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Blood Red Badger Courage

by on Aug.28, 2013, under Animals, Crime, Culture, Health, Nature

Despite having been illegal for over 170 years, badger baiting continues to be practiced throughout Britain and Ireland, not unlike cockfighting and dogfighting in the U.S. The badger is a protected species in the UK.

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Normally docile creatures, when they perceive a threat or are cornered, the badger, which can grow to 35 pounds, is a fierce fighter. It’s dangerous bite and powerful claws leave it more than capable of defending itself.

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Badger baiting is a fight between a dog and a badger. The badger is usually put in a tunnel dug for the purpose, and a dog is introduced into the tunnel entrance. The waiting badger usually seizes te dog immediately, and the dog tries to grip the badger. They bite and tear and pull at each other in a frenzy. Frequently the dog is pulled out by its tail, separated from the badger, and the whole process repeated until the dog or badger is spent.

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Injuries to the jaw and snout are common.

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Some dogs have even had their lower jaw ripped off.

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Due to the illegality of badger baiting, most of the dog owners refuse to take their dog to a veterinarian for proper treatment. The dog is either treated by the owner, killed, or abandoned and left to die.

One cruel owner even tried using a household stapler to close the wounds on his dog Comet.

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When it didn’t work, the dog was abandoned, where she was found by dog walkers that took her to the vet.

Delilah the terrier was close to death when she was found with burnt skin peeling off her face and vicious bite marks to her body.

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She was unconscious and suffering from hypothermia. If she had been brought in by her owner, she probably would have been euthanized right away.

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The veterinarians were horrified by her injuries and determined to save the 18-month-old Patterdale Terrier.

Veterinary nurse Julie Fox, 33, who helped to treat her at Spa Vets in Gloucester, said, “I’ve been a nurse for 15 years but I’ve never been as horrified as when I first saw Delilah. Her face was peeling off and there was blood everywhere, if she was brought in with her owners we would have administered euthanasia straight away.”

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Delilah’s brutal wounds are thought to be from badger baiting. In the illegal sport fires are started at all but one of the exit holes of the badger hole and dogs are sent down to chase them out.

The Vets wrapped her in foil blankets, surrounded her in heat pads and gave her dinner: Within hours she had regained consciousness and sat up.

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They performed a life-changing operation on Delilah to give her new eyelids – the complex procedure left her with 80 stitches and she was hospitalized for 48 hours.

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So far Delilah has made an astonishing recovery. The vets are confident that her progress will continue. Meanwhile, she has gone home with the nurse, Julie Fox.

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“Since I’ve had her at home she’s made a remarkable recovery,” said Ms. Fox. “She’s full of life, she follows me everywhere and loves playing with my other dogs.”

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Jack’s Cactus Attack

by on Apr.29, 2012, under Animals, Nature, Recreation

A couple of people hiking in Phoenix, Arizona heard whimpering sounds coming from the area of a nearby cholla cactus.

They discovered an eight week old Yorkshire Terrier mix.

After alerting the Arizona Humane Society they started removing the cactus spines.

“By the time we arrived on scene, the good Samaritans had actually removed him from the cactus and also removed about a five gallon bucket worth of spines,” Said Arizona Humane Society spokesperson Bretta Nelson.

He was taken to the AHS Second Chance Hospital where vets spent several hours removing the rest of the barbed spines.

The friendly puppy didn’t appear overly distressed by his situation, and was reportedly wagging his tail as the staff attended to him.

Cactus Jack, as he was named, is not expected to suffer any permanent injuries and is getting medication to prevent infection. He will be available for adoption soon.

It still doesn’t look as scary as Dog vs. Porcupine.

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Snake Attack

by on Jul.10, 2011, under Animals, Family, Nature

The American Pit Bull Terrier is often maligned, and has even been banned in some localities. They are fiercely loyal, loving dogs when raised properly, but the popularity of the breed means that there are a lot of neglected pit bulls of dubious parentage.

They have a bad reputation just because they eat an occasional baby.

But you’ll never convince the Fronteras, from Barangay Lapasan in the northern Philippines. Their pitbull, Chief, is a hero. In Tagalog, one of the languages spoken in the northern Philippines, the word “kuya” refers to an honored older person, like a big brother or respected family friend. The Fronteras children treated Chief like a member of the family and called the dog “Kuya Chief”.

He saved 87-year-old Liberata la Victoria and her granddaughter Maria Victoria Fronteras after a cobra entered through an opening in the family’s kitchen shortly around 8 a.m.

“The snake was in front of us., maneuvering a deadly attack,” Sabelita quoted Maria Victoria as saying. “I screamed out loud to ask for help.”

Hearing this, the four-year old pit bull terrier dashed from its sleeping area to fight off the deadly snake, said Sabelita quoting Maria Victoria.

The cobra fought back and bit Chief at the lower left portion of the jaw. The dog then repeatedly slammed the cobra after it succeeded in immobilizing the snake with its sharp teeth, she said.

Dela Rama said la Victoria was watching television when she panicked and alerted her granddaughter. The old lady said the cobra was about to attack her and the dog came to her rescue.

Maria Victoria said she saw the cobra expand its neck as soon as she turned the lights on. She said the cobra looked like it was spitting as its inched closer, about a meter away, toward her.

De la Rama said the terrier, “out of nowhere,” jumped on the cobra , bit it the neck, and then shook it till it died.

Moments later, the dog slouched flat and fainted, spreading its arms and feet on the floor, after killing the killer snake.

De la Rama said the dog went wobbly and lost control of its organs some 30 minutes after being bitten by the cobra; it started to urinate and defecate uncontrollably as it grasped for air and panted heavily.

The Fronterases sought the help of veterinarian but they were reportedly told that it was too late because the snake bite was near the dog’s brain and the venom had already spread.

Sabilita said Marlone rushed home when his wife called him up to tell him of what had happened and the dog’s master was stunned.

The Fronteras children were deeply affected according to Sabelita.

The last thing Chief did was wag his tail and gaze at Marlone who had just come from work, said Sabelita.

“Chief gave his two deep breaths and died. He was fighting and saving his last ounces of breath to see a glimpse of his master for the last two seconds of his life,” added dela Rama.

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