Animals

More about the Bactrian Camel

I had written an earlier post about the bactrian camel. All the information was gathered from a Wikipedia entry which had no notations for the information cited.

I have been meaning to double check the info in the the entry but never got around to it.

Well, until now that is. I found a good article in Toronto Zoo website and The University of Michigan website which corroborates a lot of the information in my previous entry.

Click here to read the Toronto Zoo article.

Click here to read the article on the University of Michigan website.

Click here to read my earlier blog post about the bactrian camel.

 

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Animals

Bactrian Camel

Bactrian Camel

Interesting facts about the bactrian camel:

The bactrian camel is the largest mammal in its native range and is the largest living camel.

The two humps on the back are composed of fat (not water as is sometimes thought).

They have a remarkable ability to go without water for months at a time, but when water is available they may drink up to 57 liters at once.

Speeds of up to 65 kilometres per hour (40 mph) have been recorded, but they rarely move this fast.

They are primarily herbivorous. They have tough mouths that can withstand sharp objects such as thorns. They are able to eat plants that are dry, prickly, salty or bitter, and can ingest virtually any kind of vegetation.

The first time food is swallowed, it is not fully chewed. The partly masticated food (called cud) goes into the stomach and later is brought back up for further chewing. Wow, I didn’t know camels could do that!

Notes:

All information gathered from Wikipedia entry.

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Animals, Television

Lucky Dog

Lucky Dog

Great show on CBS. The show won Daytime Emmy. The show is now currently in its fifth season.

Animal trainer Brandon McMillan’s mission is to rescue difficult-to-love and untrained dogs that find themselves at the neighborhood animal shelter, his home away from home. At McMillan’s training facility, Lucky Dog Ranch, he tackles the involved task of transforming dogs with behavioral issues into model pets. Each episode showcases the story of the success story of a rehabilitated dog and the family that takes it home.

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Animals, Television

Who’s your doggie?

Who's your doggie

Great TV show produced by National Geographic Wild.

Who’s Your Doggie? is a clever, funny, inquisitive show where dog owners with mixed breed pups find out exactly what breed their dog is. In this one hour special, pet owners bring in their mystery breed pets and explain their mutt’s curious behaviours and physical traits while two dog experts take their own analysis. Then the score is settled with a DNA Test using one of the most reliable labs in the world and each breed is revealed.

I saw this show couple of months ago on National Geographic.

 

 

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Animals, Movies

The Wild Horse Redemption

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Great documentary. Highly recommended. The film was nominated for three Gemini Awards. I taped this movie on the Documentary Channel a while back on my PVR. This film is available on the Toronto Public Library system.

Synopsis: Wild horses have long roamed the American West. To keep populations stable and sustainable on public lands, thousands of these magnificent creatures are taken from their herds each year and trained, sold or put out to pasture.

Some of the horses end up in the “Wild Horse Inmate Program,” through which inmates at the East Canon Correctional Complex learn the non-coercive methods of horse whisperers to tame and train the horses for adoption. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Zaritsky, the film traces the incredible stories of both the horses and the inmates, masterfully intertwining their parallel fates and their mutual struggle towards rehabilitation.

Beautifully shot in the rugged foothills and big skies of southern Colorado, the film takes viewers on an intimate and uplifting journey of freedom, discipline and redemption.1

Notes:

  1.  Synopsis was adapted from this website. I edited parts of the synopsis. Visit the website for the full synopsis. It is a well written synopsis except for the part about the horses being rehabilitated. The horses do not need to be rehabilitated. They did not do anything wrong.
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