Video shows Justine Damond rescuing eight baby ducks from storm drain three weeks before she was killed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPKxIR1xZHk

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/19/justine-damond-video-shows-australian-rescuing-ducklings-near-minneapolis-home

Justine Damond: video shows Australian rescuing ducklings near Minneapolis home

Weeks before she was shot dead by Minneapolis police the Australian, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, was filmed reuniting a family of stranded ducks

July 19, 2017

When reporters asked friends and family for stories about Justine Damond, many of them asked: “Have you heard about the ducks?”

Three weeks before she was shot dead by police Damond, a 40-year-old Australian who had changed her surname from Ruszczyk in anticipation of her wedding, climbed into a storm drain and rescued a group of ducklings near her home in Minneapolis by gathering them in the folds of her skirt. The way her friends tell it, this incident was special but not atypical.

By chance, the rescue happened at a corner in the Linden Hills neighbourhood, outside the home of photojournalist Angela Jimenez, who filmed it. After Damond died Jimenez sought and received permission from Damond’s family to release the footage and this has been shared by the Guardian.

Damond, originally from Sydney, was on her way to teach a meditation class at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Centre when she saw the trapped ducklings. Jimenez remembers that two teenage boys had spotted the ducks first, but that Damond was the first to jump in the sewer, less than two minutes after she arrived.

On the video she is shown gathering the ducklings and persuading the mother of the ducklings to walk over the road for a family reunion. She can be heard telling neighbours: “She might just need to chill a bit … I’m going to let you guys be the duck rescuers, are you guys OK with them?”

And then she heads off to work, with the family of ducks reunited.

“That was beautiful,” says a neighbour.

“Guess what, I just rescued eight ducklings,” Damond later texted the centre’s administrator, Nancy Coune. “The mother duke was distraught and I climbed and pulled them all in my skirt … There was this moment when I think they realised I was there to help and they just started jumping to my lap, I was in bliss!”

On 15 July Damond called police, fearing that a sexual assault was taking place in an alley near her home. Police said the partner of the officer who reportedly killed Damond, Mohamed Noor, was startled by a “loud sound”. Damond died in her pyjamas. A mobile phone was found nearby.

After her death Coune said: “We’ve come together. We’re teetering back and forth between tragic heartsick to outrage, to trying to understand it, to really knowing that there is a greater purpose and that at some point we will come to terms with this … people are struggling here.”

Damond’s partner Don Damond said: “Our hearts are broken and we are utterly devastated by the loss of Justine. It is difficult to fathom how to go forward without her in my life.”

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July 23, 2017. Tags: , , . Animals, Kindness. Leave a comment.

YouTuber Taylor Nicole Dean feeds all of her pets

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBkSJQfd6ys

April 24, 2017. Tags: , , . Animals. 2 comments.

Heroic dog saves friend from river! Or he just wants a stick.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6xJIw0V2Fk

February 5, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Animals, Science. 1 comment.

Why trophy hunting can be good for animals

A trophy hunter pays $350,000 to legally kill a specific male rhinoceros which is old and has stopped breeding, and which has been harassing the younger males and preventing them from breeding. The money is used to pay to care for the living rhinos. Under this kind of policy, one population of rhinos increased from 100 to 18,000.

I myself am a vegetarian, but I have to admit that the logic in this video is quite sound. This is a good lesson in economics and the benefits of property rights.

I do understand why some people might have emotional objections to this, but even they can’t argue against the real world results of this kind of policy.

If the opponents of trophy hunting wanted to bring an end to it, all they would have to do would be to outbid the trophy hunters. As of yet, I don’t see any examples of them having done so.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUA8i5S0YMU

 

October 14, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Animals, Economics. 1 comment.

Baby elephant torn from its mother has passionate reunion

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April 9, 2015. Tags: , , , . Animals. 4 comments.

Steak eating contest – man vs dog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzZDa5c1Otg

 

April 8, 2015. Tags: , , , , , . Animals, Food, Humor. Leave a comment.

South Koreans eat two million dogs every year

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March 21, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , . Animals. Leave a comment.

Good Mythical Morning! May I have the pleasure of introducing you to my favorite YouTube channel?

These two guys have been best friends since first grade. They both have engineering degrees, but both quit that field to work full time on their videos. They grew up in North Carolina, but recently moved to Los Angeles. Every weekday at 6 A.M. they put up a new 12 minute video – and they have hundreds of them going back a few years.

https://www.youtube.com/user/rhettandlink2/videos?flow=grid&view=0

 

August 15, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , . Animals, Food, Humor, Science, Television. Leave a comment.

Obama fraudulently declares meadow jumping mouse “endangered” in order to hurt ranchers

On May 24, 2014, Wikipedia’s article on the meadow jumping mouse stated:

The meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius) is the most widely distributed mouse in the subfamily Zapodinae. It may be found from the Atlantic coast, to the Great Plains, as far north as the arctic tree lines in Canada and Alaska, and as far south as Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, and New Mexico.

The meadow jumping mouse is currently not in any kind of danger. According to the IUCN Red list, it is widely spread, common, and not declining throughout most of its extensive range. It is also present in many protected areas, and so does not have any major threats of it becoming an endangered species.

However, on July 3, 2014, the Daily Caller reported:

Feds Declare Mouse Endangered, Family Might Lose Everything

A family’s livestock enterprise in New Mexico is in danger of being completely shut down now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared the meadow jumping mouse to be an endangered species…

The new regulations came into effect from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last month, and as a result, the U.S. Forest Service is considering installing 8-foot high fences to protect the mouse, which would permanently prevent the Lucero family’s livestock from grazing.

The family is already in possession of grazing permits from the federal government, but the permits become irrelevant in the event that a new species is declared endangered.

The Lucero family has had their livestock graze on the land in the Santa Fe National Forest for more than a century, starting first with sheep, but then switching to cattle in the 1920s.

Obama’s declaration of this animal as being “endangered” is contrary to all scientific evidence, and is just a cover for his war on ranchers.

July 5, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Animals, Barack Obama, Environmentalism, Politics. 6 comments.

Five safety tips for Bigfoot hunters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1v5DGEUJUs

 

April 15, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Animals, Humor, Science fiction, Sports. Leave a comment.

Here’s a video of a cow eating a live bird

I’m a vegetarian. I view it as a personal choice, and I never tell anyone else what to eat or not eat.

When I see a live bird, I don’t think of it as being food. A dog or a cat does see it as food, which is why they they chase them, kill them, and eat them.

But cows – I always thought cows were vegetarians. And I still think they are. But I guess the label isn’t always 100% accurate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXhElaGCZVU

June 20, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Animals, Food, Science. Leave a comment.

Study links insecticide use to invertebrate die-offs (Well duh!!!)

The Guardian reports

Study links insecticide use to invertebrate die-offs

Dutch research reveals correlation between water polluted with imidacloprid and low numbers of aquatic insects

The world’s most widely used insecticide is devastating dragonflies

Thank goodness that we have studies to give us information on this kind of thing!

May 5, 2013. Tags: , , . Animals, Humor, Science. 1 comment.

Driver wants deer crossing signs moved to areas with less traffic

“I wanted to voice my opinion on something that’s been bothering me for a really long time. I tried writing the newspaper and contacting TV stations but nobody seems to want to stick with this so I’m calling you guys. Over the past few years I’ve been involved in three separate car accidents involving deer. Each of these incidents occurred shortly after I saw a deer crossing sign on the highway.”
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October 16, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Animals, Humor. Leave a comment.

A poll about the inheritance tax in the U.S.

A long time ago, when there were no laws against killing bald eagles, someone made a sculpture that included a stuffed bald eagle.

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August 16, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Animals, Art and sculpture, Politics, Polls. 2 comments.

Japan nuclear accident causes mutations in butterflies

ABC News reports:

“Japanese scientists say ‘abnormalities’ detected in the country’s butterflies may be a result of radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year.”

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August 14, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Animals, Humor, Movies, Science. 1 comment.

I don’t know what this reminds me of more – an old prison movie, or a children’s fairy tale

Associated Press reports:

Kangaroo escapes with help of fox and boar

German wildlife zoo staff search for kangaroo after animals from neighbouring woods dig holes under park fences

A kangaroo is on the run in Germany after breaking out of a wildlife park, with a fox and a wild boar as his suspected accomplices.

Michael Hoffmann, assistant head of the Hochwildschutzpark Hunsrück west of Frankfurt, said on Monday the male kangaroo was one of three that escaped overnight on Saturday with the inadvertent help of the menagerie that lives in the local woods.

Hoffmann said the kangaroos got out of their enclosure after a young fox snuck into the park and dug a hole next to the cage’s fencing. Two of the three were then able to escape the park entirely through another hole dug by a wild boar under the exterior fence.

“We’ve got two of them back; now we’re just looking for the third.”

August 14, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Animals, Science. Leave a comment.