9 posts tagged Pairs
9 posts tagged Pairs
From the Department of Inspiring People Doing Awesome Things comes the store of an Australian surfing duo the likes of which you’ve never seen.
18 years ago Pascale Honore was paralyzed when her spine was injured during a car accident. She enjoyed watching her sons surfing near her home in Elliston, Australia and expressed her own interest in the sport to family friend and professional diver Tyron Swan. Pascale thought her wish to surf was little more than a daydream, but Tyron thought they could find a way. And they have:
"We were just sitting around one night having a few beers when I thought, `yeah, I reckon I could surf with Pascale on my back’," Ty says. Eventually that seed of an idea took root, and the pair began to seriously look at the logistics of surfing together.
In order to ride the waves of the state’s rugged West Coast, Pascale and her surfing partner Tyron Swan, 23, have come up with a unique solution involving a roll of duct tape and a whole lot of courage.
Before she hits the water the 50-year-old Elliston mother slips herself into a backpack - “just a Kmart special”, she says - with leg holes cut into the bottom. She’s then lifted on to Ty’s back before another helper is called in to wind the silver tape around the pair’s shoulders, waists and legs. Then they go surfing.
"Only at Somerset, England’s Secret World Wildlife Rescue could the unlikely friendship of a baby otter and baby badgers develop. The rescue center took in the orphaned otter around the same time it received an orphaned litter of badgers. The otter and badgers were hand-raised together until they were old enough to start training for their return to the wild. (At that time, the group notes, they were separated “so that the badgers could learn how to do badger things, and the otter could learn how to do otter things!”)
Secret World opened its doors in 1984 and typically cares for about 4,000 needy animals every year. It’s one of a tiny number of wildlife rescue facilities that is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
And if those photos aren’t awesome enough, there are also two unbelievably cute videos of these two frolicking together: here and here. We recommend sitting down before watching them, otherwise your knees might buckle under the strain of all the cuteness.
[via the Los Angeles Times]
Meet Sobe the iguana and Johann the cat, both of whom were rescued before they struck up this rather awesome friendship:
"In fact, the iguana [also] enjoys spending time with several of Johann’s housemates, including Monte the cat and Buster the bunny. After his morning nap under heat lamps, Sobe is ready for his social life. ‘He clambers down the tree branch and makes the rounds, visiting every animal resident in the house: dog, twelve cats, and two parrots! Sometimes he naps with one or another of the cats; occasionally Cato the parrot perches on Sobe’s long tail, grooming him.’"
"The ties that bind are not always predictable—especially in nature. Jennifer Holland, senior writer for National Geographic magazine, has written a delightful testament to this fact with her new book Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom.” Now that you’ve met Sobe and Johann, you’ll have to check out the book to meet the rest.
Photo by Rina Deych.
Meet an owl and a Bassett Hound who struck up an unusual friendship over the shared hobby of watching television:
The pair have become inseparable since meeting at an animal refuge, and are quite happy to cuddle up together on an armchair. Beryl the Basset Hound, who is a grand old dame at 16 years old, and four-year-old tawny owl Wol struck up a friendship when their owner realised they both loved watching television in the evenings.
Sara Ross, who shares her home in Tenterden, Kent, with the animals said: “They are both rescue animals and they’re like best buddies. Wol needs full-time care and one day I was giving him a bit of exercise and he just plonked down on Beryl’s back. She doesn’t mind, she’s really laid back and a bit of a pussycat really. She didn’t mind at all and now you can’t keep them apart. Four times-a-week you’ll see them settle down to watch what’s going on in Albert Square. Beryl barks when it’s over and Wol gets a bit upset too, with a bit of flapping.”
She added: “They are inseparable. They love cuddling up and watching television together. ”It won’t come as a surprise that they love nature documentaries, but they also like soaps like Coronation Street and Emmerdale.” She added: “I’ve never known two animals who are so different hit it off quite so well. They just love being around each other.”
Photo by Katharyn Boudet
The awesome sight you’re seeing here is an orphaned baby elephant who has been adopted by a sheep:
"It’s as close to the lion lying down with the lamb as you are likely to see - except the lamb is a full-grown sheep and its snoozing partner is a baby elephant. The unlikely bond between Themba the elephant and Albert the sheep has taken nature reserve wardens by surprise. The six-month-old elephant was orphaned after his mother died in a fall down a cliff. Vets at South Africa’s Sanbona wildlife reserve monitored the young elephant for a week, hoping he would be adopted and suckled by another elephant cow. But that did not happen and staff from an animal hospital were forced to take him in so he did not starve to death.
Here at the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, in the Eastern Cape, he was introduced to Albert. The first meeting was not propitious. Filmmaker naturalist Lyndal Davies, 41, said: ‘All hell broke loose. Themba made a dash for the sheep and chased him around his watering hole.’ Albert dashed into the safety of a shelter at the far end of the enclosure and stayed there for the first 12 hours. But Themba’s gentle curiosity must have reassured the sheep.
Ms Davies, who is filming the pair for a documentary, said: ‘Themba was very curious and kept coming up and sticking his trunk through the poles, touching Albert on his woolly back and having a good sniff. ’The next morning Albert was clearly bored and started venturing out into the main enclosure.’ She said: ‘Themba wouldn’t leave Albert’s side and the two were seen exploring their enclosure together, with Themba’s trunk resting on Albert’s back. ’Ever since that moment Themba and Albert have been inseparable.’
These amazing pictures show one of the pair’s daily eight-hour wanderings - essential for Themba’s development. He and Albert can be seen dozing together on a termite mound they have just demolished.”You can read more about Themba and Albert over at Dailymail.co.uk.
"Keepers at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., report that this unlikely duo — Bea, a 3-year-old giraffe, and Wilma, a 10-year-old ostrich — have become inseparable pals. (It looks to us like Bea is a little more committed to the unorthodox friendship than Wilma, but hey — that’s just us.)
"Bea likes to use her tongue to explore her surroundings, and Wilma isn’t fazed by those very close encounters," the park’s assistant curator, Jason Green, told People Pets.
The two are both residents of Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain exhibit — and before you start thinking that the two are bound by close quarters that necessitate the closeness of their relationship, let us assure you that the exhibit sprawls over 65 acres (meaning that Bea and Wilma could certainly keep some distance from each other if they wanted to).”
Photos by Matt Marriott.
[via the Los Angeles Times]
"It sounds like a fable or a fairy tale. The main characters are an orphaned baby hippopotamus and a 130-year-old giant tortoise. The hippo was rescued from a natural disaster of biblical proportions, and the tortoise was meant to be dinner a century ago. But the story of Owen the hippo and Mzee the tortoise is absolutely true. The animals are both the wards of Dr. Paula Kahumbu, general manager of Lafarge Ecosystems, which runs a sanctuary in Mombasa, Kenya.
Just before Christmas  the unseasonably heavy rains near Malindi town washed a family of hippopotamuses down the Sabaki River and out to sea. The residents of the town tried in vain to urge the family back up the estuary. When the Tsunami hit Malindi, the sea turned angry, the sky clouded over and for a moment the hippos disappeared and were forgotten as all efforts went to rescuing the stranded fishermen.
The next day only one hippo could be seen. It was the baby and he was stranded on the reef. Hundreds of people came to watch the efforts to rescue the hippo. It took ropes, boats, nets and cars —though the hippo was tired he was still fast and slippery. It took a brave rugby tackle to finally capture him, and the cheering of the crowd could be heard over a kilometer away.
Lafarge Eco Systems agreed to provide a home for the baby hippo and I rushed to Malindi to collect him. Tangled in fishing ropes, angry and tired, the hippo did not seem to appreciate our rescue at all. As we left for Mombasa, the crowd unanimously agreed to name him ‘Owen’ in honor of the volunteer who tackled him to the ground.
Owen was rescued Exhausted, confused and extremely frightened, Owen immediately ran to the safety of a giant tortoise when we released him in Haller Park. Mzee, our 130 year old tortoise, just happened to be nearby and he was very surprised by Owen’s odd behavior cowering behind him as a baby hippo does to its mother. Mzee quickly came to terms with his new friend and even returned signs of affection. The unusual relationship between this baby hippo and the ancient tortoise amazed people the world over and has featured in most countries on television and in news papers.
Owen and Mzee continue to spend their days together in the pond, feeding and patrolling. Owen nudges Mzee to come for walks, and Mzee sometimes even follows Owen. Hundreds of people have witnessed this incredible spectacle first hand at Haller Park which is open every day to the public. Owen will eventually be moved to a bigger pond in Haller Park were he can socialize with other hippos.”
A ram named Changmao has formed an inseparable bond with a female deer named Chunzi at an animal park in China. The ram and doe had been raised together in one group at the park. “We put them together because they were all herbivores,” Liu Gencheng, a park official, was quoted by Xinhua as saying.
Zookeepers had noticed that the pair were affectionate towards each other, with Chunzi often licking Changmao’s hair, and Changmao attacking male deer that dared approach the doe. Their romance made headlines after the zoo asked its followers online, “What does one do when a ram falls in love with a deer?”
After reports surfaced that attempts to separate the pair had been unsuccessful (When zookeepers put Changmao with his lamb and its mother, he became violent. Chunzi, for her part, squeezed through the fence to be near him.), animal lovers took to the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, posting almost two thousand messages in support of the duo.
The handlers say that Changmao has integrated into the deer herd and is now the dominant male. He mates with the herd’s six deer, but Chunzi is his favorite, according to news agency AFP.
Jennifer from Pilot Point, Texas lives on a ranch with lots of animals. Her dog, Stormy, watches out for all the little babies, including this awesome and prickly little guy! Never mind the potential for a punctured snout, this great dane is serious about its responsibilities.
[via The Ellen Degeneres Show]
It’s Unlikely Adorable Buddies Day 2 on Geyser of Awesome! They are adorable and nature says they shouldn’t be friends, but they are!