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Riff Raff The Elephant ‘To Be Shot Legally’ If He Keeps Returning Home

If lions are the king of the jungle, then elephants must surely be some kind of loftily held animal of regal proportions, but for one big grey fella in South Africa he’s being shown the door to the place he’s called home for decades. Riff Raff, a six-and-a-half tonne bull elephant, who will be legally

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If lions are the king of the jungle, then elephants must surely be some kind of loftily held animal of regal proportions, but for one big grey fella in South Africa he’s being shown the door to the place he’s called home for decades.

Riff Raff, a six-and-a-half tonne bull elephant, who will be legally shot if he doesn’t stop destroying crops is being moved 300 miles away because he keeps going back to the reserve where he’s lived for the 45 years.

Five month ago he was moved 40 miles to a new home and he stomped his way back to his old ends within 48 hours, leaving a trail of smashed fences.

Local farmers are not happy. The Humane Society International are in a race to save Riff Raff from their bullets.

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The non-profit organisation want to move Riff Raff to a reserve hundreds of miles from his Limpopo province home, putting a barrier of mountains and motorways in the way of his return, the Mirror reports.

If you’ve ever tried to get back into a club after getting on the nerves of door staff, times that by about a hundred.

With a life expectancy of around 70 years, Riff Raff should have another 25 years if nature runs its course. Unfortunately his previous behaviour hasn’t made him many friends.

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Audrey Delsink, the Humane Society International’s executive director, said:

If he stays, he’ll almost certainly be killed.

He’ll be the oldest, most dominant bull in a much larger reserve – with many new, unrelated females.

At 45, he’s a prime bull. He’ll be the females’ first choice, so will definitely be siring offspring for many years to come.

This is utopia for a bull elephant wanting to mate.

However, moving the mountain will not come easy. The relocation operation will cost up to £7,000, involving a tracking helicopter, a crane, giant crates and a crew of experts to ensure his safe transit.

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Riff Raff has been at home in Limporo all his life and has been monitored for 18 years.

But 2018 hasn’t been a good year, farmers complained he’d trampled fences and eaten their crops.

He’s a huge example of the growing conflict between man and wildlife as human populations expand.

Ms Delsink said:

It’s not the fault of these amazing creatures that humans want to share their land, we have to find non-lethal solutions.

It’s a problem South Africa’s wildlife faces time and again, as fences prevent migration.

Just killing wildlife who get in our way is not the answer.

Last year up to 50 ‘problem’ elephants were legally killed.

In cheerier elephant news, a little calf was caught in some side-splitting slapstick action this week, flapping around on his backside in a muddy riverbank in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

The sweet moment was captured by an amused human, who couldn’t help but melt at the sight of the playful little elephants:

When you find baby elephants anywhere near water or mud it is always worth it to stop and observe them for a while. Majority of the time it turns out to be a very entertaining sighting and enough to make anyone smile.

It was in the Kruger National Park where we came across such a scenario. A small herd of elephants was swimming in a river and amongst them were two very playful baby elephant brothers.

Let’s hope Riff Raff likes his new digs.

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People Will Go To Bizarre Lengths To Combat Their Dog’s Bad Breath, Research Finds

Dog breath 2Anyone who’s owned a dog will know just how bad their breath smells, especially when they decide to yawn right in your face. It’s so bad, people are now going to bizarre lengths in an attempt to stop their dog’s breath from smelling, research has found. Chewing gum, facial hair-cuts and brushing their teeth with

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Anyone who’s owned a dog will know just how bad their breath smells, especially when they decide to yawn right in your face.

It’s so bad, people are now going to bizarre lengths in an attempt to stop their dog’s breath from smelling, research has found.

Chewing gum, facial hair-cuts and brushing their teeth with human toothpaste are just some of the ways dog owners are trying to combat their dog’s bad breath, according to a recent study.

Giving dogs snacks which are said to ‘improve’ their breath, handing them fresh mint leaves to chew, and keeping the lid closed so your hound doesn’t drink from the toilet are other ways to ensure your four-legged-friend’s mouth doesn’t stink.

The survey of 2,000 dog owners revealed over half believe their dog suffers from bad breath – and yet the same percentage think this is normal for canines, when it can actually be a symptom of poor dental health.

Only a fifth of those polled would worry about dog breath being a sign of a serious health problem. However, six in 10 owners admitted to having tried to combat their dog’s bad breath, and over half have used a dental chew to do this.

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Rodney Zasman, a leading London veterinary surgeon, said:

A lot of dog owners aren’t aware of how important it is to look after their dog’s dental health. Poor care of dogs’ dental hygiene can result in implications such as dental plaque, gum disease, tooth abscesses and difficulty eating .

Bacteria can spread from the teeth and gums causing damage to the kidneys, liver and the heart. Painful and extensive dental surgery and treatment may be needed to cure this.

It’s vital to increase owners’ knowledge of the importance of looking after their dog’s teeth and gums to ensure pets are as healthy and fit as possible.

While dogs have been fed anything from cooked parsley, carrots, apples and mints in a bid to keep their breath fresh, nearly a third of owners polled didn’t know how often they need to clean their dog’s teeth.

The survey, commissioned by Lily’s Kitchen pet food via OnePoll.com to coincide with the launch of Woofbrush, their new natural dental chews, found only one in 10 dog owners have ever taken their dog to the vet because of their bad breath.

More owners thought dogs’ bad breath is associated with what their dog has eaten rather than a sign of poor dental hygiene.

And although dogs are known to be man’s best friend, three in 10 owners admitted to avoiding going near their canine companion because of their terrible breath. A more confident 40 per cent however will let their dog lick their face regardless of how bad they smell.

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I’ll be honest with you, I once made the mistake of giving my dog one of my sour cream Pringles; he then proceeded to jump up on me and breathe right in my face. Never again.

The survey results revealed dog owners have spent on average less than £100 on their dog’s dental hygiene since having them, indicating owners are underestimating the importance of dental health compared to other areas of physical condition.

And people aren’t making the connection between poor dental health and the implications it can have on their dog’s overall health. Under half of those dog owners who were polled said they take their dog for an annual dental inspection.

Those owners who do care for their canine’s teeth believed dental chews are an effective solution, with six in 10 using them to combat their dog’s breath.

Henrietta Morrison of Lily’s Kitchen, said that most dental chews are not the solution:

Keeping your dog’s teeth in really good condition is part and parcel of being a responsible pet owner. The best time to get your pet used to you brushing their teeth is from when they’re puppies.

Dental disease is so avoidable and when it does happen it can be devastating for the entire health of your pet, as bacteria from teeth spreads throughout the immune system, not to mention the added impact of terrible doggy breath.

As with so many pet products, it’s very hard to work out what’s best for your pet. Almost all pet dental chews are made with nasty ingredients including sugar and chemicals.

Who knew? I’d better go and buy my dog a toothbrush then, here’s hoping he doesn’t bite my hand off…

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Incredibly Rare Silver Fox Spotted In UK For First Time In 25 Years

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The first silver fox seen in 25 years is being looked after by the RSPCA after being captured in a UK garden. 

And no it wasn’t Robert DeNiro, George Clooney or any other person you know who’s got grey hair. It was a real fox, with silver, black, and white fur.

Now we’ve got that sh*t and obvious joke out of the way (not that it’ll stop you making the joke in the comments) we can continue.

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The extremely rare animal was caught lurking about a garden in Alsager, Cheshire, and has been nicknamed ‘Shadow’ because of his striking dark fur.

According to folklore, the silver fox is a harbinger of doom to all who see it or at least that’s what The Sun claims. When I googled it I couldn’t find anything specific about silver foxes being particularly portentous.

Instead, I found a lot of stories from Native American mythology about the silver fox creating the world and I prefer that to tabloid doom-mongering.

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Anyway, Shadow is in good health, he was captured safely, and the RSPCA is hoping they will be able to reunite him with his owner in due course – yes, Shadow may in fact not be wild.

Amanda Lovett, a Former RSPCA inspector, who runs a pet boarding house helped to capture Shadow.

She said:

I was alerted to a post on a local Facebook group and it would seem the fox had been in the garden for most of the day. This was on Saturday, one of the biggest nights for fireworks, and we knew we had to get the fox to safety.

I managed to safely catch the fox with a grasper and put him in a cat box before taking him to Stapeley Grange, who kindly stayed open later so he could be admitted.

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Following his capture, Shadow was taken to the Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich where he was inspected by medical staff.

Vets at the centre found that Shadow was in good health, if a little overweight, with a healthy appetite. They added that it’s likely that Shadow was being kept as a pet and he has either escaped or he has been dumped by his owners.

Manager of Stapeley Grange Lee Stewart said:

He is the first silver fox we have ever had here at Stapeley Grange, in nearly 25 years we have been open.

He is an impressive-looking animal and it has been interesting to us all to have such a rare admission.

Vets at the centre confirmed that Shadow was not chipped and if no owner can be traced the charity will attempt to place Shadow with a specialist owner who will know how to look after this majestic beast.

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Incredible Moment Puppy Is Rescued From Certain Death

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A puppy who was found dying on the side of a road by a rescue team has overcome the odds and made a remarkable recovery.

When a rescue team from Animal Aid Unlimited found little Lily they were so worried about the poor puppy they thought she might die on the way to the hospital.

When she arrived at the hospital vets immediately started her on a course of IV fluids but she remained almost comatose and slept through the night.

Thankfully she’s a fighter, and despite being dangerously ill and in shock, which was brought on by severe dehydration, she managed to survive her night in the hospital.

Within 24 hours Lily was up and about and, according to those looking after her, she’s got her appetite back and is growing stronger and stronger every day.

Lily is just one of the thousands of street animals in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, who Animal Aid Unlimited’s rescue team help every year.

Their team of dedicated vets and animal experts work tirelessly to ensure stray dogs, cows, donkeys, birds, and cats get the treatment they need.

Without the work of Animal Aid Unlimited, these poor animals would go untreated and endure needless suffering.

Every day they respond to up fifty calls and rescue animals with all sorts of ailments including; fractures, spinal injuries, wounds, skin problems, and all sorts of nasty diseases.

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They bring all the animals they rescue back to their shelter where they’re treated by a dedicated medical team who perform emergency surgeries as well as spay/neutering the animals if necessary.

Their vets spay/neuter the animals to prevent the birth of further strays and preemptively stop the suffering of thousands of puppies who would otherwise die from accidents, starvation, and disease each year.

On any given day they claim to treat around 150 animals in their shelter and  Animal Aid Unlimited claim their work has made Udaipur one of the best cities in India to be a street animal.

Animal Aid Unlimited also run outreach missions in classrooms, churches, and malls which work to educate the public across the city in what to do if they see an animal in need of medical assistance.

They do this because before they started there was no ambulance or hospital for street animals, and therefore there was no culture of helping animals who were sick or injured.

According to Help Animals India, there are millions of stray dogs living on the streets of India most of whom are not a threat to people, unfortunately, the opposite is not true.

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A minority in India who see street dogs as a nuisance have reportedly taken to using inhumane methods to deal with the problem, specifically poisoning and beating these dogs.

Help Animals India report the method to humanely reduce the street dog populations is spaying and neutering these animals, just like the Animal Aid Unlimited team do.

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