Christina and Sonny I never asked to live with chickens. Though I grew up on a non-working farm, my experience with chickens had been a few trials with baby chickens who had all drowned in a waterer that was apparently too big for them. So my childhood experiences were short and rather disastrous. Now I live on 1.5 acres of what is called "horse property" outside Phoenix, Arizona. Read more.
Angel and Susan Jablonski It was February of 2009 when I read Angel's Story for the first time on the PETA website. I stared at the video in disbelief. It would not be the last time that I would witness the disturbing footage. It was February of 2009 when I read Angel's Story for the first time on the PETA website. I stared at the video in disbelief. It would not be the last time that I would witness the disturbing footage. Read more.
Lola, Rosie, Poppy, Evil, and Susan Tellem Lola, Rosie, Poppy, and nearly 100 other turtles and tortoises live at the American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) sanctuary with founders Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson. ATR advocates humane treatment of all animals, including all species of tortoises and turtles. Read more.
Tara and Caelan, Harbor Seal Pups Tara, a Harbor seal pup, was rehabilitated and returned to the wild. The seal pup's journey also focuses on two researchers who do this work, Dr. Sue Wilson of Tara Seal Research, and Elizabeth Oriel, a Kerulos Center intern whose master's degree on harbor seals has contributed to our understanding of their wellbeing. Read more.
Sugar Ray, Katrina Cat Read about Sugar Ray, a feline who survived Hurricane Katrina. His story is recounted by Kerulos faculty member and Arizona State University Associate Professor, Christina Risley-Curtiss, who was drawn to Lousiana to help in the post-Katrina efforts to rescue animals. Read more.
Beewon, Beetu, and Ann This issue of Bearing Witness features Kerulos faculty member, Ann Southcombe, as someone who has born witness to countless animals. For four decades, Ann has cared for injured, captive, and orphaned animals. She is an Animal Relation Specialist and licensed wildlife rehabilitator who has cared for gorillas, squirrels, lynx, bears, orangutans, and many other species in captivity.Read more.
Rupert, moon bear Rupert is a moon bear living in the AnimalsAsia Foundation sanctuary in Sichuan, China. Bears such as Rupert are captured and caged to extract bile from their gall bladders for use in human medicine. In 1993, when AnimalsAsia founder and director Jill Robinson, MBE first witnessed bears on a bile farm, her horror at their fate compelled her to establish an effort to save and rescue bears.Read more.
Morning Star, grizzly bear Animals are often subjected to humanity’s ambivalence. Grizzly bears are one stellar example. In some areas, grizzlies are listed as threatened or endangered. Elsewhere, the same species is hunted. The tragedy of Morning Star (also known as the “Old Man Lake” grizzly, both from Blackfoot Indian place names) embodies human contradictions in yet another way.Read more.
New York Centre Avenue School Celebrates Birds In celebration of National Bird Day on January 5, 2010, along with their reading teacher Ms. Donlon, 3rd grade students at Centre Avenue School in East Rockaway, New York, developed a project sponsored by the Kerulos Center. Through science readings and activities, the students learned about our avian kin and the plight of wild birds captured from their flocks and held in captivity. Read more.
Pip and Pino, the Australian grey kangaroos Pip, Pino, Susie and Mark Rowe and Brett Clifton are people and kangaroos who together form part of a long legacy of “quilt making”, the process of stitching back together the pieces of wildlife communities left from the effect of human violence. The Rowes, Brett Clifton, and many others tend to the minds and hearts as well as bodies of injured wildlife. These individuals and others involved in organizations like the Australian Society for Kangaroos illustrate trans-species community in service and action. The stories of Pip and Pino exemplify the struggle and stress that kangaroos, and the people who are working hard to save them, face every day. By stepping in to save and nurse injured or orphaned kangaroos from trauma to recovery and in so doing help kangaroos in their struggle to survive not only as individuals and as a species, but as vibrant and dynamic cultures. Read about Pip and Pino.
Less than two years old, Q has set up residence in Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy where he was first sighted on 22 June, 2008 by a lobster fisherman. He belongs to a class of dolphin and toothed whales called "solitaries", individuals who rarely join the company of their conspecifics. Q is one of a growing number of lost or geographically-isolated belugas found in busy harbors and beach sides, hundreds of kilometers from their endangered families. Q is an orphan, something that arises when mother and family are killed or separated as a result of hunting, destruction of beluga habitat, injuries or death from boat propellers, and accidental or intentional harm from people. Read about Q and solitary socials here. Girija Prasad, Asian Elephant
Girija, also known as Manikantan, is a twenty year old Asian elephant who worked for many years as a temple elephant in Banglaore, India. All elephants in captivity in India undergo a traumatic and cruel process of "breaking". Over the years, he was routinely beaten and tortured to achieve compliance and to discourage any escape attempts. As part of "training", he was kept without shelter in the tropical sun and chained just out of reach of water. At other times, he was hit with a pointed metal rod and pierced around his face, genitals, and mouth. For 22 hours a day, he wore tight chains around his ankles so that he could not move and kept in isolation. Read Girija's story here. Tipper, the African Gray Parrot I
n contrast to his wild-caught compatriots, Tipper was born in captivity in 1998, and eight years later relinquished to the Utah Critter Sanctuary & Ferret & Parrot Rescue Shelter. Destined for the pet trade, Tipper was raised at the nadir of a booming market for hand-fed Grey babies. What happened between his hatching and his surrender to sanctuary is anybody's guess. Only Tipper knows for sure. He was probably less than 3 months old when he was sold to humans who bought him, a cage, a toy, bowls and food. Less than 10 years later, Tipper has been rejected and passed from owner to owner until he finally became homeless. Read Tipper's story here.