African wild dogs and monkey


This video from Sabi Sabi wildlife reserve in South Africa says about itself:

5 December 2017

A pack of wild dogs came across a sick/injured baboon but remained very skeptical and did not eat the baboon.

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Dog helps saving New Zealand parrots


This video says about itself:

This Amazing Dog Helps to Save Endangered Parrots | National Geographic Short Film Showcase

2 October 2017

Ajax is a highly trained border collie who helps locate New Zealand’s endangered kea. This elusive alpine parrot lives in some of the most remote regions of the country’s South Island.

Impala between wild dogs and angry hippo


This video from Maasai Mara national park in Kenya says about itself:

Impala stuck between an angry hippo and wild dogs

7 September 2017

Well, believe it or not, the stand-off lasted until after dark. The dogs gave up and the impala emerged from the water unscathed, joining his herd for the night.

San Francisco, USA extreme right rally flops


This video from the USA says about itself:

‘Minefield’ For Nazis Planned By Dog Owners

25 August 2017

Dog owners in San Francisco want to prepare a smelly surprise for a right wing rally in their city. Brett Erlich, Grace Baldridge, and Amberia Allen, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you how they’re planning on fighting back.

“When a group of far-right activists come to San Francisco to hold a rally this Saturday, they will be met by peace activists offering them flowers to wear in their hair.

Also, dog shit. Lots and lots of dog shit.

Hundreds of San Franciscans plan to prepare Crissy Field, the picturesque beach in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge where rightwing protest group Patriot Prayer will gather, with a generous carpeting of excrement.

“I just had this image of alt-right people stomping around in the poop,” Tuffy Tuffington said of the epiphany he had while walking Bob and Chuck, his two Patterdale terriers, and trying to think of the best way to respond to rightwing extremists in the wake of Charlottesville. “It seemed like a little bit of civil disobedience where we didn’t have to engage with them face to face.”

Tuffington, a 45-year-old artist and designer, created a Facebook event page based on the concept, and the dog owners of San Francisco responded in droves. Many have declared their intention to stockpile their shitpiles for days in advance, then deliver them in bags for the site. (The group is also planning to reconvene on Sunday to “clean up the mess and hug each other”.)”

Read more here.

By Andy Campbell in the USA:

08/26/2017 05:59 pm ET Updated 11 hours ago

San Francisco Dances That Far-Right Rally Out Of Town

It was a day for MC Hammer, not white supremacists.

A controversial “Freedom Rally” planned near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was canceled and replaced by a procession of dancing and merriment on Saturday.

The city had prepared for a street battle between the so-called “alt-right” and counterprotesters, but instead it got MC Hammer leading the public in song outside City Hall.

Much like the “Free Speech” rally held in Boston last weekend, where the cries of a few attendees were muffled by tens of thousands of protesters, this far-right rally had a much smaller voice than the city it occupied.

Hundreds of people were seen marching through the streets of San Francisco, decrying the white supremacists and other extremists that too many of these rallies have attracted this year.

The organizers of the aborted Freedom Rally ― who ended up giving a press conference via Facebook from inside a home with the blinds drawn ― sought to distance themselves from the event in Charlottesville, Virginia, two weeks prior that attracted neo-Nazis, members of the Ku Klux Klan and a bevy of white supremacists. …

But there’s a reason why the city and its mayor, Ed Lee, attempted to block permits for the rally; why House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called it a “white supremacist rally at Crissy Field”; and why counterprotests were planned in opposition throughout the city: These rallies just keep attracting white supremacists, weapons and violence.

The Freedom Rally’s main organizer, Joey Gibson, is no stranger to how this works. The far-right icon has acknowledged that his rallies ― including one held in Portland, Oregon, in June ― attract white nationalists and other far-right extremists, many of whom bring along makeshift weaponry and spew forth hate speech. …

And though Gibson claimed this rally was set up to “spread a message of love,” you needed only to look at the planned keynote speakers to see an entirely different picture. One of them, Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman, is an unquestionably violent far-right “celebrity” who has spent nearly a decade behind bars on three felony convictions. He earned his “Stickman” moniker after beating a protester with a stick at a violent pro-Trump rally in Berkeley. …

In the afternoon, crowds gathered at Ocean Beach in the shape of a heart and sang even more: crowd dressed in red and pink singing This Land Is Your Land and Imagine at Ocean Beach.

Rare Amazon jungle dog video


This video says about itself:

See an Extremely Rare Jungle Dog | National Geographic

4 August 2017

One of the Amazon rain forest‘s most elusive inhabitants, the short-eared dog, has been caught on video in southeastern Peru.

About the size of a fox, these jungle canines are incredibly difficult to spot. In fact, a journey to the Amazon is far more likely to yield a jaguar sighting than a glimpse of a wild short-eared dog. In late May 2014, conservation biologist Lary Reeves set up a camera trap near a white-lipped peccary carcass. Wanting to record what he’d heard was a “king vulture fiesta” at the carcass, Reeves braved the rampaging insects and rancid stench to set the camera a few feet from the carcass.

Read more here.

Dog drawing by Rembrandt discovery


Dog, by Rembrandt

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Drawing of dog turns out to be real Rembrandt

Today, 12:49

A chalk drawing of a dog which had been in possession of a German museum for centuries appears to be the work of Rembrandt van Rijn. International experts confirm that. “It’s 110 percent Rembrandt“, said the Dutch Rembrandt expert Peter Schatborn.

The Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in Braunschweig has had the drawing in their collection since about 1770. Until now it was considered to be a work by the German artist Johann Melchior Roos. …

Schatborn calls it a nice addition to the known works of the Dutch master. “There are of course some 700 drawings by Rembrandt. It is special if there is found something new by such an old master.” He says it’s one of the few drawings which Rembrandt made of dogs.

Dogs’ memories, new research


This video says about itself:

16 November 2016

Episodic-like memory in dogs (Canis familiaris): Recall of others’ actions after incidental encoding revealed by the do as I do method. Credit: Claudia Fugazza, Ákos Pogány, and Ádám Miklós / Current Biology 2016. Link to paper here.

From Science News:

Dogs form memories of experiences

Tests of mimicking actions suggest dogs have a form of episodic memory

by Laura Sanders

12:00pm, November 23, 2016

Dogs don’t miss much. After watching a human do a trick, dogs remembered the tricks well enough to copy them perfectly a minute later, a new study finds. The results suggest that our furry friends possess some version of episodic memory, which allows them to recall personal experiences, and not just simple associations between, for instance, sitting and getting a treat.

Pet dogs watched a human do something — climb on a chair, look inside a bucket or touch an umbrella. Either a minute or an hour later, the dog was unexpectedly asked to copy the behavior with a “Do it!” command, an imitation that the dogs had already been trained to do. In many cases, dogs were able to obey these surprise commands, particularly after just a minute. Dogs didn’t perform as well when they had to wait an hour for the test, suggesting that the memories grew hazier with time.

Like people, dogs seem to form memories about their experiences all the time, even when they don’t expect to have to use those memories later, study coauthor Claudia Fugazza of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and colleagues write November 23 in Current Biology.