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Sixth State Chooses the SAME ‘State Animal’…and It Is AWESOME

No one with a heart is complaining about the overlap.

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For many US locales, the idea of official “state birds” and official “state trees” is little more than a symbolic gesture meant to deepen the identity of the particular territory.

The list of “official” state animals, for instance, is a smorgasbord of iconic creatures whose relation to the area is intrinsic in both history and in popular culture.  For instance, Georgia has the Brown Thrasher as their state bird – a designation that inspired a now-gone NHL hockey team as well as a delicious coffee brand.  Texas has given honors to both the Nine-banded Armadillo and the Texas Longhorn, both wholly iconic in the state.

And, really; could Alaska have picked anything other than a Moose for their “state mammal”?

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But there is another animal out there who has now become the official “state animal” of six states here in America, and no one is complaining about the overlap.

As a means of raising awareness for animal adoption, the state of Ohio has just made shelter pets their state animal.

The designation was officially instated last week after the Ohio Senate approved Senate Bill 86.

Ohio is not the first to pass such legislation advocating for animal adoption; Colorado, California, Georgia, Illinois, and Tennessee have all made shelter pets their official state animal, and Texas and Oregon are currently considering similar measures, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

The plight of shelter pets around the nation is a heart wrenching problem in many parts of the United States, with unwanted animals being dumped not only at shelters and pounds, but out in the wild as well.

And, personally, as the owner of the most precious rescued pitbull in the entire world, [Author’s note:  This is a fact…I don’t care what Snopes says], I can only hope to see other states make similar strides to better the lives of these once-forgotten animals.

 

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Hikers Find Abandoned Puppy, Then Get HUGE Surprise

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Americans are animal lovers, by and large, and stories of our unique relationship with these creatures has been well documented in the past. As a nation of explorers and farmers, we have spent centuries in the presence of animals; from livestock to lapdogs, and venison to vermin.  Of the myriad creatures that we interact with on a regular basis, nothing is more iconic than the dog.  After all, this is an animal whose very existence stems from the influence of the human species on the wolf species some 10,000 years ago. Dogs are no longer the wild creatures that their ancestors were, and, as such, hold a special place in our collective heart.  That’s why a group of hikers in California couldn’t resist an opportunity to help a young pup with they found her abandoned on their walk. Now, however, they have a whole different story to tell. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the man was walking his dog when he spotted what he thought was an abandoned puppy. The hiker picked the animal up and took it home, where he called the San Diego Humane Society. Wildlife officers then went to the man’s home, where they examined the animal. “Our Humane Officers recently received a call about an abandoned puppy in a canyon in Tierrasanta. To their surprise, the little creature was actually a coyote pup!” explained the San Diego Humane Society, in a Facebook post. “The officers took the adorable pup to Project Wildlife for care before being transferred to The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center.” The tiny canid is now in good hands. Rehabilitation is ongoing and, despite some challenges, wildlife experts are hopeful that this young coyote can be released back into the wild at an appropriate time.

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Rhino Poacher Meets a Poetic Fate, Complete with Elephants, Lions, and Revenge

If this isn’t justice, I don’t know what is.

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Greed is a hell of a drug. Greed is what makes a wealthy man and addicted man.  It’s the idea that you can never have enough, no matter the consequences to the world around you. Don’t get me wrong: Winning and achieving are great, but there are costs to be considered. For wildlife poachers, the reward is dirty money…and lots of it.  Items such as rhinoceros horns can go for as much as $60k per kilo – an amount that makes cocaine look like over-the-counter DayQuil in comparison. Of course, the reason for this enormous price tag is the rarity of the item, with poachers having nearly caused the extinction of several species of Rhinoceros over the course of the last few decades. But, as Jeff Goldblum famously says in the 90’s blockbuster Jurassic Park, “life finds a way”. One poacher in Africa has learned that lesson the very hard way. Only a skull and a pair of trousers remained after a suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks said. The incident happened after the man entered the park with four others to target rhinos, according to a parks service statement released Friday. His family were notified of his death late Tuesday by his fellow poachers, and a search party led by Kruger’s regional manager, Don English, set out to recover the body. Rangers scoured on foot and police flew over the area, but due to failing light, it could not be found. The poacher likely didn’t deserve such dignity, but the search went on. The search resumed Thursday morning and, with the help of added field rangers, what was left of his body was discovered. “Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured…

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