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15 Facts about Birds on Born Free USA’s 15th Annual National Bird Day

Today is Born Free USA’s 15th annual National Bird Day: a day to raise awareness for wild and captive birds everywhere.

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According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation: “We want to use this day to remind the public that birds belong in the wild. They do not deserve to be bred in captivity in unregulated, often miserable conditions. They deserve to fly and not be traded and sold as pets where they spend their lives in cages, and where people cannot possibly meet the complicated needs of a bird.”

“National Bird Day is a time to celebrate birds for the true wild animals they are,” Roberts adds.

Born Free USA’s facts about birds:

  1. How many species of birds are there? There’s no single correct or universally agreed-upon number, and that’s because there is more than one definition of “species.” By one definition, there are 18,000-20,000 bird species; by another definition, there are only half that.
  2. Blackbird singing in the dead of night. “Blackbird,” a song on the Beatles’ White Album, is said to have been inspired by the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
  3. The Birds. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film The Birds employed live birds in many scenes. To attract the birds, actors often had ground meat or fish smeared on their hands.
  4. Indeed, a very Big Bird. Big Bird, a beloved character on the children’s program Sesame Street, debuted in 1969. He is 8 feet 2 inches (249 cm) tall.
  5. Keep on Rockin’! The common pigeon we see in cities around the world (and sometimes in rural or wilderness areas) used to be called the Rock Dove, but it’s now called the Rock Pigeon. It’s a feral, domesticated variation of the wild type found in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
  6. Edgar Allen Poe’s famous narrative poem, “The Raven,” was first published in The Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845.
  7. Now, that’s old! Parrot fossils have been found that date back as far as 60 million years.
  8. The bald eagle. The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States, but Benjamin Franklin had originally argued that the turkey would have been a more appropriate symbol.
  9. This is what it sounds like. Prince’s 1984 song “When Doves Cry” stayed at number one on the Billboard Music Chart for five weeks, keeping Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” from reaching the top spot.
  10. Kept captive around the world… Turacos and louries—long-tailed, medium-sized birds—are only found in the wild in Africa, but we commonly see them in zoos.
  11. Beep, beep! Looney Tunes characters The Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote debuted in 1949. Their adversarial relationship was inspired in part by Tom and Jerry.
  12. The bird is the word. “Surfin’ Bird” by The Trashmen was released in 1964. The song regained fame and notoriety after it was featured in a television episode of Family Guy.
  13. I smell an advantage for this owl. Great Horned Owls are found in every mainland state and Canadian province—and they have a really bad sense of smell! But, that’s good for them, because a major prey species for this owl is the skunk. The skunk’s best defense, a foul-smelling spray from their anal scent glands, does not deter the Great Horned Owl. Museum specimens of the owls, decades old, often retain traces of the skunk odor!
  14. The Last Suppers. In his two frescos of “The Last Supper,” painted in Florence in 1480 and 1482, Renaissance artist Domenico Ghirlandaio prominently featured flying peacocks. Art historians believe the peacocks are meant to emphasize the “Oriental” setting of the Last Supper scene.
  15. And, a partridge in a pear tree. In the song “The 12 Days of Christmas,” a holiday season standard, the singer’s true love gives her 364 gifts—184 of which are birds.

For more information on how to celebrate the wildness of all birds and help birds in captivity, please visit www.nationalbirdday.org. For bird owners looking for support, visit www.nationalbirdday.org/a_happy_bird.php.

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It’s Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday for Best Friends

Giving Tuesday is a global day for giving back that was created by the 92nd Street Y and United Nations Fund in 2012 with the goal of starting a movement around charitable giving at the beginning of the holiday season. In recent years, it has become one the most important revenue-generating days of the year for Best Friends Animal Society.

Best Friends has set a fundraising goal of $500,000 this year for Giving Tuesday, which also happens to be the day that kicks-off the annual Best Friends $2 million Holiday Match (thanks to a group of generous donors who create the match fund each fall).

Did you know that you can help raise funds for Best Friends on Facebook? Your friends, family, and followers can give to your fundraiser without ever leaving Facebook. Any gifts you raise will go directly to Best Friends, and best of all they’ll be matched! What could be better than that?

All you have to do is go to the Best Friends Facebook page, and click the blue button that says “Create Fundraiser”! You will be guided through the process and then your friends can donate right from Facebook. It’s so easy.

And of course, don’t forget to share with your friends on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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Cast your vote for military pets!

This post is sponsored by Purina. As always, 4 the Love of Animals only shares content we feel our readers will enjoy.

Two amazing charities, one big donation! Who will win? Well, both of them will, but it’s up to you to decide who gets the big prize! Purina is giving back to those who give so much. The $100,000 prize will be shared by two amazing organizations dedicated to supporting veterans and pets.

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Dogs on Deployment’s mission is to give military members peace of mind concerning their pets during their service. It’s not just dogs, but all military pets can be helped through this program. So far they have helped 1013 military pets find the temporary homes they needed while their people are serving our country.

Pets for Vets is dedicated to supporting veterans and providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who could benefit from a companion animal. Training may also include desensitization to wheel chairs or crutches as well as recognizing panic or anxiety disorder behaviors.

Now it’s up to you! The charity with the most votes will receive $75,000 and the second place charity will receive $25,000. To participate, visit www.pureloveforpets.com to vote for the charity of your choice.

I’m having such a hard time deciding who to vote for since they are both amazing. Which one will you choose? Go cast your vote at here!

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Dogs in hot cars

Every summer animal agencies are inundated with calls from concerned citizens alerting us to dogs that have been left or locked in hot cars. It can take less than six minutes for a dog to suffer extreme heat exhaustion and die. It is imperative, that if you are leaving your dog in a car to make sure that that they have adequate shade, shelter and water. Even then, temperatures whilst in the shade can reach high levels that can still be extremely hazardous for your dog. The main problem for dogs is that they cool themselves by panting. If the air around them is too hot, and they don’t have access to water, dogs are physically unable to regulate their body temperature.

So what should you do if you are traveling with your dog in hot weather? Here, Don’t cook your dog gives a list of what you should always do when traveling with your dog in the car. First and foremost, think if it is really necessary to have your dog traveling with you in the car in the first place. If it is really hot and you don’t have air-conditioning in your car, then it is best to leave them at home or make alternative arrangements whilst you are traveling.

It is imperative that your dog has plenty of space and is sitting in the shade, if in direct sunlight then your dog will still be prone to overheating regardless if you have air conditioning or not. Finally, they must have access to cool water. Lastly be aware of common signs that your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion that include; panting, disorientation, excessive thirst, dark gums, vomiting, diarrhea and losing consciousness.

If your dog has begun to show signs that they are suffering from overheating, it is vital that you act quickly as to avoid any disastrous consequences. Immediately move them out of the sun and try and wrap them in cool, damp towels to bring their body temperature down, paying special attention to the head. Offer the dog cool water so they can take a small drink easily and if possible, try and cool their tongue with a damp cloth.

Finally call a vet immediately. Following these measures, then there is no reason that your dog should every be in a situation where they are suffering from heat exhaustion. Just ensure that you consider the necessary precautions and if it is really essential that your dog travels with you.

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