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Thirty Most Positive Animal News Stories Of January

Let's end the month the right way, friends, by talking about as many positive animal news stories that we can!

It's not an easy time right now, as we're all aware, and we are all in need of positivity. The news is something that we tend to try to avoid at this point, too many stories that we don't want to hear about anymore. Well, these stories are ones that you will definitely want to tune in for, because we're about to celebrate the best of the very best!

So, read these stories and bask in the positivity, start the month off with a smile and with the kind of stories that you would truly want to talk to your coworkers and friends about! If you want more, check out last month's positive animal news collection.

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Owl Found With Three Gunshot Wounds Recuperates And Returns To The Wild

A great horned owl was found shot near Santa Paula during November of last year, and a few days ago, it was finally healed enough to be released back into the wild where it belongs. 

As reported by VC Star, getting the owl the help that it needed after such a tragic discovery was a team effort. Sergio Gutierrez, a Santa Paula Police Officer, corralled the owl. Following that, Nikki Ruhl, a veterinary technician with the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC), gathered up the injured bird. Ruhl then brought the owl to the Ojai Raptor Center for specialized care. Once there, a staff veterinarian, Dr. Stephany Lewis, discovered that the bird had three pellets inside it: one in her chest, the other in her leg, and the third having broken the ulna bone in her wing. On top of that, the pellets left the owl suffering from led poisoning.

The treatment for this injury was not an easy one. "After treatment in the raptor center's intensive care unit, the adult owl moved to an outdoor enclosure where she had several weeks of flight time in a large aviary," write VC Star. A senior staff member at the center said she had never seen an owl with a gunshot wound. It is more likely to see shot hawks and vultures since they are active during the day, but great horned owls prefer hunting at twilight. 

The owl weighed less than 3 pounds and was fully grown - at least three years old, though it's impossible to tell her age beyond that. Jaclyn DeSantis, senior staff member at the center, about returning the owl back into the wild, said: "She should be breeding right now. She should be at a nest."

The owl traveled with DeSantis in a bright blue cat carrier to the release site, and patiently waited outside the Ojai Raptor Center's van. They made sure to release the owl at dusk, when she would be protected from attacks by crows or ravens. You can see pictures of the owl as she was taken out of her cage, looking around and taking in her environment before finally taking off and disappearing in the trees.

We want to thank all the hard work done by everyone involved in this owl's story, you're doing an incredible job. For more stories of owls being released into the wild, click right here

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Rescued Lost And Injured Bear Cub Will Be Released Into The Wild After Winter

An injured and lost bear cub was rescued this week by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The female cub was wondering around for days in the Electra Lake area, getting into the bird feeders. The poor cub had cut injuries on her paws. And though there's no way of knowing exactly what happened to her, it is assumed that she is one of the survivors from the fires who got lost and couldn't find her way back to her family. Regardless, we are happy to hear that the cub is now in good hands, is being taken care of by capable people, and will be released back into the wild once she'll be healed. 

As reported by The Journal, Joe Lewandowski, a CPW spokesman, said in an email to The Durango Herald: "It had been getting into bird feeders in the area... It's not unusual for bears to go on walkabouts occasionally during the winter," Lewandowski added. "But they usually find a way back to their dens. This one didn't."

According to an official Facebook post, wildlife officials decided that the best course of action for the cub is to be taken into the Frisco Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center where the "staff will further evaluate and treat its injuries. The young bear will spend the rest of its' hibernation at the facility and be released back into the wild in the spring."

We are so happy to hear that the sweet cub is getting the help that she needs and that she will be released back into the wild. We wish her a quick and easy recovery and thank everyone involved in helping her! For more feel-good bear stories, read about a circus bear who lived in terrible conditions getting rescued and moved to a sanctuary right here.

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Two Newborn Kittens Rescued From Recycling Plant

Moments from being crushed by the machinery at a recycling plant, workers at the plant spotted the kittens and rescued them. The kittens were only a few days old and still had their eyes closed and their cords attached. It is believed that a feral cat gave birth to the kittens in a garbage bin which was then collected and taken to the plant. Thankfully, the babies were rescued in the nick of time. 

As reported by BBC, "[t]he pair of males are now being cared for by the RSPCA." The RSPCA official who collected them, told BBC: "These kittens were incredibly lucky to have been spotted by the eagle-eyed workers. If it wasn't for their quick actions they could have been killed by the machinery at the plant."

"Feral cats can be extremely resourceful and thrive in the wild. But, sometimes, mother cats can choose rather unusual places to give birth," he explained. "It may be that this pair's mum chose a bin for shelter before being separated from her babies when it was emptied."

He added: "They were extremely cold and quite weak but, thankfully, don't seem seriously affected by their ordeal so hopefully they should pull through and, eventually, we'll be able to find them loving new homes." We hope these cuties will be able to find a forever home where they will be treated amazingly as quickly as possible. 

For more wholesome animals stories, check out our collection of the most positive animal news from December!

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Thirty Most Positive Animal News Stories Of December

There no better way to end this month - and this year - than with some wholesome animal positivity


With all the difficult to hear news out there every day, all we wanna do is turn off the news, get off our phones and not look at news ever again. But this news list is one that we promise you won't want to turn away from, because it is all animals and only positivity. It is the celebration of happy-ending stories, new and exciting discoveries, heroes who save animals, and sometimes even hero animals who save humans. 

So, please, enjoy this nothing-but-animal positivity collection of our favorite news stories and start the year off with a true smile on your face and some actually good news to talk to your friends and family about. Have an amazing year, animal lovers, and may next month have as many, if not more, positive animal news stories!

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Forty Most Positive Animal News Stories Of 2020

Let's be frank, 2020 has been a difficult year to say the least. From rumors of a world war in January to a pandemic to a news cycle that just makes you want to turn off your TV. But... things weren't all bad. All the lockdowns had quite a good result to some portions of the population - namely, animals. 

Suddenly, we were seeing videos and news stories about animals walking around on the empty streets, swimming in empty oceans and clearer skies. Animals absolutely THRIVED this year, and we think that's something worth commemorating and celebrating. So, for the end of this year, as a special treat, we have collected 40 of our favorite most positive, wholesome, happy news stories of 2020 that are all about animals. 

This is one news collection that you won't want to turn away from, we promise.


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Seizure Dog Missing For Three Years Reunited With Owner

Reunited, and it's never felt better! After 3 long years, Debra Mejeur has been reunited with her dog, and for the dog, it took no more than a single whiff of her old blanket to jump right back into her owner's arms. 

According to Yahoo!entertainment, Lola, the dog, is an especially trained seizure alert dog, and she went missing in October, having escaped from a fenced area during a family trip to Chicago. Having escaped during such an unfortunate time meant that Debra wasn't able to be there every day in case Lola came back. Despite that, for a month, Debra and her husband made regular trips to Illinois, hoping to find Lola. They "put up "lost" signs, called on the locals for assistance, and even hired a professional pet searcher," but couldn't find her. 

The chances of finding Lola were obviously incredibly low, but, in an incredible turn of events, last week, Debra got a phone call from an Illinois animal shelter and found out that her gorgeous little Labrador has been found. "I still had an ounce of hope, I guess, but the majority of me was thinking she had already crossed the rainbow bridge," Debra said. "I was just completely stunned ... I feel like I'm in a dream right now." 

Apparently, a couple had spotted Lola in the woods and gave her food and water before taking her to the animal shelter, and the reason Debra was known to be Lola's owner was because Lola was - thankfully - microchipped. Lola had lost a little weight, but overall, she is in good health. No one is sure how she survived all these years, but everyone is happy that she did. 

"I wish she could talk because I would probably give her a little lecture, too," Mejeur said. "'You're not suppose to run away. Don't do it again.'" The plan from here on out is to not use Lola as a service dog anymore. Why? Because they "plan to spoil her from here on out." And you know what, we support that. Spoil her as much as you possibly can.

Read another heartwarming dog reunion story right here.

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Icon Cher Helps Rescue Kaavan, "World's Loneliest Elephant," From Pakistan Zoo

A happy ending for this beautiful gentle giant.

Kaavan, a 35-year-old and overweight Asian elephant, has spent the majority of his life alone in captivity. Kaavan has spent all those years alone in captivity in a controversial Islamabad Zoo, in Pakistan, where Kaavan suffered from lack of exercise and malformed nails that come from living in inappropriate structures. Back in 2012, after Kaavan partner passed on, he was dubbed the "world's loneliest elephant."

Islamabad's High Court closed the zoo due to its poor conditions that gain public outcry and gave the international animal welfare organization Four Paws permission to take Kaavan and transfer him to a sanctuary where he can live with companions and in peace. 

As of now, Kaavan has arrived in Cambodia, and thanks to the large effort of music icon - Cher. Cher was also there in Cambodia to greet the elephant.

Cher was first made aware of Kaavan and his situation from the people of Twitter, thanks to the Smithsonian Channel producing a documentary on Kaavan's story. Cher told CNN, "I thought, 'how can I fix this? How can I save an elephant who's been shackled to a shed for 17 years and who is a thousand miles away? This is Free The Wild's first big rescue and I am so proud."

Cher campaigned for Kaavan's freedom for many years and just ahead of Kaavan's release, Cher traveled to Pakistan and serenaded Kaavan with Disney's classic, "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes." This past Friday. Cher tweeted her thanks to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, writing, "Just came from meeting to thank Prime Minister Imran Kahn for making it possible for me to take Kaavan to Cambodia."

Thank you, Cher, Four Paws, and all those involved for making Kaavan's dream come true! Our hearts are overjoyed at the happy news! We wish you a lifetime of happiness, Kaavan! 

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Doggo-Mania: Classic And New Doggo Memes

We're in the mood for some doggo goodness! You can't spell 'doggo' without 'good' or 'good' without 'dog'! They just go hand in hand, and if you've ever met a dog, then you understand why. Dogs are purity, adorable balls of energy and love that come zooming into your face and heart, at full speed. We wouldn't want it any other way! When you see a dog, all of your insides instantly cheer up, and what's amazing is that the dog you're seeing can somehow feel that energy and will gratitude towards you in that same excitement. 

Dogs are magic, you can't tell us otherwise. That is why we're here to bring you more doggo meme goodness unexpectedly because you deserve it. 

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This is new and fun! Former Amazon engineer, Javier Sanchez, who previously worked on Amazon's Alexa has now unveiled his latest project and it's all about cats! An app that translates your cat's meows -- MeowTalk. 

You'll be able to decipher your cat's meow based on tone, everything from "I'm hungry" to even "I'm in pain." 

Javier Sanchez who was working with Bellevue-based tech company Akvelon developed this app named MeowTalk. Sanchez tells King 5, "It's not a language. They don't share words or communicate with each other. Cats never meow at each other out in nature."

So, what was the inspiration being this app? Sanchez reveals he was initially intrigued by the NPR series, "The Secret Language of Cats," and thanks to previously working on Alexa, he was motivated to develop this new tool for cats. According to Sanchez and his team, there are about "nine intents that all cats have." 

The ultimate goal for this app is to someday become a collar with a voice response. While testing a prototype of this collar, Sanchez holds his own kitten and when the cat let out a meow, it translated to "I'm angry, leave me alone!"

Sounds pretty accurate to us! While the development of this app is still underway we definitely look forward to this fun, and perhaps knowledgeable, app! 

Story via King 5

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2020 Wholesome Animal Stories

2020 wasn't ALL bad and we have the animal stories to prove it! Stories and news that brought us so much joy in such uncertain times. We would just like to say that even though 2020 has been so hard on mankind, to see the Earth revive itself has been one of the few benefits of this miss of a year. And then moments within the year in which good things happened to good animals, and the good people who went out of their way to help animals in need. There is still love, kindness, and happiness in this world. 

Be sure to surround yourself with it when times feel rough. It can make all the difference in the world. Wholesome animal stories are here to refresh your soul. If you want more wholesome news, in general, @tanksgoodnews on Instagram provides you nothing but warm feelings. 

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Five Swearing Parrots Separated After Egging Each Other On

Uh-oh! Lincolnshire Wildlife Park had to separate five foul-mouthed parrots after they learned some colorful language and began to egg each other on to be offensive in from of visitors. 

The five parrots in trouble are named Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade, and Elsie. Actually, the five sound like a pretty cool crew. Too cool for us to join though, however. All five parrots joined the Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre of 200 grey parrots back in August. CEO of the wildlife park, Steve Nichols told PA, "We saw it very quickly; we are quite used to parrots swearing but we've never had five at the same time. Most parrots clam up outside, but for some reason, these five relish it."

The swearing parrots have been separated into different locations of the park so they wouldn't encourage each other and set one another off. 

Steve Nichols also mentions that no one has actually complained about the swearing parrots, but many the decision to be cautious and wary of their young visitors. 

Story via DailyMail

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2020, the year of WFH (working from home). It's been interesting, to say the least. However, we gotta say, one of the main highlights of working from home was being with our pets on a daily basis

Unfortunately, some of those who were WFH work for the news. So, they needed to be on camera in front of the world. Usually, that wouldn't be too much of an issue but if you have a pet... you already know where we're going with this.

Get ready for some of the best new bloopers this year -- mostly featuring our favorite furry creatures! 

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Tahlequah, Orca Who Previously Lost Calf, Is A Mother Again

Finally, some good news in 2020! 

The heartwrenching story of Tahlequah, the orca who kept her dead calf afloat for 17 days, is finally a mother once again! Our hearts are so happy for her and we wish her and her baby calf a healthy, long life. 

In 2018, Tahlequah lost her calf that lived only a half-hour, but this born-to-be mother was so heartbroken, she continuously pushed her baby calf up for 17 days. If that isn't love and perseverance. we truly don't know what is.  

The gender of the calf is unknown. 

Congrats, Tahlequah! You deserve happiness. 

Story via Seattle Times

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Blasting Off With Caturday Madness (32 Cat Memes)

Do you feel that? The ground is shaking, there's something taking off into the atmosphere... it's here. It's finally Caturday once again! After a long week, we can safely report that we made it. 

It was a tricky journey, some highs some lows, but overall, we made it safe and sound. We hope you're all ready to take in this freshly dug up pile of Caturday madness! And if you're looking to further continue this journey, we've already got you covered

You know the drill, Caturday is here and you must celebrate with all these memes below, and treat yourself to big fat catnap immediately afterward. 

Happy Caturday! 

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Happy Broadcast Illustrates All The Happy News (Animals)

The Happy Broadcast is here to report on all the good and wholesome things that have happened during our stay-in. 

Despite everything, one thing is for sure -- the Earth is healing without our presence. Last week was Earth Day, and the Earth has seen more kindness to the planet than any Earth Day's before. 

And for that, we are grateful. Here are some happy things from the Happy Broadcast! 

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