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Adopt a Pet: Baltimore Humane Society Pets of the Week

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Hello. My name is Rocky and I am a sweet young boy who loves attention. I was brought here with my sister, Natasha, because we did not have a home. I have been around other cats, but nothing else is known about me. The only thing I can say is that I am very nice and cuddly and in need of a forever home. I also enjoy soft beds and furry mice or feather wands to play with. Please come and visit me at BHS soon (and my sister too). Thank you.

Hello. My name is Natasha and I am a sweet young girl who loves attention. I was brought here with my brother, Rocky, because we did not have a home. Not much is known about our background, but we sure do love soft beds. We also love to play! Rocky and I would like to be adopted together because we love each other very much. Please come meet us and see what a great pair of companions we’ll be for you.

 

Baltimore’s Baby Lemur Grows Up; Still Cute (Video Proof)

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Kids — they grow up so fast! Why, it was just the other day that Baby Nero, the Maryland Zoo’s ridiculously cute baby lemur, was clinging to his mother’s stomach, unable to get around on his own. Now that he’s three months old, though, Nero spends more time riding around on his mom’s back — when he’s not jumping, bouncing, and climbing.

“Nero is becoming more and more independent,” zoo officials say — and do we detect a note of nostalgia in their voice? If you need video proof that Nero has lost none of his adorable-ness, watch a video of him scampering around here:

Nero is the youngest member of the zoo’s family of Coquerel’s sifaka, an endangered species of lemur native to Madagascar. His mom, Anastasia; father, Gratian; and brother, Otto can be found in the zoo’s chimpanzee forest exhibit.

"Soft Side" Campaign Aimed at Baltimore Teens

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In West Baltimore in 2008 a young pit-bull terrier was set on fire in the middle of the day. This and a shocking number of similar incidents prompted Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to create the city’s Anti-Animal Abuse Commission. The commission is responsible for “Show Your Soft Side,” a billboard and poster campaign whose goal is “to change the mindset” of would-be animal abusers.

Each billboard features a local athlete (so far Raven Jarret Johnson, Oriole Adam Jones, and mixed martial arts fighter John Rallo have participated), his pet, and the slogan “Only a punk would hurt a cat or dog.”

For a billboard campaign, it’s particularly aggressive and unambiguous (compare the vague optimism of “Leadership… Pass It On”). The commission notes that animal abuse is perpetrated almost exclusively by teenage boys who see the violence as a step toward manhood, so the campaign features men who fit perfectly an adolescent’s notion of masculinity. The slogan is reminiscent of “DUI is for LOSERS,” but the stern, unforgiving tone is more appropriate here, where the subject is not an irresponsible decision with disastrous potential, but a deliberate, horrifying act of sadism.

The commission hopes to reach teens before they ever harm a cat or dog, as young animal abusers frequently graduate to even more serious acts of violence.

Zoo Animals Predict Earthquake Via Sulking, Belch-Vocalizing

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You thought you’d put the earthquake behind you — but don’t get too confident, because apparently these mini-quakes keep striking poor old Mineral, VA. If you want to have some advance info on the next time the mid-Atlantic fault line decides to go berzerk, we recommend looking to the animals. Lore tells us that animals have a sixth sense for these kinds of things — consider the snakes and weasels that fled the ancient Greek city of Helice a few days before an earthquake destroyed the place.

The National Zoo in D.C. sent out a press release detailing how their animals reacted before/during/after the quake; we suggest you study their account closely, and then watch your own lemurs/apes/cuttlefish for signs of impending doom. If your giant elephant shrew refuses to come out for his afternoon feeding, it might not be because he’s sulking — it could be that he senses something! Oh, and don’t pay any attention to the oryx or the pandas.

  • About five to ten seconds before the quake, many of the apes, including Kyle (an orangutan) and Kojo (a Western lowland gorilla), abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the tree-like structure in the exhibit.
  • About three seconds before the quake, Mandara (a gorilla) let out a shriek and collected her baby, Kibibi, and moved to the top of the tree structure as well.
  • Iris (an orangutan) began “belch vocalizing”—an unhappy/upset noise normally reserved for extreme irritation—before the quake and continued this vocalization following the quake.
  • The red ruffed lemurs sounded an alarm call about 15 minutes before the quake and then again just after it occurred.
  • The black-and-rufous giant elephant shrew hid in his habitat and refused to come out for afternoon feeding.
  • Keepers were feeding the beavers and hooded mergansers (a species of duck) when the earthquake hit. The ducks immediately jumped into the pool. The beavers stopped eating, stood on their hind legs and looked around, then got into the water, too. They all stayed in the water. Within an hour, some of the beavers returned to land to continue eating.
  • Damai (a female Sumatran tiger) jumped at the start of the earthquake in a startled fashion. Her behavior returned to normal after the quake.
  • The Zoo has a flock of 64 flamingos. Just before the quake, the birds rushed about and grouped themselves together. They remained huddled during the quake.
  • The Prezwalski’s horses and scimitar-horned oryx hardly noticed although those that were inside did amble outside eventually.
  • According to keepers, the giant pandas did not appear to respond to the earthquake.

More zoo animal reactions detailed here.

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