The Silent Victims Of Colorado’s Historic Flood: Pets And Livestock

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The Silent Victims Of Colorado’s Historic Flood: Pets And Livestock
As the sky finally clears in Colorado, many residents are now beginning their search for pets and livestock that may have been displaced, lost or taken into shelters due to the catastrophic flooding that wreaked havoc on the state.

“Colorado Disaster Wildfire/Flood Lost And Found Pets” on Facebook (@COPetEmergency on Twitter) has been working to bridge social media sites to help owners reunite with their pets.

Various animal shelters too, are posting images of found pets on social media sites and some are even offering free temporary pet boarding for families affected by the floods.

Every Colorado creature in the vicinity of the floods — from household cats to prairie dogs to wild horses — have been affected.

The Prairie Dog Coalition along with the Humane Society of the United States helped rescue displaced prairie dog colonies who were flooded out of their homes:

Donkeys were found:


And a little canary-winged bee-bee parrot was lost:


Many horses are still in need of rescue:

So sad. Stranded horse in Weld Co between Evans and Greeley. #COFlood AIRTRACKER7 flying again

— 7NEWS Denver Channel (@DenverChannel) September 13, 2013

More than 60 horses at Elkhorn O’Dell Stables in Estes Park, Colorado need pasture and transportation as they have been getting skinnier without their full diet:

Others dressed up their horses after the storm had passed:

A dog was carried out of floodwaters in Boulder by Summit County Rescue:

dog rescue

A woman was rescued with her dog in Glen Haven:

woman and dog

These people hiked out of Pinewood Springs so they could rescue their five sled dogs, carrying one the entire way:

“Piggies don’t mind 6 inches of mud”

Civilians with the National Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management helped hand off animal kennels from a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to the 4th Infantry Division:


Denver Dumb Friends League took in pets to help the Boulder Humane Society:

Shelters helping shelters! Just took in 15 cuties from @HumaneBoulder to make room for evac’d pets #boulderflood #9wx

— Dumb Friends League (@DDFL) September 12, 2013

‘Everyone Is Photogenic’ Project Reminds Us There’s No Such Thing As An Unflattering Picture
It’s a scene familiar to many of us — the moment a friend pulls out their iPhone to take a snap, you immediately shy away. Whether because of a bad hair day or a ‘bad’ angle, you’re convinced the picture will be completely unflattering.

But JJ Tiziou would tell you that there’s no such thing as an unphotogenic moment.

Tiziou, a Philadelphia-based photographer, is hoping to change how people see themselves through his new project, Everyone Is Photogenic. Tiziou hopes to photograph over 1,000 people at community events around the city, featuring their images in a book, lightbox installation and on billboards.

On the Everyone Is Photogenic website, Tiziou explains the “unphotogenic cycle” that inspired him to begin the project:

If someone sees some bad photos of themselves, they tend to take it as a judgement on their own appearance or self worth. They start to think of themselves as “unphotogenic”… and when a camera next comes around, they are fearful of more bad photos, and therefore less comfortable around the camera… This self-fulfilling fear makes for more bad photos, and a spiral of discomfort that results in a person who is no-less beautiful, but a whole lot less comfortable around cameras.

His goal? To end that discomfort, and to remind his subjects and anyone who sees the photographs just how beautiful everyone is.

Watch the video above to hear Tiziou talk more about the project, and click over to the Everyone Is Photogenic website for further information.

[h/t Upworthy]

Single Mom Reunited With The Daughter She Gave Up For Adoption 22 Years Ago
On February 6, 1991, Jennifer Moorhead made the difficult decision to give her newborn daughter up for adoption. Moorhead was already a single mom and knew she would not be able to afford to properly support another child.

Now, 22 years later, Moorhead has been reunited with the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, according to NBC 3 in Kansas.

It all started when Moorhead’s biological daughter, Whitney Brock, decided to seek out her birth mother. Brock posted a photo of herself on Facebook holding a sign with the details of her birth and her biological mom’s name and asked people to share it in the hopes of finding information about her mom.

Just twelve hours after posting the photo, Brock received a list of phone numbers that could potentially be her mother’s.

“I called the very first number that was on there,” Brock said. “I said ‘I know this sounds crazy, but is there any way you put a baby up for adoption in 1991?’ And she said, ‘on February 6th?’ I said ‘yes,’ and she said ‘is this Whitney Brock?’ I said ‘yes.’ She said ‘Hi Whitney. I’m your mother.’”

Moorhead and Brock were able to meet a week later. Brock, now a mother herself, was accompanied by her 3-year-old daughter and her adoptive parents. And the experience was a positive one, Moorhead said.

“It’s like winning the lottery. Better than winning the lottery,” Moorhead said.

Check out the video above to see more of Moorhead and Brock’s reunion.

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Secret Cam Reveals Dog’s Cunning Escape From Kitchen (VIDEO)
If this dog’s name isn’t Houdini, it should be.

In this video posted to Youtube yesterday, one dog’s elaborate escape from the kitchen has finally been caught on tape.

User Andrew Holzberger wrote that his friend set up a laptop to see how his dog kept “mysteriously getting out.”

While we totally support all the commenters who advocate against leaving a dog alone in places where he/she can get hurt, this pup seems to know exactly what he’s doing. We thought his tactics were too resourceful not to share!

In a Reddit post of the video, one user jokingly commented “BARKOUR!”

Why Do Sharks Circle Their Prey Before They Attack?
Nope, it’s not just a joke about scaring the s–t out of their meal before taking a bite. Sharks do circle when they spy something in the water, but it’s not necessarily because they’re hungry.

Sharks have less than stellar eyesight — they often rely on their ability to detect the electric fields of hidden prey — and are forced to take extra time to fully comprehend what they are seeing. To understand and study what they spy floating in the water — surfer, seal or otherwise — sharks circle to get a 360 degree picture, and more often than not they get it wrong.

When it comes to attacks on divers, sharks release them after the initial strike 67 percent of the time. This high “catch and release” percentage is thought to be due to a misinterpretation of their vision. After their initial attack on a human, sharks discover that it’s not the blubbery seal they were hoping for. When it comes to going after definite prey, sharks usually attack from below rather than skimming the surface in a circular pattern.

While Hollywood will mostly likely continue to make circling sharks and impending attacks synonymous, rest assured (?) that you’re not necessarily shark bait if you see a fin doing a 360.

Mining Bill To Speed Environmental Reviews Of Federal Land Approved By House Of Representatives
WASHINGTON — Republicans in the House pushed through a bill Wednesday to speed up government review of gold, copper, silver and uranium mining on federal land.

The bill makes it harder for opponents to mount legal challenges against new ventures and sets a 30-month timeline for environmental reviews. Supporters said the bill would help create jobs by cutting back waiting periods for new “hard-rock” mining projects that can stretch up to 10 years. The bill would give U.S. officials discretion to waive federal environmental reviews and accept state reviews instead. It also sets a 60-day limit to file legal challenges.

Opponents called the bill a giveaway to the mining industry and an environmental disaster.

The House approved the bill, 246-178. Fifteen Democrats supported the bill. No Republicans opposed it. The measure is expected to die in the Democratic-run Senate.

The White House issued a statement opposing the bill, saying it would “undermine and remove” important environmental safeguards.

The legislation also undermines laws requiring multiple uses of public lands by placing mining interests above all other uses, the White House said, calling the measure a threat to hunting, fishing, recreation and other activities that create jobs and sustain local economies across the country.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., said it was needed to end permitting delays that rank the United States below most other countries in approving new mining projects.

“Duplicative regulations, bureaucratic inefficiency and lack of coordination between federal agencies are threatening the economic recovery of my home state and jeopardizing our national security,” said Amodei, a former president of the Nevada Mining Association.

While Nevada is rich in strategic and critical minerals, it also has the nation’s highest unemployment rate, Amodei said. “Decade-long permitting delays are standing in the way of high-paying jobs and revenue for local communities,” he said.

But Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., called the bill a giveaway to the mining industry, which wields outsize political influence in Nevada and other Western states.

“This bill is not about fixing delays,” Holt said, “but really is about preventing proper environmental review.”

Holt and other Democrats said the Obama administration has moved to approve mining permits more quickly than the Bush administration, noting that 82 percent of mining plans are approved within three years.

Projects that need more than three years of review tend to be larger and more complex and pose more risks to the environment, Holt and other Democrats said.

Democrats also complained that while the U.S. government reaps billions of dollars in royalties each year from fossil fuels extracted from federal lands and waters, it does not collect any money from gold, uranium or other metals mined from the same places. The government doesn’t even know how much these so-called hard-rock mines produce from federal public lands in the 12 Western states where most of the mining occurs, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.

Instead of streamlining permits, Congress should move to impose royalties on hard-rock mining, Democrats said.

“I think it’s just a shame that we just keep giving everything away,” Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., said.


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New Water Fund in Mexico for People and Nature
At The Nature Conservancy (TNC) we are always on the lookout for the triple win — projects that protect nature, meet people’s needs, and provide good returns on investment for businesses and governments.

That’s why I was delighted to be in Monterrey, Mexico today to celebrate the launch of the Monterrey Metropolitan Water Fund (FAMM).

Water Funds finance the protection and restoration of the forests and grasslands that filter, clean and maintain water supplies. TNC helped develop one of the first Water Funds in Latin America back in 2000 in Quito, Ecuador. There, utility companies, breweries, soft drink companies, and other downstream users voluntarily provided funding for conservation efforts upstream. A more expensive filtration plant wasn’t needed because we invested in nature to do the job. Healthy drinking water now flows out of Quito water taps.

Water Funds are a great example of a triple win. Companies save money by preempting the need for more costly water treatment activities. Water resources are kept healthy and flowing for local communities. And natural systems are protected to provide good livelihoods for local communities, habitat for wildlife and clean water.

It’s an elegant solution for meeting society’s water needs now and into the future.

It was especially poignant to launch our latest Water Fund in Monterrey today, as Mexico copes with historic flooding and landslides caused by Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid hitting the country from both sides. And, it was very encouraging to launch at a time when many wonder whether we have truly succeeded in bringing diverse groups together in order to accomplish conservation goals. Today’s event demonstrates that we can unite unlikely allies and get positive results for nature and people.


Monterrey — one of the most important industrial capitals of Mexico and Latin America — was spared the worst of this week’s storms. But the city has historically suffered from both frequent floods and bouts of extreme drought — with devastating consequences as residents face too little and too much water at different times throughout the year.

The good news: nature can play a huge role in addressing these challenges. Healthy watersheds naturally regulate water flow. They act like giant sponges, releasing water in times of drought, holding and slowing down its flow in times of flood, and filtering out nutrients that are harmful to downstream areas. By supporting reforestation, soil restoration, and other conservation activities in the San Juan River Watershed, FAMM will help prevent floods and protect the water supply for more than 4 million people in Monterrey area. What’s more, these efforts will benefit nature too, protecting important habitat for a rich array of biodiversity.

Monterrey is the latest major metropolitan area to join the Latin American Alliance of Water Funds, which is led by TNC, bottling company FEMSA, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Global Environment Facility. Thirty-two cities now have or are implementing Water Funds with an aim to protect the natural systems that produce and filter water for 50 million people in Latin America.

In Monterrey, it was very encouraging to see utilities, businesses, academia, organizations like TNC, and the government — represented at the event by Governor of Nuevo Leon Rodrigo Medina and Minister of the Environment Juan Jose Guerra — come together to protect their freshwater resources. Together, we can achieve much more than we would alone. This is exactly the kind of triple win collaboration that I believe leads to major environmental victories.

As the Latin American economy and population both expand — and as climate change intensifies the water challenges that the region is already facing — Water Funds are a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate that smart partnerships can lead to positive breakthroughs, and that conservation is an essential investment in a sustainable future.

[Image: Mark Tercek at the Monterrey Metropolitan Water Fund launch celebration with Monterrey Governor Rodrigo Medina (left) and FAMM Council Chair Eugenio Clariond (center) Image © Nadia Peimbert/TNC]

Michael Slattery Charged In New York In Black Rhino Horns Case
NEW YORK — An Irishman used forged documents to sell horns from endangered black rhinos to a New York collector for $50,000, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Michael Slattery was arrested on Saturday at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport while boarding a flight to London. A judge ordered Slattery held without bail during an appearance Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn. Slattery’s attorney didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

A criminal complaint alleges that in 2010 Slattery traveled from London to Houston to try to buy two horns at a taxidermy auction house. Learning that he needed to be a resident of Texas to make the purchase, he recruited a day laborer to be a straw buyer, the complaint says.

Slattery – identified by U.S. prosecutors as a member of Ireland’s Gypsy minority, known there as travellers – and unidentified suspects gave the straw buyer $18,000 in $100 bills to complete the deal, the complaint says.

Later that year, Slattery met with a Chinese buyer in Queens and sold four horns using endangered-species bills of sale with fake Fish and Wildlife Service logos on them, the complaint says. It’s unclear where he got the additional two horns, it says.

Three of the five species of rhinoceros in Africa and South Asia have been hunted to the verge of extinction because their horns command exceptionally high prices for use in traditional Asian medicine chiefly in China and Vietnam, where the powdered horn is marketed as an aphrodisiac and even as a cure for cancer. The horns are made of keratin, a fibrous protein that is the building block for skin and hair, and has no documented medicinal value.

In 2011, Europol issued a warning that an Irish Gypsy criminal network based in the County Limerick village of Rathkeale was responsible for dozens of thefts of rhino horns across Europe. Europol said the thieves, called the Rathkeale Rovers, had already targeted museums, galleries, zoos, auction houses, antique dealers and private collections in Britain, continental Europe, the United States and South America.

Earlier this year, masked men stole stuffed rhinoceros heads containing eight valuable horns from the warehouse of Ireland’s National Museum in a heist being linked to the travellers.


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Weight Loss After Divorce: How Splitting Up Inspired Michelle Kimbrell To Shed 50 Pounds (PHOTOS)
Divorce is undoubtedly one of the hardest life events a person can experience. The hidden silver lining? Sometimes splitting up is just the push you need to rebuild your life and create a stronger, healthier version of yourself.

Just ask Michelle Kimbrell. When her marriage fell apart in 2010, she made up her mind to drop the weight she had been struggling to lose for years. Today, the 31-year-old is down from 215 pounds to 165 and regularly runs half-marathons and sprint triathlons. Below, Kimbrell shares her inspiring story:

In March of 2010 my whole world turned upside down: My husband, who I had been with for 10 years, told me he wanted a divorce because he had fallen in love with someone else.

I was 28, had been happily married, or so I thought, and was pushing 215 pounds. On my 5’6″ brick-house frame, most people had no idea I weighed so much but with a BMI of 42 I was obese and felt it. I had tried loosing weight in the previous years and had been somewhat successful. I had dropped to 199 from 236 but then gained 16 pounds back.

(Story continues below)


Before weight: 215

With my broken heart in tow. I started running. Not very far at first but far enough to make myself feel something. I wanted to make my body hurt as much as my heart did. I wanted to get mad, scream, destroy things but all I could do was run. So I ran. Every day I took my aggression out on the pavement. Running gave me time off from divorce. It cleared my mind and helped me feel centered. It was also something that was just mine and helped me feel empowered. I wasn’t part of a couple any longer and no longer had the crutch of another person to rely on. I had to learn how to be Michelle again.

Using the iPhone app Couch to 5K, I ran and figured out what my body was capable of. You often read about how runners hurt themselves when they try to do too much too fast, so I was sure to give my body a break by using an elliptical or riding my bike when I was too tired. I took this very serious and have kept the frame of mind that as long as I’m moving forward I’m improving, not only physically but mentally. It’s when I stop moving forward that I have a problem.

After a 10 months of training, I decided it was time to get serious and I signed up for a race. My first 5K was February 2011 and by the end of the year, I completed 13 races, including a 10K. In 2012 I continued with shorter races but also added in my first half marathon and my first Tough Mudder. I completed two half marathon distances that fall averaging 12-13 races for the year. This year, I continued with the half marathon distance, the Tough Mudder and also completed three sprint triathlons. I am currently training for my next half marathon in November. Next year, I have a goal of completing my first marathon distance.

Today, I have lost a little over 50 pounds since hearing those horrible words, “I want a divorce.” The divorce broke me, but I decided if I couldn’t save my marriage, I had to save myself. In place of those 50 pounds, I’ve gained more than I ever thought possible.”

Current weight: 165


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