brought it home, says Liu Bangyang of China.
The dog regards the chick as her baby and stands guard to make sure it comes to no harm, reports the Chongqing Morning News. If the chick wanders to far away Huahua gently picks it up in her mouth and brings it back.
Baby Snake Warming Itself on the Cat
We have a Manx tom cat. Going out back I took a double take, ran and got my camera. A baby bullsnake on a cold day had curled up on top of our tom cat. The cat, who is a great hunter for whatever reason allowed this small snake to get warm. In my 53 years, I have never seen anything like it! Cats and snakes are enemies. Maybe there is hope for the world?
Tiger and Priest
Cat Chasing Deer
Dog and Dolphin
It Was a Dark and Stormy NIght
Tiger and Piglets
Hedgehog and Squirrel
Gerbil and Dog