Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Free at last - Raju the Elephant cries

The most heartrending story of the week has been that of the rescue of Raju the elephant.

[The team was astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue," Pooja Binepal of Wildlife SOS told The Mirror.

"It was incredibly emotional. We knew in our hearts he realized he was being freed. Elephants are majestic and highly intelligent animals. We can only imagine what torture the past half a century has been for him."

Fifty years in chains behind him, he is now safely in a new home. His story is here..

The video of his chains being cut ..

Raju is expected to spend some time being rehabilited and then he will have the opportunity to
be with other elephants.

According to the source:

“He will then join the rest of the elephants, including five flirtatious females. He’ll spend the rest of his life in a safe compound in dignity and free from suffering and pain.”

The charity - WildlifeSOS-UK is trying to raise £10,000 to help start Raju’s new life.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sloth Week! Joy in the slow lane.

If you've never had time to connect with a sloth -- here's a week to slow down and catch up -- and explore all things sloth. Celebrate Sloth Week. Animal Planet has a live cam with center stage sloth action from Zoo Atlanta.

Sloth cam from Zoo Atlanta launched in October, featuring a Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth named Cocoa, a 21-year-old male, and his “lady friends” Okra Mae and Bonnie.

Note - there had been the expectation of a baby sloth but that didn't happen so it put a bit of a damper on the celebration.

“While this birth had a sad outcome, we’re encouraged by the success of our sloth program so far and are optimistic that Okra Mae will produce other offspring in the future.” - Raymond B. King, President and CEO. Read the full statement.

You can see Okra Mae, Cocoa and Bonnie on Animal Planet L!VE’s Sloth Cam on

Sloth Cam Chats with Zoo sloth experts run biweekly on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. Zoo Atlanta will also appear as a special invited guest during Animalist’s Sloth Week Google+Hangout on Air, coming up Tuesday, June 24, at 5:30 p.m. EST. 

Another favorite site for Sloth lovers is the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica -

Home and main site  - also on Facebook. Enjoy!
"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it."
~ Samuel Butler