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Standard poodle crowned top dog

February 13, 2020 | Animals | No Comments

A STANDARD poodle named Siba was crowned “Best in Show” at the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday, taking home the grand prize in the most prestigious competition for pure-bred canines in the United States.

Just shy of four years old, the graceful black female from Northampton, Pennsylvania triumphed over crowd favorites Daniel the golden retriever and Bono the Havanese at the grand finale of the three-day event at Madison Square Garden, her crown of tall black fluff bobbing as she loped around the ring.

“We think she’s beautiful and has that special something, so hopefully that’s what he saw,” Siba’s handler Chrystal Murray said, referring to the Best in Show judge, Robert Slay, in a post-show interview.

Before Siba embarks on a whirlwind tour of television appearances and celebrity photo shoots, as is customary for Westminster champions, Murray said she would get to enjoy plenty of her favorite treat: chicken.

Siba advanced to the final round as the champion of the non-sporting group, going head-to-head with the winners in six other groups – hounds, toy dogs, herding dogs, working dogs, sporting dogs and terriers.

Rounding out the roster of finalists in Tuesday’s best-in-show contest were Bourbon, a female whippet, who was awarded second place or “Reserve Best in Show”; Daniel, a male golden retriever; Bono, a male Havanese; Conrad, a male Shetland sheepdog; Wilma, a female boxer, and Vinny, a male wire fox terrier.

The wire fox terrier had an edge after the breed took home the top prize last year, but the golden retriever, a breed that has never won Best in Show, seemed to win the hearts of the audience on Tuesday.

Chants of “Daniel! Daniel!” echoed from the crowd of thousands, as Slay inspected the seven canines before making his choice.

It was the fifth time a standard poodle took home the alpha prize in the Westminster show’s 144-year history. It is the second-oldest sporting event in the country, after only the Kentucky Derby horse race.

This year’s competition drew a field of contenders consisting of more than 2,600 dogs representing 205 breeds from 20 countries, including the United States.

The prestigious dog show grew out of an 1870s gathering of sporting gentlemen who regularly chatted at a bar in the long-gone Westminster Hotel in lower Manhattan.

On its website, the Westminster Kennel Club says the men decided to put on a dog show named for the meeting spot, while trading stories about hunting and their dogs’ exploits.

-thesundaily

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KUANTAN – Kelincahan seekor kucing walaupun mengalami kecacatan pada saraf akibat terjatuh dari tempat tinggi menjadi bualan netizen di laman sosial.

Meskipun terpaksa berjalan dalam keadaan terhuyung-hayang, namun kucing bernama Kattie itu bijak seperti kucing lain.

Video keletah kucing itu dimuat naik di Twitter @snugdeal3r mencecah 176,400 tontonan daripada netizen.

Pengguna Twitter itu juga sempat menjelaskan bahawa kucing tersebut bukanlah kucing peliharaannya tetapi milik seorang individu yang meninggalkan kucing comel tersebut di hotel kucing selama beberapa hari.

Netizen yang menonton video 19 saat itu juga berkongsi pengalaman mereka memiliki kucing mengalami masalah saraf.

Kata @frhqstn, “Saya ada juga kucing seperti ini, namanya Goyang. Goyang ada masalah saraf sejak dilahirkan. Lari tunggang-langgang tapi aktif macam kucing biasa. Ambil masa setahun untuk betul-betul mahir menguruskan diri.”

Menurut @nisha_nisah, “Kucing saya pun jatuh dari tingkat enam dan alami masalah saraf. Lumpuh seumur hidup dari pinggang sampai ke kaki. Kena pakai lampin pakai buang.”

Dalam pada itu, @snugdeal3r sempat menyatakan kepada netizen agar tidak perlu bimbang kerana Kattie sihat dan gembira walaupun masalah saraf.

This is Kattie, the owner said dia dulu pernah terjatuh dari tempat tinggi but she survived, but resulting in nerve probs seumur hidup. but isn’t she a cutieee my heart!!!! welcome to Whims baby

-sinarharian

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The Fire and Rescue Department in Limbang town in northern Sarawak got more than they bargained for on Sunday (Dec 15), after a crocodile escaped from captivity in a kampung house.

They received a call from a man in Kampung Imok, Jalan Pendaruan, near the town centre, who asked for help because his “pet” had escaped from his house, which was flooded.

“The crocodile was reared inside a water tank.

“When it was flooded, the crocodile escaped into a nearby water-logged area outside the house.

“The owner called Bomba Limbang for help.

“He said the crocodile started to become aggressive,” said the department in an update.

A group of firemen deployed to the scene managed to rope the croc that measured about 1.2 metres in length.

The firemen took away the reptile from the scene, instead of giving it back to the owner.

It is to be handed over to the relevant wildlife authorities.

Kampung Imok is one of many villages in Limbang that is currently facing flood woes brought on by the landas season.

The landas in Sarawak is the equivalent of the monsoon in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

-thestar

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Badan beruang kutub diconteng T-34

December 5, 2019 | Animals | No Comments

Sebuah rakaman video di Artik, Rusia memaparkan badan beruang kutub disembur ‘T-34’ tular di media sosial.

Pakar bagaimanapun memberi amaran perbuatan tidak bertanggungjawab seperti itu boleh menjejaskan keupayaan haiwan terbabit untuk memburu makanan.

Susulan itu, satu siasatan dilancarkan untuk mengenal pasti lokasi rakaman video tersebut yang dikongsi anggota Tabung Hidupan Liar Sedunia (WWF), Sergey Kavry di Facebook.

Difahamkan T-34 adalah kereta kebal yang memainkan peranan penting terhadap kekalahan Kesatuan Soviet di tangan tentera Nazi di Jerman ketika Perang Dunia Kedua.

“Saya tidak mendapat butiran lanjut tentang lokasi rakaman itu. Jika, ia bersifat untuk menyindir, ia satu bentuk tindakan yang tidak menghormati sejarah,” ujarnya.

Pegawai akhbar untuk WWF Rusia, Daria Buyanova turut terkejut dengan imej itu yang disifatkan sebagai ‘satu jenaka yang teruk’.

Sementara itu, seorang saintis di Institut Masalah Biologi di Kutub Utara, Anatoly Kochnev percaya haiwan itu mungkin telah diberi sedatif sebelum tulisan itu dibuat.

“Kejadian itu mungkin berlaku di wilayah terpencil Novaya Zemlya di mana pasukan pakar menembak ubat pelali ke atas beruang kutub yang berkeliaran di kawasan penempatan penduduk,” katanya.

-sinarharian

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Anjing dicat warna hijau

November 13, 2019 | Animals, Viral | No Comments

SUBANG – Seekor anjing memiliki bulu berwarna hijau dipercayai dicat oleh individu tidak berperikemanusiaan menggemparkan penduduk di sekitar Subang Bestari.

Gambar dimuat naik di Facebook Shazreen Othuman tular di laman sosial sehingga mendapat kritikan daripada netizen.

“Saya tidak fikir anjing ini ada tuannya. Siapa pun melakukan perbuatan ini mesti memiliki masalah mental,” tulisnya.

Anjing itu dilihat sedang mencari makanan di dalam bungkusan plastik dan dipercayai tidak bertuan.

Netizen yang melihat posting itu berang dan mengutuk individu yang bertindak kejam mengecat bulu anjing tersebut.

Kata Siti Noor Hidayah, “Dah banyak kali jumpa, itu fikir juga siapa yang buat, badan gemuk terbaru warna hijau, ada masanya biru, oren pun ada, merah pun. Tukar-tukar warna, saya takut nak berhenti, takut anjing,” tulisnya.

“Kesiannya! Siapa laa yang sanggup buat macam itu… sangat kejam!,” kata Sarimah.

Intan Nubailah pula berharap ada pihak sudi membantu anjing itu dan membersihkan kotoran yang melekat pada bulunya.

Menurut Kilayong, “Cat dan pewarna sangat berbahaya untuk haiwan dan mungkin menyebabkan rasa tidak selesa. Ia boleh mengganggu sistem pernafasan, boleh berasa mual, pening dan alergi pada kulit.”

Sementara itu, menerusi Facebook Persatuan Haiwan Malaysia dalam satu kenyataan memberitahu mengecat seluruh tubuh anjing mengundang kemudaratan dan keracunan toksik terhadap anjing.

Perbuatan itu bukan satu gurauan sebaliknya ia perbuatan zalim dan pengianiayaan terhadap anjing tidak bersalah.

Si pelaku boleh disabitkan kesalahan dengan Akta Kebajikan Haiwan 2015 – iaitu khianat terhadap haiwan.

Saksi kejadian berhampiran lokasi Subang Bistari diminta tampil menghulurkan maklumat pelaku ke +6011-20901097.

-sinarharian

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Louis Tan decided to make his own instead of forking out the big bucks for imported kibble after seeing his own dog suffer from skin issues, due to low-quality dog food.

His late pooch Kelly, suffered from a variety of skin issues which required him to get costly hypoallergenic foods from overseas, which however did not improve Kelly’s condition.

Being no stranger to start-ups, from his experience previously as part of start-ups in America where he lived for seven years with the likes of ShopandBox and The Luxe Nomad, Tan decided that it was time to make his own dog food for Kelly instead.

“I opted for import foods from Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and paid as much as RM150 per kilogramme,” said Tan.

“That’s when I discovered that even imported food had very low standards, using low-quality proteins, excessive food coloring’s, preservatives and chemicals, with low-quality control.”

He was unquestionably infuriated at the quality of the food and wasn’t too happy either that Malaysia does not have quality dog food companies.

So instead of paying audacious prices for low-quality food, to make some foreign company rich, he chose to make his own and start-up his own brand of dog food, called PledgeCare.

“The quality of our food is unmatched, it’s human-grade and we price it much cheaper than premium import kibble,” said Tan.

He added that all of PledgeCare’s food is made 100 per cent from fresh meat and produce sourced from local markets and is safely air-dried for 24 hours after it is made.

“This enables pet parents to feed their pets with the same fantastic nutrition as raw, home-cooked food, but without the fear of pathogens like salmonella,” he said.

“It is heartwarming to hear people tell us that our food has solved their pet’s skin problems, and we’ve heard that many, many times.”

PledgeCare’s products include, duck and chicken air-dried meals, priced at RM75 and RM67, as well as an assortment of air-dried treats, priced at RM20, like chicken strips, lamb liver, whole anchovies, beef liver and duck gizzard.

In spite of his company’s newfound success, Tan isn’t doing it for the profit, as his main goal for PledgeCare is to perfect his products and help out animal welfare groups.

That’s mainly because he was so impressed by the care and professionalism of canine initiatives and organisations in the country like Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB), when he wanted to adopt a dog upon coming back from the US.

“They interviewed me and did a site visit at my home, to see if we were genuine adopters,” said Tan.

“I was immediately impressed as it was a similar experience to when I adopted a dog in the US.”

After that encounter, Tan did some research and found out that the altruistic people working in these organisations go through a lot of trouble to raise funds and keep their centres running.

“For all the good they do, these selfless people can barely get by, let alone operate an organisation,” he said.

“I realised that I can do much more than donating regularly, and that building a social enterprise to sustain non-profitable and charity industries would be extremely impactful.”

He said he has “extremely ambitious” goals for PledgeCare and animal welfare in Malaysia, as he plans to supercharge animal welfare in the country.

“I want to be the leading contributor and donator to animal causes in the country, and hope to double the size of contributions made.

“I want to reward the real heroes of animal welfare, the founders, vets, volunteers and people at ground level, so that they have the resources to keep doing their work, without having to worry about making ends meet.”

Tan is organising a fundraiser in partnership with MDDB, called “Raise the Woof” at One Utama Central Park, Bandar Utama, on October 20, from 11am to 6pm.

He has also made it a requirement for all participating partners to pledge a portion of their sales and profits to MDDB, so they can continue to operate and finish building their sanctuary home.

“The kind people at One Utama have given us a great big space at Central Park, so people can walk and play with their dogs, as well as partake in our pet games and activities,” said Tan.

“PledgeCare is donating 100 per cent of our sales to MDDB and the money raised will help them as they are in their final stages of completing their animal sanctuary to house over 200 dogs.”

He added that he hopes to be the catalyst to “push them across the finish line”, so that the abandoned, homeless and tortured dogs would finally have a place to feel loved and safe.

If you’re interested in attending the fundraiser with your furry little friend, you can surf here.

Alternatively, if you want to help out MDDB in any way you can e-mail them at malaysiandogsdeservebetter1@gmail.com.

-malaymail

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Sesiapa yang selalu memancing, mesti akan ada pengalaman tertangkap benda-benda yang pelik.

Perkara sama berlaku kepada pemancing dari Norway ini yang berjaya menangkap ikan berbadan kecil, tapi dengan mata yang tersangat besar.

Oscar Lundahl, 19, menangkap ikan tersebut ketika memancing di perairan kepulauan Andoya, di utara Norway menggunakan umpan ikan makerel pada kedalaman 2,600 kaki.

Dia berjaya menumpaskan ikan tersebut selepas bergelut selama 30 minit kerana kedalaman laut di kawasan tersebut. Ternyata apa yang ditangkapnya bukan sesuatu yang mudah dijumpai.

Ikan tersebut merupakan seekor Ratfish, yang kebiasaannya hidup di dasar laut yang dalam. Disebabkan keadaan dasar laut dalam yang gelap, mata ikan ini yang besar teramat membantu untuk mereka bergerak dan mencari makanan.

Walaupun ikan itu tidak membahayakan manusia, tetapi rupanya yang seakan mahluk asing dengan mata yang besar mungkin membuat sesiapa sahaja terkejut ketika kali pertama bertemu ikan tersebut.

Namun ikan tersebut mati selepas ditangkap kerana perbezaan tekanan yang berlaku secara mendadak. Oscar yang kemudiannya membawa ikan itu balik untuk dimakan mengatakan, walaupun rupanya menakutkan, tapi rasanya sedap seperti ikan kod, malah lebih sedap.

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Gajah mengamuk semasa perarakan, 17 orang cedera

September 10, 2019 | Animals, News | No Comments

17 orang dilaporkan cedera apabila gajah yang digunakan semasa perarakan keagamaan Buddha di Sri Lanka, mengamuk dan memijak pengunjung yang hadir.

Insiden tersebut berlaku Sabtu lepas semasa perarakan di Kotte, Colombo apabila gajah yang sedang ditunggangi seorang peserta perarakan mengamuk dan mula berlari ke arah pengunjung berhampiran.

Penunggang tersebut turut tercampak dan hampir dipijak oleh gajah berkenaan. Walaubagaimana pun, gajak yang naik angin tersebut berjaya ditenangkan oleh pengunjung dan peserta perarakan tersebut sebelum perkara lebih buruk berlaku.

Perarakan ini yang juga digelar Perahera merupakan tradisi 600 tahun penganut Buddha di Kotte, Sri Lanka di mana gajah yang juga dimiliki oleh golongan-golongan kaya di sana, dihias dan diarak di sepanjang jalan.

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Pertunjukan sarkas di Yuanyang, daerah di dalam Xinxiang City, China pada 6 September lepas bertukar cemas apabila dua harimau Siberia yang digunakan sempena pertunjukan tersebut terlepas dari sangkar dan meluru ke arah penonton.

Berdasarkan video pendek dirakam salah seorang penonton, kedengaran jeritan “Lari” serta beberapa penonton lain kelihatan berlari dan melompat dari kerusi penonton untuk melarikan diri.

Hasil dari insiden itu, pihak berkuasa menasihati orang ramai untuk tidak keluar dari rumah sementara usaha mengesan harimau yang terlepas itu dijalankan.

Selepas 12 jam usaha memburu dijalankan, kedua-dua ekor harimau itu berjaya ditangkap dengan ubat pelali. Namun begitu, seekor daripada harimau tersebut telah mati apabila ditangkap dan polis masih menjalankan siasatan mengenai kematian harimau tersebut.

Sementara itu, dua penganjur yang terlibat dalam pertunjukan sarkas, salah seorangnya bernama
Zhang Haitao, 23, ditahan bagi siasatan lanjut mengenai insiden itu.

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Ayam jantan menang saman untuk terus berkokok

September 6, 2019 | Animals, News | No Comments

Bukan senang jadi ayam jantan. Sampai nak berkokok pun boleh kena saman.

Berdasarkan kes yang berlangsung di Perancis, mahkamah membuat keputusan untuk membenarkan ayam jantan bernama Maurice untuk terus berkokok selepas menolak saman yang kemukakan oleh sebahagian penduduk yang mendakwa ayam tersebut melakukan pencemaran bunyi.

Kisah saman ini juga tular di serata dunia hingga ada pihak mangadakan petisyen di atas talian “Selamatkan Maurice” yang berjaya mengumpul lebih 140,000 tandatangan.

Corinne Fesseau, pemilik ayam berkenaan berkata kemenangan ini adalah kemenangan untuk semua. Kes ini yang bermula Julai tahun ini pada mulanya dibantah oleh peguam bela Corinne sebagai mengarut kerana ayam jantan merupakan sebahagian imej Perancis.

Corinne yang telah 35 tahun tinggal di Oléron, pulau yang terletak di laut Atlantik, mengatakan tidak pernah menerima sebarang aduan sebelum ini sehinggalah pihak plaintif, yang juga petani pencen yang membeli rumah percutian di situ mula berpindah masuk.

Atas kemenangan ini, mahkamah mengarahkan pihak plaintif untuk membayar ganti rugi sebanyak €1,000 (RM4,625) kepada Corinne.

Kes ini juga menjadi ilustrasi kepada ketegangan yang makin menebal di kalangan penduduk asal luar bandar dan mereka yang lari berhijrah ke luar bandar.

Manakala datuk bandar tempatan, Christophe Sueur, berkata masyarakat luar perlu menghormati tradisi penduduk setempat dan lebih bertoleransi.

BBC

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