I would like to start this New Year off with a selection of positive stories.
We need to occasionally focus on good things, though sadly often the good seems to arise from the bad. There is so much negativity in the news, it can be and is overwhelming. But there is good in this world, there is love, caring, compassion, kindness, loyalty and friendship and much of that is given and experienced by animals. Animals are amazing creatures and these videos demonstrate that they like us are sentient beings with feelings and emotions.
Below is a selection of good news stories from Care2 concerning animals. A pleasant and refreshing change from all the horror and misery. I hope you enjoy them.
Now living wild, orphan elephant Wendi gives birth to her first baby
Elephant Mom Brings Tiny Newborn to Meet Her Rescuers
“This week the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) shared a precious encounter with one of its ex-orphans, who brought her brand new baby to meet her former keepers.
Wendi, the new mom, was once a tiny little orphan in DSWT’s care. She is an Imenti Forest Elephant from Meru who was a newborn, barely days old herself, when she was found on a September morning back in 2002 lying on the ground all alone as a victim of poaching.”
Rescued Pigeons Fall in Love and Make Out
Hit by a Car and Left for Dead, These Two Pigeons Have Found Love at a Sanctuary
“Life really couldn’t have looked any worse for Woodstock pigeon after he was hit by a car and dumped in the trash where he was left to die.
With his crop torn open and a broken wing to boot, he likely wouldn’t have lasted the night, but thankfully someone noticed his little face peering back at them from the dark and dingy garbage bin when they opened the lid.
Seeing he was clearly suffering and in need of help they rushed him to the vet where he underwent a dangerous operation to save his life.
He made it, but he wasn’t ever going to be able to fly again and now he needed a home where he could live out the rest of his life in peace and that’s how he ended up here with us in Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary.”
Mr. G and Jellybean
Grieving Goat Transforms After Sweet Reunion With His Best Friend
“This week Animal Place shared the story of one heartbroken little goat named Mr. G who had seemingly given up on life when his rescuers realized the problem was that he was overcome with grief over the loss of his best friend, a burro named Jellybean.
The two had lived together for years but were split up and taken in by two different sanctuaries after being confiscated from a neglectful situation. Mr. G was taken in by Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch in Grass Valley, Calif.
According to Animal Place, Mr. G was inconsolable, refusing to eat and spending his days lying in the corner of his stall with his head down. No treats were enough to entice him to eat or move. After health problems were ruled out, it became obvious to his rescuers that he was mourning the loss of his best friend. They decided a reunion was in order and a volunteer took a 14 hour roundtrip to get Jellybean. They describe the reunion:
When Jellybean entered Mr. G‘s stall, he could not believe his eyes. In fact, he did a double-take! It was only when he smelled Jellybean‘s unique scent that Mr. G realized the truth – his dearest friend had returned!”