The slaying of more than 40 wild dogs in the Loliondo Game Controlled Area, on the eastern border of Serengeti National Park, is currently under investigation by Ngorongoro district authorities. According to reports, people living in the area are alleged to have carried out the killing in reaction to the loss of livestock to the animals. Villagers complained to journalists that 157 of their goats and four of their cows had fallen prey to wild dogs. The dogs were apparently burned alive in the caves in which they reside, near the villages of Kertalo and Orkiu, when the perpetrators lit fires in the caves and blocked the entrances with rocks, trapping the animals inside.
For more information, please visit the amazing organization "Friends of Serengeti", who have devoted their time and energy to preserving one of earths most amazing ecosystems!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Volkswagen is finally in competition with so many other leading car companies when it comes to hybrid vehicles Claiming to drive like a turbo and save like a hybrid, Volkswagen's first car in this class is very very sleek and has me checking out it's features! My favourite part is the onscreen display of the hybrid system which will allow drivers to see exactly how your car is maximizing its energy usage, driving range and battery percentage. With my 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid's lease coming to an end in 2014, I might have a few extra cars to test drive! Fingers crossed the Volkswagen Beetle will be next in their Hybrid lineup!!
Friday, November 9, 2012
Last weekend while visiting Michigan for a football game my husband Steve noticed a small tabby cat hanging around his motel door. Never one to pass up a cat cuddle, he soon discovered that this cat was friendly and quite hungry so he shared what food he had with her (a muffin). Steve is a big-time animal lover, so much so that he often captures bugs (not animals but creatures nonetheless) that have gotten into our home and releases them outside.
He was traveling with three other guys, all of whom needed to be back home by Sunday afternoon and so he had to leave her behind. There are strict rules against taking pets over the border and he would have had to get her vaccinated and be able to show the records to border patrol. It was Sunday; it just wasn’t going to happen. As any animal lover can tell you it is not easy to forget an animal in need once you’ve looked into their eyes and Steve could not stop thinking of her when he got home.