Amongst the spectrum of bright-colored birds, the tanager with its subtle azure- blue color, stands out as a uniquely beautiful bird. The beauty of the azure-blue is that it can transform into different shades of blue in different light settings. It can look purple-grey in certain dark conditions and light blue in bright sunlight. The azure blue is naturally a calm and peaceful color to look at. It would be an ideal color for nursery or powder. Nature has chosen the tanager to showcase its magnificent Azure blue color. Other species of tanager have lighter blue colors. The tanager bird has not received the attention it deserves and therefore little effort has gone into the conservation of this beautiful bird. With increasing in urban development, the natural habitat of the azure-blue tanager has been compromised. There needs to be a conscious effort to promote the tanager so it can receive the level of attention and care it deserves.
The azure-blue tanager belongs to the Thraupidae family and is mostly found in the eastern part of Brazil. They live in tropical or subtropical moist forests. With its shy personality and the dwindling population numbers, the azure blue tanager has become a difficult bird to spot. Many photography and nature enthusiasts spend weeks in search of a glimpse of the mesmerizing azure blue tanager, but few can locate one. The region of Brazil where it is mostly found are not easily accessible due to poor infrastructure. However, as humans have invaded their habitat space, the azure blue tanager has been forced to relocate to regions not ideally suited to their needs. Although they can fly long distances, their instinct near a single location. The singing abilities of azure-blue tanager are excellent. The males often sing to attract females. The typical call from a male tanager is a low-pitched sound.
About 90% of the azure blue tanagers live in Brazil or the Andes. The eastern parts of Brazil are home to several other species of animals, however, this region has been marked for several residential and industrial projects. The economy of Brazil has not reached the heights it once promised. That has forced the government and private companies for alternate ways to grow the economy. Historically, one of the major industries has been agriculture but as Brazil looks at new ways to grow the economy, industrial manufacturing has been increasing. There has been limited space in already populated regions of the country. That has led to the expansion into the North and East of Brazil. It is not just the tanagers that are going to suffer from the expansion into the eastern Brazilian territory. The Amazon rainforest has around 40,000 plant species, 1300 types of birds, 2.5 million types of insects, and over 3000 types of fish.
The azure-blue tanager is an omnivorous species of bird, so they eat the food of both plant and animal origin. They have been seen eating fruits, nectar from flowers and insects. For their young ones, they often bring larger insects but their daily diet consists of plant-based food. Nature conservationists in South America have included the azure blue tanager in their books and documentaries to get some attention to the decreasing population of the azure blue tanager. They were also part of the Birds of South America books. However, there needs to be a higher level of awareness for this beautiful bird for the species to survive. It is our responsibility to ensure our children will be able to see such marvelous creatures when they grow up. For that, conservation actions need to be taken now.
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?
Good Samaritan Saves Four Kids After Witnessing Car Plunge into River
It was an average evening for Harrell Fischer who was working on his boat one night in Sacramento, California. Suddenly he heard gunshots. Like out of a movie, he watched in awe as a car sped by and crashed into the river.
Immediately, Harrell and his friend jumped in the boat to rescue the passengers. The second he opened the car door, a child’s face was staring back at him, followed by little hands reach out to him. He reacted immediately after realizing four children, ages two-to-six, were trapped in the sinking car.
Thankfully, Harrel and his friend were about to rescue all four devasted children, who were in shock, from the freezing water. The boy who Harrell saved first said, “He killed my mom.”
There is a twist in the story. Before the car plunged into the river, the mother of four was shot in the head and killed instantly by the father. After the car crashed into the Sacramento River, the father exited and refused to help Harrell and his friend save the children.
The shooter in the crime is 27-year-old Mendiko Cuarzo who was sitting in the passenger seat when an argument ensued. The conversation became heated and he shot the 23-year-old mother. Mendiko is the father of three of the four children. The shooting caused the vehicle to run off the road and into the river.
This experience was incredibly traumatizing for the children. In addition to watching their mother be murdered while driving, they must deal with that loss. Also, their father will now go to prison so these children will be without either parent.
Harrell Fischer has mixed emotions of being at the scene. He is glad that he was there to save the lives of the children but also not happy he had to bear witness to the murderous situation and neglect from the father.
Investigators continue to look for motives in the killing. Cuarzo has previous convictions including illegal possession of a firearm.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the country has witnessed a sharp increase in gun violence. The number of gun-related deaths has been trending upward when compared to the same period from 2019 as the peak of the virus continues.
The economy has seen an unprecedented increase in gun sales and, when combined with social isolation and economic distress, the country’s long-standing gun violence crisis is intensifying. The murder of these four children by Cuarzo is the latest representation of this issue.
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted weak gun purchase and access laws allowing guns to fall into the hands of those with ill-intent. The pandemic also further emphasizes the structural inequity of the nation. The virus is putting vulnerable populations, such as children, women, and communities of color, at high risk.
The resulting impact has been lethal and devastating to local communities but also identifies that through policies, laws, and programs, citizens can remain healthy and safe in the future.
In addition to the increase in gun purchases, domestic violence is spiking due to the prolonged financial strain on middle and lower-income households. This leaves domestic violence victims trapped with abusive partners, many of whom have easy access to guns. Having access to a gun makes it five times more likely that an abuser will murder his female victim.
These troubling statistics indicate that there is a need for quick political action on proven programs and policies to keep families safe during these times. Some of the focal points must be a reassertion of the federal regulation of ghost guns, enact Extreme Risk laws, raise awareness of firearm storage practices, and increase funding for gun violence programs.
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.