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More and more research studies have conclusively shown that animals, including those raised for food, are intelligent, sentient beings that can feel pain and fear.
The discovery was strange and amusing, but there was no happy ending. On June 21, caddies at the Manila Golf and Country Club in posh Forbes Park, Makati, found a most unusual animal clinging to the branches of a tamarind tree near their barracks: a tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), endemic to the Philippines and usually found only in the provinces of Leyte, Samar and Bohol.
Though now with a face only a mother can love, Kabang is loved by everyone who knows of her extraordinary tale. On Dec. 14, 2011, the dog saved the lives of two young female cousins in Zamboanga City who were crossing a street unaware that a speeding motorcycle was heading their way. Kabang, the family pet, leapt into the motorcycle’s path and averted certain tragedy.
By Michael L. Tan
Brusco is a bulldog, or more precisely, a French bulldog, the type that invites cuddling, which he thoroughly enjoys and reciprocates by slobbering all over you. As bulldogs go, he snorts a lot so he sometimes ends up looking like he’s making tsismis, gossiping in your ear about all that’s been going on in the last few days with his humans. To entertain the kids at home, I’d occasionally interrupt Brusco and go, “And then?” or “Really?” and it’d look like he was picking up, continuing with his story.
As the new Pope’s namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, said, “All creatures are created from the same paternal heartbeat of God.” Christ’s teachings of mercy and compassion are made a mockery of by the continued confinement of Mali the elephant at the Manila Zoo. Would Jesus have tormented one of God’s creatures capable of feeling [...]
By Neal H. Cruz
The dolphin is that fish-like creature that performs tricks in oceanariums, such as jumping and turning somersaults in the air, balancing hoops and balls on their noses, or swimming with their bodies out of the water and only their tails submerged. Though it looks like a fish, it is a mammal like whales. It gives [...]
By Crista M. Iguid
Kukoi was with our family for the last 13 years. She was such pure joy that the family wished that she be humanized, not to be a biped like us with arms for cuddling, but to have a larynx to at least voice her sentiments.
By Carol Buckley
When I first met Tina, a 33-year-old elephant, she was serving a life sentence in solitary confinement at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. She was born in captivity and had spent much of her life alone in a cramped, barren pen.
Rainforests cover only 6 percent of the earth’s land surface and yet biologists estimate that half the species of plants, animals and other organisms are found in tropical rainforests, according to Edward Wilson, a research professor at Harvard.
Here I am again with begging hands outstretched for help, but we need to make everyone aware of what’s happening to the orangutans in Borneo.
By Rica S. Facundo
This is a story of girl meets dog, but you should know upfront, that this is a love story.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Crocodiles or buwaya are once more in the news, but this time in their original incarnations and not their human versions. We’ll get to those in time. Crocodiles are back in the limelight after the capture of a 6.4-meter-long brackish water crocodile dubbed “Lolong” by the media and the local folk. Lolong, who it is [...]