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The Gas Station Bird

10,000 Birds

He is simply waiting for someone to move him from the filthy plastic bucket where he is tethered next to a gas pump. The bird is just chilling out, waiting for the urge to fly. The bird below is also waiting, but not to fly.

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Hard for Russian Veterinarians to Use Anesthesia Due to Russian Drug Laws

Critter News

After eight years of fighting a strict law that virtually bans an anesthetic essential for their work, Russia's veterinarians say they have nearly reached the end of their tether. Read the full article in The Moscow Times.

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The Winter of our Discontent

10,000 Birds

They play and dance in front of tethered dogs, all the while going about the serious business of stealing those same dog’s food. I delight in their songs, and the sound their wings make slicing the cold air. Ravens play. They play on wind dancing on currents invisible to us. They play on snow, sliding down banks on their black backs.

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Owls, the debait

10,000 Birds

One wouldn’t tether a rabbit out to get a shot of a fox or a coyote, or is that somehow different? How do birds that are already stressed, such as many of the Snowy Owls in the south this year are, fare? I am well aware of the debate that this is no different than photographing birds at a feeder, but for me it feels different.

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week

4 The Love Of Animals

Don’t approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tethered or confined. If a dog threatens you, don’t scream. Avoid eye contact. Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.

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Black Bear

Animal Person

In a stroke of the surreal, my heart beat frantically as my eye was yanked from the cheery, colorful bears on the sticker, to a mammoth black bear, tethered to the back of a white pickup truck, and held down with chicken wire. He was bleeding from several bullet wounds, and visibly in excruciating pain.

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So this is Christmas

10,000 Birds

Or they called at us from dog teams tethered on the ice, too busy stealing food to have a closer look. Only the planets are visible at noon, the sky too light for the brightest stars. Out of that sky, as we slid along, Ravens dipped down checking us out.

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