Check out our new IG post!
Countdown to New Year 2017! Top 5 Bestsellers of 2016:
Follow us on Instagram:
Inspired by Animal Theme. Buy it Here
How many of you believe animals can actually feel? Do you believe a penguin can recognize a person who saved its life? More, do you believe that penguin swims 5,000 miles from the ocean just to visit a man who saved its life? This is actually a true story! A Magellanic penguin, Dindim, swims around 5,000 miles every year just to see a man, Joao Pereira de Souza, a humble retired bricklayer lives in Provetá Beach in Ilha Grande, Brazil.
This heart touching story (reported in CNN) started in May 2011. Dindim was covered in oil and injured in the state of Rio de Janeiro and found by Pereira de Souza. He helped the little penguin clean his body to remove oil residue and fed him with food until he is healthy enough to return to the sea. However, the story didn’t end here, Dindim returns to the same spot every year to Mr. Jaoa’s backyard and now become part of his family.
Magellanic penguins are very loyal to their partners and they nest in the same place every year with the same partner. We don’t know what’s going on in Dindim’s mind, but one thing we can be certain is that he knows exactly where to go and who to find. This story captured the hearts of many people and tells us how loyal an animal could be, especially this involves loyalty to human instead of its partner, which is a very rare case.
This touching story actually reminds me about a very heartbreaking reality:- Human has never stopped destroying the wildlife and killing wild animals directly or indirectly. No doubt most of the people are amazed by smart bird like Kea, or loyal penguin like Dindim when we area reading “interesting” news like this. “Interesting” news like Dindim can easily be a leisure-time topic, but how many of us are actually care about these beautiful creatures? Who would really think of the wildlife or wild animals when they are working so hard everyday in offices for their livings? Worse, who would really remember the wildlife / wild animals are being killed because wild animals are “harmful” to their life / properties; or being forced to leave their homes because our city development needs more land that human should be “more superior” than wild animals in using the land?
Perhaps it’s time for us to stop a while to think….
For years animal rights activists group has been arguing that animals can actually feel the pain and their lives should be respected, even they have to be killed, they should be killed humanely. They also believe that saving wild animals is actually saving the planet because preserving wildlife is the basic way to preserve biodiversity and keep a balanced ecosystem which human can be greatly (and negatively) impacted if something goes wrong with the system.
Saving wild animals is important?
Maybe you don’t think animals feel, or you think human rights should be much more important than animal rights. Or you may think all living things in this planet can adopt to the changes and the “balance” in ecosystem will come back eventually. If this is really the case that makes you not quite a wild animal lover, then I hope the 4th important reason for saving wild animals sound persuasive.
The 4th Reason – Medical Research Inspired by Animal
You should help preserve wildlife because they are extremely valuable in the medical related researches. No matter how smart we are, we can’t deny that many of our new technologies were actually inspired by animal in mother nature. Our great aviation pioneers – Wright brothers, invented the world’s first successful airplane inspired by birds flying the sky; Dragonflies inspired designers of helicopters; “Sharkskin” coating for swimwear inspired by Sharks…… Many of those are extremely important modern technologies that changed the human history. If you think such animal-inspired technologies are only used for creating a more convenient way for human to live, then you must have overlooked the importance of animal-inspired technologies being used in medical aspects.
Animal-inspired technologies are widely used in medical research. Almighty God created different creatures in this planet with different survival skills that could be very very useful for human. Take Kea (an extremely smart parrot we introduced in previous blog post “Kea – The Smartest Parrot in the World”) as an example. The researchers are working on the secret of how this smart bird can learn things (instead of just trial-and-error like many other animals), scientists believe that the research may shed light on human learning process to cure related decease. Another example is lamprey (a kind of “fish” physically resemble eel, characterized by a toothed, funnel-like sucking mouth): the nervous system of lamprey is so simple, but complex enough to control a swimming motion. Scientists are particularly interested in the secret of this design and hope it could be an excellent model for a micro-robot that would be sensitive to its surroundings and move freely around inside a body. How can it be used? For curing cancer! If this micro-robot research is successful, that would allow it to check for tumors or blood cloths or chemical indicators of various diseases!
Indeed there are countless examples of medical research inspired by animals. So please. stop thinking that protecting wildlife is none of your business! Just imagine how many people we could help if scientists could solve the secret formula of gecko’s regeneration ability. We may not have the chance to save a sick penguin, but we can definitely pay more attention to protect the wildlife and I believe that we could create a better world if we work together!
The Kea is a mountain parrot that sounds like its call – “keeee aaaa”. It is a large species of parrot found in forest and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. An adult Kea can grow as large as 48cm (around 19 inches) long, and weigh 0.8 to 1 kg. The color of this bird is mainly olive-green with scarlet underwings and a grey-black upper beak which is large and curved. Female Kea weigh around 20% less than male Kea and the bill is also comparatively shorter.
Kea can be found from coastal dunes to the high alpine peaks of the South Island such as Arthur’s Pass and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand. They are commonly found in forests and adjacent subalpine and alpine zones, and mainly nest in their native forest.
Kea are known for their intelligence, boldness and curiosity. These characteristics are extremely important for them to survive in a harsh mountain environment but they also get themselves into trouble, which we will talk about in a later section of this article. They are notorious for attacking sheep and very unwelcome by local sheep farmers because sometimes sheep die from wound infections or from accidents when they try to escape the attack. Though they do not directly kill the sheep, they are being treated as pests to local sheep farmers.
How intelligent are Kea?
Researchers have been researching the intelligence of Kea for years in hopes that the results can shed light on the process of human learning. In the universities of Vienna and Oxford, researchers tested Kea’s problem-solving skills by presenting them with a food-containing box, for which Kea needed to use different methods to “solve” a problem to get food – for example by pulling a switch, using a marble to knock the food out, using a stick to poke the food out and opening a window with a lever. Once the how-to-get-food solution was mastered, researchers did further testing on the Kea: they prevented all the previous actions from working. Surprisingly, the smartest Kea quickly learnt another new way to gain access to the food. In this research, the Kea was not trained to perform such actions to get food, and it wasn’t done by simply trial and error either. Instead, it was all about learning and observing! This is especially important for researchers to find out how a human child learns language, because the language learning process is not merely a trial-and-error one and researchers still don’t have the full picture yet.
Another intelligence test of Kea was carried out in Auckland University, and the preliminary result found that Kea displayed a penchant for commerce! In the preliminary experiment. “One of the researchers, PhD candidate Megan Heaney, did a few transfers backwards and forwards and, since then, every time the Kea see her they run up with a stick or a stone and try to trade it.” The preliminary experiment also indicated that Kea have the ability to delay behavior until the conditions are right to get a better result, which is quite similar to chimpanzees and elephants.
Kea are extremely curious and they are very well known for damaging cars at South Island’s ski field carparks. Believe it or not, it was reported that some tourists’ money / passports had been stolen by Kea, because they are keen on discovering new things and love interacting with humans!
Saving Kea from Extinction!
The wild Kea population has dropped to as low as 1,000 to 5,000 according to the estimation done by conservationists. Recent studies from the Kea Conservation Trust have found that two-thirds of all chicks never grow to the fledgling stage. Unlike some other birds in New Zealand such as Kiwi, Kea are not welcomed by some people because they damage cars, tents or buildings and they attack farm animals. “Stealing”, of course, is also one of the reasons why they are often not welcomed by humans. It was estimated that 150k Kea were killed from the 1860s onward due to a government bounty introduced after sheep farmers complained about the Kea. The reason why they were killed is simple – they cause financial loss to local farmers!
Researchers have currently identified three known threats to the survival of this smart and beautiful parrot. The first one is non-native animal species; because Kea nest on the ground, this makes it an easy task for predators to attack the chicks during breeding.
The second one is obvious – humans. Kea are curious about everything, including humans and what humans bring to them; vivid-colored objects, books, even coffee, and of course food are all huge temptations to Kea, especially food and drinks that provide much higher energy to Kea than their natural food such as berries, roots, shoots and insect larvae. Once they are “addicted” to these “junk foods”, young Kea may lose the important survival ability to find their natural food. Moreover, the abundant high energy food source by humans greatly helps to reduce their time used for food finding. This means they now have more spare time to explore the human world further, which accelerates their extinction. Not to mention many of them are still hunted by humans because they damage properties (such as sheep or car window wipers).
The last but certainly not least threat to Kea is less obvious – lead poisoning. Lead is reported to have a sweet taste that is appealing to Kea. There are thousands of old buildings and huts dotted around the South Island and lead is often found in these. By chewing the lead fixtures of these old buildings, some Kea may get lead poisoning and their brains are damaged severely as they accumulate so much lead in their bodies. According to a study undertaken by researchers at the Department of Conservation and the New Zealand Wildlife Health Centre at Massey University, 64% of Kea in populated areas had blood lead levels high enough to cause lead poisoning, and 22% had elevated levels. Not surprisingly, the study had shown that the lead poisoning problem in populated areas was higher than that in remote areas.
Survival of the fittest – it is easy to accept that living things with low skill / low intelligence are more likely to face extinction. It is ironic that Kea, such a “skillful” and intelligent bird, is now facing extinction. Indeed, it is fairly sad that such a human-loving (at least they love to approach humans) bird ends up being killed either directly or indirectly by humans.
Genesis 2:15 “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
How to Protect Kea from Extinction
To protect Kea from extinction, we need to minimize or eliminate the above three threats to Kea’s survival. For the non-native animal predators, the New Zealand government recently unveiled an “ambitious goal” to eradicate all non-native predators in New Zealand by 2050. According to John Key, the prime minister of New Zealand, these “pests” cost the country’s agricultural industry NZ$3.3billion (US$2.3billion) annually, killing about 25 million native birds (including Kea) every year.
Another way to protect Kea is for them to avoid human contact. We first need to educate people to love and try to understand their “naughty” acts so that less Kea will be killed by humans. Also, we should try to keep this alpine environment wild in order to remove temptation from Kea. AND PLEASE DO NOT FEED KEA!
Unfortunately, the lead poisoning threat is by far the most difficult question to solve. There are so many old buildings / huts in that region and the coordination or co-operation between landlords, conservation parties, volunteers and contractors involves a huge amount of manpower and resources.
If you want to help protect Kea from extinction, you may also consider making a donation to the Kea Conservation Trust. Together we can save Kea from extinction!
Fashion Jewelry and Fine Jewelry
Jewelry industry is a well establish industry. For years, ladies (and gentlemen, of course) are so obsessed with putting on these shiny, eye-catching little things as part of their daily outfits. In the past, only the upper class or royal family were able to own jewelry in order to show-off their social status; the lower class could never afford to have one as they could barely feed themselves and had no time to even think about owning a single piece of jewelry. Nowadays with the advancement of technology and the industrialization of jewelry industry, fashion jewelry industry which targets low to middle class customers is now becoming another big industry to cater customers who don’t want to spend too much on “fine jewelry”. You can see that many jewelry stores sell fashion jewelry instead of fine jewelry because of relatively low inventory risk and blooming low to middle class purchasing power.
No matter which type of jewelry you are looking for – fine jewelry or fashion jewelry, their designs are getting more and more fit for different tastes of jewelry customers: from simple geometric design to complicated artistic design, every piece of jewelry shows how a jewelry designer sees and feels about everything around him/her. So it is very common to see fine jewelry or fashion jewelry with the design of animals, plants, food and every “stuff” around you in daily life. Themed jewelry, as its name suggests, has become a new name for a category of jewelry which the design is based on different “things” (e.g. dogs, cats, birds, flowers, trees, food, dessert) and targets the jewelry lovers who also love these “things”. The advent of theme jewelry helps people who want to find a gifts for her / gifts for him because it is a straight forward choice to present dog themed gifts to dog lovers, right?
Many jewelry stores are selling wide range of jewelry without a theme. Jewelry lovers can only base on the preferred designers or preferred jewelry materials (e.g. 925 sterling silver, gold, diamond) to shop what they want. That’s why we established LoverBirdyAccessories to help jewelry lovers find their beloved design of jewelry piece or to help anyone who is looking for a gift idea for his / her friend who is a jewelry lover AND a lover of “something”. In i-LoveBirdy.com, you can search for anything which could turn to a jewelry design and then take it home!
Recently we are working on adding variety of fashion jewelry with dog themed design. We have jewelry design of different breeds of dogs such as Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, Pug, Bulldog etc. I’m sure this is one of the best places for you to find special piece of fashion jewelry or a jewelry to memorialize your beloved deceased dog.
Here are popular picks:
The Difference Between a Pug and a Bulldog
Identifying the differences between a bulldog and a pug may present a challenge to most people. If you were to just glance at a bulldog and a pug, it would be very hard to distinguish between them because these two breeds of dogs look very much alike. As such, I hope this article helps you understand more about them.
The colors of their coats may be the most obvious way to tell the difference. Bulldogs have a wider range of color combinations such as red, red brindle with while, red piebald, red with black mask, fawn, fawn and white etc. However, pug dogs’ colors are either solid black or fawn with a black mask (so a black mask could be one of the most noticeable features of pugs, of course, except for black pugs).
Another prominent difference between a bulldog and a pug is the size. A bulldog is typically regarded as a “fat dog” (based on how it looks), which weighs around 50-60 pounds it has a bigger body size than pug, which weighs around 20 pounds.
A flat, wrinkly face and undershot jaw are common facial characteristics of both the bulldog and the pug. However, if you take a close look at them (better side-by-side), it is not hard to see that the pug has less wrinkles and a “firmer” face than the bulldog’s prominent dewlap. Pugs have bigger eyes than bulldogs because the pug’s eyes are more protruding. One more difference is that the pug has a curly tail and the bulldog has a relatively shorter and straight tail.
Being the best friend of humans I would say both bulldogs and pugs are very sweet in terms of their characteristics. Surprisingly they share very similar temperament & personality. Both bulldogs and pugs are outgoing toward strangers. They are both courageous and friendly, so will get along with all your family members including your other pets very well. If you really want to find out their differences in temperament & personality, I would say that the pug is comparatively more energetic and playful while the bulldog acts (and looks) a little more “lazy”. One more difference is their aggressiveness: perhaps due to the “job” of their ancestors (kidding), which was utilized primarily for bull-baiting in sport arena, the bulldog could be quite an aggressive attacker (compared to the pug). The pug’s ancestors served as companions to monks in China, so it is not hard to see that they are more gentle.
The average life expectancy of a bulldog is around 8-10 years and 12-15 years for pug. I would say that the life expectancy of bulldogs is a little bit shorter than other breeds of dogs, so please treasure every day with your lovely pet dog because you are everything in their life.
There is much fashion jewelry available in the shape of a pug or bulldog. Telling whether a piece of jewelry is a pug shape or a bulldog shape will always be a hard job because of often limited characteristics. But being a dog-themed jewelry lover or as a gift for dog lovers, who cares? They are both super adorable!