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Have You Ever Seen An Owl Taking A Bath?

Shannon Jackson

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Watching an owl taking a bath is something very strange and rare to see. This instance was actually caught on tape and the results were hilarious.

Of course, owls outside of captivity is rarely seen in this light. They are nocturnal predators and in-person encounters seem rather frigid and frightening. Their gaze is very intense, as one might expect from a predator, so it usually is not a desirable animal to keep around the house.

In the case of Charlie, he is a rescued animal that is around humans all the time. Because of this, he is able to show his funny personality that we wouldn’t have expected.

Just like any other animal that lives in captivity, their hygiene is kept up to a high standard. In order to lure the owl to get wet, the owner plays a game with a squirt bottle.

From this bottle, the owl takes a drink of water to quench his immediate thirst. Afterward, he is in the mood to play with his water. He allowed the owner to take a few quick sprays to excite him and then the owner interacted with the owl as if it were a game.

After getting used to the temperature change and wetness, the owl was finally ready for a bath. This time, the owner was going to grab it on her cellphone.

This fierce bird spread its wings with the expectation that every nook and cranny was going to get washed. The owner sprayed some water in the tough to reach spots and exfoliated with a brush. If these areas were left neglected, there might be a few bacteria building up.

The owner continued to wash in the more obvious locations, making the bath come together into a job-well-done. Every feather ended up being soaked, cleansed of dirt, and germ-free. The owl even posed in various positions so the owner may wash his back a rear end.

In the wild, they actually do bathe regularly to keep their feathers clean. The difference is that they don’t have the guiding hand of a human to make the experience go quickly. They also prefer to have plenty of free space to bathe, otherwise, they might not be in a good mood like Charlie.

Once the bath was complete, there wasn’t a better way to dry off than take off for a flight. While a wild owl may have resisted such an experience, Charlie was more than happy to partake in this playful activity. It goes to show that well-behaved animals are a product of a positive environment rather than instinct.

Of course, one must be dedicated to the animal if one wants an owl as a pet. They must be fed a specialized diet to accommodate their digestion and one needs a lot of patience as they are independent animals. They also need to roam freely with indoor and outdoor access, which should be within a carefully planned structure so that they will be happy.

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Mother Goose Saves Her Babies from a Hungry Leopard

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There is a saying down south that goes, “Don’t mess with momma!”  A mother will do anything they can to protect their offspring.  It does not matter if it is a “David and Goliath” situation.  Leopards are one of the quickest creatures on the planet.  A hungry leopard cornered a family of Egyptian Geese, and the mother goose saved her babies with intelligence.
In South Africa, at the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, a male leopard was captured on video how he planned to have geese for dinner.  The leopard was quickly outsmarted by the mother goose who separated herself from the flock and her young.  She faked a wing injury and caught the attention of the leopard, forcing him to chase her instead of the others.  The mother knew this was the only way to save her babies which was too young to run or fly away. This heroic act drew the leopard away so the other geese could take the babies to safety.
If an animal senses its prey is injured, it will be its choice of the kill.  This mother goose timed it perfectly and was in the perfect environment.  Leopards can only hold their speed and stamina for a short time.  The mother goose kept the leopard chasing her through a water hole which wore out the leopard.  When the mother goose saw the leopard was exhausted, she continued to fake the injury upon getting out of the water with the leopard on her tail.  When the mother goose had the leopard far away from doing any harm to the flock and her babies, the tired leopard gave up the chase.  The mother goose made her way back to the flock and mother and babies were reunited safe and sound.
There are different types of geese, but they all keep the same loyalty to their flock.  For example, if one goose gets hurt or sick and falls out of formation, then a few geese will stay with the sick or injured for protection.  They will not leave the goose until it dies or flies.  The geese will remain with each other when they take off again.  They may fly with another flock until they catch up to their own.
Geese are territorial creatures and can get vicious when people walk by their family or their babies.  If they have a nest and someone walks by, rest assure, they will attack.  Geese will not attack a predator.  In the case of this leopard or another large predator, they use their intelligence to ward them off.  It can be amazing to watch nature and how intelligent some animals are.
Here we learn of the heart of a mother and the loyalty of a flock of geese.  We learned how instinct takes over fear, and this mother goose becomes the ultimate hero.  The flock pulled together, and they all waddled away happy.  The ultimate lesson is, in nature, it is the survival of the fittest, but it is also the survival of the smartest.

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Vail’s Newest Ski Patroller is a 9-Week-Old Puppy

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Vail Ski Resort has a new ski patrol trainee, a 9-week-old puppy named Cowgirl. Cowgirl is a Novia Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever born in Port Coquitland, B.C., a town near Vancouver. She and her handler Kori Landauer, will be training for the next two years to gain their Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment certificate and become the newest member to the ski patrol team. First though, she must get acquainted with one of the busiest ski mountains in America, and her four other canine co-workers.

Hannah Dixon, a spokeswoman for Vail Ski Resort, told the Denver post that Cowgirl did well on her first day and her first goal is to become desensitized to all of the things on the mountain to include snowcats, chair lifts and the mass of people.

Ski patrol dogs are needed on large mountains for avalanche rescues and for many other duties, like helping teach ski safety to guests and kids, assisting as therapy dogs for injured skiers, and more. With their speed, agility, and sense of smell, they are capable of locating buried avalanche victims. Luckily, avalanches within ski resort areas are rare. This is in part due to avalanche control measures that patrollers take part in, like firing explosives on risky slopes. Although avalanches are rare on ski resorts, ski patrol dogs continue their training and may even be called to help with off-site avalanche rescues by the county sheriffs. It is said, that one dog and its handler can do the job that 150 trained searchers can do in the same amount of time. 

Colorado’s Rapid Avalanche Deployment team aims  for successful avalanche search and rescue. Cowgirl and Landauer will be trained for this and more to help save lives in case of an avalanche.

According to the American Kennel Club, Cowgirl’s breed make good work dogs, so they are perfect for ski patrol. Novia Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are known for their intelligence, affection, are eager to please, and are hard-working. They also have a lot of energy and are strong, athletic, and agile.

Landauer grew up in Vail Valley and has worked as a patroller at Vail Ski Resort for the last six seasons. To become a handler, she has be training and working with the other patrol dogs, who have welcomed Cowgirl with open paws to their team.

Dixon said that Cowgirl “has been getting along great with the other dogs and is very smart, wide-eyed, and just taking it all in.”

If you’re wondering where the name Cowgirl came from, Landauer always wanted to be a cowgirl. She may not have lived up to that dream, but she now has a cowgirl in her life, in the form of her newest friend and puppy.

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Dog Owner Turns Dog Into Polar Bear, Among Other Animals

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Have you ever wanted to have a polar bear as a pet? Or maybe a giraffe, or even a lion? If you’re like expert groomer Rachelle McGinnis, it’s definitely possible. McGinnis doesn’t have these animals as pets. Instead, she transforms her poodle, 12-year-old Bijou, into these amazing creatures. The latest being a mini polar bear.

McGinnis has said she loves being able to transform her poodle into anything she dreams up because it shows off her creativity. To get the look just right, Bijou had to grow out her fur for 11 months, so it was long enough for her to resemble a polar bear. First Mcginnis cut her fur, which took her a few hours. She didn’t make Bijou sit for that long, though. She did the cutting in stages. Although it took hours to create the look, it only took 30 minutes to style it. Styling the hair includes washing and brushing and a lot of hairspray.

It takes a lot of time, work, and energy to get the look just right. After brushing Bijou’s fur, McGinnis posed her for pictures. She made sure her neck was elongated just right, and had her stand at certain angles. The pictures were taken in the snow, so that from a distance, it’s believable that she really is a mini polar bear roaming in your backyard. She looks so realistic that it would scare most people. But Bijou is anything but ferocious.

Bijou enjoys being pampered, groomed, and pet. McGinnis enjoys styling her and expressing her creativity, so it’s no surprise she has transformed Bijou into many animals. So far, she has transformed her into a horse, peacock, and a dragon. She has used different methods to transform her dog, like carving and dying the fur. She has said that she loves doing the wackiest designs because it lets her explore different creative outlets.

If you’re concerned about Bijou, she doesn’t mind the transformations one bit, or the attention. She enjoys meeting new people. Many have stopped their cars to meet her, pet her, and take a picture with her.

McGinnis has said that Bijou doesn’t care what she looks like, but craves the attention. Being groomed is like a spa day for her. She doesn’t care the outcome, just as long as she feels loved.

The hardest transformation so far was making Bijou into a horse. Bijou had a saddle and a mane. McGinnis said the carving was very intricate and it took about eight hours to complete. McGinnis has many other animals she wants to create but next, she plans on making her dog look like a sheep. This transformation will be easier to upkeep, however. It will include making her fur as fluffy as possible and her paws dyed back to look like hooves.

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Couple Renews Wedding Vows 75 Years Later, You Won’t Believe Where!

Shannon Jackson

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Weddings can be some of the most romantic events in the world. When Jim and Irene Richardson tied the knot on April 12, 1944, they knew that they were getting together for the long-haul. Their marriage began during World War II which was a time of great unrest. Jim and Irene were 20 and 19-years-old respectively and that meant that they had a lot of life ahead of them. The two had met during a village dance in Lancashire and it wasn’t long until they were tying the knot for good. Now, 75 years later, Jim and Irene are going back home to renew their vows, in the very spot that they were married.

At 95 and 94 years old, Jim and Irene were ecstatic to head back home to Lancashire in order to celebrate their diamond anniversary. After 75 years of marriage together, they knew that they wanted to go ‘back in time’ in order to celebrate the start of their beautiful marriage. The retired farmers knew that they wanted to go back to the exact place that they had gotten married so that they could recreate their wedding photo. Believed to be the longest married couple in Lancashire, the celebration ended up getting quite a bit of attention.

The service began at 2 P.M., exactly as it had in 1944. Jim and Irene stood in the exact spots that they had stood in originally, with tears in their eyes and smiles on their faces. There were multiple reasons as to why this moment was so special for the couple. With four children together, Jim and Irene had made a wonderful life together. However, Jim had always regretted not properly thanking his mother during his speech. His granddaughter, Sandra Taylor, decided to help him pay proper tribute by putting together the ceremony.

The wedding was held at St Michael’s CE Church which is located in the heart of Lancashire. There were four children, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great, great-grandchild in attendance. Needless to say, Jim and Irene had the whole family gathered for the emotional and touching event. Sandra was proud of how the event turned out for her grandparents, and she made sure to capture as many photographs as possible.

Back in the ’40s, Jim had proposed to Irene while taking her for a bike ride. Jim had stopped their ride in a beautiful copse of trees on their cycling path in order to get on one knee and propose. In 1944, Jim and Irene were driven to Preston in order to get their photographs done for their wedding. Their wedding feast came from a local farm and it had featured salmon that were fished from the Lune river. Back then, Jim had worked as a mini-bus driver while Irene worked at a cafe. The two then spent decades together as farmers before retiring to St. Michael’s.

For the vow renewal, Sandra made sure to emulate as much of the original wedding as possible — with the addition of a special thank, you to Jim’s dearly departed mother. Jim and Irene were ecstatic with how the wedding turned out. Jim got to walk down the aisle to the Wedding March, and he claimed that the experience had made him feel ‘six feet tall’. Jim would go on to say that he was proud of his entire family, and he would happily do it all again. Irene was equally overjoyed, claiming that she could always go to Jim and the rest of her family with her troubles. Irene concluded her comments on the renewal by saying simply, “It has been a lovely life.” 

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Dog Aids Rescuers in Finding Owner

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Washington State Police say that a barking dog led them to the dog’s owner who had fallen and died during a hike. A 64-year-old man was reported missing by his wife when he did not come home after he was supposed to go on a hike. The woman said that he didn’t leave a note about where he was going, but he often went hiking with the dog. During the 911 call, the woman reported her husband and the family dog, Daisy, missing. Authorities started searching near Evans Creek. This is where the wife told police that her husband had been researching online about geocaching in that region.

A search began at sunrise in the Alder Lake area after authorities pinged the man’s cell phone and found his last location. However, authorities didn’t find the vehicle of the missing man until that afternoon at 4:45 p.m. An hour after finding the car, the newest member of the team that had been searching heard the sound of a barking dog. In the car, authorities also found a list of geocache locations. They were able to use the maps to search nearby locations, but ultimately it was the barking dog that helped with the case. It’s unclear from the statement if the maps did help them get closer to Daisy. The rescuer then walked in the direction of the sound of the dog for about 30 minutes. The rescuer spotted a dog that had the same description as Daisy. Daisy was on a steep embankment above the Marshall River. Due to the terrain, it took the search and rescue team another 30 minutes through the brush to get to Daisy’s location. When he found the dog, the rescuer also found the missing man’s body. The rescuers used a rope system to bring him down the steep hillside so he could be carried to the vehicle. Animal Control was also on the scene in order to return Daisy back home.

The man, who hasn’t yet been identified, is believed to have fallen while on a hike in the woods. During his fall, he likely sustained fatal injuries. In a statement, authorities said it a tough search with a sad end. The end of the search wouldn’t have been possible without Daisy. Without the barking, authorities would never have been able to find the man, especially given the steep terrain and heavy brush in the area. The local police department praised the efforts of the volunteers and deputies to find the missing man and dog and return to the family.

While this story doesn’t have a particularly happy ending, there are plenty of stories where dogs have been able to save their owners. Dogs really are man’s best friend and they do have a magical sense of knowing when owners are in danger. They are loyal just like Daisy was and will stay with their owners until the very end. Even though Daisy wasn’t able to save her owner, she still proved she was a loyal companion and ultimately did help in making sure he came back home.

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