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Unprovoked alligator attacks are almost unheard of. There are often a series of events built up to the attack that are likely avoidable. And most of the time, it’s humans at blame, not the gator. We often think of feeding alligators as a ‘harmless’ act, but it’s just the very opposite. It desensitizes them from humans and sees them as a source of food rather than a fearsome threat. Or maybe we approach a momma’s nesting site a little bit too close for comfort. Here’s some ways to avoid upsetting a gator; and remember you’re entering their territory, not the other way around.
A common sense thought:  Almost any canal or lake in an area where gators are native.. Could contain a gator! So try & avoid swimming in them, and your chances of attack are slim to nothing.
Be aware! Gators are stealthy predators, so look out for the key signs: Eyes peering out of the water, even their snouts; or the little wake marks after they go under! And please, please, please, avoid dangling your feet over water.
If you see a gator, leave! Chances are it sees you too. Unless it’s really close, I would suggest maintaining the same distance at all times. 
Don’t feed alligators! Along with the facts mentioned above, they’re quick as lightning if they catch a whiff of good food. Yes, this does (especially) include marshmallows. 
Clearly, don’t provoke them. Whether it’s trying to touch them with your hands, throwing rocks at them, or poking them with sticks.. You’re just begging to be attacked.
Don’t be at bodies of water during sunset or sunrise. This is key hunting time for gators, and you’re not excluded from the menu. Even if it’s rare to be killed by a gator, we can’t forget they are apex predators!
Know the time for mating season. Typically it’s between May and June, and you don’t wanna be near a male gator when all they can think about is food and sex.
And if you are attacked..
Try and get at their eyes, jam your fingers in their nose, or hammer their snout.. Honestly, I’ve never done this personally so I don’t know how it works.. Hopefully, you never have to find out.
Do not let the gator bring you to the water! This is where they’re especially talented at death rolls and drowning prey, which is the last thing  you want to happen.
If only bitten, seek medical attention. Gator bites are infamous for getting  infected. 
Photo credit: Michael-Ann 

That feels SO GOOD!!!!!!!!! on Flickr.Here is my post from Facebook:
Compton, just shortly after it got totally dark, and I got a call about a dog who was abandoned by her owners.  When these people were confronted by neighbors, they said “we don’t want her anymore”.  They just packed up their “stuff” and left.
I arrived at the location to find LOLA hiding in the bushes.  I approached her slowly, offered her some food, but she was too nervous to take food out of my hand after spending many nights out on the streets.
Then, like a scene from a battlefield, just like a coordinated attack - explosions from all directions!!!  Kids started playing with fireworks all around the neighborhood.  I quickly placed my Lucky Leash on Lola so she won’t run away, grabbed my flash light, my camera, and we got out of there… it’s unpleasant to be in this neighborhood and with some of these explosions you’re not even sure if it’s gun shots (you’ll get it when I’ll post the video)  ;-)
As 4th. of July approaches in a few days, more and more kids will play with fireworks, and it is CRITICAL for everybody to pay extra attention to their animals more than ever… these fireworks scare the hell out of many animals, and every year many animals get hit by cars and die because the dog freaked out and ran to the street to escape the noise.  Many animals will also end up at the shelters for that same reason, and sometimes the dogs will run so far to a location where owners may not even consider to look at.
If your pets don’t have a collar and a name tag, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE get one TODAY during your lunch break or after work.  I, for example, don’t leave my dogs alone on 4th of July… my Dolly is so scared of these explosions, and I stay home with her - this gives her a sense of security and safety.
BACK TO LOLA - I took her to the hospital, cleaned her up, and decided that it was time again for Hope For Paws´╗┐ to team up with Victoria Burrows Star Paws Rescue Animal Charity´╗┐ who will handle her adoption.  Lola is only a year old, super sweet Maltese mix, and you can see photos from her rescue here: If you would like to adopt her, please contact Star Paws.
Thanks for reading this long post  :-)


GWS Feeding by JeffBHester

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the frog nuggets are back omfg

the frog nuggets

I declare that as their official name.



Polish doctor that refused to perform abortion named a “hero”
Dr Bogdan Chazan was visited by an expecting mother (32 weeks into pregnancy), who already had 5 miscarriages before and was worried about her health. It turned out that the fetus had hydrocephalus, undeveloped brain and was missing many bones from its skull. The Doctor refused to perform an abortion and didn’t send the woman to another hospital which could do so (according to polish law, if a doctor doesn’t want to perform an abortion, he has to choose another hospital which will agree to do so). Chazan was named a “local hero” and “true warrior of Jesus in the name of life of the unborn” by many polish politicians and catholic activists. He used conscience clause as an excuse for his actions.
The woman gave birth to the child through a C-section. She and her husband spent 10 painful days watching their deformed child die a horrible death. When she finally decided to speak out, she said:
“During these 10 days, no priest, no pro life activist or even dr Chazan came to see the child, to ask if they can help. It was really hard to look at our child. We knew what was coming, but it was still very hard to cope with”
Congratulations, pro-lifers - another “life” saved, another “happy” child and “happy” family. 


There’s only really one time in my life that I can remember having truly done a “good deed,” one I didn’t do for my own benefit or ego and one that didn’t personally benefit me in some way. I was about maybe eight or nine years old, and some children outside my school were making plans to throw rocks at and kill one of the little brown bats that roosted under the eaves, where unfortunately, people could easily see them.I don’t remember the exact threat I gave them, only that they ran off very quickly. I don’t know how the little bat fared in the world after that, but in that moment at least, I knew he’d live to fly another night. The pendant is for sale here.



who the hell thought turtlenecks were a good idea



Bondhusvatnet  by Jonas Lang