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Baby chimps and puppies… need we say more?!

Jenny and Jim Desmond are parents to an unusual and very large family – over 20 orphaned baby chimpanzees. Their home in Liberia is rapidly becoming too small for this rambunctious troop of animals, so they're building a sanctuary in the forest. But before the babies can move out, they need to learn how to live like wild chimps. They need to attend a baby chimp school. And what's better than some puppies as playmates? Watch their unique story on BBC  

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Photographer Captures Intimate And Stunning Portraits Of Big Cats

Meet photographer extraordinaire, Mr Perou

Perou spent months working with The Big Cat Sanctuary in the UK, where he photographed big cats in hope to raise awareness about the animals at the sanctuary and their endangered wild cousins.

Perou created a 'lion's den,' using Siros lights and photographed the animals as he would rock stars, fashion models or actos.

The result? Simply eye-stopping and STUNNING.  You can follow his work on Instagram as well.

Prepare to be enchanted! 

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Blind Bison Makes First Friend After Years Of Solitude

A blind bison named Helen has been roaming the fields of Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary for years, all alone. This was due to the fact that Helen had nervous disposition, she purposely would separate herself from other animals. 

Until now. Oliver, a young Jersey calf has fought his way into Helen's heart with his gentle and kind manner. Since being introduced to Oliver, Helen and Oliver have been inseparable. They do everything together, so much so, that Oliver's fur has even changed in shade to match Helens!

Gwen Jakubisin, at the Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, told USA Today, "The change in [Helen's] demeanor is incredible, her joy is palpable."

With around 250 farm animals currently at the sanctuary, Helen has slowly started to reach other to other animals and is extending her social circle -- all thanks to her new courageous friendship with Oliver. 

Helen has also become something of a surrogate mum for Oliver. Jakubisin said, "Betsy (Oliver's mom) usually drops Oliver off at "daycare" and roams around while Helen watches over him for the rest of day, and she's cool with that. I catch them grooming each other, which is amazing because I don't think Helen has ever had that opportunity to express that motherly instinct before." 

We all need love. No matter what shape or form it comes in. And Helen and Oliver is simply further proof of that. 

Here's to you, Helen and Oliver! We adore your unlikely friendship and have learned from it. 

Story via USA Today / Lighthouse Farm Santuary


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Story Of A Bat Named Lil' Drac Told Through Gifs

Say "hello" to the cutest little short-tailed fruit bat named Lil' Drac! Lil' Drac is an orphan that is being hand-raised by Bat World Sanctuary.  

Bat World Sanctuary rescues hundreds of mistreated bats every year. It is a non-profit, accredited organization that gives lifetime sanctuary to non-releasable bats, including those that are labeled orphan, injured, and retired from exotic pet trades, zoos and even research facilities.

Lil' Drac's mother was sadly another casualty from zoo closure happening across the US. His mother was young, stressed from the conditions in which she was being kept, trauma of being captured and transferred to an unfamiliar environment. Due to all this, she abandoned Lil' Drac right after he was born. Lil' Drac was found "on the padded floor of the indoor flight enclosure at Bat World Sanctuary, curled up in a little ball."

For all of their bat updates, photos and more, check out their Facebook BatWorld.

Also, Lil' Drac now has a book, for all you bat lovers out there! 

Story via Bat World Sanctuary


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Orangutan Imprisoned At Inhumane Zoo For 25 Years Now Lives In Sanctuary With Friends

Meet Sandra, an Orangutan who has spent 25 years in a tiny prison cell-like enclosure in a zoo in Argentina, isolated from any other Orangutans.

Sandra was born in captivity, and has lived at the zoo in Buenos Aires Zoo for 20 years when the zoo officially closed it's doors in 2016. The park officials announced the animals within the zoo would be set free but the experts struggled with the decision on what to do with Sandra. 

According to a court ruling in 2014, Sandra was considered a 'non-human person,' who was entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans. However, the judge who fought to free Sandra in 2014 took the side of the zoo caretakers and thought the best course of action to take with Sandra would be just to improve conditions within her cage, rather than send her to a reserve aboard. 

Many officials feared that moving her would all result in negative aspects, fearing she would not survive. 

Today, she has been granted 'personhood' and is officially settling into her new life in Wauchula, Florida, along with 21 other rescued orangutans and chimpanzees!


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Wow! Meet Lynea Lattanzio, founder of the Cat House On The Kings, California's largest no-cage, no-kill sanctuary for feral and abandoned cats and kittens. She is the woman who gave up her five-bedroom house, her luxurious cars and retirement fund in order to live and care for 1,000 felines. 

Yup, you heard that right. 

Her sanctuary, 'Cat House On The Kings,' currently homes roughly 700 adults and 350 kittens. In 2003, the sanctuary achieved non-profit status and was able to begin soliciting donations, but initially finances depended heavily on Lynea herself. Lynea spent her retirement funds and sold her Mercedes, her Cadillac and her two-carat diamond wedding ring, in order to stay a float. 

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Welcome To The Kangaroo Sanctuary Of Central Australia

In 2015, Brolga, an Australian man who was living out in the bush with his family of kangaroos, decided to build a 188-acre sanctuary for kangaroos in Central Australia. His vision was to rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned baby kangaroos back into the wild and to serve as a refuge for all kangaroos that have been raised by wildlife carers and cannot be released back into the wild due to injury and to provide them with good quality of life. 

Brolga was approached by the BBC UK in 2011 and was asked if he would be interested in making a documentary about his work with kangaroos. Brolga thought this would be a great way to raise more awareness about the plight of kangaroos orphaned by highway accidents and about kindness towards animals around the world. The BBC went on to make the documentary Kangaroo Dundee which was a huge success.  Kangaroo Dundee has just completed its third series which aired in 2016.  

On its Instagram page, the sanctuary shares some cute photos and videos of baby kangaroos. 

 

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In Turkey, There Is a Town Built Just For Stray Cats

Many places around the world are trying to combat the massive problem of homeless pets, especially cats and dogs, mostly by campaigns encouraging owners to spay and neuter their pets without hesitation. But this time we bring you the incredible story of the northern province of Samsun, Turkey, where they came up with a much more creative and inspiring solution- building a "Cat Town". 

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This Man Has Been Rescuing Battle-Weary Stray Cats In Aleppo, Syria

Meet the cat man of Aleppo -- Mohammad Aljaleel. He has been looking after the stray cays of Aleppo during the aerial bombardment

Since the bombardment, Aljaleel has set up a dedicated sanctuary and veterinary clinic for the homeless felines. 

This man is our hero. 

Story via The Guardian

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Chris Arsenault from Long Island transformed his home into a sanctuary for 300 cats in need. "The Happy Cat" sanctuary is set out to change the misconceptions about cat sanctuaries and inspire others to follow in his footsteps. 

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Villagers Knitted Colorful Jumpers To Protect The Elephants From Near-Freezing Temperatures (9 images)

A story from 2017, yet is so beautiful that it deserves another round in the spotlight. The village women in a northern city of Mathura, near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, have knitted beautiful and colorful garments for the India Elephants when the temperature at night hit sub-zero. Full story at Independent.




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The kitten lady is taking us all on a trip to Cat Beach Sanctuary, a rescue organization in Penang, Malaysia with a unique location: a beautiful tropical beach!

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Captured Beluga Whales Who Were Forced To Spend Their Lives In Chinese Aquarium To Be Flown To Sanctuary

Two beluga whales captured from the wild and forced to spend their lives performing in a Chinese aquarium are to be flown to the world's first open water beluga whale sanctuary in Iceland! Story found on The Times.

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Inside this ordinary suburban home there lives a host of hopping surprises - a troop of baby kangaroos. When a stranger pulled up at their home with an orphaned kangaroo in 2010, this couple's lives changed forever and Our Haven Wildlife Shelter was born. Theresa and Tony Matthews had always loved wildlife but after being told that the healthy orphaned joey would have to be euthanised, they realised they had to aid the helpless animal and their kangaroo sanctuary was born. 

Video Credits: Videographer / director: Alana Tompson/ Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote/ Editor: Thom Johnson

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A Special Greenhouse Cat Sanctuary In Canada Is a Home to Leukemia And FIV- Positive Cats

The Regional Animal Protection Society of Richmond, British Columbia (RAPS) is a truly special cat sanctuary in Canada that serves as a home for more than 500 unwanted and sick cats. The unique greenhouse in the sanctuary helps giving kitties the sunlight they crave for while allowing humans to spoil them with some TLC. According to their website: "It is now one of the largest cat sanctuaries in North America. The Sanctuary provides a safe permanent home to hundreds of feral, abandoned and surrendered cats. We are one of very few cat shelters that house leukemia and FIV-positive cats (neither disease affects humans or other animal species). These cats are housed in separate areas so that other cats are not exposed. In many shelters, a positive diagnosis would mean euthanasia. We ensure that they are loved and cared for during their lifetimes". For more, visit their instagram page

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