Vikings Greyhound Coat via grandmaks
You guys…it’s a Greyhound wearing a Vikings coat.
Destined for dinner? Two little piglets found roaming the streets of north Minneapolis (probably) hatched daring escape plan to freedom.
Hey, about those two farm pigs caught running loose a few weeks ago in north Minneapolis: Andy and Annie are in temporary digs now in Andover and then will be turned over in a secret rendezvous ahead of their eventual life of leisure at a farm sanctuary in southern Indiana.
The little oinkers were corralled by authorities during the morning of Sept. 27 in the 2300 block of Emerson Avenue N. after a pursuit of several minutes.
They were put in the custody of the city’s Animal Care and Control agent, then turned over Saturday to the Chicken Run Ranch shelter and sanctuary in north Minneapolis.
With no claim of ownership, shelter owner Mary Britton Clouse has the fast-growing pair destined for their eventual home — a farm sanctuary in Salem, Ind.
Once all the paperwork is filled out and microchips embedded, the two pigs will be loaded into large dog kennels and driven to an undisclosed location in northern Illinois — the parking lot of a big-box retailer — where they will be handed off to finish the rest of their 715-mile odyssey.
Britton Clouse said her facility deals with lost or abandoned farm animals “all the time. We’ve placed goats, full-grown sheep. … People bring them into the city.”
As for where Andy and Annie came from when they were first picked up in north Minneapolis, neither city officials nor Britton Clouse have an answer.
“I suspect they were going to be slaughtered in somebody’s back yard and they got loose,” she said.
TaterTot the pit bull saves Minneapolis boy’s life
Less than a week after rescuing a pit bull that would have been put down, a Minnesota mother says the dog returned the favor by detecting a dangerous drop in her son’s blood sugar and rescuing the young boy from a life-threatening situation.
Christi Smith took in TaterTot just hours before he was scheduled to be put down by Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. She planned to foster the four-legged friend until she could find him a permanent home, but she says he’s already become family for good.
When watching Peyton Anderson play with his dog, it’s clear the two have a special bond — but Smith didn’t know how special that bond was until last week when the pooch alerted her that the 4-year-old was not well in the middle of the night.
"He just seemed kind of weird," Smith recalled. "He wasn’t really coherent — deliriously tired."
Although the 10-month-old pit bull rescue had only been in her home for a few days, TaterTot quickly sensed something was wrong and began licking and jumping on the boy when he wouldn’t wake up.
"He kept on whining and barking and running between the two of us," she told FOX 9 News. "I checked on him, and he was barely breathing."
After rushing her son to the emergency room, doctors ran a battery of tests to discover the boy’s blood sugar was dangerously low.
"If his blood sugar was that low, he may have been producing ketones," explained Isis Sanchez, of Blue Pearl Veterinary Clinic. "That may have been what the dog picked up on."
"Doggie heroes come in all sizes," she said.
Baby Giraffe Born At Como Zoo
We are excited to welcome a new baby giraffe to our herd! Coming in to the world at 5 foot 8 inches and 130 pounds on Sunday, September 1, the baby is ready to stand tall & be introduced to her adoring fans on Sunday, September 8th.
She is the 5th calf born to mom, Clover and the 17th giraffe birth at Como in the last 20 years. Como’s current herd consists of Clover, Daisy, Skeeter (father) and the yet-to-be-named female.
via Como Zoo Facebook
The Kitten’s Name Was Mimsie
A recent post about Mary Tyler Moore by MN 70’s got me thinking about the famous MTM logo the company used at the end of each show.
In the standard version of the logo, as first used on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mimsie appears in a crouched position, looks up at the camera, and meows once. Mimsie would not meow for the camera crew, so they eventually used footage of her yawning, run in reverse, with the sound effect added. By the 1980s, there were many different variants of the logo, with Mimsie often appearing in different painted “costumes” corresponding to the style and theme of the particular programs. For the detective series Remington Steele, a Sherlock Holmes-esque stalking cap and pipe were added; The White Shadow featured a basketball with Mimsie; Hill Street Blues painted a police uniform hat onto Mimsie’s head; St. Elsewhere used a surgical mask; in contrast, Newhart kept the original, unadorned footage, but replaced the sound effect with Bob Newhart’s voice-over of “meow” in his trademark deadpan style.
A parody of the roaring Leo the Lion mascot (who appeared at the beginning and ending of the Metro-Goldwyn Mayer films) the “MTM” kitty concluded each episode with a sweet but timid “Meow.” According to her biography After All (Dell Publishing, 1995) Mary Tyler Moore recalled how MTM was very similar to MGM Studios corporate name. With that in mind, producer Allan Burns said “MTM’s a small company so we could have an orange kitten meow in the same setting as their lion. A few days later, a visit to the local animal shelter produced the kitten that would roar. After her foray into show business, the kitten lived the remainder of its life in the San Fernando Valley home of an MTM staffer.” Mimsey was born in 1968 and died in 1988.
Zoo trying to prevent extinction of ‘most Minnesotan’ butterfly
Biologists at the Minnesota Zoo are scrambling to prevent a modern day extinction of a species that once thrived in Minnesota. The Poweshiek skipperling is a butterfly that lives its whole life in the prairies of the upper Midwest. But the tallgrass prairie is mostly gone. And so is a species that was once among the most common butterflies in Minnesota.
Erik Runquist leads the Minnesota Zoo’s Prairie Butterfly Conservation Program, which started work in 2012. He calls the Poweshiek skipperling the “most Minnesotan” of all butterflies because more of its historic range fell in the state than any other butterfly.
As recently as a decade ago, the skipperlings were too numerous for biologists to bother to count. But their population has declined sharply in the last 10 years and no Poweshiek skipperlings have been observed in Minnesota since 2007. They also appear to be gone from Iowa and North and South Dakota.
Minnesota once had an estimated 18 million acres of prairie land — of which less than 1 percent now remains, Runquist says.
Now the Butterfly Conservation Program, with funds from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, is trying to capture females where the species does exist — in Wisconsin and Manitoba — and hatch their eggs in the lab. Runquist reluctantly forsees a day when Poweshiek skipperlings will exist primarily, if not exclusively, in a zoo environment.
DNR rescues six ducklings from storm drain in most heartwarming story of the day
On Saturday night, passengers taking the light rail downtown happened upon a strange sight: A mama duck circling the storm drain in distress.
A short investigation explained why: her six ducklings had fallen between the cracks and were trapped underground.
Some compassionate passerby called the police, who referred the case to the Department of Natural Resources.
The DNR not only retrieved the ducklings, but left a note to reassure all the concerned witnesses who had seen the poor mother and worried if the family would be reunited.
"The six ducklings trapped in the sewer were rescued!!" the sign reads.
African Penguin Chick Born At Minnesota Zoo
The Minnesota Zoo is thrilled to announce the hatching of its first endangered African penguin chick – a significant achievement for the Zoo which opened the 3M Penguins of the African Coast exhibit in 2011.
Hatched March 2, the penguin – whose gender is not yet known – is currently being raised behind-the-scenes by foster parents. The biological parents were not incubating the egg consistently so the decision was made to give it to an experienced pair. So far the chick is doing very well and has grown from 2.4 ounces to over 1 pound, 6 ounces.
A second chick hatched on March 21 at just under 2 ounces and has grown to almost three pounds.
via Minnesota Zoo
Como Zoo’s sea lion performs twice on Fourth of July
Sparky, a mainstay at the Como Zoo and Conservatory, usually performs one show daily. On weekends and holidays — including Thursday — she adds a second show to her routine. For the Fourth of July, she’ll perform at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The show is free.