W. S. Merwin, our current poet laureate and twice Pulitzer-winner, has generously donated his haunting poem "The Chain To Her Leg" for republication here on Global Animal. In it, he writes about one particular (real) elephant who lived and died over 80 years ago.
(PET HUMOR) If Arnold Schwarzenegger was a real dog instead of a metaphorical one, the former California governor would be a bully whippet. This breed has two mutated copies of a gene that makes the dogs “double-muscled" and weighing twice as much as a standard whippet. The increased muscle mass, along with metabolism and extremely low levels of body fats, can translate to impressive super-feats, including marked increases in speed, agility and power.
May 5, 2011 (PHOTOS) – A Belgian Malinois? Maybe. A German Shepherd? Possibly. The Military Working Dog who was part of Navy Seal Team Six that killed Osama bin Laden is the source of fierce speculation. Global Animal is told by military sources that this soldier dog, like the other 79 Navy Seals, will remain anonymous. Still, much can be assumed about the commando dog's role. Read on...
PAKISTAN (MILITARY DOGS) – It took 79 Navy SEALs and one dog to kill al-Qaeda founder, Osama bin Laden, at his compound in Pakistan yesterday. Read about soldier dogs and what these skilled canines do for the Navy SEALS, including Seal Team Six, the Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN – (PHOTOS & VIDEO) Abandoned pets and farm animals are starving and dying in Fukushima's 20km radiation exclusion zones. And a small band of animal rescue groups are bending the rules to try to save them. Risking radiation poisoning and arrest, Kinship Circle and other animal organizations are sneaking into the 'dead zone' to save any life they can.
(ANIMAL WELFARE) This week, we saw two iconic videos relating to animals and the way we choose to treat them. One was the gruesome GoDaddy CEO's video of the slaughter of an elephant; the other was the Coast Guard rescue of a dog adrift at sea for three weeks following the Japan tsunami.
In the ever-evolving story of the two "Loyal Dogs," whose video has become an internet sensation, the facts are becoming murkier rather than more clear. But one fact remains, no independent, verifiable 'proof of life' exists for these two dogs.
In a bizarre ploy, a woman with a drugged tiger cub crammed into her suitcase, along with a stuffed toy tiger, tried to board a plane in Bangkok. Apparently, she thought nobody would notice.
We at Global Animal have been pondering the world’s overwhelming and gratifying interest in the baby dolphin rescued off a beach in Uruguay. ‘Nipper,’ as he has become to be called, became the most popular story on Global Animal this week.
INTERNATIONAL - Thousands of protesters gathered in front of Japanese Consulates around the world, partaking in "International Save The Dolphins Day," trying to stop the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan.