Dolphins are the cognitive cousins of elephants and gorillas. We know them to be smart, to be self-aware; to know fear and to feel threat, and to also understand family, in ways with which we can -- and should -- empathize.
This Peregrine was found near San Francisco International Airport in July, grounded and suffering head trauma. He was released last week from the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA's Center for Compassion following a successful feather implant procedure.
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, like so many local sheltering organizations, has made huge strides over the years in addressing the dog and cat crisis through the combination of subsidized spay/neuter programs plus education/advocacy campaign plus adoption programs.
Why watch cat videos when you can enjoy the real deal in person? It's like the obvious choice between live Broadway Theater and reruns of "]I Love Lucy: both are fun, but up close and personal is the way to go.
Get your animals spayed or neutered. And while your pet's annual veterinary check-up certainly includes the sort of hands-on exam that may detect a lump, it's important to know your pet's body well enough on your own to offer up what in fact saved Sugar Rub.
We're not supposed to have favorites but of course we do, and it was my favorite sweet little guy Tsimmes who died this past weekend. It's the one thing our cats and dogs don't do well: They do not live long enough.
In a typical year, PHS/SPCA may see 20-25 pelicans, but not in a concentrated time frame. I have to say that standing in the room with these remarkable and very large birds feels a bit like sharing space with a flock of Pterodactyl.
Butterflies are beautiful, but so too are these millipedes. Next time you see some little thing crawling, hopping, flying, or scurrying by on what seems like a surplus of legs, say "Gadzooks, it's an invert" instead of "Ewww, it's a bug."
What will it take for wolves to thrive here? What do wolves need to prosper? How will politics, agencies, ranchers, hunters and trappers, environmental activists and urban and suburban citizens affect whether wolves will flourish here?
Those of us who work in animal welfare are frequently asked to answer a question that has no answer: When is the right time to end the life of a loved animal? A lousy question, but I guess it's just part of the job.