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.
A Police Dog Saves a Lost Mother and Baby
The police have been using dogs to help them for a long time. Max, a young German Shepherd in the Dyfed-Powys Police Department K-9 unit, successfully found a mother and her child.
These two people had been missing for two days. It gets harder and harder to find missing people, and it’s important to locate them as quickly as possible. Max was certainly able to do so, and he’s only two years old himself. He was only a rookie at the time, but has been given the Very Good Boy title already.
He’d literally only been on the police force for one shift when this happens, demonstrating that it’s possible for someone to have an extremely productive and successful first day.
Dogs have abilities that humans don’t, especially when it comes to sensing scents. Some dogs have particularly excellent senses, including German Shepherds. Max probably has a great sense of smell, even by German Shepherd standards. As such, he was able to successfully save two human lives.
The mother herself has not yet been identified, but that part of the process should not take long. The important thing is that she’s safe. She was with her one-year-old child in the Powys area when they managed to become unexpectedly isolated. They were in a relatively remote area at the time, making the situation even more dangerous for them.
Fortunately, the mother in question was not the sort of person to fall out of touch with people for a long period of time, and other people were able to notice that she was not responding to her phone or communicating with anyone. The community was able to respond very quickly, with professional search officers, response officers, and local policing teams going to the lost mother’s home. The professionals did what they could to try to track down and understand her whereabouts.
German Shepherds are among the smartest dogs in the world, which is also certainly helpful on the police force. Max had his license and the training necessary to be a police dog in the first place. However, he didn’t have a great deal of experience at this point in time. In all likelihood, because of Max’s early impressive success, he should only get more important assignments in the future. He’ll certainly have plenty of experience then. At some point in the near future, he could be one of the most decorated members of the K-9 unit.
His handler is Peter Lloyd, a police constable who had not worked with Max previously. However, the two of them certainly have already made a great team. They were assigned to the organized search.
The searchers found some success when they were able to locate the mother’s automobile, which was on a road in the mountains. They were then able to narrow down the possibilities. She was clearly in Powys, and specifically in an area that had a woodland ecosystem and little reservoir.
Max is a great tracker, and he was able to search throughout the entire open area very effectively. Woodland ecosystems are complex, and it can be difficult to effectively search through them without a dog’s nose. Fortunately, that’s what they had. It only took Max ninety minutes to find the two lost individuals.
The mother was brought to a safe place after being stranded near a frightening ravine. They were both cold, and they’d been in that location for far too long. However, a doctor was still able to see them quickly. This search operation was performed very effectively, demonstrating how important it is to have the right allies in these situations.
The Dog Who Works at a Car Dealership
Strong bonds of friendships at times will be forged through the toughest of trials and the most challenging of misfortunes. However, there are friendships that are just destined to be and they easily fall into place and turn into near soulmate level of bonding right from the start. Regardless of how they first meet, friends both have to make the conscious choice and effort to keep the friendship alive and going. It is dependent on them both.
This is how it usually works for us humans, but it is not quite the same when it comes to dogs and the special bonds they form with the humans that they choose. And for one stray pup from Brazil, the friendship he chose to form with a group of humans likely ended up saving his life. It also got him a cozy position at a local car dealership. Yes, you heard that right. A dog got hired by a car dealership. Read on to learn more about this unique but utterly amazing friendship that has been forming for months now.
Staff at the Hyundai Prime dealership in a small but busy town in the heart of Brazil noticed there was a stray dog showing up on the property. The dog would show up usually in the early mornings and just hanging around the outskirts of the dealership and watch. Then over time be got accustomed to the humans he had grown fond of watching and would venture over for treats and belly rubs and pats on the head. This happened nearly every day for several weeks and so the employees as well as the dealership management decided to do something about it. If this pup was going to show up every day and hang out he needed to be part of the team, and so they gave him a job at the dealership.
The pup soon showed that he had natural talents as a crowd-pleaser and had a knack for making people smile and laugh. And so it was, his new friends put him to work as the dealership’s unofficial local ambassador. Given the name Tucson Prime, he soon became a hit with the employees as well as the customers who came to the dealership. They even started an Instagram account for the pup where Tucson Prime shows off the warehouse, offices, shown room, and what exactly it is he does all day long at the dealership. He’s only been there a few months but already has over 40,000 followers on his social media Instagram page.
And everyone is committed to this growing friendship and it is an accepted long-term commitment, as he has his very own dog house on the dealership property where he now lives. Employees rotate caring for him and he goes home with a team member anytime the dealership is closed for more than overnight. Tuscon Prime now has home within a home and no longer has to worry about being a stray. All because of the seemingly chance friendships he started with the right group of people. He gets all the love and tummy rubs and treats he could ever want and most importantly, he has a very special family he can now call his own.
It truly is a wonderful sight to see how much love these kind-hearted people have for this one pup. Seeing and feeling all of the love in this one very special place, and seeing the mutual friendship that has sprung up between the dealership and Tucson Prime is exactly the kind of story we need to be hearing about these days!
Bobcat Visits Homeowner, Brings Her Five Excited Kittens!
Would you consider yourself a cat person? Do you find yourself drawn to petting or cuddling with just about anything furry? If so, this story might be right up your alley! Earlier this year, a homeowner in the Midwest opened her front porch to find a massive female bobcat on her deck. As bobcats are the most populous wildcat in all of North America, this in and of itself wasn’t a shock or a revelation. What came next, however, was as exciting as anything you could hope to find on your porch in the morning.
Before we dive into this exciting story, let’s peel back our understanding of wildcats and bobcats. Bobcats are roughly double the size of a traditional house cat and many times more dangerous than their domesticated counterparts. Female bobcats tend to be smaller than their male counterparts, though both genders hover around three feet in length and roughly 20 to 30 pounds in weight. These polygamous animals mate during the winter and will give birth to up to six kittens in roughly two months. From there, the kittens will continue to nurse for an additional two months before eventually leaving home behind after a year.
During their youth, bobcat kittens are blind and as such will stay really close to their parents. After about eight weeks, bobcat kittens are significantly larger and more active. When this mama Bobcat came back to visit the homeowner in question, she brought along her entire litter! If you are a cat person, having a litter of bobcat kittens on your deck has to be a dream come true. Thankfully, the owner of the home went overboard on capturing photographs and we couldn’t be happier if we wanted to. Just look at these small beans!
While wildcats aren’t exactly rare or reclusive creatures, it is pretty unusual for people to get this close to wild animals. Thanks to the glass screen between the door and the deck, the owner of the home was able to get the kind of pictures that we can only dream of. The homeowner, one Kathy Maniscalco, considered herself as lucky as anyone when the mama Bobcat chose her porch to settle in on. As Kathy watched the kittens, she realized that there were five of them with the young Bobcat — this meant that the mother had nearly a full litter!
Bobcats are crepuscular animals that live relatively solitary lives when they are not mating or raising kittens. Living upwards of 12 to 13 years, bobcats are natural prey to wolves and cougars with bobcat kittens preyed upon by both owls and coyotes. Bobcats don’t really have a history of attacking humans because they are fickle and easy to scare. If a bobcat does seem willing to attack a human, it means that they have rabies or are potentially near their kittens. In either situation, creating space is the safest course of action.
How would you react if you found a litter of bobcat kittens on your deck?
Politics Are Never an Empty Field – Barbie Runs for Office in 2020
The classic American doll, Barbie, has performed, been portrayed in, or taken over just about every professional function in society. So, it’s no surprise that given the real themes in 2020 that Barbie would also decide to go into politics. Art imitating life it may be, but Barbie is likely to represent a serious contender against even the most seasoned politicians, that is if her fans were old enough to vote.
2020 is not the first time Barbie has entered politics. Believe it or not, her first foray into elections was some 28 years ago in 1992 when she tried to run for President. However, the toy doll was a bit of an independent at the time and didn’t get a lot of recognition on her own. Today, things are different. Not only is Barbie a 2020 candidate, she also has in place a solid professional election team on her side as well. Along with her are a handful of cool, savvy and with the times staffers and election strategists. The early polls are already showing Walmart and Target segments are responding, carrying her entire campaign team on the shelves and selling them as a combined unit.
Examined up close and interested electorate fans will find Barbie’s campaign manager as a key strategist, her campaign fundraiser to keep things paid and moving, and even a Barbie voter. Of course, her fans can add votes too. The entire team is set to hit the prime time. Barbie herself is positioned to show herself as a leader ready to hit the ground running, complete in business suit and with her telecom assortment of communication tools. And, let’s not forget, every business jacket should have an American flag lapel pin too.
Her campaign manager is decked out in a professional ensemble as well, ready to manage the stage as well as cue to the poll analysts and computer graphics behind the scenes to support her candidate. And Barbie’s fundraiser is hitting the road in blue denim and comfortable style, driving miles and miles to bring in the donors.
The key message from Barbie, however, is to prime young girls for politics. Girls and women can not only have their part in campaigns, they can be the lead candidate as well. And the idea of a real woman President is no figment of the imagination. While Barbie is, after all, just a toy, the reality of a woman President is very likely in the next two elections if not the third. In fact, the U.S. is behind the curve in this respect, as many countries around the world have already had women leaders and many still do. When that happens, given elections happen every four years, the next candidate in 20 years may have well be a young girl who had Barbie as her own special election candidate.
In the meantime, Barbie and her campaign team let girls practice for the future now, complete with all the accessories and campaign road style needed to win the big ticket.
A Furry Companion Unlike Any Other
People enjoy learning about pets on social media sites and when a dog seems to exude a behavior that is unique or charming, many people may wind up viewing a post, ultimately making a canine a worldwide sensation. In the past, there was a small dog named Boo, who was noted for popular Instagram photos and videos, which showcased the dog’s tendency to be dressed up in cute clothing. Boo normally spent time alongside his pal Buddy. Unfortunately Boo passed away a few years ago, but he did live a long and happy life.
Today, there is a new internet star by the name of Milo. Milo is a duck tolling retriever and already has over 30,000 followers on Instagram. He enjoys spending time outdoors and is especially fond of butterflies. This interest became apparent when his owner, Jenn Bennet, noticed that Milo was carefully observing some Monarch butterflies that were flying in her flower garden.
Some of the butterflies actually landed on Milo’s head and his owner took a picture of him. This picture is what first made Milo popular with people worldwide. “He has a gentle demeanor and loves nature and living creatures”, stated Jenn during an interview on Good Morning America. Monarchs are dwindling in number worldwide and Jenn wants to do her part to protect this species from harm.
Another one of Milo’s interests has to deal with hobby cooking. Milo doesn’t actually cook, but Jenn jokes around about how Milo is her helper and how he will sit patiently waiting for her to create dog treats. The treats include peanut butter carrot cake, peanut butter donuts, and granola bars. Jenn has created personal recipes for a while now and she enjoys trying out new flavor combinations and allowing Milo to taste test each creation.
All natural ingredients are used for each recipe and the snacks are offered in conjunction with Milo’s normal diet. “Milo will sit patiently on the floor, watching me add ingredients to a bowl and observing me whisk the items until they are blended. Before using cookie cutters or a roller, I allow Milo to sample each batch of goodies. Milo’s way of thanking me is by using his tongue to give me a sloppy kiss”, stated Jenn.
Jenn has been sharing her love of cooking and the healthy ingredient combinations that she uses to create dog treats. If you would like to learn more about the treats that Milo prefers, you can acquire a listing of the ingredients used and the preparation steps, by visiting Jenn’s Instagram page.
Additionally, if you want to be inspired by a furry creature who is only 2 years old, but has a lot of character and love for life, be sure to stay updated, by browsing the photos and the unique captions that Jenn shares with her audience. Who knows, you may even become inspired to adopt your own dog companion and to share some of the heartwarming moments that you experience when you are alone with your new pet.